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Thursday, September 19, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven The Bane of my By Dorothy Rosby I stepped on a charger. I'm not sure what it charges; it could be anything. Chargers and power cords have taken over my house like bindweed. But I'm afraid to get rid of any of them because I don't know what they're all for. Anyway, I stepped on one, and the phrase '%ane of my existence" popped into my head. That seemed a little dramatic for an electrical accessory that wasn't even plugged in. So I went to my smart friend Google who told me that before the 16th century, "bane of my existence" referred to something that could kill you. That would be dramatic. However, the phrase has been downgraded over the years, probably because of the invention of chargers and power cords, and today it refers to any constant irritant or source of misery. If that's what it means, I have a whole lot of banes of my existence. Don't get me started! Oh, too late. Here's one: Big buns. I mean sandwich buns. I think we can all agree that the burger should fit the bun. But at some burger joints, you buy your hamburger, take the top off, and find a little island of burger on an ocean of bun. Do they think we won't look? If they won't make the burgers bigger, they should make the buns smaller. Who wouldn't appreciate smaller buns? And another thing: Why do they put one pickle in the center of a hamburger? If you like pickles on your sandwich, one is not enough. If you don't like pickles, could I have yours? Sidewalk spitters, litterers, and people who dolft vote are not only banes, they're bums well, unless they wouldn't have voted like me if they did vote-- which they didn't. Then they're doing us all a favor. Spammers, scammers and identity thieves are banes of everyone's existence. For every technological advance in history--email, telephone, pony express-- there's been a group of 'q anes" standing ready to wreak havoc for their own personal gain. I wonder if they suffer from self-loathing, because they really should. And while I'm at it, here's who else I'm mad at: Retail clerks who don't acknowledge me until they're ready to wait on me. I don't know about you, but I can wait a lot longer if the clerk at least looks at me and says nicely, "I'll be right with you," even if he isn't. I'm annoyed by bumper stickers with print so tiny that you have to get really close to read it, and when you do, it says something like, "If you can read this, you're too close." And I'm bothered by that sign in some restaurant restrooms that says, "Employees must wash hands before returning to work." I think they should too, but it concerns me that they need to be reminded. Loud television commercials irritate me. Several years ago, congress passed a law prohibiting broadcasters from blasting TV commercials louder than programming. But I don't think they all got the message, maybe because their TVs were too loud. I realize advertising pays the bills and I know why broadcasters turn it up. Viewers head to the kitchen during commercials, but they don't take their hearing aids out every time. I loathe voice mail systems that make you listen to an advertisement for the business you're calling, a listing of their locations and hours, and a "thank you for calling; your business is important to us," before they launch into their lengthy menu of phone extensions. I'm not proud of this, but I get grumpier and grumpier, and by the time I finally reach the poor soul I'm calling, I'm probably the bane of her existence. Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated columnist and the author of several humor books, including I Used to Think I Was Not That Bad and Then I Got to Know Me Better. Have a news item for the paper? Send it to us by email at news@norwalk newspaper.com Extra copies of the Norwalk paper can be purchased at Casey's, Kum & Go, Git-N- Go, and Fareway. 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