Does This Bug You, Too?

So—does any of the following bug you? Here is my personal “bug” list:

  • Drivers who never use their directionals or stop for a STOP sign.
  • Smokers who think it’s just fine to flick their cigarette butts out of their vehicle’s window. What, that fancy-schmancy car you are driving doesn’t come with an ashtray?
  • People who say that they are “fusstrated” (it’s “FRUSTRATED,” people).
  • Scam calls saying that you are going to jail because of Social Security fraud (really?!)
  • People who yap on their phones while driving; here in NH there’s a hefty fine for that. And you don’t get a break because you didn’t know that; ignorance of the law doesn’t cut it.
  • There is no such thing as a “Reelator.” It is “Realtor,” pronounced “reel-tore.”
  • Why is it when you are enjoying a program and can’t wait to see what will happen next, your significant other decides to change the channel to watch (insert irritating programming here; sports, news, etc.) something. You can say “hey! I was watching that!” and he’ll say, “oh sorry, I just want to see what the weather is going to be tomorrow/who won the last game/how are the debates going, etc., etc. And you’ve lost the show you were looking at.
  • Why is it when you finally have the time to sit down and read or watch TV, your pet (insert cat, dog, wildebeast, camel, etc.) has taken over your chair, AND is sleeping and snoring in it.
  • You need to pick up something at the store, get in your car and see that you have maybe a tablespoon of gas left. (Usually your significant other didn’t fill the tank; but to be fair it’s usually me)
  • You are enjoying a lunch out by yourself and your server calls you “honey” or “sweetheart” or “darling.” I realize that they are just being friendly, but I have to grin and bear it so that I don’t lash out with what I’d like to say: “oh, sweetie; you just wait.” Trust me, their time will come (insert cackling laughter here)!

Of course there are much more, but you get the general idea. After a while, you just grin and bear it. I am always so tempted to go all British some of those who bug me and say, “thanks, dear—now bugger off!” But I smile and grit my teeth, trying to hold back what I would love to say: “sweetie, you just wait!”

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