Maybe I’m just grumblier than usual these days, but for some reason, I’m noticing that certain pet peeves are bugging me more than usual lately. So I thought I’d let you know. Here’s a list of gripes, pet peeves, and stuff that just plain bugs me. Bet some of these things tick you off too! Would love to know what you think… Does this stuff bug you too? Are people offending more often? Am I just noticing more often? Have I just got nothing better to do than worry about other people’s habits? All of the above?
Don’t know, but here goes. I bet some of this stuff bugs you too.
BTW- if you’re squeamish, you might want to skip the first two.
Tooth brushing in public
And I mean anyplace outside the bathroom. As in any place that I have to see it. Makes me shudder to think about it…and gag to see it. Please, please, please… If we ever happen to be together at tooth brushing time, please don’t do it in front of me. And if you forget and should happen to talk to me with a brush in your foaming mouth, expect me not to look you in the eye again for quite a while.
And let’s not even go anywhere near public flossing…
This is an extension of the tooth brushing thing, but while I’m dancing around the grooming pole, let me just say that there are things that should be done in private—preferably in the bathroom—that I really don’t want to witness: toenail clipping (please clean up after!), tweezing, zit popping (note to couple in the park: eeuuw! Can’t you just kiss or grope? Do you have to pop too?)… Seriously, why do I have to see this? Why do I even have to say this?
Leaving grocery carts in the middle of the aisle
Ok, this is something I associate with Chile. Probably happens elsewhere, but it makes it onto my buggin’-me radar every time I walk into my local Jumbo. It goes like this: you’re in a busy supermarket, everyone’s maneuvering enormous carts and your make-it-painless strategy involves trying to get in and out of there before sensory overload and energy meltdown kicks in. And then you turn the corner and there it is: a dozen semi-abandoned carts strewn all over the aisle left wherever their cart-pusher happened to be when they suddenly remembered something and walked away from their cart—RIGHT THERE—and went off to do whatever they had to do. Sigh. Am I the only one irked by this? Why is it that cart owners seem to get bugged at ME when I move their carts out of my way? Is the proper protocol just to stand there and wait for them to hem and haw over which color yogurt they want?
Hanging in the left lane
OK, I’ve already written about this one (The Left Lane is Mine). The left lane of a highway is for passing. So I don’t really care if you’re doing the speed limit. You still don’t have the right to hangout there, because I’m trying to pass you and I’ve got someone else on my tail trying to pass me. Move over bud!
Arrggh! Pain, shiver, chills…right up there with blackboard scratching. I once went to lunch with a coworker who ordered a salad and scraped every bite off her fork with her teeth. It was the most painful lunch of my life! Please people, save your teeth for chewing; LIPS are for fork scraping!
Talking in the movies
I used to think this was a Chile problem, but have since realized that it happens elsewhere too. My theory is that since people are now so used to watching videos at home, where they can stop, backup, and watch again, that they have lost the sense of getting lost in a film and letting the rest of the world melt away. And when the person next to me answers their cell phone, my world-melting movie experience disappears.
I have the same problem during classes, presentations, seminars—anywhere where people are expected to face forward and pay attention (in silence). I’ve found that generally, the talking and distractions increase in direct proportion to the distance from the screen or speaker.
Seat invading and armrest hogging
You know the scene: you’re on some form of public transportation, and the person next to you overflows their seat into your own already too-small space. If your seatmate is a guy, he will often also sit with his legs outspread, so not only do you have to squish up against the window (or balance to avoid falling into the aisle), but you don’t have room for your legs either. And if he’s particularly obnoxious, he’ll hog the armrest too.
OK, I’ll stop here, although I’m sure I could keep coming up with more annoying habits of others—mostly because when I mentioned to Eileen (Bearshapedsphere) that I wanted to write about the topic, she warned me not to get whiny about it. I hope I managed (whiners are also pretty high up on the annoyance list).
But here’s what I’m going to do… throw it out to the rest of you…
CALL FOR A GROUP POST!
Got something bugging you? Write a post about it on your blog and think to this one and I’ll link back to you!
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Piglet in Portugal is first up with: Pet Peeves, Grumbles and Stuff That Bugs Me!