We all have them -- pet peeves. They are usually things that would cause no one else the slightest concern, but they can drive us completely over the edge. I started to think about this yesterday when I went for lunch with a friend of mine. This is someone I love dearly, and she often invites me for lunch, and just as often I decline. Why, you ask? Well, my lovely elegant friend has a habit -- every time we have lunch together -- of blowing her nose and then leaving the offending Kleenex on the table. It's disgusting, and I have no way of telling her that I find it offending. Am I crazy? Would anyone else be put off their lunch?
Bad haircuts. If you pay $60.00 for a haircut -- plus tip -- shouldn't it be reasonable to ask that the left side of your hair be the same length as the right side? Is that asking too much? Or perhaps it might actually have, oh, I don't know, some style? I have invested in a good pair of scissors, and I now cut my own hair. I can't count the number of times I have had to come home and even up the straggly bits that don't match. It's enough to make my tear out my hair.
Not paying attention. The longest escalator in Vancouver is at the Granville Sky Train Station. It is one of the longest escalators in the world, and it is always packed with people exiting the Sky Train. And invariably when I ride this escalator, there is a group of people clustered together at the top, chatting and looking at their phones. Escalators can often be dangerous, and can cause nasty accidents to toes and other appendages. Here's an idea -- when you reach the top of an escalator, keep moving. There are people behind you.
Vancouver is known as a city of awnings. There is a reason for that. It rains here -- a lot... It's possible to walk along any commercial street in Vancouver and not get rained on, as long as we stay underneath the awnings. The only problem is, all the folks with umbrellas are walking under the awnings, and all of us folks without umbrellas are trying to jostle for a position ... under the awnings.
Some of my other pet peeves are: people who cut the crossword puzzles out of the newspapers in the coffee room; people who cough all over the fresh produce in the supermarket; people who leave their dirty dishes on the table in the food court -- there are recycling and trash bins everywhere; throw out your garbage.
Oh, I'm not really as grumpy as I sound today. The past couple of weeks at work have been sort of ... trying. But I prevailed and now it's Friday, it's pay day, and I have two days off to do nothing but sleep, shop, read, paint, sleep... I might even have time to visit your blogs. I have missed visiting you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and do something fun, fun, fun...