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and the winner is…


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  • Apr. 16, 2019 - 6:04 PM

and the winner is…

The Newnan Times-Herald

I’d like to thank everyone who submitted an entry into the contest to find the quirkiest pet peeve amongst our readers.

I’ll get back to that shortly, right after this:

I’d also like to thank the few of you that READ THE ENTIRE INSTRUCTIONS and voted for the quirkiest pet peeve from the List of 10 mentioned in a previous column.  Unfortunately there wasn’t a clear favorite, so the contest between Barbara and I for the quirkiest pet peeve ended in a tie. Since “a tie goes to the runner,” well, better luck next time, Barbara.  

Getting back to the readers, there were quite a few submissions to choose from. After weeding out what we considered “normal” pet peeves – people not using turn signals, too many items in the express checkout line, people who are always late and/or have a third nipple, we deliberated for hours – too many coin flips to count – before selecting our clear-cut winner.

But first, here are a couple of the ones that were in contention for the top spot until the very end (when the coin landed on “tails”):

  • People who could have gotten something done in the amount of time they spent explaining why they didn’t have time to do it.
  • Being asked for identification from a teenage cashier to buy a six-pack of beer and in the same breath being asked if I’d like the senior citizen discount because it’s Wednesday.
  • My heart skipping a beat when I hear a siren while driving only to discover it came from the car radio and NOT the men in blue.
  • When a person tries telling me something and can’t get from point A to point B – the point of the story – without going into a lot of extraneous detail that has absolutely nothing to do with the point of the story.  
  • People who don’t use their “indoor voice” when it’s appropriate.  
  • People who move their lips while they read.  
  • People slowly walking three or four abreast on a sidewalk, making it impossible for anyone to pass.
  • Pushing the elevator call button more than once, as if it will make the elevator appear sooner.  
  • People who say, “Can I ask you something?” and don’t wait for you to reply before going ahead and asking you something.  

One reader – maybe/maybe not taking a stab at the Top 10 list of Barbara’s and my pet peeves from that earlier column said theirs was ‘Top 10 lists.”  I must admit that regardless of the reader’s intent, I sort of liked it, but alas the coin once again landed on “tails.”

Now, here is our choice as the Quirkiest Pet Peeve, submitted by Sheryl Smith of McDonough:

“If I’m in a bad mood, my husband breathes too loud.”  

Sheryl received a copy of my book, “Southern Charm,” for her winning entry.

By the way, I was just kidding about the coin tosses. Which reminds me of one other submitted pet peeve I failed to mention earlier:

“Smart-aleck columnists.”

Scott Ludwig lives, runs and writes in Senoia. His latest book, “Southern Charm” is a collection of his first 101 columns for The Newnan Times-Herald. He can be reached at magicludwig1@gmail.com .