As you know, a few days ago I called for banning carriage rides on the Plaza in the wake of an accident last week that left five people with, luckily, relatively minor injuries.
I said in a comment at the bottom of that post that if given a few minutes, I could come up with “a couple of dozen other things that should be banned, too.”
Well, I’ve been thinking about that self-imposed challenge, and while I haven’t been able to come up with “a couple of dozen,” I have assembled a list of eight things I’d like to see banned.
See how many of these you agree with…(And feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section…I’m sure you’ve got some good ones.)
:: Cellphones either in people’s hands or sitting next to them on the table at restaurants…This nasty habit has become commonplace, especially among young people. But I see it often enough among people my own age — and people I’ve been with — to recoil from it. While we’re at it, cellphone display should be banned at schools, where they now pose a significant impediment to learning, and in during church services. (A few months ago, I sat next to a guy who texted through a 20-minute sermon at Country Club Christian Church. I would have smacked him, but I thought it might detract from the pastor’s message. Immediately after the sermon, I moved up several pews so the guy was out of my field of vision.)
:: Wearing jeans to the opera, symphony or any other event at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Being in a spectacular setting like that dictates a certain level of sartorial propriety, and jeans — even designer ones — don’t measure up.
:: Rap music. WTF? I’m sorry, it’s shit, every single “song.”
:: All Kansas City radio stations except KCUR-FM, 89.3. What a wasteland the rest of local radio is…If you want to hear songs from rock ‘n roll’s greatest decade, the ’60s, you have to subscribe to Sirius.
:: Leaf blowers. A more irritating, droning sound is hard to find. In its own way, the leaf blower is as bad as the jackhammer…The penalty for using one should be four hours of raking. The best way to deal with leaves is mulch them with the mower and return them to the earth.
:: “Thunder sticks.” I’m sure you’ve seen them either at a live or televised sporting event. They are those long, plastic sticks that people bang together to produce a thunderous, whomping din. They reduce everyone in the stadium to a noise delivery agent, and they suck the life out of cheering, which is the lifeblood of sporting events.
:: Those extra-bright headlights that you occasionally see, usually on fancy cars. Back in 2001, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked for public comments on “high-intensity discharge lights” (HID), and it got more than 1,800 complaints. In 2003, federal regulators were supposed to propose rules regarding the lights, but as far as I can tell, nothing ever came of it. Of course not. It would require a lot more than paper shuffling.
:: Charades at parties. If the level of conversation is so poor you need games to pick up the pace, just go home and watch TV.