Pet Peeve Week

11/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

[To the tune of "My Favorite Things," Maestro, please...]

Pre-emptive striking, Git-Mo and litter,
Crackberries, and spandex, when "one-size" don't fit her,
tourists who walk four across on the streets,
these are a few of my favorite peeves!

Al Qaeda's growing and Afghan's faire's laissez
"New-cue-lar" weapons and Oedipal Prezzies,
Moose-dressing yahoos who don't ever blink,
They're my pet peeves --
oh there's more, let me think.

When gas prices increase,
when torture's condoned,
When the Veep shoots his friend,
and the friend's proud (and owned)
I simply remember Obama and Joe,
And pray for the 4th comes too slow!

When McCain speaks,
When McCain creaks,
When he says "My friends..."
I think of Iraq as a hundred years war
And scream at the screen... never ends.

OK -- enough Julie Andrews (who, by the way, is not a pet peeve of mine -- now Liza, that's a different story!). There's a never-ending and ever-growing list of things that leave me miffed, unexplainably angry, mysteriously irritated and make me gnash my teeth in my sleep.

But before I go on with my pet peeve rant, I wonder why we even have them in the first place? Are they just part of human nature? My mother-in-law, Anita, always says, "Hell is other people!" and she's right! You know the cast of characters... a spouse, a partner, a neighbor, a roommate, a parent who borrows things and never returns them, who always has to have the last word, who doesn't bathe often enough (and not for the eco-correct reason of saving water), who chews with an open mouth, who drives like an a**hole, who is always late and/or a dollar short, never says or sends "thank you" notes, never picks up the check, blah, blah, blah. Little things that gnaw at me. I know I'm not alone here, or there wouldn't be an entire week dedicated to Pet Peeves.

So here goes my much abbreviated list because I only get 600 words here, and I could really write a book!!

* Why are there politicians who still think Global Warming isn't man-made, when every scientist confirms that it is?

* Who raised the slobs who can't carry that empty bag of chips until they reach a trash can and think it's all right to toss it on the ground.

* Why aren't we already living with alternative forms of cheap energy like solar power (talk about plentiful and cheap!) and wind power (the hot air from Washington alone could power DC!)?

* What about those greedy governing "Deciders" and the lobbyists that set energy policies for them, who continue to mire us in wars over petroleum and send our kids off to be killed or maimed just so we can import it from across the planet - can anyone say "super-gi-normous carbon footprint"?

I know that everyone reading this has a laundry list of things that leave them twisted and bitter just like me -- and this is your week to let it all out -- it's National Pet Peeve Week. So rant all you want about those dumb and impossible to dismiss annoyances that often involve particular behaviors acted out by someone other than yourself.

So rant, rant, rant, rant, rant! Send me your pet peeves--maybe together we can not only write a book of environmental pet peeves, but perhaps we can even fix a few of them, too. Rant Baby Rant!