1. ## Pet Peeves

In honor of the upcoming event in which the people of my great state and much of the modern world have collectively decided to deprive ourselves of an hour of sleep for the next nine months, I’ve decided to share a few of my pet peeves:

Imperial measurements. I can recite comments and stories from years past, I can solve complex trig and calc equations, but to this day I can’t remember how many feet are in a mile or how many cups are in a quart. I do like measurement standards based on powers of two, but the imperial system isn’t consistent enough to be worth it.

Electrical current. Electrical current moves in the opposite direction that electrons do. Yes, I know that Benjamin Franklin had no way of knowing that the convention he set would create such a counterintuitive dynamic for scientists and engineers, but now we know better.

“I could care less.” No, you couldn’t care less. What you could do is think about the words you use.

Two pi radians. Radians are easier to use in mathematical calculations than degrees are, which is cool. But one full revolution, or circle, is commonly divided into two pi radians, which is weird. Why, you ask? Well, what edible and fully circular delight does ‘pi’ sound like? That’s right, there’s one pie and two pi in one circle!

Game quirks. I play a lot of games, and they all have arbitrary quirks. Like wild cards in card games, especially when it’s not the aces. Why must this make no sense?!

The Roman calendar. Still can't for the life of me remember which months have 30 days and which have 31. Why are we still using a calendar which is the result of a bunch of Roman emperors pettily one-upping each other? Lets pick a number of days, and stick to it!

English spelling. This one may go beyond 'pet peeve’ territory for me, and right into ‘full blown neurosis.’ Words with redundant letters; words with silent letters; words with ambiguous letters; words with outright misleading letters; an alphabet with both too many and too few letters. Essentially, it drives me crazy how poorly the written language reflects the spoken language, regardless of accent.

And of course...

Daylight savings time. To those who enjoy getting up an hour earlier to smell the roses or shop for another hour at night: Hey, whatever makes you happy. Just leave me the fuck in bed.

2. ~When people in front of me try to merge onto an expressway at, like, 40 mph. Step on the fucking gas motherfucker, you're gonna get us all killed. Slow does not equal safe (took effort not to write that in caps lol).

~When people dominate conversations.

~When conversation veers to things like housework, grocery shopping, experiences at the doctor's or dentist's office, etc. I feel like people know these are boring topics, but for some reason they feel the need to go on about them anyway.

~Splitting hairs in discussions. Some are worse about this than others. Some do it so habitually as to be utterly nihilistic (and I wouldn't be surprised if there was some psychological coping mechanism behind that). I mean, these people essentially just float belly-up in a stagnant swamp of pedantry and quibbles, refusing to take any remotely hard stance, other than when it entails idly questioning the definitions or perspectives of people trying to make their own point. I've noticed a lot of younger, college age people are like this, self-identifying agnostics tend to be like this, and I know this one older woman, good lord it is all she does. Drives me bonkers.

3. Nearly all of my pet peeves are people-related.

When people talk with their mouths full. So gross. I do not want to see your partially masticated meal when you're talking to me. Can you seriously not wait five seconds to swallow your food before speaking?

Being interrupted. Oh, this one annoys me. I don't talk much, and when I do, it's because I have something relevant to say. I also put a lot of thought into what I'm going to say, so I really don't appreciate it when someone cuts me off mid-sentence. It's incredibly rude.

When people swear excessively. I get it, it's fun. I swear... sometimes. Not often, but some occasions just seem to call for it. But when people swear excessively, it just loses its impact, and makes them sound like they've never opened up a thesaurus. There are more creative ways of expressing oneself.

4. Originally Posted by Dopa
~When people in front of me try to merge onto an expressway at, like, 40 mph. Step on the fucking gas motherfucker, you're gonna get us all killed. Slow does not equal safe (took effort not to write that in caps lol).
Oh god yes! Also, when drivers can't be bothered to flip their turn signal on or off.

That lever isn't just there for decoration!

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When people talk with their mouths full. So gross. I do not want to see your partially masticated meal when you're talking to me. Can you seriously not wait five seconds to swallow your food before speaking?
Yes! It is vitally important that I impart this message to you. It will self-destruct in--

When people talk with their mouths full. So gross. I do not want to see your partially masticated meal when you're talking to me. Can you seriously not wait five seconds to swallow your food before speaking?
One of mine is when people ask me a question while I'm eating. Then I either talk with my mouth full or wait awkwardly for another 10 seconds while I chew and swallow my food.

When people swear excessively. I get it, it's fun. I swear... sometimes. Not often, but some occasions just seem to call for it. But when people swear excessively, it just loses its impact, and makes them sound like they've never opened up a thesaurus. There are more creative ways of expressing oneself.

6. Oh... I have a lot. I'm easily peeved and annoyed. I doubt I could list them all. Some are more intense than others.

+ Lateness.
+ Lack of follow-through without valid reasons.
+ Chaos for the sake of chaos.
+ Not following proper exchange in conversation.
+ Careless rudeness.
+ Making everything religious/spiritual/political.
+ Unwillingness to speak louder and hold self confidence when there isn't a reason not to.
+ Speaking about weaknesses to make onnself seem unique, special, or better than others. I.e. excessive self-putdowns.
+ Unwillingness or inabillity to be serious or talk in a clear, unmetaphorical, untangential manner.
+ Holding back negative misgivings, then releasing them all at once with no warning, then blocking anyone or anything from resolving it.
+ Unwillingness to talk out an opinion/stance when the action of it effects other people present.
+ General meekness and neededless fear of an authority.
+ Intentionally disruptive speech/behavior in a public setting that impacts others not part of the group.
+ Unwillingness or inability to speculate when it's needed and required for improvement.
+ Breaking rules when it results in casualties.
+ Lack of social skills.
+ Messiness that impacts others.
+ Bad smells that can not be avoided.
+ Showing little to emotion, vocal variance, and facial expression, every time in every situation.
+ Intentionally causing harm to another to get ahead and having no remorse for it.
+ Too warm of an environment.
+ Indoor spaces with too high humidity.
+ Ticking clocks.
+ Inconsistent electrical connections.
+ People who walk too slow and or take up too much space and lack awareness of their environment, and thus do not accomidate to others.
+ Making everything to a debate, challenge, or argument.

Alright I'll stop. So maybe this is a list of peeves and things I don't like that are sort of like a pet peeve, but they're all one in the same to me.

7. People who pull out in front of you in an obvious display of impatience and then proceed to slow down in front of you because they've just realised that you are travelling on the speed limit and they've just exceeded it.

People who claim they just love getting legless for entertainment. Bonus irritation points if you then show me photo's of you being legless and embarrassing in public as if it's the most hilarious thing in the world. I will walk away from that encounter with the understanding that you have no live neurons, which is more than I ever wanted to know about you. Ever.

People who's voices escalate in volume along with their excitement.

People who know full well I have no interest in socialising but invite me anyway. We've already been through this social negotiation once before, it's not as if my personality has changed sometime between now and last Thursday. It's safe for you to assume that I won't be interested and just make plans while I am busy somewhere else. Keep it yourselves to prevent any kind of social embarrassment and live on in your happiness. No need for polite and insincere extensions of inclusion that require me to make up some socially acceptable method of decline. That isn't my forte, in fact I'm heavily challenged by it, please do me the favour of not requiring it of me.

People who see me at breakfast and decide to join me. No offense but I'm not a pretty eater, and you sitting across from me just makes me feel as if I can't eat. Worse still, is if you sit there for over an hour and all I can do is sip coffee while I am ravenously hungry. I also like to eat things like steamed vegetables, curry and other 'dinner' items for breakfast and don't appreciate your social commentary on why I'm failing to eat cereal like everyone else.

8. Excessive screaming in movies/horror movies.
The whole YOLO attitude, no matter what or who it impacts.
Driving inability. Seriously, this isn't the US deep south. It snows here. Every winter. Drive for the conditions or take the bus.
Motorcycles, diesel trucks, any loud and/or smelly vehicle.
The huge percentage of people that don't need to use an Amigo in stores but do. Really, the walk may do you good.

....we could be here all day but I'll cut it short.

9. amigo is friend in spanish? i generally don't like shopping with friends they slow me down people who stand in the middle of the aisle then get mad when you say excuse me? yes well, I'd rather not spend my whole life getting peanutbutter

people who talk during movies, shut the fuck up seriously i'm watching a movie I don't want your commentary if i wanted commentary i'd watch either the director's commentary or mst3k you don't fall into either of those catagories.

loud people in general.

people who try to talk to me about giving me money they owe when i have to go chase the dog or something and they know i'm busy, are you seriously that retarded. i could be bleeeding to death and you would think then would be a good time to discuss money? really? what the fuck is wrong with you?

people who tailgate me because the person in front of me is going less than 80 dude the speed limits at most 50 the roads i go on regularly

people who are in a hurry all the time, i go the speed limit stay in the right lane unless i have to turn left i stop for orange lights unless someone's tailgatting me then i'll run them in hopes the person either gets stuck at a red light or another impatentient driver goes when their light turns green and totals the person's car who's tailgating me. basically i'm 75 at least when i drive.

people who text and drive. I won't even fuck with the radio controls unless i'm at a red light. one time i was driving and a friend was in the car with me and she yelled at this guy who was on his phone and he was like a drive this road all the time, then he's an idiot because that road is always full of traffic no matter when you're on it and he didn't go when the light turned green like good 30 seconds even me honking at him. and i don't mean the "You're an asshole and enter yourself for the darwin awards" but the polite kind that's like "hey, i don't mean to bother you, but your appear to not be paying attention,the light is green could you please go?" that first one is for people who almost kill you

10. People feeding their kids coke and Crisps at 6am. Hey, do you want to give this child any chance at developing a taste for actual food? No. I guess they'll resemble you before they are 15 then.

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