Pet Peeves in the Real World
Mary Weisbeck
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1. Board Game: Tight Squeeze [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Mary Weisbeck
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Television's biggest annoyance in recent years is their brilliant idea of shoving the credits to a movie up, down and sideways while they run an ad for what's next, or next week or coming in Oct! It started small, a banner on the bottom of the page and you could still read the credits. Then it took up half the page and sometimes you could read the credits if the original had big lettering. Now the credits are (no kidding) 1/10 the screen. No hope of seeing who was playing that supporting role, who sang the song, where it was shot (that looks like [fill in the blank]), or any other piece of trivia that you wish to pick up. I hope the SOB who thought that up has his epitaph squeezed over for a COKE ad!
 
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2. Board Game: Pick Up Sticks [Average Rating:4.23 Overall Rank:15327]
Mary Weisbeck
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Why is it that the wife/mother is always the one who has to pick up and put away? The socks next to my husband's chair, the mail lying on the kitchen table, my daughter's miscellaneous bits and pieces left lying wherever she left them. And when you leave something at the head of the stairs so "someone" will take it with when they go...HAH. That someone is always me! That means I pick this up on my way downstairs (split foyer; for those with a normal home, insert "upstairs") and put said item away, only to turn around and forget why in Hades I came down here in the first place! Now I'm *doubly* pi55ed off!!

And in conjunction with the picking up and putting away, is the inevitable "knowing where everything in the house is". That would be fine, if they wouldn't keep taking things from where they belong, AND LEAVING THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE FOR ME TO PICK UP AND PUT AWAY!
 
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3. Board Game: Car Tricks [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
Mary Weisbeck
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I'm sure everyong has their own peeve when driving, one of mine is that idiot who gets in the passing lane and then doesn't have the guts to go fast enough to PASS, YOU @#$%#! Am I here paying to see this race!? Step on it! Move! Oh, Christ with a crew cut, pull over and shut it down, you moron. Go home, call a Taxi.

On the bright side, look at this cool game I found! Is this OUR Nick Danger listed as Designer? Check it out, folks.
 
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4. Board Game: An Evening of Murder: Forever Friends [Average Rating:5.80 Unranked]
Mary Weisbeck
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My daughter and her boyfriend recently helped someone move. Helped may be too strong a word, as the guy had to work so 4 friends did the work of packing boxes, packing the boxes into vehicles, and schlepping (sp?) the boxes to the new place, hauling them into the new place and trying to put things into the appropriate rooms. Did they get a simple "Thank you"? NO! Said boyfriend (let's call him....Dave), got chewed out from HIS friend because things weren't put away where they belonged!!!

My husband took his morning OFF and went to a friend's house to set up one of our old computers for her to use in a business she was starting. Nobody was home!!!

What the H3LL is wrong with people? Simple courtesy. A touch of thoughtfulness. Look up the word "Polite", for crying out loud!!
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5. Board Game: The Bill [Average Rating:4.88 Unranked]
Mary Weisbeck
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I hate the envelopes that have windows in them. Try as I might, sooner or later one of the bills gets put in there wrong and I have to try to unseal the envelope to fix it. Was it so costly to put the address on the frelling envelope? Was this some cost-cutting epiphany, like putting 1 less olive in the jar?
 
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6. Board Game: Where's Bob's Hat? [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4217]
Jody Ludwick
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"Honey, where's the scissors?"

Ok, we've lived in this house for 12 1/2 years now and the scissors are in the same @#$%'d drawer in the kitchen they've always been in!

Is he really asking me where in fact the scissors are at this very moment in time just for casual curiosity? or... Is he asking me to 'get' the scissors for him?

(I usually just give him the 'facts')
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7. Board Game: Electronic Dream Phone [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:12897]
Kristof Tersago
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Don't you just hate it when people start using the hands-free function of their phones in a landscape office. Not that they are doing anything else that prevents them from picking up the horn. No, but they do need to lean close to the phone because the line is bad. And they turn the speaker volume to max so anybody can hear what he needs to pick up in the supermarket after work.
Thank God the phone in this game doesn't include this function.
 
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8. Board Game: Shopping List [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:12126]
Kristof Tersago
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The shopping list says you need a quarter pound of cheese. So says the recipe from the book. But when you ask for a quarter pound of cheese, they always ask :'Do you mind if it's a bit more?'. Why do they never ask if I would mind that it's a bit less? Easy profit, I think. Just like the enveloppes, all the tiny bits extra do make a nice amount in the end.
So that's why I started to become a difficult customer and answered that I don't mind if they don't charge me for it.
 
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9. Board Game: Listen Up! [Average Rating:5.46 Unranked]
Chuck Uherske
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I think my pet peeve of the day is people who think you are obliged to give them your instant attention no matter what you are doing.

We live in a world where you are obliged to give unwanted attention to things all day long: to those annoying other drivers described above, to the demands of your colleagues at work, to the ringing telephone, to the barrage of e-mail messages.

The times of the day when you can choose what you want to think about or focus on are precious few.

Despite this, there seems too often to be this assumption that if someone wants to speak to you, they should be able to interrupt anything you're doing. Doesn't matter if it's the ninth inning of the seventh game of the World Series, doesn't matter if your lost in a rare peaceful reverie, doesn't matter if you've spent 8 minutes listening to the buildup to the climax of the fourth movement of Mahler's 5th symphony. People feel entitled to come in and -- poof -- totally disrupt the few moments of peace you might be enjoying.

It's almost like it becomes an ego thing, someone has to prove their importance to you by insisting that you transfer your attention away from something else.

Is there no place in the world for patience when you want to talk to someone? Can't people wait until you're done with what you're doing, especially if it's obvious that you're enjoying a rare peaceful moment?

 
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10. Board Game: Four Real [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:14199]
Dennis FitzPatrick
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Reality shows are my pet peeve. Nothing like a show about fat, naked jerks winning money they'd never earn in real life. Just shows how empty and vapid t.v. in America has become. I think I'll get out another boardgame and use my t.v. as a doorstop to let my friends in....
 
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11. Board Game: Toothache [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Jody Ludwick
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Cavity prevention, is it really worth the mess?

My sons share and maintain the main bathroom. EVERY morning I have to go in and either pick up or straighten the towels. No big deal, I really don't mind that part..... It's the goopy toothpaste build-up that accumulates at the end of the tube and dribbles onto the counter top! Honestly, why do they have to squeeze out more than they need? When asked, they each give me that 'deer in the headlights stare'. I refuse to clean the mess up each morning and it is as if they are making a contest out of how 'big' the blob will get before having to start a new tube.
 
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12. Board Game: 20 Questions [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:10363]
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Two things here that bug me:

1) People that don't answer the question that was originally asked:

Q: Do you like Hamburgers?
A: Well, I like all kinds of foods, really. I enjoy Pickles, Eggs, and Peanuts the most.

2) People that ask an ambiguous or extremely over-simplified question, then demand a yes or no answer (this usually happens in politics and radio talk-shows)

Q: Isn't it true that your platform is for helping little children, solving the poverty problem, raising the standard of living, helping the economy, increasing scientific progress, KILLING PUPPIES and taking humanity to the next level, all while lowering taxes? Yes or No please!
A: Well, I...
Q: I said yes or no, please!
A: But, I...
(phone conversation terminated)
 
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13. Board Game: Pipeline [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12263]
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I really hate it when my barber bends my ears really far forward and pins them against my head with her fingers to get to the hair behind them.

Just wanted to get that off my chest.
 
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My lovely wife: Honey, why didn't you clean the kitchen?

Me: Uhhh... because you didn't ask me to clean it?

Her: Well, I shouldn't *have* to ask....

Me: If you would have asked me, I would have done it....

Her: Did you walk through the kitchen?

Me: Yes.

Her: Were your eyes open?

Me: Yes.

Her: Did you see that the kitchen was messy?

Me: ...

Her: Well, did you?

Me: No, not really.
 
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15. Board Game: Read My Lips [Average Rating:4.87 Unranked]
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I don't know why, but it seems like whenever I pick up a book, everyone and his cousin wants to talk to me about stupid stuff. Whenever I settle down into ... THE COMFY CHAIR!!! (sorry, indulge me) at work, that seems to be the cue for everyone to come in to talk to me. One guy rambles on about his stamp collection. Someone else wants to tell me about the weather. Yet another person wants to talk to me about work crap, which is the LAST thing I want to discuss while I'm at lunch.

Did I mention that I'm trying to read through all of this? I can't figure out what they're thinking....
 
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16. Board Game: Clean Sweep [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
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My pet peeve is littering. I can't understand why some people seem to think that the world is their personal garbage pail. Our streets and countrysides are covered with detritus because some folks just can't be bothered to tote their trash away.

The worst offenders seem to be smokers. Somehow, they seem to feel that their nicotine addiction gives them the right to throw their saliva-coated burning stubs onto every street, curb, yard, trail, and wilderness area in the world. Disgusting and dangerous. Just smash the stupid stub out and keep it or put it in a pail. Sheesh.

Here's my proposed punishment for repeat offenders: for the third offense, a specially trained dog is led into the person's living room and allowed to use the nicest rug as his personal pooper-scooper. If that doesn't work, the next offense results in releasing a pack of well-fed seagulls into the litterer's home. If the rest of the world is that person's toilet, then maybe that person's home should be the world's toilet.

Ok. Sorry. I just needed to get that out. Thanks.
 
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17. Board Game: Business [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:9273]
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Since when is my habits someone else's business? I could fathom relatives and perhaps close friends who may be genuinely concerned, but every day seems like a filter to get the annoying questions out of the way.

Vaguely familiar co-worker: So, Tom, when was your last date?
Overweight, lisping, lazy-eyed me: Oh, about four years.
[pause]
Vaguely familiar co-worker: So you gay, or what?


Great Aunt's cousin's daughter: Where do you work?
Me: A VLC.
Great Aunt's cousin's daughter: You like it there?
Me: It's a job. I get paid. Don't really like it but it pays the bills.
Great Aunt's cousin's daughter who hasn't set foot one in the real workplace: Why don't you work in a place you like?
Me: Because the jobs I like don't pay anything, like writing or drawing.
Great Aunt's cousin's daughter: Oh! You can make money doing that! Stephen King makes lots of money! You need to do what you like!

 
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18. Board Game: Big John [Average Rating:4.04 Unranked]
Jennifer Stone
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1) Oh, it's not the seat up, seat down issue that drives me up the wall (house rule: everyone puts both seats down when finished). It's the little yellow puddles pooling at the back near the toilet tank. Who cleans this? Me.

2) Why is it always me that gets stuck without the TP? No sooner do I sit down than...hey, no TP. How difficult can it be? I know, I know, look before I park, but come on...I'm always the one refilling the rolls!
 
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19. Board Game: Traffic Jam [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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OK, this is more of an institutional problem than a pet peeve on the level of personal behavior, but. . .

Despite my claim not to let myself be annoyed by other people's driving, I do let the incompetent traffic management of Washington DC really get to me. Now, I've lived around a lot of nasty-traffic cities -- New York, San Francisco, Boston, etc -- but Washington is THE WORST. At least New York and LA have the excuse of being enormous cities. Washington has traffic problems that are inexcusable for a city of its comparatively modest size.

They seem to have Washington's traffic patterns rigged so that it's on-the-edge-of-infurating only when nothing goes wrong. But if one single person anywhere in the metro area has a fender bender during rush hour, the whole damned traffic flow shuts down. The exit arteries all seem to be constructed so that an obstruction in any lane can't be easily shunted to the side, which leads to backups that have a domino effect that almost immediately spreads throughout the entire city. If someone out on GW Parkway has a problem, it shuts off the exit ramp on the bridge leading out of the city, which in turn leads to a traffic backup in the middle of the city. You might not be able to pull out of your place of work onto the road because of an accident 3 friggin' miles away.

Surely some planner somewhere ought to be able to do better than a system that has absolutely no margin for error. (Especially since drivers in DC seem to be unusually accident-prone, by my observations anyway.)

It's gotten to the point where I am now incapable of sympathy for anyone who has a traffic accident during rush hour, unless severe bodily injury is involved. I'm too darned frustrated by the hour added to my trip home.

Add to that the fact that the road conditions are also THE WORST I have ever seen anywhere, and it makes me a very unhappy camper. Washington's winters are truly mild; there is no excuse for gargantuan potholes on every street.
 
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20. Board Game: Double Talk [Average Rating:5.32 Unranked]
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I can decipher bad grammar but please enunciate!! Enunciate!! Enunciate!!

I had a Xerox product manager once ask me, "Was you going to call Steven Segal?"
"Do what to who?"
"I said...(condescending sigh)...Was you going to call Steven Segal?"
"The actor dude?"
"Man, you better get your hearing checked." He shows me a business card.
"Oh, Steven C. Galt, the realtor. Yes, I were."
"Thasbetter. Try to get a appointment for me."



 
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21. Board Game: Loaded Questions [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:4672]
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STUPID QUESTIONS

Yes, despite what your teachers told you in grade school, there IS such a thing as a stupid question. Asking, "How can I search this catalog?" in a library is not a stupid question; neither is asking "Where is your jazz section?" at a record store. But asking, "Do you work here?" when the person to whom that question is directed is standing behind a counter, counting out money, and helping a customer, IS a stupid question! Think before you speak, folks!

Also, I get frustrated with people who ask vague questions, but seem put out when I ask for clarification.

"I'm looking for something about that thing I saw on TV last night."

"What thing?"

"You know, that THING, they've been talking about it for weeks."

"Was this on the news?"

(Big sigh) "YES. I know you know what I'm talking about."

"Well, when did you see it?"

"I already said all week!"

"Are you talking about the hurricane?"

"YES! Why can't you listen?"

(For the record, this is almost a verbatim transcript of a question I received a few months ago, but about something other than a hurricane.)
 
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22. Board Game: The Game of Top Ten Lists [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
The Steak Fairy
United States
Columbia
South Carolina
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The thing I find most discouraging lately are all these geeklists that try to relate games by their title to some issue entirely unrelated to gaming. I mean, who cares that your favorite food is applesauce and you've chosen March of the Imperium Fruitbars to represent this fact. Get a life, you list-making nutcases! Even worse are the people who add their own entries to these ridiculous lists.
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23. Board Game: Pooh [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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We just moved into a new home, most features of which we like very much.

Unfortunately, due apparently to some ridiculous federal conservation law, the toilets in this new construction each barely have a puddle of water in them. Consequently, flushing just doesn't do the job it's supposed to. This is an irritant, causes additional time wastage, and is disgusting, to boot.

My Observation: Of all the areas where we should skimp on water, waste removal is one of the last that should be turned to.

My Beloved's Observation: As a conservation measure, it's worse than useless, because we wind up flushing 2-3 times instead of once, and using even more water.

My Reflection: Another item on the Why I Am a Conservative checklist. Government regulation is a set of case studies in The Law of Unintended Consequences. It's rare that someone comes up with a new idea for How Everyone Should Be Coerced To Do Everything that actually works sensibly in the real world.
 
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