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    Tuesday, August 28, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    Another Monday, another Monday Moaning, another talkback.

    “I am disappointed at the impatient golfers that my 13-year-old daughter and I encountered at Meadowood Golf Course. Their skill levels were barely better than my daughter’s, yet, they showed their displeasure at having to tolerate the learning process that all golfers go through. We chose that time to play due to the course not being crowded. If you are in a hurry when you play golf, you should schedule a different time to play so that you may enjoy the round and not make it a checklist item of things to do that day.” — Westlake

    This is tricky, because I don't know how bad this newbie golfer really was. Hopefully she spent some time at the driving range before going out on the course, no matter what time of day it is. Contrary to the suggestion above, if you are in a hurry to play golf, then yes, you want to go when the course is less crowded. And if you get stuck behind someone slow, then the thing to do is to ask to play through -- which, if you don't golf, means that you ask the slower party if they'll step aside on one hole and let your faster party play and move ahead. Indeed, what this moaner should have done, with daughter new and struggling, was approach that party behind them and offer to let them play through. Even if they were being outright rude, the moaner should have done that, if for no other reason, because it certainly could not have helped the daughter's nerves (or game) to know there was a group of golfers standing around impatiently waiting for her to play.

    “My moan is to the two women at Wendy’s in Parma who were so sucked in their conversation they didn’t notice their two children were sneaking over our table and stealing our salt and pepper shakers and trying to take a grab at our fries. Please, people, control your children! Every one around you will be grateful.” — North Royalton

    There is no reason to suffer in silence. Once the little booger-eaters are actually at your table touching things, it is time to bring it to the attention of their parents or the restaurant management. My approach is speak to the parents first, even though this is harder to do. While it may be tempting, don't merely issue a command like "control your children" -- that actually undermines the parent as an authority figure, which the kids will pick up on immediately and the parent will resent you for it. Instead, state firmly and matter-of-factly, "your children are touching my food." There are no circumstances under which a child touching someone elses food is acceptable, and immediately, the parent can swing into action. And if the parent is instead unresponsive or rude, then go to the management. But suffering in silence is your own damn fault, and worse, it encourages this kind of disruptive behavior by the kids. Uncorrected, do you think the kids will act any better the next time they are at Wendy's?

    Or, if the kid is that close, spill your Biggie Coke all over him and yell "Look what you did!" The kid will learn an entirely different lesson, one that his family and classmates would hate you for, but what are the chances that you'll ever run into him again yourself? This solution has nothing but upside, as Wendy's has free refills.

    “I think it was very insensitive of Romeo Crennel to refer to Brady Quinn as ‘the young kid.’ I’m sure the coach would not want to be called ‘the old man.’ Come on Romeo, be nice. The ‘young kid’ has a name.” — South Euclid

    Romeo could have called him "The Hold Out," or how about "The Kid Who Would Be Starting Game One if He Had Not Missed 11 Days of Camp, So Now He Can Sit on the Bench and Count His Money." Romeo insensitive? He's a football coach!

    I don't actually think Romeo should call him those things, and for game one, Romeo should start whoever gives the Browns the best chance of winning -- and if it is Quinn, then start Quinn.

    “I was pushing a dolly on West 25th Street with two baskets of laundry and then back again. People were staring and some even laughing. Instead of staring and laughing, why don’t you people do the right thing and offer someone a ride.” — Cleveland

    Oh yes, whenever I see stranger walking down the street pushing a cart, my first thought is ... to pull over and offer them a ride? Right. Especially on West 25th Street. "Hi, officer. No, I was just giving her a ride."

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    Blogger Gina Ventre said ... (7:38 AM, August 28, 2007) : 

    You can golf in a hurry? It's the slowest sport imaginable.

     

    Blogger Mr. Bebout said ... (8:25 AM, August 28, 2007) : 

    I played golf this past week with two other guys. There was a single cart with two players behind us. We let them play through as they were faster. It is common practice. This person teaching the youngster to golf and not imparting this piece of good manners is most likely also the parent of the little thief.

     

    Blogger Tom said ... (12:03 PM, August 30, 2007) : 

    I like the idea of spilling a biggie coke on those little brats. My only worry is that I'd get antsy and just launch it at their snot nosed little faces. Of course, in that situation the sound of a Wendy's cup bouncing off of a little forehead would be quite satisfying.

     

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