Overheard & 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?

“My bank account just couldn’t handle hipster living.”

“I was arguing with my 2-year-old for a half an hour about why she needs to wear pants and now we’re both sitting in our underwear eating doughnuts.”

“Pretend your eyes are sticky warm taffy.”

“Personally, I’d like to hear Ethel Merman belt out Madonna’s ‘Lucky Star.’”

“My laundry room is where the freckled horse lives?”

“If I followed my dreams I’d just get in trouble.”

“Get the barf bag for the bung hole.”

“The Polar Vortex broke my rain gauge.”

“Some ointment for that rash would have enhanced that guy’s job prospects.”


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?

“How is your first bite tasting?” or “How is your food tasting?” Why oh why are Door County restaurant servers being trained to make such vapid inquires? Not only are these questions grammatically incorrect, they are utterly trite. They annoy me like the grating of chalk on a blackboard and make me want to give smaller tips!”

“People who put shade plants in the sun.”

“People that come into Sturgeon Bay shops and say they can’t wait to get to Door County to go shopping.”

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.