Today I’m too lazy to write my own post.  I’ve eaten far too many cookies and feel too lethargic to even think about typing an entire paragraph.  (Yeah, like I use paragraphs on this blog.  Pft!)

So instead of laying off the cookies, I peer pressured my friend Sarah at The Sadder But Wiser Girl to write a post for me.  Okay, so it wasn’t so much peer pressure as it was a strong suggestion.

Okay, okay, I threatened to give her phone number to every telemarketer who called me if she didn’t do this.  Whatever.  Let’s not split hairs.

So, because The Sadder But Wiser Girl is a caring person, and because she doesn’t like getting unsolicited calls, here is her post below.

Before you read it, allow me to tell you a little bit about her.  (I totally swiped this from the bio on her webpage but don’t tell her….there’s all those pesky copyright issues and I think she may be mad at me because I gave the telemarketers her number anyway.)

Is she with a moose? Yes. Is the moose chocolate? Why else would she stand by a moose?

The Sadder But Wiser Girl does not live in a pineapple under the sea.  But she does live in the land of corn and wind turbines.  You can find her mindless ramblings on . Sometimes funny, always disorganized, this mama of two actually does follow proper etiquette and ALWAYS at least wears pants to go grocery shopping.

Love her.  Follow her.  Visit her page regularly.  (Just don’t add her to any solicitation lists…she’s not a fan.)

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Rules?  Where we’re going we don’t need RULES!

Hmmmm… they must be coming to our time period.

Not too long ago I made an emergency  trip to the store for cheese.  Cheese is a very important commodity in my house.  It is so vital and precious to our family that you’d think if the baby Jesus was born in a nearby manger that my family would bring a gift of a block of cheese.  That is if they would actually share it.  Forget that I said that.  Sorry baby Jesus, no cheese for you.

Annnnnyway, I walked in and glanced at the sign on the door.  I doubled back to make sure I read it correctly.  It said “We encourage you to wear shirts and shoes in our establishment.”

First of all, the fact I even noticed the sign is incredible in itself.  Bravo to me.

Second of all, WTH?  Whatever happened to “No shirts, no shoes, no service?”

So basically, it was a strong suggestion but not a requirement that clothes  were worn in the store?  If someone walked in wearing only underwear, that person would get nothing more than a rude stare from the clerk?


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Oh I bet they are headed for Fareway!

(Disclaimer: I am not making fun of unemployed, poor, or naked people.  If you are an unemployed poor naked person, I strongly suggest you quit reading this and get off the internet now.)


I recently worked as a substitute teacher in an early childhood classroom.  One of the rules required parents to wash their children’s hands prior to arrival.  We all know what giant petri dish childcare centers can be.   Since there was limited access to sinks at the school, hand-washing at home wasn’t an unreasonable request; especially during flu season.  It was not only a well-known rule, it was printed on signs at various locations in the facility.

Yet there were parents that outright refused to do it.

What?! Oh my goodness, I’m sorry your kid is going to be either 1) puking by the end of the week or 2) a carrier of something that causes everyone to be puking by the end of the week.  Whose fault is that? YOURS.

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That poor turtle!

There are some signs that I just can’t believe need to be there, like the sign above.  That poor turtle.  Were people actually standing on him (or her, I won’t be sexist) or is it a preemptive strike?  Are people really that dumb, or are they just that disrespectful?

I shop at Goodwill frequently, and there’s a sign prominently displayed in the toy area that says “Please do not leave children unattended.”  Yet every time I’m in there, I see at least two children back there with no parents in sight.  I’d love to see them change it to “Unattended children will be sold.”  Somehow I doubt it would make a difference, but I would LOVE to see a Goodwill worker come walking out with a price sticker and just start sticking $0.99 stickers on all unattended children!

It’s just like when I go to the movies.  The signs forbidding cell phones are everywhere.  Most everyone is in the theater when the popcorn comes dancing across the screen and the sign pops up reminding everyone to turn off their phones.  YET there are still a sea of phones texting and browsing the internets during the show.  And then there’s that one person who has to have a loud conversation regardless of those nearby;  “OMG I’m like TOTALLY at the movie and we are like totally like NOT making out and…”

I have kids.  I’m lucky to get to the movie once or twice a year.  I WANT TO WATCH THE MOVIE!!!

I’m thinking about some of the signs  we’re going to start seeing eventually:

We strongly suggest you wipe your butt after pooping.”

Please do not lick the produce.”

And my personal favorite:

Please refrain from sleeping while driving.”  I know I’ve seen it done.  Many times.

I hope you enjoyed my little rant… I don’t get ranty too often, so I hope my husband is proud of this.

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Dammit I’m gonna break that door DOWN if it don’t open ‘cuz I’m gonna ENTER!


32 Thoughts on “Common Decency-It’s In The PAST, man (A guest post!)

  1. Ugh, I went to watch a movie over the weekend. Sure enough, some lady kept getting calls. A whole little verbal exchange happened about it with another moviegoer. I was really surprised people are so rude. Great post!
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  2. Great rant and especially loved the Back to the Future quote, lol!! Wonderful guest post and loved having two of favorites occupying this one space today 🙂
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  3. You should rant more often! This post reminds me of the headlines segment Jay Leno does; sometimes he shows utterly ridiculous signs like the ones you did. How about one that says, “If we have to post a sign about this, you really are too stupid to leave the house.”
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  4. Every time I see a ridiculous sign, I take a picture with the intention of sharing on the internet. And then I get lazy or forget.

    Also cheese is worth more than its weight in gold in our house.
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    • I would probably do the same thing with the signs because that sounds like me! Behold the power of cheese…
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    • Write a post with the signs! DO IT!

      As for cheese, it’s literally worth it’s weight in my house. No, like, for real. I gain weight whenever I eat cheese. It’s like a pound for pound gain.

      Do I still buy and consume cheese? Duh. Every week. What am I? An a-hole? I NEED DAIRY!

      • I made this ridiculous decision to only buy blocks of cheese to try to stretch our dollar, have more healthy things to snack on, and because the shredded stuff contains cellulose it would be better for us. Therefore, instead of just grabbing some shredded cheese out of a purchased bag of preshredded cheese, I thought we’d just grate the cheese as we need it. This presented two problems:
        1) My husband takes a knife and a block of cheese and eats the whole thing in one sitting. Almost every day=no cheese left.
        2) Every time I want shredded cheese I have to go get out the grater and shred some. More work and more dishes. Boo.
        Sometimes my ideas aren’t so bright…
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  5. Or how about: “Please refrain from shaving and /or applying make-up while driving.” Loved reading your post!
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    • SHAVING?! You’ve seen someone shaving?! Please tell me it was only their facial hair. If you tell me it was their nether-regions I might just die of laughter. I would then proceed to ask a series of questions about how you knew they were shaving their nether-regions, as one would have to be at a very distinct angle to observe such things.

      Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting! I will now be on the look-out for people shaving and applying make-up while driving. I wonder if it’s the same people who are shaving and then putting on make up. If so, I’ve got a lot of questions for them too.

      Your comment has posed more questions for me than answers, but I”m cool with it, mostly because I’m an inquiring mind. 🙂

    • Oh! I never even thought about that one! HA HA!
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  6. You’re so sweet even your rants are PG. I love that about you 😉 I’ve noticed our society has gotten a lot more Politically Correct in our verbiage, yet our actions are to the contrary. Ugh!
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    • Stephanie,

      I assume you’re referring to Sarah when you say she’s sweet, as that’s not something I’m usually accused of. However, since this is my blog, I’m going to pretend like you were talking about me. Even though I know it’s not true, it makes me feel better. Thanks for that.

      And you’re right; we are trying to be more PC in our verbiage yet our actions are the exact opposite. I never thought about that, but it’s completely true! You have some profound thoughts there, lady!

      And again, thanks for saying I’m sweet. It’s one of the things I love about myself too! 🙂

    • Yeah, even my rants…PG. I once used the f word in a text to my husband (I was REALLY mad). I can’t remember his exact comment but something to the extent of that I must have been mad to take the time to type out the word or something. My life is a PG movie…
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  7. Add “no sex while driving” cause living down from Panama City Beach with all of the spring breakers… I have seen it ALL!!! And no dressing/undressing while driving… LOL! Some people are a little more than touched in the head! You know they had to have been dropped as a baby… repeatedly!
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  8. you should totally rant more often! signs do crack me up
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    • I agree that Sarah should rant more often! I pretty much rant in most of my posts, so naturally, I find rants hilarious.

      I also think they’re better if read in a Kermit the frog voice. It makes them more enjoyable, while paying homage to my favorite little green man.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hopefully you enjoyed a post or two of mine as well. 🙂

    • My husband is the king of ranting. I SHOULD rant more simply for the fact that I know I won’t be outdone in print by him. I keep telling him that he needs to publish a weekly rant. He finally signed up for a blog at WordPress so he could dole out advice after my advice post last week. Baby steps, baby steps…
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  9. I just LOVE this ranty side of you!! And how in the world did you get that picture of my daughter’s boyfriend? Bahahahaha – just kidding. But seriously, how did you get it?
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    • Hee hee. i know you’re probably talking to Sarah, but since I like to respond to comments, you’re stuck hearing from me until the real woman of the hour can respond.

      I suspect she’s out saving the world and/or collecting various humanitarian awards. Either that, or she’s holed up in the bathroom eating a block of cheese and hiding it from her family.

      Either are possible.

      • You are so close-I was saving the world, or at least the members of my immediate household. We’re on Day two of cleaning the game room. This is a room that my children make messes in and don’t clean up. It’s getting cleaned up now, BIG TIME. I also missed a phone call from my son’s school letting me know that he had a potty accident and he is sans underwear. Where’s my Mom of the Year Award today?

        Which one is your daughter’s boyfriend? THe naked guy or Doc Brown? Both are disturbing in their own way…
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  10. Great post Sarah!! I love that clothing is only strongly encouraged now! I hate getting so dressed up when I go shopping!

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