30 Day Challenge 4

5 May, 2011
Rat Fink

OK, this one’s going to be crazy.

Day 4
Name 3 things that annoy you beyond all description.

[But you still have to describe them. :P]

My question is: Which three to pick? There are **so many**. Some days, I think, “I haven’t a thing in the world to complain about; I’m blessed with a great family, wonderful friends, a good job. I shouldn’t squawk.” Then this week happened, and all bets are off. So…

I am annoyed by:

  1. Motorcyclists who feel it’s their mission to drive past my house on a summer day and wait until they’re in front of my door to blast their gee-I’m-a-rebel-cuz-I-like-Seger-and-Springsteen after-market exhaust pipes, so it sounds like there’s a jackhammer in my living room. Honestly, I think violent, homicidal thoughts. OK, Do-Rag-Under-the-Pickelhaube. How about I wait outside on the tree lawn with a six-foot pipe, about 3 inches in diameter. You come back around, and I’ll just aim for your spokes. (And that’s one of my least violent thoughts.) *kABLaM*
  2. People who let their children run around screaming like yard apes at a theater or restaurant (or, ahem, my concerts) without any supervision or control. They (the parents) either think it’s cute, or they’re completely oblivious to — or thoughtlessly inconsiderate of — everything and everyone around them. BOOT to the head.
  3. Nutjob drivers who dart in and out of traffic, cutting people off while trying to pass everyone during an accident back-up, only to expect to be let in at the front of the line when they run out of real estate. *bANg*

You know why I limited it to three, right? I could list these bad boys all night and into tomorrow and beyond.

All right, fiends. Let fly. We’re allowed to snark this one time.

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5 May, 2011 8:28 am

OK! Yours are very good and high on the snark-o-meter. Here are mine. 1) People who never learned how to use a tissue and blow their nose when they have a cold or are just coming in from the cold. *sniff*…..*sniff* *sniiiiiiiiiiiff** #&$#*&*!!! Drives me nuts!!! I guess I could just make this a general snark and say anyone making any noise that I deem unnecessary — chewing and cracking gum, breathing louder than is normal, whistling (usually off-key) loudly…….. 2) People who are too ignorant to use their turn indicators on their car. Lately it seems to be morons… Read more »

5 May, 2011 10:36 am

This one is easy. 1. Speakers that take up so much room in the car that there isn’t any room for anyone but the driver. Then said driver has them cranked up to the max driving down the street – of course the bass is on maximum so you hear them coming for blocks and after they go by, you have to have your pacemaker reset. This is especially annoying if you are anywhere near them at a red light. My solution: A recording of the last movement of the 1812 Overture (with cannon, of course) on a jump drive… Read more »

5 May, 2011 10:37 am

1) Motorists who pull out in front of me like they’re racing for their lives and then proceed slowly along as though they have all the time in the world. By the way, these are also the SAME people who make tediously slow turns as though they’re piloting a freighter!! 2) People in buffet lines who get something on their fingers, lick them off and proceed to pick up the next serving utensil for more food! Finger lickers put their cooties all over the place!! 3) There’s a particular song that is in our hymnal at church that I cannot… Read more »

5 May, 2011 12:44 pm
Reply to  Greg

Amen, brother. Nothing is so musically banal or insipid as Contemporary Christian Music. On top of that, the ‘artists’ expect to get lots of $$, fame and recognition for their ‘work’. What’s ‘Christian’ about that??? JSB put ‘SDG’ on all his pieces and didn’t get a dime. His work outshines the contemporary people like the sun outshines a flashlight.


5 May, 2011 3:16 pm

1.) People who think they’re really funny, so they have their private conversation at a really loud level because they think people want to hear what they’re saying, or might possibly laugh at it. But no one ever does.
2.) When people tell me “you know wrestling is fake right?” Every show on TV is fake. Most reality shows are more fake than wrestling.
3.) When people call Meijer, “Meijer’s” There’s no “s”. It’s not possessive, or plural. It’s just Meijer.


Country Mouse
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5 May, 2011 3:26 pm

1. People who have kids but don’t bother to be a parent. Parenting is a 24 hour a day/7 day a week job and some people just don’t get that! Also some parents start the job but then stop way too soon. There are way too many families out there that I would like to ask them exactly who is in charge!?! On the other had it is equally annoying that there are those parents who forget that you gradually need to let your kids grow up! 2. People who have lots of ideas and suggestions about how things should… Read more »

5 May, 2011 4:11 pm

1. If you’re gonna wear a shirt, wear one that fits. Nobody wants to see chest or butt cleavage.
2. If you’re gonna wear black dress pants, wear black socks. Short, white ones just don’t cut it. (sound familiar? ha)
3. If you’re gonna eat, eat with your mouth closed. If you’re gonna sing, sing with your mouth open.


5 May, 2011 5:15 pm

1. I echo Country Mouse on #1 – people who function as sperm donors & egg incubators, but FAIL when it comes to raising their children & parenting. I was SOOO tempted time & time again (when talking with the parents of trouble students) to say, “Wait a minute – are you the PARENT, or are you just the adult that lives in the same house??” Sheesh!! 2. PK Puddin’ also cited one of mine: People who have massive car stereo systems & blast them so loud that MY car next to them at a stop light/sign vibrates, too. I… Read more »

5 May, 2011 6:14 pm

1. I agree with Greg on his number one. That is the most IRRITATING thing when people pull out in front of you at 15 miles an hour to go down a 35 mile an hour strip… only to reach 20 or 25. Like it’s their goal in life to be one car length ahead of other people at the next stop light. It probably means I should be more patient… but, I would be more patient if other people followed the rules. I think there should be a Max-Min sign on every road. Max 35 MPH, Min 34 MPH…… Read more »

6 May, 2011 12:29 am

1) Books that are mangled for their film “adaptation.” Blood and Chocolate is a good example. It’s nothing like the book. If the book was good, why mess with it?

2) Parents/teachers/leadership figures who say they don’t “play favorites.” Yes they do. It’s natural for people to show preference. Just because it isn’t a conscious action doesn’t mean that figure doesn’t have favorites, and it’s pointless to deny that.

3) People chewing with open mouths. I was conditioned by my father. Now the sound of open-mouthed chewing is like nails on a chalkboard. It’s just… gross. :/


6 May, 2011 10:30 am
Reply to  Rat Fink

I hope this didn’t sound like a personal attack – that isn’t how I meant it. I like your distinction between preference and favoritism. I put them all in the same category, mostly because I have never honestly considered a teacher was capable of doctoring grades around here. I think our teachers have a little more maturity and respect than that. I commend you for working toward that compromise. It can’t be easy. Thank you for your encouragement! I’ve enjoyed being your student (or I wouldn’t have done it willingly for thirteen years), and I hope I don’t disappoint you.… Read more »