Posted by: Deborah Drezon Carroll | January 18, 2011

Just Wrong!


Yesterday I was driving along, minding my own business, listening to the radio when a Jake Shimabukuro recording of “Mrs. Robinson” came on. Let me start by saying that he is talented and can do fantastic things with a ukulele so nothing I’m about to say is a judgment of his considerable musical skills. But, folks, some things shouldn’t be, and this is one of them. I once heard Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkle, the duo famous for “Mrs. Robinson”) say that his idea of hell was hearing any of his music turned in Muzak and then being trapped on an elevator listening to it. Or maybe it was a Saturday Night Live routine with him. Either way, I agree.

My friend Michele and I have an expression we use often — “Some things are just wrong.” We reserve it for the things that are truly wrong with the world. Or, in other words, the things that annoy us. So, yesterday’s musical misadventure led me to today’s list of things that are “just wrong.” These are in no particular order. Nor do they fit into any one category other than, “just wrong.”

1. Any recording of Simon and Garfunkle music that doesn’t include the lyrics. The poetry is the reason for the music, after all. And, lest you think I only savor the music recorded before 1970, I feel the same about any recording of Pearl Jam music that doesn’t include the hypnotic voice of Eddie Vedder. I may be old, but not too old to love Vedder.

2. The wearing of socks with sandals. This can be compounded by the unholy “S” trio — socks, sandals and shorts. If you must wear socks with shorts, do us all a favor and put on some shoes. There’s only so much we should be forced to look at.

3. The use of the word “it’s” to mean anything other than “it is.” Really, how hard is that concept to remember? On this same “just wrong” note, I could include the misuse of apostrophes in signs such as in, “Many coffee’s on sale now.” Why not just add the “s”? Why do you even think an apostrophe goes there?

4. Charging for bread in a restaurant. Raise each price of a meal 25 cents if you must, but extend me the courtesy of not charging for bread. It makes me feel unwelcome in your establishment.

5. Sixteen-year-old kids who drive (and own) nicer cars than… well… than I do. And, it’s not that I care about cars very much. It’s just… well, it should be obvious what’s wrong with that.

What’s “just wrong” in your world?

Tamra Writes: How many are we allowed to do???

1. Bringing little kids to movies after 9 PM. They don’t belong there. It’s too late and they can’t sit still. I don’t need to watch 40-Year-Old VIrgin with a 6-year-old.

2. Posting really personal, private, and intimate things on Facebook. Does everybody need to know that you lost your job, your mom died, and you just sat on the toilet for 3 hours after eating bad Chinese food? I don’t think so. If I die, please don’t put me on your Facebook status, it’s just wrong.

3. 12-year-olds wearing nicer clothes, shoes, or bags than I. If you’re 12, do you really need a Prada bag and a Juicy sweatshirt? You’re 12, you’re going to look awkward with or without a 500 dollar accessory.

4. When people say “supposively.” It’s not a word. It never will be.

5. Bad tippers. Unless your waiter or waitress is completely rude and horrible, there is no reason to not leave 20%. What is the difference to you between leaving 10 dollars or leaving 8 dollars? I can’t stand it. If you aren’t willing to leave an acceptable tip, don’t go out to eat and get your own napkins and refills.

I could go on, but I probably shouldn’t.

Shira writes:

1. Pronouncing espresso, “expresso.” Umm, there’s no X and I actually think it’s harder to say it that way.

2. Bridalplasty.

3. Text message chain letters. You’re the one that is going to have 10 years of bad luck if you send me any more of those.

4. When a 10-year-old said to me last week “Miss C, did you see the new Jersey Shore last night?” Not only is that show entirely inappropriate for pretty much anyone to be watching, but it’s on past my bedtime, which means, no 10-year-old should be up watching it either.

5. Posting sonograms and ultrasound pictures on Facebook. Do I have to see the inside of your uterus?

 

Ned writes:

1. People who call and don’t leave a message. I probably don’t want to talk to you anyway.

2. Drivers who don’t move forward when making a left (I don’t mean the other left). I’d like to make the turn too.

3. People who want to be Facebook friends. If you want to be friends, invite me over for dinner. Sorry, I’m busy that night.

4. People at the gym who don’t wipe off the equipment. That’s gross.

5. Reality TV. It’s not reality. It’s just TV.

Enough! Now I’m starting to get annoyed!

 

Alexis Writes:

1. People who bring in anyone under the age of 18 to a nail salon. That’s lady time– not Gymboree time.

2. The use of the word “yuz.” It’s also not a word and no matter who it is they always sound creepy when they say it.

3. Being rude in any way. No matter who you are, you still have no right to be rude to anyone.

4. Putting someone down. Get over yourself.

5. Asking for money so you can go on a trip for your own “self discovery.” Just because I want to go to Italy doesn’t mean I have the right to ask you to pay for it.

6. Getting completely naked in the gym changing area. I realize it’s a locker room, but really?

7. Saying Reality TV is wrong. Don’t judge me because I like it. It makes me feel better about my reality.

 

But, maybe it’s wrong to say what’s wrong. Who are we to judge?

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Responses

  1. LOL That is a great post! hmmm I think I could add: People who do not return a phone message with a phone call. Ummmm excuse me person, but if I took the time to call you, please return the favor, and don’t text me or send me a message on facebook. UGH! Drives me nuts! lol!
    Visiting from SITS today =)

  2. Totally agree. FB is not a phone call. It’s not relieving you of your personal responsibility to reply to me! You are so right. Thanks for stopping by. Send your FB friends. (We won’t hold them responsible for their rudeness!)

  3. 1. Male pick-up drivers on I35. I’m already going over the speed limit and you still have to tailgate?
    2. Hollywood. Need I say more?
    3. Athletes’ salaries. Who taught you how to read your contract and how to write your name? (Have you even thanked a teacher?)
    4. Personal stuff between spouses on FB. Really?
    5. Teenagers who hold their phone in their hand. Put it away. We ALL have phones!
    6. TV interviewers.

  4. HA! I love the athletes comment! I have no idea how we got so screwy in this world where our athletes have become more revered than our teachers. Heck, even the governor of New Jersey shows unmitigated disrespect for teachers, what can we expect from regular people?
    And, the tailgating? Well, that is just so wrong! Good thing you are a patient driver and that looks don’t actually kill.

  5. Here’s a big one and that is………..republishing the classic…Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer and changing the “N” word to “slave”. This is insane because as someone on a talk show pointed out………………Jim………..the character referred to in the book was NOT a slave, but he was indeed classified as a “n”. Yes, I have trouble saying or writing that word, but to change the word so children reading the new version won’t be offended is EXACTLY THE POINT. Children reading the book should be offended by the language and the dehumanizing of the black man named Jim.

  6. Oh, what would Mark Twain say? Oh, wait, he already did say it. “Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.” ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935. We can’t just teach kids about the changes in society and how our language changes over time. We can’t teach them that Twain’s work was actually anti-racism and anti-slavery. We get so hung up on the words that cannot be read or spoken, we forget that we actually can use words to help kids process what they read. Stephen Colbert questions what will be do over time when other words become offensive? Where does it all end?

    You’re right. This IS wrong!

  7. “supposably” is also not a word.

    Y’all are right on all counts.

    The reality of reality tv is that the performers are not actors working from a script. Their reality is that they are relying on their own character not a made up one.

  8. Supposably makes me crazy too. So much so that I looked it up once and, much to my dismay because it sounds so wrong, it said that it’s actually acceptable. I guess people used it so much, it became okay. But, as far as I’m concerned (and you too, it appears), it’s still wrong!

  9. I feel like I need to make a list of these that I want to address. Here we go!

    2. The wearing of socks with sandals. This can be compounded by the unholy “S” trio — socks, sandals and shorts. If you must wear socks with shorts, do us all a favor and put on some shoes. There’s only so much we should be forced to look at.
    What if you make it better by wearing Bermuda shorts?

    3. The use of the word “it’s” to mean anything other than “it is.” Really, how hard is that concept to remember? On this same “just wrong” note, I could include the misuse of apostrophes in signs such as in, “Many coffee’s on sale now.” Why not just add the “s”? Why do you even think an apostrophe goes there?
    This is up there with your, you’re, there, their and they’re. C’mon people!

    5. Sixteen-year-old kids who drive (and own) nicer cars than… well… than I do. And, it’s not that I care about cars very much. It’s just… well, it should be obvious what’s wrong with that.
    This was an epidemic when I was teaching in Jersey. It was easy to tell which lot was for teachers because it was filled with sensible, junky cars. The Mercedes’ and BMWs were all in the student lot.

    Tamra Writes:

    1. Bringing little kids to movies after 9 PM. They don’t belong there. It’s too late and they can’t sit still. I don’t need to watch 40-Year-Old VIrgin with a 6-year-old.
    What are kids doing at those movies at all, let along after 9. Theaters need a policy that no one under 13 allowed in the movies after 9, no execptions.

    3. 12-year-olds wearing nicer clothes, shoes, or bags than I. If you’re 12, do you really need a Prada bag and a Juicy sweatshirt? You’re 12, you’re going to look awkward with or without a 500 dollar accessory.
    See above about the cars.

    Shira writes:

    3. Text message chain letters. You’re the one that is going to have 10 years of bad luck if you send me any more of those.
    It seems that the only ones of these I get are all overly pornographic. I don’t understand. Is my phone supposed to be turning me on? I am fond of women who are shorter than myself, but that’s just WAY too small.

    4. When a 10-year-old said to me last week “Miss C, did you see the new Jersey Shore last night?” Not only is that show entirely inappropriate for pretty much anyone to be watching, but it’s on past my bedtime, which means, no 10-year-old should be up watching it either.
    One of my students wants to be J-Wow (Is that his name?) I think this show is a plague on humanity.

    Ned writes:

    1. People who call and don’t leave a message. I probably don’t want to talk to you anyway.
    “Didn’t you see I called? Why didn’t you call me back?” Because you didn’t leave a message so it obviously wasn’t important, jerk!

    5. Reality TV. It’s not reality. It’s just TV.
    History and Discovery are the only reality channels people should watch.

    Alexis Writes:

    2. The use of the word “yuz.” It’s also not a word and no matter who it is they always sound creepy when they say it.
    In the Pittsburgh area, it’s “yinz” or “yunz.” It makes my skin crawl when someone says it and the first thought into my mind is “It is a shame that you couldn’t pass your fourth grade English class.”

    6. Getting completely naked in the gym changing area. I realize it’s a locker room, but really?
    Seriously! This is the men’s room, lady!

    7. Saying Reality TV is wrong. Don’t judge me because I like it. It makes me feel better about my reality.
    …awkward…

  10. Yeah, we give Alexis a pass on her reality TV habit. She’s mostly such a good person, otherwise. 🙂 Thanks for checking in and sharing your annoyances. We can see you’re one of us! (not sure that’s a good thing but it is what it is.)

  11. For your whole family of teachers, I would also add making a call to a parent about how concerned I am about the lack of the student progress and being told “I will come in for a conference when my daughter shoots someone or burns the building down. Other than that, I work and I don’t have the time. If you can’t do anything, find someone in your school who can.”

  12. Oh man! And they wonder why some kids don’t succeed in school. Oh, I forgot, it’s the teacher’s fault. That too, is just wrong!


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