Joelle, at Two On a Rant has issued an intriguing challenge: describe two pet peeves in 120 words or less. I read the britchy one’s post on the topic and Tintins’. Both are hilarious! Now the real challenge begins. How do I narrow all of my many pet peeves down to just two? I write a running-centered blog, so let me focus on running vexations.
Do drivers really not learn the purpose of crosswalk? A crosswalk is to let pedestrians (including runners) cross the street without the fear of being run over by a two-ton vehicle. Pedestrians have the right of way. (Sorry! Did I make you late for your latte?) If I am in a crosswalk, I expect you to stop. Until I cross the street.
If you and I are running on a path, going in opposite directions, we have to pass within one foot of each other. It is incontrovertible that we are both engaged in the same activity. Why not acknowledge each other? I don’t need a lengthy conversation. Just a nod. Or a small wave. Or even a grunt.
119 words. I have 1 word to spare!