Filed under: Kevin, Politics & Issues
Date: Dec 23, 2009
I haven’t allowed myself to vent frustrations via a “this crap bothers me article” in a while, so I thought it was high time I let it all out. Plus, with all the travel I’ve been doing I’ve had numerous opportunities for people do to shit that bugs me… so I decided to share the latest top 5 things people do that bug me:
- 5. Walking slow in a busy area
- This gets me every time and it’s especially bad at the airport. I don’t understand how people can walk so slowly in general- it seems like such a waste of time! When you’re at the airport, isn’t the whole point that you’ve got somewhere to go? Get a move on it!
- I also hate when people are walking slow in a busy area because they just aren’t paying attention. I.e., they are texting, reading a book, whatever. I don’t care if people do this in general, but if you’re in a busy area- move your freakin’ ass or get out of the way. When I ran into this situation the other day the woman in front of me was weaving all over the place. Every time I went to pass her on one side she’d somehow manage to weave right in front of me again… she’s lucky I didn’t break her heel. (Just kidding!)
- 4. Standing in ridiculous places
- The other day en route to Salt Lake City from Toronto I was in Chicago on a short layover. As I was making my way to another terminal for my next flight I decided to make a pit stop at the washroom. It was just a bit down the hall and as I was walking there, I watched a woman in front of me stop directly in front of the men’s washroom doorway. Not sort of near it. Not even by it… right in front of it. I actually had to ask her to move to get inside. Now I understand being a little out of it from time to time, but even if she didn’t see the sign, how can you miss that you’re standing right in front of a giant break in the wall?
- This also affects me on escalators and/or moving walkways. I don’t know why people still don’t get that you walk on the left and stand on the right. The worst is when from a distance it looks like things are running smoothly and then some lame-ass right in front of you decides to break the cycle. Why do people do that? The Chicago airport is especially bad for this.
- 3. Ungraceful Aging
- I realize that not everyone is comfortable getting older, and as gay men we generally do what we can to avoid the appearance of aging- within normal means anyway- but that’s not what I’m talking about. The other day on one of my flights, my in-flight entertainment was a woman who was so heinous to look at that I just couldn’t stop. It was basically like sitting next to a Carnie. She was easily into her late 70’s and essentially looked like Skeletor from the 1987 “Masters of the Universe” movie, with red hair. She’d been stretched, pulled, peeled and poked so much that it was actually awkward to look at her but so disgusting you just couldn’t stop… Why do people do that? I don’t have a problem with a little plastic surgery here and there, but come on… enough is enough.
- 2. Rushing the Gate
- Why is it that as soon as a flight attendant announces that boarding will start in 5-10 minutes everyone feels the need to stand up and start standing at the gate? I’m sure it has something to do with everyone wanting to make sure they get to store their carry-on baggage in the overhead compartments or something, but I really hate it.
- 1. The Stink Eye
- For long business trips I am lucky enough to be able to travel Business Class. If I’m going to be flying for 8 hours or longer, regardless of what cabin I’m traveling in, I’m going to make damn sure I’m wearing something comfortable- which is usually jeans & a T-shirt. Why would I want to wear a collared shirt, tie, etc… when all I’m going to be doing is sitting there? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten the Stink Eye from people walking past me while I’m in my seat with a clearly readable expression of “what the hell is HE doing in Business Class?” on their face. All I have to say to that is that they’re just lucky I don’t decide to wear my Lululemon’s and be done with it.