Pet Peeves 1–Minor Rants in a Minor Key

Minor Rants In A Minor Key…a new, occasional feature on Old Road Apples, wherin the author bleeds his spleen onto the screen to therapeutic (for him) and, hopefully, entertaining (for you) effect.  This column will appear sporadically, when you least expect it, like a hummingbird in your garden, or like shingles, a leak in the roof, or the lab tech your probation officer sends over to take a urine sample.

1. Here’s something that drives me nuts: when I click on a “news” link and what I find isn’t an article, but a video. I don’t want to watch a video. I want to read. Do they think I can’t read? Should I be insulted? Or do they put these videos where the articles should be just so they can force me to watch a commercial for some insurance product or pharmaceutical item I neither want nor need, for EACH video segment. At least on broadcast television they’re limited to 8 minutes of commercials for every half hour of content. On the internet its more like 1:1.

552566043_3339b39c4f_m2. Testicles on pickup trucks.  I’ll admit, the first time I saw this, I enjoyed a good laugh, but….no.  Just, no.

3. Blogs in which the author–usually a very modest talent–writes, at great length, a warning about copyright infringement–citing fine amounts and repercussions, with a surety that bands of collaborators are scheming, even as we speak, to plunder and steal form his or her work…but which blog, upon further examination, is crowded with literally hundreds of uncredited, unattributed photos and illustrations.

7601895070_0e332baebd_m4. People who call people with red hair “gingers.”  This makes no sense.  I’m a gardener and I like to cook, and know for a fact that ginger isn’t “red” or orange orcopper or auburn or whatever.  Trust me.ginger-health-benefits-uses

 

 

 

 

5.  People who say “tis” and “twas,” and who use the word “shall” gratuitously.

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About JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
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5 Responses to Pet Peeves 1–Minor Rants in a Minor Key

  1. Right there with you on the news videos. I hate that crap. I also hate the top ten things that require you to click on ten different pages to see them all.

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  2. Diana says:

    All of these. All of them. But especially trucks with balls. *shudder*

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  3. Kate Loveton says:

    Hate the news videos – and the term ‘gingers.’ Geez, trucks with balls? Eww.

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    • JunkChuck says:

      I saw a really beat to hell blue Ford Ranger the other day, lots of rust and primer, with a matching blue pair hanging from the back bumper–had to laugh at that one.

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  4. tedstrutz says:

    Good point on #4… ginger ain’t Ginger!

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