MR gets tired of my rants when I get started. This will be a forum for Pet Peeves, shared stories of what irritates me, and for you if you care to join in.
Probably the most irritating Pet Peeve for me is someone who launches into a diatribe from a personal bias or prejudice, and cites published works of a nut-case whose statements have been disproved over and over by reliable sources. The anti-vaccination folks are among that crowd. Hans von Sparkovsky is another of note. Partial recitation of information that skews the meaning of the published information is the basis, and used by many who want to instill fear or hatred.
On a milder note, those pesky drivers who roar up behind you on the interstate, hover on your rear bumper for miles when they have many opportunities to pass, then whip around and blast off, pull right in front, only to slow down in your lane so that you have to kick it our of cruise. On our last trip, I passed the same care six (6) times because the driver would slow down until I pulled out to pass, then speed up until I pulled back in behind, only to slow down again. I managed to overtake him in traffic, passed him, then watched as he sped around me again when the traffic cleared. This happened on the dual lane highway 220 south of Asheboro and Rockingham.
Another traffic Pet Peeve is the driver who approaches a semi in the right lane with intention of passing, but hesitates at the left rear corner of the trailer for miles, and then accelerates past in what looks like panic race. And the drivers who insist on staying in the left lane at speeds well below the regular traffic.
Perhaps the most frustrating traffic Pet Peeve for me is the driver who sneaks up on you from behind in what seems like a passing mode, but times it so that you are trapped behind the slower vehicle, and waits just to your left until you have to slow down, trapped by the traffic that backed up behind the idiot.
Another Pet Peeve in traffic is the law officer who does not obey the law he is sworn to uphold, by speeding when not on an emergency call, like transporting prisoners. I have witnessed many times the sheriff deputy travelling at speeds 20+ MPH over the limit with no lights, with prisoners in the car, probably on the way to court. Disrespect of the law breeds disrespect of the lawman.
Last Pet Peeve for today: Political ads that are blatantly spouting falsehoods. Both side are doing it and it is a turn-off. Maybe we can make that illegal? If we can get the money out of politics, maybe?