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September 06, 2002

Friday Five

1. What is your biggest pet peeve? Why?
Mostly transit-based : when people rush into your subway car before you can get out. When people hog the seats with their stuff or guys sit with legs sprawled so you either choose to let them have both seats or just sit down and squash your way in. When someone hogs the entire pole by leaning against or hugging it so other people can't hold onto the pole while the train is moving. People who have no clue that they are not alone on the sidewalk and shuffle five across with their friends or family. People who suddenly stop in front of you and trip up your momentum. But I think the worst has to be when people stand in the middle or on the left of the escalator instead of standing to the right so people can pass, and who are then self-righteous about it. Usually, I'm in a hurry because I really have to get to my railroad train, which has less frequent departure times than the subways, so I can't just let it go. If you're gonna be a moron or a jerk, you'll get a curt "Excuse me!" or if need be, an elbow or a less-than-cautious shove with my bag as I squeeze by.

I am not coldhearted when it comes to the elderly or the handicapped or people with small children. I speak of the able-bodied but feeble-minded, or those who know what they should do but don't give a damn anyway. Really, the people who commit these transit sins have the same flaw in common, which I suppose is my biggest peeve : People who think only of themselves.

2. What irritating habits do you have?
I have trouble with punctuality, unless it's for something important, like an interview or a haircut. ;) It's a wonder I make my morning train. I'm really messy at home - books, papers, CDs, clothes, lots of piles all laying about. It's hard to live with myself like this.

3. Have you tried to change the irritating habits or just let them be?
I try - I hate being late, I hate forcing people to wait on me. I hate running for the train, like this morning. When I'm due to have a visitor, I can really clean up. Or when it's too messy to even think straight, I'll fly into a rage and just slave away. But there's got to be a healthier approach to housekeeping - such as regular maintenance. I really wish one of us was the neat freak, cheerful and jolly to be vacuuming and ironing away. But then that's why Dear Husband's so perfect for me.

4. What grosses you out more than anything else? Why?
This is really all-out disgusting : the puddles of phlegm that guys hulk up on the sidewalk, although maybe worse is hearing it happen. I'd rather step in dogshit. Barefoot.

5. What one thing can you never see yourself doing that other people do?
"Reality" television. I can't stand those shows with every fiber of my being.

Yours, &c., LC | 05:25 PM | Memes