Just about every Saturday morning finds my husband (who has sworn me to absolute secrecy as to his identity, so for those of you who know me, you, too are sworn) and me leisurely walking down Third Street in downtown Geneva, IL with a cup of Caribou coffee. We look forward to these strolls as a nice way to welcome the weekend. But, we’ve noticed a particular habit of many people that has my husband fuming. Here’s the situation: when you’re walking on a sidewalk, and are approached by others walking towards you, the natural (or so we thought) thing to do is for each party to move aside, as needed. So, why is it, then, that we are the ONLY ones who EVER make the move, often ending up on the grass while the oncoming traffic completely monopolizes the walkway? Hmmmmm??????
There is often pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks of Third Street, as it is a favorite destination among visitors to Geneva, especially as we near the holidays. But, honestly, it NEVER fails that he and I are ALWAYS the ones who end up practically dodging cars in the street to avoid ramming head-on into these rude, self-absorbed people. Seriously, what has become of common courtesy and civility? Obviously, some situations may call for relinquishing your ground – wheelchairs and baby strollers come to mind. I mean, I’m a reasonable person. I’m not trying to be territorial. But gee whiz. We’ve even tried experimenting with what would happen if we just didn’t budge. Well, physical contact is what happens. This phenomenon has become my husband’s overriding pet peeve. I’m interested in hearing yours. What grinds your gears? We’re sure there must be millions of irritating things people do floating around out there and we want to put together a comprehensive list in our unending mission to rid the world of annoying behavior by rude people. What do you say? Are you in? Leave a comment and tell your friends. I’ll start: Is overuse of CAPITAL letters to emphasize a point a pet peeve? I want to know…MAYBE.