Thursday Thirteen, Mar. 20, (My First!)

I've never participated in a Thursday 13, and honestly, I'm a little on edge about it. I don't like non-prompt prompts. I mean..just list 13 somethings about yourself? Ugh..and put a theme to it? PLEASE--Just give me a theme!

So..because we all know that writers steal at one time or another, I've stolen Mrs. Brownstone's @ XBox Wife's topic--things that drive me bananas.

Thirteen Things that Drive Me Crazy

1. My downstairs neighbors. Quit slamming the door, quit letting your dog poop all over the place and then don't pick it up for days.

2. Karma, and how it seems to just love screwing with me. I never really thought Karma was against me, until the downstairs neighbor joined the staff of the apartment complex. How exactly do I complain to the manager about herself?

3. Tail-gaters. My gosh people--get off my butt? I'm doing the limit +5 on the highway and, as you can clearly see, I CAN'T CHANGE LANES EITHER WITH THE 6 CARS IN THE NEXT LANE GOING THE SAME SPEED. It's just rude.

4. The pillows on my couch. Kids, I've place them on the couch a certain way for a reason. If you must move them or squash them, kindly put them back the way they were when you sat down. And by "kids," I mean everyone who sits on my couch.

5. One-uppers. I gotta agree with Mrs. Brownstone on this one. What I really can't stand is someone who tries to one-up while in the presence of another who has known them long enough to know that story is a lie.

6. People who are down on libraries. Look, I'm pretty down on what you do for a living as well, but you've never heard me say that to your face. Get it?

7. The inept. You know these people, they can't function outside of the box they've created. Well, not true...they CAN function outside of that box, but only when surgically attached to you. (There's this little voice in my head right now telling me I'm supposed to be kind to these people, they may well be the meek. (scroll down, the Beatitudes are in blue below all the 'explanation')).

8. Wal-Mart. Yes, I know it's some sort of marketing strategy to rearrange the entire store every 17 hours, but would you please leave things in the same general area?? I'm going in for a couple of things, a 10-minute trip. But then I can't find anything. Now it's a 30-minute trip. Thanks a lot. It would've been easier if you hadn't run the 2 locally owned grocery stores in town out of business when you opened your "Super" store.

9. Joel Osteen. And it unnerves me that to share this with you will create a "hit" for him in the Google search list. Ugh. I won't go into it all, but if you want to know why, just ask me. Be prepared, this borders on things greater than just annoyance.

10. Mass emails that come from everyone. AKA, known as "repeater emails." Please, check out the list of people that Bob sent this to, you'll notice that not only is your name on it, so is mine. Better yet, don't forward to me the same email I just sent you--just a guess, but I probably read it the first time.

11. Business hours. The office for my cable company is only open between 9:30 and 4:00. Only. I think they do this on purpose so as to avoid all the people who want to call and complain about the service. Hello..guys, you operate a service industry. The edge they have is that they are the only cable company in town--so, unless you go satellite, they've got your business.

12. Talking with your mouth full. Ironically, as much as I love shrimp, crabs, and fish, I don't enjoy "see food." Please, remember that we're the species that determined what "civilized" meant. Could we act like we are? I mean, we weren't raised in barns.

13. Rudeness. I really can't stand people who cannot say a simple "yes ma'am" or "no sir." Or heck, "please" and "thank you." I wish I could post a sign at work "if you can't find it in you to be polite, then we can't find it in us to help you much." But that might not be polite, huh?

And, yes, I'm guilty of some of these at times. Okay, so maybe all of them. Except for maybe the Joel Osteen and Wal-Mart ones. Though, because of the prices, I do shop in Wal-Mart when I have more time to spare than 10-minutes (God Bless the Kroger across the street. The place hasn't been rearranged since it was remodeled 15 or so years ago.) I'll admit it, though..I'm human. I'm not always polite, I'm not always civilized...but I try.

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7 Response to "Thursday Thirteen, Mar. 20, (My First!)"

  1. Cecile says:
    Mar 21, 2008, 4:12:00 PM

    I hear you on #3. Can't they see I can't change lanes yet?

  2. Hazel Nut says:
    Mar 21, 2008, 4:41:00 PM

    Only 13? What about winters that last for ever? Potholes? Enthusiastic gum chewers? Mindless drivel on TV? Welcome to TT, I'm only on my second list myself!

  3. Anonymous Says:
    Mar 21, 2008, 6:24:00 PM

    Wow I so agree with you on most of these. I haven't been inside a Wal-Mart in over 10 years so don't really have any insight into that one... I love libraries, I worked in one for years! :) Tailgaters - man if they're gonna crawl that far up my butt they could at least by me dinner first! Thanks for stopping by my list.

  4. Ashley Ladd says:
    Mar 21, 2008, 6:35:00 PM

    Tail gaters are one of my pet peeves, too. I can't stand it when people drive on my bumper. And those emails are clogging up my email box ata work so much I can't even send work emails without deleting 100,000 junk things.

  5. nicholas says:
    Mar 21, 2008, 9:58:00 PM

    I so agree with you about tailgaters. A friend of mine in England had a switch installed on his dash (quite illegally!) which would illuminate his brake lights. When someone got too close he would flip them on and enjoy the fun as they slammed their brakes on.

    Welcome to TT!

  6. sobeit says:
    Mar 22, 2008, 8:26:00 PM

    Feel the same way about tailgaters and Wal Mart! Hmm. Happy TT!


  7. Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife says:
    Mar 25, 2008, 12:23:00 AM

    This is an AWESOME list! It kind of makes me want to change some of mine!

    3, 7, 8, 9(I thought it was just me!), 10, 12, and 13 are all really great!

    And I for one, love the library! Are you a librarian?

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