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pet peeve of the month: [May. 26th, 2006|01:09 am]
Just me.
when it is okay to demonstrate your shrill whistle:

1) you are alone in your house/shower
2) you are attempting to summon a dog
3) you are attempting to hail a cab that has its windows down (if the windows aren't open, whistling is both futile and obnoxious)
4) you have just sang Rogers and Hammerstein's "I whistle a happy tune" and feel obliged to prove you aren't a liar

when it is NOT okay to demonstrate your shrill whistle:

1) at my library
2) at my library after I have already asked you politely to stop whistling.
3) at my library after I have already asked you, again, somewhat less politely, to stop whistling.

Really people, whistling is like farting: few people do it pleasantly, and most people have no idea the intensity of their outburst. If someone says your whistling is shrill, it probably is. They aren't just trying to crush your obvious joy, but rather asking if you might put away that portable chalkboard you cart around to scrape your fingernails against when you're out and about.

Also, as a result of #4, I have now just pictured a stereotypical show-tunes fan in voluminous pants saying, "Stop! Hammerstein! "

[User Picture]From: johnaegard
2006-05-26 08:18 pm (UTC)
Who are these pleasant farters?
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2006-05-26 11:50 pm (UTC)

glad you asked:

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[User Picture]From: johnaegard
2006-05-27 03:15 am (UTC)

Re: glad you asked:

wow. Novelty Farter Sued by Moulin Rouge sounds like a headline from the Victorian version of the Onion.
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