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    Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    The certainties in life include death, taxes and Monday Moaning. So once again, I talk back.

    "I'm 77 years old, and I've never driven off-road anywhere. Why are all the ads for driving off-road? Who does that?" - Middleburg Heights

    In a Buick, no one, except someone who can't see far enough to find the road.

    "To the person not leaving tips unless the waitresses ask for separate checks: Speak up and let them know what you want. They can't read your mind." - Parma

    Yeah, I made that point two weeks ago. And have you heard about Anna Nicole yet?

    "Jeers to the heartless Ashtabula couple who cruelly killed two kittens by tossing them out of a moving car. Their act was criminal, intentional and violent. They should serve more than seven days in jail - it's unfair that people who have committed nonviolent crimes should serve more jail time than this couple. What they did was commit a vicious act against another living being. I would hardly call that a misdemeanor. I also don't think cleaning cages is a worthy punishment where they are exposed to other animals they could harm." - West Park

    Here is the story. Animal cruelty is still a misdemeanor in Ohio, though 38 states have stiffer penalties. Too bad they didn't add littering to the charges.

    "To the person complaining about RTA bus drivers. I'm an RTA bus driver. It takes a lot of effort to put on the brakes and make it stop smoothly. It also would help if people would have their money ready, their passes ready. It makes us late. We have a schedule to keep. Every moment counts." - Parma

    Apparently the BMV doesn't have enough seats for our lazy and incompetent -- the RTA hires some of the overage as drivers. Tell me, how do the riders having their money and passes ready improve your ability to bring the bus to a safe stop? I missed that connection.

    "I want to moan about drivers who don't turn their lights on. If the sun's not out, turn your lights on. No one can see you when it's snowing." - Willowick

    Then how do you know they're there?

    "My moan is about idiot Americans driving foreign cars. Shame on you! Buy American! All of you are being fooled by that foreign garbage. American cars are much better, and they support American jobs." - Medina

    The last American car I owned was made in Mexico. The only American job I was supporting with it was my mechanic's.

    "Why is it that cities' safety directors hire retired police officials? Why not clergy or successful businessmen rather than having police watch police? You have a 'fox in charge of the hen house' situation." - Parma

    Because former police officers tend to be more familiar with the duties of city safety director than say, "clergy or successful businessmen" -- both of whom probably have neither the desire nor the qualifications to serve in such capacity.

    "What kind of world do we live in where a mother can afford 9 ounces of cocaine but can't afford child safety seats for her children? Then she crashes and they are hurt or killed." - Painesville Township


    "Cleveland has been embarrassed several times by drunken sports fans through the years. And now the Indians are going to sell 24-ounce beers. You're crazy to sell a big beer like that in this city, with these fans." - Cleveland

    A few childish offenders should not punish us all. But jeez, I hate to think what a 24 ounce beer will cost at the Jake.

    "You can't walk into a bank to get change for even a dollar, unless you have an account with them. What is this country coming to? I saw a lady try to get change for $5 so she could put in bus fare. Someone on the street had to give her change. Someone out there should make them change this policy. It stinks!" - Cleveland

    The bank is there for its customers. The bank is not required to make change for anyone who just happens to come in off the street and isn't a customer of the bank. Nor should they be required. How about if I came to your place of work and made you do something for me free of charge and without your consent?

    "I wish the meteorologists would stick to being professional. Case in point, one of the male meteorologists was worried about 'hat hair' during the cold spell. And it was a real laugh to me because he doesn't even have much hair. He knows who he is." - Avon Lake

    I wish the moaners would stick to their petty little grievances instead of making fun of the bald.

    "The nine-story Euclid Medical Plaza building had none of three elevators working on Friday morning. Patients had to walk to a connected office building where only one elevator was working or give up their doctor appointments with a possible cancellation charge." - Euclid

    I suppose you think they shut off the elevators just to inconvenience you? Yeah, it sucks, but as soon as you mentioned that the building was in Euclid, well, didn't that just say it all?

    "I never realized how many crabby, cranky people lived in my city until I started following this feature regularly. Please move away. I like my town." - Middleburg Heights

    Ha, yes. please! Move away! Run away!!! Toledo would be a good place for them.

    "In order to get the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, did we make a deal that said all inductee ceremonies would be held in New York? Whoever was involved with getting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame building in Cleveland should've made it clear that all inductee ceremonies would beheld in Cleveland, Ohio, like it should be. It's a slap in the face of Cleveland every time everyone reads about the inductee ceremonies happening in New York when the Rock and Roll Hall is located in Cleveland! As long as we permit such behavior, our city will continue to have a bad stigma associated with it - if we don't think our city is good enough for inductee ceremonies, who will? I'm sure it wouldn't kill the 'stars' to travel just a little farther to reach the true Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!" - Cleveland

    The Rock Hall is joke, period. Latest example: check out this recent article about how chairman Jann Wenner ignored the final vote this year and unilaterally inducted Grandmaster Flash instead of The Dave Clark Five which got more votes.

    "I'm tired of morning newspaper carriers driving on the wrong side of the street into oncoming traffic with their headlights on every morning. It's not only inconsiderate but dangerous and illegal as well. I guess some idiots think that they get special privileges." - Cleveland

    Some idiots do, yes.

    "My moan is the post office. When we had that big snowstorm in February, we didn't get mail for three days. I've identified five pieces of mail that I never got, that I know about. Where did these go?If they couldn't make it one day, deliver it the next! I had to call all these places to get the correct payment amount and address to mail to. When you call, they don't care. Their answer is to get a P.O. box. Well, I'm sorry but I'm not spending money to have to go pick up mail that they are supposed to deliver for the cost of a stamp!" - No city

    Try paying your bills online, sucka.

    "I could share our president's and vice president's conviction of this war in Iraq if their daughters would volunteer for three tours of duty to serve or die and get crippled for their country in Baghdad. It is easy for them to send other Americans into harm's way." - Aurora

    Man is that old. And if Jenna went to Baghdad, you'd suddenly support the war? I'm so sure.

    "To all Cleveland TV meteorologists who never notify Lorain residents of approaching storms until they have completely passed over us." - Lorain

    That is funny, isn't it? Whenever they tell us a storm is coming, they show us the radar about how it is right over Lorain now! Maybe you need some Toledo channels.

    "Bus stops usually have free newspaper boxes, but some people glance at the papers and leave them on the bench. Take it with you or at least leave it on the bus! Left in the bus stop, they just blow into the street, which is unsightly yet so easy to avoid. Other people will more likely grab themselves a new one from the box." - Cleveland

    If you leave them on the bus, those RTA drivers will have something new to blame for their inability to properly drive the bus. Just try it and see.


    Comments on "Tuesday Talkback"


    Blogger Kristen said ... (9:58 AM, March 20, 2007) : 

    I am so with the RTA moaner. One of my bus drivers drives the same route on the same bus everyday and yet she still can't seem to get it to make a smooth stop. One of these days I'm going to push her out of her seat and show her how its done.


    Blogger anne said ... (10:38 AM, March 20, 2007) : 

    "Too bad they didn't add littering to the charges."

    Oh, SNAP!

    The Jake is going to serve 24oz. beers to get people drunk so they don't realize they are paying so much money to see the Tribe lose.


    Blogger Audient said ... (10:49 AM, March 20, 2007) : 

    Yeah, really the bigger travesty has been how they've been fielding a minor league team but charging major league prices.


    Blogger Gina Ventre said ... (11:57 AM, March 20, 2007) : 

    I off roaded the Echo on the Chester entrance ramp when Bush was speaking in Kirtland and they closed all of 90.

    My Echo has been supporting jobs at Motorcars.


    Anonymous jbnimble said ... (3:03 PM, March 20, 2007) : 

    I was going to write something about quit hating on Toledo... Then I realized that if I still lived in Toledo, I'd probably be hating on Cleveland! ;)


    Blogger James said ... (3:17 PM, March 20, 2007) : 

    kristen, can you drive? Do you know how to drive?


    Blogger MrsTito said ... (1:22 PM, March 21, 2007) : 



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