Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

I think the best part of the Costanza family's observation of the Festivus holiday was the "airing of grievances." In that Festivus spirit, I'm going to get just a few things off my chest.

1. When you stand up in an arena, cell phone to your ear, waving at a friend who is somewhere else in the arena, you look like a total doofus. Sit down and shut up.

2. Speaking of cell phones: No matter how good a driver you are, you should NOT be texting while you're driving. It's stupid, and if you do it you deserve to be in an accident, and the innocent person you hit earns the right to repeatedly hit you in the mouth. Really, you shouldn't even be talking without a headset that allows you to keep your hands on the wheel. I mean, come on, a headset is like $4.99 at Wal-Mart. Isn't your life worth that?

3. Why are you complaining that a beer is $7 or $8 at a Twins, Vikings or Wild game? Someone has to pay for Joe Mauer/Brett Favre/Mikko Koivu. If you don't want it to be you, then don't buy the beer. If you buy the beer, drink it, enjoy it and shut up about how much it cost.

That's pretty much it, which I think is actually a pretty short list of grievances. My favorite line of 2009 came from a Dilbert cartoon, in which Dogbert hands out some pretty good advice when he says, "There's really no point in talking to other people. They're either agreeing with you, or saying stupid stuff."

Words to remember.

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