Thursday, October 19, 2006

Top 5 Pet Peeves

I have pet peeves, here are the top five (for today) If any of these apply to you. Please stop, you aren't hurting me, you are hurting yourself....

People not keeping to the right. This is what inspired me to write this post today. Twice. Why is this so difficult? If you are in the left lane and you aren't passing anyone in the right, get over!!! I don't care if you are going 30 over the limit or 10 under. If you are not passing a car, don't be in the left lane. If you are going the same speed as the right lane and there is room, get over.... It is not your responsibility to regulate traffic speeds!

People merging slow. Your vehicle has a gas pedal, use it. Think about sticking your fingers into a rotating fan. If your finger is moving in a circle at the same speed as the fan, no problem. If you aren't moving you finger and you stick it in, BAM, it hurts. Same with merging.

Overly loud ringers. Your ring tone should be at the same level that you would have a conversation with someone. If you are where you would whisper, your ringer should be off. If you are at a ball game or on a noisy job site where you have to yell , your ringer can be loud. I have no problems with annoying ringer, in fact, I am a proponent of them. (my two favorites and my angry cat ringer and the air horn ringer I made) Just keep the volume under control.

Loud talkers on the phone. Stop... Please.... I don't need to know what you are talking about! Talk at the same level that you would talk to someone that is sitting next to you. Every modern phone that I have seen has a volume control. If the people that you are talking to can't hear you, tell them to turn up the volume.... Stop thinking like you are talking through two tin cans connected by a string. Technology is great, let it do its work!

The previous are all pretty much equally annoying in my mind. There is one more that surpasses all of these for me. Those of you that know me probably can guess what that is....

My biggest pet peeve is.........

People that paint their kids name, team, and/or teammates on car windows. Double the peevedness if you paint the nicknames on there. Gawd! This drives me nuts! Yay, your kid made the all-star team, or the 'ladybugs' are in the playoffs. Whoop-de-do! Why do I need to know? If your kid has some great sporting success, pat 'em on the back, take the team to Far Fars for a banana split, or get them trophies. Always worked for me growing up. I believe this is sellfish. Why? Because growing up, the LAST thing I needed was mom driving around with my name in red white and blue with smiley faces on her car. This would have upped my PAK* exponentially! I prided myself in a low PAK number. Every grade past the 4th, the damage would be double.

I grant a one day pardon for weddings and graduations, only if the owner of the vehicle did not do the writing or ask someone to.

BTW, I think it would be hilarious to do this for a 'beer' league team, but the one day pardon would still be in effect. And, you need to specify somehow that your team is of age.

* PAK is the Probability of an Ass Kicking


Anonymous,  10/20/2006 6:06 PM  

That's funny Mike because yesterday while flying to Irvine I had to deal with a few of my pet peeves and you were the first one that came to mind who I knew would agree with me.
#1. The couple in the seat directly in front of me made out during the entire flight. I immediately turned on my Ipod to drown out the slurping noises and shut my eyes trying my darndest to fall asleep. Even worse, I think the girl was about 17 and her mom and little brother were sitting 10 rows in front of them. Bleh!
#2. & 3. Right as the plane started to take off I hear a small kid behind me start coughing. Why are the people around me ALWAYS sick when traveling via plane. Halfway through the trip she starts screaming demanding that she gets off the plane immediately, apparently her eardrums were not handling the pressure well. - I do realize that people don't have much control over the state of their health while traveling and that small children have to travel too, but when your kid is violently kicking the back of my chair, could you you please get them to stop, and could you not wait half an hour to do so!


Mike D. 10/21/2006 9:07 AM  

Well that is flat out annoying!

One to add to the list, (I'm not sure which it bumps) people who weave in traffic and make no progress.

Coming home yesterday, some punk in a Forrester, yes, a punk, hat crooked, seat too low, in a Subaru Forrester which I am failrly sure was his, is tailing me. (is that a run-on?) He starts dodging to the left, right, and wherever to SLASH through traffic. I stayed in my lane as I was getting off in a bit. Sure enough, I look in the mirror as I am exiting to see this punk SLASH in behind me to exit at the same place. ANNOYING!

Anonymous,  10/23/2006 4:58 PM  

Regarding irritants while flying I had to add another comment after flying back. Lets just say that I had a lot of fun the night before flying back home and had a slight headache. By the time I get to my seat I am greeted by a couple with their 5 month old baby in the seat next to me. I hope that they couldn't read the disappointment on my face when getting into my seat. I was wrong to jump to conclusions. These new parents were WONDERFUL with their child. The baby only fussed during take off and landing. In fact the baby was doing much better than myself who desperately needed some gingerale to calm my hungover nauseousness.
- sorry for the spelling mistakes...

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