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mmswm

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10230 on: January 06, 2013, 05:51:09 PM »
Oh, that drives me bananas as well!  I grew up in Homestead, FL, which, along with Florida City, is the last chunk of civilization before you get to "the stretch", which traverses the last bit of the mainland before getting to the Florida Keys.  Most of the stretch is a two lane road (one lane in each direction), but there are occasional passing zones.  People will drive 30mph for miles then all of a sudden speed up to 70 or 80 in the passing zones, then slow right back down when the road narrows again.  It's almost like they think "well, it's a passing zone, so there's not much to see, so I'll just speed up".  It's one of the deadliest stretches of road in the USA, and this is one of the primary reasons.

I used to have a bumper sticker that read "When I grow old I'm moving north and driving slow."
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« Reply #10231 on: January 06, 2013, 07:12:50 PM »
Oh, that drives me bananas as well!  I grew up in Homestead, FL, which, along with Florida City, is the last chunk of civilization before you get to "the stretch", which traverses the last bit of the mainland before getting to the Florida Keys.  Most of the stretch is a two lane road (one lane in each direction), but there are occasional passing zones.  People will drive 30mph for miles then all of a sudden speed up to 70 or 80 in the passing zones, then slow right back down when the road narrows again.  It's almost like they think "well, it's a passing zone, so there's not much to see, so I'll just speed up".  It's one of the deadliest stretches of road in the USA, and this is one of the primary reasons.

I used to have a bumper sticker that read "When I grow old I'm moving north and driving slow."

I think part of the problem is people instinctively slow down on the narrower 2 lane stretches In Texas, where I live, most of our 2 lane highways have wide shoulders. On PEI they have almost no shoulders. I always want to drive slower on the PEI roads. But I have grown up hearing my family complain out "outsiders, tourists, and summer people"  that block up the roads going under the speed limit, so I white knuckle it and drive the speed limit if I have to drive.

On the flip side our habit of having streets go right through dry river beds with a black and white stick to tell you how high the water is in a flood (in West Texas not Houston), struck my Mom's family as crazy
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10232 on: January 06, 2013, 10:20:05 PM »
My current real peeve? People who don't understand that "Working from home" does not mean available for long telephone chats, meeting up at their convenience, running errands for them etc. I've just cut short yet another conversation with a relative who phoned for "just a chat" right in the middle of my work day, and I know I'll catch it in the neck from them later on. They don't do this when I'm in an office, but apparently because I'm working from home my deadlines aren't real.

Am I seriously going to have to go back to turning the phone off?

I recommend screening your calls, or having time set aside to receive calls and leaving the ringer off during your work time. My MIL loves to call when she knows I have taken a day off from my office job, which is usually intended for various appointments, baking and decorating a cake order, studying, or when I am ill.

If you use a mobile phone, there is an awesome app called Semi-Silent that allows you to keep your phone on silent, but "white list" certain numbers to come through.

You can accomplish the same thing without an app.  Assign one ring tone to all of your authorized callers, then change your default ring tone to "no ring".

Oh, clever! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10233 on: January 07, 2013, 10:30:29 AM »
When you have a cold that isn't bad, but your sinuses just tickle all day.  AUGH! I want to scratch but it's inside my skull!

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« Reply #10234 on: January 07, 2013, 10:39:12 AM »
We did a Secret Santa game at work this year. There are so many Secret Santa's (including mine!) who have not revealed themselves. Is this not part of the game? Everyone seems to be waiting for some kind of announcement that it's okay to tell your recipient. People are sending out company wide emails every day: "Thank you Secret Santa...whoever you are..." It's driving me crazy. I want to know who my Secret Santa is!!

I think some people crack, but I always thought that you were supposed to keep it secret...

Any I have seen have revealed at the Christmas party at end of the week. It's after Christmas now so should be all done.

Yes, exactly. We didn't have a Christmas party, but many people found a way to reveal themselves, either right before we left for Christmas break or after we got back. A signed card, an email, something now that the game is over. It's now January 7th and I still have not learned who was my Secret Santa.  :( I had to resort to sending a company-wide email to thank them.

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« Reply #10235 on: January 07, 2013, 12:43:42 PM »
People who can't drive a steady speed on the highway.  It's really irritating when I'm driving with the cruise control on, and the person in front of me slows up and speeds down repeatedly.  It's annoying enough when you're just playing "leapfrog" with them, but when they decide they need to speed up because somebody's passing them, the slow back down once they make it impossible for you to get past without going 30mph over the speed limit, it's enough to make me want to throw something at them.

Or people who, on an empty road, will zoom up behind you in the right lane, until they're RIGHT on your bumper, then cut over to the left. And there's not another car in sight, in either lane. So why can't they just get over earlier?

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« Reply #10236 on: January 07, 2013, 01:07:51 PM »
People who can't drive a steady speed on the highway.  It's really irritating when I'm driving with the cruise control on, and the person in front of me slows up and speeds down repeatedly.  It's annoying enough when you're just playing "leapfrog" with them, but when they decide they need to speed up because somebody's passing them, the slow back down once they make it impossible for you to get past without going 30mph over the speed limit, it's enough to make me want to throw something at them.

Or people who, on an empty road, will zoom up behind you in the right lane, until they're RIGHT on your bumper, then cut over to the left. And there's not another car in sight, in either lane. So why can't they just get over earlier?

And I admit that I tend to be little bit of a speeder - normally about 5 over or so, so I really can't stand when I'm in the RIDING lane, already going the speed limit or over, and someone comes up behind me and starts flashing their lights in an effort to get me to go even faster. Yep. Not going to happen. In cases like that, I maintain my speed (or slow down to the actual speed limit), and make no fuss when they make a move to go around me. I just find that behavior to be incredibly rude.

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« Reply #10237 on: January 07, 2013, 01:27:02 PM »
I hate it when I'm driving the speed limit in one of the middle lanes of the freeway when someone comes tearing up behind me. So, I'll put on my blinker and wait for an opening to the right. But, since speedy McGee is behind me, they'll get the opening first, and move into the right lane, blocking me. It's annoying to me because I signal my intent to change lanes, and if they would just wait for another 4 seconds, I would be out of their way, and we would both be happy. Bonus points if their maneuver means I can't make it over and I miss my exit  >:(
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10238 on: January 07, 2013, 01:58:58 PM »
People who can't drive a steady speed on the highway.  It's really irritating when I'm driving with the cruise control on, and the person in front of me slows up and speeds down repeatedly.  It's annoying enough when you're just playing "leapfrog" with them, but when they decide they need to speed up because somebody's passing them, the slow back down once they make it impossible for you to get past without going 30mph over the speed limit, it's enough to make me want to throw something at them.

Or people who, on an empty road, will zoom up behind you in the right lane, until they're RIGHT on your bumper, then cut over to the left. And there's not another car in sight, in either lane. So why can't they just get over earlier?

And I admit that I tend to be little bit of a speeder - normally about 5 over or so, so I really can't stand when I'm in the RIDING lane, already going the speed limit or over, and someone comes up behind me and starts flashing their lights in an effort to get me to go even faster. Yep. Not going to happen. In cases like that, I maintain my speed (or slow down to the actual speed limit), and make no fuss when they make a move to go around me. I just find that behavior to be incredibly rude.

I've done a fair bit of driving in the last month, so I've had this happen a number of times as well.  It's really irritating.

Twiggy, that drives me bananas also.  Of course, I learned how to drive in Miami, the home of the rudest and most aggressive drivers in the country, so if I absolutely *must* pull off a jerk maneuver to get where I need to be, I can, but I really prefer not to.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10239 on: January 07, 2013, 02:18:15 PM »
We did a Secret Santa game at work this year. There are so many Secret Santa's (including mine!) who have not revealed themselves. Is this not part of the game? Everyone seems to be waiting for some kind of announcement that it's okay to tell your recipient. People are sending out company wide emails every day: "Thank you Secret Santa...whoever you are..." It's driving me crazy. I want to know who my Secret Santa is!!

I think some people crack, but I always thought that you were supposed to keep it secret...

Any I have seen have revealed at the Christmas party at end of the week. It's after Christmas now so should be all done.

Yes, exactly. We didn't have a Christmas party, but many people found a way to reveal themselves, either right before we left for Christmas break or after we got back. A signed card, an email, something now that the game is over. It's now January 7th and I still have not learned who was my Secret Santa.  :( I had to resort to sending a company-wide email to thank them.

Or, people usually reveal themselves in the last spectacular gift given.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10240 on: January 07, 2013, 03:26:30 PM »
I know that people talking in movie theaters has been discussed here.  I saw this just a few minutes ago, and while not ehell approved, it is funny.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=526877360666977&set=a.343053705716011.80331.342503639104351&type=1&theater
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10241 on: January 07, 2013, 03:59:41 PM »
I know that people talking in movie theaters has been discussed here.  I saw this just a few minutes ago, and while not ehell approved, it is funny.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=526877360666977&set=a.343053705716011.80331.342503639104351&type=1&theater

I want to laugh but someone actually did sneeze a big, wet sneeze on me this summer when I went to a movie. :X With stadium seating.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10242 on: January 07, 2013, 05:52:22 PM »
I can't stand automatic toilets where the sensor is at a distance from the bowl.  I hate automatic toilets anyway, but especially the ones where there's a good chance that the sensor won't notice I'm there or will be so close to the top of my head that it'll go off when I bend down to get TP.  It seems like the designers could take into account somebody else besides the 6 foot tall Amazon in the next stall. 

Don't even get me started on automatic paper towel dispensers, or automated soap dispensers!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10243 on: January 07, 2013, 06:19:15 PM »
I can't stand automatic toilets where the sensor is at a distance from the bowl.  I hate automatic toilets anyway, but especially the ones where there's a good chance that the sensor won't notice I'm there or will be so close to the top of my head that it'll go off when I bend down to get TP.  It seems like the designers could take into account somebody else besides the 6 foot tall Amazon in the next stall. 

Don't even get me started on automatic paper towel dispensers, or automated soap dispensers!

Automatic flush toilets are particularly bad for being sick into.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10244 on: January 07, 2013, 06:19:45 PM »
I can't stand automatic toilets where the sensor is at a distance from the bowl.  I hate automatic toilets anyway, but especially the ones where there's a good chance that the sensor won't notice I'm there or will be so close to the top of my head that it'll go off when I bend down to get TP.  It seems like the designers could take into account somebody else besides the 6 foot tall Amazon in the next stall. 

Don't even get me started on automatic paper towel dispensers, or automated soap dispensers!

Automatic flush toilets are particularly bad for being sick into.

*shudder* I don't even want to think about that!