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?

“He doesn’t have ulcers, he’s just a carrier.”

“I had tampons hanging all over me, I looked like a damn Christmas tree.”

“When Mom’s dead, we can make my stuffing.”

“It’s hard when you’re smarter than other people. I have that problem all the time.”

“Facts are only lies that are true.”

“Does anybody under the age of 45 order liver and onions?”

“It was really a highlight of my Baptist Church days.”

“We don’t want to get him a Noah’s ark puzzle. That would be presumptuous.”

“Yup, straddle me and push.”

“Did you see my new snapper?”

“I got meat and sauce all over her leg.”

“Next Thanksgiving we’ll have cow ribs.”

“I just realized that I spent two days with my sister and we haven’t talked about Star Wars yet.”


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

“Shout out to those who turn up their favorite tunes and sing in their vehicles – loudly, unabashedly. I love passing you on the highway and knowing you’re in the midst of belting out an epic ‘80s ballad.” ~ Sally Slattery

“Shout out to the bartender at The Lodge at Leathem Smith, for taking the time to create an authentic Old Fashioned, muddled cherries and all. Yum.” ~ Old Fashioned First-timer

“Shout out to the unranked Wisconsin Badgers for kicking the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ butts to play in the Rose Bowl! 70-31…well played, boys. Well played.” ~ Sconnie Fan


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?

“When you’re snug in bed, nice and cozy, and realize you forgot to shut off the bathroom fan, grab that engrossing book you’re reading on the living room coffee table, or apply a layer of lip balm, which is just out-of-reach on your dresser. Ugh.” ~ Anonymous

“Getting caught taste-testing grapes at the grocery store, by the manager. I felt like a criminal.” ~ Guilty

“When you lose your gas cap at some random gas station in the middle of Wisconsin. Anyone have a spare cap for a 1997 Toyota Camry? Anyone?” ~ Seriously, Anyone?

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.