Traveling Can Be Annoying

You may have noticed, I’ve been posting my annoyed and loving columns for about seven months. I can’t decide which I like writing better. I feel so happy when I write the loving post and when a lot of people like it.

When I write the annoyed post, I feel more anxious but validated, especially when people like it, comment on it, or best yet, add their own annoyances (which I always identify with).

So, while we are on the topic of being annoyed, here’s my top three for the week:

1. Neck Pillows

First, I find neck pillows generally annoying. I can’t believe so many people work so hard to keep their neck straight for a flight (even a short flight). However, I am totally willing to overlook that. To each his own and hey, maybe you have terrible neck pain…I’m not a jerk.

What I find beyond annoying is people who wear their neck pillow around the airport. What are you doing? Don’t even try, sleep walking – not funny. These people look ridiculous. On my last trip, I stopped at a restroom, after I washed my hands I checked myself out in the full-length mirror.

A young girl was doing the same thing. She was wearing a neck pillow. She was staring at herself in the mirror, making sure she looked okay WHILE WEARING A NECK PILLOW. Needless to say, she didn’t take it off. Walked right out of the restroom thinking she looked great.

Did I mention she was still WEARING THE NECK PILLOW!! Come on, people – that’s annoying.

2. Bad Bathroom Hooks

Speaking of being in a public bathroom, I hate when I need to hang my bag and the bathroom hook is falling off or worse yet, not there! This should be part of routine maintenance.

Your purse or any bag should not be put on the floor of the bathroom. We need good bathroom hooks. Not having them is just…annoying. 

3. Rushing to Board

So, we’re all waiting to board the plane. We all want to get on, get to our seat, and get going. Yep, we all have the same goal in mind. Almost every airline boards certain people, areas, zones, etc. first…”almost every” would make that the majority.

I’m pretty sure all people boarding know this. And guess what, if they don’t, the airline person boarding the flight tells them…every time.

Why then does every person on the flight have to make a mad rush for the gate as soon as they get whiff of the airplane through the just opened jetway door?

Tons of people cramming up to board when they know they just have to wait. And, it just makes it harder for other people (whose turn it is) to get past them. Believe me, you are going to get on the plane. Nobody is leaving you behind. Now, MOVE BACK people, you’re annoying!

All travel-related. What can we do? Wait, I know…

Tell me, what’s annoying you?


Annoying Not…

It’s that time again when I tell you what has been annoying me this week. I know you are excited!

But, guess what…I’m not annoyed!

You probably can’t believe it, right? Well, it’s true. If you read yesterday’s post then you know it’s my birthday. Well, it was my birthday yesterday but I’m one of those people who believes in celebrating your birthday for a whole week – I mean, one day is just not enough.

And, this has been a great week! Something cool happened to me earlier in the week, which I’ll be sharing soon (don’t get too excited), I had a great sushi lunch with my kids, I had a delicious cuban lunch with my mother-in-law, dinner at a James Beard nominee place I’ve been dying to go to, and tonight a big birthday dinner too.

Tomorrow we have a graduation party and then it’s Father’s Day – celebrations all over the place! How could I be annoyed with so much fun going on?

Sure, I could be annoyed with getting older but I’m not letting that get to me – not when there is so much good food to eat, great wine to drink, awesome friends to celebrate, and my beautiful family through it all!

But, I’ll see you in two weeks – we’ll see how I’m feeling then…

Are you annoyed this week?