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Cami

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12630 on: July 17, 2013, 03:02:04 PM »
One word:

Whistling.

PoddityPodPodPod!!  My sister has a co worker who hums and whistles all.day.long and she says it is getting to the point she is ready to scream.  I told a co worker to stop every single time she would start.  It is so distracting!
It's beyond distracting to me. I mean, it's distracting as in I cannot concentrate on anything other than making it stop right now. Right now. Right now.  Because of my tinnitus, it's truly like nails on a blackboard over and over and over. It makes my skin crawl and my jaw tighten in less than one second.   I will tell people to stop whistling. Or  sometimes I don't say a word as that one time on a plane when some kid was whistling and would not stop and I turned around and gave him what my dd calls "the look of death" and he stopped that second.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12631 on: July 17, 2013, 05:32:38 PM »
One word:

Whistling.

I will call your whistling and raise you finger drumming.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12632 on: July 17, 2013, 09:10:12 PM »
One word:

Whistling.

I will call your whistling and raise you finger drumming.

I call your finger drumming and raise you drumming with pens/pencils or worst of all drumsticks on table ( or blackboards)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12633 on: July 17, 2013, 10:24:48 PM »
One word:

Whistling.

I will call your whistling and raise you finger drumming.

I call your finger drumming and raise you drumming with pens/pencils or worst of all drumsticks on table ( or blackboards)

I see all of that, and raise you some guy pecking a credit card rapidly upon a counter.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12634 on: July 17, 2013, 10:35:36 PM »
One word:

Whistling.

I will call your whistling and raise you finger drumming.

I call your finger drumming and raise you drumming with pens/pencils or worst of all drumsticks on table ( or blackboards)
I'll see that and raise you 3 -5 kids doing at the same time in different rhythms around the room. Lets say I had a large number of very kinetic learners last year. I told them that every one  of them had better join the Stomp group or Rhythm Club next year. I've already recommended them to Mr. L and Mrs. W.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12635 on: July 17, 2013, 10:59:13 PM »
One word:

Whistling.

I will call your whistling and raise you finger drumming.

I call your finger drumming and raise you drumming with pens/pencils or worst of all drumsticks on table ( or blackboards)
I'll see that and raise you 3 -5 kids doing at the same time in different rhythms around the room. Lets say I had a large number of very kinetic learners last year. I told them that every one  of them had better join the Stomp group or Rhythm Club next year. I've already recommended them to Mr. L and Mrs. W.

I'll see that,and raise you screeching kids, that imitate police sirens when they go by.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12636 on: July 18, 2013, 01:33:41 AM »
People who say they want advice, then get all bent out of shape.

Example: Casual Acquaintance asked my advice on, let's say, the best way for her daughter's store to promote a sale of Whozits and Whatsits. She didn't tell me what daughter was doing, but asked an open-ended question.

I asked her, "Are you sure you want my advice?" I asked because sometimes people ask for advice but don't really want it. (To wit, the following conversation.)

CA insisted she did want the advice as I have years of experience promoting Whozits and Whatsits. I gave her my advice.

CA exploded, "But that's not what my daughter is doing!"

I shrugged and said, "Oh? Well, you asked my advice. I gave it. Take it or leave it. It's no skin off my back either way."

"Are you saying my daughter is incompetent! How dare you!"

At which point all conversation around our table ceases and a tablemate -- who is good friends with CA -- intercedes and says, "Now Cami said nothing of the sort. You asked her advice. She gave it.  No one is forcing your daughter to take her advice or saying she's incompetent for doing it another way."

"I don't have to calm down! She insulted my daughter!"

The rest of the table then tries to calm her down.

At that point, I got up and left, figuring that she was enjoying either her anger and/or the spotlight of offended motherhood.

The good news is that she's no longer talking to me.

This situation just happened almost exactly on a blog I follow. Same thing--asks for advice, gets advice, is unhappy with the person supposedly making 'assumptions'. It's like...well, yes, of course they make assumptions to answer your question, since they aren't you and don't know all the backstory. If they got a detail wrong, sure, correct them, but they are going off the info *you* provided! Though in this case it was less angry and more passive-aggressive 'I don't appreciate being told I treated my friend badly!' type of comments.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12637 on: July 18, 2013, 10:39:13 AM »
Flies. We have a few in the house that I'm guessing probably got in any of the times the doors opened this summer.  They like to fly around my head in the mornings. Drives me looney.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12638 on: July 18, 2013, 11:04:25 AM »
One word:

Whistling.

I will call your whistling and raise you finger drumming.

I call your finger drumming and raise you drumming with pens/pencils or worst of all drumsticks on table ( or blackboards)

I see all of that, and raise you some guy pecking a credit card rapidly upon a counter.

Gum popping, smacking, cracking, chomping.....  Ugh. 

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12639 on: July 18, 2013, 11:06:57 AM »
Pen clicking.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12640 on: July 18, 2013, 11:12:39 AM »
One word:

Whistling.

I will call your whistling and raise you finger drumming.

I call your finger drumming and raise you drumming with pens/pencils or worst of all drumsticks on table ( or blackboards)

I see all of that, and raise you some guy pecking a credit card rapidly upon a counter.
You've just described what it's like sharing a home office with my husband. He will, at the same time do all FIVE of these:

1. play music
2. hum or whistle or sing along
3. tap his foot
4. tap a pencil or pen against his desk with one hand
5. finger drum with the other hand

I am in the process (he says) of breaking his heart because I am moving my desk out of our shared office. I cannot work with that going on. More to the point, forget "work" -- I cannot do anything but focus on not beaning him with a book. 

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12641 on: July 18, 2013, 11:16:12 AM »
I once worked with a woman who popped her gum constantly...all day, every day.  Asking her to stop would give one a 5-minute reprieve at most.  Going to the supervisor would stop her for a day or two, then...POP!  It took the entire cube farm going over the supervisor's head to bigger supervisor to get that woman moved to a satellite location.  She still popped her gum, but, since she was alone, no one else had to listen to it.

I admit I was written up once for "being distracting" during a meeting.  I didn't realize I was flipping my badge and forth, until my supervisor turned and looked at me cross-eyed.  Then I fell asleep and started snoring (it was a very long, boring meeting), according to the co-worker who elbowed me awake.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12642 on: July 18, 2013, 11:18:08 AM »
I once worked with a woman who popped her gum constantly...all day, every day.  Asking her to stop would give one a 5-minute reprieve at most.  Going to the supervisor would stop her for a day or two, then...POP!  It took the entire cube farm going over the supervisor's head to bigger supervisor to get that woman moved to a satellite location.  She still popped her gum, but, since she was alone, no one else had to listen to it.

Wouldn't it have been easier to just ban gum chewing at work?

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12643 on: July 18, 2013, 11:23:45 AM »
I once worked with a woman who popped her gum constantly...all day, every day.  Asking her to stop would give one a 5-minute reprieve at most.  Going to the supervisor would stop her for a day or two, then...POP!  It took the entire cube farm going over the supervisor's head to bigger supervisor to get that woman moved to a satellite location.  She still popped her gum, but, since she was alone, no one else had to listen to it.

Wouldn't it have been easier to just ban gum chewing at work?

The obvious never occurs to TPTB at Evil Oil Company.  They were champions of Rube Goldberg-type solutions to any problem. 

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12644 on: July 18, 2013, 11:27:37 AM »
One word:

Whistling.

I will call your whistling and raise you finger drumming.

I call your finger drumming and raise you drumming with pens/pencils or worst of all drumsticks on table ( or blackboards)
I'll see that and raise you 3 -5 kids doing at the same time in different rhythms around the room. Lets say I had a large number of very kinetic learners last year. I told them that every one  of them had better join the Stomp group or Rhythm Club next year. I've already recommended them to Mr. L and Mrs. W.

I'll see that,and raise you screeching kids, that imitate police sirens when they go by.

I'll see that, and raise you non-stop racing motorcycles and the incredible noise they make.