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Life...in general / How do you deal with a trivial interjector?
« Last post by Victim Of Fate on Yesterday at 05:00:47 PM »
How do you deal with someone who routinely interjects in very trivial (pun intended) circumstances?

The other day, I was at a gathering with a few work colleagues. One of them mentioned a riddle she'd recently heard (one of those Mindtrap-style "a man rode into a town on Wednesday..." problems), and those of us in that particular conversation - including Bob, the serial interjector - wrestled with the problem until it was eventually solved. Later that afternoon, we were re-telling the riddle to some other guests at the party, and they too struggled with the problem, asking us questions and doing all the usual things you do when presented with a brainteaser. Bob, who was nearby, then shouted out the correct answer, having already heard the solution earlier that day.

Later that day, we were playing board games, and on more than one occasion, Bob would shout out the answer on someone else's turn. There were a few mock objections, mainly from his own teammates ("Bob! Stop telling them the answers, we're winning!), but he seemed oblivious.

How would you deal with someone who does this? I was finding it pretty annoying by the end, but maybe that's just me.
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What are these splotches on my windshield? And how do I get rid of them?

This started a few days ago, in the morning with the damp dew on the car. Normally I run the wiper a few times, run the defrost for a minute at the damp/dew goes away.

The other morning there were splotches that were about dime-sized with a clear spot in the middle completely covering my windshield (well all of my windows, but I don't worry about those because I normally drive with them down).

These splotches would.not.go.away! I'd run a pass with my wipers, they would disappear but then in a minute or so they started fogging up again (not the whole window, just the splotches.) I went to work figuring that in a few minutes it would clear up. No, siree. I had to run my wipers the whole ride in. Which was fine, so long as the wipers were running visibility was clear. But as soon as I turned the wipers off (at a stop light) the splotches would reappear . . . I even ran the washer fluid a few times to no avail.

When I got home, I washed the windows with soap/water and finished them off with windex, thinking that would get rid of them.

Nope. I was out on Saturday and it started drizzeling . . . the splotches showed up again! Which was okay because I was running my wipers anyway, but when I went to slow intermittent, they would lightly show up again.

I washed the windows with straight vinegar.

Nope. This morning the splotches were there again. I decided to try running the defrost at 90o (because I noticed that with the rear defrost on the rear window stayed clear That seem to do the trick.

If it makes any difference, evening temps have been low 60's. When I was driving on Saturday it was 73. So I'm not sure why running the defrost at a higher temperature worked.

I do not recall parking under a tree of any kind (thinking sap) but even still, wouldn't the washing clear that up? The tree by our drive is at the end of the driveway, so I'm not parking underneath it. If it were this tree, splotches would show up on DD#2's car too, right?

Any thoughts as to what causes this?

Any ideas on how to stop it? Different cleaners, maybe?



I've never seen this phenomena before . . . maybe this should go in "Because (why) Science" thread. ;)

Were you wearing polarized sunglasses?
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I just googled my idiot coach-teacher from high school.  I forgot that he resigned amidst controversy 27 years ago (which I didn't know before I googled him a while back).

He was a football coach and a failed actor and so he also wanted to teach a drama class, which my high school didn't have (theater program).  I don't think it lasted past the first year because, after the first semester, he pretty much ignored us in order to focus on football (so we learned nothing the second semester and spent most of class just hanging out).  By the end of the semester, some of us weren't doing very well, and he had the nerve to read grades out loud to the class (the main reason he's an idiot).  For those of us who weren't doing very well, he simply said after our names, "You're unique."  I wasn't going to give him the satisfaction so I didn't bother to ask.  However, one of the "unique" ones asked what that meant, and IdiotTeacher said, "It means that you could have a million grade points, and you'd still fail the class" (such statement being the other reason he's an idiot).  I was only 16 at the time so I didn't have the sense or knowledge that I could actually complain.

Anyway, it appears he tried to override the high school administrators to fight for a player with failing grades to be reinstated and then also had a bit of a verbal confrontation with football administrators at one other high school (making accusations about their players).  After the argument with the other school, he decided that, perhaps, he should resign as football coach before he got fired.  The school principal was quoted as saying they hadn't planned on firing him, but they weren't encouraging him to stay, either (which warmed my heart because it told me that I wasn't the only one who thought he was a jack*bacon-fed knave).  I think he only lasted as long as he did (2-2.5 years) because he coached the most famous/successful football player to come out of that high school.  However, that football player graduated at the end of IdiotTeacher's first year; IdiotTeacher ended up resigning near the middle/end of his 3rd football season (the football player was super-talented so I don't attribute his athletic success to IdiotTeacher).

Looking at other articles about him, it appears he had issues at some other schools.  No surprise there.  A teacher who thinks itís a great idea to grade-shame the students in retaliation for them not being good students isnít someone who really should be teaching.
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Family and Children / Re: Paying the PTA to leave you in peace
« Last post by CakeEater on Yesterday at 04:55:29 PM »
I'm in the middle of fundraising for DS's kindergarten this year, and like every other organisation, it's 5 parents out of 40 families doing the vast majority of the work.

One of the other mothers approached me before our last fundraiser and gave me a cheque for $250 to avoid fundraising for the rest of the year, which was fine, but I estimate that she won't have quite covered the amount we will have made per child with fundraisers. So while I'd support the idea of giving a largish donation instead of fundraising, the 15 or even 75 dollar amounts in the posted letter wouldn't cut it for me. You'd have to hand over some serious cash to make it worthwhile.

And I'd be happy to do that, but there is one particular family I'm thinking of in our organisation in which a young, single mother has volunteered her time at a number of events, but doesn't buy things. She clearly doesn't have a heap of extra cash, but donates her time, and seems to feel involved and like she's helping in a valuable way, which she is. It would be a shame to cut out her opportunity to contribute.

It's a tricky one.

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What are these splotches on my windshield? And how do I get rid of them?

This started a few days ago, in the morning with the damp dew on the car. Normally I run the wiper a few times, run the defrost for a minute at the damp/dew goes away.

The other morning there were splotches that were about dime-sized with a clear spot in the middle completely covering my windshield (well all of my windows, but I don't worry about those because I normally drive with them down).

These splotches would.not.go.away! I'd run a pass with my wipers, they would disappear but then in a minute or so they started fogging up again (not the whole window, just the splotches.) I went to work figuring that in a few minutes it would clear up. No, siree. I had to run my wipers the whole ride in. Which was fine, so long as the wipers were running visibility was clear. But as soon as I turned the wipers off (at a stop light) the splotches would reappear . . . I even ran the washer fluid a few times to no avail.

When I got home, I washed the windows with soap/water and finished them off with windex, thinking that would get rid of them.

Nope. I was out on Saturday and it started drizzeling . . . the splotches showed up again! Which was okay because I was running my wipers anyway, but when I went to slow intermittent, they would lightly show up again.

I washed the windows with straight vinegar.

Nope. This morning the splotches were there again. I decided to try running the defrost at 90o (because I noticed that with the rear defrost on the rear window stayed clear That seem to do the trick.

If it makes any difference, evening temps have been low 60's. When I was driving on Saturday it was 73. So I'm not sure why running the defrost at a higher temperature worked.

I do not recall parking under a tree of any kind (thinking sap) but even still, wouldn't the washing clear that up? The tree by our drive is at the end of the driveway, so I'm not parking underneath it. If it were this tree, splotches would show up on DD#2's car too, right?

Any thoughts as to what causes this?

Any ideas on how to stop it? Different cleaners, maybe?



I've never seen this phenomena before . . . maybe this should go in "Because (why) Science" thread. ;)



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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Professional Darwinism: Update to OP on p.74
« Last post by Browyn on Yesterday at 04:40:07 PM »
In my high school, nearly 40 years ago (ugh) there was one section of physics, and the teacher was a well known misogynist.  One of my friends wanted to take physics, and he did everything he could to prevent her.  She'd just be taking up a seat in class that a boy should have; everyone knew that in a few years she'd be living in a trailer park, barefoot and pregnant (and those were his exact words, spoken to my friend).  It took some intervention by adults to get her into that class, where he proceeded to make her life miserable.

After graduation she became an environmental engineer, and with her husband built a wildly successful consulting business that provided them with a very comfortable income to enjoy with their two lovely sons.

Wow.  She had my high school physics teacher?

I was a straight A student, especially good in sciences.  Grade 13 physics, my teacher was also the vice principal AND running for mayor.  Tells you how interested he was in teaching.  He was almost always late to class.  I was getting 50's.  I'd never gotten a B in anything but gym, let alone a D.  I begged to drop the class as I could take it when I got to university.  My parents refused.  First parent teacher conference, teacher wasn't at his table in the gym.  My Dad hunted him down and asked him why my grade was so poor.  'Girls can't do science' was his reply.  Needless to say, my drop form was signed that night.  Took it in first year university and got 96.  Yeah, girls can't do science.

I graduated HS in 1982, there was a math teacher who also taught the computer science class (which you had to be a top math student to get into it was so new) and he told us on the first day of class that the girls wouldn't so as well as the boys because "girls can't do math".  He would refuse to answer questions for girls, so we would just send the boys to ask them for us.  He hated having to give me an "A" but I had the test scores and program results to back it up.  And my current job title is Senior Systems Analyst.  Take that Mr Boseman!
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Life...in general / Re: Unpleasant smells at the dinner table
« Last post by bah12 on Yesterday at 04:39:33 PM »
I don't see the problem with saying something to the parents even if they were ignoring it (which I don't think we can say for sure).  It could be that they are used to it and didn't notice, or that they didn't think that the five minutes they sat there would have created a smell so strong that it would bother someone else...or they could have been ignoring it.  Either way, they had the power to do something about it, so letting them know that it was bothersome is not wrong.

"Excuse me, but I think your baby needs a diaper change.  The smell is really strong over here at our table."  I probably would have said something before looking for a waiter, but had the parents reacted badly or didn't do anything about it, I'd have no problem bringing it up with a manager to handle and asking to be moved.

I understand that for some people it's uncomfortable to confront someone like this, so I don't think it would be wrong to just go strait to the restaurant staff for help, but I also don't think it's wrong to go strait to the parents either.   
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All In A Day's Work / Re: things people should stop doing at work
« Last post by VorFemme on Yesterday at 04:37:01 PM »
Shared desk and two shifts used it.  I had morning, someone else had it after I left until midnight.  I never saw them...

But their nail clippings were in the drawer with the pens...I think that they chewed them off instead of using nail clippers.  Either they had very wide thumbnails or it was their toe nail clippings were mixed in.

Eeww...
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: SO - Baby names - Help!
« Last post by mandycorn on Yesterday at 04:33:24 PM »
My sister's back-up name for my nephew was Max, which I love. There's also Alexander, which offers a handful of nickname options (Alex, Lex, Xander, Al, and Sasha, if you're feeling Russian).
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