Overheard and Pet Peeves


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?

“Oh look at that! A short, little one with a bulge. I wonder what’s in there?”

“I’m afraid of what I could become with a debit card.”

“Maybe we could convince them to have it at their place, except I like flushing the toilet.”

“It looks like I’m going to be the breadmaker of the relationship.”


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?

Public garbage cans that require you to push a dirty flap in order to throw something away.

Trying to get all my pots and pans and cookie sheets into that clunky metal drawer under the oven.

Overuse of the following words when people speak: Like, kind of, sort of, you know. Examples: “It’s like, you know…”; “The clouds are kind of coming in.” “It’s sort of like, you know…”

Drivers who greatly exceed posted speed limits, especially in the 45 mph Hwy 42/57 bypass around Sturgeon Bay.

People who don’t have their shopper’s card and money ready when they go through checkout lanes at the groceries.

People (mostly women) who carry on loud conversations on their cell phones when shopping at the groceries.

TV salespeople who rapidly shout their commercials many decibels above the normal hearing range.

Idiots who don’t put shopping carts in the cart corrals.

Be a part of the Pulse! Send over your SHOUT OUTS, OBSESSIONS, OVERHEARDS, or PET PEEVES to [email protected] with one of the above categories in the subject line…and, let us know if you’d prefer the submission be printed anonymously.