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10 Things That Drive Me Crazy

Most of the time I’m a fairly even-tempered person. There’s not much that will drive me crazy.

Ok,that’s not really true. But most of the time, I’m a more or less patient person. Again, possibly not true. I’d like to think of myself as even-tempered and patient, but if you ask those that know me best, they will just shake their head and chuckle laugh loudly. However, even if I was a patient and even-tempered person, I think these  things would drive me crazy. Possibly they make you crazy, too.


1. When there are grounds in my coffeepot in the morning.

I have a very ritualized way of starting my day, and within ten minutes of getting out of bed I’m drinking my coffee. Caffeine addict?  Yes. And I own it. There’s nothing worse than seeing little black flecks floating in my first cup of the morning – because it means I have to start all over again and make a new pot, WITHOUT my first cup of coffee. Nightmare.

2. People who drive too fast down my street.

I live in a small suburban community. We have few stop signs,  so I have made it a habit of stopping at every intersection for a brief time to be sure there are no children/dogwalkers/joggers/runners/gardeners/mailmen in the street, much less other cars. I wish everyone would just be a little bit more careful.

3. Movie talkers.

Movie talkers are something I just cannot stand. If you want to watch a movie and chat with your friends, stay home and order something from the on-demand selection. Otherwise I will tell you to be quiet.

4. When the car wash doesn’t dry my car.

I take my car to the car wash, pay my $15, give a nice tip, and expect a clean car in return. Can they just dry the underside of my rear view mirrors so the water doesn’t splash along my doors and windows? I know, this is really trivial, but it drives me crazy.

5. Not being able to find my keys/sunglasses/reading glasses.

This happens every. single. day. Not all three, and not at the same time, but at least once a day I will say “where are my keys/sunglasses/reading glasses?” This is not a factor of getting older – I’ve been doing it for years now.

6. Chatty cashiers.

I realize that sharing a few polite words is the civilized thing to do. However, it’s one thing for someone to ask how my day is, and another to tell me about the recipe she prepared with some of the ingredients I’m buying, and who gave her the recipe, and how much her kids liked it. TMI folks!

7. People who drive too slowly.

Getting stuck behind someone who feels the need to drive considerably under the speed limit can result in me cursing loudly at no one and/or whoever is in my car. I don’t want you to speed (see #2), but I don’t want you to drive as though your car is in wet cement, either.

8 When I spill/break/drop stuff.

Besides the mess factor, spilling/breaking/dropping stuff makes me feel klutzy and old.

9. Parents who talk loudly to their children.

I’m not talking about yelling. I’m talking about those parents who  believe that in order to communicate with their children, they must speak at a loud enough volume for everyone within a 15 foot radius to hear them. Children are not deaf, and should be spoken to at a reasonable decibel level. Also, not every experience needs to be a teaching moment. Sometimes it’s ok to let their eyes glaze over.

10. The sound of cutlery scraping on dishes.

This is a painful experience. It makes my teeth hurt and my whole body go rigid. Just writing about it now is making me nuts. If we’re dining together someday and I suddenly tell you to please stop, it’s not you’re conversation that’s upsetting me. It’s your cutlery.

Sharon Greenthal

Sharon's blog, Empty House Full Mind, focuses on observations of the world from the midlife empty nest. Sharon is the Young Adults Expert on Sharon writes for the Huffington Post and Purple Clover. Sharon is the mother of two grown children - a daughter, 26 and a son, 24. She lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their perfect dog, Lambeau. Instagram: sharongreenthal

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Pierre Lehu

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

Drivers texting/talking who don't go when light turns green. Contractors, of any stripe, who don't call you back Long, boring sermons


Tuesday 20th of May 2014

My pet peeve - screaming kids. I always taught my kids to only ever scream if they were in serious physical danger. In the yard directly behind ours, there is a little girl about 10 years old who just runs around her backyard apparently just shrieking for her own entertainment. If someone was chasing her with a bloody knife no one would pay the slightest attention to her because they are so used to hearing her screech like a banshee all the time.


Tuesday 20th of May 2014

Yes I hate the grounds too in the coffee. I have been known to shhh or move with movie talkers. The loud talkers, why? I also go a bit crazy with the hrummpers, the guy behind you in any line who thinks you are taking too long but just sighs and hrummps until it is his turn. Then there are the people who say "you properly don't know this", my wolverinette claws would come out if they could!

Kenna Griffin

Tuesday 20th of May 2014

I have so many pet peeves that it seems difficult to write them all down. That's probably a problem. But a few things that drive me nuts are:

- People who don't know how to operate a four-way stop and go when it isn't their turn, - People who talk on their phones during my kids' basketball games, - People who try to talk to me on planes, and - Rudeness, in general.

These things just came flowing into my mind as I was reading your post. Perhaps it's time to let them go, but I'm not sure I can.

Sharon Greenthal

Tuesday 20th of May 2014

I don't like talking to people on planes either!

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