I think we all have things in life that drive us crazy! Pet peeves we’d rather live without….
As I write this I thought about the Festivus tradition of
Airing of Grievances
The celebration of Festivus begins with the “Airing of Grievances,” which takes place immediately after the Festivus dinner has been served. It consists of lashing out at others and the world about how one has been disappointed in the past year.
From the Seinfeld episode:
- Frank Costanza: “And at the Festivus dinner, you gather your family around, and tell them all the ways they have disappointed you over the past year!”
- Frank Costanza: “The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about it. You, Kruger. My son tells me your company STINKS!”
I view grievances and gripes not only as ways I’ve been disappointed but also as things that have annoyed and pissed me off. So here are a few of my gripes:
People who ride in the fast lane and don’t move out of the way.
Left Lane Drivers of America
People who have parties at their home but have no parking and you end up parking 4 blocks away.
People who start dating someone new and stop calling their friends.
Wait staff who are annoyed when they get a shitty tip when all they did was take my order? (Which was screwed up by the way.) Tips are earned, you’re lucky to have gotten one at all.
People who push their cart down the middle of the grocery aisle when they see you’re coming the other direction and STILL don’t move out of the way!
People who don’t hold the door for the person behind them. If they’re within 3 steps that door should be held. This is especially important if the person is on crutches, pushing a baby carriage, or pushing someone in a wheelchair. Let’s show some courtesy!!
People who make strangers “the bad guy” — “You’d better stop crying or that mean lady over there will make you leave.”
Sorry lady, I’m not a “mean lady” but you ARE a bad parent. Tell your kid to stop their tantrum because it’s not appropriate in public. PERIOD. Better yet, teach your kid that tantrums are unacceptable behavior in the first place.
People who leave their brats unsupervised. – Watch your kids. If you can’t handle it, hire a babysitter and leave them home.
People who let their kids run up to strange dogs to pet them, etc. – Most of you know that Michael & I have a small dog. You wouldn’t believe how many parents just let their kids run up to us to pet her. Just because she’s small doesn’t mean she won’t bite you. Granted, our dog doesn’t bite, but a stranger doesn’t know that. Parents should learn to ask permission before allowing their children to approach a strange dog big or small. They should also teach them to touch the body of the dog as many dogs don’t like to be pet on the head by strangers.
People who leave their pets in parked cars in the hot or cold weather. I can’t be held responsible for your poor dog parenting. Don’t be shocked to find my ice tea poured through the sliver you left the window open (as if that helps) for your dog and it gets all over your light gray seats. I won’t be feeling bad. I’ve been known to call the police on your sorry ass.
Groups of people who walk 3-4 wide in the mall who won’t step aside when they see there are other people walking toward them.
People who spend 20 minutes in the ATM lane searching for their card and balancing their checkbook. When I blow my horn at you do NOT flip me off.
Don’t pull my hair and ask me if it’s real. WTF? Seriously?
What if it wasn’t and you pulled off a wig? What would you say then?
Ugh, I get stressed just thinking about these things.
Now that I’ve got them off my chest, what are your grips?
** I got the idea for this blog from “Nobody Cares What You Had For Lunch” by Margaret Mason **