More Pet Peeves

A few months ago I wrote about some of my pet peeves. I didn’t begin to exhaust the possibilities, however, so let me share a few more today.

  • Cats are not dogs. Rather obvious, I suppose, but when a guy and his wife have an adorable miniature dachshund puppy (mini dachshunds will always just be puppies, regardless of their age) who loves to demonstrate how much she loves us and also have a beautiful white cat who is–as is typical with cats–not nearly as affectionate, how could I not regret the dissimilarity?
  • Women don’t think like men. Okay, maybe some women do. But no one comes to mind at the moment. And one of woman’s pet peeves would undoubtedly be that we men don’t think like them.
  • Grass that grows fast enough to need mowing more than once a week. Not that it’s happened in this summer’s heat, though.
  • Political correctness in general. I’ve already done a blog post about that, so no need to elaborate here except to say that I do my best to speak respectfully to and about others. At least within their hearing.
  • People who interrupt someone who’s speaking to try to complete the other person’s sentence for him. Okay, I admit it. I tend to do that at times, too. But it’s far worse when the other person does it to me!
  • People talking on cell phones in public restrooms. More than once I’ve started to respond to someone who I then learned wasn’t talking to me at all. Talking on cell phones while checking out of a store is even more serious. It’s not just misleading at times, it’s rude!
  • Restaurants that quit serving the only food I really liked there. Hmm. Wonder if that’s why the one I’m thinking about closed…
  • Women’s t-shirts with something really cute on the front, but which a true gentleman will never get to finish reading without being accused of staring improperly.
  • And let’s not forget women who dress provocatively without regard for how it will affect the men (and women) who see too much of them
  • Drivers going through the neighborhood late at night with their stereos cranked up high enough to awaken the dead. On second thought, maybe those drivers are already so deaf they don’t realize how loud their so-called music is.
  • I couldn’t end this list without one more traffic-related pet peeve. Drivers who fail to use their turn signals. How many times have you been waiting to pull out when you could’ve done it safely if the person coming from your left had indicated he would be turning right?And how many times have you had to slam on the brakes because the driver in front of you suddenly slowed to make a turn without signalling first? I realize we are all guilty of making unexpected turns at times, but that seems to be habitual for some drivers.

That’s it for now. Do you have any pet peeves you’d like to add? Or any of mine you’d like to disagree with? Feel free to leave a comment.

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Pet Peeves: Driving Related

One of the advantages of growing older is that some of my pet peeves from earlier years no longer seem to matter. In fact, you might say I’ve outgrown them. In truth, it’s more likely I’ve forgotten about them.

And one disadvantage of growing older is that I keep adding new pet peeves to the list.

Although I feel confident I’ll write about other pet peeves in the weeks and months to come, I wanted to share some that are driving and traffic related. Here goes:

  • I’m happy to yield to pedestrians in parking lots, even if they’re not in a crosswalk. Although I appreciate it when they wave to me in thanks, I don’t expect it. But what irritates the daylights out of me is when they cross in front of me without even looking to see if the way is clear. Oh, well. I haven’t killed–or even hit–anyone yet.
  • When the light turns green, I’m not apt to think to check whether somebody is running a red light from the side. This situation is even more dangerous when I or any other driver is clipping along at the speed limit and doesn’t have to stop at the light because it’s just turned green.
  • The former 7/Eleven (now a BP station) just around the corner from us has exits on two streets: Cedar Lane and Colonial Estates Circle. People don’t have any trouble recognizing that Cedar Lane is a real street and not part of the store exit. Too many of them aren’t that smart when it comes to Colonial Estates Circle, though. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve had to slam on my brakes because an exiting motorist simply didn’t look to his right before leaving the BP parking lot. Yes, of course a stop sign would help, even though there’s no guarantee everyone would stop. At least they’d be warned, though. But who’s going to pay for one? Colonial Estates Circle is a private street.

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  • Another problem at the same place is people pulling out from the BP and blocking the entrance to Colonial Estates Circle. Because the residents entering Colonial Estates from the south have to make a u-turn and a quick right rather than a simple left turn, they’re not in a position to see at first whether someone is illegally (and foolishly) blocking their turn. Even though I haven’t seen any collisions there yet, having to stop with the tail end of the car sticking out and blocking heavy Route 1 traffic is a real hazard. A “Do not block roadway” sign would help, but whose responsibility would it be?
  • And I won’t even talk about drivers on a two-lane road who tailgate impatiently when I’m rolling along at or just slightly over the speed limit.

Okay. That’s enough griping for now. Thanks for letting me complain to you rather than to my wife for a change.

I’ll bet you have some pet peeves, too. Maybe regarding traffic, maybe about something else. How about sharing a few of them in a comment?

NOTE: Various people have complained about not being able to find or leave comments. Go all the way to the bottom of this post, beneath my “Best regards, Roger.” On the very bottom line of that last section just above the previous post you’ll see “Leave a Comment” if yours will be the first or “X Comments,” where  X denotes the number of existing comments.

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Roger