Things which annoy me

Yes, I now consider that the summer is over and, as I head back to work after the summer vacation it is time to get into a regular habit of blogging for another year. So much had changed over the summer and I am really looking forward to bringing you up to date with everything, but this first blog post I wanted to share with you some points which I have been holding in for a while! Yes it sounds dramatic but I really wanted to share with you three things which really, currently, annoy me…

If you are new to this blog let me provide you with some insight to what to expect. Although I have a professional blog, this is the blogging space where I let my blogging move more into the personal content. This is usually my thoughts and considerations on a range of topics but include everyday life, gaming and the internet in general. You might just want to read some of the blog posts about my weird life if you are new to me so that you can see how weird and strange I actually am. If you just want to take a risk – braver than me! – then just continue reading and I hope you enjoy.

Ok, so throughout summer I have been pondering on things which really annoy me. I was getting my hair cut this morning and the hairdresser was telling me that an older lady once told her that she felt, the older woman not the hairdresser, that she has earned the right to be angry and annoying. Although I don’t feel at all that I have earned the ‘right’ to be annoyed with things not do I perceive myself as an old, ranting man you complains a lot. I suppose that only having three things which annoy me actually demonstrates this fact. Anyway – without further a do, here are the three things.

  • Cyclists on Pavements – Before you all get annoyed with me, I am referring here to fully grown people who, instead of cycling down the road, actually cycle on the pavement and think that they should have right of way. To give you a specific example, every morning, as I walk to work, a lady rides on the pavement on her bike. She is a middle aged lady who protects her head with a crash helmet, wears a yellow fluorescent vest so other road others can see her and uses a sensibly placed basket to hold her satchel. Although there is a cycle path identified on the road, she rides on the pavement, getting closer and closer to pedestrians before ringing her bell to get them to move out of the way so she can get past. I actually saw her do this to a young mum who was pushing a pram! I have no objections to children being on the pavement on their bikes, indeed the majority of children on bikes often stop and let me pass. As a pedestrian, I feel that there are enough hazard on the pavements as it is without needing to be constantly aware of rogue cyclists.

  • Queues in Coffee shops – Well, that sub title is probably a little misleading. I’m a single person – old and not the best looking and if you have read some of my weird life series you can probably see why – so I often end up visiting coffee shops by myself. I arrive at the shop and join the queue ready to be served and, as I stand there, I do what everyone does, start to scan the shop to see where to sit. Now I could actually add to the list of things which annoys me the lack of seating for the single person in coffee shops but I didn’t want to turn this into a coffee shop rant. So I’m there awaiting to be served checking out the seating when people with friends or families arrive in the queue behind me and, instead of waiting to be served before they sit down, they send off members of their party to ‘grab’ and ‘save’ (or even baggies!) chairs and tables before they actually have their drinks. On busy days, by the time I get served, singletons like me are left stood in the middle of the coffee shop, holding my single drink searching for a place to sit, while most of the tables are taken with people without drinks. Although this does annoy me – I must confess that if I am with people then I tend to save chairs – but then I consider this as pay back!

  • Impolite people – Although almost all impolite people annoy me, I am referring to a specific group of people in this mini rant. I am what I consider a very caring and sympathetic driver. I always let people go through the gaps first and like to acknowledge other drives for their kindness not only with a flash of the lights or hand up to the windscreen but also a friendly smile. I do think that some people have forgotten how to smile. I guess we sometimes get caught up in our hectic lives that we forget how powerful and pleasant just rising the corners of our mouths can be. I often find myself sitting in my car, rising my hand in thanks to other drivers and smiling only to be greeted with complete and total dismissal or not even a sign of acknowledgement. Surely it takes almost no effort at all just to smile or nod or mouth – thank you!

  • I know they are not that earth shattering but these three things do annoy me and it would appear, to me at least, that they are very easy to solve and avoid, making my life a lot less ‘intense’. I do feel that this blog post lacks continuity and flow, but stick with me, the flow will return as I get back into practice. So what annoys you? Can you name three simple things which annoy you and could be easily avoided? Well as always, if you have any thoughts or comments on this post then please add them below or send them to me via any of the social media sites I frequent. You can keep up to date with my content by following me on Twitch, Twitter and Facebook. If you are interested in joining or playing Minecraft, then please check out my Minecraft webpage for details of joining the the server. Of course any subscribers to my YouTube channel are always appreciated.

    Have fun and I’ll catch you all later and, until then, consider yourself waffled!

    2 comments for “Let Me In! – Simon’s Cat – YouTube

    1. February 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Would be cool to play an one off, one of the dungeon crawls you made! Maybe the 8 level one!!!

    2. March 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

      I miss those early days so much. The current state of rpg’s , the rpg xubculture if you like, doesn’t feel like it did back then. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

      I was introduced to Advanced D&D 1st Edition, by my sisters boyfriend (the BEST boyfriend of the many she had IMHO..), who showed me S3 Expedition to the Barrier Peaks module after discovering I enjoyed computer based adventure games, I was hooked immediately and it wasn’t too long before I was hanging around the local game shop, Games Gallery, from which I was invited to join in a game run by the assistant manager, who was to become my long and good friend Steve, who was coincidentally, the reason I got to work at the local branch of Games Workshop for a time. Working there, in those days, before it became a Warhammer only shop, was amazing. It was the proverbial kid in the sweet shop!. Staff discount made it even sweeter – 50% off GW’s own products, and 25% off everything else. We also ran a great rpg club, with about 60-80 members at its peak.
      I was always the GM for my main group as no one else had the time it took to prepare a game properly, though after a few changes to the group, and people from the club popping up, I eventually got to play. Games by a company called Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) were very popular in all of my groups. FGU sold games such as Bushido, Aftermath,Space Opera, Chivalry & Sorcery, Freedom Fighters, and Bunnies & Burrows, but there were many many more games, by many different companies, covering all sorts of genres – and I still have them all. Many were, as was the style back then, table and chart and rule HEAVY. We loved that. Comparing themto the current crop of “rules lite” systems, I would certainly go back to the old games instead. We played these games sometimes 5 days a week, as for a time we were all unemployed. It was all we did.
      I often spent days creating scenarios, making maps, creating player characters as well as npc’s. I found it quite therapeutic, as is miniature painting – thousands of the little buggers packed away testify to the time I spent doing it. My “toy soldiers” as my brother in law calls them…
      I used to get quite attached to my favourite characters, and whilst one or two died over the decades, most did not.
      For almost all of my characters I would go overboard by most people’s standards. I like to have an image for my characters, whether a photo or artwork. Sometimes I will see an image and that is the base for the whole character, built around the image.
      I always believed as a player, that giving the GM a detailed background, list of goals, motivations, friends, contacts and enemies, will help the GM bring my character into the game more, by using some of what I have given him in the game. As a GM I like to see what players come up with for their characters, and will often use it in the game. It involves the player more, makes the game more personal if part of the game is suddenly about them, and it can help the players become more invested in their characters.
      For myself, I would often map out the characters home, create a family tree, siblings, etc.
      For our Star Trek RPG (by FASA Corp), I created the whole crew of a 500+ personnel star ship… All as detailed player characters. Unnecessary and a bit OTT I know, but it helped bring every department on the ship alive, every member of the landing party was a person not simply a red shirt.

      I am often bemused whilst watching streams when I see the gm of a streamed game pull some “new” idea out of his box of tricks, and the players are like “wow!”, “that’s original”, “I would never have thought of doing it that way!”, knowing we did it 30-40 years ago.

      The games my most recent group and I played/ran, were very detailed games with a lot of depth. Quite dark games too, mature themed, and often very emotional and intense. Having played with the same people for nigh on 20 years, you create a bond, a closeness and familiarity that allows you to communicate in a way you couldn’t, with people you don’t know very well.
      I have been brought to tears several times in recent years during the last (decade long) game we played ,as some scenes were simply too emotional or powerful, overwhelming (GM was a bastard – but an EXCELLENT GM).

      Sadly the group folded, but the GM offered to keep the game going for just me, which he did for a few years, which to be honest I really needed, as it helped me through a bad depression at that time).
      Over the years I have experienced a lot of things because of rpg’s, and made some great friends, too. I have a lot to be grateful for, regarding rpg’s. I was discussing with my brother in law, my collection of rpg’s and miniatures. When he realised how much they are worth, (some regularly sell for £100’s!) he always tells me to sell sell sell. He doesn’t grasp what they mean to me .
      Yet I won’t. Part of me hopes and prays that I will get a local group together (even some of the old group!) and start using them again. But aside from that, as my memory fails, little by little each year, these boxes and books and miniatures on the shelves are my constant reminders of happy and sad and exciting moments, and great fun, and more importantly, great friends.

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