Sometimes I think IQ tests should be mandatory for a driver’s license.

Pet Peeve #2: People who don’t know how to drive.

I wonder sometimes about people’s common sense.  It seems that lately, common sense is lacking in our society.  Take what happened to me earlier as an example.

I was leaving the dry cleaners after having dropped off the husband’s clothes.  The dry cleaner is in a small shopping center.  The street in front of this shopping center is one of the main streets in town.  It is a four lane road with a turning lane dividing the east and westbound lanes.  I was making a left turn to head west to the house.  The traffic in the eastbound lanes was clear, so I pulled out and got in the turning lane, intending to ease into traffic in the westbound lanes.

Some idiot wanting to turn swooped in front of me into the turn lane.  If I hadn’t been paying attention, they would have gotten rear-ended.

This brings me to the point of this story, which is if someone is in the turning lane signalling they’re coming out and you’re needing to get in the turning lane so you can turn, get behind them.  Don’t swoop in front of them and potentially cause an accident.  Just pull in behind them, and once they’ve pulled into traffic, then you can pull forward and make your turn.

Basically, don’t be an idiot like the person who did this to me.

Pet Peeves

Pet Peeve #1: People who let their dogs run loose.

This is a big one for me, because I like being able to walk with my dog without having to worry about being accosted by someone’s (unfriendly) dog.  Unfortunately, in my current neighborhood, everyone seems to let their dogs run loose.  This is a nightmare for me, but so far, we’ve been lucky.  The only bad experience I’ve had was when we (the dog and I) went for a walk and walked right into the middle of a pack of unruly dogs.  We were able to retreat without anyone getting hurt, thankfully.

Part of the reason I hate when people let their dogs run loose is because I don’t enjoy feeling like I’m going to be mugged every time I leave the house.  I also hate other people’s dog poop in my yard.  I pick up after my dog and I don’t appreciate having to pick up after yours too.  Dogs running loose can be dangerous, not just to other pets and wildlife, but to people as well.  Dogs running in a pack are a bite/attack situation waiting to happen.

Not only can loose dogs be a danger to others, they can be a danger to themselves.  A dog running loose may run in front of a car.  They could be attacked by another loose dog.  And if you live on the outskirts of town like we currently do, they can have a less than pleasant run in with the local wildlife.

So if you love your dog, keep them inside or in a fenced yard.  It would make my life a lot easier.