I'm just curious: How do men figure out who exits the elevator before the other(s)?
It's rare that there are 2 women exiting at the same floor in my building, so I just take the prerogative and go first, no matter that "ladies first" doesn't have much practice in San Francisco business life anymore. But I often leave behind 2 or more men to...duke it out?
My husband, who hasn't worked in a building with elevators for years, didn't have a full answer.
and my make-up
When the dress is white satin, you wait until the last minute to put it on. All the TV and movies showing women getting ready for nights out in robes are accurate. [I was in a button-down shirt and sweats.]
I suppose it depends on the style of dress. The rituals I've been witness to, the dress was put on first, so as not to mess up the hair or makeup.
You can step into lots of dresses. I've also read about putting the head and hair in a cheesecloth sack if the dress has to go over the head.
<insert "bag-on-head" joke here>
Q: Why do women wear perfume and makeup?
A: Because they're ugly and smell bad.
In a full elevator I follow the rule of "closest first" in order to limit any delays for others on the elevator. If it is just myself and another man then I defer to age unless that person is handicapped and then I provide what assistance is needed such as holding the door open so it won't close on them as they exit.
Or more truthfully, it tends to be a natural act. There is not necessarily an order to it.
Or, it's however makes the initiative roll
Whoever is closest to the door gets out first. If that man is headed to a different floor he kindly shuffles out of the way to let others off.
The "2 or men" were waiting for you to leave, which is the only real unspoken rule here, hence "ladies first." We then follow with whom is closest.
Usually I don't think or worry about it. It just happens like what Shane said about the barbershop. I guess unconsciously I do the same as I do with going through doors. Women first. Then if the guy is older, I offer to hold the door for him but quickly submit if he gestures to hold it for me. Mind you this all happens too quick to think about at the moment.