It’s the last Thursday in November, and that can only mean one thing… Alternative Thanksgiving!
For newcomers, here’s how it works: today, as we all know, is Thanksgiving in the USA – a day to be thankful for the good things in life. But since that’s sort of what this blog does all year round, I like to be different and make this the one day of the year when I’m allowed to let rip, and have a good old rant about all the things that bug me.
A few months ago, some new people moved in to the flat upstairs from me. They seem nice enough, so it’s a shame that they’re also really annoying neighbours. If they’re not blasting loud music, or playing video games in the middle of the night, they’re shouting at their dog, which started as a tiny puppy but has quickly grown to the size of a small horse, and loves nothing more than running up and down their living room/my ceiling. They got my hopes up a while back, when a ‘for sale’ sign went up outside – but then it disappeared, and they’re still here. Sigh.
George R.R. Martin
Seriously, is he ever going to write another book? I didn’t spend six months of my life reading the Song of Ice and Fire series only to find how it ends on TV.
People who can’t behave in the theatre
I’ve ranted quite extensively on this subject, in various places – like here. And here. And here. So I won’t repeat myself. But seriously, people, have some respect. Put your phone/camera/rustling sweet wrapper/partner down, and enjoy the show that you paid good money to see.
Need I say more?
Winnie the Pooh may think that ‘nobody can be uncheered with a balloon’ – but personally, I’m more in agreement with Roy from The IT Crowd:
People who start social media rumours
Social media’s brilliant – and never more so than earlier this week, when the people of Belgium, having been asked not to post details of the hunt for the terrorists who attacked Paris, flooded the Internet with cat pictures instead. (Nice work, Belgium.) But it can also be really dangerous, especially when idiots think it’s a good idea to start rumours that are purely designed to scare people. News flash – most people are scared enough as it is just now. Spreading rumours isn’t big or clever; it just makes a horrible situation even harder for everyone. (And while we’re on the subject, so does making sweeping generalisations about an entire religion/race based on the actions of a tiny minority. But that’s another issue.)
I’m quite a nervous driver – not because I don’t feel confident about what I’m doing, but because I never know what other people are going to do. There’s the pushy drivers, who get right up your exhaust while you’re driving along at the speed limit, and try and bully you into going faster. The dawdlers who insist on driving slowly in the middle lane. The people who can’t park, and end up half in their space and half in yours, so you have to limbo your way back into the driver’s seat, or get in the passenger side and risk impaling yourself on the gearstick. There’s the drivers who do roundabouts in the wrong lane, then beep at you if you get in their way, and the ones who wait till the last minute, then pull across three lanes of traffic to get to their exit. I could go on. It’s just as well Pierre knows how to behave…
Everyone on The Apprentice
Including Lord Sugar and his terrible puns. But I still love the show, even though it makes me want to throw things at the TV.
The fact that I never win the lottery
I’m sure it must be my turn by now. No?
And… breathe. Join me again next Thanksgiving for more rage (and feel free to make suggestions in the comments, so I can spend the next twelve months getting good and annoyed).
Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to any readers from the USA – I hope you’re having a great day. Eat some turkey for me 🙂