Pet peeves and happy new year


By Eileen Wiseman



This is a fun column. Don’t take it too seriously. Just to let you know: I have never, ever done any of these things. Well, maybe one or two.

What is your pet peeve? I have so many; where do I begin?

When I was in school, there was always a teacher’s pet who reminded her that she forgot to assign homework. The kid wondered why he had no friends!

When we used to use hand soap in public restrooms, I hated the ones that had a hair stuck to them. Yuk!!

What is with the people in line at McDonalds? Why will they not pull into the outside lane? Do they think it is moving slower? It’s not. How about the guy who only pulls halfway into the inside lane so that if you would want to go to the outside lane, there is not enough room to get through?

Another issue I have with drivers is, if they are turning left, why they don’t pull up into the intersection so that maybe, just maybe, a couple of cars can get through before the light changes?

My next pet peeve is slowly fading into the sunset. It seems I am always behind someone in the store who writes a check for her purchase. First, she needs a pen; this is after searching 10 minutes for her checkbook. Then she asks anyone within hearing distance what the date is. After the clerk asks for ID, which is also a long painful wait, the proud shopper loads up the cart and cheerfully departs.

How about the darling cherub who dashes in around your table at a restaurant? Where are his parents? When I was a child and we went out to eat, which was not very often, I knew that if I did not behave, Mom would let me know how unhappy she was when we got home.

People who talk on their cell phones while in a restaurant: even though you don’t care anything about what they did today, they talk loudly enough so that everyone can hear one half of the conversation.

People who do not clean up after they walk their dogs: I am sure that if he walked you, he would have the common decency to not leave a little something behind for someone to step into.

I am guilty of this: I do not reset all my clocks if we have a power outage. I just let my clock blink away. This reminds me of people who go for miles with their turn signals on. It is usually an older man (with a hat) who is alone. Because if his wife were with him, she would gently remind him to turn off the stupid signal.

This is another favorite of mine: Did you ever know people who, when in a group discussion, can turn the subject so that the focus is on them? They are at the ready to remind everyone that they know more, have been more places and know more people than you can imagine.

I guess in the end we are all human. We all annoy each other sometimes. We just need to remember that diversity makes our lives more interesting.

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

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By Eileen Wiseman

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County.

The writer is the executive director of the Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County.