Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pet Peeves

I've been running dry on 'blog fodder' the past few weeks, and so I've been relying on prompts and memes more and more. One prompt I consistently find concerns people's pet peeves. I have a lot of those, so I didn't think I could really cover it; it would be less of a blog and more of a pamphlet.

However, several patients over the last few days reminded me of, if not my absolute top pet peeve, at least a top three.

See, there are two groups of people I encounter regularly, the "Whistlers," and the "Do-be-doers." They are usually elderly, male men, who whistle or "do-be-do," tunelessly and ceaselessly. They are not whistling or humming any particular song; it's more of a composition in progress, which translates to the same five notes repeated over and over again. The Whistlers especially have a tendency to do it through their teeth, and directly at me, and usually have not brushed their teeth in approximately 24 hours.

I don't know why, but as soon as I hear the sound of whistling or "do-be-do-ing," every muscle in my body seizes up. The blood starts to pound in my ears. I have to force myself to stick the needle in their arm, rather than in their eye, and all I want to do is scream, "Will you PLEASE stop DOING THAT?????"

So, now that we've established that I'm a psycho...any pet peeves you'd like to share?

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Gayle Carline said...

Chewy sounds. I know, it's a quirk, but I can't stand the sound of people chewing. Sometimes I can't stand the sound of my own chewing, altho it doesn't prevent me from eating somehow. But I digress.

People chewing gum make my eye twitch. People eating while they talk to me on the phone make me want to pound the receiver on the table, then launch it across the room. And people chewing IN MY EAR make me want to pound THEM on the table before LAUNCHING THEM-

Sorry. It's just a peeve I'd rather not pet.

Emily said...

People who make a left turn on a two lane road that feel the need to be as far RIGHT as possible. Stupid I know- but seriously the line of fifty cars behind you would gladly pass you on the right shoulder and leave you in left turn misery. But no- you left turn road hogger must condemn us to a year of waiting for you to get an opening this freeing up all traffic. It makes me want to rear end them just to move them out of the way. And you know they need an opening a mile long to actually MAKE the turn!!