by Dom Nozzi
The pet peeves found on this list represent the things that enrage or utterly annoy me, seemingly more so than with others, and in no particular order. Some, of course, are much more important than others.
- Car Alarms.
- Police Helicopters.
- Leaf Blowers.
- Parking Lot Vacuum Trucks.
- Air Boats.
- Excessive use of fire truck sirens.
- Daylight Savings Time.
- Requiring buses to stop at railroad track crossings.
- People who nag me about not wearing a helmet when bicycling (particularly when they don’t ride a bicycle or wear a helmet while driving a car).
- Laws and policies intended to “protect the children” (such as rules against “dirty” language, sexual content in shows/movies/DVDs, etc.).
- Stores not selling beer or wine on Sundays (because it is “the Lord’s Day,” and often because of local government laws).
- The saturation of Christianity in our lives (for example, on our currency, in our oaths of office, “swearing to tell the truth,” in the constant religious rhetoric of elected officials, etc.).
- America’s stubborn refusal to adopt the metric system.
- The absence of a national requirement that litter-prone items, such as bottles and cans, only be sold with a deposit fee.
- Modernist architecture.
- America’s obsession with watching television and the related decline in reading.
- Retail buildings set behind an asphalt parking lot, instead of up at the street next to the sidewalk.
- Stop signs and traffic signal lights, instead of yield signs (for bicyclists) and roundabouts.
- America’s continued belief that road widening and more free parking can eliminate congestion.
- In town centers, drive-thru’s, removal of on-street parking, and sidewalk gaps.
- Enabling homelessness by giving panhandlers money, or free food disbursed at public parks.
- People who are certain that they are right about something when they know nothing about the topic.
- Keeping motorists on welfare.
- Locating important community events & facilities such as farmers markets, festivals, fitness centers, and government buildings, in remote locations inaccessible by pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.
- Invasive and ineffective airport security.
- One-way streets.
- Abstinence-based sex “education,” and the lack of freely-available and easy-to-obtain birth control or STD testing
- The lack of passenger rail in the US.
- Those on the political left who revel in viciously attacking new development using walkable, new urbanist principles for being plastic, Disney-esque, and cheap, but never utter a word of disdain for new, gated, conventional, cul-de-sac’d subdivisions.
- People who use their cell phone, ipad, ipod, ipud, or ipee to respond to email. They tend to respond w/ one- or two-word soundbites because it is so difficult to type a message, or they miss part of my email because their damn screen is too small, or they take forever to respond to email because it is too difficult to do so from their tiny device.
I urge you to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.
Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.
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