Monday, June 16, 2008

Only in the South

Last Sunday after church, hubs, LO and I were heading to one of our favorite lunch destinations: Panera Bread. Yum!

We're taking our normal route on the freeway (I call it a freeway since I'm from California; most people around here call it the interstate or highway), when we notice a serious traffic jam straight ahead.

"What in the world?" I wonder. It's quite unusual to have traffic of any kind on a Sunday afternoon.

We decided to get off a couple of exits early in order to miss the parking lot and arrive at our destination quicker. We arrive at Panera and both enjoy our most favorite item: Broccoli Cheddar Bread Bowls. De-lish!

So that was the end of the story. Until...

Last Wednesday I was driving down the freeway without a care in the world. Guess LO were probably out running errands or what-not. Life is just peachy until I happen to look down and discover the reason for the huge back-up on Sunday. This you've got to see to believe:

Now, I realize the pic is awful 'cause I took it on my cheap-o cellphone. But can you see what I saw?

That's right!

They painted little pictures of the freeway signs on the road itself!

Can you believe that? Have you ever seen that before??

I was just shocked. I mean, I understand you have those "visual" people out there that need to physically see something to process it effectively. But isn't that what those big green signs are for that are prominently displayed over the freeway on those metal poles (you can even see them in the distance in the pic!)?

I couldn't help but think, "Yep! That there's my tax dollars hard at work!"

Only in the South.

Pet Peeves

I've decided to share a short list of my pet peeves, in no particular order. I'm sure if I thought about it long enough, I could double or triple this list. But I'll keep it short for those of you who are supposed to be working right now!

  1. Bad customer service. Anywhere.
  2. The guy in front of you at the stoplight that has a 12 second delay before he realizes the light is green.
  3. Same guy from #2 that take 2.7 minutes to get up to the speed limit--even if it's only 35.
  4. When you're on the phone about something (like a purchase or what-not) and they ask for your name and/or phone number. You start to give it to them and they ask you to hold on so they can get a pen, paper, etc...
  5. People who drive at or under the speed limit while in the left lane of the highway (hmmm... a lot of these seem to focus on other drivers, huh?).
  6. PCs. That's right--I'm a Mac girl now!
  7. People who say they're gonna do something but don't.
  8. Bathroom doors that you have to "pull" to exit. This makes no sense to me.
  9. People who say what they think you want to hear--especially when they don't mean a word of it.
  10. When someone with more than 20 items uses the express check-out lane marked "20 items or less."
  11. Having to ask the server for a refill on your beverage.
  12. Stretch marks. 'nuff said.
  13. When my Internet connection is down. Or slow.
  14. Long lines. Anywhere.
  15. Ladies who leave the bathroom without washing their hands. (gag)
  16. Blog readers who don't leave comments (Seriously! I want to hear from YOU!).

What about you? What are your biggest pet peeves? Do any of mine make your Top 10 List?