Wednesday Wonders

Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2011 by Travis Cody in

We wonderss thingsses, precious...yesss we doess.


...why the phrase "My only issue is..." is generally followed by a laundry list of additional concerns.

...why a package that indicates "Serves 2" doesn't also indicate that the meal only serves 2 if you add a side vegetable and dinner rolls.

...why the phrase "So my question is..." is often followed by a laundry list of questions.

...why I used to suffer so much anxiety over a few unopened or unresolved emails in my inbox at work.

...why the phrase "The only thing that bothers me is..." is usually followed by a laundry list of grievances.

...why some drivers find it so difficult to follow this simple rule from the Washington State driving laws:  Drivers must not enter an intersection unless they can get through it without having to stop.  You should wait until traffic ahead clears so you are not blocking the intersection.  (Seriously gang, your destination isn't nearly as important as keeping the intersections clear for emergency vehicles.)

...why some neighbors can't understand the simple courtesy of not running obnoxiously noisy machinery early than 09:00 (9am) and later than 18:00 (6pm).

These thingsses we wonderss, precious...yesss we doess.

We're taped from Vegas tonight.  Our full judging panel sits in for Vegas callbacks as they search for the Top 20 who will dance live for our votes. 

And cue!


  1. jennifer says:

    Oh my, you wouldn't want to be my neighbor (suddenly I'm picturing Mr. Rogers). With this awful 100+ degree heat and humidity, we often do our yard work before 9 and after 6. It helps prevent heat stroke. The ONLY thing is that everyone is doing it and it's only lawnmowers, edgers, and weedeaters, and things are probably more spread out so the noise is less annoying and neighbors hate a grown up yard worse than noise. (*insert big cheeky grin here*)

    Have a wonderful day Trav!

  1. Jen: Well, part of my issue with my particular neighbor is that the obnoxiously noisy machinery runs from 9am to 6pm. It's not for an hour or's all dang day!

  1. I wonderss about that intersection thing myself.

  1. Different driving laws for different states?

    We have 'yellow boxes' at some intersections, which means you shouldn't stop in it... but most drivers somehow lack common sense, and continue moving and blocking other people's paths :(

  1. Thats why I like where I the middle of 60 acres. We are the neighborhood!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great post, of course. I like to read what you are wondering about. Makes me smile. Want to borrow my earplugs? Not literally, of course. But I have the squishy kind that expand when I put them in. They block a lot of the overbearing noises anyway. Happy Wednesday!

  1. Marsha says:

    Neighbors and courtesy seems to be a thing of the past these days. Over the recent holiday we were forced to call the police when our neighbor across the back yard was still partying with music blairing LOUDLY @ 2:30AM...bass rattling my windows....we're talking less than 25 yards from my back door...seriously, you didn't notice that NO ONE else in the neighborhood was UP with lights on BUT YOU???????? We spent the next day trying to catch up on the sleep we didn't get the night before....geezz

  1. So, my only issue is that I have a question but the one thing that bothers me is that I have a billion questions but you're bothered by the fact that my only issue is that I can't ask my billion questions.

  1. Marsha says:

    btw....I don't like having to call the police on my neighbors, I sure wouldn't want them to be called on me, but then, I DO try to be a courtious neighbor!

  1. Linda says:

    You wonders some very interesting things - not quite a laundry list but a good list nonetheless!

    And Desert Songbird's comment totally cracked me up!

  1. I wonderss many of the same things. But as Jennifer pointed out, you have to mow the lawn very early or later in the evening. I do not mind it through 7 - 7:30. But all day long? No, that is discourteous indeed.

    And to Marsha. The laws are certainly different from township to township, but in every town I have ever lived, thee is a noise curfew of 11pm or midnight.

    After that, you have every right to call the police who will, in most cases, just ask them to turn it down to an "inside" level.

  1. Charles: It's pretty annoying, especially if you're stuck in the vehicle that has a green light but can't go because some jackass has the intersection blocked.

    Terra: Most driving laws are the same state to state, but there can be some specific laws that are different such as speed limits. I notice that many driving laws operate along common sense lines.

    NNG: Lucky you!

    GGG: Earplugs would work, but not if I'm trying to watch TV!

    Marsha: I know what you mean. We all want to be tolerant and patient, but sometimes...

    Songbird: Bwahahahahahaaa!

    Linda: Me too!

    V: This past weekend, the weather was perfect for hanging out with the doors and windows open. But we had to keep ours closed because the asshole behind us ran whatever machine he was running from 7am to 10pm both days. And he's been running it every evening so far this week until it's dark. So we are unable to enjoy the beautiful cool spring evenings to keep the condo aired out and fresh.

  1. Debra says:

    It is so annoying to have noisey neighbors. Having been a night shift worker all these years I have learned a few coping skills. One of them is a 20 inch box fan. It filters out all of the daytime noise and gives me a nice humming sound to lull me off to sleep.

  1. Anonymous says:

    the voice mail icon on my cell phone is your email inbox dilemma. I've had the VM icon lit up for a eek, but when I log into my VM it says I have none... (sigh)

    Have a great rest of the week.

  1. Jamie says:

    What I wonderzzz is why they give you the calorie count for a serving and then state there are 2.3 servings in the contents of something you think can barely feed one so now you have to double the calorie count.

    It's a conspiracy I tell you!!!

  1. Is this not someone you can go visit and find out
    1) what machine he is running?
    2) why it has to run 15 hours a day?