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Yakkity yak, don’t talk back

It’s Monday morning, and again I’m struggling because like most everybody I’m still adjusting to Daylight Saving Time.

We all lost an hour of sleep Sunday evening, and we won’t get it back for a long time, so get used to it.

Because I’m still adjusting, I’m struggling to come up with a grand theme for this week’s column.

There are plenty of issues out there, but legions of other columnists have taken those up.

I’m not a political person, so I hesitate to talk about sequestration, climate change or other things the talking heads are discussing this week on various media outlets.

All I can talk about is what I see on a daily basis, and one thing in particular bothers me.

If people can put down their cell phones for one second, hear me out.

Nothing irritates me more than someone trying to order food, buy groceries or conduct business at a checkout counter while constantly gabbing away on his or her cell phone.

I’ve started to see more and more merchants place signage at the counter politely asking customers to put away their cell phones while going through the line, and I couldn’t agree more.

Technology is a wonderful thing, and I understand the need to stay in contact with family and friends, but can’t it wait until you’ve paid for your groceries?

I was in line at a fast food restaurant just last week and observed a gentleman in line ahead of me place his order, pay for it and walk out of the restaurant, all the while talking on his cell phone.

It’s not enough for some people to conduct their personal business in public.

They have to broadcast it for everyone to hear how important they are.

Things happen, and I know you can’t anticipate incoming calls, and moreover they may have to be calls you need to answer immediately.

I understand that.

That type of annoyance is quickly rising to the top of my list, near litterbugs, people who decline to use turn signals while driving, and, oh yes, those drivers who cruise in the turn lane.

We live in an age where common courtesy seems to be a sign of weakness, where some people expect to be treated with respect but don’t feel the need to reciprocate or even say, “You’re welcome.” 

If you’re too much in a hurry to be polite, then slow down and at least don’t waste the extra daylight we’re enjoying now.