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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14085 on: December 24, 2013, 06:15:23 PM »
People who can't be bothered to pronounce unusual names or even try.  A lady in my office today told me that "that Mohammed Ali guy you called" had called me back.  I stared at her, because I didn't call anyone named Mohammed Ali - it's the sort of name you remember!  She elaborated, "You know that guy with the payment thing!".  Oh, yes, you mean Mr. *InsertCorrectNameHere*?  "Yes, that Ali guy.  Whatever.  It's not like I can pronounce his first name!". 

Okay, so not being able to pronounce the guy's name is one thing.  Making up a completely different name for him is quite another!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14086 on: December 24, 2013, 08:05:35 PM »
I wish to add again to something that nearly has me up to my ceiling.

The inconsiderate people across the street who are playing music so loud that I cannot hear my TV with the doors and windows closed. I have contacted the police with a noise complaint. I would like to watch Home Alone without the volume jacked up high enough to rattle my teeth in order to drown out the vulgar rap lyrics being blasted next door.

What is WITH people who do this?!
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14087 on: December 24, 2013, 10:09:19 PM »
People who assume that, if you have cats, you must be a "cat person."

Yes, I have two cats.  I love cats.  I do not want mugs with cat pictures, plaques with cats, calendars with cats, posters with cats and cute sayings, t-shirts with cats on them, mouse pads with cat images, cute statues of cats or almost anything else with a cat on it!

I am a cat person.

I am not a pictures of cat person, or a statues of cat person, or anything like that. The actual live cat who is currently asleep about a foot from my left wrist, I love. I don't need plaques and calendars and posters and so on. They don't purr, or rub against me to ask for cream, or help keep my chair warm, or any of the things that a cat might do.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14088 on: December 24, 2013, 10:16:41 PM »
The supposed adult males who live in my area and drive their very loud motorcycles while making them be the loudest possible. It is a beautiful day, I had my windows open, and had to close them because of your noise!

Likewise, the man at the end of the block, who likes to broadcast a very strange mix of chanting and hip hop for many hours every holiday or weekend day. He opens his garage and plays it for hours. I can hear it inside my unit, 6 doors down.

I will be talking with the management about noise notices for the three very loud motorcycle owners and the garage chanting hip hop guy.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14089 on: December 24, 2013, 10:29:18 PM »
People who can't be bothered to pronounce unusual names or even try.  A lady in my office today told me that "that Mohammed Ali guy you called" had called me back.  I stared at her, because I didn't call anyone named Mohammed Ali - it's the sort of name you remember!  She elaborated, "You know that guy with the payment thing!".  Oh, yes, you mean Mr. *InsertCorrectNameHere*?  "Yes, that Ali guy.  Whatever.  It's not like I can pronounce his first name!". 

Okay, so not being able to pronounce the guy's name is one thing.  Making up a completely different name for him is quite another!

She should have tried.

I'm coming from the opposite end when I try to Roll my R's like a Spanish Speaker, or speak with a merged Irish Brogue and Scottish Burr it sounds like I'm making fun, but if I don't try then certain people take me to task for being rude about pronouncing names with my own accent. I also got spoken to for writing students names phonetically on a list when I was giving out end of the year awards. I can say the names day to day - face to face but on the potium in front of the parents and seeing the spelling at the same time my dyslexic phonics trained brain trips me up. I will say the name with English Phonics. The kids don't see the list, the parents don't see the list. The only reason the principal saw the list was he was looking over my shoulder. I got yelled at for 5 minutes after school for Not knowing my kids names on the last week of school. (Again I know the names and say them right every day - it is the nerves of being on stage in front of adults + seeing the written form that causes the error.)
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14090 on: December 24, 2013, 10:35:11 PM »
I don't know if I should call this 'last minute invites' or 'forced socialization'.  We're doing the usual Christmas get-together at my uncle's house.  That's fine, we do it every year, and I know it's coming.  My grandmother said a few days ago that she had invited a friend over because he didn't have anyone.  Again, fine...though I would rather it just be family.  Then tonight my grandmother called and said that my uncle had invited a couple he knows on a last-minute impulse, and could we bring some of our homemade creamed corn along with the homemade applesauce that my mom had promised?  *sigh*

I don't do well around people.  I especially don't like it when interactions are sprung on me like this, but I can't actually say anything or opt out because 1) It's their house, they can invite whoever they want, and 2) I've already committed myself.

Also, they're getting our last jar of applesauce to have with Christmas dinner, and my mom said no about the creamed corn because we need to make it last until next summer.  She got a snippy "Well, never mind, then." in response.

So, yeah.  Forced interaction with people I hardly know, and being asked to bring extra stuff in addition to what was already promised (in this case, applesauce, a chocolate caramel cheesecake, a coffee ring, and Christmas cookies).  I can't explain why it bugs me, but it does.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14091 on: December 25, 2013, 08:34:37 AM »
People who can't be bothered to pronounce unusual names or even try.  A lady in my office today told me that "that Mohammed Ali guy you called" had called me back.  I stared at her, because I didn't call anyone named Mohammed Ali - it's the sort of name you remember!  She elaborated, "You know that guy with the payment thing!".  Oh, yes, you mean Mr. *InsertCorrectNameHere*?  "Yes, that Ali guy.  Whatever.  It's not like I can pronounce his first name!". 

Okay, so not being able to pronounce the guy's name is one thing.  Making up a completely different name for him is quite another!

She should have tried.

I'm coming from the opposite end when I try to Roll my R's like a Spanish Speaker, or speak with a merged Irish Brogue and Scottish Burr it sounds like I'm making fun, but if I don't try then certain people take me to task for being rude about pronouncing names with my own accent. I also got spoken to for writing students names phonetically on a list when I was giving out end of the year awards. I can say the names day to day - face to face but on the potium in front of the parents and seeing the spelling at the same time my dyslexic phonics trained brain trips me up. I will say the name with English Phonics. The kids don't see the list, the parents don't see the list. The only reason the principal saw the list was he was looking over my shoulder. I got yelled at for 5 minutes after school for Not knowing my kids names on the last week of school. (Again I know the names and say them right every day - it is the nerves of being on stage in front of adults + seeing the written form that causes the error.)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14092 on: December 25, 2013, 01:48:07 PM »
People who assume that, if you have cats, you must be a "cat person."

Yes, I have two cats.  I love cats.  I do not want mugs with cat pictures, plaques with cats, calendars with cats, posters with cats and cute sayings, t-shirts with cats on them, mouse pads with cat images, cute statues of cats or almost anything else with a cat on it!

I am a cat person.

I am not a pictures of cat person, or a statues of cat person, or anything like that. The actual live cat who is currently asleep about a foot from my left wrist, I love. I don't need plaques and calendars and posters and so on. They don't purr, or rub against me to ask for cream, or help keep my chair warm, or any of the things that a cat might do.

Tell this to my MIL who bought us a cat poster for Christmas. It's in a style which isn't even close to all the very cartoony art we have. I honestly think her logic was "they have cats they'll like this".

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14093 on: December 25, 2013, 02:02:43 PM »
The years to come will most likely be different on their own due to (most likely) SO and I spending Christmas together (either at/with his or my parents) but this year I got blindsided. Well, no more.
Didn't get an answer until I was already in the car about when we would come back (from traveling 4h to extended family like we do every year), learned at the same time that we would also go to Other-city (3h or so one way) to see even-more-extended-family.
I don't mind going to see them, I mind not having been told anything when I sent multiple texts and email to know what was going to happen and never getting an answer from either of my parents. (They came to pick me up in Mycity, I learned the night before when they were going to come by).

I'm pretty sure that's because they don't see me as an independent adult yet, but at 25 and living with my (serious) SO that's bound to change.

So in light of this I also put my foot down on another thing, going to the restaurant tonight (25th) without a reservation. I told them I wouldn't go if they didn't set up a reservation on the 23 when I first heard about the plan. They didn't, so I'm staying home while they're out in the rain.

This is following an accident when they wanted to pick me up after my shift (at 8pm) without having made any plan whatsoever in Mycity and never contacting me with approximate plans so that I could tell SO to meet us somewhere/sometime. We spent a good hour and a half driving around and finding every good restaurant we could think of that wasn't full to the brim on a Friday night. I had not eaten well all day, had spent several hours on my feet and it was not a pleasant night. Even more when I had to call SO at 8 to tell him to get ready to go "I don't know where, but you know, get ready"  ::)

When they got up tonight with the "OK, get ready we're leaving soon to go find some diner" I reiterated, for the twentieth time, that nope, told them two days ago, I'm not going out and trying every da*n restaurant in an unfamiliar city to find them either closed or full. Thankfully my mother only said something like "you're being stubborn, have it your way" and they left (under the rain I might add).
We'll yeah, I did wanted to have it my way, and I do, I'm the one winning here. I don't care if they find the perfect place right away, I have the fire place and the internet, and a quiet night by myself in the middle of the holyday craziness.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14094 on: December 25, 2013, 04:23:28 PM »
My car's defroster is driving me nuts currently.  We're under a wind chill advisory and a winter weather advisory, so it's cold and snowy and cold and did I mention COLD yet? :)  I want to keep my defroster on for both my front and back windows, so that they stay clear and don't fog up on me (I can fog half of my front windshield by myself just by breathing when it's especially cold).  Instead, the manufacturer of my car has determined that defrost is a temporary thing, and really doesn't need to be on for more than 15 minutes or so, so it turns itself off automatically at that time.  After 15 minutes!  I really really hate fiddling with the controls to turn defrost back on again 2 or 3 times during my 45 minute drive home!
The electric defroster on a rear window is designed for removing frost or fog.  It sounds to me like you are using it correctly.  It is not designed to remove rain.  When use to remove rain or when accidentally left on when the window is clear it can produce enough heat that the window breaks.  I know someone who that happened to.  He was near Raleigh, North Carolina.  It was 20 years ago, before the 15 minute limit was added. 

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14095 on: December 25, 2013, 06:24:48 PM »
The years to come will most likely be different on their own due to (most likely) SO and I spending Christmas together (either at/with his or my parents) but this year I got blindsided. Well, no more.
Didn't get an answer until I was already in the car about when we would come back (from traveling 4h to extended family like we do every year), learned at the same time that we would also go to Other-city (3h or so one way) to see even-more-extended-family.
I don't mind going to see them, I mind not having been told anything when I sent multiple texts and email to know what was going to happen and never getting an answer from either of my parents. (They came to pick me up in Mycity, I learned the night before when they were going to come by).

I'm pretty sure that's because they don't see me as an independent adult yet, but at 25 and living with my (serious) SO that's bound to change.

So in light of this I also put my foot down on another thing, going to the restaurant tonight (25th) without a reservation. I told them I wouldn't go if they didn't set up a reservation on the 23 when I first heard about the plan. They didn't, so I'm staying home while they're out in the rain.

This is following an accident when they wanted to pick me up after my shift (at 8pm) without having made any plan whatsoever in Mycity and never contacting me with approximate plans so that I could tell SO to meet us somewhere/sometime. We spent a good hour and a half driving around and finding every good restaurant we could think of that wasn't full to the brim on a Friday night. I had not eaten well all day, had spent several hours on my feet and it was not a pleasant night. Even more when I had to call SO at 8 to tell him to get ready to go "I don't know where, but you know, get ready"  ::)

When they got up tonight with the "OK, get ready we're leaving soon to go find some diner" I reiterated, for the twentieth time, that nope, told them two days ago, I'm not going out and trying every da*n restaurant in an unfamiliar city to find them either closed or full. Thankfully my mother only said something like "you're being stubborn, have it your way" and they left (under the rain I might add).
We'll yeah, I did wanted to have it my way, and I do, I'm the one winning here. I don't care if they find the perfect place right away, I have the fire place and the internet, and a quiet night by myself in the middle of the holyday craziness.

I don't know how to clip this! I really do hope you develop a spine and don't start out for anywhere without a plan. We don't do it, except when the plan when are on vacation is to see the unfamiliar territory and see what we find, knowing that there is a town within X miles with at least a Subway Sandwich Shop something better will likely turn up.

No, I won't start on a 4 hour drive on anyone's whims but mine.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14096 on: December 26, 2013, 06:27:57 AM »
One thing that drives me up a wall is people talking about others "playing" on the computer or telephone. I don't play on either. I read. I look things up. I do not play, and it really annoys me when people say that.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14097 on: December 26, 2013, 07:15:57 AM »
One thing that drives me up a wall is people talking about others "playing" on the computer or telephone. I don't play on either. I read. I look things up. I do not play, and it really annoys me when people say that.

What do you prefer?

When I'm looking at my iPad or phone, I know what I'm doing so say I'm checking something out or looking something up, but I don't know what other people are doing, and for many people they are playing, and when I am looking something up, I really enjoy it, so I don't mind its being called playing.

Unless it's doing the income tax or making cards and labels, but I don't do that in public anyway.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14098 on: December 26, 2013, 07:33:03 AM »
One thing that drives me up a wall is people talking about others "playing" on the computer or telephone. I don't play on either. I read. I look things up. I do not play, and it really annoys me when people say that.

There are computer games that have grossed more than big budget Hollywood movies.

At its peak, World of Warcraft had more than 10 million subscribers (for the record, Sweden has a population of 9.5 million.)  Many, many people play games on computers.  You may not play on computers, but it is not an out-there concept to believe that others do.

Now, if they are talking about *you* playing, and they know your natural proclivities, then that would annoy me too, as surely if someone accused me of "posting to my wall".
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14099 on: December 26, 2013, 04:19:03 PM »
Kind of like how I get VERY annoyed at people who refer to my sword practice as "playing".
My grandfather used to do that- he kept saying "play" and "playing", no matter how many times I told him I was actually practicing technique, and he would not stop. It annoyed the snot out of me, it just came across as so ignorant and dismissive.