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If you're happy and you know it, sit there quietly.

Posted September 12, 2007

It was early Friday morning.  I was waiting in line to get on an airplane when the woman behind me started whistling some random series of notes that wasn't even really a song.  And I thought to myself:

Whistling in public should be outlawed.

At the very least, whistling before 10 a.m., I amended. 

Yes, I can be quite grumpy, and especially in the morning.  But I also do not feel that everyone ought to be subjected to whatever song a person may have in his or her head, particularly in a loud and high-pitched form.  I constantly have songs running through my head.  Quite often they are really annoying songs, and yet I keep them to myself.  You're welcome, society.  Please return the favor.

Maybe you'll think me less curmudgeonly for my anti-whistling stance once you've heard what happened shortly thereafter. 

A woman was sitting next to me on my second plane who, first of all, complained to someone on her phone about the window seat that she got with no seat in front of it because she couldn't put her carry-on bag on the floor and then she'd have to wait until we had taken off to get it out of the overhead compartment to get some work done.  I offered to switch her for my middle seat, which did have a seat in front of it and thus, underseat storage, but she didn't go for it.  She hogged that window and didn't even look out of it, even when there were mountains.  But I digress.

She had a soda can to dispose of and when the flight attendant didn't notice her holding it out, she WHISTLED AT HER. 

We live in a society where this behavior, while rude and degrading and horribly condescending, is still legal.  I'm making a little bit more sense now, aren't I?  It's not entirely about me just being crabby.

I mean, it's not like I want to outlaw rainbows and sunshine.  Well, not after 10 a.m. anyway.


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Jennie says:

September 12, 2007 at 04:40 AM

Ick. Whistling. I think another really rude gesture is signalling a pretend checkmark in the air when a person wants their check from a waiter or waitress. I always want to tell them to get over themselves and wait a freaking second.

Dave says:

September 12, 2007 at 11:22 AM

The pre-10:00 am Lori and I are on the same page! If you can expand this inductive reasoning ability to include all daylight hours and find yourself contemplating a world without such things as sunshine and rainbows, call me. I can prepare you for the last stages of your, um ... transformation.

September 12, 2007 at 11:48 AM

Congratulations on not punching her. Because that is the natural response to public whistling at any time of day. Given that it was morning time, you deserve a medal...

Nope, I'm not a morning person either. I'm sure you had no idea.

Kyla says:

September 12, 2007 at 01:26 PM

Push it back to 11am and we have a deal. LOL.

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