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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10635 on: February 04, 2013, 09:06:42 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.

I only notice this with cell phones and one of these days it will make me go postal, especially if I'm near the person trying to talk on mine in a normal voice because I know the other person can hear me and because my personal business is my business.





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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10636 on: February 04, 2013, 09:57:07 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.

Ugh!  Housemate does this, and she not only raises the volume but the tone as well.  Which to me is ear-splitting and mind breaking, all at once.  I have to leave the room...  (or the state, if I have a migraine!)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10637 on: February 04, 2013, 10:40:00 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.

I only notice this with cell phones and one of these days it will make me go postal, especially if I'm near the person trying to talk on mine in a normal voice because I know the other person can hear me and because my personal business is my business.

Apparently regular phones amplify your voice back to you but cell phones don't, so people raise their voices because they can't hear themselves in the same way.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10638 on: February 04, 2013, 10:41:30 PM »
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.



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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10639 on: February 05, 2013, 12:19:31 AM »
I am the unwilling tech support for MIL, who is less than nice to me. Biggest problem, I don't have time to drive to her house all the time, especially for a one-day offer she wants to buy. Another issue, she just got her first email account and can't remember the email address or the password.

Ah ha. This is one situation I've been in, except replace MIL with sister. I'm still working on growing my polite spine, but in the mean time, me moving 700 miles away helped quell her cries of needing technical support.  :P Every once in a while she'll still call with a question, but if it's something that I don't have time to help her figure out (or quite honestly, just don't want to try and help her figure out, as horrible as that sounds), I say, "That's something I would have to see in order to know what's going on." Maybe in your case, you could rephrase it to, "I have to (insert random errand that will take a while to accomplish) so I'm unable to come over, and that's a problem I'd have to see in order to figure out what's going on." Then beandip, if possible. :) If she's at least somewhat proficient with using Google, it can make a nice tech support agent as well. Suggest she Google the problem. :)

Or just use call screening. That came in handy a few times when I didn't want to play bench tech for the day, hehe.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10640 on: February 05, 2013, 06:11:23 AM »
People who inadvertently ruin something for you.  My DH does this all the time, and it drives me CRAZY!  I'll be watching an old episode of Mythbusters, or NCIS, or Forensic Files (possibly one I've seen before but don't remember all of), and he'll look over my shoulder at the screen and say, "Oh yeah, remember that one?  They do X/it turns out to be so-and-so/he's the one!  That was a great episode".  Even if I'm watching an old episode I've seen before, that doesn't mean I want someone interrupting the story arc! 


Also, people who think that calling me forty-seven times is an acceptable thing to do.  Last Friday, someone called me four times between 8 am and 11 am.  I check my voicemail at work often (3-4 times per day) but I don't check it every hour on the hour!  Every voicemail said it was extremely urgent too.  When I called that person back, and asked what was so very urgent, he was all, "Oh, uh, I just wanted to remind you I had my doctor's appointment today, and, uh, I'll call you afterwards to let you know how it went".   >:(  Seriously?  You called, left me multiple voicemails intimating it was a matter of life or death, and it was all just to tell me you'll call me later?

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10641 on: February 05, 2013, 07:07:18 AM »
People who inadvertently ruin something for you.  My DH does this all the time, and it drives me CRAZY!  I'll be watching an old episode of Mythbusters, or NCIS, or Forensic Files (possibly one I've seen before but don't remember all of), and he'll look over my shoulder at the screen and say, "Oh yeah, remember that one?  They do X/it turns out to be so-and-so/he's the one!  That was a great episode".  Even if I'm watching an old episode I've seen before, that doesn't mean I want someone interrupting the story arc! 

My husband does that! He's seen every episode of L&O SVU at least twice so when we're flipping channels he'll pause and say "I think this is the one where the boyfriend did it. Do you want to watch it?" Well not now, butthead!  Several times I've been reading a book after he's finished it and he'll say "Have you got to the part where Major Plot Twist?" Um no, I had not, THANKS! Now anytime he finds me watching or reading and starts with "Oh, have..." I cut him off with "Shut it!"

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10642 on: February 05, 2013, 07:35:30 AM »
People who just park anywhere.  Got into work today and someone on a construction crew (working on the library's parking lot) was parked IN the entry road to the library (to the side).  No, that's not a parking space!  That's the road/driveway to the parking lot of the library!  (Granted, the library isn't open yet but that's still a driveway/road!)

Also, as I drive up to park, I see an employee of the library parked in a handicapped parking space, unloading some big wheeled cases and going up to the door of the library to go in.  No handicapped sticker on his SUV.

I jokingly say, "I hope you don't get a ticket!" (thinking to myself, "You deserve one.") 
Him: "Oh, I'm just parking here for a second to unload..."
Me:  "You still aren't supposed to park there."
Him: "It's just for a second."
Me:  "Well, I hope you don't get a ticket."
Him:  <laughs uncomfortably>

Granted, again, the library isn't open yet but I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to park in a handicapped space at any time without a sticker/legal right.  There is a walking trail next to the library--what if someone with a sticker wanted to use it?  What if someone with a sticker wanted to use the book drop?

I work in the regional library that shares the building with the public library so I don't work with this person.  I'm seriously thinking of letting someone know in his organization that he did this.

Rrrrrrrr...
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10643 on: February 05, 2013, 09:22:37 AM »
When my boss doesnít read anything I send him. I did something today, which he asked me to expand upon. So I did. But then he kept asking me questions, which, if he had read my initial email, he would have known the answer to. He also sends me cryptic emails; like the other one today. I didnít know if he was telling me something was incorrect, or asking me to do something. I think he thinks I have the ability to read his mind!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10644 on: February 05, 2013, 09:50:50 AM »
When my boss doesnít read anything I send him. I did something today, which he asked me to expand upon. So I did. But then he kept asking me questions, which, if he had read my initial email, he would have known the answer to. He also sends me cryptic emails; like the other one today. I didnít know if he was telling me something was incorrect, or asking me to do something. I think he thinks I have the ability to read his mind!

Oh, I work with someone like that too.  I sometimes get this and only this in the body:

"LGA to ORD 2/14
ORD to LGA 2/15"

Oookayy.  Are these flights I'm suppose to book?  Price?  Check availability?  What times?  A little instruction goes a really long way.

There are also times when there's a super long email thread and all of a sudden, I'm copied on it.  Is this FYI?  Am I supposed to be taking action of some sort?  I sometimes feel like I have to grab them by the ankles and shake the information out of them!   :P

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10645 on: February 05, 2013, 09:56:01 AM »
Siamese cat / 2littlemonkeys 

Our family is dealing with our mother who has Alzheimers and my older sister in the beginning, would send me cryptic emails about issues with
Mom (sis lives close and takes care of Mom) - Finally after the latest cryptic email, I called her and told her that I don't do cryptic very well,
and if she had anything to say, to write it out or call.  There was silence, then "OK" and a click.  Since then, it has stopped.  She tells us what the
problem is.

I know that may not work for bosses but maybe a variation of it might.


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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10646 on: February 05, 2013, 10:04:40 AM »
People who just park anywhere.  Got into work today and someone on a construction crew (working on the library's parking lot) was !)

Also, as I drive up to park, I see an employee of the library parked in a handicapped parking space, unloading some big wheeled cases and going up to the door of the library to go in.  No handicapped sticker on his SUV.

I jokingly say, "I hope you don't get a ticket!" (thinking to myself, "You deserve one.") 
Him: "Oh, I'm just parking here for a second to unload..."
Me:  "You still aren't supposed to park there."
Him: "It's just for a second."
Me:  "Well, I hope you don't get a ticket."
Him:  <laughs uncomfortably>

Granted, again, the library isn't open yet but I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to park in a handicapped space at any time without a sticker/legal right.  There is a walking trail next to the library--what if someone with a sticker wanted to use it?  What if someone with a sticker wanted to use the book drop?

Rrrrrrrr...

I am bothered that workers think they can park anywhere on roadways or blocking buildings at anytime, too.

But I see absolutely nothing wrong with parking in the handicapped space for a couple of minutes to unload when there is nothing else going on. I wouldn't even mind that during work hours if there are several other spots open and they leave right away. We have had to use handicap tags a few times, and it still didn't bother me.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10647 on: February 05, 2013, 10:06:17 AM »
I sometimes feel like I have to grab them by the ankles and shake the information out of them!   :P

Grabbing them by the ears is much more effective...

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10648 on: February 05, 2013, 10:13:13 AM »
Speaking of parking, I get really irritated when I see employees coming in to begin their shift parking in the closest spots. Now, all bets are off is said employee is displaying a handicap tag or is using crutches or other mobility devices, but for the normal, healthy employee to take up a "prime" spot really drives me up a wall. The ironic part is that unless I have my son (who has a handicap tag) with me, I park in whatever spot I find first, whether it's close or in the "back forty".  I think it's incredibly rude and selfish for an employee, who's going to be there for several hours at least, to monopolize a prime spot that should be left to their customers.

Back in the mid-90's I remember reading a study that said that each spot in the front row of parking was worth $900/day to the businesses the spot was in front of (either a single business or several stores splitting that amount between them), and the amount went down as the rows got farther away from the store/s. It makes sense.  Some people will chose not to shop if they have to hike from the back of the lot if they're not feeling well/lazy/weather's bad/etc.  Also, I've never worked anywhere that served the public where we weren't told to park in the back of the lot.

The exception to this, of course, is 24 hour stores and employees coming in for the graveyard shift, or coming in for a shift that will require them to leave in the middle of the night.  In that case I can understand them parking reasonably close, but I still think they should leave the first one or two spots open.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #10649 on: February 05, 2013, 10:45:52 AM »
When my boss doesnít read anything I send him. I did something today, which he asked me to expand upon. So I did. But then he kept asking me questions, which, if he had read my initial email, he would have known the answer to. He also sends me cryptic emails; like the other one today. I didnít know if he was telling me something was incorrect, or asking me to do something. I think he thinks I have the ability to read his mind!

Oh, I work with someone like that too.  I sometimes get this and only this in the body:

"LGA to ORD 2/14
ORD to LGA 2/15"

Oookayy.  Are these flights I'm suppose to book?  Price?  Check availability?  What times?  A little instruction goes a really long way.

There are also times when there's a super long email thread and all of a sudden, I'm copied on it.  Is this FYI?  Am I supposed to be taking action of some sort?  I sometimes feel like I have to grab them by the ankles and shake the information out of them!   :P

I think we all work for the same boss. Mine also has the extra fun quirk of thinking she asked me to do something when really she just thought about asking me, then getting annoyed that I didn't do it.
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