Well, here I am all sucked back into anotherÂ installmentÂ of the Bachelorette because, I mean, how can I not? It’s in my genetic makeup to watch crappy reality tv. I mean, dude, I was one of the three people on that planet who watched Temptation Island. Yes I did. No, I am not proud, but I mean, the heart wants what the heart wants. And my heart wants to sit and be perplexed by men who wear masks and men who get drunk and pass out and snore for a good 5-minute segment and women who always choose the wrong men and oh That JP. God, I hope that JP sticks around for the long haul. Also, is it just me or are there exactly three men who look exactly the same. No, it’s not just me…I just looked it up and yes, they all bear a striking resemblance to weird Jason Schwartzman/Josh Groban/Dax Shepard hybrid. And not really in a good way either…even though I like all three of those guys. Maybe I will be able to tell the three of them apart next week.
In other news, I expressed a pet peeve of mine today on facebook and twitter. I am completely and totally against the double space after a period. I am an editor by trade, and a corrector of grammar by nature. I spend a lot of time with the “find and replace” keys getting rid of that damn extra space. I get that people were taught to use a double space…on typewriters. TYPEWRITERS, people. Back when on typewriters a mere single space was not enough space and so the double space was born. But now! Huzzah! We are in modern times (of computers!) where typewriters are obsolete and so is the double space. I get that there’s debate over it…but I am an editor, and according to most style guides, it’s a single space. So, I tweeted and facebooked this today. And I swear to you, I haven’t gotten this much response to anything on social media ever in the history of ever. People are passionate about spacing issues. Maybe tomorrow I’ll take about how I feel about the Oxford Comma. I mean, I wonder if the haters have been attacking Vampire Weekend for this.
Perhaps this is a good time to get it all out in the open and tell you about some other pet peeves of mine…
I really can’t stand people who loiter around in shopping malls or, say, in the subway station. I might be wee, but I walk with a purpose, and I spend many an afternoon feeling like I am in a game of frogger trying toÂ maneuverÂ my way out of Finch station. There are people everywhere, moving like molasses. Hallways should be built like highways…slow traffic should stay to the right and the people who want to move should be able to move quickly on the left.
I really don’t like cryptic or passiveÂ aggressiveÂ tweets. “I really cannot believe you have done to this me. Again.” Really? Is that really necessary to share in a public forum? Instead, why not either not tweet that at all OR, here’s an idea, give us a little more detail. “I really can’t believe that my mother in law has called me fat. Again.” See? Much more satisfying.
I really can’t handle people who keep me waiting. I am an early-to-ontime person, but I get that not everyone is like this. I get that some people are just late people. I GET IT. But if you are going to be late…call me, text me, email me, gchat me. I am easy to reach. There’s no reason that you need to keep me waiting. The two worst offenses? Movies and restaurants. If we are meeting for coffee at 10am, do not show up at 10:15 or 10:30 or 10:45 without giving me a little heads up. Don’t have me buy you a movie ticket and then show up during the previews. I show up early or on time so I can see the previews. They are my most favorite part; I really don’t feel like spending them waiting outside so I can give you your ticket.
I don’t like close-talkers.
I can’t handle when someone’s pants are too short.
I don’t understand people who use white fonts on black backgrounds. Do they not understand that this makes me click the X button on the corner of the page quicker than I can polish off a bag of Swedish fish? *MY EYES*
I hate when people don’t use their turn signals; or when they don’t turn off their turn signals.
I can’t handle when this is not done correctly:
I have a really hard time understanding why people hork and spit on the sidewalk. Is excess saliva really that big of a problem for people? Really? You can, you know, just swallow like normal people?
I hate word verifications. The reason for this is that mostly I get them wrong and have to do them at three four times before I get it right.
What about you? Pet Peeves?