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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

#393: Golden Gate Transit Buses Exhaust

My commute to work now has me often behind these buses on my bike going both ways.  There is something about the exhaust that is very unpleasant.  It's like they tried to make the exhaust cleaner, but it's actually worse smelling to me than regular exhaust and I constantly get a big whiff of it when behind one, which is almost every day.  Severity: 3

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

#392: Insurance Commercial Savings Claims

Scam insurance commercials that state "On average customers save $480 when switching to xxx".  The scam is that people only switch (most of the time) when they CAN save so it's not like you will save that much.  But they are implying that the average person could save that much when they switch when it is not true and I don't think most people read the fine print that states that the statistic is based on only people that switch.  Severity: 1

Sunday, November 27, 2011

#391: People Taking Pictures at Sporting Events

Unless it's some really good action photo where you are very close to the field of play, people taking shots of the players from afar baffle me in that I don't know why they think that picture will be of interest to themselves or anyone else ever.  It's not like you are showing some mysterious game to a native tribe that has never seen the sport played before.  But people love playing with their gadgets and not focusing on the actual enjoyment of the sport and just watching it for its own sake.  Severity: 2

Monday, November 14, 2011

#390: Wedding Cake Ritual

I don't like that thing where the bride and groom feed each other the wedding cake and everyone gets all excited whether the person with get it all over the other's face.  It's dumb and played out.  Severity: 2

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

#389: Alternate New Years

I don't like when people say happy new year for new years other than the official secular calendar.  There is only 1 new year that matters in the practical world, and that is on January 1.  These Jewish and Chinese ones are not real and I always am confused when people talk about those ones, like maybe I was in a coma and lost track of time.  Severity: 1

Thursday, September 01, 2011

#388: Fried Chicken Places Not Serving Buttermilk Biscuits

To me, this is the ultimate side to go with fried chicken and is my favorite.  I don't see why most of the small independent places never offer this.  KFC has one over of them in this department.  Severity: 2

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

#387: "Official" Days

Newsfeeds or people that giddily announce that it's National xxxx Day.  There is no novelty in this because there is no real authority and anyone can say anything, so it's getting very old.  Example today: National Rum Day.  It's like every PR person representing some product has to create one of these fake days or else they will lose face to their cohorts in the other industries.  Severity: 3

Monday, August 15, 2011

#386: Bikes on Sidewalks Unecessarily

When people ride bikes along the Embarcadero, it annoys me as I ride down the said street because they are battling all the walkers and tourist and the street is perfectly safe.  I don't see why these people are scared to ride in the street on these waterfront roads.  Same goes for Marina Blvd.  Only exception is people that are riding really slow as tourists and just chilling.  My annoyance applies to the real riders going at a good pace.  Also, I can forgive sidewalk riding, if done with care, on streets that are tight and dangerous, like Bay.  Severity: 2

Friday, August 05, 2011

#385: So

The common practice of prefacing some web headline or other internet chatter with "so" is played out.  Please stop doing it, people.  It's similar to someone putting "like" before what they want to say to sound like a valley girl only in this case, I'm not sure what the image is they are going for, maybe hipster.  Example from today.  Severity: 2

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

#384: Spray on Sun Block

This seems to be the newest rage and I dislike it for a few reasons.  First, when people spray it on, the wind blows in into people nearby.  Second, it's obvious this thin coating is nowhere near as protective as good old lotion and the cost per ounce is incredibly higher.  But people like it because of laziness of not wanting to work in the white lotion.  I will concede that it is good for putting on the hard to reach back areas, but that doesn't make it's use acceptable.  People, don't fall for the scam of this new product and go back to the old sun block lotion.  Severity: 1

#383: Body Wash

I'm against this scam product.  Why can't people just use soap and a wash cloth?  Especially for men, this should be a shameful product to use.  Severity: 1

Friday, July 15, 2011

#382: Red Velvet Cakes or Cupcakes

I cringe every time I watch a Food Network show that features a bakery making this dessert because I'm against the fact that the food coloring in a big part of the item. It can't add to the taste and can only detract and so if the cake is good on it's own, they should not add the unnecessary color and just call it something else.  Severity: 1

Thursday, July 14, 2011

#381: Insane Amount of Coffee Drinking in the Millennium Series Books

I am seriously worried about Sweden's coffee addiction after reading these books.  Every single entry into a new location, a person puts on some coffee.  I wonder if the coffee industry didn't pay the author off.  I mean every single time someone enters a house, wakes up, goes out, comes in, rides a train, etc. they are in the need of  coffee.  Why do they have to have it so much?  See here for some detail on this mania.  Severity: 2

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

#380: People Using the Term "Vacay"

Not sure why, but this abbreviation for "vacation" that seems very popular of late reminds me of a frat boy wearing sunglasses backwards on his head every time I hear it.  Severity: 1

#379: Lame Job Posting Phrase

In my job search, I am now very tired of start-ups that are looking for a "rock star" to fill their position.  Especially when it's a lame position.  It's a case where the first person that thought to use the term was original and it might have worked but now, I find it indicates severe lameness in a company to use the phrase.  Example from one I'm looking at now:
You must be comfortable with conducting extensive research with large data sets, and turn analytic learning into actionable strategy. We are looking for a rock star who can solve the toughest and most interesting problems in the company. 
Severity: 2

Friday, July 01, 2011

#378: Clapping During Tennis Match Replay Reviews

During the big tennis matches and a player asks for the replay review for a call, people in the stands do this lame clapping thing that seems sort of like they are brainwashed and little kids and I find it stupid as the replay proceeds and the decision is made.  Severity: 1

Friday, June 17, 2011

#377: Steaks With Butter

I can't figure out why fancy steak places feel the need to use butter to finish the cooking of a fine piece of meat.  Not only is the steak such a good food that it needs no enhancement, I find it to be a terrible flavor to go with beef and hence always have to remember to ask for it to be left off when ordering a steak in a nice restaurant.  Severity: 2

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

#376: Flyers God Bless America Singing

It used to be that when the Flyers had a big game, they'd play the video of Kate Smith singing God Bless America along with a live person, to recreate the moment in the 70's when it inspired them to win a big game.  Now, they do it for every single playoff game and it has lost it's cache and I'm getting tired of it.  Severity: 1