Almost a year ago I came out with a list of my pet peeves. Again, “a pet peeve is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying, to a greater degree as others may find it.” I also mentioned that these are actions that I may find annoying but may be perfectly appropriate for others.
After a year of musing and ranting I decided to add more pet peeves to the original list. And here they are, in no particular order:
- Noisy neighbors (my beloved M knows this one really well).
- Even worse than No. 2 is being assigned to a committee.
- During worship or chapel service, speakers who speak about themselves more than the Scripture text.
- Bad worship songs, whether they are classic (i.e., hymns) or contemporary.
- “Contemporary” music that’s over thirty years old. (“As the Deer,” anyone?)
- People who respond with, “Oh, nothing,” when you ask them what’s wrong, and you know there is something wrong. Of course it may really be none of my business whatever is wrong, but still…Don’t lie.
- Song leaders who clap their hands while holding the microphone, thereby producing the “b-dub, b-dub, b-dub” sound. (Don’t do it people–you will ruin the equipment!)
- Motorcycle riders who ride three quarters off-center on the lane. If you’re in a car after them, you wouldn’t know whether to overtake or just let them be.
- Women drivers. OK, maybe some. Half. Most of them. 99.99% of them.
- Apropos Nos. 9 and 10, women motorcycle drivers. (See No. 6, above.)
- Overly long (and recitalesque) prelude music.
- Dirty dishes in the sink.
- People who say “110%.” Trust me, they flunked math.
- Cabalen. I mean the restaurant, of course. Chowking is a close second.
- I encounter this during seminars or workshops: People who ask the dumbest questions. By dumbest I mean either a) the question has no relevance at all to the topic at hand, b) the question betrays the fact that the inquirer wasn’t paying attention, c) the questioner goes on and on because he feels he has to explain the question as well as ask it; or all of the above.
- When someone starts to watch a show or movie in the middle of it and expect you to tell them what’s happening. Or, people who constantly interrupt a movie or program with the question, “What happened?”
- People who complain that I am a grammar Nazi. Hah!
- People who say, “To God be the glory,” after a terrible performance, especially since there is absolutely no reason I would want to give God the glory for the performer’s taking several irredeemable minutes of my life.
- Lost sanctuary (only one person in the world knows what this means), because of too many insensitive and nosy people with too much time on their hands.
- When you ask for LOTS of ketchup at a fast food, and they give you only two or three packets. Same goes for napkins, utensils, etc.
- People (of both genders) who swim with T-shirts and shorts over their bathing suits or swimwear.
- People who wear pants longer than their legs. (I don’t think they do this anymore, though. Thank God for small miracles.) Or people who wear their pants so low it’s a wonder why they even wear pants. Everybody has to be silly sometimes I guess.
- When you get out of the pool and your bathing suit sticks to you and exposes your…uhm…Wait, maybe this is why they do No. 22? Now I know. (I don’t think I need to tell you that the last sentence was sarcastic.)
- Forced fasting, and then being told why it’s good to fast.