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siamesecat2965

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10620 on: February 01, 2013, 10:37:31 AM »
At work.

it annoys the pants off me when someone puts only HALF the ream of paper into the printer and leaves the other half out on the counter, taking up space, its flaps sticking up and looking messy and getting caught on sleeves as people walk by...

and then someone else has to finish up the task, which means, actually 2 more steps than it would have taken if the first person had finished the job!!

It's particularly annoying because it happens EVERYWHERE, and it's an accurate metaphor for alot of the things that are going wrong at my workplace.

Which reminds me of the old copier we had here last year, where you couldn't put the whole ream in. Seriously, the machine had a capacity of about 2/3 of a ream. So. Annoying.

My pet peeve about this has to do with my first boss. Where I sat, I was right next to the printer for my entire dept. And in an ajoining room, was the copier, where the paper was kept.  My boss also had this idea that certain things were beneath her. Now, if I was using the printer myself, and noticed it needed paper, I'd put some in. Howevr, I was in no way "in charge" of making sure it had paper all the time, nor was I in charge of bringing paper from the copy room and putting it in the drawer of the credenza where the printer sat.  It was up to everyone to add it when needed.

My boss comes in one day, and comments the printer is out of paper, and looked at me.  I very calmly said "there should be some in the drawer beow"  She then comments there isn't any in the drawer. Again, I politely said "there should be plenty in the copy room"  She then very reluctantly walked the 10 feet to the copy room, and got some paper for the printer.  But I think I got my point across that I was not the keeper of all things printer-related!


Diane AKA Traska

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10621 on: February 01, 2013, 11:08:48 AM »
Seeing a dollar amount written thus: "$5 dollars."

The dollar sign at the front means you don't HAVE to write "dollars" at the end.

True, except that since the $ is also used in other countries it should be followed by "US", "AU", "CA", or "MX" (it's also used for the peso).

I think itís technically supposed to be USD$5.00, CAN$5.00, etc.

On the money trendÖ My SO has a habit of always rounding down. So, something that is $4.99 is $4 when he says something about it, not $5. Or, a $599 TV is "only $500 dollars!" I donít care if heís just recounting what he spent on something with his own money, but it is an issue when I need to know the exact cost when dealing with our joint finances, which I mostly handle.

I round up for expenses, and down for credits (but usually to the closest $5).  Precise?  No, but it leaves me with extra spending money at the end of the month. :D
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10622 on: February 01, 2013, 11:26:41 AM »
At work.

it annoys the pants off me when someone puts only HALF the ream of paper into the printer and leaves the other half out on the counter, taking up space, its flaps sticking up and looking messy and getting caught on sleeves as people walk by...

and then someone else has to finish up the task, which means, actually 2 more steps than it would have taken if the first person had finished the job!!

It's particularly annoying because it happens EVERYWHERE, and it's an accurate metaphor for alot of the things that are going wrong at my workplace.

We get that too and it makes me just as nuts.  Our copy machine can hold 3 reams at once.  Just put the whole thing in!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10623 on: February 01, 2013, 11:40:21 AM »
At work.

it annoys the pants off me when someone puts only HALF the ream of paper into the printer and leaves the other half out on the counter, taking up space, its flaps sticking up and looking messy and getting caught on sleeves as people walk by...

and then someone else has to finish up the task, which means, actually 2 more steps than it would have taken if the first person had finished the job!!

It's particularly annoying because it happens EVERYWHERE, and it's an accurate metaphor for alot of the things that are going wrong at my workplace.

We get that too and it makes me just as nuts.  Our copy machine can hold 3 reams at once.  Just put the whole thing in!

I wonder if people are doing that sort of automatically because that's what they do with the printer. I can fit a whole ream in the copier tray but only about half a ream in the laser printer tray.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10624 on: February 02, 2013, 04:03:56 AM »
when shopping in a department store, it is becoming more and more common to have to wander to several "customer service" desks before finding one that has an actual employee so I can pay for my purchases.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10625 on: February 02, 2013, 04:45:18 AM »
My brother is in trouble with me.  Only he doesn't know it yet.  There was a box of donuts on the kitchen counter, and when we get this kind there are always two of the kind he and I like.  One each.  That is the agreement, which is now unspoken, but was established years ago.  He ate my bleeping donut. 

Diane AKA Traska

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10626 on: February 02, 2013, 05:10:24 AM »
Hanging's too good for him!  BURNING'S too good for him!  He should be chopped up into itty bitty pieces and buried alive!
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10627 on: February 02, 2013, 05:31:08 AM »
Yes.  My coffee is lonely, and I am not amused.  8)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10628 on: February 02, 2013, 11:13:11 AM »
I hate how "snacks" are advertised as such and packaged in 300-400 calorie portions. So I have to rifle through the snack aisle for a good ten minutes, looking like I'm crazy because I keep turning over boxes to check calories. 400 calories is not a snack, that's a meal*. And I'm sick of shelling out tons of cash for stuff that's portioned in 100 calorie packages. Stuff that's being touted as amazing/awesome/what a revelation/will help you lose so much weight because it's MAGIC, DARN IT. No. It's a sensible portion. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that 100 calories<400 calories. That's how you should be eating anyway*.  So I usually resign myself to measuring out my own portions and buying in bulk, even though it takes more time.

*=Applies to me, doesn't necessarily apply to everyone. When I'm exercising more, burning 800+ calories a workout, I will of course eat a higher calorie snack. But not normally, not on a sedentary day.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10629 on: February 02, 2013, 02:35:57 PM »
Adelaide, you'd hate this:  I treated myself to a packaged piece of coffee cake at work.  Now, it was a generous size but was one piece.  As i finished it off, I idly checked the calorie count:  400... Ouch, but okay, I'll do a harder workout later.  Except, that was per serving and this package contained TWO servings.  D'oh!

(I'm only slowly getting into the habit of checking calorie/sodium etc info before I eat something)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10630 on: February 02, 2013, 03:12:32 PM »
Adelaide, you'd hate this:  I treated myself to a packaged piece of coffee cake at work.  Now, it was a generous size but was one piece.  As i finished it off, I idly checked the calorie count:  400... Ouch, but okay, I'll do a harder workout later.  Except, that was per serving and this package contained TWO servings.  D'oh!

(I'm only slowly getting into the habit of checking calorie/sodium etc info before I eat something)

I do that too. Some stuff is so delicious you don't even notice sometimes!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10631 on: February 02, 2013, 05:20:30 PM »
People who won't leave messages.  I work 9-5 so I am not always available to answer my cell phone.  I have voicemail and my home phone has an answerphone.  My bank wrote me a letter to say they'd tried to reach me by phone, could I please telephone them.  They could have saved themselves the effort of writing and sending me a letter by just leaving a message on one of those handy services I have designed for such an occasion when I don't answer the phone and someone needs to relay information to me.  Gah.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10632 on: February 03, 2013, 08:13:21 PM »
I'm sure this has been mentioned somewhere in the last 713 pages, but why do some people feel the need to raise the volume of their voices by at least 40 decibels when they speak on the phone?  I'm sitting here, 3 rooms away from my mother, and I find her volume to be uncomfortably loud, even from this distance.  Have I mentioned before that I have substantially reduced hearing in one ear?  Yup, still way too loud.  I feel sorry for the person on the other end of the phone.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10633 on: February 03, 2013, 08:23:15 PM »
I'm sure this has been mentioned somewhere in the last 713 pages, but why do some people feel the need to raise the volume of their voices by at least 40 decibels when they speak on the phone?  I'm sitting here, 3 rooms away from my mother, and I find her volume to be uncomfortably loud, even from this distance.  Have I mentioned before that I have substantially reduced hearing in one ear?  Yup, still way too loud.  I feel sorry for the person on the other end of the phone.

Yes. It's like the old joke:
"Why is our boss yelling like that?"
"Oh, he's talking to someone who's in France."
"Then why doesn't he just use the phone?"

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10634 on: February 04, 2013, 08:40:01 AM »
I'm sure this has been mentioned somewhere in the last 713 pages, but why do some people feel the need to raise the volume of their voices by at least 40 decibels when they speak on the phone?  I'm sitting here, 3 rooms away from my mother, and I find her volume to be uncomfortably loud, even from this distance.  Have I mentioned before that I have substantially reduced hearing in one ear?  Yup, still way too loud.  I feel sorry for the person on the other end of the phone.


They don't do it on purpose and I think most people are not even aware they're doing it.  When we hear people on the other side of the phone, the sound doesn't come out as well as if they were in front of us, so we automatically raise our voices.