February 4, 2010

Why Are People So Down on the Emos?

Whenever anyone asks me what my pet peeve is my first instinct, and always my initial answer is, “My pet peeve is when people ask me what my pet peeves are.” I tell you, when I nail the delivery of that line just perfectly, it gets a laugh every time. Mostly from me, but still, it’s a laugh.

In all honesty, I am so intrigued by other people’s pet peeves, especially when they are either extremely particular or completely random. So, I googled “Pet Peeves” on my computer thingy to see what things were bothering people on the internets and I found myself mildly fascinated by what others had to say. I’ve listed a few I found at The Top Tens, a site that allows users to vote, comment or add their own grievances to thread groups.

In my extreme laziness, instead of whipping up a post of my own, I’ve decided to copy a few of the entries and add my two cents next to them in italics. I hope nobody out there lists laziness as one of his or her hot buttons….

Here goes:

1. Mouth noises/chewing with mouth open – Yawn (with mouth covered, of course). Way too common and goes without saying.
2. Not washing hands after using the restroom – Um…this is a given and really doesn’t belong here as a pet peeve. It belongs in a life-manual. Or written in all caps letters in the unisex bathroom at Jose's Burritos up the street from my house.
3. Bitchy school girls: you are not prettier than us, and you are CERTAINLY not smarter than us, so get over yourselves!!!! (Look at all those !!! marks)– This one was my second favorite and prompted me to immediately add Mean Girls to my Net Flix cue.
4. Screaming children/Temper tantrums – Well, then don’t come to our house.
5. Thugs – Again, don’t come to our house.
6. Overuse of the word “actually” – I’m actually guilty of this.
7. Emo bands – Aw, come on. Pete Wentz is still considered mildly attractive, isn’t he? (Even without the make-up, no?)
8. Skinny jeans on men – How can Emo bands, let alone Pete Wentz, exist without the skinny jean?
9. People who post pet peeves on a forum page – My favorite by far.
10. Sisters: they bug you all the time!!!! – I’m betting the person that posted this and #3 are one in the same. I’m also betting this person is an angsty tween who is way into Emo music.
11. When your kids sneak bottles full of water into their bedrooms, stand toe to toe with each other and spend copious amounts of time taking sips only to spit the water back out at one another – Okay, this might only be me. This is a brand new pet peeve I discovered yesterday when I found my children half-dressed, each holding an empty water bottle, soaking wet, standing in a puddle of water in Henners' room.
12. No Spoons at fancy restaurants – I totally agree. I'm looking at you, KFC, and your unholy union that is the "spork".

This post was thrown up here today as participation in the ever so lovely Sprite’s Keeper and her Spin Cycle. If you aren’t part of it, you should be. It's a pet peeve of hers.


Kristina P. said...

No spoons at fancy restaurants? What is that about?

for a different kind of girl said...

My sister says actually a lot. I think that covers me for two of these pet peeves. I always told my parents I wanted a brother.

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

My pet peeve is that I don't have any pet peeves. I need to be more irritated at life. I'm like a hippie stoner without the weed, poor personal hygiene and VW bus.

middle-aged-woman said...

I still have a bee in my bonnet about mean girls, as I was their target for many years. I think they should be shot. By me.

Miss Grace said...

I totes just posted my pet peeves last weekish? HERE'S A LINK LOOK AT ME LAHDEEDAH (was that a pet peeve? Did I just make it one?)

Dudette said...

hehe...I was thinking about the EMO thing about 2 days ago, when I was admittedly rocking out, rather loudly, to Fall Out Boy on the way to work. (I'm 27 so I can't be emo...lol) There is no shame over here!

Um...hubby's pet peeve is people who wear sunglasses inside. My pet peeves kinda depend on the day and if my meds are working ;)

Irish Gumbo said...

I knew it! The spork is a tool of the devil!

C'mon people, eat your chili like it was supposed to be eaten: with your fingers!

Jenni said...

Aww, I love a boy in skinny jeans.

Jenni said...

OH, and Nelson's pet peeve? Is wet cuffs. Like, when you wash your hands and the cuffs of your shirt get wet. And not just wet cuffs on his own shirts; wet cuffs on anyone's shirt. He will change our children's clothes if their cuff get wet during hand washing.

Wait, did you say pet peeve? Because the whole wet cuff thing might be an obsession.

Sprite's Keeper said...

Why do I feel like #9 was aimed at me???
And sporks are evil. Just when you think you're spooning up some smooth mashed potatoes, the darn thing stabs you in the tongue in three different places.
You're linked!

Dr Zibbs said...

Could you imagine if there was a pet named Peeve?

I could.

Keely said...

My pet peeve is not having enough time to read blogs.

Maybe that's more of a shortcoming.

just making my way said...

Ha! Dr Zibbs just made me laugh.

I didn't realize how often I said "actually" until the Wonderboy - at three years old - started to say it. That was also the year I realized how often I said "dammit!" for much the same reason.

My newest pet peeve is discovering little floaty things in my wine glass. (which just happened) Because, ew. And that's a total waste of good wine.

Mrsbear said...

You can never have too many !!! marks !!!

My pet peeve is the bitchy school girl that I actually gave birth to that I routinely want to judo chop in the throat.

With love, of course !!!


Long live the spork !!!

Pamela said...

the real bitch of that list is that now you hate me.

Pamela said...

also, the captain says he has a dickie-do, then he says he doesn't. verdict, please.

steenky bee said...

I'm with Pamela - Captain, what is it?? In or out?

Captain Dumbass said...

I DO NOT HAVE A DICKIE DO! I have a washboard six pack with a little insulation on it, that's all.

Kat said...

You take that back about the spork! The spork is the best invention EVER. EVER.

Lori said...

The spork - gotta love it. And overuse of the word "actually". That was my dad's pet peeve. But actually he thought that it was more redundant than anything else.


Katie said...

I can't believe you don't own Mean Girls!?! How does that happen? You have a daughter for Pete's sake! Do you need me to send you a list of movies you must have on hand for her (well, and for you too)? Geez, Steenk... :)
I'm so excited to see you blogging again! You have been missed!!

Laufa said...

KFC sporks haha. My son complained that they don't have real forks at school - like a fancy restaurant.
Glad to see you are still snarky.

thelocalsloveit said...

I must live under a rock. What the hell is an EMO band?

Jess said...

Even though you didn't ask, I will list mine:

People who always have their mouth open. Like their bottom lip just can't stand the top one and they must always be apart. Think Bubba from Forrest Gump.

People who play with their gum i.e. pulling it out of their mouth in strings or rolling it around their fingers. JUST GROSS MMMMMK. I am gagging just thinking about it.

People that say "naw what I'm sayin?" after every sentence. I have personally stopped people before and said, "No, I don't know what you are saying". Boy where they confused.

Bartenders that are rude. HELLO! I am at a bar! I expect to be happy and you to act like you love having me there! Didn't mean to inconvenience you at your JOB!

OK, that is all I have for now. If I think of any more, I will stop on by!

Ms. Salti said...

Your kids obviously need to be sedated at bedtime if they're coming up with these antics! And I can't stand screaming children so I won't be coming over any time soon!

Ginger@When Ginger snaps... said...

It is funny what bothers people. I was lazy enough to look at a list before I posted my Pet peeve, too, just to see if anyone else was as peevish about it as I was!

And down here in North Carolina, "naw what I'm sayin?" becomes "noumsayin?". Kind of all strung together like one word. So annoying!

April said...

when people say "like" constantly. i know sometimes i'm guilty of it too but OMG it makes me want to be violent. usually towards the 'liker'.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Pet peeve..people who go on and on and on and on about their husbands who they should have divorced years ago...have one of those at work. Holy crap I wished she'd just divorce him so we didn't have to hear about what a jerk he is anymore!

lizgizzy said...

I love men in skinny jeans or those funky 60s pands that had a crease down the front, but still managed to be tight. Girls in skinny jeans, not so much.

BTW you need to change your banner. Despite taking a break, and feeling low for a while, you are, and forever will be AWESOME!

lizgizzy said...

Thanks for dropping by and commenting today!

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Bex said...

your comments on #10 were the best!

my pet peeve used to be people who don't put shopping carts in the cart corral and let them roll all over parking lots. but now i am medicated so i'm okay with that too.

A Lawyer Mom's Musings said...

Excellent list.

I would only add, because it happened to me tonight, people who treat their pets like children and put you on hold, interminably, to conduct a "behavioral" session.

"Why don't you call me back when you get your dogs under control?" I offered. But my dog-owning friend would have none of that.

So I've got a biological kid and she's got a dogological kid. Checkmate.

Zip n Tizzy said...

11 is DEFINITELY my favorite!!!!
Though far too funny to qualify as a pet peeve. (Unless it's happened more than once. Then all bets are OFF!!!!!)

Casey said...

My pet peeve is that I didn't get around to read about yours for almost a week because my annoying kids are draining the life out of me.