Monday, May 07, 2007

Pet Peeves #2

In case you don't know what this thread is about, check out the first Pet Peeves I put up back in March. Basically, I mention something that bugs me. Then, I turn it over to you and you rant about things that bug you. The first Pet Peeves was quite popular so hopefully the trend continues!

My Pet Peeve: people who don't use turn signals

This isn't the country, folks. Nor is it Thompson, Manvel, Drayton, or any number of other small towns where using your turn signal might not be that important. This is Grand Forks and we have a fair amount of traffic on our streets. How hard is it to use your turn signal anyways? I'm not sure if this problem is worse here than in other places or not, but it's still out of hand. I'm sick of waiting for cars only to find that they are turning but just don't think it's worth their effort to put their turn signal on. It's a common courtesy folks and it only makes sense when driving in a town that has traffic. Start signaling!

Ok, your turn. What really bugs you?

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

republicans

ec99 said...

1. Lousy drivers who don't signal, talk on their cell phones, and drive 15 in 40 zone.

2. Parents who won't control their kids in public places.

3. People who won't clean up after their dogs.

4. Drunk college students who believe they have to shout to be heard at 2:00 am.

Anonymous said...

I believe turn signals are an optional feature on cars sold in North Dakota. Ditto what ec99 said about lousy drivers and everything else!

Anonymous said...

Why is gas in Fargo $2.92 - the lowest I saw and over $3.00 in Grand Forks?

daniel vincent john said...

gum in water fountains, basically gum anywhere.

Anonymous said...

handguns

ec99 said...

"Why is gas in Fargo $2.92 - the lowest I saw and over $3.00 in Grand Forks?"

Don't get me started on the gas station cartel in GF.

Anonymous said...

Liberal Democrats who are trying to turn this country into another Communist police state where only government officials have guns and get to order everyone around in an effort to take care of them.

Elucidarian said...

anonymous and anonymous: PARTISANSHIP. (and maybe posting inflammatory comments anonymously)

ec99:
2. Parents who won't control their kids in public places.

You said "won't control" and not "can't control" so I assume you're giving some credit to those whose kids are being difficult.

Lynsey said...

The lack of diversity in everything in GF, especially the restaurants. I wish we had an Einstein Bros. or Panera Bread or something other burgers and tacos for fast food options.

MattFacingSouth said...

Lynsey, I laughed a little when you mentioned diversity in food and then named two national chains. Chains, IMO, are the antithesis of diversity; not that I don't like to frequent them, I just thought it was funny.

Heck, I'm still waiting for a Jamba Juice.

ec99 said...

"You said "won't control""

Yes. I am referring to those parents who do not open their mouths while their little sociopaths run rampant through stores creating havoc.

Anonymous said...

Elucidarian,

Sorry, from now on we'll pass our comments to you first for approval.

Matthew said...

I'm glad at least mattfacingsouth agrees with me on the chain restaurant thing.

I said my pet peeves in the last thread, do I get to say them again?



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Peter Griffin said...

You know what really grinds my gears? People complaining all the time.

Coffee Guy said...

"Chains, IMO, are the antithesis of diversity"

Because the locally-owned restaurants in Grand Forks offer such exotic fare?

Just bustin'. I agree (somewhat).

Anonymous said...

LOLZAMENTS

concerned citizen said...

What really bugs me is the perpetual stench that emmanates from several places in and around Grand Forks, like the Sewage treatment plant and the 'lagoons'. YUCK!! Why can't city council spend some $ to upgrade the Sewage treatment facility so it doesn't stink to high h*ll all the way up and down Hwy 2? This is the 21st Century!!! Other cities don't smell so bad all the time! This is an important quality-of-life issue...why is no one addressing it????

Coffee Guy said...

Report it to the EPA, and let them investigate. That's why we pay taxes.

Glass Half Full said...

Has anyone noticed the 'Big Brother is watching' cameras that are on intersections along 32nd??
They must have been installed recently. From Happy Harrys to the Target/Kohls there are new cameras installed on all the lightposts. Are they for ticketing purposes or traffic counting. They are pretty heavy duty.

Coffee Guy said...

Are they red light cams or traffic signal cams? The traffic ones look like this:
http://tinyurl.com/2zu6gk They replace the old fashioned wire induction loop in the road.

If it's the traffic ones, they merely signal the presence of a vehicle in the intersection. It's all for the timing of red lights. They're usually pointed across an intersection to the "front of the line" across the way.

I'm curious to know which cameras you are seeing.

gf city cop said...

they are only for traffic monitoring purposes. They have been installed on all of the new light signals for the last 5 years and are being retrofit on several other intersections. They help in the motion sensing, I guess...absolutely not for ticketing red light infractions.

Matthew said...

I wish they were for red-light ticketing. Then maybe people would stop being idiots, and we wouldn't need to raise taxes...

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ec99 said...

I notice people in GF truning right on red lights and stop signs don't bother stopping anymore.

vcsuvike said...

North Dakotans in general don't stop at a red light or stop sign anymore. I think the cops should crack down on it and on speeding.

Anonymous said...

When I can't sign in and am forced to leave anon comments

Anonymous said...

Pet peeve: Grand Forks gas prices.

There was a time when it was more expensive to fill up in small towns surrounding the city; that often isn't the case any longer.

Anonymous said...

The fact that people expect to be treated as kings and queens by clerks in stores. This used to be an acceptable request when the clerk was the owner of the store, but now most clerks are being treated like crap and getting paid that way, too. Cut them a little slack now and then. They put up with so much of your crap. Seriously, the way people treat store clerks now is astonishing. You wouldn't treat someone on the street that way, you'd get told where to go! Remember the Golden Rule, people. These people are just trying to make some money.

Anonymous said...

This blog always praising Grand Forks!

Amanda&Jeremy said...

Since moving here 5 months ago...my biggest pet peeve is people who can't grasp the concept of stop signs. Apparently some feel these are merely a friendly suggestion. On weekends we avoid 6th (by the Ralph) as we have had so many people just blow through stop signs or who don't stop when leaving a parking lot and almost hit us. Ive never feared driving like I fear it here!

ND driver said...

Now that spring has finally sprung, my pet peeve is that there are absolutely NO lines left on the streets around town. It's getting unsafe in a lot of areas where traffic can't tell where to stop or where the lanes are. Is NDdot planning on re-painting the lines anytime soon i.e 2008?