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Education Matters: Petty complaints, major gripes

March 31, 2011|By Dan Kimber

Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber’s “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece.

In keeping with Glendale News-Press policy, I have changed my original piece, which expressed strong opinions about the election for Glendale’s board of education, and equally strong opinions about my former union. Feel free to contact me for a synopsis.

Instead, I’ll offer up yet another installment of “Things that Annoy,” with a brand new list that runs the gamut of petty complaints to major gripes. I believe most of these will resonate with you, but a few might have you scratching your heads, like:

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I’m annoyed when a server says upon delivering my food, “Enjoy.” I don’t know why I find that annoying. I just do. I’m also not wild about “No problem” having replaced “You’re welcome.”

I don’t like it when someone punctuates a story with, “You know what I’m sayin’?” I want to answer, “Do I seem that dense to you that you keep asking that question?”

I have major problems with people that interrupt me when I’m telling a story because they are suddenly reminded of their story or they clip my sentences short because they think they know what I’m going to say. They will invariably ask me at the end of their narration to continue on with my story. “Oh, what were you saying,” they will ask. I usually respond, “I don’t remember now.”

Close cousins of the above are people who constantly reach into their pockets to check their communication devices, even while you are talking to them. They seem to want to convey the impression that, “I’m important, I’m popular, you’ll need to share my attention with others.” Those “others” are often nothing more than cyber clutter that passes for meaningful communication.

I have issues with people who don’t, won’t, can’t lift themselves from their sofas to get out and vote. Their mass absence from the polls is a blot on our democracy.

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