Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Question Of The Day


Constant tardiness.

I may or may not offend someone, but in my opinion, being habitually late is rude and inconsiderate. The message being sent is that no one else's time is valuable but your own.

Your turn.

40 comments:

  1. I have a list of them but I find the one that tops my list is talking on your cell phone in grocery, retail stores or restaurants. It's rude and very annoying.

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    1. I agree, Barb! Especially when people talk loudly on their phone.

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  2. Oh gosh, I totally agree with you, Martha!

    Second to it is people who don't pick up their pet droppings out in public.

    betty

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    1. YES! That is a HUGE pet peeve with me. It drives me nuts.

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  3. Hate it when people don't pick up after their pets and also find it annoying when people compulsively season their food, like my husband putting "Creole Seasoning" on everything even before he tastes it or people that salt and pepper without tasting something first. Rankles me. Especially if I'm the cook! Finally, people that switch lanes or turn without signaling.

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    1. I don't understand how people add spice to their food before tasting it! Especially salt. How do you know there isn't too much salt on it already? I have to agree with you on this one.

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  4. I'm always on time so I do find tardiness rude. I also think it's annoying when someone talks over someone else. They need to learn to listen and wait their turn.

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    1. I'm with you on that. Some people just don't know how to 'be quiet' and listen!

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  5. Yes I agree, lateness can be quite irritating.

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  6. Habitual tardiness is high on the list but what really make the veins in my forehead throb are tailgaters and people who don't use their turn signals! I often dream of a retractable paint ball machine gun in the trunk of my car to shoot the offenders' vehicles.

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  7. As you guessed in your reply to my comment about what I keep on my dresser, tardiness is worse than annoying to me.
    I should have mentioned that beside the clock on my headboard, the three clocks on my dresser and the one on my laptop, I also wear a watch all the time, have a spare watch handy, and have a couple old wind-up clocks somewhere safe that I can't remember. I also keep a board above my desk with three calendars for various purposes and notes for all the things I'm not supposed to forget to do. Heh...I still don't remember everything. I should have written myself a note on where I put those wind-up clocks. ;)

    I cannot stand being late for anything, and if anyone is late I'm afraid I make a mental note against them. Or worse, if someone stands me up...it's almost good-bye. I'll be pleasant as can be, sure, but another appointment? Forget it. If someone is on time I immediately have a good impression.

    It probably has to do with my upbringing. I was always taught, "Five minutes early, but not one second late." And my family has almost been ready to disown any members that are late to family gatherings... I realize some cultures are very different, so I try to be considerate. And, the fact that there have been a few instances where I couldn't avoid being late has also made me slightly more understanding...but habitual tardiness?! Now that's something I *hate*.

    As far as annoying goes, what annoys me is when people tap their fingers. "Please stop!" Of course, I don't hold it against the person, as everyone has some annoying habit, but it does drive me crazy.

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    1. Or jiggling their leg in the seat next to you, so the whole row jiggles.

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    2. "Five minutes early, but not one second late." I love that, Bethany. And it's a great habit to have. I'm always a bit early. It's not like I've never been late in my life, I have, but never on purpose. And the few times it's happened, some unfortunate or unforeseen event has blocked my ability to arrive somewhere on time. And then I apologize a thousand times for it! So I'm understanding about people occasionally showing up late because it couldn't be helped. But chronic tardiness is a bad habit and on purpose! If you asked these same people to show up at a particular time to pick up a million dollars and that they'd lose that chance if they showed up even one second late, I guarantee you they'd be there on time. So they CAN be punctual, they choose not to. For a variety of reasons.

      And tapping and jiggling (Natalie wrote) can be very annoying, particularly if you're trying to concentrate on something!

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  8. People who eat with their mouth open - makes me feel positively sick.
    People who meander painfully slow (and aimlessly) in the aisles of a supermarket while pushing trolley's (more often than not, full of junk food) with no consideration of those 'trying' to get passed them...

    Hi Martha! :)

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    1. Both things are annoying! The question I ask myself sometimes is "How many times do I have to say 'excuse me' before get the hell out of the way becomes necessary? :)

      Hi Wendy! So nice to see you here. I hope you are doing well. :) What's going on with you? Share some news.

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    2. Still wading through mud trying to get my book published. Nevertheless, whilst I wait I'm writing my second and third books ... which both continue on from the first. If nobody wants them I shall bloody well get one printed and bound and put it on my own shelf :) That'll teach them! Hahahaha!

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    3. Well, I hope it all works out and you make a BIG announcement. That would be pretty darn cool. Don't forget us little people when you hit the big time. Maybe a signed copy of your book plus tickets to the movie screening :)

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    4. Wendy: That is a great idea and you'd have a copy. But I believe you'll hit the right agent/publishing house.

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    5. Martha and Ivy - Very sweet of you both to say :)

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    6. I think we both miss you in blogging land! :)

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  9. I, too am annoyed by people who are always late.

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  10. people you cannot depend on really bother me.

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    1. Yes, that is certainly something to be bothered by.

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  11. My inability to park my car straight annoys me no end. :)

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  12. Nit picking! Look at the whole picture. Don't miss the forest for the trees. Quit beating a dead horse.

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    1. YES! I agree with you on this one. I always refer to it as "Don't sweat the small stuff". Life is too short for that.

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  13. Boy, there's a loaded question. I find the habit/addiction to texting whilst driving BEYOND ANNNNOOOOYYYYYIIINNNGGG!

    And if I could please, please, please add another one, it would be people who are sick, going out and shopping, working registers and oozing liquids. I call these people The Oozing Dead and I cannot stand them. I get that people have jobs and lives but when someone is oozing liquids, they need to stay the flip home.

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    1. I am with you on both. And we have laws now that forbid you from texting while driving and even talking on the cell phone while driving. And yet people still do it. DRIVES ME NUTS!

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    2. Some areas have the law about the talking whilst driving but I haven't heard of the texting one. Not that it would matter, because people do what they bloody well please, anyway.

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    3. We have laws in Canada against use of handheld cell phones and/or text messaging while driving but imagine how hard it is to enforce them. Because you're right...people do what they bloody well please. The bastards.

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  14. I live by this system. If you're early you're on time, if you're on time you're late, and if you're late you're in trouble.

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  15. I completely agree!

    I even dislike it more when it's a professional that keeps you waiting. I'm trying to figure out how I can charge them for my waiting time.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. I know what you mean, Gail. It's very frustrating! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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