Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Pet Peeves

CHICAGO - JULY 23:  The United Parcel Service ...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeIt’s just two days before Christmas, and things are getting hectic. Whether it’s a family that’s too predictable, lights on the tree that no longer twinkle, a cake that flopped, or you still can’t figure out what to get for that one person on your shopping list – chances are (in addition to all of the joy of the holiday) something is bugging you. Here’s your chance to get it off your chest so you can set it aside and enjoy the holiday.

I’ll go first.

My pet peeve this holiday season is the UPS deliveryman. That’s right, this man (perhaps a slightly inaccurate description as he appears to be no more than eighteen) causes me distress nearly every day around 4pm.

I should explain that I have been a mall-avoider ever since Al Gore invented the internet – (ahem!) and possibly even before that. If I can order online, I do. All that holiday internet shopping results in frequent package deliveries at this time of year.

I order online all year long of course, but other times of the year a single ring of the doorbell announces a package delivery – a nice pleasant sound lets me know a surprise awaits at the front door. But for the past month or so, instead of a pleasant “ding-dong,” incoming packages have been announced with a “bang-bang-bang” on the front door. The knock is more like a Law and Order “open up – police!” knock than a friendly neighbor knock. It’s a jolting knock, a disturbing knock. And did I mention that the door is glass?

You see, the UPS deliveryman is in such a hurry to drop off that package that he can’t be bothered to open the glass door and bang on the wooden door. C’mon, the doorknocker is right there – that’s what it’s for, right? And if he doesn’t have time to open the glass door, how hard is it just to ring the doorbell?

I’ve considered asking him politely to please use the doorbell (and not bang on the glass door), but I can’t catch him. It seems the UPS driver is riding with a tandem runner, and he’s speedy. Even the roadrunner couldn’t catch him.

The good news? Christmas is upon us and we will soon be back to sporadic deliveries with a single UPS driver and a nice friendly “ding-dong.” Happy Holidays!

Your turn – what’s your pet peeve this holiday season?

9 comments:

Kim said...

LOL...sorry to giggle, but I know what you mean about the holiday UPS deliveries. Our Fed Ex guy isn't even letting us know there is a package. He drops & runs. No knock, no ring. WTF? I just happened to see him the other day and waited for the knock/ring so I wouldn't scare him. Nothing.

Have a great holiday!

Colette Martin said...

Kim, thanks for sharing! Yes, it's amazing how little they seem to care. I suspect the drivers/runners are being rewarded based on how quickly they deliver.

Joanne said...

I've ordered a few things this Christmas too and have gotten a mix of door knocks and bell ringing.

Merry Christmas Colette, with best wishes for a great New Year, and successful book debut for you too!

Dave E said...

Ha! You think you've got problems, try this poor guy...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKUDTPbDhnA

Dave E said...

Try again ....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKUDTPbDhnA

Carol Kilgore said...

We get the doorbell, which sends my dogs into an even wilder frenzy. Still beats going to the mall.

Merry Christmas!

Steve in POK said...

Our youngest grandson, now about to be 6, became fascinated, dare I say infatuated, over 2 years ago with the UPS deliveryman to the point where he would watch for his arrival in the neighborhood and would be visibly distressed when a package was not dropped, euphemistically speaking, at the front door. His favorite wheeled play toy was an 4" UPS truck which he regularly commandeered to make deliveries to his hastily assembled little playtown on the living room floor. The UPS man is a hero in his household.

Anonymous said...

Yes - annoying, but...these guys are doing triple duty and every second counts -- literally. As a notorious late shopper, I'll gladly forego the niceties if it enables the deliverymen to get the packages I sent delivered before Christmas.

Anon_e_mouse said...

I've learned never to order anything at this time of the year... Chanukah has never been a big holiday with us anyway so we have always tended to just focus on making the traditional foods - bimuelos (a special type of fried dough) and keftedes de prasa (leek fritters - the Sephardic cousin to the Ashkenazi latkes) in our household. Four years ago I had to order a new Airport Extreme from Apple; I was beginning to wonder where it was and checked the online tracking system, only to find out that it had supposedly been delivered - and signed for (in an illegible scrawl that bore no resemblance to MY illegible scrawl) - almost a week before. So, flashlight in hand (it was about 2100h) I went searching, and found it... behind some bushes next to the front door, half-sunk in the mud and completely saturated with the rain that we had had for most of the preceding week. Kudos to Apple, though - the inner box was shrink-wrapped in plastic and the router worked just fine (and still does). How that FedEx guy managed to deliver it without disturbing the two dogs we had at the time still amazes me; Chocolate and Walker, even in their old age, would make you think you were in mortal danger if you came up the walk (never mind that the only risk from those two was of being licked to death).