Pet Peeves

by Sneha

We all have them. Don’t deny it. Let’s just hope we aren’t guilty of some or any! Bear with me as I get this off my chest.

I ADORE my grandma. She’s the sweetest lady but OMG she smacks her food, all her food, even her gum! Drives me insane especially on a 5 hour drive home, in traffic, but surprisingly after a good 45 minutes, I find it endearing because I love her. Don’t get me wrong, if it were anyone else, I’d toss your ass out on the highway!

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Is it wrong to have pet peeves or is it the simple fact that we, as society, excuse rude behavior? Where have our manners gone? Like chewing with your mouth open, GROSS! I don’t want a preview as to how it’ll eventually come out. I remember my mom forcing me to go to this etiquette class in middle school, hated it but so glad I went: how to properly eat/twirl spaghetti; how to sweeten your ice tea without banging the packet against your palm (yes I’m from the south); how to properly shake someone’s hand; how to politely leave the table or even call the waiter; all the way to which fork and spoon to use at the appropriate time during a meal. Now as an adult, I’m shocked to see how many of my colleagues don’t know!

So the pet peeves. Those who know me may say I’m a bit opinionated, a little hateful and may have zero tolerance; whatever, here goes.

  • Rude people:
    • 1) customer service, look lady if you’re unhappy then find another job, I’m not chipper either after having to hold for 30 minutes or
    • 2) strangers – just say thank you, sorry, or excuse me…it won’t kill you I PROMISE!
  • People who post selfies while working out, unless you’ve run a marathon or won a gold medal, don’t post it. Because NO ONE CARES! Newsflash: We ALL work out!
  • Smacking your food!
  • People who think it’s acceptable to have a loud conversation on their cell phone in a confined public space. (how does your battery not die!?)
  • Not covering your mouth when you yawn or worse, sneeze! (no one wants to see that!)
  • Having bad breath and thinking it’s OK to whisper in my ear!
  • Arriving in public smelling like old underwear and dead body parts from the 1980s. (I meant to say personal hygiene, but this has a more lasting effect)
  • Liars, especially when you’re OH SO bad at it! Newsflash # 2: we aren’t dumb!
  • Cheap people; just call it what it is, be true to yourself, don’t make excuses.
  • Slow MF drivers who won’t leave the left lane! (I curse you to no end!)
  • Then we have those drivers that brake due to any shift in the wind. (I wish I had a taser)
  • People who think its ok to ask “what are you” – I’m human you dumb ass!
  • Not picking up your dog’s poop! One of the reasons I curse first thing in the morning.
  • People who eat off your plate! GROSS order your own or ASK! Cheap ass. See above.
  • Misspelled words; come on people, lets try to at least get our GEDs!
  • People who interrupt you (I was guilty of this until a good friend pointed it out and then holy shit, I notice it everywhere, manners people!)
  • Last but not least: airport security. If you don’t already know what to do, please don’t fly! If you hold up the line because you’re stupid, you should be arrested!

I probably have a hundred more, but I’ll stop. My mom tells me I need to meditate, calm down, let it go…does it help? NO. I can’t seem to excuse the lack of proper basic manners, etiquette or politeness…it’s what they teach us in grade school! So I ask you am I the only one who is going mad with all this crap or should I seek professional help? (don’t answer…I don’t need help…it’s those impolite animals who need a good teaching. Let’s see what I can do. Don’t worry, I’ll make y’all proud)

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