Monday, August 15, 2016

Pet peeves #2: any irritation is worse after you've spilled coffee on your face

Here is my pet, Gus, and here is his
peeved face.  It was a perfect storm for a graphic. 
I knew I would write a pet peeves post after I misjudged the fullness of my coffee cup last week and spilled it on my face. Oh, haha, I thought at first, look what I just did.
But then I dropped my toothbrush paste side down. And then I found a very old life insurance bill under many pounds of clutter in my giant purse. And then I forgot to bring my artfully organized and lengthy list to the supermarket. And then I parked too close to a curb and gave my tire a boo-boo, for the second time this year. 
It was one long-ass week of hold music and missed calls and things I forgot to write down, I'll tell you what. 
Usually, I look outward to feel better. But a perfect storm of poor attitude on my part and inconsiderate or clueless behavior on the part of others made me look inward instead, where I found this list of pet peeves already writing itself. 

Herewith, things that are easy to overlook unless you started the week googling "spatial awareness issues."
1. People who say "perfect storm," a serious and rare meterological event, to describe things that are just coincidental.

2. People who approach a door to enter a place while someone on the other side wishes to leave, and go first anyway.  I think some of us may not know that is has been the rule since God was a toddler to let people come out with their bags, before you go in with your nothing. Ditto elevators. Let them come out, and then go in. Them out, you in. 
3. It's not "could of," it's "could have." It's not "your being a jackass," It's "you're being a jackass." "Expecially" is still not a word, and neither is "irregardless" even though the dictionary finally gave up and said, "Okay, fine but we're putting informal next to it." If people lose it on Facebook, they should avoid undermining the credibility of their rant with errors like these. Maybe not, though. It's kind of funny when that happens. 
4. People who see that a lane will end a half a mile away,  race to the point where they merge and then huddle in wait for the driver they can cut off  to jump the line, which is five years long. In truth, they save little time as the already annoyed drivers in that line form a collective, massive attitude of "the hell you will." 
5. People who walk very slowly, two or three abreast, in the middle of anything, including aisles in supermarkets, parking lots, sidewalks and everywhere else. I wish I didn't feel as irrationally trapped as I do when I'm behind them and can't find a way to slip past on either side, but at least I'm nice enough to consider them clueless and not inconsiderate. 
6. People who are not clueless but inconsiderate. This includes smokers near doorways, right lane drivers who accelerate as you're attempting to merge, and people on airplanes who occupy their space and yours with too loud talk, too odorous food, too much perfume that smells like grapes. In general, people who know it might bother others but not as much as it will please them to have their way. 
7. People who half-shuck an ear of corn at a farm stand to inspect it, then reject it, then do the same thing to one ear after another until the bin is left full of half-stripped corn, which is off-putting for other customers, and probably mortifying for the corn.  
8. People who enter a parking space via the one in back of it to enter the space nose-first. People, (well,  I) tend to pull into spaces quickly, and I know if I'd collided with someone after giving my tire a boo-boo, I would have been worse than unpleased. 

That's it, it's only eight. After a week that nipped at my heels like an annoying dog after the coffee cup incident, I thought it would be longer. 
I must be on the mend, mood and fate-wise. 


14 comments:

  1. People who talk in movie theaters. Not that I go to the movies much anymore - they are mostly for teenagers. There's two.

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    1. I can't even with that. I just can't stop from glaring.

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  2. People who talk in movie theaters. Not that I go to the movies much anymore - they are mostly for teenagers. There's two.

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  3. What a great post! I am sure you're not alone. And the idea of "mortified corn" is going to entertain me all. day. long. :-)

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    1. Paula, I'll be honest, I laughed at that too. The idea of embarrassed corn.

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  4. Sugar, you have described my life. To a "T". You have to laugh, right? Because otherwise you would have to cry!

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    1. Even the things that are annoying, I can't stop watching because I know somehow, they're going to wind up here. And it would make me happy if more people called me Sugar.

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  5. Oh my gosh. I think I'm going to start making pet peeve listings my way to get over those kind of days/weeks....
    :)

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    1. It helps more than anything. Make sure you carry a notebook, they're everywhere just waiting to be subjects!!

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  6. Susan, The three abreast walking thing gets me every time. Especially if they're slow walkers! I feel trapped and frustrated, especially if I'm in a hurry. All great points and all so true.

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    1. It's the leading cause of sidewalk rage. And aisle rage, too. I get SO antsy!

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  7. I've been trapped by the three abreast people, and let's not even start with the movie talking people (yes, I know that wasn't in your post, but Sharon is spot on). I haven't been to a movie in years because I got so tired of people acting like they were sitting in their living room- chatting, taking phone calls, and worse. Nowadays, we can sit in our living rooms, stream something (at least I can), and have a comfy experience. Now, if only I never had to leave the couch.

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    1. It's not possible to agree with you more. I think I could write an entire post on the sound of wrappers behind me too.

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  8. All of the above - especially sitting next to someone on an airplane with stinky food!

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