The furnace guy showed up at my office because the air conditioning wasn't cooling right.  He emerged from the basement with two filters that were so clogged with dirt it was a wonder air moved at all!   I laughed with him about how all that construction dirt had to go somewhere. "Yes, we will be more vigilant about changing those filters every 30 days:)" I said to him as he left. 

That got me thinking about filters and what they do - catch impurities. Stuff that's bad like dust, dirt, mucky particles or microscopic organisms that might harm us.   Which led me to that group of refreshing people who just say whatever is in their head.  The No Filter Folks as I like to say. I think they disturb some people, but I find them oh so entertaining and real. The unchangeable about them is you always know where you stand with them.  There's a probable chance you might get walloped once in awhile by their wide open spray of verbage.  There is though little to no guessing on what they bring to the table or where they are headed. 

One of my friends' grandmother is a character. She's one of the NFF (no filter folks) who has earned her title not only by personality, but due to age. She has been known to spew forth such things as, "God damn it Betty, I'll smoke if I God damn please. I'm 84 years old and you aren't telling me what to do. Now get the hell out unless you want to breath some smoke!"

I once had an older gentleman man walk up to me after a seminar I was part of, never having met me before and say, "You have nixie in your eyes!" (I most definitely do too). I love that no filter stuff though occasionally brash and off color.  Emily Post would not tolerate or condone their rough edged filter free speech.

The occasional out there statement that is clearly defined and leaves no wiggle room for the listener to misinterpret should be celebrated, taught even. It would be great to have a new holiday sanctioned first of all by Hallmark and then, the federal government (I want another paid holiday off at work anyway). I propose the date for this new holiday be right after St. Patricks Day and most definitely during the Lenten Season. It would be called FILTER FREE DAY. This day would be a nationally recognized and clearly designated day for all mankind to speak unfiltered thoughts out loud with no consequences - NONE! 

The range of things that we all think in a day but don't say would be acceptable, even embraced on that day....

Why is your butt so big - seriously why don't you do something about it? 
Why the hell are you driving 40 in a 55 mph zone? 
You know I am not listening to what you are saying to me right now because you are boring me out of my mind. 
Do you really think you look good in that? 
I hate your gazpacho, it tastes like shit. 
You really can't sing at all. 
Quit the comb over Donald. 
Are those boobs real - can I touch them? 
Lady, with all the coupons you are irritating me and slowing me down - here's the $5 you are saving - now move out of the way!!
Your drumming is bad - step it up a notch or you're out! 
Quit having conversation with me while you are performing my yearly pap smear - just shut up and get it over with please!   
They make nose clippers and can be purchased at any Walgreens - you need some. 

I'm not clear yet on cards available for that holiday. Although I know a few No Filter Folks that I believe could write some pretty good lines for Hallmark. 

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