Today’s post is for my followers and readers that may not have the time or desire to read my longer posts. I have decided to give the heavier writing a break for today. In its place, I would like to share with you some things that I think aggravate many of us. If you find yourself annoyed by these things, I can understand your frustration. If you belong to the group of people doing these things, try not to be offended. I just wanted to add a little humor to the blog today :). My list is in no particular order.
- People walking three abreast at the store. I understand you are deep in discussion about the finer things in life and what delectable gourmet treats you will be choosing from Marge in the deli. However, if a person walking alone must run into the shelving unit to give you room, then you may want to walk single file for just a moment.
- Waving people in traffic / at stop signs / parking lots. Now, I do not mean waving at people in these places; this is fine. I am talking about foregoing the rules of the road and ignoring safety in the name of being polite. You see, when you are at the stop sign and wave everyone else through, there is a long line of cars behind you that do not see the gesture as polite. It is also not a good idea in parking lots or other places. I had a gentleman today who tried to motion me to back up in the parking lot. He got very frustrated that I would not budge. He did not see what I saw: a car speeding through the parking lot that I would have hit if I had backed up. In the future, stick to the laws of the road and go when it is your turn.
- People who are not prepared to go through security at the airport. While I only fly a few times a year, I always seem to get behind the people that do not know the rules of air travel. Seriously? The protocol has been in place for more than 10 years. Take your shoes off before you even get to the conveyor belt, put your keys, wallet, and other contents of your pockets in your shoes. Then, when you get to the conveyor, you only need to place your shoes in a bin, remove your laptop from its case, and place your small luggage on the belt or rollers. It is really that simple. If you are not sure, watch other people go through line to see how it is done. Oh, and don’t get mad when they make you throw away your water. It is not something new. Buy some after you get through security.
I am sure there are hundreds or thousands of other things that get under people’s skin, but I wanted to share those with you today. If you would like to share your rant, leave it in the comments section and consider following my blog or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/epworldwide/.
I recently completed my PhD in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of Wyoming. I have published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals and have a book chapter coming early next year. I aim to explore issues of privilege and equity of education, especially as they pertain to STEM education.