The Three Categories of Pet Peeves
I have many pet peeves so I have to classify them into three categories: big, not quite big and small. Just because I felt like doing so today I’ll break down a dozen of my pet peeves which you may feel the same about.
Let’s start with the BIG category and it’s not a surprise they involve driving habits:
- Drivers who don’t use directional signals. What’s worse than this? Whether it be on a local road when making a turn or those that race in and out of lanes while doing 80 on the Garden State Parkway.
- Drivers who totally ignore yield signs. There is a reason why they are there but too many drivers it actually means speed up.
- Pedestrians who not only take their sweet time when crossing the road but do so while talking on their phones.
- People who in a crowded parking lot take up two spaces. OK I get it, you are worried about your car getting dinged…we all are. But unless you can find a remote section in the lot to do so take the same chance we all do.
Now for a few favorites from the NOT QUITE big category:
- Having to ask for napkins at any food establishment, including drive-thrus.
- People having a loud conversation on their cell phone in a public place. This is getting close to being a BIG pet peeve.
- Calling any business or professional office in which the phone is answered with “please hold.”
- Those who talk in the movies just after the message which says “don’t talk during the film.”
And here’s a few SMALL pet peeves:
- Parents who talk about their children and never ask about yours.
- People who leave shopping carts in parking spaces instead of walking 20 feet to put them where they should.
- Those who don’t say “thank you” when you hold open the door for them.
- Co-workers who use the microwave in the kitchen but rarely if ever clean it.
Clearly today is one of those in which I had nothing. That’s also a pet peeve.