Friday, December 16, 2011

#reverbbroads11: You Annoy Me

I'm participating in #ReverbBroads11, a month of blog prompts promised to be silly and reflective. I seem to be following an every-other-day pattern, so I apologize. I'll try and get better! Today's prompt: What are your biggest pet peeves courtesy of Emily at

I have a few pet peeves, admittedly. I know there's m ore that I'll think of once I see people do/say them, however, for now, this is what I have from thinking about it (all morning). 

Number One: Grammar
I was a journalism major. I had a semester's long class over grammar -- correct spelling, punctuation, usage, tense, commas, contractions, you name it. Being the nerd that I am, it was easy and I loved it. That being said, it's simple, really:

Number Two: People who leave their car blinker on for forever
Yes, I am one of those people who gets thoroughly annoyed and will go around you just to find out what's wrong and why you're not turning your blinker off. I don't care if it doesn't make noise inside your car, turn it off after you turn! And, for that matter, it equally annoys me when drivers don't use their turn signal at all - hello, that's what they're there for. So you don't get rear-ended when stopping all of a sudden.

Number Three: Blacks and browns
I don't care that apparently it's a trend that you can wear a black shirt, jeans, and all brown accessories. I think it looks silly... while I am not always totally mis-match, black and brown will never, ever mix for me. I just don't see it! It bothers me when a necklace has brown AND black beads together, I like the black shirt/brown boots idea... just don't follow. Try convincing me otherwise. 

Number Four: Dog-less Dog Parkers
This has come up a lot lately. Our dog park here in Athens shares a parking lot with a playground, all part of a larger city park. The playground and dog park are on opposite ends of the parking lot. So, on occasion (and as I said, a lot more frequently lately), parents will bring their kids over to see the dogs running around; these folks obviously don't have a dog to bring to the park, or at least not with them at the moment. The smart parents will stand outside the fence with their kids and if a dog comes up to them, will teach their child how to hold up their hand so the dog can sniff them and then say hi. The more aggravating parents, lately, however, march their children straight into the park and let their kids run (yes, run) around the park, squealing anytime a dog comes near them. Yes, I see it as important to teach kids to not be afraid of dogs (see the smart parents statement; that's what a fence is for) but must you let your kids run around, waiting for a dog to chase them? Obviously these dogs are socialized, otherwise they wouldn't be at the park, but you never know what kind of dogs are inside that fence! Maybe a dog is great with other dogs but is terrified of children and may all of a sudden snap on your kid? Yep, then what. (end soap box) (Arlington County even went as far as banning children under 8; I wouldn't go that far, but agree that supervision is necessary and if you don't have a dog... stay outside the fence!)

What are your pet peeves? If you don't have any, here. Borrow some.


  1. Agreed, on all but the last one- sometimes I go to the dog park or dog beach to play with other people's dogs, since I don't have one!

    Related to #2: people who brake and turn, rather than signaling. NOT THE SAME!

  2. 1. I feel much better about adults coming in on their own. Because, for one, let's say you get bitten. You know it's your own fault. However, let's say the kid gets bitten, then mom and goes and chews out the dog owner. So... you, I'm okay with. The 6 year old running around? Different story. :)

    2. Oh yes, very different!

  3. I like the black and brown mix since they are both neutrals, but mixing gold and silver, just can't do it. It makes me feel trashy or something. Though it looks great when other people try it.