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04 October 2011 @ 02:10 pm
Writer's Block: Just stop, already!  
What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People chewing with open mouths. I am posting to say this because 1) Orlando airport has free WiFi and 2) the Writer's Block question fits my flight here: I was forced to sit next to a man who chewed gum with his mouth wide open; he also popped and cracked it constantly, to the point that I sometimes worried he was chewing a tooth instead. I could hear him over my full-volume music. He was also bald, so I could see his entire skull working to chew; he was chewing so hard it was as if the gum was trying to chew him back. I understand flight anxiety, but during one of his (very loud) phone conversations he mentioned that he was a seasoned traveller, so I see no reason why he shouldn't understand how annoying his chewing habits are when each person has about 2x3 feet of space. (He was also rather large, so I had substantially less than that.)

My mind was nearly exploding with the whinge-bug, so alas I had to spill it all here as soon as I saw a Writer's Block that fit it. I suppose my real annoyance is when people are not aware of what is considered considerate (or are just plainly inconsiderate), although pet peeves tend to be smaller items, so I will go with the open-mouth chewing. Between sound, sight and (goodness forbid) touch, I don't know which of my senses it vexes more.

But! In happy news! I am here in Orlando. There's this strange yellow-orange disc in the sky and I swear it's following me; all the white puffy things (and even the monstrous greys) seem to have fled from its intimidating presence. I am thoroughly confused.

I do love reading fanfic in airports. I think if I open up the first piece of art for samhain_smut I'll be taking it just one step too far, though...ah well.

Hurray for safe-if-not-irking flights!
President Airlock: chargequeen_of_snapes on October 4th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
People chewing with open mouths.
I'm so with you on this! I've had someone sitting behind me on the bus today chewing right into my ear. Disgusting. And it's such a widespread thing! Sometimes I feel like I'm the odd one for for keeping my mouth shut while chewing...
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on October 16th, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
I often feel like the odd one out now for keeping my mouth shut while chewing. I know it has historically been the 'polite' thing to do and that for many of those other polite things (eating with the right utensil, elbows off the table, whatever other nonsense) I have been as quick as any other to give it up. But I have to think that closed-mouth chewing was there for a reason, and that's because it's repulsive to nearly all the senses; it seems only logical to close one's mouth while chewing, whether to continue being 'polite' or just to be considerate!

I, erm, don't rant very often...but chewing can always draw a rant out of me.
CaroRulescarorules on October 7th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
I hate how we always end up next to someone weird in a plane! Never a cute gay girl! :P