1) People telling me "things will get better" or "this economy will turn around."
After nearly a year of this unemployment nonsense, that sentiment sounds more and more hollow. Yes, things HAVE TO, eventually, get better with the economy. I know that. Stating the obvious is not helpful. It's not encouraging. It doesn't warm my heart, causing it to burn with yearning for the future.
Things are bad now. It doesn't matter how awesome things become in the future if credit is ruined or if even more crippling debt is incurred NOW. And, I know there are people who are WAY worse off than I am in this economic nightmare.
So, STOP saying that things will get better. I would prefer you just not speak.
2) Grocery stores trying to charge me $4.99 for a 12-pack of Diet Coke.
What is this? Russia?
I'm not going to play your little game.
I know they are all a result of our record-breaking snowfall, and the massive efforts to move those 4 feet of snow off the roads in a timely fashion. But, that was 3 months ago. Seriously, let's get on this. I drive a tiny car. It has no chance.
4) Glenn Beck.
We don't need it. It just drags us down and makes our whole country look bad. Let's just cut it loose.
6) Oversharing on Facebook.
I don't want to know about your mucus plug passing or about the details of your messy divorce. If I did want to know that, we'd be real friends.
7) People saying "it's in the Constitution" as if that means "it was handed down by God."
The Constitution is a fluid document. We've amended it like 30 times.
And, I think we've established that those founding fathers, as good as their intentions might have been, didn't quite have ALL the best ideas about how to run this country (ahem, slavery). So, if our modern society decides it's NOT ok for you to carry a gun in a school zone, I don't want to hear that Thomas Jefferson thought you should be able to.
8) Your mom.