THIS ONE FROM FOUR YEARS AGO . I’M MORE RELAXED NOW .
I asked one of my readers for suggestions after I had been asked if I take requests . I said , yes , I take requests .Give me some . I’m always open for ideas . My ideas are limited and non-existent for vast periods of time .
One of the suggestions was : Things that annoy me . The suggester mentioned a car alarm blaring annoyingly even as the suggestion was being written . Good idea , I think . And another suggestion was cats .
I wrote a post once about people who park at the curb and take up two spaces by parking right in the middle . For some reason people who do that bug me . Why not pick one side or the other ? Leave space for another car . Lack of consideration . Why should it bug me ? I usually don’t park at the curb . But it does annoy me . It never used to . None of us need another thing to annoy us . But , when things annoy they annoy .
I had a principal of a middle school once say to me , ” My bad”. Instead of an apology , or at least some acknowledgement that a mistake had been made : ” My bad “. I can take ” my bad ” from kids , or from strangers , or from random retailers , or from city , county , or state workers , or from cashiers or from cranky neighbors . I don’t want to hear it from my boss , or from a cop , or from the President . I wouldn’t’ve liked to have heard the Secretary of State tell the Congressional committee when under pressure to defend her actions during the Benghazi crisis : ” My bad ! ” I would’ve been annoyed . I imagine that some of those senators and congress people would have been immediately texting their Annoyed Anonymous sponsors . Or , it might be just me .
I have a recent annoyance . It’s a small one , almost not even there . It’s probably not one of those tiny-pebble-in-the-shoe irritations that will undoubtedly get worse and worse and worse . But , on the other hand , I don’t think it’s going away . We have a new mailman . He’s an older guy . He drives the Postal truck from house to house to deliver the mail . The lots on my block have , I think , forty foot frontages . This guy starts up the truck , drives forty feet , parks , etc. , etc. , etc . Not really my business ? What does it matter ? I know ; I know ! But it bothers me . Where’s his supervisor ? Is this lazy procedure approved by the Post Office ? I’ll be going to my Annoy Anonymous meeting and I’ll bring this door-to-door driver up . Maybe I’ll get some moral support .
The over-use of the term ” double down ” annoys me . It annoys me so much that I can’t even discuss it . My blood pressure is too high already . I don’t need it going any higher .
I try , I guess , not to let things annoy me . I have a feeling that everything used to annoy me . I am , by nature , skeptical , cynical , and over -critical . If you happen to be , on a minute -by-minute basis , skeptical , cynical , and hyper – critical , then you probably have a long list of things that annoy you .
But then you retire ! ( I retired ! ) Let it go . Relax . As my friend Bobby G used to say in the middle of the hive when the annoyance bees were stirred up and buzzing : ” It doesn’t matter .” And in the long-run it really doesn’t .