My Top 10 Pet Peeves

My Top 10 Pet Peeves

Ok, I’m behind again! This is day 27 of the UBC! I decided to offer another list….of my top pet peeves! Everyone has them…you know…the little day to day issues that bug the heck outta you. There’s often little you can do about it, so you vent!! Today, I’m venting….

* This is probably a regional thing because lord knows, the south is rampant with this problem. People who burn leaves and trash and pollute the neighborhood.   Apparently, their olfactory nerves are shot and they don’t realize how offensive the smell is.   Meanwhile, we (the neighbors) have to seek refuge in our homes like we are trying to escape the next application of agent orange. Moreover, why hasn’t our local government banned that activity?

* People who will walk right past you at work as if you were invisible.   They will not look at you or speak to you.   This is especially crazy-making after you’ve said a warm and bubbly “Good Morning’ and they say nothing, not a smile, not a peep.  Maybe it’s the southern girl in me, but I think that’s just rude!

* People who will tell all of their business in front of a throng of strangers. I think they believe that speaking into a cell phone deafens the rest of us.

* People who REFUSE to let you merge as you come up the on ramp. I think this is the one joy that they have in life, to piss others off who can’t quickly get out of the car to give them the beating reasoning of their lives.

* One-sided friendships. The kind where you give and give and give and the other takes and takes and takes. I really believe that people can only do what you allow, but I think we’ve all met people who constantly have their hands out and never know how to reciprocate and could be virtually added as a dependent on your tax return. That’s the person that I’m talking about.

* People who will start conversations when they see that you are otherwise engaged. If I am watching television or reading a book, how does one interpret that as “She wants to have a conversation with me?”

* People who try to explain a concept to you that you explained to them last month, but somehow they’ve forgotten that.

* People who will gather together as a group to block walkways in (or on) airports, sidewalks, movie theaters, etc. They do not have the courtesy to move over when people are simply trying to get from point a to b. They think that the term “right of way” only applies to them.

* People who allow their children to kick the backs of your seats to the tune of their favorite song at the moment while you are at the movie theater or on airplanes. Aren’t they precious?

* People who share too much at work. I love chatter as much as the next person, but I really do not need a verbal (sometimes with pics!) news scroll of everything that is presently going on at your house.

Whew… that feels better!  What are some of the things that irk you, dear reader?



Renee King
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  • Nailah
    Posted at 10:16h, 27 July Reply

    Oh, I feel you on number 2! We’re all busy at work and most people would rather be somewhere else, but that doesn’t mean you cant take 2 seconds to smile and say hello. One of 1000 reasons I hope I don’t have to go back to an office again (or if I do that the office is at least pleasant).

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:56h, 27 July Reply

      Nailah, I am so there with you….I say if you’re not feeling it, fake it…who knows…you may actually realize that a smile doesn’t cost a cent.

  • naomi
    Posted at 10:41h, 27 July Reply

    YES YES AND YES TO THIS ENTIRE LIST! Especially they one about people at work who treat you like you’re invisible, merging and one-sided friendships…UGH so frustrating!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:55h, 27 July Reply

      Unnecessary drama…because it leaves you feeling…what the heck? Is there something wrong with me? At least in the beginning because it’s so foreign to you. After a while, it becomes…..”Meh, who cares?”

  • DeLay
    Posted at 11:51h, 27 July Reply

    All of those + people who know you are waiting for their parking space (because they know the parking lot is full and see you slowing driving behind them as they walk to their car!) and they get in the car and do everything but pull out of the space (dig in their purse, check themselves out in the mirror, put on lipstick, get on the cell phone, ANYTHING to prevent you from getting into “their” parking space! BTW, I’ve only seen women do this – it’s like they want to punish you for having the nerve to think they would allow you to have “their” space even if they are done with it! SMH!

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:56h, 27 July Reply

      Jeebus….I know exactly what you are talking about. I never understood why this happens but you have explained it perfectly…thanks, Delay!! Don’t be a stranger!

  • Gray
    Posted at 12:36h, 27 July Reply

    Oh my goodness, I found myself going “Yeah!” to so many of these. My traffic pet peeves are many–people who don’t use their turn signals (I am NOT a mind reader!); women who think it’s okay to apply makeup while driving; people who don’t stop at crosswalks when a pedestrian is clearly trying to cross the street–and even though it is the law to do so in Vermont; people who think their lefthand turn has the right-of-way over me going straight or making a righthand turn; people who talk on their cell phone or text while driving; people who zoom up in the left lane to avoid the long, slow-moving right lane, but then expect someone in the right lane to be nice enough to let them cut. I’ve had people nearly run me off the road because they started to move into my lane without even looking to see that someone was already there.

    Anyone who rides in a car while I’m driving would be shocked by the language I use in reference to my fellow drivers. 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:55h, 27 July Reply

      Hmmm….Gray, you seem to be very non-committal about your pet peeves. ROFLMAO!!! I co-sign each and every one of those, my friend. Oh, and trust me….my cussing quotient has decreased considerably since I started commuting. hehehehe

  • Sandy
    Posted at 14:30h, 27 July Reply

    Mine favs are people who talks to you when they need something, in other case they can’t greet you…ANNOYING!

    • Renee
      Posted at 15:26h, 27 July Reply

      That is frustrating….you’d think they would be embarrassed….but no.

  • Terri
    Posted at 16:56h, 27 July Reply

    Amen! My goodness. I especially don’t like the work hello situation. it’s like “Hello, I see you everyday…we have to work TOGETHER.” Part of me thinks maybe we’re a little socially awkward deep down inside?

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