I am declaring today as the start of spring cleaning. Now that spring is almost here, I am unloading a pile of major and minor pet peeves for your consideration. Do you share any of these with me?
1. People who don't shovel sidewalks. Or, for that matter, municipalities who don't shovel sidewalks.
This is far from an upstate New York problem, but it's been especially sad this year to see disabled and elderly people trying to navigate icy sidewalks blocked by piles of snow put there by someone's snowplow. Or, wading through snow that hasn't been touched by the owner of the land. Or, consider people trying to get off a city bus at a stop and finding their access blocked by said snowpiles. This is serious business for a city on the edge of what we call the Snowbelt, running about 83 inches of snow in an average year.
There are laws here regarding snow removal, but apparently the county (they don't clean a property they maintain near my house very well, or consistently) and several local businesses are exempt. So we local residents, enough of whom are old, struggle on.
I hope those officials and businessowners (and yes, homeowners who are either healthy or who can afford someone to remove their snow) grow old one day, and need to walk on city sidewalks.
2. Potholes. The roads in this area are in emergency condition. I know it just isn't us, but this has to be some kind of record pothole year. Some of our major roads are ready to turn into dirt roads with holes that could swallow a truck. Just exaggerating slightly. Get out of your car and walk? See #1 above.
3. Our flood insurance is renewing. Envelope says "Important...please make check payable to NFIP." Bill says "To remit by check, make check payable to: FEMA Flood Payments." Your guess is as good as mine. Drag out dartboard.
A letter came from Sam's Club, which is a discount "membership" warehouse
place here in the States. They are increasing the number of discounts
they provide each year - and, oh yes, they are also increasing my annual
membership. It was enough to make me seriously consider rethinking
whether I really need to spend $45 (new price) a year for the privilege
of shopping there.
The "Online isn't as good as our retail location" pet peeve. Example:
last Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving here in the United
States), I ordered some items online from Office Max, an ofice supply store. It would
have been nice to visit their store but they closed their store in my
area years ago. There isn't one nearby, either. Anyway, recently, they
sent me a letter beginning "Dear Valued Customer". It continued:
"....Shop one of our more than 850 locations, online or by phone...."
the peeve: they sent me two cards. One was a $10 off my next in-store
purchase of $50. or more. Can't use that-there's no store here. And the
other card? $30 off my next online or phone purchase of $150. or
more. Really? Online customers aren't valued unless they spend three
times as much as in the brick and mortar store? Dear Office Max, have
you stopped to think some of those online customers might be shopping
online because you closed their brick and mortar store?
Not feeling too valued right now.
A letter from my health insurer (and yes, I'm grateful to have health
insurance). "We care about your health...." So much so that it
recommends I discuss having a colonoscopy with my doctor. Now, if they
had bothered to check their records before sending the letter out, they
would know I've had two colonoscopies already. (Thank you
for paying for them, by the way.) Think I've already had that
discussion. Save your postage....
Letters from the hospital where I get my yearly mammogram telling me
it's time for my next one, recommending I make an appointment. These letters
always seem to come a couple of weeks after I've made appointment for
said mammogram. Dear Hospital, I made my appointment last Monday. Save
your postage....I expect the letter any day now.
(Yup, it came, just as I thought it would). Do they do this with all their female patients? Just think of the savings if they correlate their appointment records with their letter writing department. Never mind, the environmental cost of unnecessary paper use.
Do you have any particular pet peeves?