Normally I try to keep this blog a positive place. At the very least, I refrain from moaning and whining and complaining about everything, because really. Who wants to read that?
But today, I’m in one of THOSE moods. I got to thinking about the little things that REALLY bug me. They aren’t huge issues, or matters of life and death. In fact, they usually aren’t even worth mentioning. But every time you experience one, you think to yourself, “Gee, that is SO annoying!” …
Well, I’m going to share my list of things that bug the heck out of me. Ready?
1. I hate it when I go to use the toilet/bathroom at somebody else’s house, and THE DOOR DOES NOT HAVE A FREAKIN’ LOCK ON IT. I almost want to “hold on” until I get home. The whole time I’m in there, I feel all churned up and anxious. Which often doesn’t make the whole going-to-the-bathroom-in-a-strange-place process any easier, if you know what I mean. I am constantly terrified that somebody is going to come barging in while I’m sitting there with my knickers around my ankles. I usually try pushing my foot against the door while I’m doing my business, but that doesn’t work well sometimes, especially when the toilet is in the same room as the shower or bath, in which case the door is always miles away from the loo. In those situations, I try to make a LOT of noise. I cough, I sing, I bang things. I’ve also been known to grab one of my children (or even somebody else’s child) and ask them to “stand guard” outside while I’m in there. The whole thing becomes even more frightening when there are a lot of other guests at the house, because they probably don’t KNOW that the door doesn’t have a lock, so they don’t KNOW that they need to knock first, so they just open it and walk on in. Ohhh, I’m getting all churned up just writing about it! Seriously though, if your toilet door doesn’t have a lock, GET ONE. Okay? Thanks.
2. I do not like it when other drivers fail to indicate (signal). Honestly, IT’S NOT THAT HARD TO DO! It is one of the most basic things we all learn when we’re learning to drive, so it should really be second nature. I live in a pretty quiet little suburb, but to get from that quiet little suburb onto the main road, I have to turn right, across 2 lanes of traffic. There are no traffic lights, and it’s a fairly busy intersection. There’s plenty of school traffic, and it’s the last major “exit road” before our big shopping centre. At certain times of the day, you can wait there for several minutes before a big enough gap becomes available. People who don’t indicate and then turn into the road I am waiting to turn out of REALLY RIP MY NIGHTIE. Usually I will throw my hands up in disgust/bewilderment as they cruise on past, but most of the time they’re completely oblivious. That annoys me even more. If somebody is going to be an inconsiderate moron, I’d rather they did it knowingly. Because one day, they might realise that being an inconsiderate moron is, well, inconsiderate. They might decide to change. But the people who are completely clueless? They are NEVER GOING TO CHANGE.
3. I detest paying for half of something. Half a bag of chips (and half a bag of air). Half a tin of tuna (and half a tin of air). Hey, I’ve got a great idea. It’s a simple, yet cunning, plan. Why not make the bags and the tins HALF THE SIZE? Then I would actually know what I was getting. I would be able to make an informed decision about the amount of chips and tuna I wanted. The “net weight” of a product means diddly squat to me. I’d rather eyeball the bag or tin and say, “Yep, that looks like the amount I require”. And then open it and find THE AMOUNT I REQUIRE. I realise net weight refers to the weight of the product without the packaging, but it honestly feels like I AM PAYING FOR AIR. It may be purely psychological, but don’t marketing and psychology go together like peas and carrots? Yes they do.
4. I am a self-confessed grammar and spelling Nazi. Yes, I’ve posted about this before, but it begs to be mentioned again. I know some people are lazy when it comes to using correct grammar and spelling in emails, Facebook and blogs. I will be honest: that DOES irk me, but I’m not going there right now. No, I’m talking about spelling mistakes in a professional setting. There is no excuse for it! I am a firm believer that spelling mistakes should NOT be seen in the following places: newspapers, books, magazines, work memos, school correspondence, signs and other advertising. Maybe it is something to do with my profession (I am a medical writer/editor). I spend my work days writing professional material for pharma companies, and it is my job to ensure that the content I produce is grammatically correct. Spelling mistakes are not acceptable. In that past, I have boycotted shops with spelling errors in their advertising. For example, I would NEVER buy a bed from a shop with a sign outside saying, “Bed’s For Sale”. NEVER EVER EVER.
5. I get really annoyed by people who TALK during movies, shows and concerts. Seriously! Why do people pay x amount of dollars to sit and gasbag to their friends? They could be doing that ANYWHERE. What is the point of going to a movie if you are going to talk all the way through it? Doing so at a show is considered extremely rude, since the actors are actually IN THE SAME ROOM at the time! Thankfully there are ushers at most shows and seated concerts who will admonish and remove Chatty McChatterbox from the venue. But at the movies, the ushers seem to disappear before the movie begins. Gone are the “good old days” where you would not dare to put your feet on the seat in front of you, because you knew the usher would come along and shine his/her torch on you, and give you a dirty look. It’s a case of “anything goes” these days. People can text on their phones and talk through movies and GET AWAY WITH IT. When I fork out my hard-earned money to watch/listen to something I like, I definitely don’t want to hear strangers yakking. Period.
So. There’s my list. It actually feels good to share.
Whether you share my “pet peeves” or have other ones of your own, I KNOW you all know what I’m talkin’ about. And because I know that you know, I’m giving you a chance to share all things that bug the heck out of YOU. So go for it, comment away! :-)