Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Listography - 5 Pet Hates

I haven't joined in Kate's Listography for a couple of weeks as time hasn't allowed. However, I love nothing better than a good rant sometimes so this weeks is perfecting for letting off some steam!

So, I give you my 'Pet Hates'...

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1.  People who can't drive on motorways
Is it not a simple rule to understand?  Stay in the left-hand lane UNLESS you are over-taking FFS!  Having spent a good couple of years driving 600 miles a week commuting to work and back, I got to see a lot of idiotic drivers who really don't know the rules of the motorway.  I'm ashamed to say that most of these drivers tend to be women who just seem to pick a lane and stick in it (usually the middle one) or they are older folk or really young drivers.  I honestly think that motorway driving should be part of learning to drive.

2. Bad manners
No, not the 80's ska band!  People that forget to say their 'please and thank yous', it really bugs me.   My daughters not even 2 yet and she can say them so why can't you? If I'm feeling in an especially ratty mood (usually around a certain time of the month) I will actually say it for them to try and embarrass them.  I've actually held doors open for people before and 4 people walked through in quick succession without one glance at me, let alone a thank you.  What am I?  The fooking doorman?  THANK YOU!

3. Spitting
It repulses me.  Surely no-one can produce that much saliva in their mouths that they need to deposit it on the pavement every 30 seconds?  It's bad enough that we have to play dodge the dog shite on the pavements (I'm a responsible dog owner), nevermind having to play dodge the globules of phlegm.  Oh and don't get me started on the people who hold one nostril and blow the other one, emptying the contents of their nasal passages out...this is usually footballers.  I feel sick just thinking about it.

4. People leaving dirty plates and cups on the work surface
Okay, so this is directed at my husband mainly.  Now, I'm no Kim Woodburn so my house is far from immaculate but I can never understand the need to place dirty crockery on the work surface above the dishwasher.  For an extra 5 seconds, surely it doesn't do much harm to open the damn dishwasher and place them in?  No, wait!  Yes the dishwasher fairy does that for you doesn't she?  She works the same way as the toilet roll replacer fairy.

5. Noisy eaters
I'm all for someone enjoying their food.  I love food - a little too much if I'm honest - but I can't stand it when people make me feel like I'm inside their mouth about to be digested with the food.  It makes me feel ill listening to a noisy eater.  You know the ones?  The ones that slurp, smack and gulp to extremes.  The people that take a drink and hold it in their mouth for ages then perform a loud gulp as it goes down.  The people that chomp so loudly and you hear every little thing going on inside their oral cavity.  This is even more of a pet hate in the cinema.  It's also especially annoying if they also feel the need to show me what they're eating.  Keep your cake hole shut will you?

Oooh, that felt good.  Head over to Kate's place to check out the other entries...

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11 comments:

Inside the Wendy House said...

Nice rant Heather! I agree with you wholeheartedly on the spitting, eating, motorways and manners. However, I stand guilty as charged on the washing up front :(

Kate said...

Ha ha - love it! I have often held doors open for people and shouted 'THANK YOU' after them as they walked off without even an acknowledgement. I would also like to direct my husband to no. 4. Grrr.

This Mid 30s Life said...

There is something about holding the door open for people that makes them not say thank you. It is just too weird. I'm certain the doorman wouldn't get a "thank you" either - argh it makes me so mad.

Loved your rant and that I got to rant along with you.

fastandluce said...

Fab rant! I was gagging just reading Number 3!!X

Melissa said...

I can agree with you on most of this. Great post

Michelle Twin Mum said...

Great list, I am with you on the motorway drivers. I get so mad with them and then have to remember the kids are in the car and I must act calm. The amount of times my kids shout things like 'come on', 'drive like you can!' is untrue! Whoops #mummyfail

Mich x

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MissHoppy said...

i so enjoyed reading this.. and even though i can't drive yet.. i utterly agree with the motorway thing and got a habit of wanting to shout lol.. not a great idea with kids in the back.

thank for dropping by my blog :) xx

Happy Homemaker UK said...

LOL - I just explained the lane rule to my husband a few weeks ago. There should be a lane just for us clueless expats :)

Vickie said...

Yes I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with 4 of your rants however I am very guilty of leaving plates on worktop :S

Lady Estrogen said...

The sad thing is that people in the UK drive WAY better on the motorways than in NA. I was amazed how everyone merged away from on-ramps to let people enter the motorway. Here? It's everyone for themselves; it's selfish AND dangerous. AHGHGHG.

motherporridge said...

totally agree about the noisy eating. I have a friend who sounds terrible when she eats, and I find myself wincing with every mouthful. Puts you reet off your tea

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