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Old 06-19-2009, 01:42 PM
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Umbrella Etiquette

Hello. I am relocating to Boston and will be doing alot of walking around the financial district. I'm going to buy a very sturdy umbrella but want to satisfy two criteria:

1) Buy one that is large and strong enough to keep dry
2) Not **** anyone off.

I was looking at a couple GustBuster models. They have a golf sized one that got excellent reviews on Amazon and would undoubtedly meet criteria #1. My concern is that walking on a crowded sidewalk with one of these would be a sure fire way to congest the sidewalk and draw some angry looks. On the other hand, these may be kosher. Let me know. I'm relocating from Rochester NY and am used to commuting from my garage to a covered parking garage. I don't even own an umbrella!
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:08 PM
Location: Northern NH
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I use an umbrella all the time all over the place and I knowof no formal rules. I guess I try not to poke people in the face with my umbrella and also try not to drip my wet umbrella on the dry surfaces once I enter a dry building. That being said I am sure I do not suceed. I think I **** my husband off on a regular basis with my umbrella
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:12 PM
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You'll definitely get looks and worse walking on Boston sidewalks with a golf umbrella. I suggest a regular-sized umbrella; you might annoy people occasionally but you can be secure in the knowledge that you are doing your best to not annoy them.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:56 PM
Location: Chicago
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only etiquette I can think of is that the taller person should be the one to raise his/her umbrella so the two don't hit as you pass each other. other than that, yes, a massive umbrella that can shield 10 people from the rain is pretty annoying, no matter where you are. if the diameter of the umbrella exceeds the width of the sidewalk, it's an issue. just buy something cheap and small from CVS/Target/some other store and invest in a good water proof/resistant jacket. my favorite type of umbrellas are the automatic close ones that only require pushing a button to close (don't need to struggle w/ two hands and it's easy to get in and out of cars)
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Old 06-23-2009, 01:27 AM
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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etiquette: umbrellas are for EDIT: inappropriate
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