A few things annoy the bloody heck out of me these days. We all have our pet peeves, things that for whatever reason grate on our nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard. Mine used to be confined to such things as drivers who don’t move when the traffic light turns green because they are too busy playing or talking on their cell phone, but lately there is a whole new crop of things to annoy us.
One is that any time I visit a news website such as the New York Times or The Washington Post, they have some video that loops the first few seconds repeatedly. I find this so distracting, having something moving in my field of vision while I’m trying to read that I cannot help but wonder how many people with epilepsy have been sent to the hospital for seizures from these annoying videos. Sometimes I can use ‘block element’ to get rid of them, other times I can’t. I have my browser settings set such that videos will not automatically start playing, but these are just clippets similar to gif files and don’t technically qualify as a video, so they fly under the radar of my browser settings.
There are a number of politicians or hopefuls that I follow because I’m interested in what they have to say. A few are Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Nan Whaley who hopes to become governor of Ohio next year. I appreciate hearing what they are doing, what battles they are fighting, etc. What I do NOT appreciate is the begging that accompanies each and every email I receive! I am not made of money … I am retired, live on a fixed income of about $1,500 per month, more than half of which pays for my insulin and other meds. I cannot afford to donate to every politician every day and wouldn’t even if I could! Recently I have opted out of most of their emails because I’m sick and damn tired of being asked for money … money that if I can spare it, I will donate to people who are in need of food, clothing, and shelter, not politicians whose net worth is already over six figures!
Photos on every news site and every social media site of people receiving their Covid vaccine. I’ve seen more bare arms in the past three months than in the 70 years prior to that! I know what a needle going into skin looks like, for I poke one into my belly or leg six times every damn day, okay? I really don’t care to see a needle poised to enter someone’s bare arm! It’s not bad enough, but certain friends on Facebook have to share the picture of them getting their vaccine. Just get the vaccine, don’t make it a social media advertisement, and then shut up! Sheesh … I don’t post pictures every time I shoot myself with insulin, now do I?
People who post pictures of every meal they cook/eat on social media. Seriously, my friends, we have much bigger problems in this country than what crappola you ate for lunch! Are people really so obsessed with food that they think their salad and grilled sausages are more important than the fact that people are being murdered daily, our government is under constant threat, climate change is killing us, people are homeless and starving all over the world? Yes, I know we cannot constantly worry, that we need to sometimes step back and give ourselves a break, but … posting food pictures??? Really???
Scammers and hackers trying to infiltrate our lives. It used to be just robocalls on the cell phone, so I now have an excellent call blocker that only allows calls from known contacts whose calls I choose to accept. Now, however, the scammers have infiltrated text messaging with things like “Your order is being held up because we need more information … please click this link,” or “Your PayPal account has been suspended … please click the link.” Now, I know better than to click that link, but how many people don’t think, just click the link? Doing so could put a virus on your phone or computer, could ask for something like bank information or social security number and then use that information to clean your bank account out. Apparently, there are a lot of people who would rather steal our money than go out and earn their own!
Software, websites and browsers that make sudden unwanted changes. Most of you here on WordPress can relate, for WordPress has made numerous changes over the past six months that most of us hate, but they seem not to care about the opinions of their customers. Microsoft Office continually makes small changes, or what they call ‘improvements’ that require us to do something differently, generally requiring extra time. And the two browsers I use, FireFox and Opera, have recently made changes that, at least in my view, are not welcome! It seems we just get used to something, figure out how to work with it, and then it’s changed for no apparent reason.
I have more pet peeves, but these are the ones that are bugging me most at the moment. What are some of yours?