I’d like to thank everyone who submitted an entry into the contest to find the quirkiest pet peeve amongst our readers.
I’ll get back to that shortly, right after this:
I’d also like to thank the few of you that READ THE ENTIRE INSTRUCTIONS and voted for the quirkiest pet peeve from the List of 10 mentioned in a previous column. Unfortunately there wasn’t a clear favorite, so the contest between Barbara and I for the quirkiest pet peeve ended in a tie. Since “a tie goes to the runner,” well, better luck next time, Barbara.
Getting back to the readers, there were quite a few submissions to choose from. After weeding out what we considered “normal” pet peeves – people not using turn signals, too many items in the express checkout line, people who are always late and/or have a third nipple, we deliberated for hours – too many coin flips to count – before selecting our clear-cut winner.
But first, here are a couple of the ones that were in contention for the top spot until the very end (when the coin landed on “tails”):
- People who could have gotten something done in the amount of time they spent explaining why they didn’t have time to do it.
- Being asked for identification from a teenage cashier to buy a six-pack of beer and in the same breath being asked if I’d like the senior citizen discount because it’s Wednesday.
- My heart skipping a beat when I hear a siren while driving only to discover it came from the car radio and NOT the men in blue.
- When a person tries telling me something and can’t get from point A to point B – the point of the story – without going into a lot of extraneous detail that has absolutely nothing to do with the point of the story.
- People who don’t use their “indoor voice” when it’s appropriate.
- People who move their lips while they read.
- People slowly walking three or four abreast on a sidewalk, making it impossible for anyone to pass.
- Pushing the elevator call button more than once, as if it will make the elevator appear sooner.
- People who say, “Can I ask you something?” and don’t wait for you to reply before going ahead and asking you something.
One reader – maybe/maybe not taking a stab at the Top 10 list of Barbara’s and my pet peeves from that earlier column said theirs was ‘Top 10 lists.” I must admit that regardless of the reader’s intent, I sort of liked it, but alas the coin once again landed on “tails.”
Now, here is our choice as the Quirkiest Pet Peeve, submitted by Sheryl Smith of McDonough:
“If I’m in a bad mood, my husband breathes too loud.”
Sheryl received a copy of my book, “Southern Charm,” for her winning entry.
By the way, I was just kidding about the coin tosses. Which reminds me of one other submitted pet peeve I failed to mention earlier:
Scott Ludwig lives, runs and writes in Senoia. His latest book, “Southern Charm” is a collection of his first 101 columns for The Newnan Times-Herald. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .