PET PEEVE #1
I’m a city girl, born and bred and by choice. I’m used to a certain level of ambient noise. San Francisco doesn’t have anything like the non-stop background cacophony of New York City, but even here, there’s always a rumble of buses going up the hill, the fog horns at night, the clatter of the cable car….All part of city life, just the normal buzz.
But some noises are so obnoxious they’re infuriating.
Top of my list of pet peeves is the ubiquitous CAR ALARM.
Hooting, honking, wailing like a siren, or (worst of all) going through an ear-splitting sequence of every possible versions of a sound alarm.
And why? I’ve never in my life seen ANYone race out of a building or store to check on their car when the alarm is blasting. Nor have I ever seen squad cars racing to the scene of a car alarm, to defend the car against (imaginary) thieves or the (common) leaf that fell on the hood and set off the alarm
So what’s the point? It’s just noise, noise, NOISE!
Thankfully, most modern alarms are limited to 30 seconds or 1 minute of useless, intrusive, and inconsiderate NOISE. Plenty of time to wrench you out of a pleasant alpha dream state and wreck your sleep cycle, but at least it stops after a minute.
But there are still some old vehicles around with the old-fashioned non-stop alarms.
After a few hours of that NOISE ricocheting off buildings in a half-mile radius, sometimes a squad car actually does pull up and ticket the offending car for disturbing the peace. But the NOISE doesn’t stop until the owner wakes up from wherever he or she was and shows up to retrieve the car, and is all surprised and offended that the car has a ticket, because golly heck gee-whiz, they didn’t hear a thing!
Do you have any pet peeves? What are they?
If you made a pet peeve, what would it look like? Here’s mine 😀