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?

“They all come into my store and smell like body odor and patchouli.”

“If you want to show off something you care about, get a tattoo. Or just think it in your mind.”

“What part of the shrimp does the lobster come from?”

“Somebody should get on the phone with Auburn College and find out why we can’t buy watermelon juice like we can other fruit juices.”

“I don’t mind Do-Si-Do-ing every now and again.”

“I’m in the mood to have a stomach ache.”

“Did you see that naked man run by?”

“I saw Ozzy Osbourne at Steel Bridge Songfest!”

“So my doctor put me on the Gatorade.”


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?

Drivers who impede traffic by refusing to use the right turn lane when they are turning and instead, stay in the main lane of traffic.

When, in a group email, you are trying to establish a meeting time but a majority of the individuals are so polite that no one steps forward to give a concrete time.

Public meetings scheduled during the workday or prior to 8 am.

Men who wait until 20 minutes before it’s time to leave for a wedding to ask you to iron their shirt and pants, and tie their tie.

Fruit flies in your wine.

Writers (lawyers mainly) who think people don’t know what a number means, i.e. “There were 2 (two) dogs barking at the moon.”

Fireworks that advertise starting at dusk with a note stating done by 10 pm, when they actually mean the fireworks will not start until 10 pm. My son was so excited to see the fireworks on Saturday but could hardly stay awake because they started so late. ~ Too Late to Stay Awake

People who call a multi-employee business and assume the person who answered is the person they called to speak to (“Hi, is this (insert name here)?”), instead of requesting the person by name (“Hi, may I speak to (insert name here)?).

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