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"Ex-cuse me! We're trying to hold a meeting here."
Tags:writer, writers, writing, writer's write, write, written, writes, author, authors, poet, poets, poetry, pom, poems, distract, distracted, distraction, insurance, insured, insure, comp, compensation, compensate, compensating, compensates, insurance broker, broker, brokers, invest, investment, spoof, spoofed, parody, parodied, parodies
A tightrope walker is thrown off by birds landing on one side of his balancing pole.
Tags:tightrope, tightropes, tightrope walker, tightrope walkers, balance, balances, balancing, balancing act, balancing acts, distraction, distractions, distract, distracts, distracting, telephone pole, telephone poles, daredevil, daredevils, circus, circuses, circus act, circus acts, throw off, throws off, throwing off, bird, birds, pigeon, pigeons, feat, feats, telephone wire, telephone wires
"Beastly sorry about all these interruptions."
Tags:interruption, interrupted, interrupt, interrupts, beast, beasts, monster, monsters, distraction, distracted, distract, distracts, gun, guns, revolver, smoking gun, phone, phones, phone call, phone calls, cell, cells, mobile, mobiles, landline, home phone, horror, horrors, classic horror, creepy, spooky, scary, imagery, halloween
"Look, I didn't come down here to work on our relationship. I came here to work on my backhand."
Tags:relationship trouble, relationships troubles, backhand, backhands, forehand, forehands, tennis, tennis instructor, tennis instructors, talk, talks, talking, distract, distracts, distracting, distraction, distractions, counselor, counselors, counsellor, counsellors, counselling, tennis player, tennis players, couple, couples, couples counselor, couples counselors
"If this doesn't distract him, Ulysses, we'll go with the sheep idea."
Tags:ulysses, odysseus, polyphemus, cyclop, cyclops, cyclopses, escape plan, escape plans, the odyssey, classicist, classicists, classics, ancient history, ancient greek, ancient greeks, ancient greece, greek myth, greek myths, greek mythology, plan b, plan bs, distract, distracts, distracting, distraction, distractions, idea, ideas
The Letter E
Tags:enron, enemy, enemies, evidence, epitaph, epitaphs, expletive, expletives, word association, word, words, word games, the letter e, logo, logos, logo association, word association, controversy, controversies, group think, corporate, corporation, corporations, scandal, scandals, political scandal, political scandals, news, news stories, new story, thoughts, thinking, think, distracted, distract
"Me? I thought you were raising them."
Tags:adults, adulthood, parents, parent, parenting, parenthood, parental, child, childhood, kid, kids, motherhood, fatherhood, helicopter parent, helicopter parents, neglect, neglected, neglectful, modern, modern life, modernity, distract, distracted, distractions, married, married life, blame, blaming, blames, i thought you, young parent, young parents, new parents, new parent
Ice cream flavors.
Tags:ice cream, ice cream parlor, ice cream parlors, ice cream parlour, ice cream parlours, bribe, bribes, tantrum, tantrums, temper tantrum, temper tantrums, placate, placates, flavor, flavors, flavour, flavours, distraction, distractions, reward, rewarding, bad behavior, hissy fit, rage, rages, enraged, child, children, parent, parents, parenting, pacify, pacifies, pacifying, distract, distracts
A baseball player is too busy checking his smartphone to catch a ball.
Tags:outfield, outfields, outfielder, outfielders, catch, catches, catching, distract, distracts, distracting, distraction, distractions, smartphone, smartphones, smart phone, smart phones, phone, phones, mobile, mobiles, cellphone, cellphones, cell phone, cell phones, ignore, ignores, ignoring, shut out the world, shuts out the world, shutting out the world, modern life, modern times, pay attention, paying attention, attention span, attention spans, short attention span, short attention spans
It was dawning on Ed that maybe his conscience wasn't such a good guide after all.
"Are you taking anyone for the pain?"
Tags:pain, pains, medication, medications, medical, prescription, prescriptions, prescription med, prescription meds, prescription medication, prescription medications, lingering pain, lingering pains, painful, painfulness, doctor, doctors, distract, distracts, distracting, distraction, distractions
Vince learns an important golf lesson: Always tip the beverage cart girl.
One of the chief causes of the War of 1812 was British insistence on impressing American seamen.
Tags:war of 1812, james madison, blockade, blockades, naval blockade, naval blockades, napoleon, napoleonic war, napoleonic wars, navy, british navy, little belt, little belt affair, chesapeake-leopard, chesapeake-leopard affair, historian, historians, american history, americanist, americanists, distract, distracts, distraction, distractions, cause, causes, war, wars
"You know, during these debates there's something that all too often gets ignored."
Tags:presidential debate, presidential debates, debate, debates, televised debate, televised debates, puppy, puppies, appeal, appeals, appealing, politician, politicians, lowest common denominator, lowest common denominators, dog, dogs, dog lover, dog lovers, vote, votes, voting, voter, voters, populist, populists, populism, ignore the issues, ignores the issues, ignoring the issues, distraction, distractions, distract, distracts, corrupt, corruption
"Can we forget about our dainty little tracks in the snow for ﬁve seconds and try to concentrate on what we're out here for?"
Tags:snow, snowing, snowstorm, snowstorms, tracks, track, paw print, paw prints, pawprint, pawprints, ice, cold, freeze, freezing, winter, snowfall, animal, animals, dog, dogs, pet, pets, pet owner, pet owners, dog owner, dog owners, walking the dog, walkies, distract, distracted, bathroom, toilet, concentrate, concentration, blizzard, blizzards, weather
"If anyone wants me, I'll be right in front of your face while you're furiously texting."
Tags:text, texts, texting, texter, texters, ignore, ignores, ignoring, millennial, millennials, generation gap, generation gaps, parent, parents, teen, teens, teenager, teenagers, teenaged, adolescent, adolescent, dad, dads, generation gap, generation gaps, digital generation, digital generations, distraction, distractions, distracting, distract, distracts, cellphone, cellphones, smartphone, smartphones, smart phone, smart phones, daughter, daughters
"And where do you see your mustache in five years?"
Tags:freudian slip, freudian slips, distraction, distractions, distract, distracts, distracting, mustache, mustaches, moustache, moustaches, mustachioed, moustachioed, interview, interviews, job interview, job interviewing, recruiter, recruiters, long-term, long-term plan, long-term plans, long-term goal, long-term goals, goal, goals, five year plan, five year plans, interview question, interview questions
"If we'd wanted running commentary we would have waited for the DVD."
Tags:commentary, commentaries, film, films, movie, movies, cinema, cinemas, movie theater, movie theaters, movie theatre, movie theatres, commentary track, commentary tracks, dvd, dvds, annoying, talk, talks, talking, talking at the movies, talk at the movies, running commentary, snark, snarks, snarking, snarky, frustration, frustrations, frustrating, director's commentary, director's commentaries, disrupt, disrupting, disruptive, distract, distracts, distracting
"It's agreed, then—we look for a new place for lunch."
Tags:lunch, lunch spot, lunch spots, business lunch, business lunches, sexist, sexism, glass ceiling, glass ceiling, misogynist, misogynists, misogyny, corporate misogyny, topless dancer, topless dancers, strip, strip club, strip clubs, inappropriate, exclusive, exclude, excluding, women in the workplace, business dinner, business dinners, business meeting, business meetings, corporate culture, rethink, rethinks, rethinking, dancer, dancers, dancing, table dancer, table dancers, distraction, distractions, distract, distracts, distracting
"Clues, Watson? How can I find clues when all I see is germs?"
Tags:literature, literary, word play, play on words, bookworm, book worm, bookworms, book worm, book, books, novel, novels, library, librarians, librarian, book lover, book lovers, literature, literary, lit, lit major, read, reading, avid reader, readers, reader, novel, novels, novelist, novelists, bookstore, book store, bookstores, book stores, sherlock holmes, holmes, watson, clean, cleaning, cleaner, cleanliness, germ, germs, clean freak, cleanfreak, clean-freak, murder mystery, mystery, mysteries, distract, distraction, distractions, distracted, ocd
"Please have a seat. Mr. Thorndyke will be back shortly."
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"Today, we will talk about your phony numbers. We will not talk about the I.R.S. having too many cooks!"
Tags:internal revenue service, irs, tax cheat, tax cheats, cheater, cheaters, cheating, i.r.s., tax day, tax days, cook the books, cooking the books, audit, audits, auditor, auditors, distraction, distract, distracting, lie, lies, lying, back taxes, bureaucracy, bureaucracies, accountant, accountants, accounting, excuse, excuses
'If your people attempt another wave, I'll hold you in contempt.'