Caustic Concerns of a Crusty Curmudgeon


Stuff I’m Sick and Tired Of

By Jeff Salter

I was mildly surprised to learn that this topic had been one of my suggestions. If I had anything particular in mind when I nominated the topic (several months ago), I’d surely forgotten it by the time this week actually began. So I’ve spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday thinking up Things I’m Really Sick Of — whether they be Activities, Behaviors, Attitudes, or Expressions.

Not sure which topic this one fits into, but I’m really sick of POLITICS. It would be fine with me to toss out almost the entire bunch of politicians and start over with ordinary honest citizens who are willing to devote a few years of their lives to public service… and then return to whatever they’d been doing.


That said (as my introductory), here are a few other things I’m really sick of:


*** Vandalism — Just the other day somebody threw paint on the Vietnam Memorial. Disgusting.

*** Pirating — People who steal books written by me or other authors… and provide them to anyone who wants a copy. Theft.

*** Hackers — Computer savvy people who do their very best to ruin the Internet experience for the rest of us.


*** Drivers who follow too closely and refuse to use their turn signals.

*** Vehicle operators who are more focused on phoning and texting… than driving.

*** Folks who make up their own parking spaces… for THEIR convenience (thereby causing problems for the rest of us).

*** People presuming to make decisions for me: like certain contractors, dealers, or salesmen… who might say “oh, you don’t want that” or “Here’s the one you’ll like.” If I’m gonna pay for it, how about letting ME decide whether I do or don’t like that particular feature.



*** People who, because they do not like something, believe that item should not be available for use by anyone else. Let’s say a handful of influential people despise ball pein hammers (believing them to be dangerous or impractical or unnecessary) and instead of merely electing not to use ball pein hammers themselves, they decide to keep ME (and everyone else) from using one.

*** Stupid laws, like the one which banned the standard gasoline can – which was far cheaper and much easier to use – and now requires EVERYone to use the new, expensive “safety” gasoline can… which is extremely difficult to use and spills gasoline all over everywhere. Explain to me, again, how this is “safer”.


“At the end of the day” — I am so sick of everyone, from television’s talking heads to columnists and bloggers – not to mention politicians – prefacing their closing conclusion with that hackneyed expression. I don’t know who popularized it, but it seemingly surfaced just a few years ago and now I hear it almost everywhere from nearly everyone, all the way down to grade school kids. Next thing I hear will be a kindergarten kid saying, “At the end of the day, I’d rather have a hot dog than pizza.”

“Do what?” — For years I thought this was a regional response by people who didn’t hear very well. But now I’ve concluded it’s a bizarre reflexive reply to nearly any statement, observation, or question. For years, when faced with that question (“Do what?”), I’ve wanted to reply, “I didn’t say, do anything.” Here’s an example:
Me: “Gosh, that’s a nice looking truck.”
Them: “Do what?”

“That’s what she said.” — You’d think this stupid rejoinder would be confined to middle school campuses. In case you’ve never been exposed to it, it goes like this: nearly anything you utter is met by the reply, “That’s what she said.” Then the respondent doubles over in laughter. First of all, it’s not amusing. It’s stupid, it’s juvenile, and it’s irritating. When I was an Air Force sergeant, a new captain transferred in and he began our working relationship by playing the “That’s what she said” card to nearly every utterance of mine. It took me several weeks to straighten him out about that and a few other annoying habits.


Does anything tick you off?

[JLS # 285]


About jeff7salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Twelve completed novels and five completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015, "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015, "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015, "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014, "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014, "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014, "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014, "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013, "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013, "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013, "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012, "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012. Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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18 Responses to Caustic Concerns of a Crusty Curmudgeon

  1. sharon ruffy says:

    i think you have about covered it.

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  2. People picking their nose right up to their brain, in the car.
    Walking my dog, who’s shy meeting other dogs for the first time. I gently let the owner of the approaching dog know she’s somewhat reserved with unknown dogs. I get the “My dog is very friendly don’t worry” routine and then the dog goes into a dominance move and tries to mount, take out my dog’s throat or gtowls and barks at her. Then the,”Goodness he’s never done that before.” line happens and my dog has one more reason to be wary of other dogs.
    A priest who in the sanctity and anonymity of confession asks you how your sister’s doing and names her as he asks.

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  3. Micki Gibson says:

    I’m just tired this week, not sick and tired. But I found the time to get over here for the first time in FOREVER! Thanks for making me smile and because your very first one (Politics) was my first pick for a S&T. I haven’t really heard the “Do what?” much. As for “That’s what she said,” let me just say that after having spent the past year teaching high school, they don’t use it any more and I’m pretty sure that even the middle schoolers are past it. Granted there’s a whole slew of other slang I can live without (“bae” seems to be my biggie these days though I tolerate it), but I figure once anything has entered my lexicon as a middle aged white woman, it’s beyond outdated. Oh, as for “behaviors”, I’m so over “dabbing”. So over it that I’m not even curious as to where it originated from, that’s how sick and tired of it that move is for me. Anyhow, great list!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Delighted to see you back in “town”, Micki. I’ve missed you here at 4F1H.
      Glad to learn that one of my peeves may no longer be as prevalent.
      What the heck is “dabbing”?


  4. Ann Kilter says:

    I’m sick and tired of the arrogance and name calling done in the name of Trump and Hillary by their supporters. Also sick and tired of outrage merchants who create memes that then spread by unthinking followers only loosely connected to the truth. Also bicycle riders who flagrantly disregard the laws drivers must follow. Many think that stop signs do not apply to them. Also, pedestrians who seem to have no regard for their own life. My mother taught me to look both ways before crossing the street.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      thanks for visiting, Ann.
      Yes, I totally agree on all your peeves.
      In particular, the careless pedestrians. These days, a normal grocery store parking lot could easily turn into a field of death and destruction… due to the carelessness of walkers and parkers and drivers.


  5. jbrayweber says:

    You covered it. Especially about the ball pein hammer and gas can reference. I’ve been tempted to post a picture of what I did over the weekend with a certain type of mass destruction tool. It would do no good. But then maybe I’d see less of their rants because they’d unfriend me.

    I’m tired of people twisting history so as not offend anyone.
    Hate it when people block the supermarket aisle with their carts.
    Can’t stand how no one smiles, says please and thank you, holds open doors. What the heck happened to common courtesy?
    Slow drivers oblivious to other drivers. Ugh!
    HATE, hate the idea of entitlement!
    Insurance companies.

    I could go on.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I agree with all of yours, also, Jenn. Especially the people in supermarkets. How can they imagine they are the ONLY person wishing to use that particular aisle when they must have seen the other 150 people elsewhere in that same store. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to double back and skip an aisle because some inconsiderate and oblivious idiot is reading the labels on 13 identical cans of soup.

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  6. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I never heard “Do what?” and “That’s what she said.” I’ve heard “Say what?” which is apparently used in similar situations. Hubby and I have no idea what a safety gasoline can is – we’ve never needed them (an advantage of living in a more urban area, I guess). I agree with the behaviors you list – quite annoying!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      At least “say what” makes sense. It means, I didn’t quite comprehend so I’d like to hear it again. But that entire “do what” business is so irritatingly inane — I didn’t tell you to DO anything!
      The new “safety” gasoline cans have done away with the straightforward pour spout. In its place is a bizarre spring-loaded affair which requires at least three hands to operate and leaks gas all over the place. Idiots!


  7. I Bo, you hit lot of good things.I agree about the ‘safety’ gas cans.They are a mess.
    I haven’t heard “Do what?”, but they still don’t got no ideal here!
    And, like you, I see that I came up with an upcoming topic suggestion that I do not remember making…???

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  8. Kim marcum says:

    I can agree with you on all of the above causing irritation in my life also. The last one I must adjust a tad…whenever I’m explaining or telling anything to Rick he will cut me off by saying, “That’s what I’m saying!” And I’m always like NO IT’S NOT WHAT YOU’RE SAYING, it’s what I’m saying !!!! Or trying to say…if you’d let me finish!!!!!
    Anywho, enjoyed this article;)

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  9. “Like a boss!” I find that phrase annoying and won’t allow my kids to use it. My nephew says it all the time and after hearing it ten times in as many minutes I ask him to stop using that phrase. He will stop while he’s at my house but goes right back to using it constantly as soon as he walks out my door.

    I had never heard “Do what.” but it seems that would bother me.

    As I was reading your post I was nodding in agreement.

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