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Dr. F.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12300 on: July 03, 2013, 11:26:15 AM »
I waffled on whether to put this here or in the SS thread, but decided that it's their SSness that drives me up a wall, so it belongs here.

People who are behind you at an intersection, and thus CANNOT see the traffic that you can, and then get all bent out of shape, honking and waving,  that you don't pull out into what looks to them to be a gap, but is in reality nothing of the sort. I've run into several of these recently. I'm not an overly cautious driver - if I'm not pulling into traffic, there's a reason!

siamesecat2965

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12301 on: July 03, 2013, 11:37:53 AM »
I waffled on whether to put this here or in the SS thread, but decided that it's their SSness that drives me up a wall, so it belongs here.

People who are behind you at an intersection, and thus CANNOT see the traffic that you can, and then get all bent out of shape, honking and waving,  that you don't pull out into what looks to them to be a gap, but is in reality nothing of the sort. I've run into several of these recently. I'm not an overly cautious driver - if I'm not pulling into traffic, there's a reason!

Yes. Just past my complex I have to turn left at a traffic light. There are two lanes each way, and a very slight incline, so if I'm the first car waiting to turn, i sometimes cannot see past teh car in the left lane, to see if anyone is behind them, or going to come around and go straight. so i sit and wait. and 9 times out of 10, get honked at. Sorry, but I'm not going to get t-boned becasue YOU think i need to turn.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12302 on: July 03, 2013, 12:06:24 PM »
When you're having a conversation with someone and they disagree with you and to prove their point they add random extra facts.

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Eg, your discussing went a child is old enough to stay home  alone and they add well if they have special needs then that's way too young.    :o.  And then I'm left confused because well of course there exceptions but that's not what we were talking about.

Or when people bring up their "special status" to make their opinion more valid.  When that "special status" is a very general category.  For instance, "As a woman, I believe."  Um, let's see, I've got those parts too and and I don't agree with you. 


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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12303 on: July 03, 2013, 01:57:47 PM »
People who are proud of their ignorance.  I'm not just talking about the people who "brag" that they're bad at math or whatever, but the people who will chime in on a conversation about a TV show or famous person with a smirk and "Who?" when they're basically conveying "I don't stoop to such lowly pursuits, so I'm blissfully unaware of your silly pop culture."

(Just to be clear, I don't mean people genuinely asking for more information about something.  I'm talking about the smug eye-rollers I've had the misfortune to encounter.  Sadly, I've even seen this attitude in RIP Celebrity threads in other forums.  Ugh.)

Look, I don't watch reality TV or read about the Kardashians, either.  That doesn't make me a better person than those who do.  Just different.  It's even more absurd when I see it online, because then the person is also telling everyone that they have no idea how Google works.

I didn't realise you knew my uncle.  He manages to add an extra layer by getting snotty if you look something up and give him information.  An example being we went to a stately home and were talking about it on the way home, he said something like "I wonder why that room was painted blue", we'd bought the guide book and my mom was reading it later that evening and said "Oh Bob the room was painted blue because the owner was obsessed with the sea and the room was supposed to make you feel like you were underwater".  Bob replied "Are you not allowed to wonder about anything in this [my parents'] house?  :o

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12304 on: July 03, 2013, 02:46:00 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies as "little" but it did drive me up the wall. I was in Target for quite some time the other day and there was a mother there with her 3 year old daughter and her adult sister. Every 90 seconds (yes, I timed it), the little girl would let out an ear-splitting shriek. It was so loud, you could -- honestly -- hear her across the entire store. After about 15 minutes of this nonsense, I found myself next to them in an aisle. She is shrieking over and over. The mother looks at me no doubt pained expression and shrugs, "What can you do? Kids!" I said, "There's plenty you can do. Make her stop or take her out of the store."  The mother's sister cracked up and said, 'I've been telling you for 15 minutes that you needed to make her stop because it's bothering other people. Now maybe you'll listen!"

Diane AKA Traska

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12305 on: July 03, 2013, 02:55:28 PM »
People who are proud of their ignorance.  I'm not just talking about the people who "brag" that they're bad at math or whatever, but the people who will chime in on a conversation about a TV show or famous person with a smirk and "Who?" when they're basically conveying "I don't stoop to such lowly pursuits, so I'm blissfully unaware of your silly pop culture."

(Just to be clear, I don't mean people genuinely asking for more information about something.  I'm talking about the smug eye-rollers I've had the misfortune to encounter.  Sadly, I've even seen this attitude in RIP Celebrity threads in other forums.  Ugh.)

Look, I don't watch reality TV or read about the Kardashians, either.  That doesn't make me a better person than those who do.  Just different.  It's even more absurd when I see it online, because then the person is also telling everyone that they have no idea how Google works.

I didn't realise you knew my uncle.  He manages to add an extra layer by getting snotty if you look something up and give him information.  An example being we went to a stately home and were talking about it on the way home, he said something like "I wonder why that room was painted blue", we'd bought the guide book and my mom was reading it later that evening and said "Oh Bob the room was painted blue because the owner was obsessed with the sea and the room was supposed to make you feel like you were underwater".  Bob replied "Are you not allowed to wonder about anything in this [my parents'] house?  :o

I think my stock answer would be "to annoy you, Bob."

"I wonder why they painted the room like that?"
"To annoy you, Bob."
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Piratelvr1121

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12306 on: July 03, 2013, 03:05:12 PM »
People who are proud of their ignorance.  I'm not just talking about the people who "brag" that they're bad at math or whatever, but the people who will chime in on a conversation about a TV show or famous person with a smirk and "Who?" when they're basically conveying "I don't stoop to such lowly pursuits, so I'm blissfully unaware of your silly pop culture."

(Just to be clear, I don't mean people genuinely asking for more information about something.  I'm talking about the smug eye-rollers I've had the misfortune to encounter.  Sadly, I've even seen this attitude in RIP Celebrity threads in other forums.  Ugh.)

Look, I don't watch reality TV or read about the Kardashians, either.  That doesn't make me a better person than those who do.  Just different.  It's even more absurd when I see it online, because then the person is also telling everyone that they have no idea how Google works.

I didn't realise you knew my uncle.  He manages to add an extra layer by getting snotty if you look something up and give him information.  An example being we went to a stately home and were talking about it on the way home, he said something like "I wonder why that room was painted blue", we'd bought the guide book and my mom was reading it later that evening and said "Oh Bob the room was painted blue because the owner was obsessed with the sea and the room was supposed to make you feel like you were underwater".  Bob replied "Are you not allowed to wonder about anything in this [my parents'] house?  :o

"Of course you are! For instance, we wonder why you insist on staying ignorant of easily discovered facts."

I'm all about wondering, love to just watch the surf, and admire sunrises over the ocean.  But if say a child inquired as to how the waves are formed I'd be glad to explain it, as that doesn't really take away from the wonder of it.
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

Shoo

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12307 on: July 03, 2013, 03:07:20 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies as "little" but it did drive me up the wall. I was in Target for quite some time the other day and there was a mother there with her 3 year old daughter and her adult sister. Every 90 seconds (yes, I timed it), the little girl would let out an ear-splitting shriek. It was so loud, you could -- honestly -- hear her across the entire store. After about 15 minutes of this nonsense, I found myself next to them in an aisle. She is shrieking over and over. The mother looks at me no doubt pained expression and shrugs, "What can you do? Kids!" I said, "There's plenty you can do. Make her stop or take her out of the store."  The mother's sister cracked up and said, 'I've been telling you for 15 minutes that you needed to make her stop because it's bothering other people. Now maybe you'll listen!"

This happens every single time I go to a Target or a Walmart.  The last time it happened at a Target, I nearly lost my mind and seriously contemplated abandoning my purchases and leaving the store.  But in the end, I figured that would inconvenience me more than anything else, so I put up with it.  I do wish store employees could be empowered to ask those customers to leave.

Snooks

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12308 on: July 03, 2013, 03:09:16 PM »
People who are proud of their ignorance.  I'm not just talking about the people who "brag" that they're bad at math or whatever, but the people who will chime in on a conversation about a TV show or famous person with a smirk and "Who?" when they're basically conveying "I don't stoop to such lowly pursuits, so I'm blissfully unaware of your silly pop culture."

(Just to be clear, I don't mean people genuinely asking for more information about something.  I'm talking about the smug eye-rollers I've had the misfortune to encounter.  Sadly, I've even seen this attitude in RIP Celebrity threads in other forums.  Ugh.)

Look, I don't watch reality TV or read about the Kardashians, either.  That doesn't make me a better person than those who do.  Just different.  It's even more absurd when I see it online, because then the person is also telling everyone that they have no idea how Google works.

I didn't realise you knew my uncle.  He manages to add an extra layer by getting snotty if you look something up and give him information.  An example being we went to a stately home and were talking about it on the way home, he said something like "I wonder why that room was painted blue", we'd bought the guide book and my mom was reading it later that evening and said "Oh Bob the room was painted blue because the owner was obsessed with the sea and the room was supposed to make you feel like you were underwater".  Bob replied "Are you not allowed to wonder about anything in this [my parents'] house?  :o

"Of course you are! For instance, we wonder why you insist on staying ignorant of easily discovered facts."

I'm all about wondering, love to just watch the surf, and admire sunrises over the ocean.  But if say a child inquired as to how the waves are formed I'd be glad to explain it, as that doesn't really take away from the wonder of it.

I love this response!

Piratelvr1121

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12309 on: July 03, 2013, 03:11:57 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies as "little" but it did drive me up the wall. I was in Target for quite some time the other day and there was a mother there with her 3 year old daughter and her adult sister. Every 90 seconds (yes, I timed it), the little girl would let out an ear-splitting shriek. It was so loud, you could -- honestly -- hear her across the entire store. After about 15 minutes of this nonsense, I found myself next to them in an aisle. She is shrieking over and over. The mother looks at me no doubt pained expression and shrugs, "What can you do? Kids!" I said, "There's plenty you can do. Make her stop or take her out of the store."  The mother's sister cracked up and said, 'I've been telling you for 15 minutes that you needed to make her stop because it's bothering other people. Now maybe you'll listen!"

This happens every single time I go to a Target or a Walmart.  The last time it happened at a Target, I nearly lost my mind and seriously contemplated abandoning my purchases and leaving the store.  But in the end, I figured that would inconvenience me more than anything else, so I put up with it.  I do wish store employees could be empowered to ask those customers to leave.

I've come across this in Walmarts and usually the response of the adults with the child is to blithely ignore them.  ::)
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 #12310 on: July 03, 2013, 03:54:05 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies as "little" but it did drive me up the wall. I was in Target for quite some time the other day and there was a mother there with her 3 year old daughter and her adult sister. Every 90 seconds (yes, I timed it), the little girl would let out an ear-splitting shriek. It was so loud, you could -- honestly -- hear her across the entire store. After about 15 minutes of this nonsense, I found myself next to them in an aisle. She is shrieking over and over. The mother looks at me no doubt pained expression and shrugs, "What can you do? Kids!" I said, "There's plenty you can do. Make her stop or take her out of the store."  The mother's sister cracked up and said, 'I've been telling you for 15 minutes that you needed to make her stop because it's bothering other people. Now maybe you'll listen!"

This happens every single time I go to a Target or a Walmart.  The last time it happened at a Target, I nearly lost my mind and seriously contemplated abandoning my purchases and leaving the store.  But in the end, I figured that would inconvenience me more than anything else, so I put up with it.  I do wish store employees could be empowered to ask those customers to leave.
This plus a million.  The happy shriekers (which sounds like Cami's problem) are barely tolerable.  The ones who are having screaming tantrums are a thousand times worse.  I was in the grocery store a couple of years back, and there was a boy about 10 who was screaming as loud as he could for at least 15 minutes straight, only stopping long enough to see if the woman pushing the cart was going to give in to his tantrum (or maybe to just take a breath.) Then back to screaming. While I applaud not giving in to a tantrum, the child's caretaker should remove him from the store, not continue shopping.  This applies also if the child is having an autistic meltdown. 

One of mine tried that only once, as a preschooler.  I took her straight to the ladies' room, spanked her, and told her to behave.  I don't know if you can do that now, or if it will get you arrested for child abuse. 
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12311 on: July 03, 2013, 04:37:08 PM »
I sat through 4 light cycles at a traffic light.  Finally, at the 5th, my light turned green.  Did I mention I was at the front of the line?  There was absolutely reason for it.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12312 on: July 03, 2013, 04:43:51 PM »
I sat through 4 light cycles at a traffic light.  Finally, at the 5th, my light turned green.  Did I mention I was at the front of the line?  There was absolutely reason for it.

Were you in a Smart Car?  Maybe the sensors didn't know you were there.  :)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12313 on: July 03, 2013, 04:49:39 PM »
I sat through 4 light cycles at a traffic light.  Finally, at the 5th, my light turned green.  Did I mention I was at the front of the line?  There was absolutely reason for it.

Were you in a Smart Car?  Maybe the sensors didn't know you were there.  :)

Subaru Legacy...and I sat at the same light yesterday through one cycle and was able to leave at the 2nd cycle.  I don't know what it is about that light.

siamesecat2965

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #12314 on: July 03, 2013, 05:56:13 PM »
I don't know if this qualifies as "little" but it did drive me up the wall. I was in Target for quite some time the other day and there was a mother there with her 3 year old daughter and her adult sister. Every 90 seconds (yes, I timed it), the little girl would let out an ear-splitting shriek. It was so loud, you could -- honestly -- hear her across the entire store. After about 15 minutes of this nonsense, I found myself next to them in an aisle. She is shrieking over and over. The mother looks at me no doubt pained expression and shrugs, "What can you do? Kids!" I said, "There's plenty you can do. Make her stop or take her out of the store."  The mother's sister cracked up and said, 'I've been telling you for 15 minutes that you needed to make her stop because it's bothering other people. Now maybe you'll listen!"

This happens every single time I go to a Target or a Walmart.  The last time it happened at a Target, I nearly lost my mind and seriously contemplated abandoning my purchases and leaving the store.  But in the end, I figured that would inconvenience me more than anything else, so I put up with it.  I do wish store employees could be empowered to ask those customers to leave.

I've come across this in Walmarts and usually the response of the adults with the child is to blithely ignore them.  ::)

I shop at Target regularly, but only go with one friend every now and then. Without fail, each and every time we're there, there's a shrieking child. When i go alone, not so much. We joke about it since as soon as we walk in, we'll hear it, and for some reason, the shrieker always seems to follow us.