Tonight, I settled onto my couch with a bottle of zin, my current favorite nail polish, and Grey's Anatomy. Sounds like the makings of an excellent night, right? Well, it was . . . until Meredith and Cristina (okay, the show's writer) committed one of my ultimate pet peeves:
1. Explaining something obvious to a tv show's audience.
Did anyone else catch this interaction? It occurred at approximately 9:44 pm, while Meredith and Cristina were discussing Meredith's patient, the feverish child Parker, and his concerned mother (guest star Sarah Chalke):
Cristina: Well could it be Munchausen by Proxy?
Meredith: What, that she's making her own kid sick? No, she just has a strong feeling that it's something more than strep.
Ughhhhhhhhhhh. First of all, I feel insulted as a viewer. I know what Munchausen by Proxy is and I don't need it explained to me. Secondly, AS IF doctors would "clarify" this sort of thing to each other. It is a deliberate move to explain to viewers who might not know what they're talking about . . . and to me, it indicates bad writing. Either create strong enough context so that the viewers are clued in, or just trust that they either know what it is or that they'll google it. Do y'all ever notice this watching tv or movies? It's THE WORST. I cringe every time.
Since I'm on a roll, I might as well reveal some of my other pet peeves:
2. Loud Eating.
My sister and I have always been so hypersensitive to "smacking," or any form or loud eating (or God forbid gum chewing), that we figured we were just obnoxious. Until we learned about misophonia. We both have textbook cases that, when we were younger, caused us to flinch, duck, cover our ears, and ultimately leave dinner tables when someone was chewing loudly. Now, although I can control myself better, I still get a chest full of rage and an unreasonable need to flee when I can hear someone eating. Or clinking a spoon against their teeth. I'm shuddering just thinking about these things.
3. Slow Walkers.
I cannot even deal with (non-elderly, able-bodied) people walking like turtles on sidewalks or paths.
Unfortunately I appear to be revealing myself as a bitch. But since I'm being honest: meekness, and its cousin passivity, drive me bananas. I find myself wanting to scream GET A BACKBONE whenever I see someone behaving in a meek/passive/submissive/doormat-like way. Granted, aggression is not a great alternative, but can't we arrive at a happy medium?
5. Sitting Still.
Perhaps I'm making excuses for myself, but I think there might be something physiological with me that prevents me from being able to sit still. I sure as hell can't sit in a chair for hours (so uncomfortable!), but even if I'm in my preferred, cross-legged position on the floor or a couch, it's tough for me to pay sincere attention to someone who is droning on and on about something, a meeting that seems to go on forever, or a too-long movie. I need action, movement, changes of pace.
I should stop myself at 5 because frankly, the list could go on forever.
And now I am dying to know: what are your pet peeves?? Tell me in the comments!
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