Friday, July 31, 2009

Dog on a Leash

Six year old boy with a dog on a leash (and the end of the leash around his own neck), to his mother, who is about 20 steps ahead of him: "Now I know what it feels like to be a dog on a leash! It HURTS!"

(Overheard by CVC on Wharf Street)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Apples and Bananas

Very thoughtful six year old boy after singing the Apples and Bananas song: "You can say that you know...apples and bananas...just not around European people..."

(overheard on Hale st.)


Man, casually: "Hey, did you hear ma died?"

Woman, even more casually
: "Yeah, that's what I heard."

(Overheard on Congress Street)


Blond women talking to herself and laughing: "Idaho? NO - you da ho!"

(overheard on Park Street)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I Wonder Which House the Sorting Hat Would Put You In

Attractive woman, to friend: "I think Severus Snape is a sexpot. I might be in the minority on that one."

(Overheard at the Forest Avenue Rite Aid)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Can you help me?

Intoxicated man, holding cellphone in outstretched hand: "Can you help me...? Can you help me...? Can you finish this text message for me??"

(overheard on Congress Street)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bits, like shells washed up

Five year old in green swim suit, running: "Mommy! Look, it's a sea shell!"

Teenage girl, with friends: "Och, Och, the sand is hot."

Another teenage girl, to friends: "I guess I'll take off my pants. Oops, that didn't sound right."

Her friend: "If I could get as dark as Ivy, my life would be complete."

Random male to other random male as he stops to check him out: "Hey, don't you go to Blackstones?"

30ish women on cell phone "Push the crazy mixed drinks. I want her to have to make a butt load of Pina Coladas."

Young child running out of the water to her dad: "I'm hungry and I'm cold. I'm going to build a moat."

Woman in bike shorts: "What a glorious day!"

(Overheard at Willard Beach)

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Cape Camp Director: "Lost and Found items that are not picked up will be taken to Goodwill."

Cape Young Camper: :"What's Goodwill?"

(Overheard in Cape Elizabeth)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Martha's Vineyard

Kid: "Mom, what's Martha's Vineyard?"

Mom: "It's an island off the coast of Massachusetts."

Kid: "Oh! I thought it was a theme restaurant."

(Overheard somewhat south of Portland)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Witness Protection?

Waiter: "Visiting from England?"

Matronly, British-sounding woman: "No! People have a hard time believing I'm from Limerick, Maine."

Waiter: "Oh...I'm going to put your dip order in now."

(overheard at the Oak Street Bistro in Alfred, Maine)

Deity with Purple Hair.

Older man: "You are a deity!"

Young woman with wild purple hair: "Oh?"

Older man: "Do you know what that means?"

Young woman: "No."

Older man: "That's okay, it doesn't mean you aren't one, it only means you'll have to learn to grow into what it means to be one!"

(overheard in Monument Square during the Farmer's Market)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Screaming woman, walking behind a guy who is pushing a shopping cart full of bottles: "I hate you! Your place is sad! You sit with (offensive term omitted here)! I hate you!"

(Overheard by DM on Congress Street)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


7 year old: "Now, instead of throwing things away, I like to recycle. I recycle everything! (After a pause) I like to help Earth."

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Know your landmarks

Woman: "This isn't the beach. It's the ocean!"

Man: "Oh, really?"

Woman: "The Atlantic Ocean."

(Overheard at Popham Beach in Phippsburg.)

Good Cop/Bad Cop

Drunk Guy: "You be the good cop, I'll be the bad cop. Which is awesome cause you're bigger and I'm littler!"

(Overheard on Congress Street near the Eastern Prom before the fireworks)


Teenage boy, to his friend: "You know, man, Kaitlin's looking pretty hot tonight."

Friend: (unintelligible)

Teenage boy: "I didn't mean to hit her in the face!"

(Overheard by MH after the fireworks on the Eastern Prom)

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Street Soap Opera

Very intoxicated woman, to equally intoxicated man: "Listen to me: listen, wouldja? It's a marriage of convenience."

(Overheard on Park Street)

Friday, July 03, 2009


Woman 1: "You know, I really don't like Kristin."

Woman 2: "What, 'cause she's mean?"

Woman 1: "No, 'cause she's lazy! I mean, come on, if you can't walk around for two hours then you have a problem. It's not strenuous. We are not asking her to jog."

The Inheritance

Older man, to boy with phone at next table: "You talkin' to California?"

Boy's mom: "No, we are at Starbucks."

Older man: "You got a rich aunt out there! Be good to her!"

It was a Good day in the Neighborhood!

One trash guy to the other: "Oh, my gosh - these cookies are still warm."

(later the same day)

Young man to his lady friend: "Of course they love me! I just got new socks."

(overheard by Hanson's Carriage House Antiques)

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Here's Where Math Skills Come in Handy

Gushy Woman (admiring adorable baby): "How old is she?"

Mom: "She just turned one."

Gushy Woman (noticing the baby's brothers): "How old are they?"

Mom: "One is three, and one is five."

Gushy Woman: "Twins?"

Mom: "Um, no."

(Overheard by JSF in Monument Square)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Preschooler (emits a long fart, then contemplates for a while): "Sounds like jazz!"

(Overheard by Dorcas Beaver at a Portland area preschool)