Sock Stuffing


Short of stuffing a sock in somebody’s mouth, how do you stop a conversation that annoys everybody but the talkers? The other day at my dentist’s office the person ahead of me in line was giving the receptionist her news report on everything going on in the county, all the juicy gossip and everything funny that needed to be laughed about. When I finally asked, “May I sign in please?” I got a dirty look for interrupting. But everybody behind me gave a standing ovation – naturally, they’d been standing there a long time. Chatty Cathy stepped aside. Please save your chat for coffee break time, not on my time.

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.