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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10005 on: December 18, 2012, 06:56:35 PM »
My FIL likes to have The Game on when we visit. Unfortunately, he also likes to TiVo The Game so he can watch it later. So instead of conveniently watching The Game while it's actually happening, we have to wait for it to finish TiVoing, and THEN watch The Game so FIL can fast-forward through all the commercials. (Consequently, he also fast-forwards through anything that happens between the end of a play and the beginning of the next down.) Real fun watching things happen in The Game that happened 2-3 hours ago, and when you know the final score already.  ::)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10006 on: December 18, 2012, 07:03:35 PM »
The television was always a constant battle in visits with the ILs;  when we visited them, we watched what they wanted to watch, because it was their house.  OK, fair enough.  But the reverse didn't happen.  When they visited us, they insisted that they should get to watch what they wanted to watch, because they were the guests.  If we tried to bring up the "our house, our choice" argument, they got mad.  So one of the last visits, we turned the TV off and set the VCR to record our favorite program.  It clicked when it turned on, and MIL got mad.  "Obviously your television shows mean more to you than visiting with your mother." ::)
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10007 on: December 18, 2012, 07:55:19 PM »
The television was always a constant battle in visits with the ILs;  when we visited them, we watched what they wanted to watch, because it was their house.  OK, fair enough.  But the reverse didn't happen.  When they visited us, they insisted that they should get to watch what they wanted to watch, because they were the guests.  If we tried to bring up the "our house, our choice" argument, they got mad.  So one of the last visits, we turned the TV off and set the VCR to record our favorite program.  It clicked when it turned on, and MIL got mad.  "Obviously your television shows mean more to you than visiting with your mother." ::)
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I had a friend who did the same thing my house/ I'm the guest.  Of course we were about 8 at the time.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10008 on: December 18, 2012, 09:55:15 PM »
I was at a friends house last night and we were all watching TV. One friend decides to play YouTube videos so loud that the rest of us couldn't hear the TV.

I didnt say anything because it was his house. I was so happy when his Iphone battery died and he had to go plug it in.  :D

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10009 on: December 19, 2012, 09:38:16 AM »
I know the conversation about being told not having kids is selfish was a few pages back, but I was recently told by an acquaintance that I was selfish for wanting to have biological children. After all, there are plenty of children that need to be adopted, so she claimed the desire for biological children was the height of selfishness! Fortunately, at this point, we were only friends on Facebook, so it's been easy to cut her out of my life.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10010 on: December 19, 2012, 10:13:38 AM »
I know the conversation about being told not having kids is selfish was a few pages back, but I was recently told by an acquaintance that I was selfish for wanting to have biological children. After all, there are plenty of children that need to be adopted, so she claimed the desire for biological children was the height of selfishness! Fortunately, at this point, we were only friends on Facebook, so it's been easy to cut her out of my life.


And if you adopt, you're "stealing children from their mothers."   ::)


I stopped a long time ago caring about other people's opinion on my family plans. It's annoying when they feel the need to share their input anyway.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10011 on: December 19, 2012, 12:12:07 PM »
I know the conversation about being told not having kids is selfish was a few pages back, but I was recently told by an acquaintance that I was selfish for wanting to have biological children. After all, there are plenty of children that need to be adopted, so she claimed the desire for biological children was the height of selfishness! Fortunately, at this point, we were only friends on Facebook, so it's been easy to cut her out of my life.


And if you adopt, you're "stealing children from their mothers."   ::)


I stopped a long time ago caring about other people's opinion on my family plans. It's annoying when they feel the need to share their input anyway.

I can attest that...

You are selfish if you don't have children.

You are selfish if you try to have biological children.

You are doubly selfish if you spend money to conceive biological children that you could have given to your sibling who is in need.  (Note: Said sibling has a similar income to me AND a trust fund but figured that since I didn't have kids I "wasn't using" most of my income and should fork it over.)

You are selfish if you adopt an infant and not an older "needy" child.

You are selfish if you spend money to adopt internationally because apparently you just want a perfect "dolls of the world" collection and refuse to take an American child who has their own mind and will cause trouble.  (Though I think it's telling that people see foreign born children and assume they are soulless and passive.)

You are selfish if you adopt a white infant because that must mean that you passed up all the non-whites who are languishing in orphanages without white parents to adopt them. 

You are selfish if your child does not have a visible disability.  Once again, you probably turned down tons of maimed children because you are selfish and want a perfect one.

You are selfish if you get an older child with some health conditions and PTSD because apparently they were removed from their mother so they could be "sold" by DSHS.

You are selfish if someone finds out you expended any kind of money for an adoption.  Because didn't you know that the "unwanted kids" are free?  You must be paying money for the perfect ones!  Never mind that to be licensed you need social workers, background checks, finger printing, etc.  If you spent money, you MUST be a selfish person who is obsessed with finding a perfect child who is ripped out of a perfect family. 

Oh, who am I kidding?  If you adopt it's probably because you are too selfish to have stretch marks!

But once again you are selfish if you never have children!

Yeah, my advice is to just not care what anyone thinks. It's the best thing you can pass on to your children.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10012 on: December 19, 2012, 12:14:39 PM »
I know the conversation about being told not having kids is selfish was a few pages back, but I was recently told by an acquaintance that I was selfish for wanting to have biological children. After all, there are plenty of children that need to be adopted, so she claimed the desire for biological children was the height of selfishness! Fortunately, at this point, we were only friends on Facebook, so it's been easy to cut her out of my life.


And if you adopt, you're "stealing children from their mothers."   ::)


I stopped a long time ago caring about other people's opinion on my family plans. It's annoying when they feel the need to share their input anyway.

I can attest that...

You are selfish if you don't have children.

You are selfish if you try to have biological children.

You are doubly selfish if you spend money to conceive biological children that you could have given to your sibling who is in need.  (Note: Said sibling has a similar income to me AND a trust fund but figured that since I didn't have kids I "wasn't using" most of my income and should fork it over.)

You are selfish if you adopt an infant and not an older "needy" child.

You are selfish if you spend money to adopt internationally because apparently you just want a perfect "dolls of the world" collection and refuse to take an American child who has their own mind and will cause trouble.  (Though I think it's telling that people see foreign born children and assume they are soulless and passive.)

You are selfish if you adopt a white infant because that must mean that you passed up all the non-whites who are languishing in orphanages without white parents to adopt them. 

You are selfish if your child does not have a visible disability.  Once again, you probably turned down tons of maimed children because you are selfish and want a perfect one.

You are selfish if you get an older child with some health conditions and PTSD because apparently they were removed from their mother so they could be "sold" by DSHS.

You are selfish if someone finds out you expended any kind of money for an adoption.  Because didn't you know that the "unwanted kids" are free?  You must be paying money for the perfect ones!  Never mind that to be licensed you need social workers, background checks, finger printing, etc.  If you spent money, you MUST be a selfish person who is obsessed with finding a perfect child who is ripped out of a perfect family. 

Oh, who am I kidding?  If you adopt it's probably because you are too selfish to have stretch marks!

But once again you are selfish if you never have children!

Yeah, my advice is to just not care what anyone thinks. It's the best thing you can pass on to your children.

Wow.  Some of you must be surrounded by really horrible people.  I have never, not once, heard anyone say any of these things.  To me or to anyone else.  I consider myself fortunate.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10013 on: December 19, 2012, 12:16:01 PM »
I hate it when people in my family say things like "Don't you know what x y z food turns into in your body?" or "He broke his radius and ulna, Adelaide, those are two bones in the forearm" or "Don't use that knife, you'll cut yourself". I just want to turn and give the (non-eHell approved) reply "Thank you for educating me, the diploma showing that I majored in biology is just a prop."

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10014 on: December 19, 2012, 12:42:30 PM »


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Wow.  Some of you must be surrounded by really horrible people.  I have never, not once, heard anyone say any of these things.  To me or to anyone else.  I consider myself fortunate.


Nobody has said that to me personally (I only have biological children) but I've seen words to that extent on message boards. I've seen people arguing that if you can conceive naturally, you have no business adopting. I've also read that being infertile doesn't entitle a person to someone else's child. The internet is full of ugliness.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10015 on: December 19, 2012, 02:03:14 PM »
I have some dear friends who adopted and had to remove their online presence entirely as anti-adoption activist groups were publishing their information online. They had to get a court injunction. People have opinions about everything.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10016 on: December 19, 2012, 02:25:38 PM »


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Wow.  Some of you must be surrounded by really horrible people.  I have never, not once, heard anyone say any of these things.  To me or to anyone else.  I consider myself fortunate.


Nobody has said that to me personally (I only have biological children) but I've seen words to that extent on message boards. I've seen people arguing that if you can conceive naturally, you have no business adopting. I've also read that being infertile doesn't entitle a person to someone else's child. The internet is full of ugliness.

Internet.  There you go. 

The internet isn't real life.  People on the internet hide behind their screens and can and do say vile things.  That doesn't mean people REALLY think and behave this way.  I wouldn't take anything done or said on the internet to heart. 

I'd be very surprised if the things stated above were actually said out loud, in person, to anyone.  I am not surprised to read that those things were posted on the internet.   There is a huge, vast difference between the two.  One is real and one is not.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10017 on: December 19, 2012, 02:32:50 PM »
I was told to my face, by a work colleague, that is was "morally wrong" for me to work with small children because my childfree choice meant I clearly didn't like kids.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10018 on: December 19, 2012, 03:22:16 PM »


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Wow.  Some of you must be surrounded by really horrible people.  I have never, not once, heard anyone say any of these things.  To me or to anyone else.  I consider myself fortunate.


Nobody has said that to me personally (I only have biological children) but I've seen words to that extent on message boards. I've seen people arguing that if you can conceive naturally, you have no business adopting. I've also read that being infertile doesn't entitle a person to someone else's child. The internet is full of ugliness.

Internet.  There you go. 

The internet isn't real life.  People on the internet hide behind their screens and can and do say vile things.  That doesn't mean people REALLY think and behave this way.  I wouldn't take anything done or said on the internet to heart. 

I'd be very surprised if the things stated above were actually said out loud, in person, to anyone.  I am not surprised to read that those things were posted on the internet.   There is a huge, vast difference between the two.  One is real and one is not.

I'm just going to point out that for the first 30 years of my life I had never heard any of this either.  (Well, except that I was selfish for not having children already.)   Everything I posted has been said to my face (or to my friend's face) by a perfectly normal person.  I've discovered that if you gain 25 lbs taking fertility meds or start on a huge house overall so you pass foster inspection or indeed start wandering around with various and sundry children that you might adopt - opinions just come right out of the woodwork.

These aren't horrible people either.  Most of them are very kind people who are pleasant to talk to, do community service, and love their dogs.  The thing is, when the welfare of children is at stake, most people are very opinionated.  But this is a subject that comes up infrequently enough that the opinions really don't get the rough edges worn off.  Most of the opinions are based on ignorance of what the social services system really looks like.

People who are my good friends have asked me, "Is it true that..." Or "Is this accurate?"  But I don't get to have that discussion with everyone who is curious, opinionated and opens their mouth.

Most people saying these things mean well and think they are making the world a better place.  While I wish they wouldn't, I'm sort of at the place where this is funnier than it is offensive.  I just sort of smile and suggest that they volunteer as a mentor or become a foster parent so they can help with the rescue.  Surely someday someone will take me up on that. 

The whole point of sharing that is to tell anyone who is being told that they are being selfish, that they will end up with the label one way or another.  There is no getting away from it.  I just embrace it.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10019 on: December 19, 2012, 03:51:57 PM »
This is going to sound small compared to the previous several pages but...

Going into a store during the current shopping season and hearing competing Christmas music when standing in the main display area (there is an annoying electronic machine playing a simplistic tune at the entrance and a Muzak or radio station playing in the rear).