Pet Peevin’

Some of you may remember that Chris guest-posted for me back in October when I went to New York and lost my heart to the place. She did an excellent job, and one of her posts surrounded her pet peeves. I thought it was an excellent idea and, because I’m dealing with many of my pet peeves on a daily basis, I thought I would return the favor:

1) W-2 Issues
Because, legally, we have until January 31st to get the W-2s postmarked and in the mail, I get highly irritated when I start receiving calls on the 2nd. If they aren’t asking for their W-2s already, they want to change their address despite the three months of campaigning I just finished up telling them that they had to get all changes in by the end of the calendar year. I finally put my phone on voicemail only this morning after the tenth phone call, even though I mailed them on the 13th. (Chris, if you call? The message is a work of genius! I didn’t even sound pissed off!)

2) Stereos
I am always conscious of how loud my stereo is. It comes from years of working in a cube farm prior to my current office digs, and from living in apartments with paper-thin walls and inconsiderate neighbors. So when the new stereo next door is placed right next to my wall and the bass turned up, I get just a tiny bit miffed, especially when the walls are visibly shaking as a result. I also can’t stand it when the cars pull up next to me with the radio so loud that my windows rattle and my radio is drowned out. Stupid stereos.

3) “I know you’re busy, but….”
Because that “But” always means “I want you to drop everything that you are doing and help me with my issues right this very second!” and, most likely, it will require lengthy research and complicated corrections while the work that I was doing prior to the interruption goes undone.

4) Even though I’m sitting right at my desk, taking all of my mail and faxes (when the fax machine is sitting right there outside of my office) and taking them out the door and down the hall to my mailbox instead of handing them to me.
Usually this implies that whoever is doing the taking is angry at me. Which is cool, it’s just…HELLO! Here I am! Two steps away! Right?

5) Parking Idjits
Granted, ice and snow abound which obscures the little yellow lines that demarcate the parking spaces. I get that. However, what I cannot stand is when people don’t adhere to normal parking rules, such as leaving enough space in between their cars for, perhaps, a Yugo, but nowhere near enough space for normal-sized cars and trucks.

6) Shopping Carts
I hate it when slow, plodding shoppers will block the entire aisle with their carts, sometimes just one cart, sometimes two, but always on whichever aisle I need to traverse, and right in front of whichever bit of merchandise I happen to be looking for.

7) Getting a new towel each time you so much as wipe your hands on one
Because hey - who does the laundry around here? Yeah. That’s right.

8) Leaving your dirty clothes and towels on the bathroom floor
The hamper is right outside in the hallway. Use it, damn it! GAH!

9) Leaving dishes where they will
Same concept - the apartment isn’t so big that you’d actually burn off calories to leave the dishes in the sink, you know? I’m still missing a full-sized plate and my step-son’s favorite glass, and I’m betting he’s got it in his room, most likely shoved beneath the bed from the last cleaning frenzy. (However, as he just turned fifteen, I’m trying to show him that I respect him as a near-adult, and I will not enter his room without permission, nor will I clean his room for him and, thusly, I am serving the missing plates beneath his bed as an object lesson. I fear, however, that should anything mold he wouldn’t notice the smell of it over the general stank of teenagerhood….)

* And, as was noted in her guest-post for me, none of this has anything to do with Chris; she is a stellar co-worker!

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