Before I begin though, let me note that I recently learned a great deal about myself based on my the results from taking the Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test (a personality test of sorts). My results explained largely why certain things get under my skin and others don’t, and I realized that most of my pet peeves are pet peeves because I feel like the person committing them is either taking my kindness for weakness, lacks respect for me as a person, or lacks respect for people in general.
Since the beginning of the Spring semester, I have sat in the same seat - 3 rows from the front of the class (due to my nearsightedness), stage right, and next to the wall. It seemed everyone else in the class had settled into their seating arrangements, as well. My seat was quite cozy. It gave me the best view (in my opinion), placed me right next to the electrical outlets, and offered perfect learning fung shui. You can imagine my surprise and utter disgust when I strolled happily into class one day and found the woman, who usually sat to my left, in MY cozy little seat by the wall. Her laptop was already plugged in and her bags were perfectly situated, and she had openly asserted a claim to MY territory. She might as well have spit in my face. It’s like coming home to find someone sleeping in your bed. I was livid, but I didn’t let on that her trespass bothered me. To think, the whole time she was coveting my seat, plotting a hostile takeover. Isn’t there an unspoken rule about these things? If I sat in the same seat for 5 weeks straight, it’s probably because I really like that particular seat.
Am I being petty? Maybe. But, I drove like a bat out of hell to get to class early enough today to reclaim my throne. It sucks that I’ll have to keep this up for the rest of the semester, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.
Pet peeves include:
1) When people call and ask me my name before letting me know their name and why they’re calling.
Them: ”Hi, who am I speaking with?” Me: “Who did you call!?”
2) When people ask why you didn’t answer the phone when they called.
Either I was busy or I didn’t want to talk to YOU – don’t make me tell you which one it was.
3) Recorded telemarketing
Specifically the one where the voice begins with , “I hope I’m not bothering you…”
4) Old people who commit suicide/have babies
Although this is far removed from me, when I heard Don Cornelius committed suicide, I was irritated. Did he really think he had that much longer to live? He already made it 75 years, what’s another 5, or 10 even?? Was life really that bad? I was equally annoyed when I heard that James Brown had fathered, yet another child, at age 70. Selfishly, he died 3 years later. Both are extremely selfish acts, and selfishness sucks.
I could go on, but I’d much rather open the floor and find out what annoys you…Don’t be shy.