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Have you noticed lately a good many restaurants playing loud music on their intercom? That's hard to decipher. The other night my wife and I stopped at a favorite steakhouse for dinner. The music was so loud we left before ordering.
I told Rachel I wasn't cranky, that I simply couldn't abide by certain things and saw no reason to keep my feelings secret. After all, the author of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time to refrain from embracing, which means that some things merit rejection. Therefore, as a matter of spiritual obedience, I am obligated to put my foot down about some things.
I try not to be mean spirited about it, but if I had my way I'd rid the world of certain annoyances. Like some motorcycle riders with loud mufflers. They roam up and down our roads. The racket bothers me to no end even though I did the same thing when I was young. I once drove my car for two years with glass pack mufflers. I raced up and down the streets and revved my engine at the stoplights. Now that I'm older, I don't like it and wish it were against the law.
This brings me to my second gripe. Loud rap music in cars, if you can call that garbage music. The kind with lots of bass that you can hear thumping a mile away. Again, the problem here is young men who don't stop to think that other people might not want to hear their music. I'm thinking of running for City Council on a platform of quiet roads and streets. Any car playing loud music would be towed and sold for junk.
After noise and loud music in cars, the next thing that simply rattles my cage is video stores that sell and rent video games such as Grand Theft Auto. One of the most popular videos on the market, it's a game that has sold 40 million copies.
It's not for nothing that Grand Theft has been called "a cop killing game" and a "murder simulator." In one scenario, the player walks into a police station, breaks a convict out of jail and escapes by shooting a bunch of cops. The question I have to ask the manufacturers is, why do you make games that target people who are sworn to protect us? Police officers. People whom we look up to. Why do you want to market a game that gives people even the thought that it's OK to shoot police officers? Why do you want to do that?
Another thing that gripes me is going to my office and finding trash in the yard. People throwing trash from their car windows. I wish I was a police officer and could pull them over and give them a ticket and make them pick it up.
I will never embrace telephone solicitation. I still feel a slight thrill when the phone rings, thinking it might be Ed McMahon telling me I have won a $10 million grand prize. If you're a telephone solicitor, don't waste your time. I don't need to borrow any money, and I don't want to switch phone companies.
Those are the things that make me mad. If I were to think harder, I could probably come up with more. But I'm not going to, because I don't like to dwell on the negative. It goes against my personality.
That's another thing I can't abide. Negative people. Jesus also didn't like people to grouch about things that didn't matter. He called such people gnat strainers. I'm glad I'm not like that.