Friday, February 18, 2011

When People Wear the Race T-Shirt During the Race

I'm sure this is not a widespread pet peeve except within the running community so many of you might not get worked up about this. At running (and other) races it is now the custom to provide all entrants with a race t-shirt. I am a big fan of this tradition since it has significantly increased the amount of clothing I have (although they usually don't have my size, but I'll discuss that another time). I especially love when they give you tech shirts or long-sleeved shirts, or better still, long-sleeved tech shirts. The Tufts Health Plan 10k has really nice ones and I recommend it.

But people... do not, I repeat, DO NOT wear the race shirt during the race. If you ran the race last year and you want to wear last year's shirt, that's fine, but you cannot wear the shirt for a race you haven't even completed yet. First of all, you typically receive the shirts on race morning. I have to wonder, all of you in the race shirt, did you forget to bring a shirt? Did you run out of the house topless and then count your blessings when the race director provided you with a shirt? I mean, really. Secondly, although some race directors will provide you a nice tech T-shirt, many of them are cotton, and cotton is not exactly the ideal racing material. Let's be honest here.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, it is practically the first rule of running that you never ever ever try something new on race day. I don't care if it's a dinky 10k. You never try something new on race day! NEVER! Not new socks, or new shoes or shorts or hydration schemes or paces or food or SHIRTS! Nothing new! Seriously! That is such a newbie mistake, and wearing the shirt just highlights your noobness.

Many runners agree with me, so you know it's not just me. You may change into the race shirt immediately after the race, however. That is totally acceptable. And perhaps preferable so you don't wear a stinky sweaty shirt around all afternoon. Gross.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Old Sponges

Old sponges freak me out. I hate their old sponge smell and the way they make your hands smell for 30 minutes after using them. I hate their old sponge appearance, with bits of food stuck in them that you then rub all over the dish you are trying to clean. I hate their old sponge texture, how they start losing little blue bits of themselves all over the place. I especially hate the office sponge, which is particularly nasty since people are relatively careless with the status of the sponge. It grosses me out so much that most of the time I bring home my dirty tupperware from lunch and just wash it at home.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

People Who Celebrate Stupid Anniversaries

Today is the one year anniversary of the start of this blog! And I still hate so many more things.... Did I mention I hate hypocrites?

Monday, February 7, 2011

People Who Smash Into Cars and Don't Leave Notes

This entry dedicated to my dear friend, Shemily (name changed to protect identity).

Some people are jerks. And I hate those people. Yesterday, while she should have been enjoying a lovely warm SuperBowl Sunday, my friend Shemily's car was involved in a hit and run accident. Her car was quite damaged, and there was no way for her to tell who the guilty party was. Luckily, an extremely wonderful person witnessed the event and left a note on her windshield stating that he would be willing to serve as a witness that a truck from one Rod's Towing in Putney, VT was the one who inflicted such damage to Shemily's car. Without the witness, Shemily would be out of luck because the driver left no note.
Yes, it sucks if you hit someone else's car, especially if it was something totally unavoidable (like you didn't look behind you while backing up). But that is no excuse to flee the scene! It's also a crime and you can get up to 5 years in jail! So don't be a jerk, pay the consequences for your actions. And for now, Shemily and I are going to make up horrible stories about Rod from Putney, VT and what the heck he was even doing way down in Boston. Dealing drugs? Seeing a mistress? The possibilities are endless...

Friday, February 4, 2011

People Wearing Bluetooth Headsets for No Reason

I understand the point of Bluetooth. You don't want to be bothered holding a cell phone up to your ear for a long period of time, you need to use your hands to cook dinner, or your state doesn't allow you to hold a cell phone in your hand while driving. I get it. What I don't get is why people wear their Bluetooth headsets like it is a piece of fancy jewelry. For example, there is a man who works at the IT desk in our library. But it's not the IT department, it's just the desk where you can drop off your computer if it's having an issue or check out a school-owned laptop. So I don't understand why he needs to wear his Bluetooth all day long. Plus, he works in a LIBRARY where you are supposed to be quiet and not having phone conversations because students are trying to study. Granted he doesn't work on one of the official "quiet" floors, but still... it's a library. There are other examples of this phenomenon like people underground on the subway where there is no reception or clerks at stores that sell technological things like phones and computers or people out to a nice lunch or at happy hour.
Here's my opinion. Take off the headset because you look stupid, and put it in your pocket. It's like the size of a Ghurken pickle. It won't take up too much space.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Outdated Links at the Bottom of News Sites

I'm not a huge news reader but I often go to to read Love Letters, a major guilty pleasure of mine. Sometimes an interesting article catches my eye and I'll read up on it. At the bottom is a list of other articles that some computer algorithm thinks you might also enjoy based on your current reading material. However, sometimes these articles are seriously outdated. For example, you might be reading an article about the mayor's budget and at the bottom it says "Snow to Wallop the North East" and you're like "F*$@! Again!?" and so you click the article only to discover it was written 5 weeks ago (although, with the weather we've been having, they could actually just re-post that same article every week). There should be some kind of statute of limitations on recycling old articles. I find the same thing happens with celebrity news. It's very frustrating to think Zac and Vanessa are back together and were seen canoodling but really that happened a month and a half ago.