Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there?
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Have you noticed that things aren’t as civil as they once were Or that rudeness is no longer an exception but a lifestyle Sure you have. All you need to do is set foot outside your door to see that bad manners are taking over everywhere. People are yakking on cell phones in restaurants, even at church. Folks in carpools wear enough cologne to make our eyes bleed. Complete strangers think it’s OK to rub a pregnant lady’s belly. Passengers abuse flight attendants, family outings to the ball park are ruined by rowdy drunks . . . a congressman heckled the President of the United States.
Well, Whoopi Goldberg has noticed all this and more and asked herself, “Is it just me” Unleashing her trademark irreverence and humor, her new book of observations takes a funny and excruciatingly honest look at how a loss of civility is messing with the quality of life for all of us.
So if your pet peeve is folks who talk in movie theaters like it was their living room, or if you get bugged by people clipping their nails and performing other personal hygiene next to you on the bus, or if you cringe when “please” and “thank you” get replaced by “gimme” and “huh” . . . you have found a kindred spirit. Because Whoopi has witnessed the growing disrespect and rudeness in our lives and realized she is not alone. And, as you’ll discover in these pages, neither are you.
please don’t aggravate everybody else by being one of those Einsteins trying to sneak on extra bags. The truth of the matter is, if you do what they ask you to do and not try to be slick, there’s space for everybody. Look around the boarding gate. Everybody else wants to be slick too . . . They also want to bring fifty-five bags on, but guess what? They can’t. So please do what they’re asking you to do. Don’t be a hog. Now, if you’re smart, and you don’t want to spend that money, find out what
responsibility. You know, we can talk about responsibility with kids as much as we want to, but the truth of the matter is you’re the adult. You are responsible. When they’re seven and eight you can’t ask them to be responsible. You can ask them to be responsible for homework. But you can’t ask them to be responsible for how you’re doing. Or how you’re feeling. It just isn’t their responsibility to take care of you. It’s your responsibility to take care of them. And you have to be measured, I
they do that, they say they’re reporting news, but what they’re really saying is this is what we hear happened. Look for the wording. It’s usually something like, “A source close to this says this is what happened.” Or “Sources with knowledge of the situation indicate . . .” Hey, if you trust your newspaper or news station . . . that may be all right for you. For the reputable media, what they are doing is using careful language to say that they have done their homework and have verification.
other parents are not going to honor your rules when it’s not your house . . . They’re just not. And your kid is not going to tell you they’re breaking your rules if another parent says it’s all right. Now . . . you can say, “Listen, different families have different rules. When you are over there for your sleepover, you tell them you’re not allowed to watch R-rated films.” And the other parents, who think the R-rated film is just fine, will probably go, “Well, it’s OK, I’ll talk to your mother.”
that are out there now. It’s the same for everyone. There is no privacy. And we brought this on ourselves. Cell phones. Man, have cell phones changed the game. How? Simple. They have cameras and video on them. Anything I do or anywhere I go, someone with a cell phone is there to take a picture or to pick up something I am overheard saying, and then it can be taken out of context. And after it happens, I’ve learned there’s no point in clarifying. People don’t want to listen. It feels like