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Can Complaining Change Things? Sometimes…At Least A Little

Listeners share their pet peeves about life here in Greater Houston.


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Can complaining actually change the world? Sometimes. Well, in little ways at least.

For instance, the last time Craig Hlavaty was on Houston Matters, he complained (nicely, of course) about how host Craig Cohen pronounced his name.

Well, during his appearance on today’s edition, Cohen got it right.

“Complaining changes things,” Hlavaty said.

In the audio above, he joined the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Gray for the latest installment of our now monthly Houston Pet Peeves segment.

This month, some of our listener complaints included:

  • How little Houstonians can tolerate “cold” weather
  • People using the Nextdoor app to air their personal grievances
  • People using loud gas-powered leaf blowers
  • People moving to Austin from other states — but they’ve never been anywhere else in Texas
  • Sprinkler systems hosing down your newly cleaned car

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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