Be a Part of the Pulse 2010

This summer we made the push to get more readers (and staffers) to participate in the pages of our entertainment section, giving it a spontaneous, fresh feeling. With the introduction of Overheards, Pet Peeves, Shout Outs and Obsessions, a little laughter was shared. Here’s a look back at a few of the best (and sometimes worst) submissions.


Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?

“If you can’t dip your food in butter, you might as well be going to McDonald’s.”

“Honey, when we get home tonight you are going to have to talk to our son about sex.”

“Door County is like a combination of the Dells and Branson.”

“Any of you have a cigarette? I’ll give you some bacon.”

“She was like a damsel in distress – all hot and bothered – but without the carriage, of course”

“I tried to make a call with my cell phone from the bathroom of room 109 but the ceiling fan was too loud.”

“Ewe, I just got whipped spread all over me!”

“Door County took my innocence.”

“This music makes me want to go home in my garage and party by myself.”

“I’ve gotta go vote…don’t drink my beer!”

“It looks like a muppet exploded in his closet.”


Is there something that really irks you, gets your goat, rubs you the wrong way, drives you up the wall, gets you bent out of shape, puts a stick in your craw, or makes you want to throw in the towel?

“Toe jamb.” ~ Anonymous

“OMG, ASIMPP. Don’t understand? Most times I don’t either. These letters stand for ‘Oh my god, abbreviated slang is my pet peeve.’ Everyday I hear more and more people using this type of slang in daily speech. It seems that many teenagers have gotten lazy as ‘Oh my god’ only has four additional letters than OMG. Is it really too hard to say the words? I can understand the use of this slang in text messaging and online chatting but now it is being used as vocal language. Reading and writing are important fundamentals in communication, and I hope that using abbreviated slang like OMG, LOL or TTYL will, like other fads, quickly regress and become obsolete.” – Advocate for better communication.

“Toilets that flush so forcefully that water (and whatever else may be lingering in the bowl) spray and splatter all over the seat. Gross!” ~ Anonymous

“Dubai!” ~ Anonymous

“People who leave a voicemail, get cut off because they talk too long, then call back and fill up the voicemail AGAIN!” ~ Anonymous


Is there anything you can’t stop thinking about, listening to, watching, eating, drinking? From a wild enthusiasm for Glee and those Snickers Betty White commercials to a 15-year cheddar you can’t stop eating, or a song you’ve got on repeat, obsessions are meant to be your of-the-moment fixation.

“I’m obsessed with the Dos Equis Guy – the most interesting man in the world. If you’ve got some time to spare, check out the slew of hilarious commercials at ‘Stay thirsty, my friends.’” ~ Bonnie Spielman

“I’m secretly obsessed with pickle flavored chips. When I check out at the grocery store, I try to hide the fact that I’m buying them by putting the bag face down. For some reason, that extra crunch with the extra saltiness keeps hitting the spot!” ~ Anonymous

“‘Double Rainbow,’ the YouTube video.” ~ Anonymous

“Lately, I’ve been obsessed by “A Very Potter Musical,” the very nerdy Harry Potter themed musical (look it up on YouTube). Since then, new phrases have been creeping into my everyday vernacular, like ‘Moonshoes Potter’ and ‘Supermegafoxyawesomehot.’” ~ Nik Garvoille

“I’m obsessed with cats. They’re super cute!” ~ Anonymous

“I’m obsessed with the Wild Tomato because they have Gluten Free pizza crusts, hamburger buns, and BEER! All things that I have enjoyed in the past, but couldn’t eat since I found out I had a Gluten Sensitivity. Good Stuff!” ~ Dan Eggert


Is there someone or something that made you laugh, smile, cringe, want to hug them or throw them overboard?

“To the little fawn who stumbled out of the Baileys Harbor swamp and dodged traffic. We hope you found your mom!” ~ Myles Dannhausen, Jr.

“Shout out to the handsome fellow behind the bar at the Bayside…you made my night, not to mention my vacation!” ~ Anonymous

“Shout out to the man who plays the piccolo on State Street in Madison every day, wearing all orange. Thanks for visiting Door County, wearing your signature orange sweatshirt and orange crocs, with your very long, bushy beard. Good to see that you’re using your tip money so well!” ~ Brittany Jordt

“Shout out to the sheriff’s deputies who work Fall Fest. You’ve got your work cut out for you!” ~ Anonymous

“Shout out to the lovely family of four that sat next to us at The White Gull restaurant on Saturday morning of Pumpkin Patch weekend. It was so refreshing to hear ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ from such little tots. Way to go mom & dad for teaching your children manners and how to behave in public!” ~ Anonymous

Keep ‘em coming in 2011. Send over your Overheards, Pet Peeves, Shout Outs and Obsessions to [email protected]. And, don’t worry, we’ll print ‘em without your name if you wish.