Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

January 31, 2009

And some venting.

Filed under: This and that... — by lindyborer @ 8:26 am

Why, oh WHY does every forward directed toward females with safety warnings always—ALWAYS—have to come in size 40 font, bolded, and in color?  Does the originator somehow believe that people will be more likely to read and take note of it if it is annoyingly large? 

Why, oh WHY can’t people learn to use apostrophes correctly?  Have we failed that much in our high school grammar courses?  Or is it somehow the result of short-form text messaging?  The latest egregious example I stumbled upon recently:  At the American Legion, the wall says something like “We honor our veterans”  except it said “We honor our veteran’s”.  AHHH!!!  I saw a sign awhile back:  “Bracelet’s for sale.”  No, please, no!  Really, we must get to the bottom of this. 

Why, oh WHY do people persist in sending email forwards that contain beautiful and inspirational messages, followed by dire warnings to pass it along to one hundred people or your dog will catch bubonic plague and die a long, horrifying death?  Come on, people.  Look, unless you’re twelve, it’s just silly.

The above is surpassed only by the forwards that include this message:  Forward to seven friends including the person who sent it to you!  Who comes up with this stuff?  Are you really that desperate for love that you need someone to relay back the message about puppies and angels? 

Why, oh WHY do some cashiers feel it necessary to give back your change by placing the bills in your hand first, followed closely by the change, which is dropped ON TOP OF said bills, which then proceed to slide off of the bills onto the ground?  The chances of this happening increase four-fold if you’re in a drive-through.

Okay, I’m through for now.  And I feel relieved.

Feel free to add more to the list.  It’s for your mental health.



  1. awhile or “a while”?

    Comment by fr. Dan Andrews — January 31, 2009 @ 1:54 pm |Reply

  2. I agree with everything you’re saying. It reminds me of the church that was giving away wristbands that say “Complaint Free”. This church apparently gave away over one million of these wristbands but it would take between four to six weeks to receive one. A lot of people complained about it taking so long.

    These people obviously weren’t using their brains complaining about a “Complaint Free” wristband taking so long.

    Comment by Rubber Bracelets — January 31, 2009 @ 7:17 pm |Reply

  3. “Complaint Free”? Is that the greatest thing anyone could think of to print on a million bracelets? Hmmm…

    Fr: I think it depends upon its usage…um, I don’t know. Well, it bugs me that I don’t know! Another thing to vent about!

    Some more that a relative sent AWHILE back: When someone writes “cannot” as two separate words. When someone writes “loose” instead of “lose.” Using “then” instead of “than” or vice versa. Another uncle culminated these three grammatical pet peeves into one sentence: “If we can not win, than we will loose.”

    Another one: The mis-typing Catholic Cardinals’ names. It should be, for instance, “Frances Cardinal George” not “Cardinal Francis George.” I am guilty, here.

    Yes, we’re being terribly picky. And I know I make plenty of these mistakes. I don’t ever hold anyone personally responsible for their oopsies.

    Comment by lindyborer — January 31, 2009 @ 7:43 pm |Reply

  4. Two methods for dealing with people who put the coins on top of the bills:

    1. Reach for the bills with one’s palm down; put bills away; then accept the coins. Works especially well if clerk has coins balanced on bills.
    2. If one has the palm up, make sure that the coins fall off the bills before moving the hand so that the person who placed them on the bills has to pick them up. While that is going on, put bills away.

    These may not work too well in a drive-through. But, that may be your just reward for using a drive-through in the first place.

    Comment by Larry — February 1, 2009 @ 1:11 pm |Reply

  5. I have the same problem with the email forwards. I think I have the reputation of being a wet-blanket when it comes to these things. It’s just not in my nature. I’m not purposely being anti-forward, lol.

    Comment by Erin — February 2, 2009 @ 9:58 am |Reply

  6. At last. I’m feeling like Etta James. There’s another person on the planet driven bonkers by the erroneous apostrophe. Lindy, I’m joining your apostasy.

    Faux words really get my goat — orientated, commentated — you know what I’m sayin’.

    On the change thing, I use the rapid-hand-removal method. As soon as the bills hit your palm, jerk your hand away and start pocketing the bills. The clerk has no choice but to hold the coins until you’re ready for them. When the clerk drops the coins because you are so quick on the withdrawal, you’ll know you’ve perfected the technique.

    Comment by Lawyer Mom — February 3, 2009 @ 9:11 pm |Reply

  7. Yes, yes. I will have to try this method…

    Comment by lindyborer — February 3, 2009 @ 9:32 pm |Reply

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