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 think that fish is redneck.”

“Pinworms aren’t as bad as you say they are, I did research.”

“Instead of buying lunch today, I bought a purse. I’m starving.”

“Do you know what looks a lot like stickers? Stamps!”

“I plan to never be bald.”

“The fat was like candy!”

“He’s like dainty rough.”

“I was up on scaffolding. I almost pooped my pants.”

“Every woman likes being asked if she’s going through menopause.”

“Manifest destiny was the ultimate YOLO of the 19th century.”

“Can you get tarter-based ink?”

“‘Can humans shed like dogs?’ ‘Yeah.’”


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

“Shout out to the women of Community Church of Fish Creek for crafting 43 sets of cozy, colorful comforters to adorn the beds and cribs of homeless teenage mothers and their babies at the new facility of the New Moms organization in Chicago! What a great way to encourage those young moms in their efforts to equip themselves to effectively parent and to provide a better life for their sons and daughters!” ~ Sew Impressed.

“Shout out to Cool Mint Oreo for being both cool and minty.” ~ Craving Cookies

“Shout out to DJ Hope Reyes for leading an awesome night of karaoke, interspersed with fun flashback dance tunes, at the Peninsula Pub. For those of you who caught my rendition of “Jackson,” you’re welcome.” ~ June Carter Wannabe

“Shout out to Thomas for playing with my little Dempsey.” ~ Alissa Ehmke


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 relocating – moving drawers, desks, and beds – and discover places you haven’t vacuumed for over a year. Hello, dust bunnies!” ~ Moving Molly

“Losing your cheese grater when you want to make a pizza. Large slabs of cheese just don’t melt as well.” ~ Later Grater

“I’m annoyed that Gmail keeps changing their format. As soon as I get comfortable with the current version, they switch it all up again.” ~ Angela Sherman

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.