Day Two: 9 Annoyances

Nine things that I don't like, that get on my nerves, that I think the world would be a better place without:

1. Mosquitoes, Fire Ants, Wasps, and Hornets

Notice I didn't say anything about bees. Yes, they sting, but they also pollinate flowers, so they can stay.

2. Sweating

This is gross, but I really don't like to sweat. It's one thing when you're running on the treadmill, giving it 110%, listening to the Rocky theme song. It's another when you've just gotten a shower, straightened your hair, put on makeup, and it's 95 degrees outside, so you sweat your makeup off, your scalp gets moist and gross, and you have to change clothes even though you just got dressed. (And when you're fat, this problem is even worse.) UGH. Another reason summer in Alabama isn't always a good time.

Also, I'm self-conscious about my sweaty hands. I avoid handshakes and hand-holding, and that makes me sad. :(

3. Inconsiderate, Loud Neighbors

I am a quiet person. I don't like loud noises or loud people who make them. I have always lived very quietly, on purpose, out of respect for the other people around me who might be trying to sleep, study, watch their favorite show, read, or whatever.

I've lived in three different places my entire life. Strangely enough, the quietest place was at my college dorm in Mobile at the University of South Alabama.

At my parents house, it's barking dogs. And I don't mean 3 annoying little shih tzus who won't shut up. No. My parents live next to an insane couple who think it's their job to "rescue" all the dogs in the universe. It's like 101 Dalmatians over there. Our last count was 27; those are the ones we can see outside. Who knows how many they have inside. And they're in the city limits, so there's not much space. All these dogs are kept in a fence, some in smaller pens, all squished together. Not sure how that's any more humane than the shelters they were coming from...but yeah. There's always dogs barking. Always. And let me tell you, going outside is a nightmare.

Now at the apartment, we live under a d-bag (sorry; know nothing else to call him that fits so well) who likes to sit on his front porch, get drunk, and blast Van Halen throughout the complex. His stereo is apparently in his living room, so he'll turn it up really loud and leave his front door wide open so he can hear his tunes nice and clear out on his porch while he downs a six-pack. For us downstairs, OMG. It is sooo loud. I'm not exaggerating when I say our pictures shake on the walls. When the music is at its loudest, if you sit in the furniture in our living room, the seats will literally vibrate beneath you. This happens about two or three times a week. We pay the same rent he does. We signed the same lease he did (which plainly included a noise ordinance). Yet he gets to have a party for one, and we're stuck putting in headphones and waiting for him to go to bed.

4. On that note, Loud People in General

The ones who complain because I'm so quiet. The ones who accuse me of being shy, and continually pick on me because of it, when in reality, I just don't have anything to say to them because we have nothing in common. How do I know we have nothing in common? I don't need to open up and have a conversation with them; they blab everything about themselves to anyone in a half-mile radius.

You know absolutely nothing about me, but I know how many guys you've slept with, where all of your tattoos are and what they look like, that your favorite shows are Teen Mom, Toddlers in Tiaras, and Duck Dynasty, where you like to go deer-hunting and mud-riding, how many times you've seen Kenny Chesney in concert, and that one time, you had C. diff and got diarrhea in Fred's while you were wearing a thong and a miniskirt and it made a HUGE MESS. UGGGGHHHHH.

My dad always told me, "An empty tin can rattles." Think about it. If you don't get it, you probably need to shut up.

5. People Who Hate You Because You're Pale

Okay, I deal with this crap a lot. I'm naturally fair-skinned. I don't tan, I burn. When the burn goes away, I'm left only with freckles. I used to hate this, but I'm proud of it now. I have a Scottish heritage! I'll have nice skin when I'm old! And for now, I'd much rather look like Lady Mary on Downton or Amy Pond from Doctor Who than one of the Kardashians (I know, they're like, Armenian, or something, please don't think I'm hating on their natural skin color).

No one around here gets it. People have actually offered to pay my membership to a tanning salon. They've said about my legs, "Ah! You're blinding me!" There's this one janitor at work that walks by my office every day and says, "You gonna get outside today? You need to get some color in that face." Okay. How is that not racist?

The "nicer" people tell me all about self-tanners that don't have the risk of cancer that tanning beds/laying out do. But I still refuse to do that. In fact, I wear sunscreen every day, even though I work in an office. I just don't understand why I should have to change my skin color. I already have to pluck, shave, and dye my hair. Put on lotions and makeup to make my face look acceptable. What is wrong with my skin color?!?

And BTW, throughout 97% of all history, the fairer your skin, the more beautiful you were considered. It was a mark of high status. Wealth. Royalty. That changed only recently in the 1960's.

6. Live TV

I get really irritated by commercial breaks and those pop-up ads that take up half the screen. When we had cable, I got spoiled by the DVR. You could fast-forward through commercials. Now we watch our shows only on Netflix and Hulu (and Hulu is annoying with it's two thirty second ads each commercial break). Netflix is really the way to go.

7. Traffic

Pretty sure everyone is majorly annoyed by this one. I stress out and turn into a crazy person in congested downtown areas of big cities. Even on the lonely country roads I travel on my way to work, it seems like someone always comes out of nowhere and rides my bumper, even though I'm usually speeding a little bit myself. Just pass me, dang it.

Ever seen I Am Legend? That's how I wish the roads were. (However, I guess that'd mean the end of the world. :/ ) So maybe I just need a flying car like the Weasleys' Anglia. That'd be nice.

8. Grammatical Errors

I'm so judgmental of other people's grammar and punctuation. When I say "uses proper English" is a requirement in a future spouse, I'm not kidding. It has honestly affected my real-life relationships. For example, consider the following Facebook messages:

1) Hey, how are you? It was really great to see you the other day.

2) hey tator tot how r u? it was real good 2 c u da other day

I'm sorry, but one of those is not going to be taken seriously.

9. Political Discussions

This should be much higher on the list, but I didn't think of it until now.

Another reason I think I was born in the wrong time- I often wish it was still considered impolite for people to discuss their political views. I think it's impolite, but no one else seems to share this feeling. Who you vote for is no one's business; that's why it's called a private ballot. Hmmmm....

Where I live, my personal views are quite unpopular, so I keep them to myself. Meanwhile, 9 out of every 10 people I'm around openly attack the party I associate with, bash the president, and boldly proclaim their own views, assuming everyone they encounter agrees with them. Every now and then, I'll take all I can take, and let them know I disagree. But I usually just stay out of it, because I've lost friends over this in the past.

Someone actually refused to speak to me when she discovered my political leanings. She continues to ignore me to this day. Ridiculous. I don't hate you because you think differently than I do. I don't agree, but I get it. I do hate when you continually degrade me for my convictions, when you keep trying to change me. Why can't we all just agree to disagree, leave politics behind us, and focus on the things we do have in common?

Sadly, I think this list was a lot easier to make than the Ten Loves. Time to go play The Glad Game.


Jessica said...

You know that I hate all of these as well. We are two peas in a pod, homes.

Regine Karpel said...

Agree on number 1!

Lacey said...

HAHAHA I looove that saying!! "An empty can rattles"! That is too great, I'm going to have to use that one sometime :P 'Cause I'm totally with ya, I'm a quiet person and can't stand being around loudmouthes. Ugh.

I'm suuuuuuper pale too!!! I am Scottish and Irish... the two most pale ethnicities in the world, haha! I only get the faintest tan after I've burned multiple times throughout the summer. And even then it wears off very quickly and only I can tell I had one in the first place lol. That is so messed up that you've gotten so much flack for being fair skinned! Some people have bugged me about it but not to the extent of the comments you get. Actually, one time when I was about twelve, a girl asked me if I'm albino because I am so white and have really light hair too... ugh! And yeah, I looove that about fair skin normally being the more desired shade. It's even in the Bible! :P

Oh mah gosh I am ALWAYS siltently judging others' grammar/spelling!! Hahaha. I've learned to just shut up around my friends because they'll start doing it on purpose to annoy me.

I hate politics as well. I just do not care about them anymore.

It's a little frightening how alike we are. haha. Anyway, hope you are doing well!! :)

Jennifer said...

Maybe the difference in where we live makes a difference in the pale skin issue. In the South, where the summers are hot and humid, people wear tank tops, cut-off short shorts, and flip flops all the time. Most people I know spend the winter months in tanning beds trying "prepare" for summer, to be tan enough to wear those kind of clothes. I don't know. But you're right, fair skin is mentioned in the Bible! Didn't even think about that! :)

I'm so excited that you agree with me on these things. No one around here seems to get it. I hope you have a great weekend!

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