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Maggie Laton is a writer trapped inside an engineer's body, who came to embrace her creative side following a sudden and dramatic upheaval in her life. Her MBA professors called it a paradigm shift. She calls it a blessing. Following a decade of upward mobility, she found herself unemployed, abandoned by her husband, and pregnant with a child whose heart defect ended up teaching her how to feel again Her son is doing well, but during his sickness, she built a blog and Facebook page to keep family updated, and ended up creating a large social following that she began to think wasn't a fluke. She is now a social media consultant to numerous small (and not so small) businesses, teaching them to build an online following, and speak to their audience with all the glitter and jazz hands that her trapped writer always tried to fling out of the uptight engineer. She can be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, her website, and she maintains a personal blog.
I am uniquely gifted and do nothing that would, in any way, offend or annoy anyone. In addition to hyperbole, I'm also a hypochondriac.
1. "Public Wanderers"
People who walked without purpose in places where there are no roses to be smelled. I used to travel weekly for my job, and assumed that other people travelled for leisure, and maybe weren't in the same rush as I to make their connections, or get out to the rental car lot, so as to not be stuck with the super economy bread basket on wheels. But seriously, get out of my way. Walk with purpose, or get right to stroll!
2. "Reluctant Questioners"
People who offerer answers to the question they just asked me. You know the type, those who ask, "So when you run where do you go? Do you run on a treadmill or the road, or...?" And they always trail off at the end, I'm not sure why they have to do that. I don't view questions as interrogations so just let me answer. I want to talk about myself, really I do!
3. "Unofficial Pace Car Drivers"
People who drive the speed limit in the left lane. If I want to break the law by driving 9 miles over the speed limit, which everyone knows is the "real" speed limit, then get over and let me. Your self-righteous camping out in the left lane to pace the rest of us is offensive and makes me want to "get up under you, get you loose, and put you into the wall" a la NASCAR.
4. "Mean Girls (And Boys)"
Lest you think I only have pet peeves related to travel, my fourth pet peeve is people who treat wait staff or clerks poorly. While I was completing my degree at a top ten engineering school, I waited tables to avoid school debt. I am sure that, in many cases, I had as much education as the drunken jerks I was waiting on, but all they saw was someone they could treat badly. I think that people who treat others badly due to their perceived station "show their butts" as my Grandmaw would say, and they aren't as pretty as they assume.
5. "Technology Addicts"
FInally, I must include people who ignore their children (or family, or friends) to talk on the phone or text. My heart breaks every time I see a child, silently plodding behind his mother, while she talks on her phone. The children almost always have sad faces and I know that their delicate egos are being dinged, even now. Let's put the technology away and raise our children, talk to our friends and actually engage, people.
So there you have it; my top 5 pet peeves. If someone would please forward this to our President, I feel he would agree, and by the Fall, we could all be enjoying a far less annoying society.
What are your top annoyances?!?!
Linsey Lanier's Top Five Pet Peeves.
Just off the top of my head, here are five things that make me want to scream!
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So...what gets YOUR panties in a wad?
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