Thursday, May 29, 2008

Gum gripe

Okay, yes, I will admit that my chewing gum phobia is a little weird. For those of you who weren't aware of it until now, don't take this little confession as an invitation to torment me or make jokes, because I will freak. Everyone has their thing and this is mine. I don't wave insects in front of people who are scared of bees and spiders, and I ask that people show me the same courtesy.

Anyway, I bring this up for a reason. For the most part, I can deal with gum and gum chewers just fine. However, I recently noticed an increase in chewing, chomping and smacking in the work place. I don't know, does the warm weather bring it out in people? Either way, it's seriously disgusting. And distracting. I wear ear buds to drown out the cow-like noises. I am silent at times because if I don't bite my tongue, I would probably start mooing at the repeat offenders. And that could cause a problem.

I swear, it's not just my phobia talking. I say this out of concern: sloppy gum chewers look foolish. I am not 9 years old, and cracks and bubbles do not impress me. So, if you must chew, please chew the same way you would at the dinner table. Quietly, with your mouth closed and without the smacking.

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