Wine & Cheese – 8th Serving

Every week for Wine & Cheese Wednesday I have decided to devote a blog to whining.  Despite being a really happy, positive person, I do have things that annoy me at times.  I never let anything grate on my nerves for long but thought it would be fun to vent them periodically in my blogs.

I also feel that good things, the cheese in life, should be acknowledged as well.

I’m even going to throw in a bit of dessert, a piece of virtual chocolate, something that made me laugh or smile  just a bit more than normal.

Wine – 8th Glass

Blinkers – Not Just For Decoration

In the course of driving every day it is bound to happen, at the very least once and realistically speaking several times.  You come to a red traffic light at a busy intersection where there are two lanes on your side of the stopping line, and one car in front of you.  A long line of cars is on the opposite side waiting for the light to change.  Finally it goes green and the person in front of you begins to move forward, only to get to the halfway point in the intersection, stop and wait to turn, and maybe turn on their left turn signal.  You are trapped behind this thoughtless ass because everyone that arrived at the light behind you in this high traffic area have filled up both lanes.  If you are fortunate the ass clown in front of you will find a break in on coming vehicles to turn before the light changes again.  WAKE UP PEOPLE that damn turn signal on the side of your steering column is not there to hang things on.  It is for turning on your blinker, in advance, to alert those behind and coming toward  you of your intention to turn.  USE it, so others know and don’t have to wait for you.  Maybe put the cell phone down so you can think this through prior to the intersection.  Now I stand corrected on ash trays but I KNOW turn signals are not options, you don’t pay extra for them, they are not there to look pretty, it is part of driving and believe it or not a cop can use your failure to signal a turn as an excuse to pull you over.  USE YOUR DAMN TURN SIGNALS.

Cashier Abuse

I worked retail as a cashier, both in a grocery store and at a discount department store way back when.  It sucks, flat out.  Minimum wage pay to put up with abuse from customers.  The cashier is NOT responsible for misprints in the flyers.  He or she is not responsible for the store being low on inventory of any item, and certainly is not able to change store policy for returns.  The person standing there ringing up your purchase is not to blame if the system will not authorize the purchase on your debit or credit card.  If you pick up an item that is missing a price tag, this is not the fault of the high school or college student operating the cash register.  And for the love of God get off their backs during the holidays if they don’t say “Merry Christmas” and instead say “Happy Holidays”.  They like their job, they don’t dictate store policy, but are required to follow it if they wish to keep their jobs.  Back the hell off!  Get used to it, Christmas is not the only flipping holiday in December.  Everyone’s holiday is just as important to them as Christmas is to those of us that celebrate it.  Happy Holidays is a nice way to honor everyone’s favorite so stop getting your thong in a knot or getting your boxers steamy over it.

School Bus Social Time

Okay, school is getting ready to start so time to get on my soap box about something that makes me freaking bonkers.  You are cruising down the road and the school bus coming the other way stops and on go the flashing red lights so someone’s little one can get off safely.  So far so good, have NO problems with this whatsoever.  There is junior’s mommy waiting for him at the bus stop as he exits, jumping down that last step, excited to be home.  Now comes the problem….mommy starts yacking with the bus driver!  Never mind that traffic is backing up waiting for the lights to stop flashing so the flow can return, she just keeps running her mouth and the driver keeps on chatting back.  This will sometimes go on for a full minute or more, with no concern for anyone around them, traffic backing up for their little impromptu coffee clutch at the curb.  SHUT THE HELL UP ALREADY, exchange phone numbers and talk on YOUR time!



I LOVE animals, especially those that are pets.  Pets bring special love to our lives and smiles to our faces.  Yes, they come with issues, sometimes pricey ones, other times late night trips out side, but over all they rock.  Your pet loves you no matter what.  I have a special fondness for Penny the Yorkie, my daughter’s little dog that thought it was her responsibility to protect me when my ex was on duty, and of course my cat, Pixel Kitten, who still after 4 months finds my head to be the best place to sleep.  Not many cats will come when you call them, but she does, and hops right up on the pillows, curls up and waits for me at bedtime. (Yes Penny is sporting pink fur on top and a pink bow)


Seriously a power nap is awesome.  I wish I could curl up and take one at work some days.  Nothing like a little nap to alter ones disposition back to happy land.  Sprinkle on the pixie dust, think happy thoughts, and drift off for 30 minutes and see if you don’t feel a lot better!


Music can totally make or break your party or event.  It can help sooth the rough edges of a lousy mood, help us sleep, make an encounter more romantic…it is endless.  Music is medicine.  A Celtic folk CD I have is one of my favorites, always calms me and sets a peaceful frame of mind for me.  I love music!!


Insanity: driving 40 minutes to a health club in order to wait 30 minutes to get on a treadmill for 20 minutes.
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