His and Hers IX

His and Hers is a question or discussion topic relating to marriage that I post every Tuesday or Wednesday. On Friday, my wife and I each write our thoughts on the topic. I invite other bloggers to do the same with their spouses as an exercise in celebrating marriage. This week’s question is:

What pet peeves of your spouse annoy you? In other words, what annoys your spouse that you wish they could just come to terms with?

Mrs. Happy’s response

Curt’s most annoying pet peeve may be the disdain he directs at people who say “hi” through a third party. For example, if I run into a friend while I’m out shopping, and the friend says, “Tell Curt I said hi,” I have to gently explain to them that I can’t tell him that without receiving a lecture on what an empty, pointless gesture that is. Then I have to ask for a more substantial message to pass on. Frankly, it’s embarrassing, and I wish he could just let it go and accept a “Hi” in the spirit it is intended. Curt doesn’t have many serious quirks, but the ones he has are, to put it lightly, real doozies.

Curt’s response

My wife’s most annoying pet peeve is Jenna Elfman. For those of you who don’t know, she is a primarily comedic actress who plays the role of Dharma on the TV series Dharma and Greg. I say she plays that role, but I’m not sure the series is still on the air. I may never know, because Mrs. Happy takes great pains not to acknowledge its existence unless she feels moved to voice her disgust over the presence of its leading lady. I will never be able to see the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action despite my wife’s great affection for Bugs Bunny simply because Ms. Elfman’s name is listed in the credits. When I’m watching television and a commercial appears featuring the pet peeve in question, my wife will yell from another room, “I can’t stand that woman,” repeatedly until I change the channel. I have no strong feelings about “that woman’s” work one way or the other, but I can certainly think of more annoying actresses. Even so, I do not begrudge my beloved her irrational reaction to Jenna Elfman except when it inconveniences me, which fortunately is not that often.

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