One of the prompts in this week’s Mama Kat’s Writers’ Workshop is “Your Pet Peeve”. Pet peeve, singular? Really, does anyone have just one? I had a hard time narrowing it down to my top ten!
1.) It’s pronounced LIBRARY, not lye-berry. And it’s PICTURE, not pitt-chur. I can’t take anyone seriously who makes either of these mistakes.
2.) Autoplay music on blogs. It’s never OK. Never.
3.) If you are waiting to get on an elevator let the people off who are getting off on your floor before you try to get on. It’s common courtesy, and it’s common sense. You’re not going to make the elevator move faster by shoving past everyone else.
4.) People who make insulting or demeaning comments to or about others and then say, “I’m just kidding” to avoid being held responsible for what they’ve said. If you are wondering if I’m talking about you then odds are yes I am.
5.) I work odd hours. When I leave at the end of a long day’s work and people say, “Oh, you’re leaving early!” or “I wish I could leave this early!” it drives me crazy. I’ve been sorely tempted to call up repeat offenders when I get up at 3:15 a.m. and perkily tell them to get up and come to work if they’d really like to get finished at the same time I do.
6.) Dorks who hit “Reply All” on emails. Very rarely does EVERYONE who received that email want to hear what you have to say – trust me.
7.) Facebook accounts for infants and a couple sharing the same Facebook account. No one knows what that baby is thinking, and I don’t care how close a couple is -they don’t share a brain.
8.) People who park so poorly they take up two spots. If you park that badly, park at the far end of the lot so you don’t annoy as many people. And you’ll get a lot fewer intentional dents in your doors that way.
9.) If you are at a traffic light and are turning left (visualize this with me) if there is NOT a green ARROW pointing left you must YIELD when the light is green. And if you are at the traffic light near my office and forget this I will remind you by accelerating very close to you, rolling down my window, and yelling, “Left turn must YIELD on GREEN, asshat!” This is usually accompanied by dramatic gestures.
10.) My name is Angie. Not Angela. I will correct you the first time you make that mistake. After that I will completely ignore your existence.