Things I Can’t Deal With Lately
One of my favorite writers is Emma Golden, the woman behind the hilarious blog Emmas’s Thing and a contributor to Thought Catalog, Elite Daily, and more. Every week (or so), I enjoy reading the posts in her “I Can’t” series, which are posts where she complains about things she just can’t deal with. As she says herself, “Being an adult is rough and by bitching and moaning about it openly on my blog, I believe I succeed in saying most of the things everyone else is probably thinking but can’t bring themselves to say because they actually have “filters” and “social awareness.” In these posts, Emma often says what’ I’m thinking — so there’s no need for me to write it twice, right? However, I’ve been lately rage-y lately, so here’s my installment of “Things I Can’t Deal With Lately”.
High-end brand flip flops
Flip flops are essentially a piece of rubber shaped to your foot and two pieces of fabric to go between your toes. Paying anything more than $15 for a pair of flip flops is ridiculous. What’s even more ridiculous is the people who will buy these name-brand flipflops and shell out $250 bucks on shitty sandals solely because they have a Tory Burch logo or “MK” written all over them (for Michael Kors, of course). You could buy 20 pairs of flip flops at Old Navy in a rainbow of colors with that money!
People who swing their arms in an extreme manner when walking
This excessive flailing of the arms tends to be a crime committed more often by women than men, and becomes more apparent and annoying during my walking commute during rush hour. It’s like they are a helicopter planning to take off (which would actually be a blessing since I wouldn’t have to deal with walking behind them). I’m so annoyed by these people that I walk really close to them on purpose so they “accidentally” hit me with their swinging arms, thus making them aware of their embarrassing habit and hopefully forcing them to say “Sorry” and evaluate their life choices.
New Jersey Transit
I live in New Jersey and commute every day and night to my job in New York City. The commute itself isn’t too bad — it’s a 30-minute train ride, followed by another 10-minute train ride and a 10-minute walk. But from door to door, with delayed trains, a shitty train schedule, and slow people in general, it’s around an hour and 20 minutes door to door. Woof. Usually I don’t mind the commute as it goes by quickly, but the past few weeks have been filled with delays upon delays. Trains just don’t show up. Trains are parked outside the station for a half hour due to “signal issues” or “wire problems” that have been broken for years and they are too cheap to fix. Amtrak trains are sucking at life, which somehow affects NJ Transit passengers and we have to suffer as well. To make things worse, NJ Transit and Chris Christie both handle the situation in terrible ways. Commuting sucks in general, I get it. But this is just incompetence at its finest. Oh, and they’re raising the prices by 9%. So my $250 commute will now be even more. Great.
I’m with you on the high end flip flops, they are still flip flops that you cannot wear anywhere nice.
A great fear of mine is people wearing flipflops to my wedding. Ugh.
OMG this is so good! I totally agree on the flip flops!
I absolutely love this and think you need to do them every so often. I’m saving this “topic” for a rainy day. I agree on everything. The flip flops are super annoying. These $3 Target flip flops are doing the job just fine, thank you! And do not even get me started on NJT. Insta-rage. Fortunately, my latest commute isn’t terrible. I have an express bus that goes straight down River Rd. from my house so it’s actually pretty quick. After that, at 10-15 minute walk to my office. I love that you get close to the arm swingers on purpose! I do that sort of thing as well.
OH I will be! A lot of things annoy me haha so you can always depend on that. Also, #commuterproblems
Just found your blog and I love it! We are totally on the same wavelength with the pet peeves. I never understood how people pay so much for sandals either… Unless they are the most comfortable shoes in the world, I am all about a bargain with comfort. Keens are one pair of sandals I am willing to cough up a chunk of change though, but that’s a hiking shoe so I’m not sure that counts. I’m from Wisconsin so we don’t have public transportation like Jersey but it sounds like it an be a pain!
Thanks for commenting – so glad you found me! I’ve never even heard of Keens so clearly I’m behind the times. Googling them now…