(in order of decreasing magnitude):
1. Driving. At all. I’m surrounded by all these freeway-racing, car-loving, status symbol-sporting Dale Earnhart Jr.s and yet I hate to drive. In SoCal, that’s a true anomaly. I’m a round peg amidst square holes. Sigh.
2. When people don’t close the gap. I know you’re supposed to keep two car lengths between you and the person in front of you, but c’mon, people! Some of you keep so far back, a semi could slide in with room to spare!
3. When people forget to drive in the rain. Might be a predominantly SoCal phenomenon, but drivers seem to forget how to drive and slow down substantially when it’s wet out. And we’re talking about any sort of moisture, folks! Even a slight sprinkle discombobulates. Sheesh!
4. When people take turn signals as their own personal challenge. I mean, I’m doing them a favor by indicating my intent to turn/change lanes/merge. That doesn’t mean they need to speed up to beat me/block my path/almost run me off the road.
5. When driving under overpasses and the satellite cuts out on my favorite part of a song. Because there’s nothing more aggravating, not to mention embarrassing, when you’re belting out “Like a Virgin” at the top of your lungs and then the song fuzzes out in mid-chorus.
I think I need to move to an area that provides fast, clean and ubiquitous public transit. Oh, how I miss the Bay Area and BART!