Thursday, January 24, 2008

Spit It Out Already

This is just another rambling post about my thought process. While jogging today, it was gum. I am a gum hater. It's the first thing to go when I rule the world. Then poverty, disease, and war.

There's a man I avoid at the gym because he pops his gum when he starts getting winded. My earphones can block the constant chewing, but not the pops. I'm a bit ridiculous about this, I know. The first day of classes I inevitably sat by the gum chewer, but from there on out, made sure to have a three person gap between us. That seemed to be the sound barrier--three people. It's to the point I can peg the loud chewers before they even start.

Then I remembered an Oprah show I saw a few years ago. They casually mentioned gum and Oprah went off. (She hates it too!) She said it's like watching people chew a piece of meat for hours. Somehow the world wasn't affected by her statement. What? She can get people to all go out and buy the 'perfect white t-shirt' and read all the same books, but she can't get people to stop chewing gum with their mouths open?

Amidst the thought train, I was watching the news on one of the TV's. They were following a post man around to see how he deals with the freezing weather we've been experiencing. (Slooow news day, yes.) He said he chews gum to keep his face warm. So now I'm torn. The thermometer said it was 4 degrees. Hmm...

9 comments:

Allison & Noah Riley said...

Those slow news days are how I make a living. Because for real - is a healthy sandwich for the Super Bowl really all that newsworthy :)

I hear ya, sis. I HATE repetitive sounds I can't block out with a little white noise.

Jill said...

Ehh I like gum, I tend to swallow it though. Did you throw up in your mouth a little?

allegra said...

slow news day, ya think?!? i used to believe the world was literally at its end by watching all the bad things on the news. it got depressing and to the point where i couldn't watch anymore. well i stand corrected. st. louis must be the new 'happy valley.' sorry provo :) can i move in?

what is more relaxing than picking the post man's brain? for real? take notes, boston news at 9. take notes.

Danette said...

Everyone has their own little quirks that drive them crazy. I have plenty. I did watch that exact episode of Oprah when she made the comment on people chewing gum (I hate to admit that I love Oprah!). I'm a fan of breath mints but don't mind the gum, I'd rather see someone chomping on their gum than smell their dookie breath!

Danette said...

Oh ya, when are we going to see some cute pics of you pregnant?...Wait, that doesn't happen until your 9th month, I forgot!

Erin said...

You are hilarious. I love these little insightful glimpses into your mind. :)
By the way, I'm chewing gum right now.

Tristie said...

love to hear people's pet pieves. except if they are about things that i do. and i don't pop gum, so we're good.

Aubrey said...

Gosh, I love gum. Ashie loves it too! Don't hate me! I do love hearing your thoughts, they are always better than mine.

hayley said...

I thought I was the only one out there who felt like this! I must have missed that Oprah.