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Room 101 - 100th review!
Member Name: ladyofcampfires
Advantages: An annoyance free life!
Disadvantages: There would be very few people left in the world (although that could be a plus side).
For my 100th review I thought I'd do something a little different and venture into the Dooyoo Lounge for the first time. Room 101 seemed like the ideal place to write given how much I enjoy a good a moan! I'll concentrate on the 'little' everyday things that get on my nerves, we can take life taking illnesses, poverty, war etc as a given I think. So, here's my list of top annoyances in no particular order.
1. Ticket Touts. I'm a big fan of gigs - music and comedy and if somebody I like plays at a venue near me I'll try my best to go. By the time I've managed to arrange a night off of work, however, a lot of such gigs have already sold out. Whilst this would be still disappointing it'd be a lot less annoying if these shows had sold out to other fans rather than people who have no intention of going but every intention of selling for double, even triple, the face value of the ticket. My most recent experience of this was with Mumford & Sons tickets. I was sat on the Birmingham LG Arena website half an hour before the tickets for this gig went on sale, the moment they did the site crashed and then I was placed in a queue for the tickets for an hour and twenty minutes. By the time I eventually got through the standing area had sold out (fortunately I still got tickets, but I did want standing)! The next day I found countless amounts of standing tickets on eBay for £100+! I'm pretty sure these were not all genuine fans who, a mere twenty four hours after ordering tickets, had suddenly realised they couldn't go.
And, on this subject, venue charges are no better either! Those two tickets for that gig cost £59, by the time the venue had added booking and transaction fees and then P&P charges I actually paid £72! And I bet the band got to see about £2.50 of that money...
2. People who make having my name more difficult than it should be - My name is Cheyenne (pronounced shy-ann if you were wondering). Whilst it's an unusual name it really isn't that difficult. I don't expect it to be remembered straight away but I do expect some sort of effort to go into remembering it. I've been at my current place of work just over a year now and I'm still known by about ten different names because hardly anyone has bothered to learn the correct pronunciation. Then I have to wear a name badge at work too so I get countless amounts of customers making silly comments about it on a daily basis. I get asked at least once a week if my parents are Indian despite Cheyenne being Native American and my skin clearly being white. I then get asked if I'm called Cheyenne because I'm 'shy' followed by hysterical laughter. Let me tell you, that wasn't funny the first time, after the millionth time it's getting a little thin.
3. Constantly being pressured to 'come out of my shell' - before I entered the world of work I had no idea that my quietness was such a major problem. I have since found that us shy people are apparently not allowed to be shy, I've found many people who have experienced this. I work at Tesco which is awful but pays my bills and gets me through uni so I put up with it. I was a checkout girl until recently when I was moved to another department because I 'wasn't suited to checkouts' and by that they mean I don't give people my life story whilst scanning their weekly shop. No customer ever complained about me, I'm polite and I stick to the script I'm told to stick up this genuinely did not see the problem. I admit that I didn't kick up too much of a fuss mind, I was glad to get the change of department but the reasoning behind this move really annoyed me. I was told my team spirit was questionable because during my break I sit on my own and read a book! I'd be a rich if I had a pound for every time a supervisor or manger started a sentence with 'you're a lovely girl but you're very quiet..' I've been told I need to work on my confidence and be more open like I can wave a magic wand and come in the next day skipping down the aisles and talking to strangers like I've known them all of my life. A naturally quiet person like myself who always has been and probably always will be that seems to have absolutely no place in the workplace unless working in solitude. Telling me to come out of my shell will send me further into it and sitting me in an office telling me I've no confidence and am doing an awful job as a result of it isn't exactly going to give me a self-esteem boost. Personally I find a simple smile provides better customer satisfaction than a person who won't shut up for five seconds anyway!
4. Snoopers - I'm a private person, even amongst closest friends I like to keep myself to myself and I'm not one for having heart to hearts and expressing my feelings. What I do when I need to get something off of my chest is write it down and as a result I have countless amounts of note books which contain moans, rants and my deepest secrets. Now because I keep these things to myself I'm some sort of 'mystery' and people seem to want to know these things even more so just for that reason. I invite friends over and will see them eyeing up my notebooks and anything else which may contain nuggets of information. My best friend has no problem with just getting one out and having a read claiming that she should be allowed to because she doesn't keep anything from me so how dare I keep anything from her! Whilst I love the girl to the ends of the earth this annoys me more than I could ever express. It makes me feel uncomfortable and anxious and, whilst I don't really have anything to hide, it's still an unwelcomed invasion of privacy and I cannot stand it.
5. Constant talkers - You know when you're at the cinema, live event, lecture or anywhere where you're trying to listen to one particular thing or person and the group behind or next to you won't shut up and allow you to do that? Those people can go straight into room 101! The same applies for people who try and spark conversation with me whilst I'm clearly reading a book.
6. 'Spiders won't hurt you you know' - Whether a spider will hurt me or not is irrelevant. I don't like them and I don't want them near me. You don't have to kill them, take them outside if you like just get them out of my house! Don't tell me it's probably more scared of me than I am of it, given me being there obviously isn't bothering it in the slightest whilst I'm backed up in a corner I'd say that's utter bull. Empty shampoo bottles left to pile up are not going to hurt me but I don't want those in my bathroom either. People who give me stupid excuses about my fear of spiders being irrational anger me more than the spider does but I'll probably stick spiders in room 101 too.
7. Nettles - Little more needs to said on that one! My sister once fell into a massive bush of them and got covered in those red bumpy and itchy lumps from head to toe, I could have cried for her.
8. People who tell me my vegetarianism is pointless because the animals are still going to be killed - That's like saying don't give to cancer research charities, people are still going to die. In my entire almost nine years of vegetarianism I never once preached at someone for eating meat. I have no problem when anyone eating meat, I'll even cook some meat products. I just don't want to eat it myself. Whether or not you want to eat meat is a personal choice and if I can respect yours the decent thing to do would be to respect mine.
9. Public transport prices - Near on £4 to get to my local supermarket and back which can be walked in around 20 minutes each way is just ridiculous. Walking when you've got a week's worth of shopping however is pretty tough and I'm fed up of taxi drivers making their prices up as they go along. I swear some of them can sense I won't kick up a fuss so charge double fare.
10. Tea and coffee - I don't like either, but try looking like a respectable grown up whilst asking for pop! It's impossible. If we stick those two beverages into Room 101 then the remaining options will be limited and perhaps pop will become an acceptable drink to ask for!
11. People who mimic my accent in a voice which sounds entirely nothing like mine - I'm from about eighty miles North of where I currently live and my accent has a slight Northern twang about it. I go 't'shop' rather than 'to the shop' and 'nowt' and 'owt' appear in my sentences frequently, I by no means speak the queen's English but then, neither do these people from The Black Country where I now live. Here the word 'are' is replaced with 'am' (the sentence 'how am ya?' took me about a three months to figure out) didn't becomes 'day' and a tooth is a 'tuff'. But the way people take the pee out of my accent you'd think these people were part of the Royal Family! And I just have smile about it because 'we'm only 'avin a loff' well I'm not laughing. It's annoying and makes me feel very self-aware.
12. The head phoneless music playing craze - You can buy headphones from Poundland, I admit they're pretty rubbish but then so is the tinny sound quality of your phone speaker. There's no excuse for not wearing them if you want to listen to music in public so do us all a favour and wear them! I think there should be some law about this on buses personally.
I could continue but I'm actually starting to get angry now so probably best to stop!
Summary: Lock them up and throw away the key!