Friday, July 14, 2006

Friday Five--Pet Peeves

Reverendmother of the RevGalBlogPals is suggesting this meme for Friday: Pet Peeves!

Without further ado, here are mine:
1. Grammatical pet peeve: What I call "piling on;" the use of more adjectives than is really needed, in order to create effect or pad the word count.

2. Household pet peeve: Not putting kitchen utensils away after use (such as scissors, bottle openers and cork screws); this is especially outrageous when the item is left on the counter right next to the drawer/knife block/shelf where it belongs.

3. Arts & Entertainment pet peeve (movie theaters, restaurants, concerts): Restaurant snobbery. I hate it when waiters have a condescending attitude, acting as if I'm a country rube in town for the day who doesn't know a salad fork from a tuning fork. If I want an explanation of what creme fraiche is, I'll ask--don't automatically start telling me (but in this case, I already know--which makes it worse). Also, give me food when I order it--I really hate ordering, say, a chop with vegetables, only to find that "vegetables" means three steamed string beans and two slices of cold zucchini. I really do love eating out, trying different kinds of food, and knowing the various restaurants in the city. But this snobbery has got to go!

4. Liturgical pet peeve: The insistence on formal precision--the liturgy can become a prison instead of a liberating experience. In the early days of my internship, I neglected to replace the paten on top of the chalice after Communion, and was scolded by a deacon after the service. When I mentioned it to a friend (a long-time active member and lay theologian) he responded, "Was she afraid Jesus would get out?" I do like things to be orderly--but not rigid!

5. Wild card--pet peeve that doesn't fit any of the above categories: Parents who scream at their children in public. It seems that most of the children thus yelled at are too small to understand anyway--what's the point in telling a toddler to stop crying because he can't have something? Or worse, threatening to "really give them something to cry about"? Or dragging them by the arm (I really hate that). And screaming at an older child only embarrasses them and makes them resentful. I've been there; the best thing a parent can do is maintain his or her cool.

Bonus: Because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God: What do YOU do that others might consider a pet peeve? I leave books everywhere. I'm usually reading about ten books at once, so I leave them places I'm likely to be able to fit in a few pages here and there--by my chair in the living room, on my nightstand, on the bench outside the bathroom. But they pile up, and make clutter. DP does not understand. She's one of those organized people who only reads one book at a time, until she finishes it, and then begins the next one on her shelf. I don't get it.

9 comments:

Marie said...

Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes on #4!!!

will smama said...

Loved these! The grammatical one reminded me of someone in preaching class in seminary. I started calling him Thesaurus Preacher because he was not saying anything different, just the same sentence with different words on the end.

Drove. Me. Nuts.

reverendmother said...

Great list. I can SO relate to your household one. My husband will leave his dirty dishes ON the counter ABOVE the empty dishwasher.

Rainbow Pastor said...

RM--yes, and it can't take that much more energy to open the dishwasher door and put the dishes in, rather than putting them on the counter. That's what I don't understand--the drawer is right there, just slide it open and put the bittle opener in just like you slid it open to get it out).

My mother taught me well (to be obsessive, maybe) about cleaning up as you go in the kitchen. I still do it, and it works for me. Apparently not for everyone...

Sue said...

Great list! I'm guilty of the book clutter as well. I don't understand people who are only reading one book at a time. I don't think I've ever done that. I think I'm anxious about that "no-book-moment" when one book might be done and another not yet begun.

I need my security books around me wherever I go.

Rainbow Pastor said...

Sue--yes, security books is a good term. I always have to take a book with me anywhere I might have to wait. When I travel, I take one more than I think I'll actually read, just in case I get stuck at an airport. Ever since I spent an unexpected three hours on a plane (before takeoff!) and actually needed that extra book, I've taken one with me.

Besides, I need a book for each of my different moods--something light, something serious, maybe some fiction, and there's that new theology book...

hipastorzwife2B said...

The book thing. Oh yeah.

Songbird said...

I leave piles of books everywhere. When am I going to read all these books?

Natty said...

I am totally with you about that "book for every mood thing!" I still get razzed about the time an ex-gf and I went camping for a week: I brought a whole crate of books because I didn't know what I might be in the mood to read! (And then I didn't end up reading much of anything afterall!)

Also, I rarely re-read the same book, especially novels. Which, apparently made me a mega FREAK when I admitted that in my Library School "Genre Fiction" class. It's the same reason I don't buy a lot of videos or DVDs. I already know the story. It ain't gonna change. I want to learn something new.