03/25/08

Pet Peeve #4

I am not sure what triggered my peeve-ness this past week; but, I seem to be getting unusually frustrated during the day especially when using public transportation is involved.

Today I was in line to take the escalator from BART to the street. There is an unwritten rule when using an escalator. The right-hand side of the escalator is for those who want a stationary climb. The left-hand side are for those who want to walk up to expedite the process.
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03/24/08

Pet Peeve #3

People who exit the train and stand in front of the door deciding which way to turn.

Not only should they have already figured it out beforehand; the least they could of done was move further into the middle of the platform instead of blocking the exit way.

There are signs all around the subway station imploring passengers to “keep a look out” and “be aware of your surroundings”. Yet, there are still a stubborn few who believe the world revolves around them.

This problem isn’t localized to just the subway. This phenomenon¬† occurs at department stores, elevators, escalators, restrooms, airports, etc.¬† Wherever there is a chance to annoy others, these people will be there.

03/20/08

I don’t pretend to know anything

English is a tough language to learn when you’re learning it as a second language.

Take for instance this phrase, “I don’t pretend to know anything”.

What does it mean?

“I know” means “I have knowledge about a subject”.

“I pretend to know” means “I have no idea what you are talking about but I am just going to fake it and hope no one sees through my charade”.

“I don’t pretend to know” means “If I have no idea, I will not lie about knowing the subject at hand”.

“anything” means “what people really mean when they say everything”.

Thus, “I don’t pretend to know anything” means “I have no fricking clue what you are talking about and I won’t even waste an ounce of energy faking that I do”.

So what have we learned today, class?

If you are drawing a blank when in a conversation, just visualize them in their underwear and zone out.

03/19/08

Pet Peeve #2

I am not sure if this is just something done in San Francisco, but is there a point in putting sparkling dust into the concrete on the sidewalks?

In the mornings when I am heading towards my workplace, the sidewalk reflects the rising sun’s light right into my eyes forcing me to squint as I walk.

Walking in San Francisco in the morning is like snowboarding without goggles.

03/18/08

Pet Peeve #1

People who sit in the single seats on MUNI that have the audacity to cross their leg so that it sticks out into the walkway path.

I am totally fine if the leg is partially in the walkway since some people may have long legs and have trouble fitting into the space provided.

But, no way should the leg be so far out there that I need to swerve to the edge and walk sideways to get pass.

And when you bump or trip over their leg, they get pissed. Well, duh. The leg is so freaking far out there, it would be impossible to avoid.

03/9/08

Losing an Hour

As part of the bi-annual daylight savings time ritual, the clock is pushed forward an hour this weekend. Half a year later when the clock is pushed back an hour, one begins to wonder why this act is performed at all.

Someone somewhere once said that if the daylight savings time deal is never done then one of these days will have the day and night flip-flopped.  People will begin to wake up at night to go to work and sleep in during the day like vampires.

That would be cool.

One generation could be night-walkers and the next generation could be day-walkers like Blade!

Yes.

Mind is totally blank right now. No thoughts whatsoever.

02/25/08

Louder Than Necessary

How long have cell phones been popular? 5 years? 10 years?

I’m sure by now, people have learned cell phone etiquette. When talking on a cell, or any phone for that matter, screaming at a high decibel is not required. The cell phone is practically right next to the mouth; talking in a normal tone of voice is perfectly fine.

All too often, in public and at the workplace, people would answer the phones and talk at a level right below an ear-splitting scream. Not only does this annoy those around them, but it most likely annoys the person on the other end of the line.

In the words of Doris M. Smith, “Arguing with a fool proves there are two.”

02/24/08

Ramblings of an Insomniac #1

It is 1:15am.

I can’t seem to fall asleep.

This insomnia problem has been happening a lot lately. I was a zombie at work on Friday, I’m surprised I was able to function properly.

Now, I am just sitting here staring at the screen, not doing anything particularly important. I thought I could do something productive like update my LinkedIn profile, but I couldn’t think of anything to put down. My mind is a complete blank right now. Some may say it’s not any different from my usual self–the blank mind part.
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