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1MEM82
Aug 2, 2010, 2:28pm Top

I couldn't dig up the other threads so... I started a new one!

Pet Peeve: I was at Halfprice last night when a woman came and stood right next to where I was squatting in a small alcove looking at kids' clearance. I mean she was literally right over my head. Since the store was almost empty, she could have chosen to start looking, oh, I don't know, at maybe the other shelf of Kids' Clearance a foot away. I HATE when people stand close to me!! Especially in an EMPTY store! Seriously. Five feet is the bare minimum polite distance you should keep next to someone in an empty store. I won't even enter an aisle with someone in it if the bookstore is slow, ditto for the library.

Rant: She, while hanging over me, drops a book on my head. Gives me a half glance and says, "Sorry." I smile grimly and continue on. I only have one little shelf to finish browsing for Missie and then I can be on my way. Then, she drops a large box of flashcards on me, scratching my arm and doesn't even both to say she is sorry. I hope God took notice when I stood up calmly and walked away instead giving her a swift kick in the rear end.

2foggidawn
Aug 2, 2010, 2:37pm Top

Wow, that was incredibly rude of her!

3readafew
Aug 2, 2010, 3:49pm Top

Maybe the one book in the store that she wanted was directly in front of you and she was trying to get you to leave without buying it. I'm not sure I would have been very polite but then I am generally fairly successful in using body language to keep others away, or is that body odor? I'll have to ask my wife on that...

4Kerian
Aug 2, 2010, 4:14pm Top

MEM, I hate when people do those things! Some of the time I think the person crowding me while I'm shopping thinks I'm going to get something they want first. I just love when people hurt me, I say "Excuse me" or even "I'm sorry," and they respond "It's okay, you didn't hurt me." So clueless!

5LadyN
Aug 2, 2010, 7:41pm Top

Oh Mem, that's very Grrrrrrrrr indeed.

Pet Peeve: Idiots
Rant: One of my new colleagues is an idiot.

That was a short rant, I know, but to the point.

6MEM82
Aug 3, 2010, 9:52pm Top

Ohhh I was so angry....8(

readafew- LOL Are you sure you want her to answer that question? 8)

LadyN- I have a shirt I could mail you. It says, "Everyday I think people can't get any more stupid. Everyday I am proven horribly wrong."

7jugglingpaynes
Aug 3, 2010, 11:59pm Top

#6: Hahahahaha! Great shirt!

8VetaTorres
Aug 4, 2010, 2:15am Top

Pet Peeve:I really hate when guys use the "its not you, its me" reason for breaking up with you...

Rant: I have a "best friend" who always says "we should hang out :)" and then everytime i try to see her she's busy :(... if you don't wanna see me don't say that you do!

9Booksloth
Aug 4, 2010, 4:13am Top

#8 PP - But it invariably is.

10pgmcc
Aug 4, 2010, 4:24am Top

#9 Do I detect a degree of sexual bias here?

Not that I'm saying your wrong...

11LadyN
Aug 4, 2010, 9:56am Top

#6 - I NEED that shirt!! Ha!

12Booksloth
Aug 4, 2010, 1:38pm Top

#10 Hey - they're the ones saying it;-)

1306nwingert
Aug 23, 2010, 10:31pm Top

Rant: I work at a public library. My position is a temporary, summer-based one and is ending soon. I just interviewed for the same position, but on a more permanent basis. I found out today (even though I had a hunch this was coming) that I didn't get the job, not because I wasn't qualified, but because the lady who interviewed me wanted a minority for the job (in other words, she discriminated against me). Don't get me wrong: I have nothing against minorities, but the way she handled it was out-of-line. I filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights and now have to look for another job. I'm not upset that I didn't get the job; I'm upset at the way the process was handled.

14MEM82
Aug 23, 2010, 10:47pm Top

#13 *pats on back* It's sad that we, as a society, still have to patrol ourselves with laws and rules based on attributes that only DNA provide and not on our actual abilities, because some people are jerks who can't get over themselves. She was probably just following a number chart written by someone in the government. BUT, hey, now you have a pretty good set of job skills AND the all important JOB EXPERIENCE to get a better job somewhere else. 8)

15Kerian
Aug 24, 2010, 12:31am Top

#13 wingert:
I'm really sorry, wingert! I know the feeling because I've not long ago suspected the same thing. I wish you the best.

16Booksloth
Aug 24, 2010, 6:35am Top

#13 I was once told exactly the same thing after I was turned down for a job (the other applicant in this case was disabled). Several years later I became disabled myself and I'm now really glad she got the job instead of me because until you're in that position you have no idea how difficult it can be to find work you can actually do. Which isn't an excuse, just an observation. I'm not saying that applies equally to all minorities - I wouldn't know - but I'm pretty sure things generally work out for the best and there's a better job out there for you somewhere. I also later got to know the person who would have been my boss and I realised I could never have worked with her in a million years.

I have also wondered since then whether the old 'minority' thing just comes in handy as a good excuse for turning down someone the interviewer already knows (in this case the job was kind of affiliated to the office I already worked in) and they think it will soften the blow as they're going to have to see you around for quite a bit longer. If that's the case, then they don't have much idea of what 'softening the blow' is all about, I admit, but there may have been other reasons too why they thought you weren't suitable. Maybe in my case it was just that she worked out sooner than I did that we'd have been at each other's throats within weeks?

17mamzel
Aug 27, 2010, 3:06pm Top

We have been giving out textbooks the past two weeks. In case you haven't noticed, the high school textbooks have become ginormous! Yesterday I was moving a pile of Physics books from under one counter to the top of another when a senior girl stopped me. She needed to replace her senior project binder since she put it down somewhere and someone put ketchup all over it. *whiny voice* Her teacher said they could replace it. I asked her why she just left it somewhere and she repeated that her teacher said they could replace it. I finally asked her, "Do you see me standing here holding these books and not being very happy?" She huffed out of the textbook room and I heard her friend mutter, "How rude!" I just thought to myself, "How rude, indeed!"

18LadyN
Aug 29, 2010, 3:46pm Top

#17 - I can't find appropriate words. Some people are beyond belief!

I hate people. Present company excepted, of course. You don't get such nonsense with orangutans.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!!

19Kasongo
Aug 29, 2010, 6:42pm Top

To quote Linus: I love mankind, it's people I can't stand.

20jugglingpaynes
Aug 29, 2010, 11:47pm Top

Poor LadyN. I hope you have a better tomorrow. {{hugs}}

21LadyN
Aug 30, 2010, 4:31am Top

Thanks... I woke up at 5.30 this morning... Today has got to be better, right?

22LadyN
Aug 30, 2010, 4:31am Top

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23Kasongo
Sep 2, 2010, 5:44pm Top

One of my staff told me last week that a member told her that the retirement community where she resides hired a personal trainer. Dorothy warned me that she thought the member would quit, pointing out this member's tightness with the dollar.

The member reached 500 workouts today, I gave her her 500 workouts shirt and congratulated her. After she left, I found a letter on my desk from her, terminating her membership. Right, you wait until you get your shirt and then quit, and don't have the guts to even tell me. I am thinking of charging her the full $50 termination fee.

Boy if she comes back, I will charge her the full service fee, and start her back at 0 work outs. I am thinking voodoo doll, but that may be too drastic.

Thank you. I needed that.

24foggidawn
Sep 2, 2010, 5:58pm Top

#23 -- Perhaps youshould design a special T-shirt for people like that. I'm thinking of one along the lines of "I only did those 500 workouts so I could get this t-shirt."

25Kasongo
Sep 2, 2010, 6:00pm Top

Love it!!

AAArrrgh! She just sent me an email saying I am her buddy, something about "online buddy day". And if she is my buddy I should forward it back to her. Guess what I did?

26Booksloth
Edited: Sep 3, 2010, 6:17am Top

#23 What am I missing here? Admittedly that 'leaving by letter' thing was cowardly but why shouldn't somebody quit when they want to? Maybe she joined the group thinking she'd aim for 500 workouts then stop? Maybe she found she had other commitments but decided she might as well keep going to the 500 (and get the tee-shirt - why not? she earned it - does it say "I made it to 500 workouts" or "I swear on my grandchildren's heads that I will donate the rest of my life to this group"?) before pulling out? Maybe she just wasn't enjoying it? Maybe she has health or family problems you know nothing about? Maybe she thinks she still has the freedom to decide when or whether she wants to continue with something she started voluntarily? Maybe she'd heard what kind of reception is given to people who leave the group and that's why she wasn't brave enough to do it face to face?

ETA - from rereading, it appears the main 'problem' here is that the woman left a group she had to pay for, to join one she doesn't. That's immoral somehow? One person's 'tightness with the dollar' is another person's budgeting. If I could get an equally good service for free rather than paying through the nose for it, I'd do the same.

27biblioholic29
Sep 3, 2010, 9:22am Top

#26: Okay, first of all this is a rants thread. People come here to blow off steam, which often makes the thing that seemed huge and important at the time, less awful. The point of the rant threads around here is to be able to do just that without being judged or admonished or having anyone try to fix the problem. Have you never been frustrated with someone, whether rational or not, and just needed to vent? This is in fact the perfect place for such things, because most of us don't know each other and therefore would have no idea who is being complained about. Kasongo is entitled to her own feelings about the situation regardless of whether you agree with them or not. She's also entitled to her rant, whether you think it's worth ranting about or not. If you don't want to read them, than use the magical red "x" and ignore this thread.

28foggidawn
Sep 3, 2010, 3:30pm Top

Worst.

Day.

Ever.

Can't talk about it. Everyone is fine, but I am having a really horrible day.

29pollysmith
Sep 3, 2010, 4:34pm Top

((((hugs))))) foggi

30Renald128
Sep 3, 2010, 4:37pm Top

#28: *hugs*

31LadyN
Sep 3, 2010, 5:33pm Top

#28 - Sorry you're having an awful one, foggi. :-( Sending you love xxxxxx

32Kasongo
Sep 4, 2010, 9:03am Top

My rant was hurt and frustration, and I needed to vent so I could handle the situation correctly later. One should check the whole situation and how someone's business is run before forming an opinion. No, I won't charge her the $50 cancelation fee. I would welcome her back if she returns, but I will charge her another service fee, that is business. I just needed to vent without opinions, my husband learned that, and respects my vents, later we can talk and figure the right way to handle things.

33jugglingpaynes
Sep 4, 2010, 12:37pm Top

Out of curiosity, how long did it take your husband to learn to let you vent without offering opinions or solutions? My husband learned after fifteen years, but I still have to remind him from time to time that I just want someone to listen! :o)

Rants can be a good way to blow off steam and talk out a situation in your own head. We all need someone to hear us every now and then.

34foggidawn
Sep 4, 2010, 12:52pm Top

#33 -- I'm surrounded by "fixers" right now. Espy has learned early in life to suppress this tendency, but surprisingly both of my parents and my uncle are trying to fix things for me, when what I really just want to do right now is cry, vent, and let everything out. Fortunately, a friend who knows the particulars of the situation was available today and we ranted together a bit, which helped.

35MEM82
Sep 4, 2010, 1:01pm Top

#33 Rob isn't a talker on his best days so I get to rant and rave all I want. Funny that when I want help I actually have to prod him for his opinions. LOL

36Kasongo
Sep 4, 2010, 3:27pm Top

It didn't take Mutombu to catch on about letting me rant. I told him I didn't want to have it pointed out to me that i was wrong, or that my feelings weren't justified. I would figure it all out later, just had to get it out of the system.

And the thing with our members they know they can vent and it never goes any further and we just listen.

37rissa
Sep 6, 2010, 12:08am Top

grr, minirant: I usually keep the jug of laundry detergent on top of the washer. today after running a load of laundry I walked in to find the jug of detergent on the floor, spilled all over. laundry detergent is a pain to clean without water. and the only water in the basement is going into the washer and hot water heater.

38kirbyowns
Sep 6, 2010, 1:44pm Top

foggi: hugs
rissa: I hope you were able to get it cleaned up a little easier than expected.

39mamzel
Sep 7, 2010, 3:25pm Top

>32 Kasongo: I just needed to vent without opinions, my husband learned that
My husband would interject his own rants in the middle of my rants.
"You think that's bad? This is what happened to me!"
Talk about frustrating! I stopped sharing with him a long time ago. Do you think that might have been his goal?

40rissa
Sep 8, 2010, 1:27pm Top

I have state provided medical insurance to cover me through pregnancy, and I have a question about my coverage. If I can ever get someone on the line to talk to. state budget cuts means that if they are open (which seams to only be about three days a week) the hold time is over a half hour, if they're letting anyone even start holding. I need my questions answered before I can choose a care provider. and until I have a care provider, work won't approve my pregnancy accommodation, so I'm in trouble for missing work so much when I had morning sickness. I am so fed up with the whole thing. and I'm going to end up late to work today because I'm still on hold with the state medical people.

41rissa
Sep 8, 2010, 3:28pm Top

and I still didn't get all the info I needed. I had to call the contracted insurance provider. and got the info I needed from them. basically that they don't have any midwives withing a 3 hour drive from me. and I now need to see if the other contracted insurance providers do.

42Thrin
Sep 8, 2010, 8:38pm Top

I have just almost been reduced to tears of frustration by a telephone 'conversation' with one of those recorded human voices which asks questions and then refuses to understand your answers. I loathe those 'machines'. Loathe them. Loathe them. Loathe them.

43mamzel
Sep 10, 2010, 4:05pm Top

Speaking of loathsome telephone stuff. I now hang up if someone doesn't speak immediately after I say, "Hello." I figure someone is sitting with their feet up while a computer is going through phone numbers. When someone actually answers, the person has to put his feet down and hit the button to start talking which means it's a pitch that I don't want to hear. And, yes, I have registered for No Calls.

44jugglingpaynes
Sep 10, 2010, 11:21pm Top

#43: My brother-in-law answers the phone that way, so I'm always afraid to hang up. I don't want to cause a family incident. It would sure help if he would lose the caller id blocker, so I would know it's him before I pick up the phone.

45MsDonna
Sep 11, 2010, 5:47am Top

In FEb this year I enquired about the threshold limits which give you a better rebate for health related expenditure. The answer *laughing* was "no one ever reaches the threshold". He basically refused to tell me : ()

So along comes March and I get the same guy, and I ask "when do I reach then threshold"? He very sheepishly had to advise that I had already reached it :)

46kirbyowns
Sep 11, 2010, 11:25pm Top

Okay. I love my brother very much. But is the guy missing a sensitivity chip? Mom has been crying most of the night because of him. Really? Make an effort.

47mamzel
Sep 13, 2010, 1:33pm Top

Give her a hug and tell her that you love her. It might take away some of whatever is hurting her.

48pollysmith
Sep 14, 2010, 9:37am Top

call your brother and tell him he's a big __________!!!

49grkmwk
Oct 22, 2010, 11:22am Top

Before I begin my rant, I want to explicitly state that I am NOT trying to spark a political discussion or a debate about right or wrong, nor do I want this to deteriorate into a flame war. I just need a safe space to vent, and I trust my HE friends to respect that...

My husband works for our local NPR affiliate station, and as you are likely aware, earlier this week NPR terminated Juan Williams, who was an analyst for NPR and also works for Fox News, over comments Mr. Williams made on a Fox show early this week. My husband's station, and countless others across the country, have been bombarded by phone calls and emails from listeners and non-listeners who are angry over the termination of Mr. Williams and believe that federal funding to NPR should be stopped. These phone calls and emails are extremely vitriolic, and although my husband and his colleagues know these are not personal attacks, their viciousness and the sheer amount have broken through the personal armor one must don to work in media, and this is taking quite a toll via heightened stress and long hours. It does not help that this is pledge week for many stations across the nation, so funding drives are being derailed and some contributing members have requested refunds. Fortunately for my husband's station, we had a one-day only drive on Wednesday, before the termination was announced, and only a handful of givers have requested a refund (which will be granted without question). However, traditionally the station closes early on the Friday of pledge drive week, which obviously will not be happening now. My husband and his colleagues at our station are still recovering from the exhaustion of the drive, and are now fielding attacks on NPR made at local levels, despite the fact that our local station - and no other local station - had anything to do with Mr. Williams's termination. Also, what many of the callers and writers do not understand is that the percentage of NPR's overall budget coming directly from federal government funding is only 1-3%, and that is distributed directly to local stations; at our local station, it is only 6%. So the percentage of calls and emails to stop federal funding do not correlate with the percentage of overall budget represented by that funding. Local media workers at stations across the country are being unduly stressed by an action taken at a national level with no local input or direct relation, and it is frustrating and disheartening.

On top of this, our family was supposed to get away to the mountains this weekend for our annual church retreat, and Rex and I both are fighting colds. We have already decided to postpone our departure until tomorrow morning to give us time to rest and heal, but I'm worried that we won't end up going at all. Not only have we really been looking forward to this weekend, but after the stress of this week - normal drive stress, additional termination stress, flat tire stress, sickness stress - my husband *needs* this time away.

50readafew
Oct 22, 2010, 11:30am Top

why are people in general such pricks? little knowledge and lots of moral outrage, do not a good mix make...

51rissa
Oct 22, 2010, 4:18pm Top

I still see NPR being (slightly) federally funded much better than most media, which is almost completely corporate funded. Though I haven't really read about the current situation. and the even for those opposed to the decision, can't you figure out who you should actually contact? people really don't understand how little influence the people they are contacting have. in this case it's like yelling about something the president did to your local mayor.

52kirbyowns
Oct 22, 2010, 4:36pm Top

Hmm...I was thinking of resurrecting this thread again.

So my rant is short and rhetorical. Just have to get it off my chest.
Last time I checked I was a certified teacher with several years of experience. My boss is my Principal and other higher up administration. Not a computer aide.
There. I feel a little better.

53MEM82
Oct 25, 2010, 12:59pm Top

Can someone please explain to me why homeschoolers are so freaking defensive and territorial over everything from thoughts to the best ways to educate to whether or not we can trust the state's education website? I don't care how they do it, why should they care and/or assume I'm wrong the way I do it.
I know I am generalizing here but I seem to keep falling into the same problems in real life and in forums. I don't shove my opinions on other people, nor should have to keep an opinion to myself as long as I'm not rude or combative, right? I mean, should I bow my head in shame that I let my kids trick or treat? I took the time to explain to Missie and Cole that some kids don't do it and why. I didn't tell my kids that those other kids were extremists that are going to hell.
Oh and I don't believe the the State Department of Education is filled with homeschooler haters who are out to steal my poor little lambs. Every once in a while, I can and do refer to their listed regulations to answer certain questions. I, also tell other people they can, too, if they have a testing or grade level question. Why assume they are the enemy unless I have a reason? I know there are school districts out there that try to make it harder on us but certainly not all of them. Can't we all just get along?
*panting*
/rant

54rissa
Nov 29, 2010, 1:39pm Top

got a letter on friday from DSHS saying they're switching my health plan, I think because Adara and I are on different health plans right now. I need to be on the health plan I'm on because it's the one my midwife accepts, so I'm trying to get through to the call center to talk to a person... yeah right, call in to DSHS and not have it take two days to get an actual person on the line. I need to get this fixed so I'm covered for an appointment on Thursday. $%^$#* Government funding at its best

55pollysmith
Nov 29, 2010, 7:24pm Top

Insurance can be so frustrating

56nn51
Nov 29, 2010, 7:28pm Top

how do u ask someone 2 be your friend

57MEM82
Nov 29, 2010, 7:29pm Top

#56 It's on your profile page.

58nn51
Nov 29, 2010, 7:31pm Top

where

59rissa
Edited: Nov 29, 2010, 7:33pm Top

#55 doubly so because it's government-provided insurance. I ended up having to call 5 times before I got to the point where I was able to hold to wait to talk to someone, and then had to wait for an hour and a half. once I actually talked to someone they fixed it in 5 minutes, and it was because of a glitch in their system that the issue even happened.

60nn51
Nov 29, 2010, 7:36pm Top

howdo u ask someone 2 be friends

61MEM82
Nov 29, 2010, 7:41pm Top

You can add someone to your friend list or whatever by clicking on their name in blue and then in the right hand corner of the screen on their profile page will be a box. Among other things, it'll say add to friends or something similar.

62nn51
Edited: Nov 29, 2010, 7:44pm Top

but what if i want to friend someone that i cant find oniline

63MEM82
Nov 29, 2010, 7:51pm Top

Then you are out of luck, my friend. LT isn't a social site like Facebook. It's a social site that is forum based. If you search 'groups' for an area of interest that your friends may share, then maybe you will run across the person you are looking for. 8) Sorry.

64biblioholic29
Dec 21, 2010, 2:04pm Top

It's been a while since I've felt a need to let off a good rant, but, boy howdy, do I need to today.

Background: New funding sources earlier this year required using a new database. I was entering information from the home office and another woman (who conveniently no longer works here) was entering at our other location across town. As we near the end of the year, the people who run the database are required to run a bunch of reports for the funders. They're running them early and sending us copies so we can make changes as necessary (which is great).

The first couple were money based and there was a significant difference between our records and their records but I found all the money and we're now sitting pretty there. Then they ran a "data quality" report, which shows what demographic info we're missing for the clients. I discovered a few from our other site that needed fixing and since I'm now the only person who can access the db, I sent for those files. When they arrived I discovered that the woman who was entering them over there had paid no attention to dates and were we to get audited based on what was entered we'd be in big trouble. I talked to the people who run the db and they confirmed that yes, I would need to fix the problem by the end of the year on all 60 files. I soon learned that once the dates were changed all the information disappeared, so now I'm completely redoing them all.

Again by the end of the year. Oh, but I'm going to Florida next week so tomorrow's my last day here for the year. Gross incompetence is the bane of my existence.

65rissa
Dec 21, 2010, 2:38pm Top

goodness bib, getting stuck doing someone else's work because of their gross incompetence sucks. especially when it's a ton of work and has to be done at the last minute.

66kirbyowns
Dec 21, 2010, 2:58pm Top

I'm sorry bib! Sending all my energy (what's left ;) ) to you. I hope you don't get too stressed about it. I know it's a pain.

67MsDonna
May 5, 2011, 8:00pm Top

Honestly what kind of person needs to smoke marijuana at 9:30am in the morning? I'm seriously thinking of putting an anonymous note under my neighbour's door telling them that I intend to call the police unless they make some effort to contain the pot smells coming from their apartment.

They better not stink up my yarn.

68jugglingpaynes
May 5, 2011, 8:50pm Top

#67: Ick. I'm sorry. I fail to understand how anyone can smoke that. The smell is horrible. :oP

69Rozax
Edited: Jun 4, 2011, 3:40pm Top

Pet Peeve: It bugs me when women insist that men need to be taller (the reverse can be said; men who insist women need to be shorter). Probably odd coming from a woman who has to look up to make eye-contact with the majority of the population, but people can get pretty nasty about this.

Rant: I came across a discussion of women/girls whining about how "the short girls snatch up all the tall men". I can see why they're so cranky if height is all they're looking for in a man. I had a friend who stands at 6 feet tall, and she wouldn't give anyone shorter than her the time of day. Now, dating and finding a boyfriend is ridiculously important to her, so she's pretty miserable. I have another friend who's 6 feet tall, her husband is just under average male height, and they're very happy together. Like me and my husband (who, yes, is 6 feet tall, earning me the wrath of the aforementioned women/girls), they're planning on children in their future, and I'm a little jealous that she has more room to accommodate for the hypothetical bundle of joy. Only a little. For baby-bearing purposes, I feel women should be taller. :p

'Nother Pet Peeve: Tailgaters!
Rant: Some people do this without a vehicle. There was nobody around and they even stepped on my heel! It may be childish to hold on to this, but I seriously regret not stopping suddenly and having them trip over me. Then I could peg them for tailgating AND not watching out for the little guy. *grr!*

70pollysmith
May 8, 2011, 3:52pm Top

I am 5'7" and my husband id 5'4" Sometimes we look pretty funny together but we don't care.

71theexiledlibrarian
May 8, 2011, 6:45pm Top

#69--I am 5'0", my husband is almost 5'7". Our daughter is 5'10", and our son is a tad over 6'. People look at us, and then us with our children and they are pretty amazed. My daughter, btw, chose a man an inch or two shorter than herself. Her daughter is 2, and in the 100th percentile of her height and weight, as was she at that age, so it's likely she'll be taking after her mom. So, in our family, genetics are just out the window.

When people ask where my children's height come from, I just tell them I made them eat their vegetables when they were little. :)

72jugglingpaynes
May 8, 2011, 7:31pm Top

My husband and I are about the same height. I'm 5'6 and he's 5'5. We have a mix of very tall and very short people in our families, so we couldn't even predict which way our kids would go. So far, catbastet is holding steady at 5'2, but my son is almost my husband's height. I'm guessing my youngest will end up being the tallest of the three of them. She was the tallest of the three if you compared their height at similar ages.

73pollysmith
May 9, 2011, 6:14am Top

as I said earlier I'm 5'7" but My oldest son is 5'11" my second is 6'8" my third is 6'3" and my youngest is 5'9" (thats MEM)

74Mandy2
Jun 3, 2011, 10:53am Top

OK so my mother-in-law is staying with us (which if you have read GN BN thread you already know) But this is one example of what I get to deal with for the next 4 days.

(We are throwing her a 60th B-day party on Saturday)

MIL: Is there anything I can do to help you prepare for Saturday.
Me: No, not at all, just relax don't worry about a thing.
MIL: Are you sure, do you have laundry you need me to do?
Me: Thank you, but no I'm good.
MIL: Really you have NO laundry
Me: Well yes I have dirty clothes but I have enough clean ones to last me through the weekend so I don't need you to do my laundry, but thanks.
MIL: Well is there anything else I can do.
Me: No, honestly Don and I worked really hard over the weekend and got the house cleaned and ready for the party
MIL: Well I can walk around with a basket and take anything that looks out of place and put it in there and hide it during the party.
Me: (stares at her for a min. controlling my outburst) No, really that's OK everything that is out is where I want it to be, but thanks
MIL: The front yard needs weeding.
Me: (takes another biiiigggg breath) I know, I'm going to do that Saturday morning
MIL: Well I'll do that tomorrow, I love weeding.
Hubby: Oh, that's great mom, Mandy hates weeding!
Me:(Gives husband evil stare) Yea, Thanks!

It's true, I'm not a fan of weeding and honestly I know she just wants to do something so I was going to say "sure June, you can weed, you're right that would be a big help!" But what I didn't need was Don telling her that I hate weeding. Also, is it really OK to tell someone that you'll walk around THEIR house and decide what YOU think is out of place and then HIDE it for a party! I need help.

75biblioholic29
Jun 3, 2011, 11:18am Top

Your sister is available on her phone at any point should you need to vent. :)

76jugglingpaynes
Jun 3, 2011, 12:18pm Top

Oh my gosh! Send her here! She can do my laundry!!!!

77pgmcc
Jun 3, 2011, 1:51pm Top

Does she iron as well?

78Mandy2
Jun 3, 2011, 3:19pm Top

Oh, yes she was ironing all morning.

79Kasongo
Jun 3, 2011, 3:54pm Top

At least she lives in Alabama. Your grandmother was a saint!! I so love my mother-in-law. Dorothy was the best.

80compskibook
Jun 3, 2011, 10:39pm Top

Good luck Mandy! We are all here for you and think you are a wonderful person!

81Rozax
Jun 4, 2011, 3:44pm Top

My husband is away on a month-trial for a new job prospect. I'm still here because nothing is definite until the trial is up, and we have critters to look after. For some reason, people feel it is smart to ask, "Are you missing him?" That might follow since I married him.

82pollysmith
Jun 4, 2011, 4:17pm Top

So you don't miss him...? :)

83Rozax
Jun 4, 2011, 10:12pm Top

Well, I did say might... ;)

84Mandy2
Jun 6, 2011, 11:05am Top

#81: whenever people ask me that when my husband is away I can't help but let my sarcasm out.

Mother-in-law Drove Me CRAZY! I am hoping she is gone by now but there's really no way for me to be sure, until I get home. I have been completely insulted everyday since Thursday and hubby has already agreed I'm not doing ANYTHING for the rest of week. He told that I can't even clean! As much as my Mother-in-law drives me insane, she always makes up for it by giving me the most amazing hubby I could possible ask for. So all in all it was a great weekend. 3 BBQs and a brand new nephew for me to spoil. I really can't complain.

85foggidawn
Edited: Aug 16, 2011, 10:44pm Top

Time for a rant!

My air conditioner has been malfunctioning all summer. I have central air in this apartment, and something in the outside unit is shorting out -- and every time it does, it trips the breaker, so I have to go to the fuse box and reset the breaker. This means that if it does this while I am at work, I come home to a hot house -- and if it does it while I am trying to sleep, I wake up sweaty and grouchy. It has gotten progressively worse over the summer, from me having to reset the breaker every few days, to me having to reset the breaker several times a day. Naturally, I have called the apartment management about it several times now, but their solution is to send some maintenance guy over to -- are you ready for this feat of mechanical prowess? -- reset the breaker for me. All better! Isn't it nice of them to have handymen on staff who can take care of these things for sweet, helpless little women like me?

Not to mention that, while the outside unit trips the breaker, the inside blower unit is still trying to work -- and since the outside unit is not providing cooler air, the blower just keeps blowing and blowing, running up my electric bill, until I get home/wake up/realize it's getting really hot in my apartment, and reset the breaker.

Fortunately, it seems to be cooling down enough that I don't need the A/C so much, and also Mom got tired of this rant and got me a portable unit for my bedroom. I figure that, if the weather stays cool, I can probably just use that unit to help me sleep (or, even better, open the windows and run a fan), but I am mostly irritated at my apartment management's inability to realize that there's something wrong with this unit and it needs to be fixed.

So, I am going to call them tomorrow and let them know that, from now on, whenever I have to reset the breaker because of this air conditioning unit, I am going to call them. If it's after hours, I will leave a message with the answering service. I just think they don't realize that yes, this is a problem, and no, I am not clueless and unable to reset a breaker.

Speaking of resetting a breaker, I am going to go do that now. . . I just heard that tell-tale click.

86jugglingpaynes
Aug 16, 2011, 11:45pm Top

Oh, that is incredibly annoying. I'm sorry. How is Sophie doing through all of this? I would worry about the dog's health if she keeps ending up in a hot house.

Is anything plugged into the same line? When we lived in an apartment, our breaker would trip when we used tried to use two appliance at once, like the toaster and the microwave.

87foggidawn
Aug 17, 2011, 8:06am Top

#86 -- Sophie's doing all right; I come home at lunch time, so I've been able to reset the breaker then. So, though the house may get warm during the afternoon, it's still within a reasonable range for Sophie.

88biblioholic29
Aug 17, 2011, 8:38am Top

#85: If that plan doesn't work, you can probably find a copy of your state's Tenants rights on the internet (if not, there will be organizations nearby who will have it). Most likely you'll need to show documentation that you've contacted them repeatedly about the problem (a registered letter is a good idea for that, with you keeping a copy of the letter). If they still do nothing you should be able to call an HVAC technician yourself and then give the bill to your landlord (or take it off of your rent). At least, that's what you could do in my state. At any rate, their should definitely by procedures in place to help you.

89pollysmith
Aug 17, 2011, 9:49am Top

You could try the Ombudsmans office.They help with tenant/landlord problems

90foggidawn
Aug 17, 2011, 9:51am Top

I am not to the point of bringing in outside help yet -- I think I can get them to resolve this, if I can just get them to understand that it's a bigger problem than just a flipped breaker once in a while.

91pollysmith
Aug 17, 2011, 9:53am Top

well, good luck!

92Mandy2
Aug 22, 2011, 10:09am Top

As a property manager I apologize for the complete lack of help you've been given in this situation. I wish I could say my company is better than that, but if they weren't I'd get a lot fewer calls. My suggestion is to find out if there is a corporate office and call them if your plan doesn't work. We hate hearing about issues like this and you will probably get someone out to actually fix it. Although you may end up just pissing off your onsite manager. (I'm a corporate office property manager) We hear a lot of stories all day long and some find it hard to distinguish between the real ones and the fake ones so the tendency is to assume all are fake. I wish I could be more help but apartment managers and supers can be amazing or lazy, you just have to hope you get amazing.

93foggidawn
Aug 22, 2011, 1:48pm Top

#92 -- Aw, thanks Mandy! The idea of calling the corporate office is a good one, if it comes to that. However, they seem to be working on it. They sent the guys over to look at it again, and they put a window unit in my living room, which works as a stop-gap -- I'm hoping for a more permanent solution some time this week. If that doesn't happen, then I will pester them some more. :-)

94jugglingpaynes
Aug 22, 2011, 4:29pm Top

*pictures a foggi potter puppet pal* Bother! Bother! Bother!

95foggidawn
Aug 22, 2011, 5:41pm Top

But bothering Snape would be so much more fun!

96Rozax
Sep 15, 2011, 11:48pm Top

Rant: My earlobes are inflamed, and I never even wanted them pierced. :(

97pollysmith
Sep 16, 2011, 10:35am Top

Oh dear and thats so uncomfortable!

98Rozax
Sep 17, 2011, 12:08am Top

Tis quite. They're healing quickly this time. It only happens a couple times per year, but...yeah...

99Renald128
Jan 21, 2012, 11:36pm Top

My car was scratched and I don't know where it happened, I'm guessing it was while I was at the University because that's where my car is parked the longest. Someone either must really really hate me or they got the wrong car, I can't think of something bad that I must have done to this person, I never would do something so spiteful. The worst part is that now I have to get it fixed, thank God I got the car's insurance last year, but to think that someone took time of their lives to scratch someone's car is just stupid for me.

If this person did this because I always intervene in classes and get semi-good grades then I'm really really scared of what this person would do. I now have to leave my dad in charge of fixing the car because I'm leaving on Wednesday and won't be here for a month.

100Rozax
Jan 23, 2012, 1:05am Top

99: They're probably vindictive a-holes who felt like ruining someone else's life. I once left my jacket unattended for two minutes, if that long, and my house keys were gone. I know they didn't fall out of my pocket, because they were attached to a keyring, connected to my wallet. Everything in my wallet was still there, including $5. This was in high school, and despite this being a common complaint, despite the fact that I was not alone in the locker room (my teammates were there, too), my parents grounded me and gave me a huge lecture about how irresponsible I was for leaving my $hit "just lying around", and they made me pay all the new door knobs/locks.

Ooh yeah, that incident still strikes a nerve.

In more recent events, despite talking to the upstairs neighbor a little while back, he's back to playing his music too loud. And to clarify, this isn't an age thing - I'm only 24! I'll bet I'm younger than him! I've lived in several apartments, including on campus, and I've never had such an annoying neighbor.

101pollysmith
Jan 23, 2012, 6:54am Top

Good thing you never lived close to my exhusband. 47 years old and he still blasts his music

102Rozax
Feb 4, 2012, 4:53pm Top

Safeway needs to stock more Neuro Sleep :(

103Rozax
Feb 4, 2012, 9:08pm Top

This is the stuff.

That's all I want. I'm pretty sure some jerk is buying them out whenever it comes in, while honest people such as myself buy one or two. Last time I bought three, but I'd like to avoid escalation. I think Safeway just needs to keep more in the back room. Is that so difficult???

104pollysmith
Feb 5, 2012, 1:48pm Top

are you sure that stuffs safe?

105jugglingpaynes
Feb 5, 2012, 3:20pm Top

From a quick Google search, it looks like it just contains supplements. Of course, as with any supplement, you don't want to overdo it. I tend to research supplements before I take anything containing them, and I use less than the recommended dose. Better to be safe than sorry.

106pollysmith
Feb 5, 2012, 4:41pm Top

I don't trust anything since my mom and I both had a bad time with something called Zippies, supposed to give you energy, yeah

107Rozax
Edited: Feb 6, 2012, 3:33am Top

I did research before purchasing. Neuro Sleep just uses melatonin. Here's the info page. It's pretty safe stuff. You can also read up on melatonin on wikipedia. I love wikipedia. :)

And I hope nobody here thinks that I have horrible thoughts about people who snatch in bulk. I just got flamed in another thread for complaining about this. I have theories as to why this stuff disappears so quickly (we live in a sleep-deprived society; I live near a major university), but when we know how much it's wanted, why can't we just share?

108MrAndrew
Feb 6, 2012, 6:54am Top

you SNATCH IN BULK? OMG! Put those children back!

...oh wait, you mean shop items. Mmmm yes, that's what i meant too. No, that's no problem at all.

109pollysmith
Feb 6, 2012, 6:56am Top

LOL MrA you are so funny!

110jugglingpaynes
Feb 6, 2012, 10:14am Top

I would think, if you are near a major university, they would be grabbing the Jolt and Red Bull, not sleep aids. *confuzzled* College must not be what it used to be.

111Rozax
Feb 6, 2012, 6:31pm Top

110: I never had trouble staying up, so I was constantly using Tylenol PM to get to sleep. I'm guessing they're using it to counteract the caffeinated items.

112foggidawn
May 13, 2012, 6:41pm Top

Let me just say, being without a car is the pits. Aside from not being able to get to places I need to go, I feel like I'm a major inconvenience to everyone, with my constant requests for rides to work, church, etc. And I can't really do much about it until the police and the insurance company finish investigating the crash -- so I end up calling them and feeling like I'm nagging at them.

113jugglingpaynes
May 13, 2012, 6:59pm Top

I'm sure most of your friends understand, foggi. And the police and insurance company are probably used to people calling in a situation like yours. I hope the find the guy. How irresponsible.

114Rozax
May 14, 2012, 4:56pm Top

112: Call away! If they're annoyed, the only way to remedy that is to finish all their bureaucracy. Speaking of which, I haven't harassed the massage therapy council in a couple days. The status report says that they're still mulling over my transcripts.

115biblioholic29
Jul 11, 2012, 2:19pm Top

I so don't have time to be doing this rant, but I need to or I won't be able to concentrate!

As I mentioned on the GN/BN thread earlier this week, we went about two weeks without working computers at my office. One of the big things this effected was client meetings, which are normally recorded on an online database. The program staff did them on paper instead and then added them once the computers were finally back up. The main reason we use that particular database is a major grantor requires it. The same grantor requires quarterly reports. When did the quarter end? That's right! Right smack dab in the middle of our tech issues! I'm the one who puts the reports together, so as soon as the computers were back online the staff were entering their clients into the system. I got word late yesterday that they were done so I set to work on the reports this morning. I found one field in the first report that was blank about half the time. No biggie, I made a quick list and emailed it off to the staff to take care of it. I've gotten half of them back already.

Another requirement for this particular grant is that we keep up with the clients, checking in with them at 30, 90, 180, and 365 day intervals and then report on that. This is only the second quarter and the first time we've had this grant, so this is the first time I'm trying to deal with anything beyond a 30 day follow up. IT'S AWFUL!!!!! Nobody entered it into the system in the same way twice. I've had to run three different reports just to try to figure out who's been checked with when and even with that I have to look up an individual client's profile with every other one. We got an extension for the report, it's supposed to be in on Friday. Once I'm done with it, my boss still has to look it over and finagle it a bit and she needs time to do that so I really need to have this done by the end of the day tomorrow.

Did I mention there's more than 400 clients, I've been working on this part of things for 2 hours now and I've only finished 45 of them?! AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

116grkmwk
Jul 11, 2012, 5:01pm Top

#115 - Oh bib, how dreadful. Grant-related assessments and reports sometimes seem to be more trouble than the grant is worth (not really, but almost...). Hang in there!!!

117Rozax
Jul 11, 2012, 9:20pm Top

I've filled out the change-of-residence card on one of my loan payments twice (the second time with a note that said PLEASE CHANGE MY ADDRESS), and they once again sent the bill to my grandparents.  If I'm slapped with a late fee for this, heads are going to roll.

118biblioholic29
Jul 12, 2012, 5:16pm Top

I finished the report. Of course, when I was almost done my boss told me that our liaison didn't want us to send it until the 20th now. At least it's done.

119Rozax
Jul 12, 2012, 5:19pm Top

I set my dishes in the sink to soak, and the water drained on me.  What good is a plug if it doesn't seal??

120foggidawn
Jul 26, 2012, 12:06pm Top

#119 -- I have that problem, too. I have purchased a couple of different plugs, and I still don't have one that seals really well. Right now I use the flat plastic kind, but it's so easy for the dishes to move that one over and cause the sink to drain. I'm almost to the point of buying a dishpan to sit in the sink.

But my rant today is about my air conditioner. It is out of order again, for the nth time since I moved in to my apartment. Seriously, I can't even count how many times I have called the apartment office about this over the past two years. I am tired of the incompetence.

121Mandy2
Aug 1, 2012, 10:05am Top

120: You should check your lease and see what it says in the repair section or responsibility sections. See if there is anything in there that you can use to light a fire under their butts. Knowing your lease is the best weapon against landlords...Knowledge is POWER! ;)

122foggidawn
Aug 1, 2012, 11:29am Top

#121 -- Thanks. They replaced the unit (again), but if it continues to malfunction I will re-check my lease and see what it says.

123jugglingpaynes
Aug 1, 2012, 6:15pm Top

How do we know your apartment isn't haunted and that's the real reason you can't get the AC to work?

124foggidawn
Aug 1, 2012, 7:51pm Top

That darned Peeves.

125Rozax
Aug 2, 2012, 6:05am Top

He's just angry because he wasn't in the movies.

126pollysmith
Aug 2, 2012, 9:31am Top

actually a few ghosts may solve your AC problems since ghosts are so cold!

127Rozax
Aug 2, 2012, 5:08pm Top

Or how about a nice, sparkly vampire?

128foggidawn
Aug 2, 2012, 5:12pm Top

No thanks!

129biblioholic29
Aug 2, 2012, 8:03pm Top

I blew a fuse in my apartment two hours ago while making dinner. I called the after hours number immediately ( the fuse box is in a locked storage room I don't have access to) and they have yet to show up and trip it. This means that I haven't eaten yet and I'm now missing the Olympics. I called again 30 minutes ago and they were supposedly sending the order again and marking it urgent. It's so frustrating to know I could have fixed it in two seconds if the room weren't locked!

130suge
Aug 2, 2012, 9:31pm Top

Pick the lock Bib!! PICK IT!!!!

My rant is about my neighbors. They are soooooo annoying. There is an intercom system right by the front door, but people choose to shout (and I mean bulging jugulars decibel) whole conversations at each other from the parking lot . And guess who lives on the first floor?? ME!! So they are shouting right by my windows at all hours of the day and night. UGH!! And then, once they get up to the building, they press the intercom buzzer anyway, which can be heard from miles away, and then it's BUZZZZZZZZZ again when they are let in.

131biblioholic29
Aug 3, 2012, 8:35am Top

They finally came and flipped the switch at 8:30 last night. My vegetarian BLT was flavored with hunger and was absolutely delicious! (The bacon had been in the microwave and the bread in the toaster when I blew the fuse. I won't be doing that again!)

132biblioholic29
Aug 24, 2012, 10:45am Top

More a whine than a rant. The AC is out at work for the 2nd day in a row. I do not do well with hot.

133jugglingpaynes
Aug 24, 2012, 8:47pm Top

I'm distracted by lower back pain, so I hope you'll forgive me for wondering why you send your AC out to work. :o)

Stay cool, bib! Maybe you could keep a big cup of ice on your desk until the AC is fixed? A cold cup feels good against the hands and face.

134Rozax
Aug 25, 2012, 1:25am Top

There's been this constant ringing sound nearby.  Some guess that it's a smoke detector that's low on batteries, but whatever it is, it is annoying.

135compskibook
Aug 25, 2012, 9:02am Top

A jackhammer at 7 am on a Saturday right in front of my house! I think our city employees are a little too dedicated!

136pollysmith
Aug 25, 2012, 10:33am Top

135> dedicated to overtime!

137pollysmith
Aug 25, 2012, 10:35am Top

Theres construction going on not too far away from us and its so annoying to hear the constant "backup" beeps from the machinery. It seems constant and loud! Now I'm all for safety but it seems that after a while the workers would tune that out

138compskibook
Aug 25, 2012, 2:10pm Top

I have had the beeps, too, and I know what you mean!

139littleshell
Aug 28, 2012, 12:43am Top

We had nighttime road construction nearby back in the spring. I wound up working the beeps into a series of very odd dreams that weren't quite nightmares. Still can call up a few of the images...a building that loomed just outside my windows and kept growing, yet not really menacing. The subconscious is a strange country.

140donnao
Sep 9, 2012, 4:25pm Top

Rant: I HATE it when someone's dog jumps all over me (uninvited) and the owner says "It's OK, he/she's just being friendly". You should have your dog under control. If they don't listen to voice commands, you should use the leash to prevent this. THIS DOES NOT MEAN I HATE DOGS! I just don't want my legs/arms/clothes scratched and dirtied!

141pollysmith
Sep 9, 2012, 7:56pm Top

Theres a dog two doors down who has been barking all day. Its getting annoying and alarming. The office said theyd call the owner but who knows?

142Rozax
Sep 10, 2012, 2:31am Top

Someone in my neighborhood hates humanity  Two weeks ago, there was this series of beeping sounds that persisted for days.  Two days ago, we were met with a painfully high-pitched tone that would last several seconds, subside, and then begin again.  This evening, it's been replaced by what sounds like a prolonged chirp.  All these sounds are coming from the same area, and I'm not sure what to do about it.

143MrAndrew
Sep 10, 2012, 6:04am Top

I'd start looking for a stranded R2 unit in the bushes.

144pollysmith
Sep 10, 2012, 9:06am Top

rozax. call the cops

145donnao
Sep 10, 2012, 9:15am Top

Sounds like an alarm system that needs to be reset--- similar to what happens when a smoke detector batteries need replacing.

146Rozax
Sep 11, 2012, 4:02am Top

My only fear with calling the cops is that it'll stop beeping/squealing/chirping before they arrive.  I've got nothing to lose with calling, though, so I should just do that.

On another tangent, is it just me, or would anyone else love to see the inverse of this advertisement?  My husband, having minored in art and done metal work, appreciates jewelry a lot more than I do (sans lazy, mass-produced or gaudy "coffeeshop" stuff).

147donnao
Sep 11, 2012, 10:31am Top

What do you mean by the inverse?

148Rozax
Sep 11, 2012, 4:04pm Top

Or "reverse".  Or maybe I should wait until daylight to post something when I want to be funny. ^^;  Basically, have a picture of a piece of jewelry with the words: "He'll love it".

#142, #144:  I called it in this morning.  Twas a monoxide detector with a dead battery in a vacant, soon-to-be-remodeled house.

149donnao
Edited: Sep 11, 2012, 7:01pm Top

Are diamonds a girl's best friend? Not for me. Jewelry ads really irk me. Usually the assumption is that a woman will love you more if you give her expensive jewelry. Personally, I prefer gift cards for bookstores. Perhaps bookstores should run similar ads at Valentine's and Christmas....

150Rozax
Sep 11, 2012, 8:01pm Top

My favorite jewelry commercial showed this asshat always dashing off for one reason or another.

"Got a tee-time with the guys!"
"Game of tennis after work!"
Or something to that effect.

His wife looks all sad and dejected, but all is forgiven when he gives her a pretty necklace.  I told my husband to buy those earrings for me (in the above advertisement) just so he can call back and tell them, "Turns out she hates earrings."

151Kasongo
Sep 12, 2012, 10:56am Top

Never have been a big fan of diamonds. My engagement ring is malachite.

152Rozax
Sep 12, 2012, 3:57pm Top

This was the official image for mine back when we got it.



We didn't bother with a wedding band, so this is all I wear.

I have no idea how that picture is still floating around my computer.  Probably e-mail.

"You're engaged? OMGOMGOMG!!! What does the ring look like???"

"Here you go. Link enclosed."

E-mail has spared me several sappy conversations.

153Rozax
Sep 16, 2012, 1:20am Top

Pet peeve addressed:

154biblioholic29
Edited: Sep 16, 2012, 7:37pm Top

This is not intended to diminish your pet peeve in any way, but I couldn't help but be reminded of this:



(People misusing "literally" is definitely a pet peeve of mine, and yet, I can't help but note that this cartoon is completely true!)

155Rozax
Sep 16, 2012, 10:02pm Top

I just showed that one to my in-laws!  The alt-text for that comic is also great:  But then the Ghost of Subjunctive Past showed up and told me to stay strong on 'if it were'.

156Mutombu
Edited: Sep 16, 2012, 10:48pm Top

Stephen Fry is definitely not a member of the grammar police.
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/10/24/grammar-nazis-get-frye...

157Rozax
Sep 16, 2012, 11:39pm Top

I don't mind when people don't use whom, but it bugs me when people try using it to sound elegant and botch it.

Example:  "And whom are you referring to?"
(Lifted from The Dick Van Dyke Show)

No, no, no, no!  If you have the audacity to use the genitive pronoun, you cannot end the sentence with a preposition!

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