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Piratelvr1121

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11445 on: April 15, 2013, 07:10:23 AM »
Not really a little thing anymore:  Transferring money to PayPal now takes 3-5 business days when it used to be instantaneous.

Oh I know. :P I've only had it when it took 3-5 days and wished it were faster!
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11446 on: April 15, 2013, 01:28:18 PM »
This isn't bad enough to be PD, and we'll continue to shop there since it was likely a one-off, but this was SO frustratingly dumb:

We went to Lowe's a few days ago to look at flooring.  One particular type seemed good so I decided to buy a sample which was 25 cents.  That was my only purchase, so DH took our daughter outside to wait.

This Lowe's doesn't have self-checkout and only two registers open at the time, so I settled in to wait (mistake #1, should have ditched the sample and left).  Then a third opened and called for the "next" person, so being a good eHellion, I motioned for the guy at the head of the wait to go first, then followed him  (mistake #2, I was physically closer and with only one small thing and change ready, would have been out of there before the other guy had even walked over).  Then a fourth register opened up right next to it and I stepped over, to be helped immediately by Useless Cashier (mistake #3).

I put the sample block down on the counter, label up, to be scanned, and I had to direct Useless' attention to it since he had taken to staring at me blankly.  I also had out a quarter and a dime, which I handed to him (I didn't note that he didn't say the cost out loud, $0.27 after tax).  He took the coins, dropped them in the till, and closed it.  I looked at him expectantly, and he said "Oh!  Your receipt" and handed that to me.  I said "You still owe me 8 cents..." which he had to think about, since according to the receipt, he had put that I gave him 27 cents in change.  With two coins, but that's beside the point.

Now, it turns out that a cashier can't just reopen the register, so he had to call for a manager.  No one picked up on his first try, so he tried again.  Put the flashing light on, used the PA system...  Nothing.  In the meantime, I'm weighing the fact that I'm wasting all this time for 8 measly cents while my family is getting antsy, but I could not believe it could take quite so long.  In the meantime, rather than apologize the cashier told me a really dumb (totally G-rated) joke, like that would help.  No one got behind me in line, fortunately, or unfortunately since he had no chance to open the till again for another customer.

DH and DD walked back in to find out what's up, DH thought it was ridiculous that I had been waiting for five minutes for 8 freaking pennies, and just then a manager finally showed up.  And he tried to scan his card to open the register, and it failed to scan.  THAT was the last straw.  I didn't even bother to explain to the manager (I could not have done so calmly and there was nothing that would rectify the situation at that point), I just said "This is ridiculous" and walked out.

I let a cashier's incompetence and stupid wait for 8 cents drive me up the wall.  Grr.    ::)  I didn't even think it was a "pocket the change" scam, the cashier was just too clueless for that, but I was darned if I was going to leave until at least a manager showed up.  Sheesh.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11447 on: April 15, 2013, 01:53:50 PM »
Right now a coworker who is head of the department responsible for such office machines as our digital printer/copier is standing at the copier, fruitlessly pressing EVERY button multiple times as if she's playing Whack a Mole. Each pressed button emits a high-pitched BEEP! She thinks that there is some magic combination of buttons she can press that will make the copier do what she want.  She has steadfastly refused to learn how to use this machine, won't open the manual, and won't ask a question because that would mean betraying the reality that she is not omniscient.

Of course, standing at a machine for FIFTEEN MINUTES, blindly pressing buttons -- that BEEP -- is going to prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that you are not remotely related to the word, ominscient.

The BEEPBEEPBEEPING!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11448 on: April 15, 2013, 02:25:50 PM »
Official South Florida Frog Drowners (tm).  These are thunderstorms that appear out of nowhere and dump enough water in a short enough amount of time that "even the frogs are drowning in their search for higher ground". 

About a 45 minutes ago all the kids were happily playing in the pool under a cloudless sky. There was a flash that both my father and I both barely caught, followed by a 10 second rumble of rolling thunder.  Since then enough rain has fallen that half the (2 acre) yard is under water and pieces of the foam mat that we keep out on the pool deck have floated away.  If this storm stays true to typical, the kids will be back in the pool under a sunny, cloudless sky within 2 hours.
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Piratelvr1121

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11449 on: April 15, 2013, 02:31:42 PM »
Cynical Pirate is wondering if she may have fibbed a bit on her resume or in the interview, claiming she was an expert on that piece of technology.

I'm getting really annoyed with my hair.  I bought one of those donut thingies to do a "sock" bun and my hair does NOT want to roll around the durned thing neatly in such a way as to make the bun look pretty and neat.  :P

I'd love to do something easy, quick and cute with my hair besides the standard ponytail but it won't hold a curl for long, even with mousse, won't stay put with hair sticks, combs don't stay put, clips and barrettes slide.

I swear, now I know why my dad's sisters only ever wear their hair down or in a ponytail. :P
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11450 on: April 15, 2013, 02:35:06 PM »
Cynical Pirate is wondering if she may have fibbed a bit on her resume or in the interview, claiming she was an expert on that piece of technology.

I'm getting really annoyed with my hair.  I bought one of those donut thingies to do a "sock" bun and my hair does NOT want to roll around the durned thing neatly in such a way as to make the bun look pretty and neat.  :P

I'd love to do something easy, quick and cute with my hair besides the standard ponytail but it won't hold a curl for long, even with mousse, won't stay put with hair sticks, combs don't stay put, clips and barrettes slide.

I swear, now I know why my dad's sisters only ever wear their hair down or in a ponytail. :P

My mother has really thin, smooth and silky hair.  It doesn't stay up for anything.  Well, it didn't stay up for anything until she discovered those little twisty pins that look like a double helix. They come in several sizes and she gets the smallest ones she can find and uses three of them to keep her hair into a nice, neat bun.
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Piratelvr1121

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11451 on: April 15, 2013, 03:20:47 PM »
I used to have those, but lost them at some point. Might have to get them again.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.  You have a right to be here. Be cheerful, strive to be happy. -Desiderata

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11452 on: April 15, 2013, 10:05:28 PM »
I used to have those, but lost them at some point. Might have to get them again.
Have you tried a spider clip? I have super fine hair and they work for me.

http://www.amazon.com/Goody-Colour-Collection-Spider-Burnette/dp/B004R7N6M6/ref=sr_1_46?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1366081467&sr=1-46&keywords=spider+clip
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Piratelvr1121

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11453 on: April 16, 2013, 06:58:48 AM »
I've tried those and sometimes they work, depending on what kind of hairstyle I'm going for.  I think the main problem is I have fine, slippery hair, but I have a lot of it.  So when I've used clips like that and try to put my hair up in a proper twist, the clip won't quite grab my hair well enough to hold it into place.

However if I do a messy twist and leave the ends loose it works.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.  You have a right to be here. Be cheerful, strive to be happy. -Desiderata

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11454 on: April 16, 2013, 07:57:43 AM »
The Eagle.  Two weeks ago I asked him to go get something done to his car which would take all of 15 minutes, including the drive.  He meant to do it one day after class but the location on the internet did not match the actual location.  By that time it was 4:45, so I don't blame him for not pushing it as the place closed at 5:00.

However, I do blame him for not getting it done in the intervening 2 weeks since then.  I even said, "Please get it done by the end of this week."  Sunday came and went.  Monday: "Are you going to get it done today?"  He told me he would; I even asked him to do it a few other times, too.  It has been 2 weeks and it still isn't done.  He couldn't do it yesterday or today because of the snow (his car isn't necessarily safe in the snow so I don't blame him), but it's just one more reason it still hasn't been done.

Could I do it?  Sure, but I asked him to, and he has a bad habit of just letting things go until I get so frustrated that I take care of it myself.  I am not doing it this time.  Nope.  What are the consequences for him?  There are none, and that drives me up the wall, too.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11455 on: April 18, 2013, 09:29:19 AM »
You're going on vacation in the morning and you're reading a wonderful book.  You won't be able to finish it before you leave but will probably finish it on the plane. 

It's a book you want to keep and read again but it's big and you don't want to carry the dead weight around for two weeks. 

Yeah, I know.  I should get a Kindle or a Nook but I DO love my paper. 

Piratelvr1121

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11456 on: April 18, 2013, 09:48:58 AM »
I have a Kindle and still will read paper books that I still have around and haven't bothered to get on my Kindle just yet.  :)  They are great for travel for that very reason.  :)
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11457 on: April 18, 2013, 10:27:05 AM »
E-books only available in a format you can't use:

There's a book I wanted to get, two options, paperback+shipping would have been around 22$, for kindle it was 4 or 5$.
The catch, only available on Kindle, and I only have access to a Kobo...

I was almost planning on making some doe eyes at a friend of mine to try and borrow his Kindle (plus pay for the book and a beer) but thankfully a few days ago the book appeared on amazon.fr, so I have free shipping and the book will only be 10$ or so.

(fourth option was having it send in the US to a friend of my SO who is coming next month, but I didn't want to burden him and have him carry a book. I'd rather have him carry some almond M&M's, they're ridicule pricey here since they're import, and I haven't had the opportunity to taste them.)

So yeah, add to the list: yummy things from international brands that only make some flavors available for one country. And I'm not asking to have every flavors of Japanese kit-kats ( cheese kit-kat anyone?), just the nice ones..

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11458 on: April 18, 2013, 10:30:17 AM »
So I spent my time ironing a shirt only to remember, when I put it on, that I had bought the shirt when I was 20 pounds lighter. Gah! So not only do I not have a shirt to wear, I completely wasted my time!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #11459 on: April 18, 2013, 10:34:16 AM »
Books without the UPC/ISBN on the back cover.  It slows me down at work to have to LOOK for the dang ISBN and type it in rather than scan it.  Sigh.
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