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A mixture or irritations and evils - In my opinion.
Member Name: Dryad
Date: 16/01/12, updated on 16/01/12 (116 review reads)
Advantages: For me I get to get rid of annoying stuff
Disadvantages: Others may strongly disagree with my choices
I've written 3 of these so far and have binned them all because they keep turning into political diatribes, let's just say that in my opinion the current capitalist system no longer works and needs a drastic overhaul and leave it at that.
Room 101 is a tricky concept for me as I tend to take it far too seriously, as if I could really make a difference by sticking all the worlds' ills in there. Even when I think of things that are less world changing like obesity (not obese people but the biological tendency which allows us to become obese) I can't help but argue against myself along the lines of 'if people couldn't lay down fat what about those living in areas of famine, if they couldn't hold some fat how would they have a chance of survival.... I'm really not good at this room 101 lark.
So here goes my attempt.
I have to put cruelty in there, cruelty of all kinds whether physical or psychological, whether to other people or animals; it serves no purpose and is against just about every moral code I can think of.
Affected and incorrect ways of pronouncing certain words, I've mostly heard it in certain T.V. presenters who say things like sicth instead of siksth (siksth is correct, the Oxford English dictionary backs me up)and tissue instead of tishue (spelt phoneticallyish).
Corrupted sayings such as "step foot outside" instead of the correct "set foot outside", the incorrect version is being popularised by people such as Andie MacDowell (another one for room 101 in my opinion) in the annoying adverts she appears in. The point of the saying is to indicate the non distance you will go before you 'do' something etc. A step is a bigger measurement than to merely set your foot down. Setting your foot (or not 'even' setting your foot) down also indicates some level of caution, hence more precise as to indicating just how reluctant you are to do something, for example 'I wouldn't set foot on that rickety row boat', whereas if you stepped onto it you'd already be on it and sunk.... God I'm small minded.
Orange bottle tans, I think they look universally awful and unnatural with a hint of day glo. It also looks aging especially if you don't exfoliate like the devil in between applications. My eldest niece is primarily orange; she looks like an elongated oompa loompa.
Cold callers both phone and doorstep, if I want to source something I will research it myself, I'm NEVER going to buy or sign up to anything that a stranger on my phone or doorstep offers me, no matter how many forms of identification they offer me. I think I recently managed to scare off of our local Jehovah's Witnesses (the ones that have been calling on me are lovely people I just don't want to be one).
They recently called when there was a bit of a family disaster going on. I'd set my toaster on fire and the whole house was billowing with smoke, I also had a plunger in my hand as the sink had backed up and I'd gone to get the plunger from the shed (hence hadn't noticed that the toast was about to combust). I ran to the front door while the husband had the back one open to create a through draft to let the smoke out. The poor men hadn't knocked yet and were faced with the door flying open and being engulfed in a cloud of blue smoke, the sound of two dogs barking their heads off, and a woman brandishing a plunger at the smaller dog, shouting get back you bloody dogs, also yelling at the husband not to let the cats get out (they're not allowed, only into their run). I was looking a bit mental to say the least, I'm sure my hair was standing on end. I apologised and said what I'm sure they'd already guessed, 'I don't have time right now', they haven't been back since bless.
Certain types of T.V. programme, I have a bit of a hate hate relationship with Soaps, X-Factor type programmes, dancing on ice etc. I don't really know why I hate soaps so much, but when my mother used to watch them I would retreat into a book, or go out of the room. I think there's enough real life drama going on that I don't want to watch someone else's life unfolding. I like something that takes you away from the mundane and lets you see or imagine things you never would otherwise. The 'talent show' type stuff just bores me rigid, some of the acts are wonderful there is no doubt, and it's good that they get the chance to shine but I don't want to follow the process step by humiliating step and most of the things they do are not to my taste personally.
Long windedness, therefore me, I would love to have the skill to be concise and say in a few words what I take a sentence to accomplish. I don't mind wordiness in others but I know there are many who hate it my daughter for one, who constantly tells me and any other ramblers to cut to the chase; so apologies to all the lovely people who actually take time to read some of my ramblings, and thank you.
Pettiness, so many examples of this in so many areas of life, like my mother flipping out over a few crumbs that have fallen from a plate, two of my cousins not talking after a silly incident that happened 6 years ago, to the point where one of them wouldn't go to her own aunties funeral! Bureaucratic pettiness/red tape really gets my goat too. Let it go, life's to short.
Nosy neighbours/ those that expect you to live life by their rules even if you are harming no one. I have intentionally allowed my front and back garden to 'develop' wild areas (which I do tidy a little) for the birds and other wildlife. Where weeds and some saplings are allowed to flourish, to me all flowers are beautiful weeds are just plants which in our opinion have sprouted in the wrong place. A neighbour passing by recently asked me when I was going to sort my garden out because the weed seeds were blowing into her garden (seven houses away!). Apparently the seeds from weeds growing in the acres and acres of grazing land and wild fields backing right onto her garden weren't blowing in at all!, just from my little patches of about 10 feet by 10. I've noticed a huge increase in sparrows, song birds and finches coming to my garden since I've made the change so I'm not about to spoil that for a narrow mind. A reason for a big fence methinks.
Linked with the above goes people who insist on stopping to have a long chat while I'm out in my front garden (my front garden is bigger and nicer than my more private back so I'd like to spend more time there). To me a garden is a private space an extension of my home and I feel quite violated when people think they can just but in when I'm trying to enjoy my garden (weird perhaps I know). I don't mind a pleasant hello and a few words, but a half hour 'chat' with 7 or 8 people in the space of a day is unacceptable. I'll enjoy talking to them in the pub, on the street or at parties etc, but leave me alone in my garden! I will hopefully one day get a whacking great fence that gives me the privacy I crave. I'd like to move somewhere that has a decent garden right around it with nice high walls, fences or planting, but until we win the lottery we are stuck where we are. Anti-social, me!? You bet! Sometimes.
Bullying has to go in, I'm not religious but I do believe we should try to treat others as we would wish to be treated, a little kindness and empathy is not a difficult thing to display.
Homophobia, there are areas of this planet which are so sick that they want to be able to execute people for being gay. How ludicrous is that. What the hell does it matter who other people fancy or love; it's nothing to do with anyone but the individuals in question. Not that statistics are needed to back up a basic human right to live unmolested because of who you love but an interesting study done in America recently about levels of child abuse in families of lesbian couples was mentioned in the press. The result of the study was zero, compared with a much higher percentage in the general population.
I won't ramble on anymore as my points have been quite long winded, so thank you for reading, and I hope we are still 'friends'.
. My star rating is based on how I feel about the stuff I'd like to dump in room 101
Summary: A list of bits and pieces that are evil or just irritating to me personally.