Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Look, Ma! I'm Versatile!!

My good friend, Shady Del Knight over at Shady Dell Music and Memories has bestowed me with this lovely Versatile Blogger Award!!  Isn't it pretty?  I've ranted about Shady in a previous post, but if you still haven't been over to his terrific site and checked out his wonderfully eclectic mix of music and memories, you MUST do so immediately!!  He's also an incredibly supportive commenter to THIS blog, and for that I am intensely grateful!

The rules upon receiving this award are to first give credit to my presenter, then divulge seven personal things about myself.  Like Shady said in his own blog, I feel I've gone on about myself here ad nauseum, and there really isn't a whole lot more to reveal.  Plus, let's face it, I'm just not that interesting!!

So, I've decided to borrow a page from Shady's book (or, in this case, blog!) and discuss seven DIFFERENT things.  Shady, true to his blog theme, actually revealed seven bands that "rocked his world" when he was in college.  Fun stuff!   Since I already had a blog topic rattling around in the old noggin, I thought I'd incorporate it into my OWN Top Seven List. But first, allow me to explain:

As you may have read in my recent posts, life's been a bit challenging lately.  There's been a whole lot of negative news that Alan and I have been attempting to rise above (thank goodness we have each other, otherwise I don't know WHAT we'd do!).  We were doing pretty well there for awhile, but lately we've been getting weary, and it's been hard to remain positive.  Trust me, it can be terribly exhausting looking for the bright side when there's so much gloom everywhere you look.  I have NO idea how Pollyanna managed it.

So, I was thinking I'd try another tactic.  I'm going to list seven of the pettiest, most ridiculous pet peeves that drive me crazy.  If we focus on the stupid small stuff for just a while, maybe we can forget about the big problems hanging over our heads.  Are you with me?  Let's do this!!  Here goes:

Seven Stupid Pet Peeves:

1.  People Who Don't Use Their Blinkers.  Seriously!  This has to be the LAZIEST form of inconsideration!  Really?  You can't gather the effort to flick your finger and move the blinker switch on your steering wheel so I know you're changing lanes?  REALLY?

2.  People Who Don't Say "Thank You" When I Hold the Door for Them.  It was raining, I got to the door, but saw you just a few yards behind me running to the entrance.  So I waited and held the door.  Silently, you walked through.  REALLY?  By the way, YOU'RE WELCOME!!

3.  People Who Are Intolerant.  Wait, this one's not petty at all.  I really, really hate this.  But it's too important to remove, so I'm leaving it!

4.  People on Facebook Using Poor Grammar and Spelling.  If I read one more sentence like this:  "Your right,  we had a gr8 time to,  I'll send pitures ASAP," heads are going to start rolling!

5.  People Who Read My Name on a Form and Still Call Me "Joann."  (Medical receptionists, I'm looking at YOU!)  Joann is a lovely name.  It's just not mine.  My name's JOAN.  See the difference?  You might as well call me Mary or Wanda.  These are also beautiful names, also not MINE!!

6.  The Fact That I Can't Buy a Bottle of Wine at the Grocery Store in Tennessee.  Seriously, it's the law.  I have to schlep to a liquor store because apparently our state legislators think this is somehow protecting me, or causing me to drink less.  Poor, clueless souls.

7.  People Who Tell Me to Bury A Statue of St. Joseph in My Yard When I Mention That My Home Isn't Selling.  Seriously.  St. Joe's been in the ground at that house since last May.  I even dug him up and moved him to a different location when a certain site suggested it. It's not working (I, personally, am beginning to believe the guy just really hates Pennsylvania).   So, basically, if you mention it to me again (telling me how GREAT it worked for YOU), I will cut you.

WOW!!  I don't know about you, but I feel TERRIFIC!! Now it's your turn!  Tell me what stupid, petty thing really irks YOU!  I can't wait to grumble with you!

And thanks again, Shady, for the lovely award and acknowledgement.  I can't tell you how much it means to me!  And finally, as always,

Thanks for Reading!!


Teresa Evangeline said...

"So, basically, if you mention it to me again...I will cut you." At least you still have your sense of humor. That's invaluable, but I suppose I should be careful here, or you could end up with eight pet peeves: people who remain so darn chirpy when there is no clear reason to be. I always get hung up on the word clear...

Shady Del Knight said...

Joan, you're the best! Thank you for graciously accepting this award and for your kind words about my site. I wore a smile of recognition all the way through your list of pet peeves. Bad driving habits seem to have become the new normal. I rarely see people using their signal lights anymore and the amount of weaving and lane changing one encounters during a typical ride down the highway is appalling! As you pointed out, common courtesy is becoming a thing of the past. Even store clerks who are PAID to be nice to customers often seem cold and robotic. You know where I stand on intolerance. It's the one thing that I can't tolerate! I hate hate. Don't get me started on the subject of grammar and spelling. In recent years I have witnessed the steady decline in communication skill and it's alarming. What impresses me most about this post, Joan, is your sense of humor and clever writing. Comedy is often born of adversity and I admire you for ranting in such a witty and entertaining manner. I could easily imagine you as a stand-up comedienne. Thank you again for your friendship and support, dear Joan, and have a wonderful day!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

ok what the hell does it say about me that this post made me smile?
I agree with all of these! Hell, who am I kidding, I have a ton more. :-)
I think i'm turning into that old lady curmudgeon who yelled at the kids to get off her lawn.....tee hee

Red Shoes said...

Hey you... Good morning!!!

I am with you on ALL of those!! I went to NOLA this past weekend to visit Girl Shoes... I was able to go to a grocery down there at 10 AM Sunday morning and buy three bottles of wine... how cool is THAT?!?!?!?!

Re: Messaging/FaceBook/ etc... A fellow who is #2 at UPS (delivery systems) told students here a while back that his employees are told that their text messages/emails are to be grammatically correct... that cutting corners on message appearance would indicate that they cut corners elsewhere...

You remain in my thoughts...



Liz Mays said...

St. Joseph didn't help me either, but a new realtor did, and it sold on the first day.

Don't you just want to shove the door shut in their face when they don't say thank you?

Anonymous said...

Complaint #4 – People on Facebook Using Poor Grammar or Spelling…
Hear I goes, but isn’t not it one point that Facebook (still comes up as spell check on “Word” – how ironic be that) are the place where one go because they is comfortable with know granmmer or spelling necessury?
And no, I’m not channeling Sarah Palin…I hopes!

Shady Del Knight said...

Hey Ed, I think you're giving Sarah a little too much credit! (LOL)

ReformingGeek said...

My peeve is rudeness. Period. There is no call for it.

Congrats on the award. You deserve it!

Shan said...

#4 - I just started Maisy with laughter.
#5 - My boss' name is spelled Joann, but is pronounced Joan; take THAT Receptionist!

Cheeseboy said...

You don't even want to get me started on insanely stupid Utah liquor laws. I don't even drink, but I feel sorry for those that do. They have to be the worst in the nation!

I just "hide" the friends that can't spell on FB. Am I your FB friend? I should be, if I'm not. You can find me under "Abe Yospe".

Karina said...

Ooh yes...I have a lot of the same peeves! Sometimes I just stay home because I need to get away from people. One of my biggest peeves is a silly one, but I hate to see people's tongues. I know weird right?

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the bad things that have a tendency to slip between the cracks and under the door to get us every time we think we can make it one more day....I've gotten to the point where I refuse to say "Well...maybe tomorrow will be better" cuz it doesn't work that way.

Just as our house was being purchased, a tornado hit it. Then, inter-family grievances that tore out what was left of our happiness....then....well...you seem to know the drill.

When I wave for someone to pull ahead of me and they don't wave back or acknowledge me...I want to send them back where they came from.

Carrie Lynne said...

You had me at #6!

Anonymous said...

I am so with you for #1. I don't quite understand what people's objection to the turning signal is but its becoming a problem. Not only that but every time I leave my house to go ANYWHERE there are idiot drivers.
My pet peeve is parking lots. I feel as though all driving manners go out the window as soon as people enter parking lots. Wal Mart parking lots are the worst.

Bob said...

I love your #4: People on Facebook Using Poor Grammar and Spelling. Whenever I want a really good laugh, I go to Craigslist and read the ads there!

Bounce Back Art said...

Found you by accident. I am looking for images depicting emotion and found the droopy dog. What is his issue?
I agree with most of your issues, some don't apply here in the UK.
We do however, have selfish articles not signalling, and some who do and do not actually go the way they are indicating. NOW that's annoying.
If I hold the door open for someone, they usually say thank you, but on the occasion they don't I just say at the top of my voice (I have a small squeaky voice, so it is an effort!) 'THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LETTING ME HOLD THE DOOR FOR YOU, SO KIND.' Usually wakes them up! I haven't been assaulted yet!
We can buy booze here anytime of the day, except Sunday AM. Most people don't get out of bed here before 12 on a Sunday, so alcohol is effectively available during waking hours!
As for St Joseph, perhaps he didn't appreciate being buried? Or, does he expect it?
I like the idea of basing your blog on funny things your dad said, I had a dad like that.
Glad I found your blog it made me laugh. Now thats a good emotion.

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