Withering Glance: Things we would like to see less of in the coming year

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Will this year be the last of Nicollet Mall as we know it?

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.


CP: While I don’t wish to see less of actor Bradley Cooper in 2014 …


RN: You or anyone else in the U.S. of A.


CP: I would like him, and all guys who sport facial hair, to think about shaving their neck hair. In front, it’s an easy DIY chore. In back, it’s something to ask of a loved one or a trusted stylist. Stubble that races past your chin and disappears into your collar? Not so much.


RN: I’m hoping that 2014 is the last full year that our eyes will lay upon the god-awful early-1990s edition of Nicollet Mall. New York City’s James Corner Field Operations can’t remake Minnesota’s Main Street fast enough.


CP: Are you sure you are willing to give up complaining about the mall?


RN: Who said anything about forfeiting my constitutionally guaranteed right to bellyache? If we could put the kibosh on movie-theater talkers, texters and excessive popcorn-rumblers, I’ll be a happy man in 2014.


CP: I would like to see fewer drivers who simply cannot be bothered to use their turn indicator.


RN: Or an ever-shrinking number of drivers who choose to camp out in the left lane as they self-righteously program the speed limit into their cruise control.


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