Sharing 11 Things That Really Bother Me

David Letterman's Late Show on CBS

is taped  "before a live audience."
is taped "before a live audience."

Other people and things that "bother" me

Hospital admitting clerks who force me to sign-in when I cannot even move my arms.
Hospital admitting clerks who force me to sign-in when I cannot even move my arms.
See the pharmacist on this sign? He is dressed in a white coat. Why?
See the pharmacist on this sign? He is dressed in a white coat. Why?
Making a friend dress like a cartoon character.
Making a friend dress like a cartoon character.
Self-promotion.
Self-promotion.
Sometimes just being in the wrong place at the wrong time bothers me.
Sometimes just being in the wrong place at the wrong time bothers me.
"Snoozer," is a cutie, but if his owner cannot control him, then she might get in trouble at  the supermarket.
"Snoozer," is a cutie, but if his owner cannot control him, then she might get in trouble at the supermarket.
Teenage girls who lie to older people and each other.
Teenage girls who lie to older people and each other.

Writer's note: This hub is sincerely dedicated to one of my valued-followers, "lovelife," who in the past has shared with me some things bother her. Thanks, lovelife, for your inspiration for this hub. Kenneth.)


I'm a member of the human race. Glad to be alive and able to type this story too. But being a human doesn't cover my inadequacies and flaws such as people, things and situations that I allow to bother me.


And by bother I mean, bother to a point of my almost losing what sense I have as a member of "the top of the food chain." I get ashamed of myself for being so weak when it comes to "certain" people and events that "these" people cause and do not take any responsibility for. That too, is a bother to me.


But I keep trying. And trying to overcome my flaws and be a victorious person, smiling to everyone I meet. At least, that is a future goal for me to reach. I didn't say I was a quitter.
Before I share the "10 Things That Really Bother Me," please allow me to set this up so you will understand where I am coming from. And you also might relate to some or all of the 10 things I am listing below.


There I am minding my own business. Not bothering anyone. And as if I haven't seen this "train wreck" happening a hundred times before, there "they" are. The people who seemingly thrive on doing stupid and unneeded things just for the sake of bothering me. And those around me. Things that cause my nerves to be on edge. My teeth grind. And jaws set firmly against the other. In short, these things not only bother me, but cause me to "bottle up" my much-warranted anger.


But I don't. I keep moving. Keep my mouth shut and get back to my home as fast as I can. But you can bet your bottom dollar that when I fall asleep that night, I see "these" people who produce things that bother me again and again in tormented dreams. I should have played off the Bruce Willis movie, "Sixth Sense," "I see bothersome people," but that would be cheap of me.


So here they are . . .the "11 Things That Really Bother Me," in technicolor and surround-sound.


1.) The term, "live audience," used on many television talk shows at the end of the show. Okay. Do I really believe that "any" television, theater, or film is going to be produced in front of a "dead" audience?


2.) Pharmacists wearing white coats. Why? Doctors used to wear white coats in the late 50's to the mid-60's. Why not be a "maverick," and wear a nice sports shirt with a name tag that reads, "Larry Donnley, Pharmacist," and do your thing behind the counter. No more being intimidated by a "guy in a white coat."


3.) Hospital clerks who check you in saying, "please sign here," okay, fine. What if "I" am bleeding to death, paralyzed and can barely speak my name? Get real, hospital personnel. Just look at my personal I.D. or driver's license. Or maybe the person who drove me to your medical care establishment may know me. Yeah, that makes sense.


4.) When I am doing business with companies and hear the representative say, "could, " as in be there by a certain time, or "may," be subject to area availabilities, then I get the shakes. Why doesn't huge corporations just be up front with potential customers? Is it really that hard? But if "we," the customer are late with a payment, why can't we use, "well, sir, my check "may" or "may not" be reaching you in two days. Or "yeah, I "could" work harder to remember if I mailed it or not, but I'm not going to.


5.) People who act like "jelly fish," and get on to me by saying, "Ken, you shouldn't be so angry," when "they" are the ones who provoked by physically, mentally or emotionally abusing an elderly person, a defenseless child or animal. Yeah, you are so right. I should mask my true feelings at your barbaric act. But I won't. I am a terrible actor.


6.) People who invite me to ride with them to a seminar or some social event and we agree on a time for them to pick me up and they are thirty-minutes to an hour late, never call to tell me why, and when they "do" arrive, "act" like nothing is wrong. Now let's play "If The Shoe's On The Other Hoof Game." If "I" am late, even five minutes late in picking these same joker's up to take them somewhere, it's "Ken, why didn't you call me? I was worried! That tardiness is not acceptable." So, buddy, why not ride with another sucker and leave me be.


7.) Clerks in stores who use this term loosely, "be with you in a minute," but cannot break themselves away from their co-workers who are enjoying some good stories about last night's "kegger," at "Mike Tommy," the assistant to the assistant manager's house that they are "surprised" that after I hear "be with you in a minute," over 40 times, I suddenly find it necessary to leave.


8.) (In my single days), girls who spent the evening either praising, "Shark," their "ex," or comparing me to "Shark," in ways I shall not publish on HubPages.


9.) (still in my single days), girls who insist that "I" tell them the truth and when they ask, "you think that she's pretty?" and I say, "yes," then they blow-up like a cheap firecracker. They were the ones who laid the groundwork, not me, so chill, girls I don't miss to this day.


10.) People in stores who insist on "me" holding their pet dog, "Snoozer," and they say, "he's got a touch of diarrhea," and laugh their heads off as "Snoozer," lets fly the contents of his bowels all over my new shirt from Target. I got it. Why don't "I" "go" on "Snoozer's" owner's shoes the next time I get diarrhea? Fair is fair after all.


And I guess "the" one thing that bothers the daylights out of me is . . .


11.) People who have the gall or nerve, or both, to stand in my face and tell me, "Ken, hardly anything in life bothers "me."
That's fantastic. I applaud your disciplined-personality. And mental focus.
I can relate. My parents raised me to "never," call anyone a liar. So I'm not.

Sales reps are always "selling"

no matter if I need their product or not.
no matter if I need their product or not.

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Comments 23 comments

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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Ha! I'm the first comment! That's what being a night owl will do! I could relate to so many! I love the one about the pharmacist...why should they wear white coats? It's a terrible thing for people who have white coat syndrome...even doctors have gotten away from wearing them!

Great hub, as usual!

Give Festus a kiss from me.


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tamron 4 years ago

I relate to white coats to pain or a barer of bad news.

Great Work


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lupine 4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

If people would "think" before they "do" or "say" something, we could all be less bothered. I try not to let things bother me these days...everyone has a reason (good or bad) for whatever they say or do.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Looks like you've had a rough day ;) Inconsiderate people always bother me. Say what you mean and mean what you say!

I agree the white coats are pretentious as are teenage girls.

Voted up.


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Whidbeywriter 4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Love it....and some of the same things that I do not care for either.....life has thrown some real strange people in my paths. It's only by God's grace that I can remain sane. Thanks for sharing and blessings!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, catgypsy,

Thanks for your kind remarks. They always cheer me up. Now Im thinking that HubPages should issue us all white coats as we are members of an elite website. And when people drop in to see us and we are working on a hub, they will see our white coats and reply, "ooh, sorry. You are filling a hub. I will come back." Hey, that might work.

Thanks! KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

@ catgypsy: PS: kiss to Festus. Done.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Tamron,

Thank you too, for your sweet comments. I left out this one: People who say, "someone told me not to tell this, but . . ." Well, DONT! That only increases my desire to want to know this secret news.

The white coat thing is always going to be a mystery. Could it be that pharmacists are men and women who dreamed of being a doctor and couldnt cut the tests??? Just sharing.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, lupine: You are absolutely right. I am way too guilty of letting my tongue outrun my mind. Thanks for reminding me of such a great idea to live by. Oh, the Book of James in the NT, says, "be quick to think, slow to speak and slow to anger," I wish I had used that in this hub. That scripture advice alone, for me, is a lifetime work.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, tillsontian!

Thank you for caring. And to compliment your powers of perception, when this was wrote, I was having a bad day remembering all of the people who have "used me," for lack of a better term, as their welcome mat and bullseye. Thank you for being there for me and for the vote. Have a great day!

Kenneth PS: And all of you have a Safe 4th!!!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Greetings, Whidbeywriter,

Thank you kindly for your remarks. I am glad to know that Im not alone. Please visit me at anytime.

Have a great 4th!

Kenneth


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Kenneth, what a great idea...soooo funny!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest catgypsy,

you reckon I need to be the one who contacts HubPages about this idea?

Hey, maybe I can train Festus to do it.

Kenneth :)


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TheMrz 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

Love, love, love this!!!!! I can not tell you how many hospital clerks have gotten the "are you kidding me" stare of death. : ) I totally agree with many of your points. Now I have to go face the strange pharmacist in a starched white ensemble. Voted up completely.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

LOL, Mrz, thank you, dear friend, for your kind words. I know all too well about the "Sunrise Nurses," those who invade your room at 3 a.m. to draw blood and if you flinch, they glare at you or worse, talk baby talk and insult what self-respect you have. Be firm when you are facing the pharmacist. Why dont you ask him why he cannot wear a brown, even a black leather pharmacists' coat??? That might start a good conversation. Be careful and have a safe 4th!!!!

Kenneth


Debra Emerson 4 years ago

You make such good points. Plus they are funny too!


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lupine 4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

I just read a local newspaper article about "JobCorp" graduates. They graduated as pharmacists and pictured the group with their "white" coats...it reminded me of this article - it just made me laugh!


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Nice list! :)


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Debra,

thanks for your kindness. I appreciate that so much.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Lupine,

that made ME laugh. JobCorp grad's. Why cant pharmacists wear red, brown, even green??? I may need to run a seperate hub just on why pharmacists HAVE to wear white. They arent in old black and white television westerns, and most "rob" you with their prices. Oh well. Time and wardrobe will tell.

Kenneth


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Anjo Bacarisas II 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

so interesting.. i enjoyed reading your page, this was so nice and the idea was really good. thanks for this!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Anjo,

Thanks so much for your kind remarks. I do sincerely appreciate it.

Kenneth


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Gina145 4 years ago from South Africa

Funny, but oh so true. I particularly liked the one about the "dead" audience.

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