It is really windy in L.A. today, which is causing the building to periodically shake, which is literally and figuratively rattling the heck out of my already rattled nerves. So I present to you, some complaints for the day:
1) Saying earthquakes are not a big deal. When I freak out about an earthquake, people are always like “oh hunny you didn’t grow up in so cal, did you?” No, I did not. However, I have lived in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington throughout my childhood, and those are also earthquake states. Alaska moreso than the others, but still. I have had experiences with earthquakes throughout my life. For some reason, native californians do not find the CATASTROPHIC earthquake in Haiti, or the 8.0 in Chile (not to mention all the 7.0+s that have been striking various ocean areas around the world lately) to be much of a cause for concern at all. They’re all “oh yeah, whatever, we have building codes.” That attitude is what will likely cause a huge loss of life if a really big one ever did hit L.A. Californians are so “used to” minor shakings its like the little boy who cried wolf. It’s never the “big one,” therefore why bother being prepared? And the thing is, whenever the shaking starts, there is just no way to know if it’s going to be a 4.0 or an 8.0. And every shaker is a reminder that the looming threat of the “big one” is still out there. (Btw, thanks a lot for bringing that up last night, Bill Nye the Science Guy. What do you do these days, anyway? Besides freaking out earthquake shaken non-native californians?!).
2) People who ramble. Get. to. the. point. already.
3) People who cut off every conversation and turn every word into a story about themselves. Now, I have been known to frequently turn something someone says into a story from my own experience, but I just have a lot of stories and I admit, I’m a talker. But generally I at least let others finish a sentence or two. Come on now. I hate it when an entire hour passes and I have no idea what was even talked about because I’m pretty sure nobody else in the conversation ever got to complete a sentence. Manners people!
4) People who do pretty much anything slow. For whatever reason, I am incredibly, incredibly lacking in almost any form of patience. I can’t stand slow talkers, slow walkers, slow drivers, slow decision makers. It drives me nuts. My skin crawls, I hear nails on chalkboards, I hear the most awful high pitched scream you’ve ever heard, I feel like I’m receiving a million tiny papercuts all at once. It’s just unbearable to me. Inefficiency is definitely my hugest pet peeve… and yet it exists all around. All. The. Time. It is like the mantra of humanity or something. Grrrrrrrrr.
Tomorrow, I will post something more positive 😉