Ok. I'm in a mood, so forgive me.
I can't stand it when I call the telephone repair people and they don't know how NOT to cut me off when they put me on hold! There are problem people on both sides of the phone, I know, but seriously, can't these geeks figure out how to put someone on hold?
I can't stand it when I call the tech support group for my computer software and the tech says "I don't know how that happened and I'm not sure how to fix it."
I can't stand it when people make that HUGELY annoying "ch-ch-ch-ch-ch" sound when they're thinking out loud! It is so annoying! See "Speak to Influence" for more on this.
I can't stand it when people say "real-i-tor." There's no such thing. It's real-tor. Exactly how it's spelled. I especially can't stand it when realtors say "real - i - tor." You'd think they'd know better. Go HERE for a list of commonly mispronounced words.
I also can't stand it when people call Italian people Eye-talian. No such thing. They come from Italy, not Eyetally. OK? And It's Iraq (ihrahc), not EYE-rack and Iran (ihrahn) not EYE-ran! OH, and Mr. Bush; it is NU-CLE-AR not Nu-cue-lar! Good grief.
I can't stand it when people negotiate over small things and completely ignore the big picture.
I can't stand it when people can't figure out how to turn left!!! CRAP People.... Ok here's how to do it: When you turn left, you turn into the lane nearest the median (assuming there are two lanes to choose from). You do NOT turn into the lane nearest the curb. If you do and you are hit by someone turning right, YOU are at fault.
If you want to get into the curb lane, signal right, shoulder check and THEN change lanes. And YES, the rules DO apply to you.
I also can't stand it when people who are merging stop in the merge lane. The deserve all the "birds" that are flipped their way.
I can't stand it when people are merging and mean to get over two or three lanes, so they hold up everyone behind them waiting for a break in traffic rather than merging properly and signaling while they're at it.
Ok. I'm done. I'm going to eat soup now. It always makes me feel better.