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Bring The Noize

I don't mind noise the way some people do. My stepbrother hates it so much, that he can't stand being in his house when a neighbor is mowing the yard.

Unless a neighbor is mowing their yard at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning, I don't mind.

We both agree, though, that leaf blowers have no business being used in a residential area. And, his neighbor uses one often. Last time he used it, was the same morning he had his car washed and detailed. It became a filthy mess.

I have a ritual I do on Sunday nights. I play racquetball with my friend on Friars Road. And, at 11:30, we got to Sombreros for Mexican food (nothing like putting the calories on we just burned off). And, right before it closes at midnight, we often see some crazies walk into the place as we're leaving.

Well, nothing beats the idiot that opened the door last Sunday.

I had my back turned. And, it was the loudest sound. I jumped out of my seat.

It was some long-haired dude that looked like the bassist from Grand Funk Railroad. He had his leafblower going, huge headphone things, and he yells to the cashier "You'll have my bean and cheese ready in 10 minutes, right?" She nodded.

I was going to go out and yell at the idiot. But, there were only two cars in the parking lot. It wasn't worth a person like that, with equipment in his hands, and possibly a 6th grade education, possibly doing something to my car. Or me thinking I could even talk rationally to a person like this.

I let it go. And, that's hard for me to do.

But luckily for me, some businesses seem to be joining in and using that catch phrase from Network..."I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it!"

One of the airlines...I forget which one. And in keeping with tradition in these blogs, I'm not going to do the research and find out. They kicked a family of a plane at one of their stops.

The kids wouldn't shut up, after being told a few times to quiet down and stop running thru the aisles.

The family looked like white trash losers on CNN, saying "The airline has a logo that is a heart with wings...."

They went on about wanting to sue; wanting a refund. And, how this was the kids first flight, and yes, they were a little bit excited and hard to control.

It's about time that parents had to suffer from not raising their kids properly.

I'm just waiting for restaurants and movie theatres to start following in the footsteps.

And, if any of them do, let's do the opposite of a boycott. Let's patrionize these establishments. Let's let them know, that we'd rather dine at a location that doesn't have loud kids. Or, that they only tolerate well behaved children.

If you can't keep your kids in check, or they are 1 and 2 years old and cry for no reason (as babies do), get a babysitter before dining out. Or, stick with McDonald's.

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I don't mind noise the way some people do. My stepbrother hates it so much, that he can't stand being in his house when a neighbor is mowing the yard.

Unless a neighbor is mowing their yard at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning, I don't mind.

We both agree, though, that leaf blowers have no business being used in a residential area. And, his neighbor uses one often. Last time he used it, was the same morning he had his car washed and detailed. It became a filthy mess.

I have a ritual I do on Sunday nights. I play racquetball with my friend on Friars Road. And, at 11:30, we got to Sombreros for Mexican food (nothing like putting the calories on we just burned off). And, right before it closes at midnight, we often see some crazies walk into the place as we're leaving.

Well, nothing beats the idiot that opened the door last Sunday.

I had my back turned. And, it was the loudest sound. I jumped out of my seat.

It was some long-haired dude that looked like the bassist from Grand Funk Railroad. He had his leafblower going, huge headphone things, and he yells to the cashier "You'll have my bean and cheese ready in 10 minutes, right?" She nodded.

I was going to go out and yell at the idiot. But, there were only two cars in the parking lot. It wasn't worth a person like that, with equipment in his hands, and possibly a 6th grade education, possibly doing something to my car. Or me thinking I could even talk rationally to a person like this.

I let it go. And, that's hard for me to do.

But luckily for me, some businesses seem to be joining in and using that catch phrase from Network..."I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it!"

One of the airlines...I forget which one. And in keeping with tradition in these blogs, I'm not going to do the research and find out. They kicked a family of a plane at one of their stops.

The kids wouldn't shut up, after being told a few times to quiet down and stop running thru the aisles.

The family looked like white trash losers on CNN, saying "The airline has a logo that is a heart with wings...."

They went on about wanting to sue; wanting a refund. And, how this was the kids first flight, and yes, they were a little bit excited and hard to control.

It's about time that parents had to suffer from not raising their kids properly.

I'm just waiting for restaurants and movie theatres to start following in the footsteps.

And, if any of them do, let's do the opposite of a boycott. Let's patrionize these establishments. Let's let them know, that we'd rather dine at a location that doesn't have loud kids. Or, that they only tolerate well behaved children.

If you can't keep your kids in check, or they are 1 and 2 years old and cry for no reason (as babies do), get a babysitter before dining out. Or, stick with McDonald's.

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Right there with ya on the kid thing. I was gathering up my things to walk out of a restaurant not too long ago because of kids running between the tables, coughing his head off. Waitstaff and management did nothing. Right about then, the "parents" collected the little monster & left, hopefully to take him to a shrink for a Ritalin prescription.

My favorite noise incident lately had to do with "adults." I went to a local library, to study. That's what libraries are for, right? WRONG. I discovered that libraries are now places for guys to have loud cell phone conversations.

Lovely.

July 12, 2008

Isn't a library the epitome of the "shhhh!" place?

Also, people have to realize what they sound like on the cell phone. I naturally have a loud voice, and I naturally do a "cell yell"...assuming people can't hear me on my crappy cell phone. Therefore, I always take my conversations outside (even if it's not in a library).

Wait a minute. Who goes to a library anymore? Go to a Starbucks or something. Oh wait...they're all closing. I forgot.

July 13, 2008

I go to libraries. At the downtown library if you're having a bit of a "cell yell" (love that term) they tell you to hang up, go outside, and call back.

Antigeekess (love that term) you should feel free, while in a library, to speak up and do the same.

I also agree that no restaurant fancier than Denny's should allow kids under ten, or anybody who is ill-behaved. Most parents get this, and don't take their little-screamers to interupt your up-scale romantic dinner.

That's one of the reasons McDonalds is such a successful business. It caters to families with kids, providing a play area, special meals, easy to clean surfaces, and only modest noise restrictions.

A friend used to say that McDonalds is America's gift to young parents everywhere. Where else can you feed the kids at a modest price, they can play, and you can nurse your Saturday morning hangover with hot coffee.

All things in their place, huh?

If you go to the library (or are driving your car, Josh) don't answer your phone. Call them back later.

If you go to a fancy restaurant, don't bring your kids (or a leaf blower).

July 14, 2008

And even at a Denny's, if your kids get out of line, we should hear you trying to contain them. Asking them to behave. We should see you taking them outside. We should see them getting better, ONCE you've spoken to them. When we don't see that, we know you're a crappy parent. Just because it's Denny's, doesn't mean anything goes.

July 15, 2008

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