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February 12, 2010

Funtastic Friday: Biggest Pet Peeves

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 12:01 am

It’s Friday. As we wait for the Lizzies (which are the highlight of everyone’s day) to come out, I wanted to present to you a new feature called Funtastic Friday. What will in involve? I have no idea. Today’s edition presents a list of some of my pet peeves, sports related and non-sports related. Feel free to comment on this list with some of your own.

I HATE:

  • When people are late – It’s disrespectful to the people you’re scheduled to see and shows your lack of class. There really isn’t a good excuse for being late. Traffic jam? Should have left earlier. Woke up late because your alarm didn’t go off? Set two alarms. No excuse soothes my anger when people are late. I once heard the saying that said “If you’re early, you’re on time; if you’re on time, you’re late” My sentiments exactly.
  • When people are trying to talk to me while I’m on the phone – Are you that stupid that you can’t see the phone connected to my ear? Do you not realize that when it’s connected to my ear, it’s not for fun, but because someone is actually on the other end talking to me? We wouldn’t just walk up to someone and interrupt them when they were talking to someone face to face. Why do people feel it’s appropriate to interrupt just because they can’t see the other person in the conversation? This comes into play for me all the time at work. I’m on the phone with a patient and idiots come up and try writing me notes to ask me a question or just flat out just start talking. Then they have the balls to get mad at me for ignoring them.
  • When a team swings early in the count on all three outs of a 1-2-3 inning – You’re trying to beat that stud pitcher and every inning he goes is critical and what does your team do? Three straight outs on a grand total of 5 or 6 pitches? Good god, can you not just stand in the box, keep the baseball bat on your shoulder, and take a few pitches? Is it really that hard for a team to see at least 10 per inning? Absolutely mind boggling.
  • When girls complain about the toilet seat – I’ll start trying really hard to put the seat down when I’m done taking a leak if you’ll try really hard to remember to put it up for me when you’re done. Think about it. If you’re in a house with one bathroom and it’s you and a female, chances are that when one person is done it will be the other person’s turn to go next. It’s only fair, right? (Sorry Lizzie)
  • When the President is on every channel – Why can’t this be done like the Olympics and other sporting events like the Super Bowl. Networks bid for the rights to carry the event. Why can’t events like the State of the Union address be run in a similar manner? This would give me the other channels to watch while the speech is going on if I get bored with it.
  • When the idiot “know-it-all” is “teaching” his dumb friend about the game – I was in Baltimore watching the Rays play a few years ago. Side note: If you’ve not been to Camden Yards, you’re missing out. This moron sitting by us was going on and on to his ignorant buddy about the game of baseball, teaching him the ropes. Unfortunately he was spouting off so much incorrect garbage that I almost looked at his friend and unlearned him all the stuff that was just fed to him over the past two hours. Why do guys feel the need to try to impress with knowledge they don’t actually posses? Just watch the game and enjoy each others company.
  • When people talk during the previews and then the actual movie – Maybe I’m being a little anal about the previews idea, but I actually like seeing the previews to make a mental note of future movies I’d like to partake in. Why can’t people shut their yap when the lights go down. If you’ve got to, start making out if it will shut you up. This reminds me of the time my wife and I went to see Adam Sandler in ‘Click’, which is a movie my friend Ben said “changed his life”. During the movie, my wife and I sat in the back row, yet did not make out. All throughout the movie, four teenybopper girls ran their mouths and could care less about the movie. Finally, in a rather loud voice that causes quite a few folks to look back at us, I asked the girls if it was possible for them to speak a little louder because I was having trouble following their conversation over the movie. My wife proceeded to get embarrassed and question out loud (quietly) why I would do that, to which I answered her in a loud manner “because these idiots are too loud”.

OK, I’m done being a total tool and admitting my anger and frustration, but I feel better. Take the time to comment and present some of your nuggets as well. Happy Friday. Here’s hoping you win a Lizzard.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail

  • Lizzie

    There's a simple and fair solution to the toilet seat problem and as an added bonus it's aesthetically pleasing as well. Close 'em up completely, all the time (unless in use!) I'm talking lid and all. Who wants to look at a bowl gaping wide open even if it's empty. This way you have something to put down when you're done, I have something to put down when I'm done. You have something to lift up before you start, I have something to lift up before I start. If you feel it's unfair that you have to lift two items (lid + seat) where I only have to lift one, level it off by remembering you can stand while you pee. Problem solved! :-)

  • Lizzie

    People who talk to themselves on blogs because no one else is around. That's the worst. :-)

  • http://swantron.com jswanson

    I hate when all of our downstairs coffee makers at work are on the fritz, and the kitchenettes upstairs are full of flavored coffee. Highlander Grogg? What the hell is that?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    – I hate how the last 2 minutes of a college basketball game take half an hour if the game is close because teams can pile up all their timeouts for the end.
    – I also hate people talking during movie previews. Unlike Joe though, I don't make a mental note of future movies to partake in. I make a mental note of future movies to pirate. However, I hate that the previews run for half an hour. Sometimes I get me a mind to go angry like Homer Simpson once did, yell, run to the front of the theater and be like START THE MOVIE.
    – Idiotic customers. I could write a book about it if I wanted to. Best one I ever had was a guy who didn't know what tax was. This was an American sounding adult. Seriously. He asked me, what's tax, as in the concept of tax, not the amount or the rate.
    – Other things I hate: Ned Flanders. The White Sox. The Cardinals. Lovie Smith. The Packers. The Vikings. Boston Sports. The University of Michigan. And Rajon Rondo.
    The NBA should use that commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRxZ-6DYJgU
    If I ever saw that jagbag on the street, I would punch him in the face. Quite frankly, General Sherman shouldn't have burned Atlanta. He should have burned Boston.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    – I hate how the last 2 minutes of a college basketball game take half an hour if the game is close because teams can pile up all their timeouts for the end.
    – I also hate people talking during movie previews. Unlike Joe though, I don't make a mental note of future movies to partake in. I make a mental note of future movies to pirate. However, I hate that the previews run for half an hour. Sometimes I get me a mind to go angry like Homer Simpson once did, yell, run to the front of the theater and be like START THE MOVIE.
    – Idiotic customers. I could write a book about it if I wanted to. Best one I ever had was a guy who didn't know what tax was. This was an American sounding adult. Seriously. He asked me, what's tax, as in the concept of tax, not the amount or the rate.
    – Other things I hate: Ned Flanders. The White Sox. The Cardinals. Lovie Smith. The Packers. The Vikings. Boston Sports. The University of Michigan. And Rajon Rondo.
    The NBA should use that commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRxZ-6DYJgU
    If I ever saw that jagbag on the street, I would punch him in the face. Quite frankly, General Sherman shouldn't have burned Atlanta. He should have burned Boston.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    – I hate how the last 2 minutes of a college basketball game take half an hour if the game is close because teams can pile up all their timeouts for the end.
    – I also hate people talking during movie previews. Unlike Joe though, I don't make a mental note of future movies to partake in. I make a mental note of future movies to pirate. However, I hate that the previews run for half an hour. Sometimes I get me a mind to go angry like Homer Simpson once did, yell, run to the front of the theater and be like START THE MOVIE.
    – Idiotic customers. I could write a book about it if I wanted to. Best one I ever had was a guy who didn't know what tax was. This was an American sounding adult. Seriously. He asked me, what's tax, as in the concept of tax, not the amount or the rate.
    – Other things I hate: Ned Flanders. The White Sox. The Cardinals. Lovie Smith. The Packers. The Vikings. Boston Sports. The University of Michigan. And Rajon Rondo.
    The NBA should use that commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRxZ-6DYJgU
    If I ever saw that jagbag on the street, I would punch him in the face. Quite frankly, General Sherman shouldn't have burned Atlanta. He should have burned Boston.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    – I hate how the last 2 minutes of a college basketball game take half an hour if the game is close because teams can pile up all their timeouts for the end.
    – I also hate people talking during movie previews. Unlike Joe though, I don't make a mental note of future movies to partake in. I make a mental note of future movies to pirate. However, I hate that the previews run for half an hour. Sometimes I get me a mind to go angry like Homer Simpson once did, yell, run to the front of the theater and be like START THE MOVIE.
    – Idiotic customers. I could write a book about it if I wanted to. Best one I ever had was a guy who didn't know what tax was. This was an American sounding adult. Seriously. He asked me, what's tax, as in the concept of tax, not the amount or the rate.
    – Other things I hate: Ned Flanders. The White Sox. The Cardinals. Lovie Smith. The Packers. The Vikings. Boston Sports. The University of Michigan. And Rajon Rondo.
    The NBA should use that commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRxZ-6DYJgU
    If I ever saw that jagbag on the street, I would punch him in the face. Quite frankly, General Sherman shouldn't have burned Atlanta. He should have burned Boston.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 kuma32478

    Goodness, I totally forgot about the last 2 minutes of any sporting event. Between timeouts, fouls and icing the kicker, it's ridiculous. I find myself fast forwarding the Tivo a lot of times just to see it end.

    The Homer Simpson reference actually made me snicker a little out loud at my desk. Never saw that episode, so if you have a clip, I'd love it.

    Perhaps a Tyrelle Pryor work story of the week is in order. Maybe that should be a future funtastic friday. Lord knows I have a ton myself, as we probably all do.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    You can watch every episode of the Simpsons at wtso.net
    Here is that episode: http://www.wtso.net/movie/57-The_Simpsons_1309_Ja

    I don't mind the last 2 minutes of a football or NBA game. They are much more tolerable than college basketball. Because you can save all your timeouts, and you have to commit 7 fouls for the penalty. It's almost as if playing good defense hurts you. In the NBA, you only get like 2 timeouts and 1 foul before the penalty in the last 2 minutes.

    I will give some stories from work, they are hilarious. Should I give one today? I got to shower now and then go to class, so it'll have to wait a couple hours

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    You can watch every episode of the Simpsons at wtso.net
    Here is that episode: http://www.wtso.net/movie/57-The_Simpsons_1309_Ja

    I don't mind the last 2 minutes of a football or NBA game. They are much more tolerable than college basketball. Because you can save all your timeouts, and you have to commit 7 fouls for the penalty. It's almost as if playing good defense hurts you. In the NBA, you only get like 2 timeouts and 1 foul before the penalty in the last 2 minutes.

    I will give some stories from work, they are hilarious. Should I give one today? I got to shower now and then go to class, so it'll have to wait a couple hours

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    You can watch every episode of the Simpsons at wtso.net
    Here is that episode: http://www.wtso.net/movie/57-The_Simpsons_1309_Ja

    I don't mind the last 2 minutes of a football or NBA game. They are much more tolerable than college basketball. Because you can save all your timeouts, and you have to commit 7 fouls for the penalty. It's almost as if playing good defense hurts you. In the NBA, you only get like 2 timeouts and 1 foul before the penalty in the last 2 minutes.

    I will give some stories from work, they are hilarious. Should I give one today? I got to shower now and then go to class, so it'll have to wait a couple hours

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 Joe Aiello

    I think next week will be good for a story. Next week’s fantastic Friday will be “Great Moments in Work Idiocy”

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    About your complaint of the president on every channel, if the stations had to bid for it, that would be considered a conflict of interest, because the station(s) that had the exclusive rights wouldn't be fair in their coverage of him. They wouldn't roast him when needed

  • Lizzie

    There's a simple and fair solution to the toilet seat problem and as an added bonus it's aesthetically pleasing as well. Close 'em up completely, all the time (unless in use!) I'm talking lid and all. Who wants to look at a bowl gaping wide open even if it's empty. This way you have something to put down when you're done, I have something to put down when I'm done. You have something to lift up before you start, I have something to lift up before I start. If you feel it's unfair that you have to lift two items (lid + seat) where I only have to lift one, level it off by remembering you can stand while you pee. Problem solved! :-)

  • Lizzie

    There's a simple and fair solution to the toilet seat problem and as an added bonus it's aesthetically pleasing as well. Close 'em up completely, all the time (unless in use!) I'm talking lid and all. Who wants to look at a bowl gaping wide open even if it's empty. This way you have something to put down when you're done, I have something to put down when I'm done. You have something to lift up before you start, I have something to lift up before I start. If you feel it's unfair that you have to lift two items (lid + seat) where I only have to lift one, level it off by remembering you can stand while you pee. Problem solved! :-)

  • Lizzie

    People who use their Facebook status to whine about their pitiful lives. Let's face it, we've all got some sh*t in our lives … everyone's got their share of problems, some days better than others, blah blah blah. But I don't need to hear about it on your Facebook status. I enjoy Facebook, I like keeping up with some folks that I normally wouldn't have a chance to chit chat with on a semi-regular basis. But on Facebook, as in life, if you walk around all gloom and doom all the time people aren't going to have much interest in hanging out with you. It brings people down. If you have a mind to set your status to "Oh woe is me, my life sucks and I don't know how I'm going to make it through another day" you're probably not going to find the answer on Facebook. Save your whining for your close friends, that's what they're there for. The 50 kids in your kindergarten class with whom you no longer have a single thing in common other than being on each other's friend list, don't really care. I promise.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 Joe Aiello

    I handle oral surgery treatment coordinating for a dental office.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 Joe Aiello

    I don't think that would be the case. Taking him to task is going to happen by the other party no matter what network covers the state of the union. If the network that owns the coverage that year does a crappy job, that would come back to haunt them for future bidding.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dat_cubfan_dave dat_cubfan_dave

    Here's a few of mine off the top of my head:

    * Winter.

    * People who don't use their turn signals when there are cars behind them.

    * People who drive fast in parking lots or parking garages.

    * People who don't clear the snow off their back windows before driving.

    * Winter.

    * Slow-loading Web pages.

    * When I click on a link on a Web page and nothing happens.

    * When my hands are so cold I can't type. (See "Winter.")

  • http://swantron.com jswanson

    @TP2…How can you hate Flanders? The bit about foot-longs making him uncomfortable was comedic gold. Not to mention the star-swipe-laden dating video. Good stuff.

  • http://mytimetowaste.com Rich Beckman

    Patient?!? What do you do for a living?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 Joe Aiello

    I actually like talking about my beliefs, and actually think talking voodoo with a zombie would be sweet. I've never met a zombie, but I'm thinking that when I do, I'd like to ask them how the coming back to life process went for them. I'd imagine it would be a tough process.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 kuma32478

    Goodness, I totally forgot about the last 2 minutes of any sporting event. Between timeouts, fouls and icing the kicker, it's ridiculous. I find myself fast forwarding the Tivo a lot of times just to see it end.

    The Homer Simpson reference actually made me snicker a little out loud at my desk. Never saw that episode, so if you have a clip, I'd love it.

    Perhaps a Tyrelle Pryor work story of the week is in order. Maybe that should be a future funtastic friday. Lord knows I have a ton myself, as we probably all do.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    Great Moments in Work Idiocy? BRILLIANT!!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    About your complaint of the president on every channel, if the stations had to bid for it, that would be considered a conflict of interest, because the station(s) that had the exclusive rights wouldn't be fair in their coverage of him. They wouldn't roast him when needed

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 Joe Aiello

    I don't think that would be the case. Taking him to task is going to happen by the other party no matter what network covers the state of the union. If the network that owns the coverage that year does a crappy job, that would come back to haunt them for future bidding.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 Joe Aiello

    I don't think that would be the case. Taking him to task is going to happen by the other party no matter what network covers the state of the union. If the network that owns the coverage that year does a crappy job, that would come back to haunt them for future bidding.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/TP2 TerrellePyror2

    I guess. But I don't think it would work because you have those equal time rules

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dat_cubfan_dave dat_cubfan_dave

    Here's a few of mine off the top of my head:

    * Winter.

    * People who don't use their turn signals when there are cars behind them.

    * People who drive fast in parking lots or parking garages.

    * People who don't clear the snow off their back windows before driving.

    * Winter.

    * Slow-loading Web pages.

    * When I click on a link on a Web page and nothing happens.

    * When my hands are so cold I can't type. (See "Winter.")

  • Seymour Butts

    OK, Pet peeves
    1 People who arrive early. If you plan a party at 8 pm, what kind of loser shows up at 7:55? are they desperate? do they spend their life in front of a computer screen?
    2 People who talk on their cell phones when I am trying to have an in person, live conversation with them. I want to jam that phone into an anatomically awkward place.
    3 People who bitch about what position the toilet seat is in. The whole problem can be solved by not bothering to open it at all before using, and I guarantee it will never come up again.
    4 Anyone who throws an 0-2 pitch over the plate to Soriano. It may make me happy, but it's a terrible baseball decision.
    5 Face book, my space, or what ever that crap is called. Get a life, go outside and throw a ball against a cement wall for cheese-steak!

  • Seymour Butts

    OK, Pet peeves
    1 People who arrive early. If you plan a party at 8 pm, what kind of loser shows up at 7:55? are they desperate? do they spend their life in front of a computer screen?
    2 People who talk on their cell phones when I am trying to have an in person, live conversation with them. I want to jam that phone into an anatomically awkward place.
    3 People who bitch about what position the toilet seat is in. The whole problem can be solved by not bothering to open it at all before using, and I guarantee it will never come up again.
    4 Anyone who throws an 0-2 pitch over the plate to Soriano. It may make me happy, but it's a terrible baseball decision.
    5 Face book, my space, or what ever that crap is called. Get a life, go outside and throw a ball against a cement wall for cheese-steak!

  • Seymour Butts

    6 People who complain about what ever President we have. Like you think even if they were telling the truth about their plans to get elected, they could actually accomplish anything? Get a clue. Washington has been closed for 3 days , and we are all better off for it.
    7 People who decide that I need to hear about their religion. On the other hand, who wouldn't give up a weekend morning to discuss voodoo with an 18 year-old zombie from some state distant from your own.
    8 People who try to show movies when I am trying to have a conversation. You can't believe how annoying that can be. I had a buddy who once had to ask some nice girls to speak up so he could hear their interesting discourse over some drivel on the screen over 50 feet away. Gees, some nerve, huh?

    Oh, and having to retype my screen name and email in every time I want to share my brilliance with the rest of the world. And having to cut my comment in half because somebody thought it too long.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 kuma32478

    Butts…quit your crying like a girl about the login and just make yourself an intense debate account already. All you're doing is showing your butt with your whining. =P

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 Joe Aiello

    Re: # 1 – I am said loser

    Re: # 4 – anyone who throws anything that doesn't bounce to Soriano on 0-2 is an idiot

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/kuma32478 Joe Aiello

    I actually like talking about my beliefs, and actually think talking voodoo with a zombie would be sweet. I've never met a zombie, but I'm thinking that when I do, I'd like to ask them how the coming back to life process went for them. I'd imagine it would be a tough process.

  • Lizzie

    I see many reasons here for you to embrace a Spring Training trip, Daver!!

  • Lizzie

    I'm half a loser. I wouldn't arrive at an 8pm party at 7:55. I'd wait til 8:15 for that. But if I'm meeting someone for dinner at 8:00 I'm there by 7:50.

  • Lizzie

    I'm half a loser. I wouldn't arrive at an 8pm party at 7:55. I'd wait til 8:15 for that. But if I'm meeting someone for dinner at 8:00 I'm there by 7:50.

  • Lizzie

    I understand your second peeve, Doc, but I REALLY understand your first one. Heh heh heh.

  • Mastrick

    I hate it when people are late too. If I have an appointment I arrive early, if I see a physician I expect to be seen within a half hour of my appointment. If I have to wait longer than 20 minutes twice I'll say something about it to the physician, if they don't like that I'll take my business elsewhere. I also have a decided lack of sympathy about the toilet seat, I leave it up for a reason fer cryin' out loud. If I have to sit I check first, why can't they? I hated it when the last two Presidents were on, I thought one was insincere and the other was a moron. The current one is green behind the ears but will hopefully grow some backbone as it becomes apparent that the two parties working together is a thing of the past. The current fillibuster rule is a joke if a Senator says he's gonna fillibuster he needs to get up and talk for days. When that rule is restored the two parties will start working together again instead of posturing at each other.

  • Mastrick

    I hate it when people are late too. If I have an appointment I arrive early, if I see a physician I expect to be seen within a half hour of my appointment. If I have to wait longer than 20 minutes twice I'll say something about it to the physician, if they don't like that I'll take my business elsewhere. I also have a decided lack of sympathy about the toilet seat, I leave it up for a reason fer cryin' out loud. If I have to sit I check first, why can't they? I hated it when the last two Presidents were on, I thought one was insincere and the other was a moron. The current one is green behind the ears but will hopefully grow some backbone as it becomes apparent that the two parties working together is a thing of the past. The current fillibuster rule is a joke if a Senator says he's gonna fillibuster he needs to get up and talk for days. When that rule is restored the two parties will start working together again instead of posturing at each other.

  • Doc Raker

    Seymour- So, facebook and my space are for losers but commenting on a Cubsblog is a worthy cyberspace endeavor. All while showing off the crack of your ass no less. Pleeze.

    Butts- Just because you view religion as direct competition to your ambition of world dominance is no reason to look down your nose at people who understand the values the bible brings us.

  • http://twitter.com/MoondogKP @MoondogKP

    While I could make this very general after my Thursday, I'll just go with people who make accusations without knowing all details. And then calling you out to their administrator, who then jumps your case too.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dat_cubfan_dave dat_cubfan_dave

    I wish. Maybe someday.

  • Doc Raker

    I hate being early, it is a waist of time.

  • http://twitter.com/MoondogKP @MoondogKP

    While I could make this very general after my Thursday, I'll just go with people who make accusations without knowing all details. And then calling you out to their administrator, who then jumps your case too.

  • Seymour Butts

    Hard for me to catch a break when somebody out there knows my true motivation in life.

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