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My pet peeve is people using the wrong software for a project, like text-heavy layouts in Photoshop or Illustrator (CRUD MONKEYS! - why do so many supposedly professional designers use Illustrator for that? The text editing is so clumsy and memory wasting.) or drawing vector graphics in InDesign.  :o
I can't tell you how many projects I've had to rebuild from scratch because of this.

It's also fun re-building big documents provided by someone who never bothered to learn how to use Master Pages or Styles. "Oh, you want me to change the font of the subsection headers on all 220 pages? If the document you supplied had been built right in the first place, it would take 30 minutes and I'd do it free. Instead, I'm gonna bill you for the hours it'll take to go through and clean that stuff up. On the other hand if I need to add an obnoxious customer surcharge, such people rarely understand that my rebuilt document takes a lot less time to revise. ;)

I'm not evil, though. If the client is nice and willing, I'll teach them a bit at a time and they love me for making their jobs easier. "Wait, I don't have to copy and paste the logo onto each page and it will stay locked in place unless I want to move it?  Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
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All In A Day's Work / Re: "Are you still teaching?"
« Last post by Octavia on Today at 12:54:08 PM »
"Are you still..." is pretty standard conversation. I don't think people are implying what you think they are. I'm under 40 and have been with me current company less than 15 years and I get asked all the time if I'm still there. And I've been asked for years - basically since I started. It's normal.

And if I got Octavia's responses, you wouldn't have to worry about me again. Those are astonishingly rude answers to a perfectly polite question. Just because you're "hearing" rudeness, doesn't mean there is rudeness.

I completely agree - this is just what people say in social conversations.
Ooops, I reread the original post after having my morning dose of caffeine and realized that the portion of the OP's post I had focused on was her internal dialogue rather than the questions actually asked. I agree with everyone else that the questions being asked are not rude, and that responding in a bright, positive way is the right thing to do.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What.....wait, .....WHAT?
« Last post by Octavia on Today at 12:50:25 PM »
I had started to date a guy who proudly told me that he convinced his boss to pay him in cash so there was no record of his employment. He did this so that he would get out of having to pay child support to his ex-wife for their two children. He told me that is not uncommon in the construction industry, especially with small companies. He could not understand why my mouth was hanging open in shock and disgust rather than in awe at his cleverness.
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All In A Day's Work / Re: "Are you still teaching?"
« Last post by TootsNYC on Today at 12:42:21 PM »
Or it may have simply been fact-based, with absolutely -no- underlying message.

That possibility exists. It's very, very strong. Please consider it as the default setting.

The "still" only means, "I already know that you do live there/you have been teaching."

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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Emotionally attached to things
« Last post by Octavia on Today at 12:41:46 PM »
I'm attached to my college text books and notes folders, which are over 20 years old and pretty much useless any more. They take up a lot of space in my book cases. I think the only way I'll get rid of them is if I have to move houses and my company doesn't pay for the moving expenses, LOL!

Then there are my "very thin" clothes that have also moved houses with me the last two times but have not fit since before those moves.  :-[
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^^^  Back in the fifties there was a deodorant called Eudora.  That's what I always associate with that name.   :-\
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Life...in general / Re: When you accidentally call someone rude
« Last post by TootsNYC on Today at 12:39:40 PM »
I think the key is, you don't ever label something rude, but especially not when someone in front of you is suggesting you do it.

You call it "unfair" or you say, "No, I don't feel comfortable, it would feel like barging in."
Or you say, "The host really gets to set the guest list; I don't want to be someone who crashes a party."

Those all make much the same point, but they're a bit more about how -you- feel, and they aren't quite the same label.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Unknown impacts
« Last post by purplerainbow on Today at 12:32:05 PM »
I think the environment in which people are raised has a huge impact on people.

I work at a school, and a fair number of the kids that attend the school are from difficult, sometimes unstable backgrounds.
Some kids ask staff members if they are married or have children. (No to both, in my case.)
One of my older colleagues, replies that yes, she is married, and has [x number of, grown up] children.
Kids:        "Miss, do all your kids have the same dad?"
Teacher:  "Yes - my husband."
Kids:       "Miss, how long have you been married?"
Teacher: "Oh, more than 30 years now.  :D "
Kids:       "  :o To the same person, for the whole time?!"
Teacher: "Yes."
Kids:       " Wow.  :o Do you have a boyfriend too, Miss?"
Teacher: "No. One man is enough for me!"

Some of these kids can't fathom an existence where siblings share both parents, and where adults stay married and monogamous their whole lives.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by Kimblee on Today at 12:31:39 PM »
The other day I met a young woman named Udora (name tag). I was thinking, you know, that's a very pretty sound, it's a pity it starts with a U because the name ends up looking kind of ugly (I suppose I have biases against certain letters for their aesthetic value?). Is there a way it could start with something else, but still have the same sound...?

Then it hit me: It's just the name Eudora, spelled phonetically. ::facepalm:: As in Eudora Welty, or Eunice, or Eureka (that's what reminded me). ::) <--at self

Aesthetics are weird, here I was thinking Udora looks very pretty and has such a nice look to it. And that Eudora looks like an "old lady" name. (This coming for someone who thinks Clara, Mable and Agatha need to come back. So I'm probably not a good source.)
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Time For a Coffee Break! / I'm about to Lose it!
« Last post by One Fish, Two Fish on Today at 12:28:28 PM »
Is anyone using the Lose It App?  I've just joined, and so far I love it.  I'd love to add some new friends/share recipes/talk strategies. 
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