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    Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    What a bum crop of moaners this week to talk back to.

    "Here is some advice for my whining co-workers. If you don't like your job, quit!" - Cleveland

    There is a lot to be said for quitting, for freeing yourself of a lousy situation. But why do I think this guy is the one who sits in his cubicle clipping his toenails?

    "To the person not leaving tips unless the waitresses ask for separate checks: Nobody wants you to come into the restaurant in the first place. If you don't want to tip, just don't come in in the first place. They work hard for their money. Don't go out to eat. Stay out of restaurants." - No city

    This dead horse has been beaten to horse jerky over the last few weeks, and for good reason -- there are still idiots like Mr. Pink who don't tip and come with elaborate traps to justify not tipping. Maybe these people should get special license plates too.

    "People who choose to live along the river do so to enjoy the view. They also know they will be flooded out from time to time. They should repay the government for any money they receive to help them." - Beachwood

    That assumes the government should even come out and help them in the first place. But that is easier to say in the abstract than to actually apply it in real life. Unless the flood is caused by Hurricane Katrina. Then you pat each other on the back for doing a helluva job while people remain sitting on their rooftops.

    "When is Wickliffe going to do something about the slum area in the middle of town. It's been 10 years now, and they're not doing anything about it." - Wickliffe

    What do you propose they do? Offer them all low rent apartments in Euclid?

    "It's bad enough that baseball players do it, now golfers have taken to spitting chewing tobacco. It's disgusting." - Rocky River

    I'm surprised it has not enjoyed a resurgance in bars and restaurants -- now that we are "smoke free." Replace those ashtrays with spittoons! But let's call them "cuspidors" -- it is a more elegant word.

    "The TV stations' snowstorm coverage scares us to death. They start it two days early and it never stops! Stop it! Please!" - No city

    The media doesn't make the snow storm -- they just report it. Now turn off your TV and pull those covers high above your head.

    "I'm bothered by all the incorrect grammar and misused words in the media and in ordinary conversations. People string words together that don't make any sense . . . like 'went missing.' Nobody went missing. They are missing or were missing." - Moreland Hills

    Ah, here you stepped right into the thick of a growing debate about an increasing popular usage of "went" and "missing." Google it, and you'll see. It seems that the term "went missing" originated in England, where they have been using it a long time. And while your position is technically correct, I think saying that someone "went missing" or that something has "gone missing" conveys a different meaning than just saying that someone or something is "missing" or "disappeared." My cat, Kerrey, is missing. She went missing last May. Perhaps it is safe to say she is now lost. I guess I could say she disappeared last May. Perhaps she went hunting. Or went swimming and drowned. Or went crazy. If the British are saying it, that is good enough for me. English is not a dead language, and this is something I can embrace.

    "Last fall, I paid the city of Euclid to have my driveway plowed. Unfortunately, when I needed them, they didn't show up." - Euclid

    And instead of calling the city, your mayor or a member of city council, you called Monday Moaning. Good thing the weather warmed up, huh?

    "I have two gripes. One is with those homeowners who throw snow into the street, especially after the street crews have gone to all the trouble of clearing their street. Most of the offenders are using snow blowers, and those can be angled so that the snow is thrown onto the area on either side of the driveway. The other gripe is with all those inconsiderate smokers. It is bad enough that they pollute the air we breathe as well as their lungs, but they so very often are standing right outside the doorways, making it virtually impossible to walk by them without breathing in those deadly poisons they are exhaling! And then they almost always throw their cigarette butts on the ground to boot!" - Strongsville

    What's up with this two moans for the price of one? Can we have a little decorum please? Then again, if these are your only two gripes in the world, life must be pretty good, huh? Here is something to think about, Strongsville. Whether or not people are smoking, they are exhaling all of the time, and you are breathing in their air. Maybe you can't see it or smell it when it isn't full of smoke, but that air has been inside of them, through their filthy mouths and noses, deep inside their germ-infested little bodies, and then back out into the air -- where YOU will breath it in next. You may as well swap spit with every homeless man you pass on the street. And god forbid you ever touch a door know, or push a cart at the grocery store, or touch the buttons on an elevator -- especially at a medical center -- all those people are sick!


    Comments on "Tuesday Talkback"


    Blogger MrsTito said ... (10:30 AM, March 13, 2007) : 

    What's grosser: Smoking, Chewing Tobacco or Hospital elevators?

    As a casual smoker, I gotta admit it's pretty gross, but easily contained (smoke outside, brush your teeth, wash your hands).

    Chewing tobacco is N A S T Y. Everytime Jeremy leaves one of those empty spitters sitting around I put it right on his pillow. Not lying, ask him!

    And I believe that you accurately covered why hospitals and especially elevators are grosser.


    Blogger Gina Ventre said ... (11:35 AM, March 13, 2007) : 

    I have a mental picture of someone cowering in their living room at stock T.V. footage of plows, swirling snow in the streetlights, and white radar blobs. jerky.


    Blogger Christine said ... (11:51 AM, March 13, 2007) : 

    Ahh, complaints about language use. I wonder if the moaner uses "doth" and "hath" in everyday conversation. It reminds me of my boyfriend in high school, who was stridently opposed to the use of "dot" (as in google-dot-com). Technically, he said, it's a "point", and I figured that since his Cleveland Freenet username started with "aa", he had a right to have such an opinion. Although, nearly 15 years later, I wonder if he's still running around insisting on "point."


    Blogger anne said ... (2:42 PM, March 13, 2007) : 

    Now, now. Please don't turn a mildly irritating complaint about cigarette smoke and turn it into a full blown germ paranoia festival. We all know that the use of antimicrobial soaps and antibacterial plastics are only creating supergerms which will kill us by the thousands. Let's not hasten the process.

    Just wash your hands frequently folks. Regular soap, hot water.


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