10 Pet Peeves– Feeling Very Snarky– Rant Alert

1. Religious Intolerance – this world is a great, big, beautiful place full of culture and diversity. Accept that. Your way is just that. Yours. And remember, every religion teaches that “it is the only one.” In fact, my incredibly smart daughter asked me this question, ” How come some people think they have a right to decide who is worthy of heaven?”

2. Bigots– Live behind a pointing finger and the path to truth is obstructed.

3. Sunflower Seeds that taste like ass – because they taste like ASS! There’s nothing like a mouthful of good sunflower seeds and then that one bursts in your mouth like a rotting sunflower corpse. We need sunflower sorters with x-ray vision who can see through the shell to the hell inside. I’ll pay extra.

4. Fuddy-Duds. – why is it that most people slowly sink into Fuddy-Dud land the older they get? I saw this woman in Barnes and Noble the other day with her teenage son. He’d received a CD for Christmas and without even listening to “All” the lyrics– she dismissed a pretty cool CD (Gorillaz) as bad. She nearly yelled, “Kids with guns– I can’t believe someone bought this for you!” Uh, I was told that song had a powerful message, something to do with the corruption of children in the Middle East by giving them guns… Ouch. This lady gets my all time Fuddy Dud award. And no, not because she didn’t have the open mind to at least listen to all the lyrics– which is sad – and yes, as a parent, she has every right to decide what is okay for her son — but because she yelled this loudly in a busy store and embarrassed him!

5. People who get mad at you for not calling when THEY DON’T CALL EITHER– Granted, I’m terrible at calling– the phone can suck up mountains of time and email is quicker and easier. Plus, my husband and daughter are almost always on the phone. That gets old quick. They’re both on phones right now.

6. Believing anyone with an open mind or the least little bit of a liberal attitude has no morals— Repeat after me… Stereotyping is not a good thing. And see number 1,2 and 4 again please.

7. Hypochondria– Let’s see, spend most of your life worrying that something is wrong– then you live to 100. Wow, that’s a lot of wasted time.

8. Fox News– Ugh.

9. Daytime sensational shows – Yes, I want to go on national television and prove to the world I’m an ass. And a stupid one at that.

10. Capitalized Labels – I’m a human being. I’m also a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a lover and a friend. Lower case labels are good. Some of the upper case ones put us in windowless boxes that keep things like love and acceptance out. Stick some windows on your boxes and better yet, add latches.

And last but not least, all of the above can be grouped together in one big, big pet peeve.

ASS-umptions— No one has all the answers. Don’t judge a person by their color, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, job, neighborhood, etc. Don’t assume someone isn’t good because they don’t walk into a certain building every Sunday. Don’t assume someone is an idiot for misspelling a word or two– the English language is freaking twisted. Don’t make stupid assumptions on a person’s morals based on their political leanings. Don’t assume all science is bad — most of us live longer, healthier lives because of science. We were given brains for a reason. Let’s use them!

Please people! Remember, big, diverse world??? Gray areas????

Any time you dismiss someone else as wrong, you are putting yourself above them.

Get over yourself already!


  1. Rinda, I’m on the phone with Gena right now, and we want to know how you know what ass tastes like.

    Very curious.

    We’re also very curious about whether the sunflower seeds taste good or bad, since neither of us has ever tasted ass.

  2. Great question from your daughter. Many people assume they have the right to judge others regarding going to heaven or not. We can’t, we don’t have that power. It actually states in the Bible that those who judge others to hell… well check it out. (I don’t want to say you’ll go to hell, but the bible says it) If you need scripture, I can get it. If had that power, then God could not be God… Bible lesson for the day in a nutshell. My Bible is closed now. 🙂

    This was a very good post, Rinda. At first you caught me off guard. Then you HAD to throw in the arse tasting sunflower seeds. 😉

    I’m with Gena and Jill… what DO they taste like? Really? Tell, don’t share your arse tasting sunflower seeds with me.. just tell. lol

  3. Ass-seeds are an experience one must live through on her own, I’m afraid. A rotten one pulls you out of the world and throws you into such a bad place, it has to taste like ass. Just has to.

    I grew up studying all religions and learned that they all teach love and acceptance and they all believe in a higher power.

    I met lovely people who practice Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Paganism, Christianity, etc. My favorites ended up being the syncretic religions– the ones who believed that all are basically the same. 🙂

    People just seem to forget that there are a lot of cultures out there in the world. It’s not our place to decide which is right for someone else.

    This rant was, in part, brought on by my family’s recent exposure to a gathering full of narrow-minded people who were basically dismissing entire cultures as evil. It broke my heart.

    Plus, it’s been my hot button since the sixth grade when I went to school in the Ozark Mountains. I had this one teacher who ignored the separation of church and state. She’d have prayer meetings and several children in the class practiced different religions. They had to leave the room every time and this set them so far apart from the other children, it was sad. Very. They were teased and much worse. I’ll never forget the tears on one girl’s face as kids pointed fingers and told her their “parents” had told them she was going to hell.

    It’s a wonder anyone grows up sane. Children are taught to love and accept, but only the people who believe the right way. What kind of message is that?

  4. Religious intolerance is an issue for me as well. So many groups think theirs is the only way. Well, someone, if not all of them are wrong. I don’t know why people think you have to adhere to a “religion”. I know a number of people who have trouble accepting the fact that I consider myself a very spiritual person just because I am not the member of a specific “religion”. Or sometimes, specifically their religion. The journey of the spirit is a “singular” journey, after all, not a group affirmation. You can’t grow in spirit or connect with a higher power just by stating “I believe these doctrines”. If I were posting pet peeves, it would be right up there at the top of mine, too.

    That being said, I love sunflower seeds! And, yes, a bad one can absolutely ruin your day.

  5. __The journey of the spirit is a “singular” journey, after all, not a group affirmation.__

    This is what I learned from all those years of religious study. 🙂

    I used to ask my mother why she still took in her father, why she cared for him and loved him despite the cruel, religiously judgmental things he said to her.

    She told me she asked the same question and received this answer.

    “He walks in the light he sees. I love him there and so should you.”

    Never a proponent of the word, should, I nevertheless took this to heart. It’s simple and beautiful. My mother’s love for him is unconditional– even if his isn’t.

    Love them for “who” they are– even if they hurt you– even if you don’t understand their religion or lack thereof.

    If I did a top ten wish list, number one would be the loss of religious persecution.

    It’s hurtful and mean. It creates painful division.

    It can be deadly.

    6 million Jewish people, gypsies, communists and homosexuals. Murdered in the Holocaust.

    I think it happened to teach the world a harsh lesson. That’s why the United Nations created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Even our earlier Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal.

    The message of acceptance is out there. There are just a few obstructions in the way. 🙂

  6. I completely respect anyone’s decision to worship any god they chose, because we’v been given free will. It’s not my place to tell anyone anything they don’t want.

    My family and I attend church VERY regularly. We’re not Jesus Freaks, but we believe in the Bible. We do NOT believe in religion… it’s man made, therefore flawed.

    Betty, I loved your comments!! I’m so glad you and Rinda can talk about this controvercial subject easily. It’s great that we may believe differently, but the same way.

    I’ve taken too much cold meds… I’m getting loopy… going now. lol

  7. It’s my hope that the subject becomes less controversal and that people can talk to each other about differences and get along.

    Betty and I discuss this stuff a lot so we’re used to each other. (grin)

    Hope you feel better. I’ve been on the edge of a cold for weeks. The sucker never sinks in entirely. I don’t know if that’s more annoying than actually getting sick.

  8. Thanks for the get well wishes. It doesn’t matter if I’m on drugs or not (that sounded bad lol) I can’t spell. Betty, if you want you can come over and use my cold meds. I can’t take them too much and have lots…

    I vote for pretty cat, too.

  9. Well, the US has not signed the Declaration of Human Rights, so what do you expect? And of course, saying it or signing it isn’t the same as living it.

    One of my pet peeves is blind faith. I get so many essays defending this or that, and the people don’t even research or question at all. They assume and want to shove their closed views onto everyone else.

    Another pet peeve? Web sites that don’t let you go back to the previous site using the BACK button. You actually have to go to HISTORY or use the drop down menu. It’s so rude.

  10. I hate that stupid diaper commercial where the baby lifts weights and talks like a surfer dude. Or maybe I’m also on too many cold meds this week, to be so irritated by a fake baby. :))

    And I’m always annoyed by hypocrisy and smugness in any form. Good discussion, Rinda!

  11. I’m so sorry I’ve been gone. For some reason Blogger isn’t sending me the emails when someone posts a comment so I didn’t know the discussion has continued.

    Kelli, what are you doing with my head? Am I going to be a fembot again?

    Betty, maybe we were lovers in a past life… you never know.

    Ammanda, are you talking about that creepy Quiznos baby? Personally, I’m kinda weirded out by the cow shaking commercial. What’s up with that?

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