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A Hostile Takeover


By now, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I love to rant, and as some of you know, I’m in law school, but I think anyone can relate to the annoyances I am about to share.

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.

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Discussion

4 thoughts on “A Hostile Takeover

  1. TT:

    Livid? That’s hilarious. I guess I can say that because she didn’t take my seat. 😉

    While the person’s “seat thievery” would not have bothered me, I wouldn’t call it petty. However, it is certainly clear that not everyone shares the seating ethics you possess.

    You may find my annoyances to be petty but here I go…

    1) When people do not say “thank you”.

    In the past, I would have to suppress anger from rising up in me when I let a person over while driving or held the door (elevator as well) for them and they do not say “thank you” as if I had to do so. Now I just laugh and it keeps me from getting angry BUT I am still annoyed nonetheless.

    2) When people are “too hard” to put the weights back in their proper place in the gym.

    I will not mention any particular ethnicity, but let’s just say this is more prevalent in some gyms than others.

    3) Women who assume I want their number because I merely said “hello”.

    It is quite pretentious of someone to assume that is the case. That being said, guys are thirsty and I can understand how women could possibly go 2-3 weeks, correction, 2-3 decades with every guy who speaks wanting to take them out and start to feel that way. 😉

    Posted by Mark | March 21, 2012, 1:23 PM
    • LOL!! All of your peeves are hilarious! I think I can guess which ethnicity on the gym peeve…

      Seat thievery!! Crying laughing. I’m going to have to use that one, but yes I was livid, especially since she seemed to not think anything of it!

      The comment about saying hello was partially the topic of another blog article I read yesterday titled, “7 Reasons Why Men Can’t Do Nice Things.” Saying hello did come up, and your understanding of why most women think that way is correct. Like Chris Rock said, most of us have been offered ___ since we were 14, so it’s hard to think otherwise at this age 🙂

      Thanks for sharing!

      Posted by 30thoughts | March 22, 2012, 12:33 AM
  2. My pleasure!

    I have one question. Did you keep looking over at her throughout the duration of the class? Lol!!

    Posted by Mark | March 22, 2012, 5:45 AM

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