A Monday Morning Rant

I can’t remember the actual thing that got me started complaining to my family about people in general yesterday.   I was in the car, so I’m assuming it was yet another stupid traffic move by another driver.  I decided to post a list of things that people do and have done recently that drive me crazy. Disclaimer: I’m fully aware that it’s possible that things I do are on other people’s lists.

People who stop walking in the middle of an aisle or in the doorway. I get that something caught your eye as you walked in the door, but move to the side to gawk at it. There are other people trying to walk here.

People who have conversations in food lines or in front of a communal coffee pot.  The coffee one is especially bad. People are trying to get their caffeine fix and you are blocking them because you are completely oblivious that your group conversation in front of the pot mean no one can get coffee. That could be dangerous.

People who don’t understand how a four-way stop works. They either sit there and don’t move when it is their turn or they almost cause a collision because they go when it is someone else’s turn. It’s really not that difficult. If you are there before me, you go. If I’m there for you, you go. Also, if you are incoming traffic in a place where incoming traffic does not stop, DON’T STOP.

The woman who was turning right on red when I had a green left turn arrow. If you are going to turn anyway, don’t wait until I’m almost in the lane before you decide to whip in to it.

If there is a road with a left turn only and a straight lane if you are trying to turn on to the road but going left don’t inch out to block the other lane until you have room to turn Now you’ve blocked all of the people trying to go through the intersection and paralyzed the entire area.

Generally, don’t go through life oblivious to how your actions are affecting others. Be aware of your surroundings. Be aware of the people around you. When in doubt, err on the side of courtesy.

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Final Girls: A Novel

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7 Comments

  1. That’s precisely it. People seem to be oblivious to the fact that there are other people around them. Around here, everyone seems to be much more important than the next person, so their needs and desires should supersede yours. One thing you missed, and perhaps it’s because you don’t spend a lot of time as a pedestrian, is sidewalk etiquette. Why do people not feel the need to keep to the right when approaching another pedestrian coming from the opposite direction, especially when it’s two or more? They seem to expect the other person to step off the sidewalk to let them all continue walking along two or three abreast. Sheesh! And don’t get me started with the people walking their dogs!

    Thank you for this oppotunity to rant a little bit.

  2. People who walk 2 wide, 3 wide , etc and won’t move when they pass you especially when you’re walking alone and they aren’t. I do not concede, I will walk straight into someone who does that. It happens all the time in malls and outdoor events.

  3. All significantly annoying! My biggest peeve is, as a city dweller , people who stop walking in the middle of a crowded sidewalk, or who are so busy looking at their phones while walking you need to swerve. And for the record…I’m positive you do nothing to annoy people!

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