Overheard, Shout Outs 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?

“I don’t like blonde beards, they freak me out.”

“I just ate a head of cabbage, so I’m going to stay home and fart instead of going to your party.”

“Yeah, I just have really bad hay fever…like Helen Keller.”

“What that looks like is communism where there’s a surplus of junk that people don’t want.”

“Did you see that big huge dead porcupine in the road? I did that.”

“Don’t assume that just because she can’t get it up it’s a girl.”

“I’m just so sick of people inviting themselves up and ruining weekends.”

“You should get pockets; they’re all the rage.”

“There is nothing sexier than a naked man in socks.”

“I’ll know I made it when I take my flip phone and say, ‘Call Tokyo, the deal is off!’”


Is there someone or something that deserves a pat on the back or a slap on the wrist?

“Shout out to Karen of the Viking Train on Washington Island for being an awesome tour guide even though my girlfriend and I didn’t actually hop on a tour. She gave us great tips and pointed us (and our rented bikes) in the right direction multiple times during the day.” ~ Matt Ledger

“Shout out to fabulous, tasty tomatoes in the garden…lots of them.” ~ Staff of the Peninsula Pulse

“Shout out to Dede McCartney for winning Second Place and the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Pesto Festo!” ~ Jess Farley

“Shout out to comfy shoes. All you in the service industry – invest in a pair of stylish shoes that support your arches and keep your dainty feet free of soreness.” ~ Aspiring Podiatrist


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?

“Pen stealers. You know who are – accumulating a plethora of writing utensils without spending a dime. There’s no pen fairy – those are mine.” ~ Anonymous

“Falling down…in public.” ~ Sally Slattery

“Extreme PDA (Public Displays of Affection). We get that you like each other – cute, but do you have to make out in the cereal aisle, right in front of the box of Cheerios I’m trying to grab?” ~ Take it Somewhere Else

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.