Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there?

Is It Just Me?: Or is it nuts out there?

Whoopi Goldberg

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 1401323847

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Have you noticed that things aren’t as civil as they once were Or that rudeness is no longer an exception but a lifestyle Sure you have. All you need to do is set foot outside your door to see that bad manners are taking over everywhere. People are yakking on cell phones in restaurants, even at church. Folks in carpools wear enough cologne to make our eyes bleed. Complete strangers think it’s OK to rub a pregnant lady’s belly. Passengers abuse flight attendants, family outings to the ball park are ruined by rowdy drunks . . . a congressman heckled the President of the United States.

Well, Whoopi Goldberg has noticed all this and more and asked herself, “Is it just me” Unleashing her trademark irreverence and humor, her new book of observations takes a funny and excruciatingly honest look at how a loss of civility is messing with the quality of life for all of us.

So if your pet peeve is folks who talk in movie theaters like it was their living room, or if you get bugged by people clipping their nails and performing other personal hygiene next to you on the bus, or if you cringe when “please” and “thank you” get replaced by “gimme” and “huh” . . . you have found a kindred spirit. Because Whoopi has witnessed the growing disrespect and rudeness in our lives and realized she is not alone. And, as you’ll discover in these pages, neither are you.

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and close your eyes—even for just one glorious minute . . . God, what we would all give for just that one minute—but if you’re not traveling with someone else, you can’t. If you are the lucky seatmate, earplugs may dampen all the sound, but if that baby is trying to roll out of the seat and get away from the mother and do all kinds of baby stuff, earplugs don’t mean squat. So do you want to make this work? Then I’d take out the earplugs and the first thing I’d say is, “What can I do to help

ignoring my son!!” But there are twelve other kids on the team. Don’t they count? I think they do. Too bad I’m not the one who needs to know that. Chapter 37 Self-Test: Sideline Civility At your child’s game, has anyone asked you to chill, that it’s only a game? If no, score 0 If yes, score 3 On the sidelines or bleachers, do other parents ever move away from you? If no, score 0 If yes, score 5 Has your child-athlete ever asked you to stop yelling or not to fight with the other

and dashes. “He’s a big old P-dot-dash-exclamation-point-Y.” That’s what you would see. We saw it when Vice President Biden whispered his F-bomb to the president at the signing ceremony for the health care bill and he didn’t know his microphone was live. Good ol’ Joe. He’s the cool uncle who sort of has this Restless Lip Syndrome. Whether you like his politics or not, that guy always keeps things entertaining. And when he leaned in to whisper in the President’s ear, all the TV stations and the

don’t know what that means. The FBI also followed Dr. King. They also followed John Lennon. Yeah, they followed a lot of people. And, as I understand it, Michael had one trial and he was acquitted. Now, some people say he paid someone twenty million dollars. Well, what was he paying twenty million dollars for? To keep them quiet? Obviously that couldn’t have been all. So maybe he was paying twenty million dollars to just have them stop messing with him. I don’t know. Know why? Because I wasn’t

parties do you really have to deal with? Want to retaliate? Here’s what you do. Don’t call the cops on them. You throw a party. And invite them. I would. Clearly they know how to have a good time. The thing is, life’s gonna happen and it’s going to be annoying sometimes. But, hey, at some point, guess what? You’re annoying too. So be a human being. Try. It’s not easy, but try. Chapter 68 Bullies This is another one of those subjects that’s worth a whole book on its own. And, as much

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