On KUHF 88.7 FM this morning, I’ll join the “Houston Matters” crew for one of our occasional “Pet Peeves” sessions. Right now I’m grumpy about deflated Christmas decorations: They look like front-yard metaphors for holiday exhaustion. Here's what's bugging my Facebook crew.
Lynn Goode: I’m with you on the deflated decorations. It’s like a passed-out Santa or a yard full of slaughtered reindeer!
George Loftin: Next door the other morning, all the dead inflatables looked like a scene from the OK Corral.
Laurie McGann Sturdevant: Half-inflated inflatables are worse. Last year a neighbor’s Santa was repeatedly half-inflated, giving the impression that Santa was, once again, hurling in the bushes.
Amy Ahlbrand Robinson: We still have 20-foot skeletons left over from Halloween in my neighborhood. Santa Skull?
Lisa Gray: Also, when did unicorns become a Christmas thing? Did Santa trade in the reindeer?
Sharon Metzger: Unicorns are also a Halloween thing around here.
Lorri White: Simple math. Unicorns=magical. Christmas festive season=magical. Therefore, by the transitive property, unicorns=Christmas festive season.
Annie Buford-Stephenson: What about Christmas dragons? We have several in our 'hood.
Lisa Gray: What is Christmas-y about a reptilian fire-breathing nightmare?
Randall Baxley: To roast chestnuts!
Ronald Plotkin: My pet peeve is delivery people that leave packages on the doorstep without ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door.
Lauren Meyers: Or to counter, delivery people who DO ring the bell and set off barking/crying frenzies – all while notices were received in real time on a phone.
Carolina JM: My peeve: “Would you like to donate $5 [on behalf of our store, which will take the tax write-off] so that homeless children with cancer can adopt puppies? Or are you a monster?”