Pet Peeve #33: Telephone Behavior That Makes No Sense

Playing phone tag can be particularly irritating — especially when you are trying to nail down a critical piece of information.  In this age of answer machines and phone prompt directories we are not surprised at the difficulty of making person-to-person connection — even with the proliferation of cell phones.  But some people compound the vexation with some curious...
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Pet Peeve #32: Sports Fans Gone Wild

You should read the excellent article by Grant Wahl from Sports Illustrated: Over the Top — Extreme vulgarity and taunting by college basketball fans this season raise the question: How much is too much? For schools and conferences, it’s time to act. Actually, it’s way past "time to act." This situation in college sports has rapidly been deteriorating. For some...
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Pet Peeve #31: Toilet Roll that Doesn’t Roll

There’s not a whole lot I ask of a roll of tissue paper. Sure, you don’t want sandpaper consistency (like we saw over in Germany). Likewise you don’t want paper so thin that you have to double or triple it. But I guess my main pet peeve is that it must ROLL off the dispenser. Hampton Inn take note: I appreciate that you wedged an extra roll of tissue paper behind the dispenser...
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Pet Peeve #30: Preferred Customers Rankle The Rank And File

When we boarded our United Airlines flight to Munich at the Dulles airport, the caste system that rewards "Preferred Customers" reared its ugly head. I have no problem with discounts for buying in larger quantities or special privileges for more valuable customers. That is just smart business practice. But I do have a problem when you flaunt those special rewards in the face of your...
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Pet Peeve #29: Weaving Motorcycle Riders on Major Interstates

One practice I have found disconcerting out here in California is that of motorcycle riders using the narrow space between two lanes of slowly moving traffic to roar on by. Besides the danger element for the biker, I guess it bothers my sense of fair play that these two-wheelers who are always squawking about wanting to be granted equal rights on the road with automobiles can take advantage of...
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Pet Peeve #28: Overly Officious Airport Parking Cadets

Sometimes when you give a person a uniform and a citation pad they take themselves and their official position a little too seriously. I find that to be consistently the case with the parking police at major airports (like BWI) who take great pleasure in forcing cars to move along and recycle the hazardous terminal beltway. You are sitting curbside straining your neck to look for that arriving...
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