Thursday, March 25, 2010

That Beotch Owes Me Dessert

I have ZERO tolerance for annoying things. That said, I also have to admit that I find a LOT of things annoying. Today, I'm only going to tell you about one of those things.
No, not the ones in my head, the ones of other people. Before I tell you what prompted this post, I'll tell you another short story that will illustrate my dislike of annoying voices...

I had moved out to Arizona and needed a job. My brother owns his own company (he's a ceramic tile contractor) and although he didn't have anything for me to do for him - I don't do manual labor and that was the only thing he had, work that required a lot of labor - he got me a job at a carpet store where he knew the owner.

Well, the first day was just miserable. Not only was the place visually depressing (I must have aesthetically pleasing surroundings), but the girl I worked with, at the desk next to me, had a voice like Minnie Mouse on helium. I couldn't take it. Every time she answered the phone, I felt like I was the only dog in the neighborhood hearing this high pitched horror.

So when I went to lunch that day, I left a note on my desk telling them that I wouldn't be back and they could send my check for the hours I worked to my home address. I never went back. Of course, my brother never helped me get a job again, but oh well. At least I didn't quit by leaving a Post-It note on my computer screen like my friend Kim did. We worked at the same place when that happened and I must say, it was a delicious day. The owners of that place are Evil Overlords and their henchmen were just one step behind that evil...obviously hired for their likeness to the head EO's.

Anyway...that was just one experience with an aggravating voice. Another one happened last night when Ed and I went to dinner at Maggiano's. We were seated in a cozy little corner booth in the back, which I liked because we only had people on one side of us, but that wound up being the problem.

There were three men and one woman. And the woman, within the first five minutes of us being seated, was driving me nuts. They were all talking business and all she kept saying as the men were talking was "Right. Right. Right. Right. Right." No "I see what you mean.", "Absolutely.", "Oh, definitely." or even an "Uh-huh." Just rightrightrightrightrightright. Over and over.
And not only was that word the only thing I could hear, her voice was SO nasal and so pinched, I couldn't focus on anything else. Picture Fran Drescher toned down with a little Katie Couric. I tried to tune her out but it didn't work, and since she was sitting facing me, I couldn't even ignore her.

Nothing ruins the pleasure of dining out for me (except kids in a restaurant - that'll ruin a night out in a heartbeat), especially if I'm eating gnocchi, but this woman almost did. I actually couldn't wait to leave.

I even gave up tiramisu just so I didn't have to sit there another minute!

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Gil said...

I don't even think plenty of wine could counteract those kinds of voices. Sorry your dinner was ruined.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your dinner. I know just how you feel. I have been reading your blog for just over a year now and from this post (and a few others) I wonder if you fall in the category of HSP (highly sensative person) I took the test recently myself and found out I am. Here is the link in case you are interested.

Anonymous said...

I am so with you. My boyfriend and I frequently rant that we would pay extra to dine in a sound proof booth. I know, that's bad. We usually go to restaurants at off times just so we can dine alone!

B in Dallas

Lipstick Trucker said...

I agree with B in Dallas, Joe and I go out to dinner at off times too, cause I hate being in a room full of loud and noisy people.

The Daily Rant said...

Gil: I would have had to be stone cold drunk (which I don't do) to not hear that woman. LOL

Liz: I took the HSP test and only 4 items were true for me - so I guess that's not it. I am not overly sensitive in general, I am easily annoyed by people more than things or sounds. Unless it's the people making the sounds. LOL

B and Lipstick: I will ask to switch tables if I am sat next to a party with a lot of children and I would pay more in a HEARTBEAT to avoid children in restaurants, in the movies and on airplanes. I made a comment about this once on Facebook and was almost crucified! LOL

I think I might have to do a blog post about this.

extenze said...

alcohol helps a lot in situations like that. takeaway tiramisu also helps.

extenze said...

when in doubt, turn on your ipod darling

Wrinkle Cream said...

I know, that's bad. We usually go to restaurants at off times just so we can dine alone!