Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday Musings

No Problem

How do you respond when someone says "Thank you?"  If you're like me, you do what your parents raised you to do and say "You're welcome."  When you think about it, it's the ultimate courtesy to tell someone they are welcome to receive whatever you gave or did for him or her.  It's also positive and upbeat.

Try it today...say "thank you" to someone, especially if he or she is under 30.  More often than not, the response you will get is "No problem."  This is very different; the other person is not saying that you are welcome to anything, but rather, it wasn't a problem to do it for you.

When did daily courtesy become an extension of "Goodfellas?"  When did we become so self-centered that doing something for somebody could be considered such a problem that you have to assure that person it was not?  Have we become such a negative society?

Back-Up Plan

Lately, whenever I start to back out of a parking spot, someone inevitably walks right behind my car.  Don't they realize they can get hurt or dead?  Do they expect me to be able to see around the SUVs parked on either side of my car, so that I know they're about to walk behind me?  Even the back-up camera in Joni's car doesn't have 180-degree can only see what is right behind the car.

Maybe it's God's way of thinning the herd.  If so, I don't want to be the one responsible for knocking off Grandma or little Mia.  So, I've started to back into parking spots; then I can leave by driving forward.

Putrid Pizza

Every year, there are lists of the best pizza places, and most people know where they are, to the point that it was big news when Frank Pepe's decided to open a place in Chestnut Hill, MA.  So my question is...if everyone knows what good pizza is supposed to taste like, why are there so many awful pizza joints?

Do they think we don't notice that the crust is doughy or the sauce is watery or the cheese smells like moldy socks?  We do, and we don't like it.  So if you're going to open and run a pizza restaurant, take some extra time getting to know the components of good pizza and make it like that.