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 bought a Cadbury fruit and nut bar tonight and I was able to save three squares for tomorrow. Willpower.”

“Thanks for not giving me creamed tuna.”

“It’s gotta be Al-Qaeda…or hippies, it must be the hippies.”

“Mom, can you get up? Me and grandpa need hot chocolate and oatmeal.”

“If you’re giving me free pancakes, I’ll be there.”

“I can think again, this is great!”

“Don’t I have creepy hands?”

“I ate almost the whole chicken. It’s not like I’m a glutton – some things just put me over the edge.”

“They were all swimming in a pool of their own fecal matter at Woodstock.”

“It pays to be a little bipolar up here.”

“I love talking to her on the phone, it makes me feel like I’m in Chocolat.”

“Look at those loaves of bread out there…I mean hay rolls.”


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

“Shout out to winter! Thanks for bringing so much snow for us to play in this year!” ~ Frosty & His Snow Family

“Shout out to Rob Atwood of Dirty Deuce for playing an awesome, soulful show at Bayside Tavern while injured. Get better soon! An extra shout out to Bonnie Spielman for showing us all up with your sweet Superman move.” ~ Dirty Deuce Dancers

“Shout out to the lovely couple who let me step ahead of them in line at the Piggly Wiggly! I made it home in time to call my grandmother on her birthday.” ~ A Thankful Shopper

“Shout out to the generous barista who allowed me a refill of coffee when I was 17 cents short.” ~ Craving Caffeine


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?

“People who drive without their lights on when it’s raining. It’s hard enough to see without worrying about ‘invisible’ cars. Turning your lights on while driving also applies to: snow, fog, dark/almost dark, and other hazardous road conditions. Remember turning your headlights on helps you drive more safely and makes others aware of your vehicle so they can drive more safely.” ~ Light the Roadway

“Buying stale chewing gum from the gas station.” ~ Count Chews-a-lot

“Lakes (aka puddles) on the March roads that create hazardous (aka thrilling) driving conditions. Careful out there!” ~ Hydroplaning Heather

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.