Friday, November 04, 2005

Things That Annoy Me

Over the past couple of weeks, I started an annoyance list. Just for fun, I wanted to see what types of things annoy me. So here is the list I’ve come up with, in no particular order:

  • Neighbor kid who tried to climb over my fence the other day to retrieve a ball, while my dogs were barking ferociously; and his “You're stupid - I’m not doing anything” attitude when I told him to get off of my fence.
  • Slow people who think that no one else is in a hurry, ever.
  • When someone waits until the cashier gives them their purchase total to begin filling out their check. Use a debit card, people.
  • When people mispronounce words, including: warsh (wash), expecially (especially), light bub (light bulb), Baldimore (Baltimore, as in Maryland)
  • Using your washer fluid and wipers, meant to clean your windshield, usually makes it worse
  • Stuff that doesn’t “belong” anywhere, just magically floats around from place to place
  • Mismatched socks; and I mean left/right, not type. Yes, it does make a difference, and yes, I’m that anal.
  • Children running around a store annoying everyone except their parents, who are blissfully shopping somewhere without their children
  • People who refuse to speak English, the language we speak in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. If you live here, learn to speak the language. And if you manage a drive-thru restaurant, don’t hire someone to work the window who can’t speak/understand English.
  • People who think the rules apply to everyone except them
  • When people talk at loud volumes for no reason
  • If you say you make burgers “to order,” why are there still pickles and onions on my burger when I asked for them to be left off?
  • People who don’t know how to properly take turns at a 4-way stop
  • When someone says they’ll call and they have no intentions of doing so
  • Items left on my desk that no one claims, saw anyone put there, or knows what it’s for.
  • Tire marks in the painted lines on the road – like someone drove over them while wet and then tracked paint elsewhere on the road
  • Pens that write too fat, the ink is too wide, however you want to say it.
  • When Cashiers try to put detergent in the same bag as produce
  • When someone borrows your Sharpie marker and writes too hard with it, ruining the fine tip
  • When random people I don’t know who are visiting my neighbors park in front of my house when there is plenty of good curb space in front of the house of the people they are visiting
  • The joint in one of our gutters leaks, so the water drips from the curve in the top of the gutter, hitting the bottom of the downspout, making a loud dripping noise. I have yet to figure out a way to make it stop. Caulk is not the answer.
  • Sales persons who continue to bug you even after you’ve clearly told them, “We’re just looking, thanks.” And when they continue to remind you they’re offering “0% financing” thru the end of eternity when you’re JUST LOOKING.
  • When sales people are dumb…you actually ask them a question (say, about a trademark product that’s advertised on TV all the time) and they neither know what it is, or have one on the showroom floor.
  • The buzzing noise my cell phone causes my computer speakers and desk phone to make if it is anywhere in proximity.
  • When someone types in all caps, all the time (STOP YELLING!)
  • Whining, unless I’m the one doing it
  • Having to travel for the holidays at the same time as everyone else traveling for the holidays
  • Shoe shopping (see previous post)

I’m sure there are more. And looking back, some of those are minor annoyances, while others really get under my skin. I’ll leave you to figure out which is which.

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  1. Caulk can fix anything.
    When God created the world he caulked the land together and duck taped the sky in place. Moses thought that sounded strange and asked if he really had to put that in The Bible, God told him no, it was just an FYI.


  2. You sound like you've been talking to my Dad, who believes anything can be fixed with bailing twine and duct tape.

  3. I always knew I liked your dad.
    but I haven't even seen him in like a month now, Which is kinda unusual. 'cause I normaly see him every week.


  4. You are so right about the sock thing. And even if I have 10 pairs of the exact same black sock, I need them to stay with their original partner. This is important to the degree that I have sew little stiches with different color thread at the toes. I have the pair of black socks with the red thread, the pair of black socks with the blue thread....