I was recently sent a questionnaire that asked the question "What are your pet peeves?"
My first answer was to name the two biggest peeves I have:
People who never let you finish a sentence and people who don’t use turn signals. Unless you are one of those people, I would assume we can agree that these are at least understandable.
That said, I realized I have a few more peeves, some of which are very serious and others not so much.
For example, I get peeved at people who will leave really negative comments or make holier-than-thou responses to my blog posts anonymously. It’s only happened twice, but in all honesty, it is really hard for me to take these comments seriously if the commenter lacks the courage to leave a real name. Its kinds like saying "just kidding" after you say something mean.
I get peeved about SPAM. Who doesn’t really? But the SPAM that annoys me the most is the stuff about Viagra. How in the world did I ever end up on the spam list for Viagra? I’m not exactly in their target demographic, if you know what I mean.
The whole oil spill in the gulf thing peeves me. As does the wholesale razing of trees to build unneeded commercial/medical office space in my town. I’m not at all a fan of big money raping the land…which is all rather liberal for my normally less-government stance in politics. But I was raised in central Colorado, where the air really is pure and the land really is wilderness. All this unnecessary pillaging brings out my momma-bear instincts.
I'm pretty peeved that the cartoon faces of the latest child-focused big-box-office movies are plastered all over every known form of junk and over-processed food. My 3 year old TRUSTS those faces. He thinks that its GOOD for you if Woody is on the front because WOODY is a good guy. What a job parents have today trying to teach their children that somebody’s face plastered on the label is not a good indication of value of the contents. Valuable lesson, sure, but a hard one for these little guys. PS - did we NEED to have four aisles of this branded stuff front and center at every single Target, Walmart, and Costco?
I get peeved when people try to justify/argue/discuss matters of the Bible when they have not read it. (Really, I feel this way about lots of religious texts) I don’t mean listened to somebody else read it. I don’t mean heard it in parts during your weekly church services. I don’t’ mean talking about what somebody else told you about the Bible (especially if that somebody else is mainstream media). If you would like to discuss the parts you have actually read for yourself, I’m totally up for that.
And finally, my biggest pet peeve: Businesses that purposefully misspell their names as their gimmick. I realize that texting has made this very popular, even acceptable…but when we advertise the misspelled words, it makes me wonder if we are teaching our children to be stupid on purpose (oh this is going to make me unpopular). Do you even realize how many of them are out there?
Toys R Us
So…what about you? What sort of peeves do you have?