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October 13, 2009 / theoldsilly

What Ticks You Off Tuesday!

So can anybody tell me why every time I run into a convenience store in a rush to grab a soda or coffee and dash back out to my car already rlottery cardsunning late for an appointment or something important I always get in line behind some numbskull who’s placing endless lottery bets, one at a time, scratching his head and agonizing over which stupid series of numbers to bet? Huh? Can you tell me that one? Why the heck is that?

Then the jerkoff has to, when finally done wasting all his welfare, pay with a credit card that won’t go through for like a million tries? Huh? Can anybody tell me why the Old Silly gets trapped in these situations, like, oh – at least 99.99999999999999 times out of 100?

And don’t get me started on the mom with a dozen unruly rugrats in line at the grocery store calling her all out of her name, making faces and sticking 42-16016361their tongues out at everyone, including me, each other, and at their hapless mom behind her back when she turns arounnd after her pathetic parenting attempts at stifling her miniscule monsters’ maniacle mannerisms. Don’t even get me started on that one. Makes me wanna add some fresh kid loins to the meat department.

Don’t worry, this won’t be a weekly feature. Just hadda spout off a little. I feel better now. Really. Like just after group.

But while we’re on the subject, how about you? What’re your pet peeves out in public and the marketplace? C’mon, it’s “What ticks you off Tuesday” – go ahead and share. It’s great therapy. I feel like a brand new Old Silly!

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  1. Elizabeth Spann Craig / Oct 13 2009 5:44 am

    People who pass huge lines of traffic in the turning lane, then cut in front of us all. 😦

    Other people’s kids drive me nutty a lot of the time, too.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

    • theoldsilly / Oct 13 2009 8:07 am

      Oh that one drives me nuts too – the rude drivers – forgot to rant about that!

  2. unwriter1 / Oct 13 2009 6:19 am

    I’ve mellowed too much in my later years here. I usually find a way to turn the peeves into something funny. I yell dumb things at the idiot drivers, like “Get off my road” Or “I called ahead, my road is supposed to be empty”. Of course I have the window up and I can’t be heard. I may be dumb but I ain’t stupid.

    What does tick me off though are parents that let their kids run through a store. I usually solve that problem by telling the person I’m with, in a bit louder than normal voice, that I run over any and everything in front of me. I’ve seen people move and leave me a path. Other than that, I’m pretty mellow.

    • theoldsilly / Oct 13 2009 1:55 pm

      “Other than that, I’m pretty mellow.” Good lord – scared of you – hate to see the Unwriter if’n he WASN’T mellow! lol 😉

  3. Jane Kennedy Sutton / Oct 13 2009 7:08 am

    I’ve been behind that very same lottery ticket buyer! The other thing that gets to me are the people in the express lane with a basket full of groceries. Grrrr! I was also behind a guy who only bought one single banana and paid for it with a bank card!

  4. Cactus Annie / Oct 13 2009 7:55 am

    People who hold up a line to pay with a check or a CC that won’t authorize grind me. And ooo yeah, I’ve been behind that lottery betting guy MANY times.

    On the highway its the jerfks who STAY over in the passing lane not allowing anyone to pass their slow asses!

    I DO feel better now. Thanks for holding group today, Marv! 😉

  5. Crystal Clear Proofing / Oct 13 2009 8:21 am

    Yeah, those folks that buy out the store of their lottery ticket allotment really get me – and as you said, they have the NERVE to ponder over which numbers to choose right there at the counter! Move over and pick your stupid numbers, which aren’t going to win you millions anyway, somewhere else in the store!

    Unruly children are annoying, depending on my state of mind and disposition at the time, in various degrees. Some people should just be banned from procreation. Their inability to control their own children is one thing, but they don’t seem to even CARE that their kids are running all over the store! The little demons who screech while going berserk top the list.

    And those people on the road who ride your butt (ooh I really hate that!) – but there’s usually a reward in that one. They ride your tail end, step on the gas and whip around you, then you “meet” them up at the next stop light! HA! All that “being in such a hurry” really got you far didn’t it? I used to really – ahem – vent quite a bit when I lived in California, where traffic moves at 3 miles an hour in all six lanes, and people swim in and out of the lanes like fish – as if just because one lane is moving faster at the moment it’s going to keep going. Idiot! You’ve lived here HOW long? Don’t you know none of us are going anywhere for at least another hour?

    WHEW! You were right, Marvin, I do feel better now!

    • theoldsilly / Oct 13 2009 10:16 am

      See? I TOLD ya it’d feel good! 😉

  6. Karen Walker / Oct 13 2009 8:50 am

    My biggest pet peeve is when my hubby and I are eating dinner out in a restaurant, particularly if we decideto splurge a little and go somewhere nice, and a small child begins crying, or screaming or just basically acting up. When my son was small, if he did that, I’d take him outside so he wouldn’t disturb anyone else. But nowadays, parents seems to let their kids get away with that kind of behavior without any regard for others. I shouldn’t generalize, I guess, but seems that way. I sound like an old fuddy duddy, but you asked!

  7. malsburymichelle / Oct 13 2009 9:38 am

    HiMarvin. Some of the same things you mention tick me off too! I really hate the impoverished people wasting all of their money on the lottery when they know darn well there is almost no chance they will win with more tickets—why not just buy one? And I hate to sit down in a restaurant where there are kids running around screaming and crying—that just send me oer the top. Thanks for the therapy!

    • theoldsilly / Oct 13 2009 10:02 am

      Yeah, and it seems the poorer the people, the more they waste their money on hopelessly huge odds lotteries, casinos, etc. – sad. I’m with you on that. Once in a while if the mega millions jackpot foes over $100mil I’ll place a ONE dollar bet. The odds of winning if you buy 100 tickets does not go up with any appreciable percentage at all with multiple bets. It’s still a trillion gazillion to one, so for god’s sake – take a $1 chance and let it ride – go buy your family some eggs, bread and milk!

  8. Katie Hines / Oct 13 2009 9:53 am

    What I hate is when a driver speeds up to pass you, then once it gets in front of you, it slows down to a slower speed than you’re going. Grrr.

  9. Jean Henry Mead / Oct 13 2009 10:31 am

    My biggest peeve is people who don’t keep their word: promises that are never kept.

  10. Stanley Berber / Oct 13 2009 11:05 am

    Those annoy me too. But the rude peeps who drive past the waiting line of drivers trying to merge peacefully into a lave reduction situation causing backups – the one who flies by all the courteous people and then forces his way in at the FRONT of the line rather than taking his place at the back and wait like all the rest of us. That person I wish I could wring his ruddy neck!

  11. Helen Ginger / Oct 13 2009 11:12 am

    Drivers who cut over in front of you without using their blinkers. If they used blinkers, I could slow a bit and give them more than 2 inches of space to cut over. But what really ticks me off are people who drive in the left hand lane and will not get over, ever, until it’s time to exit. I’ve actually had people tell me they always drive in the left lane because it scares them for someone to pass on the left.

    Straight From Hel

  12. AmylK / Oct 13 2009 11:27 am

    Oh yes, the drivers who cut you off before the exit, the kids in the stores running wild all peeve me. What REALLY gets me is the person in the express lane at the grocery store with 2 things and not enough money. Come ON. You only needed two things and you can’t add it up BEFORE you get in line? And then they beg the people behind them for the rest of the money they need so YOU can pay for your things and get out of the store.

  13. Elspeth Antonelli / Oct 13 2009 12:16 pm

    Drivers who refuse to merge in order drives me crazed. Here in Vancouver, we have a number of bridges and it’s usually the case that three lanes must become two before the bridge deck. The established etiquette is one car from one lane, one car from another. Fine, right? But nooooo. There’s always some idiot (usually in a very snazzy car) who comes barreling up the side and tries to squeeze in at the very last opportunity. It does my heart good to see everyone else get their cars as close as possible so this idiot can’t get in. The nasty looks thrown his way are also good for my evil soul.


    • theoldsilly / Oct 13 2009 1:00 pm

      Good to know you got rude idiots on the highways in YOUR fair country as well! LOL – misery enjoys company, eh? 😉

  14. quirkyloon / Oct 13 2009 12:29 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad you did this post.

    What ticks me off? That people won’t give me lots of money freely of their own will and volition. And what about people who don’t think I’m the bees knees as a blogger/writer? So what if I’m gramatically incorrect at times…it’s called creative license! I should be getting thousands of comments each and every day! And what about zombie haters! Those people annoy me beyond belief. Zombies have feelings too (albeit it is only one feeling: hunger).

    Yes, I’m ticked about all of this (and some other things too)!

    *insert huge cheesy smile here*

  15. John Standish / Oct 13 2009 1:31 pm

    “fresh kid loins in the meat department.” LMBO! Yeah, unruly little brats in the stores drives me nuts. I’m with everyone else on rude driving manners, too. Seems like the Golden Rule is out of vogue most the time these days on our highways. No wonder all the road rage!

  16. Barbra Kelser / Oct 13 2009 1:58 pm

    Oh yeah, I get caught behind Mr. Welfare Betting guy all the time. Drives me batty. And also all the rude driving behavior – what everybody else said – VERY tick-me-offish! 😦

  17. ReformingGeek / Oct 13 2009 2:58 pm

    I’m hungry a lot. From Quirky’s comment, maybe I’m a zombie?

    Anyway, unruly children in my way annoy me. Rude cashiers make me want to blow a gasket. I’m usually calm but I have my moments! 😉

  18. yvonne lewis / Oct 13 2009 5:46 pm

    My pet hate about shoppping is long queues at the checkout and the person in front of me always seems to stop and chat to the cashier.
    other than that I enjoy shopping.


  19. Enid Wilson / Oct 14 2009 4:12 am

    Littering cigarette butt! I hate people doing that, especially those who throw them out of the car.

    Bargain with the Devil

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