My Turn, Your Turn: One-uppers

By Gary McNair - bio|email

I'd almost bet money you've had a conversation like this recently.  You say to someone: "It's cold outside."  And they reply, "Oh, this is nothing compared to the big blizzard I lived through in Buffalo."

This is not a commentary about Northerners and Southerners, what I am talking about goes beyond geography.

It's about people who insist on trying to "one up" everyone else.  I don't even know if they know they're doing it, and then I start to fear I may be doing it myself.

But is there anything more annoying?  You tell them that you sprained your ankle - and they respond with the time they were in traction for a month.

You tell them you lost five pounds - and sure enough they've lost twice that much.

You tell them it's cold - and they tell you about some long forgotten ice storm.   It's almost like they think their story is going to warm you up.

What these "one-uppers" don't understand is that life doesn't have to be competitive. You don't always need out-do everyone else. So please stop it.

The next time someone says it's cold.  Try being polite and just agree for once.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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