Ranting and Moaning

I don’t wake up every morning thinking ‘What can I complain about today?’, I assure you. But given the amount of griping I get through in an average year, you might be forgiven for thinking I do just that. I blame the weather of course. I’m sure if I didn’t live in the English county of Atlantis, I might be a lot happier, and less inclined to bang on about things.

“So what is rattling your chain, Pete?” I hear you cry.

The ongoing issue of dog poo continues to irritate. So many people are not picking up after their dogs these days, they are getting the rest of us a bad name. Poo bags are exceptionally cheap, so there is no excuse not to take any on your dog walks. Yes, I know grabbing a pile of warm poo through a reversed bag is a far from pleasant task. But tell me, when you got your dog, did you expect it to shit nice dry owl pellets? I think not. Stop leaving your dog crap where people can step in it, and then glare at me and Ollie as if it is our fault.

Plastic water bottles. Let’s face it, I hate them. They are everywhere. Here’s a newsflash for all you bottled water drinkers too. Most of it comes from out of a tap in the factory. Get a reusable one, save the oceans, and whatever else is being poisoned by your drinking habits. And what is it with standing your empty bottle on top of the waste bin? Is that a statement? You are too cool to actually put it in the slot two inches lower down, and want everyone to know that. Another newsflash. It is not cool at all. Alan Delon was cool. Steve McQueen was cool. I bet neither of those guys ever stood their empty bottles of anything on top of a waste bin. So grow up!

Talking about growing up, what’s with grown men playing with noisy drone toys? Not the big drones that take photos of industrial sites, or search for lost people. No, the cheap as chips buzzy things that are bought for next to nothing at Aldi, then so badly handled in public places they look as if they might suddenly drop and take my eye out. They are supposed to be toys, so go and play with them in you own gardens. Please. (I asked nicely)

Only three moans? Of course not. There are more.

Why do people move to a quiet village in the countryside that has no street lighting, if they don’t like the dark? I know, why don’t you move somewhere peaceful and quiet, then install floodlights around your house that would easily illuminate a WW2 prisoner of war camp? Then leave them on all night, in case a hedgehog needs to see to eat the bread and milk you left out for it. While you are at it, make sure they are not the type that go off after a short time. No, get the ones with a switch that allows you to leave them permanently on. And if I were you, I would make sure that you point them away from your own house, so that the light just goes straight into the windows of your neighbours. That way, we might still be awake when and if a burglar ever breaks into your place, and meanwhile you will get a good night’s sleep.

That’s all for now. I need to have a rest to calm down.

73 thoughts on “Ranting and Moaning

      1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚awww, sorry, Pete. I hope you are reading this comment with pooless feet. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ teasing mode is on. I was in a big problem but now I feel it’s gone. Next time do me a favour and don’t wear shoes. Let people see your leg’s print. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  1. In today’s hectic world, we really need to find ways to calm down and to find some peace. If we obsess with all that is irritating us, we only feed the fires of our discontent and that is not good for either mind, body nor spirit. We need to withdraw daily to a quiet, secret place where all the noise of the world is intentionally shut out if but for only 15 minutes per day. Contemplative Meditation is also a sanctuary of peace and sanity for those who can master it.

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      1. Find a secluded place (even a room) and lock all the doors and do whatever you want to do for 15 minutes per day — read, write, meditate, listen to calming music, take a nap …do some Journaling — take a warm bath with some candles and incense burning — or fragrant aromatic oils —the idea is to do what YOU want to do and not what is expected of you.

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  2. I haven’t found any raccoons willing to pick up after themselves. Dogs seem to love to roll in the stuff. As for water, we live down the street from the Coca Cola plant where they bottle our town’s water and sell it to people. I was just wondering earlier today whoever got the idea to sell water back to people in their own towns. Brilliant.

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  3. So agree with all your comments Pete, I’ll have to make sure I don’t fall foul of the spotlight issue when our house build is finished in a non street light area.

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  4. I wish I collected our dogs crap, because when I find it is normally by touch! I used to get annoyed by those people that picked it up and then hung the bag on a tree! WTF! you went to all the trouble to pick it up then leave it in a tree, why?
    Bottled water, dont get me started on bottled water, 1000% profit and millions buy into it, if the same economics were applied to all that we eat and drink, we wouldn’t be able to eat and drink, a sure sign the human race is doomed due to its own stupidity.
    I’m still waiting to see my first drone, so I can shoot it out of the sky πŸ™‚ But I have to admit one would be handy for checking on the goats πŸ™‚
    I’m sorry about the light though, but I have to leave it on so I can find the house in the dark πŸ™‚

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  5. I left a long comment – agreeing with you and telling you relevant funny stories but when I hot post comment I got the ‘sorry this site isn’t available’ and the comment disappeared. Not in the mood to try to re-write it. Totally agree with all you wrote.

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  6. All worthy of complaint. Folks here pick up their dog pooh, at least in my neighborhood. No drones have been heard. As for lights, we too live mostly in the dark near the swamp. Had one neighbor who left his lanai lights on occasionally but someone must have spoken to him and now they are off at night.



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  7. (1) Bear poo is disgusting, but Pooh Bear is cute.
    (2) No one in Las Vegas drinks from the tap, unless it’s attached to a water purifier. Tap water tastes awful here. Most of our bottled water comes from California (e.g., Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water), but elite trendy brands from across the Pond are obviously available (at least it’s not Pond water).
    (3) Just up the road from Las Vegas is Creech Air Force Base (AFB). It’s home to UAV’s, and I’ve seen a couple of them landing/taking off. These drones are not toys. At least that’s the buzz.
    (4) Sonic the Hedgehog only needs a flicker of light in order to spot the bread and milk left out for it.

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  8. Thanks for a Saturday morning chuckle, Pete πŸ˜€ I’m with you on the outside lights; there are 2 houses opposite me in my lovely quiet village that have permanent nocturnal illumination, and they are both in my line of vision when I sit in bed with my morning tea while waiting for the dark to dissipate. A minor irritation, to be sure, but it still strikes me as inconsiderate. Cheers, Jon.

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    1. Happy to give you a chuckle, Jon. I spoke to one of the people across the road about the ‘searchlights’. She told me that she’s scared of the dark! I asked why she moved here in the first place…
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. Haha, this is just like my previous blog about those cigarette butts, candy wrappers, plastic cups, plastic with straws etc. Sometimes, they even leave their garbage on top of my flowering Santan plants planted outside as ground cover. So many undisciplined people Pete 😦

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  10. Beer cans , paper bags , cigarette packets are all easy to find on any dog walk beside the piles of poo. I expect they all come from the very tidy houses and gardens of those who only care about their own patch.
    Mind you for decades we have been depositing our national waste in China ; ship it abroad and forget about it or dump it in the sea.

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  11. Hehe! Dark is precisely the reason I do not move to the country side.πŸ˜€ Saves me the trouble of installing floodlights. And picking up my late dog’s shit is the reason why i have I denied my husband a dog. I have picked up enough poop after Bruno, my late German shepherd.
    You may call it Cowardice. I call it drawing a line.

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  12. I did think of suggesting a dog chute to take dogs down from our cliff top to the beach – thus avoiding the zig zag, because our 3 zigs and 3 zags render some dog owners blind so they can’t see what their dogs have left.

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  13. I live in the most littered state so I am with you on the bottle thing…..my locals seem to be good at picking up the poo I run across very little on our walks…..there is a neighbor with a full size nativity in the front yard well MoMo sees something new and she is wanting to attack for all that lighting is fouling up her “chi”….chuq

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