Disturbing Trends

Well, since Jess broke Talkback – I guess I’ll just vent here!

Cell Phones
Cell phones don’t bother me – I like cell phones. Using your cell phone while driving does concern me. What really bothers me, is this disturbing trend of people using cell phones in public restrooms! If you want to use your phone in your own restroom, that’s fine. Just a polite cough to cover up the plops, and I’m happy. But seriously, why are you on your phone in a public restroom!? Cell phones are already intrusive – I’ve had to fight back the urge to sling insults at someone when their phone went off in a movie theater or restaurant. The other day at a bookstore cafe some guy was talking way too loud into his phone, that just seems rude. But the last thing I want while standing at the urinal is some guy talking on his cell phone next to me. And would you really want to be the person on the other end of the phone? I wish people would realize that while they’re on their cell phone in a public place, people nearby can hear half the conversation. And if you’re going to use a phone with a hands-free set – please make it obvious. I have a hard time differentiating between you and the crazy guy that just laughs for no reason every 15 seconds as he’s walking through my building.
Next time some guy is on his phone next to me in the restroom, I’m going to ask him to say hi for me. Or better yet, if it sounds like his wife on the phone, I’ll ask loudly who the hot girl (or maybe guy) he’s with is, and if they’re available.

Religious Spam
Another disturbing trend. I’m actually get email from people who want me to accept Christ as my savior. I already gets tons of spam (the spam-catching service I use has caught almost 3700 junk email messages in the last two weeks. That’s not counting the handful that still get through) I really don’t need more. As far as I can tell, they aren’t trying to ‘validate’ email addresses either – it was plain text, with no read reciept requested. As if this isn’t bad enough – the other day I head out to my car after work and find a 15 page religious color newspaper under my wiper. And they hit every car in the 8-story parking garage. Seriously – do you think some office worker is going to get to his car at 6:00 on a Monday evening, find crap on his windshield and littered all over the garage, and suddenly find God?! I doubt it. But hey, if annoying people and littering up God’s beautiful planet makes you feel better and counts as “Doing God’s Work” – who am I to judge? The back page listed Alamo Ministries as the culprit. Look on their site – they even have a page devoted to legal issues from spamming/littering parking lots. These people are seriously nuts.

Speaking of Spam – someone sent me a link to this guy’s page where he actually ordered Viagra from one of those online places. It was hilarious, but I can’t find the link now. Anyone have it?

White Crosses
All the white crosses scattered around the highways. I’ve noticed these more and more over the last two years. I realize why they’re there… but why are they there? So someone died in a car accident there – do we really need to memorialize that spot? Should we put up white crosses everywhere someone dies? In 2001 almost 43,000 people died in car accidents – do we need a road-side memorial for all of them? What about the people that die of a heart attack – are they less memorable? Let’s put crosses where they died too. Maybe I’m a cold-hearted bastard, but I thought that’s what graves were for.
Do me a favor – don’t put a white cross where I end up dying. Unless it’s someplace cool like Mt Everest or the North Pole…. or in the middle of the produce department at Kroger’s.

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