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Pet Peeve #34: Government Inefficiencies

Pet Peeve #34: Government Inefficiencies

There are too many examples to cite and I don’t want to get your blood pressure boiling. But here is a recent absurdity that the Post Office in my home town of Catonsville MD has just tried to justify. They have removed the public mailboxes on both sides of the street...
Pet Peeve #33: Passing Away of My Favorite Eateries

Pet Peeve #33: Passing Away of My Favorite Eateries

It started with the closing of Dan-Dee restaurant. My family lived for a time in Frederick MD and I came to love the country style meals with the relish dish and the fritters. But it catered to an older clientele and eventually was shut down. Haussner’s in downtown...
Pet Peeve #30: Erasers that Smudge

Pet Peeve #30: Erasers that Smudge

What makes for a good pencil? Actually it is not the writing point. Every pencil does a fairly good job of writing. It is the quality of the eraser that makes for a good pencil. I hate erasers that smudge instead of effectively performing their intended function. I...
Pet Peeve #28: Overly Officious Airport Parking Cadets

Pet Peeve #28: Overly Officious Airport Parking Cadets

Sometimes when you give a person a uniform and a citation pad they take themselves and their official position a little too seriously. I find that to be consistently the case with the parking police at major airports (like BWI) who take great pleasure in forcing cars...
Pet Peeve #27: Toilet Roll that Doesn’t Roll

Pet Peeve #27: Toilet Roll that Doesn’t Roll

There’s not a whole lot I ask of a roll of tissue paper. Sure, you don’t want sandpaper consistency (like we saw over in Germany). Likewise you don’t want paper so thin that you have to double or triple it. But I guess my main pet peeve is that it must ROLL off the...
Pet Peeve #25: Ridiculous Attempts to Redefine Reality

Pet Peeve #25: Ridiculous Attempts to Redefine Reality

Sometimes companies try to redefine reality to shift liability away from their operations. It would be nice if just saying something would make it true … but that is not how things work in the real world. My favorite example is the sign which I saw recently on the...
Pet Peeve #24: Home Depot’s Presumptuous Slogan

Pet Peeve #24: Home Depot’s Presumptuous Slogan

“You can do it. We can help, ” confidently asserts the professional hardware store spokesman. Is that so? Has he seen me in action? Has he had the opportunity to critique my work? What makes him so obnoxiously sure that I can handle this open-ended, unspecified home...
Pet Peeve #23: Novelty Is Usually Heresy

Pet Peeve #23: Novelty Is Usually Heresy

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.” (2 Timothy 4:3) It’s no surprise that the current generation has an appetite for...
Pet Peeve #18: Don’t Mess With My Favorite Pen

Pet Peeve #18: Don’t Mess With My Favorite Pen

Normally people would characterize me as fairly laid-back, non-combatative, extremely patient . . . that is until someone messes with my favorite pen! I am quite willing to share my worldly possessions with others, but I must have some kind of possessive fetish when...
Beware Of Any Comments Prefaced With An Up-Front Apology

Beware Of Any Comments Prefaced With An Up-Front Apology

Don’t you hate it when people preface some nasty remark with an insincere up-front apology – as if that justifies their tone or gives them leeway to be ungracious. I always cringe when I hear certain caveats that just serve as a trigger for delivering some especially...
Pet Peeve #16: TV Weathermen Spout Mainly Filler

Pet Peeve #16: TV Weathermen Spout Mainly Filler

The burden of filling countless hours with TV programming has given rise to the annoying genre I disparage as “filler.” For example, every movie has its filler segments – those endless chase scenes or slow moving dialogues where nothing of substance is added to the...