Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Top Five Tuesday: Peeves & Pleases

And now for something not completely different than Tuesdays past, but just enough different that it merits pointing out. This is me pointing it out.

The Premise

I had a friend in high school who was, dare I say, obsessed with David Letterman's "Top Ten" lists. So much so that he would share his own top ten lists over lunch periods. The subject matter of those lists is not retained in my long-term memory, no matter how good it is. However, I'm sure I could ask him since I still know how to contact him. Thank you, Blogger and Facebook. One day, as I was reading through the blogs that I follow, I saw that many of them have theme days. That's when I thought I would try my hand at my own theme day, and "Top Five Tuesday" was born. The only disclaimer is that these lists represent my own opinions and are subject to change whenever the hell I feel like it. Also, these lists are not in ranking order, unless specifically said.

Something happened yesterday over my lunch break, and it made me want to make today's Top Five list about the pet peeves that drive me absolutely batty. We're talking zero-to-sixty in half a second. That said, I thought I'd go Double List Edition today and follow up the five peeves with five nice things. Sound good? Good.

Five Peeves

1. This was the sight yesterday that started it all.

Yes, that is a cab-van taking up three parking spaces. There are only six available parking spaces outside this Subway.

2. When someone opens a door, looks back to see how close you are, and then just lets the door close even though you're two steps away.

3. Someone calls you with the wrong number in the middle of the night, and then they call it again.

4. Gum smackers.

5. People who don't wash their hands after eating food, and then start touching things.

Five Pleases

1. Silence.

2. Free time.

3. Donuts.

4. A new video game.

5. A new book.

Note: I know pleases is a weird way to say it, but would you expect anything less?

Your turn.

*License: I took these pictures.

Word to the Nerd


Padded Cell Princess said...

Very good peeve list. I agree with you on all of them especially #1 since clearly that driver doesn't need to try and prevent his paint getting scratched by someone parking next to him!

Cassie Mae said...

Haha, I'm so the person who lets the door smack in front of people. But I do swing it open wide enough for them to catch it! That's gotta count for something, right?

My pleases are the same as yours.

Samantha said...

I'm with you on all of those peeves. Around here, you see people driving really nice cars or brand new cars that park in two or three parking spaces just to keep people from parking next to them and hitting their car with a car door or something. I don't know why they think this double/triple parking thing would work...because it just makes me want to find a metal pole and beat the hell out of that car!

& I hate the door thing too...that's just straight up rude! Okay, here's mine:

1. Traffic light creepers - the people who creep forward the entire time the light is red
2. People who whine and complain on FB about people who whine and complain on FB...when they say the exact things the people they're complaining about are saying.
3. Stuff on the floor, no matter what it is, with the exception of furniture that is supposed to be on the floor.
4. People who do not use a turn signal, and then turn really, really, really freakin' slow.
5. People who do not use a turn signal.

And Five Pleases?
1. When someone does hold the door open for me, and smiles as I approach and replies when I say 'thank you'.
2. My morning coffee.
3. The beach.
4. My beach chair on the beach.
5. Me in a bathing suit, on a beach chair, on the beach.

Those last three were easy :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

mmm. Love me a new video game.
I know i have a lot of pet peeves, but hell if i can think of even one on the spot like this.

Stephen Tremp said...

People who insist on carrying on a full on conversation with food in their mouth. What's up with that? By this stage of the game, people should know not to do that. And yet seems to happen all the time.

Pickleope said...

I like the use of "pleases" like it pleases you or "please give me more."
Poop on: people who mindlessly open their car door into other cars, open-mouth mastication, door-hanger advertising (like menus for crappy pizza joints they hang on your front door), personal space invasion, and side-by-side strollers (double-wide strollers) that take up the entire sidewalk (I blame the manufacturer).
Bliss: nachos, an elderly person with a good story, wiener dogs, dangling my feet in a pool or pond, and huffing model airplane glue.
You know, your standard stuff.

J. A. Bennett said...

Three spaces? What a jerk!

Morgan said...

Love it. :D (I'm still shaking my fist at that van!)

My biggest pet peeve? Is what I call the rainbow wheel of death. You know the rainbow wheel you get when your computer is being slow and won't load??? LOL.

Love that you added the pleases. Oh silence... that is definitely number one... *sigh*

D'Artagnan said...

I would have waited for that cab driver to come back just so I could give them a piece of my mind. Unless, they were really tall. Or musclebound. Or, or smelly.

Five Peeves:
1. Can't say "excuse me"
2. Can't say "thank you"
3. Open mouth chewers
4. Close talkers
5. Continuously repeating myself

Five Pleases:
1. Children's hugs
2. Children's laughter
3. Anything Nick Hornby
4. Touring the city w/ the wife
5. Not falling off my skateboard

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

New computer game is always pleasing!
My biggest - people who talk or text on cell phones while driving. They are either swerving or driving too slow. Just drive, people!

Janie Junebug said...

I love the sound of silence; I hate the sound of knuckle cracking.


DEZMOND said...

my pleases are when I make somebody smile, when I feed someone, when I make someone's eyes sparkle, when I touch human skin, and when somebody touches me :)
Peeves: irresponsible people, liars, stinky people, smokers and ebil people.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Love the peeves. Teeth grinders are my #1 peeve. They drive me up the wall!

Cherie Reich said...

Great pet peeves, especially #1 and #2.

And mm, donuts and new books. :)

S. L. Hennessy said...

I'd say the vast majority of my pet peeves come from other drivers. Specifically people who get in the far left lane - aka. the PASSING lane - and then drive super slow. MOVE!

Matthew MacNish said...

Managers who are oblivious to the responsibilities of the people who report to them, and yet have the power to make decisions that directly affect those responsibilities.

Christine Rains said...

I share all those peeves and pleases. Oh what I would give for all those pleases at once! Now I really want a donut.

Annika said...

Arrgh, some people obviously cannot drive nor park their cars properly. Just get off the roads already (I totally had a cuss word scrambled in that sentence...).

I agree with your list, apart from one thing.

Silence ~ but in the sense of Silence from someone you really care for and about. I've said that before, and it's still true.

And related to that, one far out pleasing thing is to hear the voice of that same someone...


I really dig your lists :).

The Golden Eagle said...

#3 has happened to me several times, and one time they didn't give up until they'd called something like six times. Sheesh.

Ah, books. I love breaking into a new story.

Great lists!

That 20 Something Virgin. said...

I recently saw a truck taking up three spots at the bank. I took a picture and put in on Facebook, because, what an idiot.

And the wrong number thing SUCKS too. Some agency calls me probably once a month, asks for Craig, and I say no and that there are no military veterans here either, because that's always their second question. This has been going on for probably two years.

Imogen said...

Ooh, pet peeves. I was reading through the comments and a heap of pet peeves sprang to mind. Like those people who consistently yawn in your face without covering their mouths. Or people who decide to overtake you on a two lane country road with traffic coming in the other direction. Or...Yeah, better leave it there.

Think happy thoughts. Unexpected strangers doing really nice things, especially over the phone. Witness the guy who picked my mobile phone up off the side of the road and returned it to a friend of mine. Or chocolate shared with friends (thought the chocolate on it's own would be nice. More for me!).

Jen said...

I agree with all your peeves! I loathe people that smack gum or eat with their mouths open...blah!

I've also noticed that it's always the people with the crappiest cars that want to be d-bags and take up several parking spots...

Juli said...

So, If I understand this correctly, you would LOVE some silent free time, to read the new instruction booklet for your new video game, after indulging in donuts.... but not before washing your hands before and after.

Mkay. Got it.

Mina Lobo said...

I'm on the flip side of the door-holding thing; it makes me a bit nuts when someone holds the door, looking back at me expectantly, and I'm waaaaaay to far away for my little legs to get me to the door in two steps. Don't make me run, y'all!!! ;-)

But I'm *totally* with you on the donuts. Mmmmmmmmm, donuts...

Some Dark Romantic

Deniz Bevan said...

People who get off an escalator and then stand there, unable to decide where to go. MOVE!

I love new books too. And secondhand books. And...

Ciara said...

SAHM's in big SUV's taking driving while on cell phone, nearly taking out other people's then taking up two parking places at school because they can't drive the beast they own. Oh, and school parking is a nightmare.

Joshua said...

Princess - I know, right?

Cassie - YOU?!

Samantha - So...you like the beach, I take it? ;o)

Sarah - Yay for new video games. Hell, yay for old video games that I've yet to play.

Stephen - OH! Chew, swallow, then talk.

J.A. - Seriously!

Morgan - If I'd been alone instead of with co-workers, I would have said something. It was there when I arrived and still there when I left...so...who knows where the guy was.

D'Artagnan - I'm not sure about your #3 please, but each to his own.

Alex - This is why I'm big on my headset while driving. And why I yell at texters.

Janie - Knuckle cracking doesn't bother me. Probably because I'm a knuckle cracker. Just did it while reading this again.

DEZZ - (See, I got it right that time.) I love cooking for other people.

Jamie - You mean while they're conscious?

Cherie - Mmm...donuts.

S.L. - I hate other drivers.

Matthew - True that one, sir.

Christine - All at once?! What is this madness?

Annika - I'm surprised that I didn't mention other drivers. That's very high on my list usually.

Golden Eagle - Six times? That's ridiculous.

That 20... - The problem with this car is that it was a cab, and the number of the company was on the side, along with its truck number. REPORTED!

Jen - Two co-workers are gum smackers. I'm about to be a face smacker.

Juli - Exactly. Exactly.

Mina - Case by case basis. People don't have common sense.

Deniz - And PUSH!

Ciara - Can't wait for that nightmare this fall.

aziasaidwhat said...

I'm with you on all of those things- ANNOYING!!! If you switched out a new video game with a new episode of (insert Game of Thrones, Chopped, Revenge or General Hospital) then are pleases are exactly the same. Maybe milkshakes instead of donuts too. Okay, maybe they aren't the exact same. I blogged about peeves yestereday too! It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I don't know why I decided to do this question challenge thing- I hate all the questions. It seemed like a good idea at the time though. :)

Joshua said...

azia - Oh...I might need a milkshake after that.

Kato said...

Oh shit where do I begin???

Peeves: repetitive noises, anything loud, too many questions in the morning...the list goes on.

Pleases: beer, video games, books, Dave, cats. Not necessarily in the order.

Patty said...

Biggest Peeve:
When senior citizens use the word "awesome."

Joshua said...

Kato - Of course, not in that order. Well...not always.

Patty - One day, I'll be the senior citizen that says "awesome." And "dude."