7 Things That Piss Me Off (and make me smile)

I know that “list posts” piss a lot of people off, but it’s all I’ve got today, and I need to write something since it’s been over a week. Here goes.

  1. Door snobs. Today I was holding the CVS entrance door for a fellow shopper, and she takes her pretty time (will she enter or will she not?) walking through, and does not acknowledge me in any way. Perhaps she thought I was a paid doorman/woman?
  2. Cell phone debutantes at the urban park. A tanned, sophisticate in black leggings, black shimmery tank top, gladiator sandals and gold pedicure (never seen anything like this – it was 3D) on cell phone complaining about a man who was talking “too loudly” to his friend, who was there in the flesh.
  3. Right hand passers. Pedestrians who squeeze past you on the right side when there isn’t enough room for them, and don’t say “excuse me.” It’s worse when they are lugging wheelie carts or suitcases.
  4. Litter bugs. No excuse for it, trash cans are everywhere in the city.
  5. Pigeons who beg at lunch time (or any time).
  6. Self-righteous, anti-smoker shaming hand wavers. These are the folks at the bus stop who see a person smoking 10 or more feet away minding their own business and trying desperately to shield their smoke, yet the anti-smoke haters feel compelled to wave their hands in their faces as if the smoke is killing them.  Get over it! You live in a polluted state—can’t even drink the water, we have hundreds of toxic waste dumps—and you’re worried about a little smoke?
  7. Crazy people in Shoprite. Several months ago, a man was charging down the aisles of my local Shoprite like a locomotive run amok. He scared me. He had an angry energy and a tight face that spelled trouble. Hence, I gave him a wide berth. At the rate he was going, he was sure to knock someone over and cause bodily harm. No idea what became of him.

Things That Make Me Smile.

  1. Courteousness. Saying please and thank you or excuse me doesn’t cost anything, and it usually makes people feel good.
  2. Chivalry.  I’ll never forget the nice man who moved the grocery cart from the parking space at Shoprite so I could pull in.
  3. My kitties greeting me at the door when I get home from work.
  4. My husband telling me I look beautiful even when my morning hair is a veritable rat’s nest (my mom’s coinage).
  5. A gentle breeze at the end of a steamy summer day
  6. Kids in Halloween costumes
  7. Witnessing a small (or large) act of kindness