1. What is your biggest pet peeve? Why?
People in public places, on the street or in a store, walking too slowly, not watching where they’re walking, not moving aside even when you’re so close behind them that they must know you’re there and you want to get by but they just don’t give a shit. People on buses talking loudly on their cellphones when such vocular volume is in no way necessary (but I guess they’re just showing off, which in itself is a peeve). I could do on for a while here, but I feel like popping a vein just thinking about the question. Let’s just say that I fucking hate people in general.
2. What irritating habits do you have?
I procrastinate, which irritates me because I’d like to be more motivated, but most of the time I just couldn’t be bothered. Also, I bite my nails. I used to bite them a lot more, out of habit. Now I bite them to keep them short. Yes, because I’m too lazy to do it the proper way. I don’t think I have any habits that annoy other people (I don’t like to stand out in a crowd).
3. Have you tried to change the irritating habits or just let them be?
The nail-biting thing just gradually wore off. You wouldn’t be the person you are without some habitual rituals. In the immortal words of Popeye, “I yam what I yam”.
4. What grosses you out more than anything else? Why?
Out of a number of things that I’d rather not think about since I’ve just eaten my dinner, people urinating in public, in the street, against walls or down alleys or whatever. I mean, for fuck’s sake, use a fucking loo.
5. What one thing can you never see yourself doing that other people do?
Urinating in public. (Note: not counting the dumpster at the back of Wendy’s in north Toronto.)