The sign read, “Warning! Pet Peeves Ahead!” It wasn’t posted on a roadside, like an alert letting you know “bridge out ahead” or “road closed.” It appeared online.
However, it reminded me most everyone has those little irritating annoyances other people commit that get under one’s skin, don’t we? We try to ignore them, but they get to us anyway.
Like interrupters who won’t let you finish your sentence. Or loud public phone conversations. Or having a conversation in which the other person’s phone dings and they stop and read the new text word for word, obviously no longer listening to you. What else is on my list?
In the late 1800’s, Jorge Rodriguez successfully robbed banks along the Texas-Mexico border. He’d slip into Texas border towns, raid the bank and slip back across the Rio Grande. Finally, a Texas Ranger saw Jorge cross the river and trailed him as he returned to his village and entered the nearby cantina.
The Ranger walked in on Jorge. With pistols drawn, he said, “I know who you are, Jorge, and I’m here to arrest you and recover the money you have stolen in Texas. Give it to me, or I’m going to shoot you.”
However, Jorge didn’t speak English and the officer didn’t speak Spanish. Just then a clever onlooker walked up and said, “Senor, I speak Spanish and English. Can I translate for you?” The Ranger agreed, and the fellow started speaking Spanish to Jorge.
Nervously, Jorge listened, frowned and responded, “Tell the big Texas Ranger I have not spent one cent of the money. If he will go to the well south of town, face north,
On July 9, a door flew open on a GardaWorld armored truck and out fluttered $175,000 all over Dunwoody’s stretch of westbound I-285. For a few minutes, it rained cash and roughly fifty people stopped, risking life and limb to scoop up the unexpected windfall.
When police arrived, the motorists were gone and only $200 was recovered. The next day, a Dunwoody police spokesman reminded the cash grabbers the money
A few months after moving to a small town, a woman complained to a neighbor about the poor service at the local drug store. She hoped the new acquaintance would repeat her complaint to the owner. The next time she was in the drug store, the druggist greeted her with a big smile and told her how glad he was to see her. He provided excellent service.
Later the woman reported the drastic change to her friend.
Two Sundays ago, the golfing world witnessed Tiger Woods’ outstanding performance at the Masters in Augusta. It had been 3,954 days since Woods won a major. Suddenly, the man who hadn’t won in five years proudly donned the green jacket.
Nine players entered the weekend within a shot of the lead, the most in Masters history. That congested scoreboard continued into Sunday’s final round as each hole eliminated the