I was going to title this “Rants” but I don’t really have the energy in my arguments.  Alas, I’m grumpy today, and two things bothered me in particular.

Firstly in the last two weeks I’ve had some version of this conversation at least six times:

“Good morning.  Iced tea please, large with lemon.”

“What size?”


“Lemon and sugar?”

“Lemon only please.”

Is it that hard to pay attention when I order?  We’re both speaking English, and although I have a bit of a Boston accent that should be OK.  This is after all metro Boston.


Oddly, the English-as-a-second-language servers seem to have a better time with my order.  Perhaps they have to pay attention in order to understand me.

And then there’s this:

I’m not a fan of the Thin Blue Line stickers.  Regardless of my opinion, the purpose of the stickers is to have a small, discreet emblem which identifies LEOs and/or their family members to other LEOs.

When you make it a foot wide and emblazon it with the words “STATE TROOPER” it just makes you look like a jerk and reinforces the negative stereotype of Troopers.  Mine is bigger than yours, and so forth.

And for what it’s worth, if you saw the whole car you would never believe it anyway.  At best this was the teenage son of a Trooper.

/peeved mode off/

We now return you to your randomly scheduled musings.