The vandal annoyingSuch was the response to my first posting about what annoys me, I’ve decided to vent my spleen on another five outrageously infuriating nudniks or thingamabobs that really tick me off. With the benefit of hindsight there are a couple here that really deserve star status and therefore should have been in part one. Well, if I ever get to a part three I’m sure there’ll be a few more star candidates. But let’s get on, because my number one surely belongs at the top of any annoyances list.

1. The @ key! Now it has only been since last century that we have been using this key on a minutely, hourly and daily basis, yet it still hides in the most stupid places on any keyboard. On my keyboard it is alt G. How logical is that? Why can’t it just replace the § or < or ¨ keys that never ever need cleaning due to a complete lack of use? Not even God, ooops sorry, I meant Steve Jobs, has got around to fixing this bit of computer stupidity.

2. Tourists who travel in gangs because they can’t stand the foreigners in the exotic destination they have chosen for their holiday. As an Aussie you can read here drunk, beer guzzling, swearing and Lipton tea drinking Aussies on holiday in Bali. I won’t offend other ethnic tourist stereotypes, but I’m sure you have your own pet variety.

3. Geographically challenged Americans. Look, I’m really sorry if I upset you guys with this, but it happens so often that it must be like some kind of contagious disease over there. So once and for all, I live in Switzerland and not Sweden. Switzerland is in the middle of Europe, not Africa. That’s Swaziland. And yes, it’s a different time here. All the time. And yes, I come from Australia not Austria. That’s next to Switzerland….oh I give up.

4. Packaging. I call it ‘wrap rage’. Why does everything have to be packaged in a way that requires a chainsaw and a blunt axe to open it? The most annoying is the two part formed plastic enveloping little electrical gadgets. The plastic seems to be made from some alien material that defies our earthly scissors. Marmalade jar screw tops must be next. I mean, only grand mothers eat it and they have no hope of opening the blighter. They have to wait for a grandson with a wrench to visit.

5. Mobile phone contracts. How come they are always longer than you think? Just when you get all excited about getting a newly released model, you discover that your contract was for 250 years and not 18 months as you thought and that you’ll only have to pay a ‘get out of my contract’ penalty of $685.86 plus a new connection fee of $45.00. But hey, why worry, your new phone will only cost you a dollar!

Be warned. Part 3 could become a reality.


5 Things That Annoy Me (Part 2)

21 thoughts on “5 Things That Annoy Me (Part 2)

  • 06/06/2011 at 3:42 am

    I once got very annoyed about Imperial Leather when they started wrapping their soap in plastic. I wrote them a stern letter. To their credit they wrote me a nice polite letter back saying why they had done it. I wasn't satisfied though. It was soap. It doesn't get dirty. It doesn't need to be protected from dirt. It is the dirt that needs to be afraid!

  • 06/06/2011 at 3:43 am

    I love your take on #4.. I totally agree! #5? That's why I got Metro… My cell phone would mysteriously "stop working" which led to me having to get a new phone 3 months before my contract was up. Hence, a new contract… the evil vermin rhymed with "Horizon".

  • 06/06/2011 at 7:06 am

    As a native Montanan (in the USA for the geographically challenged), we like to point and laugh at the tourists who try to pet a buffalo. Then we call 911.

  • 06/06/2011 at 10:13 am

    Great post. Packaging is a sore topic for anyone with a child, especially at Christmas. Try telling a three year old they have to wait half an hour while mummy removes the packaging from their new toy!
    Oh and BTW. Greece and Cyprus are actually two different countries. Yes they do speak the same language, sort of but that's about it!

  • 06/06/2011 at 2:44 pm

    You aren't an Austrian living in Swaziland? Oops, my bad.

  • 06/06/2011 at 9:26 pm

    How many times Cheri! I'm a Swede living in Hungary. Or am I a Turkey living in Oz? Oh, so confused. Please pass the Atlas! lol

  • 08/06/2011 at 1:48 am

    Oh it's not just Americans who can be geographically challenged. When I first moved to Paris (lived there for nearly a decade)the woman I worked for couldn't understand why I didn't book a trip home for Christmas week since I was so homesick. Eventually her husband pointed out that New Zealand is NOT part of Greenland…..

  • 30/07/2011 at 10:05 am

    I share all five peeves.

    Re geography, someone once said ‘War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.’

    But one can’t criticize the Yanks; far as I can make out, geography as in where is this or that country doesn’t feature on the UK school curriculum – that would count as ‘facts’ – shudder, think of the damage to creativity & self-expression. Besides, it’s unnecessary when you ‘can look it up on the internet.’

    As you can tell, those two words really hit my ‘Annoyed’ button: creativity & self-expression – Grrrr.

    I’m sure you can add other delights to your list, ekkp them coming!

    • 30/07/2011 at 10:31 am

      I don’t think I’ll ever run out of annoyances Elizabeth. But education is always a gripe for me. Ever changing and ever diminishing returns. I often wonder if state education is really just 12 years of state sponsored childminding and if tertiary education is a ploy to keep unemployment percentages down.

      I recall one government in Australia in the 70’s that heavily subsidised tertiary education, then proudly announced that they had solved youth unemployment. End result; thousands of waiters and waitresses with Arts degrees.

  • 01/08/2011 at 5:10 pm

    I still remember having to explain to a co-worker which state Montreal was in… then, that Quebec was in Canada. :-P

    When I worked for the city, I had the pleasure of explaining to foreigners, more than once, that no one local knew where “ver-SIGH” was, because the town was pronounced “ver-SAYLES” in Kentucky.


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