眼中钉 Pet Peeves

Apologies in advance for the twinge of first world problems syndrome associated with this post.

Some generic pet peeves of mine include:

  • Condescension: I am not five so please do not treat me as such, thank you!
  • Holier-than-thou individuals in the US, or otherwise, asserting, well really more those who push or coax their religious preference onto you.
    • A student during my first year of teaching in Xi’an emailed me out of the blue, asking about how to circumnavigate a peculiar situation that arose with an American “friend.” This friend requested my student embrace Jesus, providing pamphlets in Chinese. The gist of my email was to let him know how personal belief can be, and this friend, if a true friend, would understand, no matter the choice my student made. Just to drive my point further, this pet peeve of mine still haunts me here in the States. ZJ, home alone one afternoon, opened the front door for three Jehovah’s Witnesses. Not wanting to be rude, but disinterested and well aware of what they were proverbially selling, he feigned insufficient conversational English. This did not dismay them, producing leaflets in Chinese. ZJ did not take said materials, informing them it might be best for them to return when my parents (ZJ said he called them “mom and dad” 😄)  were home.
  • Impatient drivers
  • Overusing “sorry” so as to extract the genuinesness
  • The disingenuous
  • Ignorance
  • Those lacking empathy
  • Impoliteness: Is it really asking too much to treat retail workers as humans too?
  • Watching a film in more than one sitting
  • People who speak because they like the sound of their own voice, often resulting in contributing nothing more than noise
  • Aggression, especially when it is on the cusp of or preceded by hostility
  • Crappy Optimum internet connection on weekends
  • Forced small talk at work: No, I am not excited to talk about the weather with you, nor do I want you to ask me how I am doing when it is disingenuous.

Interested in reading about a difficult time/moment in my life? Great, you can check in on the blog on day 24…that is tomorrow for those, who like me, have difficulties recollecting dates 😄

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