Pet Peeves are Real--It isn't Just Me!!

Okay now, this is serious business!


Little things in life just bug us sometimes.  We all deal with a lot every day, but some stuff gets to us more than others.  For example, some people are put off by the indulging of vices in public (smoking, drinking, cursing, etc.), and almost everyone gets irritated by folks that talk during a movie.  We’ve all heard stories about marriages in trouble because the cap isn’t on the toothpaste, the toilet paper rolls over instead of under, or the toilet bowl lid isn’t down.  Hey, why do so many domestic pet peeves involve the bathroom?    

Sometimes when things get to me, friends and relatives will tell me I’m just oversensitive.  I disagree!  This isn’t just drama on my part.  These are serious issues!  Look at the list of my top pet peeves and see if you agree.  To offer some balance, I will also mention something I like in each category.  I wouldn’t want you to think the glass is half empty for me (does anyone out there become annoyed by clichés?).

Sometimes things just make me crazy!

I can't take it!!!
I can't take it!!!
Someday these aisles are gonna look like Demolition Derby!
Someday these aisles are gonna look like Demolition Derby!
Whenever I see a kickoff, Howie Long wants me to buy a Chevy.
Whenever I see a kickoff, Howie Long wants me to buy a Chevy.
What in the world are these golfers looking at?
What in the world are these golfers looking at?
If I need to change lanes, do I have time to read the mirror?
If I need to change lanes, do I have time to read the mirror?
These folks should be ashamed to sell us $5 tubs of popcorn and $4 cups of soda.
These folks should be ashamed to sell us $5 tubs of popcorn and $4 cups of soda.
Doesn't matter when you get to the doctor's office, you're going to have to wait.
Doesn't matter when you get to the doctor's office, you're going to have to wait.

I'm not oversensitive! Read my list of top pet peeves!

Driving. I am more impatient than I used to be, and I find it aggravating to drive a lot. Since I can’t stay at home all the time, I sometimes take to the roads in search of dinner or household items. When I do, I hate to see:

Drivers that race to get in front of me only to turn suddenly, even when there is no one behind me. Was it necessary to make me slam on the brakes and come to a full stop, just to save the 1-2 seconds extra it might have cost you to pull in behind me?

The “objects in mirror are closer than they appear” sign in my rear view mirror. How close are these objects? Why did the Mitsubishi dealership sell me a car with a trick mirror, anyway?

Pedestrians that would rather jeopardize their lives than wait for the “walk” signal. Why make me stop at a green light and risk getting rear-ended, just so you can stare at me defiantly as you dash into the intersection? Try skydiving if you’re looking for thrills, okay?

What I appreciate: Drivers that wave or offer a “thumbs up” when I let them into traffic.

Sports. I love sports, but there’s at least one thing that happens in most sports that bug me. They are:

In football: A time-out both before and after a kick-off, usually with a full round of TV commercials. This ensures that virtually nothing happens for about five minutes, every time a team kicks the ball. Was this arranged to give Howie Long more time to convince me to buy a Chevy?

In baseball: Pitchers having a prolonged stare-down with a runner on first base that is threatening to steal second. Throw the next pitch, willya? We can’t take seven more innings of this.

In golf: Watching some guy stare at the hole as he lines up a short putt. What is he looking for anyway, bumpy ground? Unless he can putt a curve ball, who cares? Just hit it!

In any sport: Players giving credit to God after a victory. Did God really want the other team to lose so bad the game was fixed?

What I appreciate: A come-from-behind victory.

Shopping. Shopping is a necessary evil. Some of us enjoy it, others loathe it. I am somewhere in the middle. Shopping at its worst for me is when:

Shoppers with carts are standing side-by-side, blocking the aisle while chatting. Someday this is going to happen once too often and it’s gonna look like demolition derby in there.

Shoppers in the checkout line send their kids back for things they forgot after the cashier has begun ringing up their purchase. Extra points are earned for staring defiantly at everyone else in line, forcing the poor cashier to apologize for their lack of consideration.

Drivers leave the car running in front of the store entrance, waiting for someone inside to shop. Park your car in the lot like everyone else! (By the way, flashing the emergency lights doesn’t make it better. We see you there—in fact, you’re in our way!)

What I appreciate: A shopper willing to let you have a parking space, rather than racing you for it.

Dining out. One of my favorite pastimes is dining out. I am at my most relaxed and comfortable while enjoying a good meal in a restaurant. Things that spoil it for me include:

Men with long, dirty hair working in the kitchen. This is seemingly a job requirement, especially in sandwich shops. Don’t bald men ever work as cooks?

Restaurants that serve your salad or appetizer at the same time they bring your entrée. In some restaurants, I’ve refused to order an entrée until the appetizer is served. The restaurants that inflict this on me know who they are.

Sitting in a booth while someone behind me rests their arm over the back of the seat, oblivious to the fact they are elbowing me in the head. C’mon, you couldn’t hear me cry out in pain when your elbow cracked my skull open? Or, was it just so much fun you wanted to do it again?

What I appreciate: Wait staff with personality—a difficult thing to offer in the course of a long, tedious day serving food.

Movies. I don’t go to movies as much as I used to. It seems easier to wait a few months and watch the flick on cable TV. Reasons I go to the theater less often now are:

People save entire rows of seats for their friends. Why do they endure this? Why go through such trouble for friends willing to let you sit there alone while they’re doing something else?

If I’m the very first one in a theater, the second person will always sit directly in front of me. Okay, this doesn’t happen every time. Once we were first to arrive and the second couple inside asked if we could move down. I guess there were only two good seats in the theater and we had ‘em.

The outrageous prices of everything at the concessions counter. Sure, they serve you more popcorn and soda than you can consume in a month of Sundays, but how do you sleep at night charging so much for snacks?

What I appreciate: A surprise ending that is genuinely surprising.

Doctors. I know my doctor helps me stay healthy, but there must be a way to avoid:

Sitting in an examination room for twenty minutes after sitting in the lobby for thirty minutes. It doesn’t help if you’re the first or last appointment of the day, either. I’ve tried both. It’s still over 45 minutes before the doctor sees you.

Doctors that enter the room and ask, “Mike, how’re you doing? “ How am I doing? HOW AM I DOING? I need a doctor, how do you think I’m doing?

Doctors telling me I have (insert illness here), prescribing medicine and suggesting I come back if my condition doesn’t improve. Why not just try for an accurate diagnosis the first time?

What I appreciate: A good “bedside” manner. It is helpful to have a sympathetic doctor.

People. There are aggravating things people do that fall outside the realm of one particular activity. Things I hate to see people do include:

Public displays of affection. Okay, I admit to a voyeuristic fascination when I see people get the hots for each other in public, but it still makes me wince, especially when they…. oh, never mind.

Talking into a cell phone in a louder-than-normal voice. I AGREE WITH YOUR WIFE, LET YOUR MOTHER STAY IN A HOTEL WHEN SHE COMES TO VISIT!

Laughing when I stumble. Yeah, I always throw myself on the ground to entertain strangers. Glad you enjoyed watching me break my neck there.

What I appreciate: Kindness from strangers.

Well, that’s my list. I know I’m being overly-sensitive, but these things really bug me, and they always will. What are the things that will always bother you, no matter how many times they happen? What’s on your list of pet peeves?

Pet Peeves: An Update

It probably isn't difficult to imagine that I have more pet peeves than those listed on this page. A close friend tells me I get upset too often about things I can't control, but I can't help it--it's in my DNA to become upset about things that people say or do without consideration.

If I were to add to the list above, I would have to include:

1. Drivers driving their vehicles below the speed limit, only to accelerate and race through an intersection when a light turns yellow. Because they were driving at a snail's pace, I'm stuck at an intersection that everyone safely got through except me.

2. People who talk on bluetooth headsets in public. I find the device stuck in someone's ear odd-looking, and I get unnerved when I don't see the bluetooth but hear someone seemingly talking to themselves. Is it so necessary to respond to a call that we have to insert odd devices in our ears when we go out?

3. The mispronunciation of common words, such as "pellow" for pillow, "warsh" for wash, or "ruf" for roof. Bonus points go to anyone who corrects someone for pronouncing a word differently than they do. Is it really important to interrupt me if I use the word "data" but pronounce it with a hard "a"? Or, I usually don't pronounce the "t" in "often"; is that so very aggravating that the listener can't let me make my point without correcting me?

4. People that arrive at a retail store after it has closed for the day and believe it helps to knock on the locked door. Does the late-arriving shopper believe the door was locked by accident? Does this person assume the employees would be thrilled to delay going home from a hard day's work so the shopper can browse after-hours? Whatever their rationale, it is flawed....

5. Knocking on a door, only to be instantly greeted by huge, barking dogs that act like they want me for an afternoon snack. Being told the dog "won't hurt anyone" is no comfort. I would be far more reassured if dogs that react loudly to strangers weren't allowed to greet house guests.

Those are a few more of my pet peeves. A lengthy list perhaps suggests neuroses on my part, but I will stick with my assertion that some of these annoying occurrences could be avoided with a little bit of forethought.

So... what type of things irritate you?

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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

So ya got some pet peeves do ya??? he he he.

Good hub! Funny, I can relate to a few--the driver who kills themselves to get around me and then ends up at the very same red light waiting with the rest of us..what the heck is that about anyway? duh.

My biggest pet peeve? Going to take a drink/food order and someone is on the freaking phone!! Worse-they put there hand out and either hold it up to me-like hey can't you see I am on the phone-or worse they shush me away with their hand--no wait...

The VERY WORST...after they have made you stand there...they do the 'hand' thingy and then when you leave and attend to other people-when they are done with their call?? They call a manager over and say that you have not come around for their drink order--demanding free drinks/or food....Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr..I need to go to bed and lower my blood pressure right now. lol

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

We all have them, don't we? I find most of the things you list irritating too. A laugh - I also am peeved when people use "aggravated" for "irritated" - but that's just me LOL!

Thanks for an entertaining read!

Love and peace


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ghost! Glad I got this done before you went to bed!

I hear you about the cell phones interrupting taking an order. I personally believe cell phones should be banned in restaurants. If you have to talk on the phone, take it outside. (That's just my opinion....)

Traffic makes everyone's blood boil. Just today a car stopped to let me cross the street. Apparently I wasn't fast enough for him, because when I got close enough that I could touch his big wheel truck, he sped out in front of me. Another second or two and I would have been one flattened pedestrian. At least the person behind him had the courtesy to let me finish crossing the street.

I better go to bed myself, or practice a little yoga, or something. If you hear a continual soft thud on your side of the country, well--that's Mike pounding his pillow in rage, back in Kansas.

Thanks for reading, Ghost! Sleep well.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Tonymac, thanks for reading! Aggravated? Oops, I think I used the word at least once. I'M SORRY!!!!

Thanks for reading, my friend. Glad you enjoyed my words.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Absolutely fantastically done. I've got to agree with all of these. I quit watching sports though so that's not a problem. Thanks

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Micky Dee, thanks for reading! Sporting events always seem to be blessed with irrational behavior, so you probably did yourself a favor, at least from a frustration standpoint.

Thanks again for reading, hope you enjoyed my little rant!

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Disturbia 6 years ago

Love your pet peeves, I can really relate. Thanks for your fun and enjoyable hub.

Sue Real 6 years ago

Well Mike:

I liked your piece it was true and entertaining.

I agree with lots of things you wrote, however, sometimes we just have to look the other way. You can find something annoying every minute without much effort.

Yes, like movie houses selling twenty cents worth of popcorn for $5.00. Unlike some cultures (Chinese for example) America does not appear to believe in making money through volume sales, except for fast food.

I think that if the prices were lower people would go to the moves more often. I like hearing the reaction of a live audience but now the reason I don't go so often is I live in Vermont and the theaters are mostly empty except for date nights. Doesn't anybody play hooky any more?

I guess they are just too honest and hard working.

Keep up the good work and I will be one of your fans.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author


Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed my little tribute to irritation.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Sue, thanks for your comments. I agree with you on movies, I like audience reactions also. Even without snacks, however, I've nearly been priced out of the theaters. It is pretty expensive these days.

I do try to look the other way most of the time, but I confess I did finally have to say something to a fellow sitting behind me in a restaurant. It was beyond my comprehension to believe he didn't realize he was elbowing me in the head and neck by placing his arm on the back of the booth. When I said something he was apologetic, but he also seemed indignant. Perhaps I inadvertently embarrassed him, but I couldn't enjoy my meal with his elbow massaging the back of my head! Ah, well...

Thanks again, I appreciate your comments.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

I can relate to quite a few of these, and found your sense of humour delicious. Thanks for venting for me!

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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Lol. Good to know your list of Peeves.

On a serious note - the best time to go shopping is very early in the morning, say 8am. You can swing a cat or some cats in the supermarket by that time and there's less traffic getting there.

I can relate to quite a few on your list.

An enjoyable read. :)

Just A Voice 6 years ago

This topic is one of my favorites! Thank you for sharing.

Point #1 - toliet paper goes over not under...don't make me explain why...I will beat you into submission everytime!

Point #2 - why people sit in front of you in an empty movie theater...I think it's a herd mentality. Once I went to a movie that had been out for a while. We entered into an empty theater and picked out our seats. A few minutes later another couple came in, they had the whole theater to chose from except our 2 seats...they chose to sit directly in front of us. I looked at my companion and motioned that we should change seats...we had the whole theater. So we moved to a different area. A few minutes later another couple came in and I'll be damned with only 4 seats taken in the whole theater, they chose to sit directly in front of us! I couldn't believe it. By this time me and my companion were starting to laugh at the odds of people coming in and sitting in front of us when the theater was practically empty. Once again we move...only to have, for the third time, another couple come in and sit directly in front of us. We were laughing hysterically by this time, and making no effort to keep the reason why quiet. It was hysterical...the only reason I can think of why people continued to sit directly in front of us is because being a part of a group was better than being alone...maybe we knew something they didn't know about the visual experience of that particular area. I don't know...we finally gave up and waited until we were sure no one else was going to come in and then found seats that assured us of a clear view.

Point #3 - Unmentioned was buzz-words. OMG! One in particular has been annoying me for quite sometime: "it is what it is" I have been threatening forever to come up with a new way to say that. The unfortunate part of that is there is no other way to say least that my pea brain has come up with. And I won't even get started on business buzz words that are extremely over used. I may write my own hub concerning this particular pet peeve.

Good Hub Mike...thanks.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Thank you, Paradise7. I appreciate your checking in and reading. Take care.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Lady_E, thanks for your comments.

I have actually begun shopping either early in the morning or very late at night to avoid the problems I've mentioned here. I found that the conclusion of the evening--say, 8:30 to 9:00 PM--still ususally isn't late enough to weed out the other shoppers that make a quick getaway impossible.

To this point, I haven't tried shopping as early as you suggest--I might have to try.

Thanks for your comments!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Just a Voice, thank you very much for reading. I enjoyed your comments tremendously!

I will accept your judgment that toilet paper must roll over rather than being beaten into submission! For the record, I put it on the roller that way also.

I realize the scenario you decribed with the movie theater was more exasperating than funny, but I had to laugh at the absurdity of the situation you described--it definitely ranked up there with my own situation of being first in the theater and having the second couple stroll in and ask if we could move down!

Buzz words...if I could have found a way to think outside the box, my final conclusion would have been to say...whatever.

Thanks again for reading, your response was definitely my chuckle for the day.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Toliet paper goes UNDER!!!!!...don't cha know that?

Ghosty ducks for cover---flying off to another hub very quickly..he he he

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Uh oh. A vote for toilet paper going under. (Mike gulps noticeably...)

Mike refuses to comment further on the grounds that saying the wrong thing could get me hurt--by someone.

Mike thinks fast and risks all by asking, "Is it too late to just say I usually leave the toilet paper roll sitting on the bathroom sink counter?"

Ghosty, I appreciated the laugh. Thanks for coming back.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

I am now following Just a voice...I just left fan mail and advised that the toilet paper ALWAYS goes under!! ahahahaha! I like this writer! Very funnneee!

You leave it on the sink?? ICK! Picture this if you will my dear cute friend Mike...

You leave it sitting-then guests come over-they use the bathroom--#2..they reach for the roll and stick their fingers in the tube-I won't call it 'hole.' hahahahahahah...and they wipe...but...not butt...they need more paper--they reach AGAIN...sticking their fingers back into the tube! ICK...GROSS ME OUT!!

Then YOU go in and use the toilet paper..errrr gross...

I am laughing my head off because I have now planted seeds so that the next time you use the bathroom-you will pick it up and if your fingers go into the will have ONE MORE PET PEEVE TO WRITE IN THE HUB..ahahhahahah..

I need to go to sleep..I get so silly when I am tired!

Just A Voice 6 years ago

I just read (and accepted the challage of being a fan and follower of Ghost Whisper)even though she is SADLY mistaken about the over/under issue. I so love a good (silly) debate.

Of course I am completely right as I stated to Ghost Whisper when I began following her. The whole "under" thought process is, well, to be blunt, just not well thought out (sorry Ghost Whisper, this only applies to you in this particular situation). When toilet paper is on the "under" rotation and you take off the amount you need for that particular moment, invariable the next square is hidden BEHIND the roll. Now the next person has to fumble around for the start of the roll at a critical moment, causing a prolonged uncomfortable situation, which could be solved if the toilet paper had been correctly installed in the "Over" position, showing the EXACT location of the start of the next square.

I'm not trying to start a toilet paper war...but clearly I'm right.

And by the way get no by on the toilet paper on the counter try...your hedging is showing. (as she laughs wickedly at his discomfort) But love your spirit of "can't we all just get along"

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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Sure we can all get long as you realize that the toilet paper is always to be placed UNDER and never, never on the counter..wouldn't you consider the whole situation as it is..well ..a...errrr... prolonged uncomfortable situation anyways? he he he..

Ghosty ducks and takes off so she doesn't get smashed to oblivion....

Just A Voice 6 years ago

Typo alert...she meant:

OVER and never, never on the counter...signing off now so Just A Voice has last word.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Mike picks himself up off the floor and looks around. He wonders what hit him on the side of the head with such force. He notices a roll of toilet paper on the floor beside him and finds the roll he left on the bathroom sink counter gone.

He brushes himself off and rushes to the hardware store, a desperate plan forming in his mind. In a monumental tribute to cowardice, he buys a second toilet paper dispenser. Working feverishly, he places the second dispenser right next to the first.

Later in the day, a visiting guest returns from his bathroom and asks, "Mike, I just noticed you have two toilet paper dispensers--one rolling over, the other rolling under. Why in the world would you need something like that in your house, especially since you live alone?"

His only answer is a faint, almost imperceptible smile. He is safe for now.

Or is he.....?

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Next time Mike shops for home supplies, he gently touches the bruise on his forehead and reaches for the "extra soft" toilet paper.

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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Excellent piece Mike! I must admit .. I am finding myself getting less and less tolerant of certain things...

driving... being overtaken on the inside lane when you are already doing the speed limit!

When people say 'I blame the parents, personally'. This really gets my goat.. I feel a raging feeling rise in my whole being! I then start saying 'Well I did a hub about that!' And I start listing why parents are the scapegoats of society!

I worry about complaining about my food in restaurants... scared they might spit in my food as revenge!

Well, I could go on and on and on.. but i think I shall leave a rant for a hub.

Thanks for writing.. as always, your friend xx

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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Ahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahhaah extra soft toilet paper!

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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Toilet paper goes UNDER...and all I can say is that "It is what it is.."

How did your pet peeves turn into toiletpaper war? That's the question of the day before I run off to work! Miss you Mike! Hope all is well. I sure do get laughs when I come to your blogs and play :)

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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Great hub! Funny, your "objects in mirror are closer than they appear" reminded me of that one Far Side cartoon with the salesman talking to an older woman on the lot, "We have a special senior edition where the mirror now reads, 'objects in mirror wish you would drive faster.'" Which brings me to a pet peeve of my own, and that's old slllloooowww drivers with blinkers that go for miles and miles.

BTW, in our house toilet paper goes over, hotel style.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Shaz, thanks for visiting.

Yup, "I blame the parents" is a classic--the culture of victimhood at its finest. No one will take responsibility for anything or anyone because it's the parents' fault.

As for restaurants, I usually try to befriend the wait staff in hopes they will watch over the folks in the kitchen for me. They're probably too busy to help me, though-- even if they wanted to.

Well, thanks for commenting. Happy Valentine's Day, BTW!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ghost! Yup, two toilet paper dispensers now, extra soft rolls, and I might even put a few decoy rolls along the bathroom sink counter--just to be prepared for any eventuality!

The "Toilet Paper Wars" (I think it deserves to be capitalized, don't you?) was an interesting turn, and certainly one I didn't expect. I kinda enjoyed it.

Have a great day at work, and Happy Valentine's Day!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Springboard, thanks for commenting.

Drivers with their blinkers on, old or young, are a pox on the driving community. It is almost a double jeopardy because you don't know what they intend to do, and you are unsure how aware they are, making you doubly cautious.

Toilet paper rolls over, huh....?

Thanks again.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Ha! I don't care..under or long as it is there when I am reaching for it. lol

You make me laugh--extra soft!!! I am kinda scared of justavoice so we will do her toilet paper thing any way she wants okay Mike?

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Ghosty, I agree. I don't care which way its turned--as long as it's there when I'm reaching for it! And yes, in the interest of harmony, any way the roll is preferred is fine.

Thanks for the wonderful comments, they truly made my day.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

I too, have been working on a hub made up of pet peeves that I stress out over, way too much. I find myself irritated with people at times, for doing something so minimal and unimportant-but it truly gets under my skin when people just dont bother to think about things before they do them, nor do they think about the things that they do and the way that they effect other people. I now know I am not alone. Thanks for sharing :)

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

H.C., you are certainly not alone. I am told that I get upset about trivial things too easily sometimes, but it is exactly what you mention--people simply not bothering to think before they act and how their actions affect others. A little consideration for others goes an awful long way. We are certainly in agreement there.

Thanks for stopping by, you're welcome any time!


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hypnodude 6 years ago from Italy

Great, this hub is simply great. We share a lot of things upsetting us, and Mike you've made a pretty good list of them. I like too drivers when they say thank you when we give them space, but I would like to see your Demolition Derby at the Supermarket. Sometimes people think they are the centre of the Universe. Wonderful hub, rated and stumbled. I had to, maybe someone will learn some good manners from it. :)

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

hypnodude, thanks for reading. Demolition Derby almost arrived the other day when I was picking up a few things at the store, but I managed to take a few deep breaths and stay in control....

I appreciate the rating and stumbled consideration, as always.

Thanks again.


Just A Voice 6 years ago

I've missed out on too much! Corporate world is really screwing with my fun time. OMG what a week! But that's over now...on with the fun!

Very funny that you have decided to go with the duel T.P. rolls AND extra rolls on the counter AND extra soft. Made my day to read that, especially after such a horrendous week. Love the banter with you and Ghost Whisper. Felt the stress melt right off my shoulders.

And yes, I agree with Ghost Whisper, we should let me have it my way on the "over" direction, although I do feel a small twinge of guilt that I had to scare her into it. However, it is a small twinge and I can live with it.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Just A Voice, I'm glad we could improve your week. I gotta admit, I enjoyed the give and take also, and it was a complete surprise to me that it came from such a seemingly innocent hub. I have come here a couple times during the week myself, just to give myself a chuckle.

I hope next week is better for you, and the toilet paper is is rolling over at this very moment.

Thanks so much, both your comments and Ghost's were terrific!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Mike - I never really gave it much thought till reading your hub and identifying with many of the ones that you chose to write about. My biggest one I'd have to say is the cell phone craze. Don't get me wrong. Technology is wonderful and I am connected through a blue tooth system in car.

It's the inconsiderate ways that people use them that really gets under my skin. In Restaurants, sitting on the toilet in rest rooms, standing in line at the grocery store. The list goes on and on. What makes you think I want to hear you yell at your kids or engage in a fight with your significant other.

I was recently at a wake. I watched this guy kneeling down at a casket. His phone rings and as he is kneeling there, he answers the phone and starts to talk. No lie, true story. I couldn't believe it.

Don't get me going on this one. There is such a thing as letting it go to voice mail and putting your ringer on vibrate or just plain shutting it off or excusing yourself if you really need to take the call. Take it outside.

Great article. Sorry I got a little carried away with my venting.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Sage, thank you for your comments. Your story of the guy on a cell phone during a wake defies description. How can anyone justify that???? I would have been tempted to say something to this fellow if I saw that happen.

A lot of restaurants ban cell phone use, and I wouldn't mind seeing more of them do so. I am also amazed at people who believe texting is not an interruption because it is a quiet one. I have been known to ask folks I'm eating with to either go ahead and talk on the phone to whoever they are texting and get it over with, or turn their phone off. The text response every few seconds is almost as aggravating as someone at the next table shouting into his phone.

Well, thanks for reading, and no apologies necessary for venting. I appreciate your response.



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trish1048 6 years ago

Hi Mike,

I enjoyed your list, and I'm glad you could find some appreciation for those things despite the irritations.

I'm with Just a Voice about buzz words and/or phrases. There's an expression I hear a lot at work and that's 'with that being said'. I don't know why but for me it's like fingernails raking across a blackboard. Probably because it's said ad nauseum.

I'm also in agreement with the cell phone/texting thing. Yes, I have a cell phone, however, it stays in my car when I'm at work. I've seen people take it to the break room, the bathroom and to meetings. God forbid, they might miss something!

The doctor's office, or anywhere where you have an appointment is another one. I wonder why do they even bother making them when they don't respect the fact that you arrived at or before your appointed time. And then, heaven forbid you're late, they say you'll have to wait a while because you were late and there's another patient in there. GRRRRR!

My feeling is all places should just allow walk-ins, first come, first serve. Unless it's an emergency, that's different.

Ok, I better stop here, I feel myself rambling, and this even after I've also written my own hub about pet peeves. Guess there's more that annoys me more than I thought :)

And you're right, it isn't just you.

A great read, thanks for sharing.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

trish1048, thanks for reading. I agree with you completely about doctor's offices--let the doctor see folks in the order they arrived. It works for restaurants, why not doctor's offices? I would be willing to even take a number or hold one of those vibrating pagers if it meant I could get inside in a timely manner.

Yeah, the buzz words are a killer. I worked for an organization at one point where the guy in charge always talked about having our "ducks in a row." As more and more people were fired, I began to realize that we were the ducks, and he wanted us in a row to make us easier targets. In the meantime, staff members began to use his buzz words as the punch line of jokes.

Gosh, life is fun in corporate America.

Thanks again for reading.


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BeccaHubbardWoods 6 years ago from Outside your window...

The over/under banter was just as good as the hub itself. We all have our pet peeves. My husband possesses every single one of mine. ;) Great hub.

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Becca, thanks for reading. I enjoyed the "Toilet Paper Wars," also--it great fun. You gave me the laugh of the day with your comment about your husband, though!

Thanks again.


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cbpoet 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Reading your Pet Peeves hub put things in better perspective for me. I'm not alone! I particularly enjoyed your shopping peeves. I could write an entire column on ballroom dancing peeves.

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