things that bother me

my friend kurt johnston didn’t set up his “things that bother me” post as a meme, nor did he tag me; i just felt like copying the idea and creating my own list!

The Power of the TSA
i am regularly annoyed by the combination of incompetence and power of the lovely employees of the TSA. grrr. don’t even get me started. anyone who follows me on twitter gets to witness me whining about this on a regular basis.

The Volume of TV Commercials
nothing like having the volume set perfectly in that “i can hear it, but i won’t wake up my kids” zone; then, commercials come on at twice the necessary volume. this is possibly one of the best reasons for dvr/tivo.

Simon Cowell’s Shirts (and Paula Abdul’s inability to be critical)
my family is adicted to idol, i’ll admit. and i actually enjoy the nasty reality that simon cowell brings (as opposed to paula’s pablum). but, dude, you’re a serious mega-rich jet-setter; doesn’t someone you trust ever tell you your shirts are big-time ugly?

People Who Fart More Than Once on a Flight
really. i was on a flight the other day, and the poor guy wedged into the middle seat next to me decided all the rest of us needed to be punished for his seat selection. dude farted nastiness about every 20 minutes. i handled it maturely, after the third or fourth time, by stage-whispering things like “oh, come on!” with each subsequent cloud o’ stink. one fart? hey, we all have needs. but more than one? that’s crossing a line.

BriteKite on Twitter
britekite is a stupid little twitter app that allows people to post their location via the gps on their phones. listen, i DO NOT care that you are at Wal-Mart, or Arby’s, or what the address of your church is. twitter is self-indulgent enough without this insanity (especially when you britekite the same location five times in a week).

Service Provider Companies Where You Can’t Reach a Live Person on the Phone
argh. i’m getting ticked just typing this! just the other day, i spent 20 or 30 minutes cycling through the options on an auto-receptionist routing tree from hell. we’ve all had this experience. i can understand the need to have an auto-attendant in some businesses. but if all else fails, please give me a “connect with a real person” option! i am paying you, after all!

Christians Who Give Us a Bad Rep
hate. fear. distancing. condemnation. judgment. man, i really don’t like being in a situation where i have to say, “well, i’m not THAT kind of christian.” how ’bout this: all the christians who are fear-filled, condemning, judgmental haters start calling yourself something else, and leave “christian” to those who actually try to love like jesus. you could call yourself “religious” — that would be ok. or, maybe “gong”, as in the sound of something without love.

The Smallness of McDonald’s McGriddles
i have a not-so-secret weakness for the little bit of syrup-flavored deliciousness called the mcgriddle. but have you seen the size of them recently? they shrunk them to about 1/2 their original size, i swear. i thought i was getting play-skool toy food!

People Who Don’t Turn Their Turn Signals Off
seriously: if you’re not actually changing lanes or turning, get that thing off!

ok, that was just off the top of my head. i’m sure i could come up with more. how ’bout you? feel like unloading a bit? add a comment…

18 thoughts on “things that bother me”

  1. these posts always remind me of the calvin and hobbes strip, where hobbes suggest calvin to add “excessively negative people”
    but, i totally agree with you on ALL accounts.
    And, i just have to add, with the addition of Kara, i think it’s high time to let paula fade back into obscurity.

  2. Drivers who don’t understand the left lane is the passing lane concept. Make your pass then get back over, because I’m trying to pass you.

  3. I swore I wouldn’t get into this season of Idol … and then my brother in laws former band mate made the top 36. I’m totally sucked back in; his name is Ricky Braddy, he was on last night. I think I voted last night more than I had the previous seven seasons combined …

    Which does not make me feel cool. More like a melodramatic thirteen year old girl …

  4. Oh Marko, that was a fantastic post. Actually made my day a little better knowing someone else gets just as annoyed with condemning, judgemental Christians.

    Things that annoy me:
    1. Setting the new toilet paper roll on top of the empty old one. Just take the old one off and put the new one on! It’s not that difficult.

    2. When I’m having a one on one conversation with someone and they start texting! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a few texts back and forth, but seriously, when I’m hanging out with someone I’m devoting my full attention to them…don’t talk to someone else.

    3. People who go 5mph under the speed limit. And of course this always happens when I’m running late

  5. How about people who don’t turn ON their turn signals? They just suddenly slow in front of you for no apparent reason. Fortunately since I approach driving with the attitude that most of fellow drivers are morons I always avoid trouble. (Hmmmm, do I sound a shade grumpy this morning!)

    People who don’t understand that the center turning lane is for…turning! So they sit in traffic lane leaving the turn lane empty (and gettin’ in mah way! Yes,I AM in a grumpy mood today!)

    People having loud and often profane conversations on the cell phone while in public places.

  6. To chime in on the automated telephone thing. What annoys me is that you input your account number and tell the automated system a bunch of information then when you finally get to the live person they don’t have any of the information and you have to retell them a ton of information. arghh!

  7. I gotta go with the TSA. Nothing encourages me to drive/take the train more than them. Flying is almost becoming more of an inconvenience than it’s worth.

    Remember when you used to look forward to an easy flight that would take you quickly from city to city? Now I dread any flight and it totally puts a cramp in my travel plans.

  8. Marko,

    This may help lessen your annoyance of phone service providers. I don’t know if all of it actually works as spelled out, but hey, it’s worth a shot, right?

  9. Cell Phone Etiquette and the lack thereof…especially from people 50 and over! It never fails, in any sort of chuch meeting that i attend, someone’s (usually old enough to be my parents) cell phone rings…and then to top it off, they answer it and hold a conversation while we’re in a meeting! Here’s the generation that said the younger generations didn’t have manners of any sort and they can’t figure out it’s rude to answer your phone in a meeting! i think the only reason they answer it is because they can’t figure out how to mute the ring or put it on silent…

    which brings me to pet peeve #2: when people don’t know how to opperate the gadgets they buy…if you can’t figure out how to put your phone on silent, have your grandchild teach you…then cancel your plan and stick to a rotary phone, no you won’t have a cell phone in an emergency, but even if you did you wouldn’t know how to use it.

  10. people who tailgate school buses and ambulances.
    i was just in an ambulance a few weeks ago, and watched someone come unbelievably close as they squeezed into the next lane. the emt was surprised they didn’t hit us.

    people who get loose and lose confused, as well as your and you’re
    grammar fails!!

    hypocrisy–in all forms
    (not just conservatives, but independents, liberals & others as well)

    not having the sheets tucked in at the bottom of the bed
    they have to be super tight in order for me to feel safe.

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  12. I add a comment to this but it’s not here, hmm. Anyway I add my things that bother me list to my blog. Check it out if you like or aren’t busy.

    My comment was about you flying so much. You seem to have a lot of unconfortable times (farting) and insane times (TSA), I fly about once a year and yes they are what you say.

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