Re: pet peeve
There's a subtle difference. You don't dislike the people -- you dislike their actions. It's the blowing of the smoke and the rearranging of the hair that's the problem.
The same person having a conversation with you on the street about the weather is no longer a "pet peeve" -- until they start interrupting you. Being interrupted is a pet peeve. Etc.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.