10 Things That Drive Me Crazy

1. People driving under the speed limit in the left lane of a two-lane road

tailgating on a three-lane autobahn

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Boy or Girl Toys

kids with toys

When my daughter was still in nursery school, she announced: “No more “boy toys.” She had a birthday coming up and wanted to make her gift wishes very clear.

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Tech Support, Please Don’t Make Things Worse.

woman computer problems

This year alone I have logged so many hours on the phone with tech support for my less-than-two-year-old lemon of a computer that at times I have lost full work days, my patience, and – quite nearly – my mind.

Sometimes, out of the boredom that comes with waiting for this diagnostic or that test to be run, a background in journalism, and a general curiosity about people, I have had conversations with technicians about family, the pluses and minuses of arranged marriages, what it’s like to work all night. One time I was on the phone so long that while the tech was working, I actually took a shower, dried my hair, got dressed and put on makeup. “Speaker phone is on. Yell if you need me,” I told the tech. “Do not leave me,” I warned, “because if I have to start over again with someone else, I will jump off a roof.”

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Snoring Husband

snoring husband

My husband snores. Most of the time it is a gentle rumbling that can even be a comfort in the night. Once I read an advice column where a woman wrote in complaining about her snoring mate. She said he was a faithful husband, had a great sense of humor, was a loving father, made a good living, etc. Snoring was her only complaint. The columnist wrote back and said with a husband such as she described the snoring should be music to her ears.

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