What annoys you?
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I just finished making a phone call to my HMO pharmacy and I was reminded of another thing that annoys me. I should say two things that annoy me. One is having to deal with recorded voices on the telephone instead of with real people and having to push a lot of buttons and sometimes just getting back to the original "menu." I guess there are not two things but three things that annoy me. I'll save the worst till last.
The second thing that annoys me about dealing with recorded answering machinery is being placed on hold and being treated to the most ghastly music while I'm waiting and waiting and hoping to hear a human voice. The music is usually so bad that it must be designed to make callers hang up. On this last call the music they were playing sounded like the lead instrument was a busted kazoo.
The third thing that annoys me in talking to strangers on the phone is having them call me by my first name. I don't even like my first name, which is William, and I much prefer to be called Bill. But I don't like total strangers calling me by either version of my first name. All the nurses and receptionists do it in hospitals and doctors' offices. It seems like a subtle put-down. It is not friendly but authoritarian and patronizing. I am reminded of how the teachers used to call me William in grammar school. Grrr!
In my classroom, I get annoyed when students begin to pack up well before the end of the classroom block, and I find it particularly irritating when they want to stand at the door and wait for the bell to ring, like horses at the starting gates of a race. When I ask students where they are off to in such a hurry, there is rarely a good answer; usually it's just some other class that they are not particularly enthused about, which tells me that the whole show is a conditioned response, much like a stampede. For all their claims to individuality, my students show me just how responsive they are to peer influence with examples like this.
In general, I get annoyed by negativity. I understand the need to vent about certain things, but when people are constantly negative, it does no good and brings others down.
As a teacher, I get annoyed by students who complain. If students come to me and want to have an adult conversation about something that they are concerned about, I am much more likely to listen than if they were to just whine and complain about not liking an assignment. I tell my students that as soon as they start complaining, I stop listening. Come talk to me when you want to have an adult conversation (I teach high school).
I also get annoyed by people- students- who say "what if I can do this?" That doesn't make sense to me. I respect when people try and need help getting to a goal than people who assume they won't be able to do something so they don't even try. That frustrates me as a teacher more than anything.
One thing that I forgot to add that probably annoys me more than anything. I can't stand it when I care more about my students's grades and education than they do. Even worse, when I have a parent conference with a parent and it seems that I care more about their child's education than the parents. Those days makes being a teacher extremely difficult.
As an enotes editor, it annoys me (maybe frustrates is actually a better word) when questions are submitted with so little information provided that I have no way of attempting to help the person asking the question. I have problems accepting that students are unable to formulate their questions in a more understandable format than I see too often in the postings.
Post #6 reminded me of how I used to get so annoyed by all the commercial interruptions on television that I have given up watching television, even the evening news shows which are about fifty percent commercials. Instead I am watching movies on DVDs every night, either dramas or documentaries. I get the DVDs from my branch library and can order them sent there from other branches over the Internet.
All the commercials on television annoy me. Or, I should say the ratio of ads-to-programs gets on my nerves. I don't dislike all the commercials I see, but I find watching television both (unfortunately) captivating and completely mind-numbing due, in large part, to the undending commercial assault. I know I could just tune out, turn it off, or watch a movie - each of which I do - but the idea rankles me that the whole situation could be so much better.
This is at the bottom of so much of what ends up being annoying. Bad things aren't annoying. It's the things that could easily be made better that are annoying.
The grocery store music mentioned above could be way better with some better selections, but it isn't. It's apparently selected to drive you out of the store. Pizza chains could create hundreds of new topping combinations by carrying just two or three more vegetables...but they don't. And the list goes on.
All in all though, despite the many things there are to complain about there are many things to cheer for too. Germany is now up to nearly 25% solar for its total national power production. That's encouraging news. Recent solar production there made the news because of how large the solar numbers have gotten. That is really encouraging. And that list goes on too.
I get very annoyed at myself or in general when I can't find something that I obviously should be able to. It just drives me crazy. In terms of others, I get annoyed when people don't give me full attention when I am talking to them or when others are late.
I get annoyed with people who say they can and will do something, then don't. I have far more respect for someone who says they are not able or willing to do something, rather than placate and leave a job unfinished. As I work in education, this lack of integrity affects people's futures.
I try to focus more on myself than on other people. So it annoys me when I make mistakes that I should not make. It annoys me when I don't think carefully enough about things that might happen and then I react badly when things happen that I really should have foreseen (particularly in dealing with my kids). It annoys me when I lose my self-control and eat too much. Sadly, there are lots of things I do that annoy me.
I'm glad you mentioned the "unnecessary" cell phone conversations. I was on a bus one day and a young woman next to me reported to whomever she was speaking to each intersection as the bus passed it. Honestly!
I am annoyed by the inability of people to make a distinction between textspeak and standard writing. If I see on more "u" for "you" in an essay, I'm not sure what I am going to do.
I am annoyed by the ubiquitous use of four-letter words everywhere I go. I know they are just words, but really, can't people think of any other ways to express themselves?
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