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Hot And Cranky -- What's Your Peeve, Lamorinda?

Temperatures are going up and tempers are also likely to flare as Spare the Air warnings are largely ignored and those little things that bother us so much at times suddenly become major peeves. What really ticks you off?

 

Spiking temperatures.  Spotty Internet. An undiscovered yellow jacket nest gets discovered -- painfully -- by our gardener. Solicitors. MIA contractors. Paying for something at the store only to have the bag boy forget to pack it. Negative campaign ads. Some of the stuff our government does.

I mean, all this stuff really cheeses us off -- especially when the thermometer is registering a Buck One and the Black Lab is lumbering around with that "Help me" look on his puss.

In an attempt at online therapy Patch is offering you all a chance to vent about those little things that bother you so much at times, and start you off with a video of peeves we haven't considered until now but will from here on out.

Pee Limbo. Indeed.

Here you go, Lamorinda. Best peeve gets a genuine, 15-inch, .29 cent floral hand fan purchased for five cents at a local garage sale. Hey, it's "spare no expense" around Lamorinda Patch.

Peeve on.

Lissa Sorensen August 10, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I mean leafblowers?
Lissa Sorensen August 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Spam. I hate spam. The email variety.
Chris Nicholson August 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Is that a serious question? Same benefit as relocation via broom or rake: gets leaves and other junk off of hard surfaces for a tidier look and allows them to be gathered and removed more quickly than by hand. If you don't see the value of a neat and manicured suburban lawn/yard, then I would ask the more fundamental question of: why have a landscaped yard at all? I don't have a great response to that, and think Penn & Teller are on to something: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuloYX_CHeU
Quiet Orinda August 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM
The idea that leafblowers save time - which is the one and only argument for using them - is outrageous, since it implies that the time stolen from the rest of us is worthless. Using these hideously noisy, highly polluting machines on sidewalks and driveways is bad enough. Turning them on lawns and gardens, beneath shrubs, between hedges, and around the trunks of trees - as everyone is obviously doing these days - is irrational. Unless, that is, the people who are doing it are landscape professionals, in which case it is negligent, almost to the point of criminal. - Winifred Rosen, drweil.com
KFrances August 11, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I'm sure those doing the leaf blowing are happy to feed their families and save their backs!
CB August 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
At a stop light, and the light is red, people cant seem to figure out that one can make a right hand turn when all is clear. Are they scared?
justanopinion August 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I am annoyed by all the complaining about leaf blowers. Its no different than gas mowers or weed wackers. I think the complainers are as rude as the blowers. Once they enforce their will on this issue they will move on to something else. Its a personality type.
C F August 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
People who drive 35 miles an hour in parking lots such as McCaulous and CVS/Diablo Foods, you know who you are you SUV driving ladies with your pony tails pulled through your ball cap
Crowley August 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Moraga drivers (I don't notice it elsewhere in Lamorinda) are incapable of getting ALL THE WAY in the left-turn lane when turning left. So many drivers straddle that line needlessly stopping traffic and creating a hazard. Even at traffic lights. I have never seen that behavior more than when I moved out here.
Crowley August 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Can I add to this my complaint about people who leave their dogs outside to bark all night?
Crowley August 11, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I cried when I dropped my kids off at kindergarten the first time, and I am not generally a crier, either. It was all those cute little faces turning to look at all the nervous parents as the teacher said, "Okay, now everyone say 'Bye Mom and Dad! See you really soon!"
Quiet Orinda August 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM
If you're so easily annoyed by "all the complaining" about leaf blowers, one wonders just how your emotions would react to hearing them throughout the day, six days a week!
Orinda mom August 11, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Lamorinda Patch always wanting to know what we're unhappy about, thereby soliciting a lot of negativity. Too much of that already, IMHO.
Michael Taylor August 11, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I wondered who would raise this first. One of the interesting things I have found about living in this area is how quick people are to chalk up the concerns of others as negative or complaining. Too much noise in your neighborhood? Stop complaining and move, whiners. Traffic flying through your neighborhood? Stop being negartive and live with it. Leaf Blowers? Live with it because we don't want to tell our gardeners to stop using them. My point is that what you see as "negativity" is usually the root of a very real problem. You can address the issues positively and change things for the better or bury your head as the "negative" people say. IMHO we can be doing better. And apparently other people here think so too.
Lourdes August 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The high cost of food. Grocery store prices are really hurtful. And I hear things are going to get worse because of our weather. Food prices.
lori atmaine August 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Well, then, as long as they are happy and okay with disturbing others and creating noise and mess for others to clean up while saving their own backs. I rake our leafs and my back is just fine.
lori atmaine August 11, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Doesn't forcing people to listen to your noise for hours on end constitute "enforcing" your will on others?
X August 12, 2012 at 07:22 AM
1. The song "Call Me Maybe". I really didn't think there could be a more annoying song than Rebecca Black's "Friday". I was wrong. 2. People who accept cold fries from a fast food restaurant. Seriously. If the dang things are cold, send them back. There is no excuse for cold french fries. None. 3. People who write a check at the grocery store. Yes. Back in the 1980s this was acceptable. However, people also listened to Rick Astley in the 1980s. We realized that was wrong. Please, for the love of God, learn that writing a check at the grocery store is just as wrong as listening to or singing "Never Gonna Give You Up". Give up the checks at the grocery store, already!
Jose August 12, 2012 at 07:26 AM
It's a zen thing, but I never use a machine.
Jose August 12, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Point well made. If they appear to be over 80, just offer (to the cashier) to pay their tab. They won't understand what happened, but the line moves faster that way. For the PC, Moribund Dave is on his way to 80, soon enough, and that is an attempt at incorrect humour) To the soccer moms who pay by check...wtf?
Fred Smith August 12, 2012 at 04:36 PM
People who block traffic waiting for someone to pull out of a parking spot.
X August 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Hair stylists/barbers in California who don't seem to grasp the importance of putting a dab of baby/talc powder on the back of a man's neck after a haircut to keep it from getting itchy. Not doing this is just wrong and evil.
Andrew L. August 13, 2012 at 12:26 AM
"Is that a serious question? Same benefit as relocation via broom or rake: gets leaves and other junk off of hard surfaces for a tidier look and allows them to be gathered and removed more quickly than by hand." People who rake their leaves (or have them raked for them) seem to tend to dispose of them. Those with leafblowers seem satisfied just blowing them to another place, then leaving them there to blow somewhere else again.
Andrew L. August 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Agreed and I would add the maddening tendency to cut directly in front of oncoming traffic at the very last minute.
Born and Raised August 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
The light signals on south Pleasant Hill Road. I've been bitchin' about these for years and it doesn't need to be hot to get me irritable about the subject. Seriously? Going the speed limit and out of nowhere the light turns red! Waste of gas, extra hydrocarbons in the air and interupting the flow of traffic. Just so the city of Lafayette can skew another traffic report to lower the speed limit to 25mph (when it was 45mph just a few years ago with no speed related accidents in years). Enough nanny politics.
CB August 13, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Yes cutting in front of you when nobody is behind you. errrrrrr.
CB August 13, 2012 at 02:12 PM
People who talk during a movie, or the person behind you who coughs the whole time. I try to go to the matinee when I can. See? I learned to change my peeve into a pro.
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CB November 15, 2012 at 03:54 PM
and its also the older men who seem to speed on through CVS to get to Diablo foods. I have seen it many times with my pony tail pulled through my cap!

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