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Things That Bug Me

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December 8, 2011 - This page is dedicated to those with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  I'm not one of them.  I was diagnosed with CDO.  It's like OCD, but the letters are in alphabetical order the way they're supposed to be.  (Okay, I stole that joke but, sorry, I don't remember who I stole it from.)

Seriously (sorta), this is a simple, self-indulgent list of things that bug me.  If there are little things in life that bug you, I'd like to know about them (send them using the comments form below).

  • Divine.  Since it's the Christmas season, I'll start off with this: One line in the lyrics to the Christmas carol, O Holy Night, is "O night divine, the night when Christ was born".  The word is "divine", not "deevine", as virtually every singer sings it.  It's pronounced "dih-vahyn", not "dee-vahyn".  Dih as in big, miss, fit, rid, skim, lit...not dee, as in diva, bee, see, tee, me, etc.  So, please, next time you sing this song, do me this one little favor and pronounce the word correctly.

  • Turn right the right way.  People who don't stay in the proper lane when they pull out into traffic bug me.  For example, Driver A makes a right turn onto a multi-lane highway.  She pulls directly in front of Driver B, who must change lanes to the left to avoid rear-ending Driver A.  Driver B then discovers that Driver A isn't going to stay in the right lane; she's pulling across the right lane into the next lane, so Driver B must change lanes again to the left to avoid rear-ending Driver A.  Driver B then discovers that Driver A isn't satisfied with pulling into/across two lanes of traffic; she must pull across the first and second lanes into the third lane.  Now Driver B is right on her bumper and must hit the brakes hard to really avoid rear-ending Driver A.  And if Driver B changes lanes to the right instead of the left, invariably, Driver A realizes what a stupid thing she has done, and pulls abruptly back into the right lane where she should have stayed in the first place.

    Not only is this the most unsafe act I routinely see on the roads, there are several traffic violations involved.  The first violation in the above example is failure to yield (to oncoming traffic).  The next is that Driver A didn't stay in her lane while making the turn.  The next violation is that Driver A didn't use her turn signal to make lane changes to the left; she just pulled across two lanes to get to the third lane (two separate violations - one for each lane change).  The next violation is that, even if Driver A used her left turn signal, she didn't apply it for a long enough distance before making the lane changes (two more separate violations - one for each lane change).  So in the example above, there are at least six traffic violations.  Unfortunately, traffic officers never seem to cite offending drivers when they do this (and it happens all the time).

    Please, if you make a right turn into traffic, wait until it's safe (i.e., there are no cars coming in any lane), then pull into and stay in the right lane.  If it's a left turn into traffic, stay in the left lane (there are exceptions to the left turn rule, but they apply only at intersections with traffic lights, and possibly not in all states).

  • Spelling.  It bugs me when someone asks me how to spell a word.  These are usually executives.  The last spelling class I had was in sixth grade.  It seems to me that if you're going to ask someone how to spell a word, you may as well just go ahead and misspell it in the letter or email you're typing.  When you ask, "How do you spell...", what you're really saying is, "I half a collige dugree, but I didn't reelly diserve it."

  • Radio talk shows.  Why is it that when a radio talk show host takes a call from a listener, they never seem to have time to let the caller finish their point?

    "We're coming up against a hard break," they say.

    If you (radio talk show hosts) can't take the time to let someone complete a sentence, don't take the call!

  • CSS.  This is a programmer thing.  Cascading style sheets can be beneficial, but some simple tasks have become so complicated and frustrating, many programmers revert back to old-school HTML.  For example, if you wanted to center something using HTML, it was simple: <center>[content]</center>.  CSS makes such a simple task so difficult.  Take, for example, this forum page - the poster wants to center a web page, but is having problems, so he asks for help.  Look at the responses he gets to such a simple question.  (Note user mringlein's response: "There is always <center></center> ... HA HA HA.")

  • Poor or no punctuation, and SMS-type abbreviations.  Those of you who write, post, send messages with no punctuation, and using SMS-type abbreviations such as "r" instead of "are, "u" instead of "you", "2" instead of "to" or "too", and "4" instead of "for", are wasting your time.  Your messages are so difficult to read, most readers will skip right over them.  Those that read them don't understand the messages.  I get emails written like that, sometimes from job applicants, and...delete.  I won't even try to decipher them.  Do society a favor and save the corner-cutting for TWD (texting while driving).

  • Ear buds.  Need I say more?

  • Leave it, or leave it.  Sometimes when I walk into a business, a clerk will ask me to leave my backpack at the counter.  I ride a motorcycle, so I almost always have a backpack with me, the contents of which are private and sometimes valuable.  It's a well-known fact that more theft is committed by employees of businesses than by its customers, so it's not in my best interest to leave my property in the hands of a potential thief.  Sadly, the businesses that implement this policy have a right to do so, so all I can do is turn around, walk out, and shop somewhere else.

  • Shredded lettuce.  We all know that the "meat" of an apple starts to oxidize and turn brown soon after the skin is breached.  Lettuce is sort of the same, except that it's the edges of lettuce that start to oxidize first.  So when lettuce is shredded, the result is an increase in edge surface area, thus, an increase in oxidation.  Logically, a single leaf of lettuce would last longer than the same leaf would last when shredded since the single leaf would have less edge surface area.  But restaurants will swear that shredded lettuce lasts longer.  The worst part is that because shredded lettuce is more likely to fall off the sandwich, more of it is wasted.  So the restaurant is duped into thinking they're getting a bargain by buying shredded lettuce, and we, the consumers, are paying for it (unless, of course, you're one of those who scrapes up all the little pieces of lettuce that fall all over the table, your shirt, your lap, etc., and finish them off).  Shredded lettuce also doesn't work well in a salad - chopped lettuce is the way to go.  (It's okay in a burrito.)

  • Open and Shut Case.  There's a Pizza Hut around the corner from my house, so I occasionally go there to buy a few pizzas for dinner.  When I pick up the pizzas, the clerk feels obligated to open each box and show me the pizzas, one by one, as if I were buying boxes of diamonds.  That bugs me.  I know why they do this.  Some customers would buy a pizza, then once they were home, call and complain that what they got was not what they ordered.  Since "the customer is always right", Pizza Hut would feel obligated to replace the pizza (even though the customer already ate it), or at the very least, offer a coupon for a free pizza.  So the managers at Pizza Hut decided they would show every customer their pizzas before the customers leave the store.  Then if the customer complains, Pizza Hut would be off the hook.  Does this bother anyone else, or is it just me?

  • Supercuts.  Why do they always ask how long it's been since I was last there?  Does anybody keep track of such things?  And I know they're going to ask me, so I try to make it a point to remember (I don't want a hairstylis on my bad side!).  But that only lasts about an hour.  So each time I go, they ask me again.  Last time, I asked the stylist what the most common answer was, and now that's my canned answer.  So I think as soon as I walk in the door and they ask "Do you want a haircut?", I'm just gonna say "Six weeks."

  • Realtor.  No, not the Realtors themselves, the way many people pronounce the word.  ..real, as in let's get real, and tor.  Not real-a-tor, or rel-a-tor, or rel-tor.  Why do people ant to make it more difficult than it is?  (By the way, the word is uppercase because it's a trade name - a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  If a real estate professional is not a member of the NAR, they are not a Realtor.)

That's it for now, but you can be sure there are more things that bug me, and I'll add them as I think of them.

User Comments:
Paul - Dec 13, 2011 06:05:22 — I agree 100% regarding "dee-vine" being sung in "O Holy Night." That is one of my favorite Christmas Carols and it drives me crazy to hear singers, even some of the most revered, singing that word, which comes at the most beautiful part of the melody, like a elementary school ch ...more
Jonas - Dec 13, 2011 07:04:50 — So it's not just me!  Thanks!  I needed that support!

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