Friday, June 20, 2008

Favorite Annoyances...

...also known as Pet Peeves.

I think what annoys you tells a lot about who you are so what better way to let you into the inner-thinkings of myself than to confess my pet peeves to you all.

The term pet peeves originated around 1919 with the coupling of peeve, which means to annoy or irritate, with pet, which gives ownership and implies your "favorite" peeve.

I was pretty clever and actually found a pet that peeved me to express it visually. I always hated that STUPID dog in Duck Hunt because you've already missed the ducks, which is frustrating enough in a game that simple, then this stupid dog, which supposedly you own, pops up and laughs at you. Man's best friend? More like man' Yeah, what up now Fido? I swear I wasted half of my ammunition trying to shoot that obnoxious dog.

Well, I guess we'll just jump right into the official Top 10 list of Bobby's Pet Peeves:

#10 - When you're eating at a place that you order and pick up your own food and there is a blank on the receipt for "Tips"

I'm doing all the work (for the most part) and hardly any responsibility is on the person taking down the order yet there is just that little hint of a guilt trip. Sometimes I even emphatically draw a line through it as if they will see it and say "Wow, he means business". It just seems so pointless. I actually ate at a Fazoli's (Italian fast food) the other day and I ordered and sat down with my food and drink and a woman came up to the table and introduced herself as my waitress. That's like going to Alaska, digging for gold, finding gold, then some old prospector coming up to you and asking if you need help cashing it in. I already did all the work!

#9 - When someone (usually a girl) starts to say something then says "nevermind"

You have probably all done this, I probably have too, but it drives me up the wall. Someone starts a sentence then cuts it short and says "well, nevermind". I probably wasn't paying attention before they said that but now that they did I HAVE to know. It's the lure of the unattainable. You know before, when you were just going to tell me, I didn't care, but now that you're withholding I absolutely must find out. This one is probably unique to me but for some reason it just gets me every time.

The next 3 deal with people trying to convince me (or others) of things

#8 - A person is absolutely sure that the college* they attended is the best

Now I have my school pride, don't get me wrong, but I'm not going to try and convince someone that the school I paid a ton of money to go to is better than the college they paid a ton of money to go to. It's not as if I say "Hey, Baylor has a beautiful campus and is getting better in sports" and then that person will say "You know, you're right. I am wrong." That's not how it goes, ever. Why can't we just be content to cheer FOR the school you went to or that you like and everyone just agree to disagree.

*This also applies to states. Everyone likes their state. That's fine. Let's stop trying to convince people that our state is better than theirs. It's not as if states can fight and determine which is better.

#7 - People trying to convert me to liking country music.....gross

This is especially annoying. I know I grew up in Abilene, Texas where it is unusual to not like country music but please, don't think that after 26 years of disliking country music, YOU will be the one to convince me to like it. Many friends, family members, and ex-girlfriends have attempted to this and I still hate it. Let's just leave it at that.

#6 - I'm a picky eater, stop trying to expand my taste buds

I am a very...."particular" eater. I know what I like and what makes me dry heave. I know that you might like this food group or think that someone must be crazy to not like it but please refrain from attempting to get me to "try this". I am perfectly content not eating chinese food, onions, mushrooms, guacamole, tomatoes, fish, sour cream, artichoke hearts, any salad, sweet potatoes, and countless other delicacies. So let me enjoy my meat and potatoes and stop trying to be a food pusher.

#5 - Abbreviations
So these are especially troubling. We must weigh the options: On one hand you can save time and say stuff faster, on the other hand you can talk normal and not get punched in the face. It is so annoying when someone text messages you OMG, it is even more annoying when they SAY OMG. Horrible. And even abbreviating places and things. "Oh yeah, you'll BRB, well not if I kick you in the throat!". Don't worry, I'm just kidding....or is it jk?

#4 - When driving, the people who wait until the last possible second to merge into your lane

This one has been recently applicable in my recent commutes to Dallas on I-20. There are a few portions of the highway where they are doing construction and it breaks down to one lane. Normal people get over fairly close to when the lane closure happens but then some cool guy comes flying in as the cones close down his path with his turn signal on. If these yokels would just get over when it says then everyone would go through the construction much faster instead of everyone having to wait in line to let the Mercedes in. I just wish I could coach them on how to navigate through construction AND not be a moron.

The next two involve movies...

#3 - The movie question askers

This happens when you're in a movie, typically in the theater, and a very curious person is sitting next to you. They constantly are asking you what is happening, "Do you think he knows what she did?, Is he going to go in there?, Is she dead?, Do you smell that?". This always happens in a movie that we're seeing for the first time and I'm being asked questions as if I can predict the future. Now, I know that I usually have an answer for everything but why don't we both just watch the movie and see what happens?

#2 - The pre-quoter

This situation goes down when you're watching a movie many of you have seen before and it is "_____'s" favorite movie. This person feels compelled to demonstrate their expertise in movie knowledge by not only quoting the movie, but doing so 3-5 seconds before the line is said in the movie. It's like watching Tombstone in a huge cavern with an echo. It totally ruins all those great lines. So sit back, wait for the line to actually be spoken, say it along with Kurt Russell and then be content in your knowledge. Thank you.

And the Number One pet peeve according to Bobby Austin:

#1 - The neverending windshield wiper

So we're driving down the road and it starts raining. Inevitably, you turn on your windshield wipers, because no one likes to be blind when it's raining. Then it stops raining, yet you are wary of the rain and decide it might come crashing down again at any moment so you leave the windshield wipers the same speed.....for 5-10 more minutes. Are you that enthralled by the song/conversation/make-up touch up that you allow the worst sound in the world over and over again? I ask you, is there a worse noise than two windshield wipers going up and down on a completely dry windshield? I say no. So do me a favor, use the wipers when it's raining, but when it stops, please, please, please just reach your hand over to the other side of the steering wheel and make one simple click. Just for me.

So I'm sure many of you have done these around me and are now going to be self-conscious that you'll annoy me but don't worry. Awareness is the first step. And even though this comes across very angry, none of these have ever led me to commit a felony so no worries.


Hannah said...

number 3 is most certainly one of my pet peeves. and, in the defense of most girls, the "never mind" phrase is usually the sign of us catching ourselves from saying something incredibly stupid. so while it may drive you crazy, it is saving us some humiliation.

Tricia said...

Wow, Bobby, you're kind of intense. And you read my mind a little bit with that last paragraph. After all, my school is better than yours, our home state is better than everyone else's, I often use LOL and OMG (though only in casual messages and never, ever in conversation), and you really should like country music.

However, on the heinousness of movie question askers and undeserved tips (don't get me started on paying four bucks for a cup of coffee only to be expected to leave a tip in the jar at the drive-through), we are agreed.

Lastly, I must agree with Hannah. When we say "never mind," it's generally because we realized we were about to say something you'd hate hearing even more than "never mind." Saying "never mind" instead of, for instance, "What are you thinking about," or "Let's talk about where this is going," is our gift to you. Be grateful.

elizabeth said...

First of all, awesome song choice. And I agree with you on most of those. Are we related? LOL.

stacy colvin said...

Yay for finally posting! And props for making it long and so funny. I totally agree with so many of these. I nearly went into major road rage traveling back to LA b/c of stupid people who wanted to cut in front of me when they waited to merge over at the last possible moment! I try my hardest NOT to let them in. And the wipers...I despise that noise as well. Therefore I am a fan of Rain X (wonder if they'd pay me for the product endorsement on your blog?!)

Anonymous said...

OK, I'm printing #6 for future reference. The holidays are coming and meal time is what we live for at our house after all.

I have the exeption for #3. I haven't been to the theater in......FOREVER but I still have this happening to me at least once a day. (Of course I'm being generous with the number)
And #2.........I'm wondering, could that be one of my siblings?
Just between #3 & #2 we know the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Enjoyable as always & thanks for warning us!!

Trey said...

WHY WAS I CENSORED? I posted a really long and humorous comment and it hasn't been approved yet. POST IT!

BobbyA said...

Sorry Trey, never got anything to post. Maybe try again?

Trey said...

Que tragico!

Well, in brief, I agreed with several of yours: namely that the movie questioner, the nevermind girl, and artichoke hearts can all be sent to some far away place where the sun never shines.

Jessica said...

It's just so sad...

You're missing out on sweet potatoes AND guacamole!

amanda flo said...

sorry this is a bit late for this post, but when you get a chance, i need to tell you something.

oh wait. nevermind.