25 random Things That Annoy Me

  1. Airport security – Every time I take off my shoes for the scanning machine I count that as a victory for terrorists.
  2. People who stand on the left (or passing lane) on moving sidewalks. Get out of the way people!
  3. Arena security. Come on does anyone really believe that the issue is security and not just a way to prevent people from sneaking in their own food?
  4. Drivers who do not use turn signals. When I think of all the turns I could have made earlier if people were signaling I resent the time I’ve lost.
  5. Airports that charge for wi-fi. I might not mind so much if they didn’t price it based on an imaginary 24-hours of use when people are likely not to use it for more than an hour or so.
  6. Expensive hotels that charge for wi-fi. The cheap hotels give it away for free so why to the expensive ones charge?
  7. Programming languages with semi-colons. They’re just a crutch for compiler writers anyway.
  8. Command line interfaces that do not use complete, correctly spelled English language words.
  9. People who block traffic in supermarket isles. Stand behind your cart not along side it people!
  10. People who stop inside doorways. Move out of the way so other people can come though.
  11. Places that do not warn people of allergens in the food. Especially nuts and peanuts! One of these places is going to make my wife a rich widow one of these days.
  12. People who share too much private/personal information too loudly in public places.
  13. Prices that also say “plus tax” without saying how much tax will be added. Trust me when I tell you that in a place 1,000 miles and several states from home I have no clue what the local sales tax is.
  14. Airport food prices. There is no reason a tiny “personal pizza” should cost as much as an extra large pizza that feeds three people at home does. The same is true for food concessions at sporting or entertainment events.
  15. Places that automatically put mayonnaise and/or mustard on hamburgers. Or anything that is not easily taken off. If you’re going to add stuff that is hard to remove it should be clearly stated so I can ask that you not do it.
  16. Fountain beverages that include more ice than beverage. The stuff comes out of the dispenser plenty cold enough for me. If I’d wanted a glass of ice I would have ordered one.
  17. LINUX – it’s a virus which is why it doesn’t “need” an anti-virus program. There are not many complaints I have about operating systems that LINUX doesn’t implement.
  18. People who are regularly late for appointments. Once in a while things happen but if you are late a lot it is your fault and wastes my time.
  19. People who toss their cigarette buts out their car windows. That’s just gross.
  20. People who don’t take time to air out after smoking. The smoke sticks to people like nauseating perfume for several minutes after the smoking stops.  Stand out in the cold and windy until it clears so I don’t have to smell it.
  21. Coffee breath. Even worse when mixed with smoker’s breath. Take a mint after coffee – thanks!
  22. Drunks. Everyone is entitled to screw up and get drunk once. After that if you don’t know your limit you are an idiot who should not drink at all.
  23. Cursing. If your vocabulary is so limited that you need to use “cussing” words work on your vocabulary. Or grow up. Or both.
  24. Too much perfume. The best smelling person is a clean person. Perfume too often replaces one bad smell with another that is even more irritating to the nose.
  25. Getting stuck in heavy traffic. I’m learning to be patient in it but it is still annoying as all get out.

2 Responses to “25 random Things That Annoy Me”

  1. Matt says:

    I agree with you on at least 20 of these. I think you have a good idea of those that I disagree on. 😉

    Number 10 is something that’s so aggravating that it’s been in my “About Me” section on Facebook for a year or two. Same thing for people that stop at the top of escalators and stairs.

    A few comments:

    “Command line interfaces that do not use complete, correctly spelled English language words.”

    I think it’s sort of like the English language at times: some CLIs don’t make any intuitive sense, but so many people know them so well that it’d be a pain to change it. Kind of like the U.S. and our reliance on Fahrenheit, while almost (or maybe truly all?) every other country has switched to the metric system.

    That said, I like the way some interfaces, like Cisco IOS or, to a limited extent, MySQL, treat it: the commands are generally based on English words, but if they’re unambiguous, you can take shortcuts.

    “People who block traffic in supermarket isles. Stand behind your cart not along side it people!”

    Costco is the worst. People stop their cart in the middle of the aisle and wander off to find something. I’m normally not like this, but one time I started “accidentally” bumping my cart into the corner of carts left in the middle so that they’d get pushed to the side.

    “Prices that also say “plus tax” without saying how much tax will be added. Trust me when I tell you that in a place 1,000 miles and several states from home I have no clue what the local sales tax is.”

    That is annoying, I suppose, but what annoys me much more is places that don’t mention tax at all. I’ve come to know that in Massachusetts, they’ll at 5% sales tax, and in NH, there’s an 8% meals tax. But sometimes it’s not so. I really wish prices just included tax.

    “LINUX – it’s a virus which is why it doesn’t “need” an anti-virus program. There are not many complaints I have about operating systems that LINUX doesn’t implement.”

    This is the one you knew I’d disagree on. 😉 The thing is that I could say the same thing, almost verbatim, for Windows. XP with SP2 was alright (stable and secure), and Vista wasn’t bad, although it’s resource-heavy. I guess a lot of it comes down to a question of what you do; I’m the type of person that likes the ability to rip out a fancy GUI that doesn’t work and just do things for myself, and to drop into scripting to get complex tasks done. Windows does lots of things right, but with Linux, I can go in and fix the things it does wrong. (Like a terminal beep.)

    “Getting stuck in heavy traffic. I’m learning to be patient in it but it is still annoying as all get out.”

    I sometimes stop and think that I spend 3-4 hours a day sitting in my car, and it’s pretty depressing.

  2. Don says:

    Mr T,

    I agree with all your points, and you know what, everything that annoys us, that really annoys us, is the result of someone’s action or in-action. I know rain when you wanted a clear day is annoying, but there’s nothing that can be done about that. But people being inconsiderate is something that can be avoided, they should wake up to themselves.

    I hope to make a difference in the behaviour of people through my website, I might blog on some of your points too and link back, hope that’s OK.

    Don.

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