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Pet Peeves 1-3

Generally, I would say I’m a happy person, but sometimes, certain things really drive me crazy. I’ve been trying to not use this as a forum to complain, but sometimes you just have to let it out and stop dwelling on things.

My list today is pretty short, and all come from some experience I’ve had in the last few weeks:

1.Talking during movies- this is pretty self-explanatory, it’s just rude to talk during a film, especially in a public place.

I don’t go to the movies very often, but I do go to a gym that has an entire section of just cardio equipment, and a projector to show movies while people work out. On the door there is a sign asking people to not talk on cell phones while in this area… great idea, and most people are pretty good about following this rule of being courteous. The other night, while I was there, this group of people entered at the same time and all grabbed treadmills next to each other (and also close to me).  I was halfway done with my goal for the night, and also paying attention to the movie as it was one I hadn’t seen before, when these new people decided to start yelling and giggling. At first, I tried to tune them out, but after 15 minutes of hearing nothing but these loud rude people, I gave up on trying to pay attention and switched to music just to distract myself and not say something rude to a group of strangers. I understand that they had every right to be there as well, but if the conversation is that important, I just think maybe they should have stepped out to have their giggle-fest.

2. People playing the “guess my age” game- it’s not that fun, and can be offensive when someone says you look a lot older or younger than you really are. 

A few weeks ago, I was pretty offended when someone I’d never met before told me that I look a lot older than 27, that in fact I looked 35. While 35 is not that old, it was pretty hurtful to me at the time. It is one thing to joke around about age with people I know, but from a virtual stranger, I’m not a fan. I’m a good sport with age jokes most of the time, and as evidence there is a picture of the birthday cake my co-workers got me last year, complete with candles stating that I somehow turned 103.

3. Unwanted attention from strange creepy men- again pretty self-explanatory, as the “unwanted” pretty much says it all.

I work with the public, and from time to time, random guys for whatever reason decide that I am a good target for them to hit on. During these awkward encounters, I usually have to listen to their advances, and do my best to change the conversation, or make them go away without seeming rude. I’ve at times resorted to wearing a ring, just so I can say that I’m not available. The worst part is, I’m pretty sure that these guys aren’t aware just how creepy they are being, and probably think they are doing me a favor by talking to me. Just because no one else is in line, and I am for the next few minutes a captive audience, it doesn’t mean that I want to have you hit on me and ask me questions about my personal life.

These aren’t necessarily my biggest pet peeves, just the ones that have been bugging me lately.

Responses (2)

  1. Chellykay says:

    You do NOT look 35. Whoever said that can go eat a bag of dicks.

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