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I Mind My Business

Everyone has a few lessons to pass along.

Like, be a good person.

Say please.

Don’t lie.

Don't cheat. Unless, there’s a lot at stake.  Like bragging rights until next Thanksgiving.

I’m not much of an advice giver, anymore.  Most of the time, unless someone asks me directly, or unless I see someone is headed for inevitable disaster, I keep my mouth shut.

I think, for me, it’s a matter of how wrong or how much potential peril someone is in before I say something.

Eat a lot of processed foods and drink soda constantly?  Yeah, I’m not saying anything.  I figure that you know that’s bad for you and also that someone has most likely said something to you about it.

If you want my opinion, you’ll let me know.  And, really, I can't remember the last time someone asked me, "So, what do you think of the fact that I smoke twenty Marlboros, drink a two liter of Pepsi and have four hot dogs for dinner every night?"

We're all grown ups here.  Or we're supposed to be, anyway.

Anyway, the problem with this whole outlook and approach is that I have tons of good advice that never gets used because I am so awesome at minding my own business.

I will take your stunned silence to mean that you are in complete agreement with the previous sentiment.

All this minding my business could keep me from saving someone’s life, though.

It’s, like, morally wrong for me not to share this stuff.  Plus, I'm going to blow up one day if I don't get this off of my chest.

So, here.

* Always get your prescription medications filled at the same pharmacy.  This is especially important if you are seeing several doctors and each of them are prescribing different medications.

* Do not leave your purse, cell phone, GPS, wallet, or anything that looks like it costs more than ten dollars in plain view when leaving your car.  Put these items in your center console, glove box or, the best option, take it out of your car and lock it in your trunk

* Please stop texting while driving, and don't talk without an earpiece, and don't try to dial someone's number or basically do anything except for keep your eyes on the road.  Whoever you are communicating with can wait.  If they cannot wait, then pull over.  People don't understand that when they misuse a cell phone like this, they aren't just gambling with their own lives.  They are gambling with everyone elses life, too.  That's just... incredibly arrogant and thoughtless.  We are better than that.

* If you’re at home alone in the middle of the day, don’t open the door completely if someone rings your doorbell.  Open it just enough not to seem like a crazy recluse, but keep it closed enough so that the full weight of at least one of your legs is against the back of the door. Yes, even if you're a man.

* If you see a piece of broken glass, an errant garden hose, or some sharp object in a place that gets a lot of foot traffic, please pick it up and throw it away.  Or at the very least, kick it with your foot to a place where it's no longer underfoot.  Each of us becoming the kind of person who does this is the key to world peace.  That, along with free weekly massages for everyone.

Annnd, you’re welcome.

Reader Comments (42)

It takes a lot of strength to know your own awesomeness and keep it to yourself. And I'm all about the first one. Along with, if you see a child playing in a yard...slow down!

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

#1 is awesome! I think I'll add it to our new patient intake forms!!

As always, a very heartfelt writing!!

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDede

#4 is good advice, but one leg against the door isn't going to stop the determined scumbag from busting in on you. Better to take a peek out of a window or a peephole first. Even then, be careful.

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterB.E. Earl

Do. Not. Poke. The. Bear.

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKiefer and Emo

I just leave my front door unlocked. That's easier.

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAvitable

You spelt 'and' incorrectly.

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteradnan.

All very good advice! Although, when I'm home in the middle of the day I sometimes don't bother answering the door, unless I'm expecting a package. I just can't be arsed to deal with people.

Since moving to Europe I've become a LOT more aware of when I show money and how guarded I am with my belongings. It's very much a 'not in Kansas anymore' situation for me, coming from a small town in Canada where we leave our doors unlocked and our windows down in the car even when we aren't in it. haha

June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBreigh

a. That wasn't stunned silence. I merely had my mouth crammed with processed, sugary food and couldn't wash it down with my "Hippo Gulp" portable soda keg in time to protest.

b. Please don't get me started on driving etiquette. I am a vehemently offensive (aggressive, not rude) driver. I feel that driving is a task to be taken seriously, and it doesn't take long to come upon enough idiots paying attention to anything but the road to make me want a" rel="nofollow">cowcatcher for the front of my truck.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebTurtle

... but the hot dogs and marlies and pepsi is still good, right?

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSciFi Dad

If you hadn't been minding your own business so well, I might still have a GPS unit.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Britt

You should start a column!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSybil Law

Excellent advice. And may I add: It's a bad idea, as a woman, to walk to your car in a shopping mall lot (or any lot for that matter) with your cell phone glued to your ear. Why? Because you're not paying attention, that's why. Robbers don't like women who are paying attention; they cause too much trouble. They prefer the ones who are looking at the ground or yapping on the phone. It's easier to steal your purse that way.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFinn

Wait what? So driving 90mph down Highway 4 while twittering is a bad idea? Hrmmmm.


June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHilly

@Becky, Good one.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Dede, It's not already on the patient intake form??? I thought I learned that one from there?

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@B.E. Earl, Good point, I actually don't open the door for anyone except the Fedex guy during the day. And that's if he's parked hs truck where I can see it.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Kiefer and Emo, We'd all do well to remember that, I think.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Avitable, In that area you call a a neighborhood? You *are* a brave one. Heh.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@adnan., You spelled "spelled" incorrectly. :) This is an *American* blog. Use *American* spelling. Please :)

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Breigh, Yeah, I should have added, "or don't answer the door, at all." I do that, a lot, too. Mostly, because like you, I can't be bothered.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@RebTurtle, OK, so, I think I'm an offensive driver. That is, if that means "driving while knowing you're the only one paying attention."

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@SciFi Dad, Definitely.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Miss Britt, OH MY GOD!!! You're going to get it next time I see you, blondie. I totally warned you about that, and you KNOW it.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Sybil Law, I should. I'm thinking about starting an advice radio show. Like Dr. Laura, but not being as much of an ass.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Finn, I was totally going to put that in, too. Thanks!!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Hilly, Unless, you know, you're Super Hilly with the magic powers of total disco to keep you and everyone around you safe. :)

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Faiqa, there's no use crying over spelt milk.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteradnan.

@Faiqa, As you know, DISCO is the magic word!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHilly

@Faiqa, heheheh - remember how I was afraid to tell you about it?

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Britt

So true, and I thank you for your advice. However, most of this is common sense, no? But needs to be said all the time because there are a lot of people out there without it. Good post.

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

I just had to pipe in here with my disagreement on #1.
It's a fabulous idea of you have health insurance.
Imagine this scenario...Prescription A is $126 at Costco but $150 everywhere else. Prescriptions B and C are $25 each at Costco but $4 each at Wally World.

Plus my monthly trip to Costco allows me to stock up on insanely huge amounts of stuff that I use anyway and Wally World is in the same parking lot as my job.

I'm not a pharmacist but I used to play one at CVS (pharm tech) so I'm not worried about interactions.

Otherwise, that was all worth good advice!

Just think how many lives you have saved today!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

@Kimberly, It is commons sense. Well, I thought the pharmacy one was kinda brilliant.... :)

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Little Miss Sunshine State, Interactions are the only reason that I gave that piece of advice... if you're aware/careful of them, then definitely fill scripts to save money. (Like you needed my permission!!)

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Jason, The sincerity of your comment is highly suspect. :)

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFaiqa

@Becky, Agree 100% What the heck is with people driving 50 mph through residential neighborhoods, racing in & out of playing children as if they were traffic cones!? I never have a big enough rock handy to chuck at those assholes... nor was I much of an athelete. Perhaps I should have a catapult commissioned just for that occassion.

Faiqa - all very good advice! I feel safer now ;)

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteF

all good advice...

see me, i have the opposite problem.. i cant keep my mouth shut if people start pissing me off.

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSlyde

@Faiqa, Yeah, that's basically it. Defensive driving is a wonderful concept. I don't mind waiting my turn or driving in the slowest lane unless I'm passing. It's when I'm yielding to someone who doesn't even notice, or the left 4 lanes of traffic are all going the same, slow speed because every 3rd driver is zoned out and too arrogant to drive in the "slow lane" even though they have no intention on actually passing anyone on a consistent basis.

We should totally start a driving school. I say we use Britt's car!

"Common sense" has become a misnomer, considering how rare it is. That's the problem with a society that protects people too much: dumb people live long enough to breed, and smart people lose track of priorities. Everyone cared a little more when a lapse in judgment would get you eaten by a lion.

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebTurtle

I think the minding your own business part depends on the situation. Stepping in when necessary is common sense. And I trust most of the human race to determine when it's ok to speak your mind.

June 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermartymankins

You said: "They are gambling with everyone elses life, too. "

Not true. They're only gambling with the lives of the people immediately surrounding them, which, when taken in perspective, is quite low. 300 million Americans compared to the, what few dozen, tops? that surround your car at any given time. Then you take into account the amount of time looking at the phone vs driving (probably 2-5 seconds at a time), and the likelihood of having an error occur right at the same time is pretty low. You're more likely to get struck by lightening while riding a shark!

(heh, this is fun, spinning statistics at my whim, kind of like Obama is doing with saving 150,000 jobs claim or healthcare reform)

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhall

The receptionist at work left her purse in the dressing room of the clothing stair down a floor from us. She had the audacity to yell at them for not noticing it was there and putting it somewhere safe for her. Because the entire universe revolves around her and they're supposed to know to swoop in and look for her purse when she leaves the dressing room. Crazy...

June 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPoppy

Brilliant! Great talk that was extremely insightful and very entertaining. It's given me loads to think about.

September 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilippine Prudential Life

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