Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Most Annoying S*** in the World...for Today, Anyway!

It's Pet Peeves Time! Here's my current Top Ten list of annoyances....






1. People who don't teach their kids to obey the rules. Those of you who've been following this blog know about my issues with my neighbors. Property management recently stressed the "No Ball Playing" rule in our courtyard with a bigger, more emphatic sign. Did it make a difference? For a while, yes. But the kids and their soccer ball have been back the past two days, ignoring this one, too....




2. Public restrooms. They're usually a mess. Nobody bothers to clean up after themselves. They leave their business in the toilet and sometimes in the floor as well. It makes one wonder what their bathrooms must look like at home....




3. Too many "Breaking News" TV spots. Come on...most of these stories could wait for the regularly scheduled newscast! These days, programming is interrupted for anything and everything. There was a time regular programming was only interrupted for major news events, like 9/11 or war declarations or presidential assassinations. I suspect TV news "personalities" have a minimum amount of airtime written into their contracts.




4. TV Weather forecasts. They're long...rambling...tedious. Tell us the forecast and save all the maps and  atmospheric conditions, etc. for those who are interested and have the time to listen. (I guess meteorologists have that same contract clause that keeps their faces onscreen for as long as possible....)






5 and 6. Stupid commercials. We have a couple of local advertisers who are beyond absurd. There's the father-and-son mortgage lenders who remind me of two other financial wizards (see above). Tying for dumbest local TV ad is a stoneworks company that makes beautiful granite countertops--but the husband and wife owners (at least I think they're married) seem to be caught in a time warp. He's dressed like certain country singers used to dress back in the '80s, and she's got the big hair. They call him the "Granite Daddy." Yep, in every commercial, it's "Who's your granite daddy?" I don't know--what is that supposed to mean? Are their customers invited to have sex on the countertops?






7. Stupid politicians. Okay...this list is endless, but today I'm going to single out just one: the moron who embarrassed this entire state by insisting upon inducting world-class blowhard Rush Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians, as if he deserves to be in the company of true famous Missourians like Harry Truman and Mark Twain!




8. Spammers and Scammers. Yep, you know who you are. I had to set my comments here to "Moderate" to be rid of you. Go back to Nigeria...or wherever you princes really come from!




9. Telemarketers. Need I say more?




10. Littering. My neighbors are also bad about dripping their trash wherever they happen to be. Now that's lazy. There's a trash can  here in the courtyard, but the trash is usually all over the ground. I'd like to see recycling bins here, but there's not much chance of that when these dopes can't even make it to the dumpsters....


So tell me...what are YOUR pet peeves?



21 comments:

  1. #7 - YES! This is going to be a loooonnnggg year for us. :(

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  2. Oh dear Norma, this does sound annoying and almost funny. I'll think about my pet peeves. Thanks for sharing your list.

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  3. When newscasters tell you what is going to be reported on the next segment. Then when they get to it they give a brief rundown and say for the rest of the story go to our site online. We're always on. If I wanted to read it online I'd be there instead of listen to a TV station.

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    1. And they say "Coming up next...." "Next" turns out to be 15-30 minutes later!

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  4. Goodness I so agree with every thing you said...
    #7 is tops on my list, my #1. It has been way too long already.
    I also wonder about #2 what does their home/bathroom look like ?
    Love your photos, super post ! You get your point across with fun and great writing.

    I have a very serious pet peeve but I'm not sure about writing about it on your blog. I don't want to upset you or the people who read your log, Instead I will writing about it on my blog.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thank you, Parsnip! I think #7 tops everyone's list!

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  5. My pet peeve is ANYONE walking on the road (or in the middle of it) when there is a perfectly good sidewalk to walk on. A short walk on the road (or the side of the road, off on the shoulder) is fine, but to literally walk on the road where a car has to slow down for you or go out around you, really pisses me off.

    Oh, and shopping carts left in parking spaces because they're too lazy to walk it to the cart corral or back to the store...

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    1. I agree!

      All of you should do Pet Peeves lists!

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  6. Whoelheartedly agree with all of these!! Plus, rude people, loud eaters and animals dressed as humans.

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  7. You touched on several of mine. Non-handicapped people in handicapped parking spots. Just saw a truck that requires an extension ladder to get in and out-parked in a handicapped spot. If you can crawl up the side of this beast to get in, you can walk fifty more feet to the door.

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  8. Very much agreed on all of these!

    There's a father and son in the Toronto area... the father used to be the mayor, and is a perpetual embarrassment. They have this store, and they do these really, really cheesy commercials that get broadcast all over the province.

    Those breaking news spots, of course, are used to show footage from the inevitable news choppers of today's rush hour traffic. Otherwise the stations can't justify the expense of having a helicopter that they don't actually need.

    And whoever it is who got Limbaugh into the state hall of fame needs to be kicked in the butt. Seven hundred times a day for the rest of his life.

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    1. Now, whenever we leave our state, Missourians have to wear bags over our heads, Ohm the shame....

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  9. Norma, I agree with everything on your list! Probably the most on the kids not obeying in public and the nasty public restrooms. But most of the bathrooms here are cleaner than some I've seen overseas! Yuck! Except the cleanest I've ever seen were actually in Malaysia at the airport; they cleaned very well and often. It was really spotless. And we could do without the stupid commercials and stupid politicians. There is too much stupid in the world. Wish we could find a cure! (Education is one, but that is in trouble, too)! Take care!

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    1. Sadly, Lena, stupidity will never make the endangered species list!

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  10. I agree with your list. One of my pet peeves is the news teasers where they say something like, "A common product found in every home could kill you instantly. Find out more during our ten o'clock news broadcast." Then it turns out to be something stupid like choking on dryer lint!

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    1. I hate those, too. They give it a buildup to make sure you watch.

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  11. Weather forecasters: wrong 95% of the time....

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