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Tomp
01-29-2012, 03:08 PM
I thought maybe we could set up a thread where we can spew our guts at things.
Things that may not be worthy of a whole thread.
Maybe you'll agree wholeheartedly or disagree completely.

The first thing I thought of was announcers on tv that talk over the end credits. I hate that.
I found this clip of soapbox (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTIIRMgzLSI&feature=related)where he more eloquently express these views than I ever could. Of course my favourite type of programme is perhaps not the same.

Now, what is it that really annoys you?
If you think it's something that will be discussed at length then maybe you should do it as a separate thread.

confused at birth
01-29-2012, 03:21 PM
people that drive around with the radio so loud it makes your windows rattle and make me want to throw a brick through the car window

The first thing I thought of was announcers on tv that talk over the end credits.

I hate this as they tend to shrink the picture so you cant see the credits


channel logos that stay for the whole show

Durvasha
01-29-2012, 05:09 PM
Laugh Tracks.

I dont know why the shows use them.

The Unreasoner
01-29-2012, 05:21 PM
An 'I hate' thread? Count me in:

Floppy toast
Radio static
Will Ferrell
Apple
People who buy Apple
People who associate with people who buy Apple
Guys that complain about hangovers
Girls with pigtails
Girl scout cookies
Guys that wear hats without a rim
Girls that wear hats with rims
People that go around barefoot
Creepy 80's movies (like 16 candles or back to the future)
Well done meat
People who order well done meat
People who associate with people who order well done meat
When people whine 'why can't you just support me' when you offer the tiniest of constructive criticisms.
Girls with too long hair
Guys with too long fingernails
Fox news
Evangelicals
Environmentalists
Vegans

To be continued...

Tomp
01-29-2012, 05:31 PM
Unreasoner some of that sounds almost unr.... Ah, I see.

confused at birth
01-29-2012, 06:02 PM
TV executives
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga fans
anyone that thinks american football is a sport
kanye west
lakers fans
women that use so much perfume they can make a whole building stink
people that watch jersey shore
cats

The Unreasoner
01-29-2012, 06:15 PM
Unreasoner some of that sounds almost unr.... Ah, I see.

I actually meant all that. Unreasoner, not Unreasonable.

Sinistrum
01-29-2012, 09:23 PM
Commercials, people who drive ten miles under the speed limit in the fast lane, people who brake approaching intersections with clear green lights, people who talk on their cell phones while driving, people who take more than two seconds to realize a red light has changed to green, passive aggressiveness, onions in mexican food, people who talk to me while I'm on the phone, people who interrupt me in mid sentence, people who aren't listening the first time I say something and who force me to repeat myself, video game mini games, Dallas Cowboys fans, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Yankees, taxes and the things they are wasted on, objections in trial that are clearly contradictory to well established law, people who stop to gossip in the grocery store, people who take forever to figure out what they want in the grocery store, shopping in general, internet scripts that facilitate advertising, pro sports announcers that state the obvious like its some profound point, romantic comedies, and torture porn based horror movies.

The Great Serpent
01-29-2012, 09:38 PM
What annoys me is simple,
Kids too young for a pimple,
Those who peak like an ancient tome,
And those who never speak in poem.


(Oh, and so, so many more things.
But too many rhymes...
You know what that brings.)

confused at birth
01-29-2012, 09:52 PM
Glee
Glee Fans
people that get a dog then leave it in the back yard forever
girls that dip fries in strawberry milkshake(guys may do this but I have never seen it)
Baseball
people who talk on their cell phones in a Restaurant

people who brake approaching intersections with clear green lights
Seconded I hate that

torture porn based horror movies.

you would be ok with just torture porn then?

Ivhon
01-29-2012, 10:31 PM
Cruise Control

The snooze button

Socks.

eht slat meit
01-29-2012, 10:34 PM
People who ceaselessly text, or are otherwise permanently attached at the eyeball to the cellphone.

AbbeyRoad
01-29-2012, 10:42 PM
anyone that thinks american football is a sport
And you annoy us, too.

confused at birth
01-29-2012, 10:53 PM
And you annoy us, too.

er me?
or people that believe that a load of nancy boys in armour playing a wimpy version of rugby is game for little girls and a complete waste of time?

It isnt football you dont use your sodding feet to move the bloody ball


I dont really mind either way I just want clarification

Sei'taer
01-29-2012, 11:13 PM
er me?
or people that believe that a load of nancy boys in armour playing a wimpy version of rugby is game for little girls and a complete waste of time?

It isnt football you dont use your sodding feet to move the bloody ball


I dont really mind either way I just want clarification

As someone who has played all three sports, I can tell you that I took many more brutal hits playing Am. Football than I did playing rugby or soccer. I did have to be in much better shape, endurance wise, for soccer and rugby. The difference is all in technique. Rugby is much more technical in tackling than Am. Football because you don't have the same protection. This causes tackling in Am. Football to be much more powerful. I'm not saying that it doesn't happen in rugby, but it's not as prevalent.

I remember my first scrum. I am 6'2" and at the time went around 205. The guy I posted against on the other team found out it was my first game and as we tied in for the scrum, he says (in a thick scottish accent) "a scrum virgin! Allow me to welcome you!" and he starts bashing me in the ear with his head. I never had more fun playing a sport...because we "played.". It was like being a kid again. I had a blast.

The Great Serpent
01-29-2012, 11:35 PM
As someone who has played all three sports, I can tell you that I took many more brutal hits playing Am. Football than I did playing rugby or soccer. I did have to be in much better shape, endurance wise, for soccer and rugby. The difference is all in technique. Rugby is much more technical in tackling than Am. Football because you don't have the same protection. This causes tackling in Am. Football to be much more powerful. I'm not saying that it doesn't happen in rugby, but it's not as prevalent.

I'm going to pile on, pointing out that - partly because of stopping and realigning between each play - a major portion of why they wear pads in American Football is because if they didn't, they (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW-KAEiIb5Y) would (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXLOHF71L_c&feature=related) die (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0Y9wt3XkHo&feature=related).

Sinistrum
01-30-2012, 01:03 AM
Yup, American Football is a nancy boy sport.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRO626ImQek

Can I just add soccer fans and alarm clocks to my list?

yks 6nnetu hing
01-30-2012, 03:16 AM
in airports and train stations, people with big luggage, getting off escalators take one step, park their luggage IN THE MIDDLE of the escalator track and stare around, mouths agape. and then get annoyed at me for having to climb over their mountain of goddamn luggage to in order to get off the escalator.

using smilies and/or "lol" to "remedy" a passive-aggressive and/or attention seeking statement. e.g. "Everbody hates me, lol. Even the lightbulb which the hubby was supposed to fix last week :D "

males (generally age 13-30) with obviously much too much time to take care of their "gangsta" appearance, getting down stairs slower than snails and taking up the ENTIRE width of the stairway.

la-z stoopid peepz tat cant typ rite, yanno?

DahLliA
01-30-2012, 07:04 AM
right now?

- Bioware f'ing their European customers over with maintenance times

- The sheeple getting up in arms about SOPA, while they let ACTA right in without doing shit

- The biggest and by far the most despicable political party in Norway getting bigger again, because the average Norwegian sheeple should've been euthanized for everyone's good

Tomp
01-30-2012, 07:04 AM
Of course different countries have different dirty tricks. :eek:

http://blogg.jankallman.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Vinnie-Jones-Crushing-Gazzas-balls.jpg

Sei'taer
01-30-2012, 08:08 AM
I'm going to pile on, pointing out that - partly because of stopping and realigning between each play - a major portion of why they wear pads in American Football is because if they didn't, they (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW-KAEiIb5Y) would (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXLOHF71L_c&feature=related) die (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0Y9wt3XkHo&feature=related).

Any clip that shows Earl Campbell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=3GoaYkqq_KA) delivering that particular hit is a winner for me. He was one of the most devastating backs in the NFL. If he couldn't go around, over, or through you, he made you pay for tackling him.

Res_Ipsa
01-30-2012, 10:27 AM
Things that do not annoy me:

Cigars
Beer
Liquor
Video Games
Politics
Religion
Firearms
Knives
Books



It is a Monday, you gotta have some positive outlook. Otherwise, you might go nuts.

confused at birth
01-30-2012, 11:15 AM
Yup, American Football is a nancy boy sport.



Yep it really is, I had a long post done last night to prove it only to get a knock on my door followed by the words Ive gone to bed the internets off and I dont want to retype it so

A womens rugby team could kick the crap out of any NFL team and a mens team wouldnt be allowed to compete as it would be considered cruel and unusual punishment to those little babies

Davian93
01-30-2012, 11:21 AM
The average NFL defensive lineman weighs 300+ lbs and can run a 4.5 40 yd dash. They would absolutely obliterate the average rugby player. NFL is different than Soccer/Rugby in that they train for quick explosive bursts of speed/power rather than long endurance. They are still some of the most in shape athletes in the world though despite this soft spot. Hockey players also play for short explosive bursts. A 2 minute shift is an eternity on the ice and the modern game is more used to 30-45 sec shifts than something that long due to the extreme speed associated with the game...hockey is very similar to football in that type of training.

If I had to pick one sport to play, I'd pick Rugby because it is simply a great fun time of pure sport. I played both ice hockey and football growing up all through HS and both are pretty rough sports despite your opinion to the contrary.

Also, while I love watching Premier League football, the amount and acceptedness of diving really weakens any attempt to claim it is the tougher sport. Europeans playing in the MLS and NHL dive far more than their N. American colleagues too...a carryover from how soccer is played on the Continent and in the UK I suppose.

confused at birth
01-30-2012, 11:37 AM
NFL is different than Soccer/Rugby in that they train for quick explosive bursts of speed/power rather than long endurance.

there are explosive bursts, you try picking up the ball 2 feet from your own posts after a ruck and have half of the other team running at you. I have seen some games where the players accelerated so fast you expect to hear a sonic boom followed by a crunch when someone dropped the poor sod

Also, while I love watching Premier League football, the amount and acceptedness of diving really weakens any attempt to claim it is the tougher sport.

Yes but since its the beautiful game not the manly game and unfortunately it would be considered discrimination if we blocked the rest of europe from getting involved this doesnt mean much.

The problem is that you dont get to see the lower leagues over here they dont have as many of the soft euro using pansies in these teams so you would get to see a more aggressive physical game.


The only good sport I like over here is basketball but hockey isnt to bad, nothing like the version I played but not bad

confused at birth
01-30-2012, 12:15 PM
Tipping.:mad::mad::mad::mad:
You only get this if there was great service or my date was a pain in the arse. I never expected to get tips and I didnt care when I did since
they all went in the pot anyway.

I am not giving you extra money for doing your job

You will get one if you have a fantastic bum but that is only because giving it to you will give me the chance to watch you walk away again:D

AbbeyRoad
01-30-2012, 12:17 PM
A womens rugby team could kick the crap out of any NFL team and a mens team wouldnt be allowed to compete as it would be considered cruel and unusual punishment to those little babies
Hahaha. Hahahaha. Oh, you're serious? NFL athletes are some of the most powerful athletes on the planet. The average NFL player is much stronger, faster, bigger, and more explosive than the average rugby player. And that is not debatable.

It isnt football you dont use your sodding feet to move the bloody ball
And yes, you do. Not on every play, but kickoffs, punts, field goals, and extra points all require using your foot to move the ball.

Davian93
01-30-2012, 12:21 PM
Tipping.:mad::mad::mad::mad:
You only get this if there was great service or my date was a pain in the arse. I never expected to get tips and I didnt care when I did since
they all went in the pot anyway.

I am not giving you extra money for doing your job

You will get one if you have a fantastic bum but that is only because giving it to you will give me the chance to watch you walk away again:D

You do realize that servers in the US make $2 an hour and depend on tips for income, right?

You probably get your food spit in quite a bit if you do that in the States....and deservedly so.

Crispin's Crispian
01-30-2012, 12:29 PM
teehee...


Lady Gaga
...
kanye west


people who interrupt me in mid sentence,

http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/049/845/gagakanye.png


On topic...

-When people yell from their offices to give instructions or beckon employees, instead of getting off their lazy arrogant asses to speak at a normal volume that doesn't completely shatter any level of concentration achieved by the rest of the workers.

-Drizzle.

GonzoTheGreat
01-30-2012, 12:30 PM
You do realize that servers in the US make $2 an hour and depend on tips for income, right?

You probably get your food spit in quite a bit if you do that in the States....and deservedly so.
Because letting them beg for their money rather than paying proper wages is soo much more the American Way.

I do not agree with the "tips are meant to pay wages, so that the employers don't have to" approach, as some of you may have figured out.

confused at birth
01-30-2012, 12:34 PM
Oh, you're serious? NFL athletes are some of the most powerful athletes on the planet. The average NFL player is much stronger, faster, bigger, and more explosive than the average rugby player. And that is not debatable.


Yes they are bigger and all the rest but probably not tougher, somewhere my mum has a video of me playing on concrete where I get hit at full sprint and get sent flying through the air land on my head and bounce into a fence.
I got up and counted the fingers being waved in my face by grabbing the arm on the second try and counting with by touch then shook my head to clear it a bit and played on

If she can find it I will post it


You do realize that servers in the US make $2 an hour and depend on tips for income, right?

You probably get your food spit in quite a bit if you do that in the States....and deservedly so.

Since I worked in one over here for a summer and got $5 an hour they gave us this either with the tip jar or from the restaurants takings if there wasnt enough tips.

I worked for 2 years in a bar in England that payed the same and we never got tips so I didnt take the job expecting to have to depend on them

Davian93
01-30-2012, 12:34 PM
Because letting them beg for their money rather than paying proper wages is soo much more the American Way.

I do not agree with the "tips are meant to pay wages, so that the employers don't have to" approach, as some of you may have figured out.

Agree with it or not, dont punish the servers for a crappy system. Overall, if you cant afford to tip, go buy yourself a microwave meal and eat at home. Not tipping is just pure BS.

Cor Shan
01-30-2012, 02:07 PM
What doesn't annoy me:

NFL/CFL Football (aside from when they miss tackles I would imagine a Rugby player could make, which is maybe 5 times a game that matters.)

Playing my car stereo loud enough my windows shake

Stuff that does:

People who don't tip/people who don't use capital letters

Figbiscuit
01-30-2012, 05:11 PM
Agree with it or not, dont punish the servers for a crappy system. Overall, if you cant afford to tip, go buy yourself a microwave meal and eat at home. Not tipping is just pure BS.

Maybe it's an American / European racial divide then. I have no problem tipping if the food or service warrants it. Tipping as standard kind of takes away the reason for calling it tipping in the first place tho...

And I worked as a waitress for over two years as a teen and was mostly gratified when I received a tip as it meant those customers had obviously appreciated my efforts to make their visit a happy one.

Things which annoy me right now:
this stupid cold coming back :(

confused at birth
01-30-2012, 05:14 PM
:)So if I meet a hearing impaired canadian with blood and hair stuck to the shoes, no taste in sport and wearing a T-shirt saying spell it right bitches I shouldnt introduce myself?:D

Not on every play, but kickoffs, punts, field goals, and extra points all require using your foot to move the ball.


The main way the ball is moved is with your hands so it should be called either American Rules Rugby or Handball

ED adverts.
1) they are annoying
2) why are they always on?
3) why so many? is it down to the American diets or something?

Job applications
Smart phones

Cor Shan
01-30-2012, 05:59 PM
People who act like any sport other than Hockey is the best

ETA: people who take stuff too seriously.

And probably. I usually shower as walking around with blood all over me is usually considered rude.

Crispin's Crispian
01-30-2012, 06:43 PM
:
The main way the ball is moved is with your hands so it should be called either American Rules Rugby or Handball
Handball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_handball)is already taken by a sport that is much more appropriately named. Unfortunately, I can't brag about huge muscular men running into each other, because the best handballers always seem to be the 57-year-old overweight dudes who can make any shot on the court without moving a inch from their current spot.


ED adverts.
1) they are annoying
2) why are they always on?
3) why so many? is it down to the American diets or something?

Indeed. One begins to wonder if there are far too many erections to go around, now. Holy sh*t did I just say that? And actually think it first? WTF?

The Unreasoner
01-30-2012, 06:58 PM
somewhere my mum has a video of me playing on concrete where I get hit at full sprint and get sent flying through the air land on my head

This might explain alot. lol.

As for tipping, I sometimes serve catered events or just work the deli (where we have a tip jar) and I don't think I ever got tips. The tip jar total came to 76 bucks in December, and we used it for a Christmas party. But I still tip when I go out to eat. 20%, unless the waiter is completely negligent, every time. I only go out to eat maybe 10 times a year, but when I do, I feel obligated to do it right.

They work hard. They deserve it.

Davian93
01-30-2012, 07:41 PM
This might explain alot. lol.

As for tipping, I sometimes serve catered events or just work the deli (where we have a tip jar) and I don't think I ever got tips. The tip jar total came to 76 bucks in December, and we used it for a Christmas party. But I still tip when I go out to eat. 20%, unless the waiter is completely negligent, every time. I only go out to eat maybe 10 times a year, but when I do, I feel obligated to do it right.

They work hard. They deserve it.

If I get adequate/mediocre service, I go to 15%. I recently tipped $0 and here is why:

We had breakfast at the Inn we were staying at. It was very slow but our server disappeared for huge blocks of time with no explanation. We were there for a good 90 min yet never got a refill on any of our drinks (coffee, water, etc) until the manager stopped by. After we were clearly done, we sat there for a good 20 min with napkins on the table waiting for him to show up with the check. He walked by once and ignored us and then went back to the kitchen area. At that point, he grabbed his fellow server and fell backward into the kitchen making out not realizing we saw it happen. Basically, the waiter was having sex instead of getting me my damn coffee. I tipped $0 and told the manager exactly why. Fvck that waiter, I hope they fired his dumb arse.

I did leave out the making out part though as that wasn't the issue, it was the complete ignoring of us to the point where we walked to the hostess station to pay our check. Seriously, 90 min in an nearly empty dining room to get some freaking eggs and bacon.

Who tips at a catered event...that's just weird.

As for tip jars...unless I really really like the place and I'm a regular, there's zero chance I'm putting money in there. I despise it when I see them at places like Starbucks or Subway.

Res_Ipsa
01-30-2012, 07:44 PM
Seriously, 90 min in an nearly empty dining room to get some freaking eggs and bacon.

Sounds like IHOP at 3am.

Davian93
01-30-2012, 07:49 PM
Sounds like IHOP at 3am.

Try the Concord Colonial Inn in Concord, MA at 9 am on a weekday...mind you that's the middle of their breakfast period supposedly.

Res_Ipsa
01-30-2012, 08:14 PM
Try the Concord Colonial Inn in Concord, MA at 9 am on a weekday...mind you that's the middle of their breakfast period supposedly.

I drive, you buy?

cindy
01-30-2012, 10:08 PM
i annoy me

Sei'taer
01-30-2012, 10:13 PM
i annoy me

I figured Marcia, Jan, Greg, Peter, and Bobby would be tops on your list.

confused at birth
01-30-2012, 10:20 PM
Indeed. One begins to wonder if there are far too many erections to go around, now.

Dont you mean to few?

I do know that cholesterol meds could cause this so it might be a diet problem you need for mad cow to hit over here and drive your beef prices up, you willn have less steaks but more fun and less heart attacks

Holy sh*t did I just say that? And actually think it first? WTF?

dont worry I have said worse out loud. but I dont think things through and they tend not to go down well.

I have some examples but I dont think they would go down well here either.

Terez
01-30-2012, 10:32 PM
in airports and train stations, people with big luggage, getting off escalators take one step, park their luggage IN THE MIDDLE of the escalator track and stare around, mouths agape. and then get annoyed at me for having to climb over their mountain of goddamn luggage to in order to get off the escalator.I noticed when I was in Europe that there is escalator etiquette over there, which I've never observed in the US. It might be different in big cities, but here people just get on the escalator and expect you to wait if you're behind them.

Yep it really is, I had a long post done last night to prove it only to get a knock on my door followed by the words Ive gone to bed the internets off and I dont want to retype it soWhat the hell kind of person turns off the internet when they go to bed?

fdsaf3
01-30-2012, 10:44 PM
I wrote up a nice summary of what annoys me and what doesn't, but I'm going to forgo that post in lieu of responding to the tipping thing.

Essentially, it boils down to one simple fact for me: waitstaff are guaranteed to earn minimum wage by federal law. Period. If a waitperson (trying to be gender neutral is annoying...) doesn't average in tips plus their base wage, they are entitled to the difference to get up to the total they would have earned if they earned minimum wage for the hours they worked.

All these arguments about tipping seem to ignore that fundamental point.

Also, I hate to rip off a classic, but the tipping scene from Goodfellas where Mr. Pink argues against tipping shows some of the gaping holes in logic we as an American culture have created regarding the act of tipping.

I'll write more later, but those are my general thoughts.

confused at birth
01-30-2012, 10:46 PM
What the hell kind of person turns off the internet when they go to bed?

I am using his networks wifi as I couldnt afford to keep internet when I was on my own and he set it up the new network when he moved In

There are 3 green lights on the box and its in his room so he kills it(Usually without warning) when he goes to bed and turns it on when he gets up
Its free but can be a pain

Terez
01-30-2012, 10:49 PM
I wrote up a nice summary of what annoys me and what doesn't, but I'm going to forgo that post in lieu of responding to the tipping thing.

Essentially, it boils down to one simple fact for me: waitstaff are guaranteed to earn minimum wage by federal law. Period. If a waitperson (trying to be gender neutral is annoying...) doesn't average in tips plus their base wage, they are entitled to the difference to get up to the total they would have earned if they earned minimum wage for the hours they worked.Yes but 1) people don't get server jobs expecting to make minimum wage (if that was the case then employers would have done away with tip wage a long time ago and just raised the prices on the menu), and 2) most employers only make up your wages on a weekly basis, meaning you don't get minimum wage on a bad day if the rest of the week brings you up to average minimum wage.

Cor Shan
01-30-2012, 11:09 PM
+1 to what yks said about escalators. Luckily, its better than what Terez described, but its not universal.

Sukoto
01-30-2012, 11:10 PM
What annoys me:
People who think they know what they're doing when they have no clue
People who will never admit they are wrong and will never apologize for anything
When someone has a problem with me and I don't know why, and when I try to resolve the problem the other party refuses to talk

What I love:
Breakfast for dinner
Ho-Dukk (Korean pancakes)

The Unreasoner
01-30-2012, 11:16 PM
There are 3 green lights on the box and its in his room so he kills it(Usually without warning) when he goes to bed and turns it on when he gets up
Its free but can be a pain

Why not just throw a towel over it or something? Or is there another reason?

confused at birth
01-30-2012, 11:20 PM
Why not just throw a towel over it or something? Or is there another reason?

I have told him to do that but he doesnt have wifi and it knocks the cable out he also says that he might forget that it was on and it could get hot and catch fire.

I think he is being a twat but free is free and unless the new job app I put in today works out I cannot afford to pay for a seperate network

eht slat meit
01-30-2012, 11:23 PM
Yes but 1) people don't get server jobs expecting to make minimum wage (if that was the case then employers would have done away with tip wage a long time ago and just raised the prices on the menu),

What someone expects and the reality of what they should get are often two entirely different things, and in this case, there's absolutely no reason to believe their expectations are justified. Employers aren't doing that out of goodness of their heart - they're exploiting their customers at the expense of their workers by fostering an entitlement attitude. They aren't giving up profits for it, and in fact directly benefit from refusing to pay their employees minimum wage.

Anything that comes in beyond that minimum is a gratuity, and was never intended to be a replacement for actual wages.

and 2) most employers only make up your wages on a weekly basis, meaning you don't get minimum wage on a bad day if the rest of the week brings you up to average minimum wage.

I'll point out here that all it takes for a server who keeps their own tips to make more than any normal MW earner is two lousy $3 tips in one hour. Add those on to their own $3 MW and they're making more than most starting McDs employees. If they can't even make that much, they're working at a really crappy restaurant or they simply suck so bad that only the most hard-core tippers will justify their unwillingness to work with a tip.

Given that the work of a wait-staff is on average no harder or easier than that of fast-food employees, my sympathies are limited.

Sukoto
01-30-2012, 11:23 PM
I noticed when I was in Europe that there is escalator etiquette over there, which I've never observed in the US. It might be different in big cities, but here people just get on the escalator and expect you to wait if you're behind them.
Oh, escalator etiquette. I had almost forgotten about that. In Paris there are even marked escalator "lanes" in some places. One side for standing and the other for walking.

Sukoto
01-30-2012, 11:27 PM
I have told him to do that but he doesnt have wifi and it knocks the cable out he also says that he might forget that it was on and it could get hot and catch fire.

I think he is being a twat but free is free and unless the new job app I put in today works out I cannot afford to pay for a seperate network
He is being a twat. I leave my cable modem and router on 24-7-365, and they really don't get very hot.

If you're on TL whenever he goes to bed, just type your posts in an offline text editor so you don't lose them. Then you can always just post it in the morning.

confused at birth
01-30-2012, 11:38 PM
Handball is already taken

hum that a pity but it still isnt football if you use your hands.

I know it should be the AHL the American Handjob League

He is being a twat. I leave my cable modem and router on 24-7-365, and they really don't get very hot.



Oh I know I have an electrical systems degree and he just doesn't believe me

yks 6nnetu hing
01-31-2012, 03:14 AM
I noticed when I was in Europe that there is escalator etiquette over there, which I've never observed in the US. It might be different in big cities, but here people just get on the escalator and expect you to wait if you're behind them.

um, the general etiquette is: stand to the right so people who want to pass, can do so on the left (same applies for stairs: right for if you're going slow/need the handrail, left for if you're in a hurry). Which brings me to my secondary escalator-annoyance: people who stand on the escalator, either in the middle of it, or on the left side, making it impossible for anyone to pass without climbing over/weaving around people.

As for tipping, I agree with Gonzo: there is NO excuse for employers who pay slave's wages, even if it is "the system". That said, if the waiter/waitress is on the minimum competence level, I usually tip. I also tip delivery guys, even if I've already paid for my food online. It's usually just an euro or so but from what I understand almost no-one who orders food online and pays online tips the delivery guy, while they do tip if they haven't already paid. Which I find unfair, so I tip in both cases.

GonzoTheGreat
01-31-2012, 05:03 AM
Essentially, it boils down to one simple fact for me: waitstaff are guaranteed to earn minimum wage by federal law. Period. If a waitperson (trying to be gender neutral is annoying...) doesn't average in tips plus their base wage, they are entitled to the difference to get up to the total they would have earned if they earned minimum wage for the hours they worked.

All these arguments about tipping seem to ignore that fundamental point.
Probably because Europeans don't expect the minimum wage to be some sort of polite suggestion; instead they think of it as an actual legal minimum requirement. Over here, employers who get caught with a policy of paying less than the minimum wage actually get into legal trouble.

Based on what you just said, it seems to be entirely legal for American employers to pay less than minimum wage, as long as the employees might manage to find some way of getting extra income. Which, of course, raises a couple of questions:

1. Do they have to pay taxes over those tips, and if so, how is that accounted for?
If the tips are a minor addition to normal wages, this might not be a very relevant issue. But if they may indeed make up half or more of the income, then taxation is something to take into account.

2. In what other jobs can employees also be paid less than minimum wage and then make it up by asking the customers to give them more money?
I know that's how it works in many countries with police officers. Is that the case in the USA too, and if not, why not?

3. Is it actually legally allowed to pay less than the minimum wage, or is that an informal rule which no one has ever bothered to challenge in court?

4. I know that there's a custom of pooling all the tips and then redistributing that money. Is that actually a legal requirement, or is it something that could be abandoned if fashion changes?
If the latter, and individual waiters keep their own tips, then how can the employer figure out who has to get extra payment, and who has already gotten enough in tips?

Terez
01-31-2012, 05:27 AM
1. Do they have to pay taxes over those tips, and if so, how is that accounted for?
If the tips are a minor addition to normal wages, this might not be a very relevant issue. But if they may indeed make up half or more of the income, then taxation is something to take into account.Technically you're supposed to report your tips. If you don't, you have to file a separate form on your taxes and pay a back-owed amount that is, more often than not, a whole hell of a lot less than you would have owed if you'd reported your actual tips. For most people, though, they don't have to pay anything because it's just a deduction from the Earned Income Credit (EIC) refund they get, which is [something] per child. Non-reporting also leads to many more people receiving welfare benefits than actually qualify for it, but I don't have a problem with that most of the time because these are hard-working moms with deadbeat dads, and the system is stacked against them. I have a much larger problem with the ones who are on welfare and thus don't want to wait on any customers when they're at work. At WH you can get away with this because there's always an ass-busting mom willing to take your customers.
Is it actually legally allowed to pay less than the minimum wage, or is that an informal rule which no one has ever bothered to challenge in court?We have two official federal minimum wages: tipped and non-tipped. States sometimes set higher minimum wage numbers. I think that NY, for example, does that. Back to reporting, many places will automatically deduct your taxes for you, and if you are a tipped employee they will deduct based on the non-tipped minimum wage as your actual income even though they only paid you the tipped minimum wage.

I know that there's a custom of pooling all the tips and then redistributing that money. Is that actually a legal requirement, or is it something that could be abandoned if fashion changes?It's not a particularly widespread custom. In my area, only the casinos do this, and that's more because they are anal about controlling money than anything else.

If the latter, and individual waiters keep their own tips, then how can the employer figure out who has to get extra payment, and who has already gotten enough in tips?As far as reporting tips goes...some places make each server keep their tips not in an apron but in a designated receptacle. Technically the manager would then oversee the counting and report the tips for you. Most places are more informal than this. Of course, if you want to make sure they're not cheating you, you have to watch security videos to see if anyone is slipping money in their pockets, and then call the police to conduct a legal search of said pockets. So it's very difficult to maintain a system of accountability for tips.

Terez
01-31-2012, 05:33 AM
What someone expects and the reality of what they should get are often two entirely different things, and in this case, there's absolutely no reason to believe their expectations are justified. Employers aren't doing that out of goodness of their heart - they're exploiting their customers at the expense of their workers by fostering an entitlement attitude. They aren't giving up profits for it, and in fact directly benefit from refusing to pay their employees minimum wage.
Well, one could make the argument that employers could just pay servers minimum wage and raise menu prices to make up for it, which is, of course, exactly what they would do if they were required to pay minimum wage. And then we would see how many people were willing to work that job any longer. Probably very few.

I'll point out here that all it takes for a server who keeps their own tips to make more than any normal MW earner is two lousy $3 tips in one hour. Add those on to their own $3 MW and they're making more than most starting McDs employees.There's a reason why servers make much more than McDs employees. It's an entirely different job.

Given that the work of a wait-staff is on average no harder or easier than that of fast-food employees, my sympathies are limited.Have you ever worked either of these jobs? I've worked both, and I'm pretty sure you have no idea what you're talking about.

Tomp
01-31-2012, 06:50 AM
Also, I hate to rip off a classic, but the tipping scene from Goodfellas where Mr. Pink argues against tipping shows some of the gaping holes in logic we as an American culture have created regarding the act of tipping.


That scene is actually from Resevoir Dogs.

I also am annoyed by people who correct minor mistakes... oh sorry. :)

Davian93
01-31-2012, 08:19 AM
Also, I hate to rip off a classic, but the tipping scene from Goodfellas where Mr. Pink argues against tipping shows some of the gaping holes in logic we as an American culture have created regarding the act of tipping.



This post made my head hurt.


Also, people who annoy me:

THOSE WHO ARE TOO FVCKING CHEAP TO TIP A SERVER AT A RESTAURANT!!!

Khoram
01-31-2012, 08:26 AM
Very much annoyed with people who don't follow proper escalator-etiquette, too. I also hate it when people complain about calls I make when I'm reffing. For most calls, I shrug them off - it comes with the territory. But when you have a guy who complains about everything, every week, then that's going too far. After e threatens to come after you in the parking lot after the game, well, that's the last straw. Needless to say he isn't playing hockey anymore.

On the tipping subject: I don't an have never worked a tipping job, but my brother's a busboy/bartender at a restaurant, and still gets MW, along with on average $40 in tips every day he works, sometimes as high as $100. Those tips come from the communal jar at the end of the night.

And Cor - hockey is absolutely the best game you can name. :D

Terez
01-31-2012, 08:38 AM
Oh, I forgot to mention that actual minimum wage and tip-pooling is far more common in bars than in restaurants, especially in the South.

Figbiscuit
01-31-2012, 08:38 AM
What the hell kind of person turns off the internet when they go to bed?

My mum :rolleyes:

Also further to what yks said about tipping take away delivery drivers, I pretty much always do that. I've never really considered that I do that and yet don't often tip in restaurants. Although there is always the fact that on the rare occasions we actually do go out to eat somewhere I kind of just delegate all that awkward business of paying for food as a man job...

ETA: Oooh, also, what is annoying me today, is being full of cold, and stuck in the office for another four hours with NO WORK TO DO!!

Terez
01-31-2012, 08:39 AM
um, the general etiquette is: stand to the right so people who want to pass, can do so on the left (same applies for stairs: right for if you're going slow/need the handrail, left for if you're in a hurry).Yes, that wasn't hard to figure out. We (being my group of Americans) figured it out very quickly.

Ishara
01-31-2012, 09:39 AM
I noticed when I was in Europe that there is escalator etiquette over there, which I've never observed in the US.

LOL - It's pretty much a universal thing: stand right, walk left. You see it anywhere lots and lots of people use escalators, like commuter hubs especially. hence paris and their clearly marked lanes, which do no more than codify what everyone (should) know anyways!

Davian93
01-31-2012, 10:09 AM
LOL - It's pretty much a universal thing: stand right, walk left. You see it anywhere lots and lots of people use escalators, like commuter hubs especially. hence paris and their clearly marked lanes, which do no more than codify what everyone (should) know anyways!

Its not a European thing, its a city thing. The same etiquette exists in DC and NYC as well as Boston for the metro lines. Stay to the right or expect to get plowed over. Sidewalks are teh same way...get out of the damn way as we're trying to walk.

Davian93
01-31-2012, 10:10 AM
Also further to what yks said about tipping take away delivery drivers, I pretty much always do that.

In the US at least, they pay for their own gas so if you dont tip them, they're losing money.

Also, in the US if you dont tip your server, I wouldnt recommend ever going back to a restaurant. Servers remember the ones that dont tip.

GonzoTheGreat
01-31-2012, 10:35 AM
LOL - It's pretty much a universal thing: stand right, walk left.
It's not quite that way in England, I think, though I can't remember with certainty right now. I do remember that in most places there they've solved the conundrum by making the escalators so narrow that you can't pass, which does indeed take care of the "left or right?" worry.
When you're there, you will notice (fairly quickly, probably) that the escalator on the left is going up, and the one on the right is coming down towards you.

SauceyBlueConfetti
01-31-2012, 10:40 AM
Suggestion: if you don't like your service, tell the manager. Tipping is an individual thing. If service is great, I overtip. Amazing what a little positive energy in the universe can do for someone else's day.

I hate:

- people who park their grocery carts in the middle of the aisle, stand and stare at the spaghetti sauce as if this is the biggest decision of the day and then give me a dirty look when I politely, POLITELY, say pardon me to get around them.
- Uncontrolled children in restaurants
- Those who cannot take their eyes from their cell phones at social events, dinner, etc. If you don't want to be here, go home and play with your phone.
- Bad drivers
- Lazy people
- Visciousness
- Liars
- Dirty dishes in the sink
- Parents that ignore their children and assume others will watch them in group settings

Khoram
01-31-2012, 10:49 AM
- Bad drivers

This. OMG this. I cannot STAND bad drivers - but what I can't stand even more is when cops aren't around to pull them over. I live on a street where people like to speed, and go through stop signs and the like. There was a ginormous pothole in front of my driveway last year that my dad never called in because, although it was annoying for whenever we entered and exited our driveway, at night, when the cars are speeding up the hill, you can hear them hit that pothole hard, and all of a sudden slow down. :evil smiley: It was very satisfying. And it's already starting to come back, so here's to a new season of broken cars that don't belong to me or my family! :D

Davian93
01-31-2012, 10:56 AM
Suggestion: if you don't like your service, tell the manager. Tipping is an individual thing. If service is great, I overtip. Amazing what a little positive energy in the universe can do for someone else's day.



Exactly....if service is so bad you aren't going to tip, tell the damn manager why so he/she has a chance to fix it.

I hate:

- people who park their grocery carts in the middle of the aisle, stand and stare at the spaghetti sauce as if this is the biggest decision of the day and then give me a dirty look when I politely, POLITELY, say pardon me to get around them.

Stop asking, just move their cart. I stopped asking after continually getting dirty looks for being a man in a grocery store. Now I just move their cart and keep going. If they are holding the cart, I am not polite at all because damnit, we know they're just going to pick whichever one is on sale anyway so move on with it already. These same women are the ones that will "accidentally" hit me with their cart when I'm all the way over to one side in an aisle while grabbing something so screw them.


- Uncontrolled children in restaurants

Especially upscale places later at night. You want to eat out with young kids...go to Applebees at 5 pm on a weeknight. Dont go to the fancy French bistro at 9pm on a Fri/Sat night (seen it happen) and then let your dumb 3 year old throw his toys at other patrons while you ignore him. I picked it up and gave it to the maitre d' after he tossed it at our table. The "mother" gave me the nastiest look in the world for daring to not cater to her little monster.

- Those who cannot take their eyes from their cell phones at social events, dinner, etc. If you don't want to be here, go home and play with your phone.

If your phone is on/out during a dinner/social event, you're an a$$hole...unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances like a relative dying at the hospital and you're waiting for the call...otherwise, do you really need to check Facebook at dinner?


- Bad drivers

Yup, just today I cut off this guy after makign a triple pass on double yellow and he gave me the finger for zero reason...what a jerk for taking his hand off the wheel like that...10 & 2 people, 10 & 2

- Dirty dishes in the sink

See, this is a point of contention in the Davian household. I like to soak certain dishes overnight rather than use the dishwasher while my SO scolds me for leaving "the sink full". I think soaking is better than exposing it to the dishwasher which is far more abrasive to the dishes in question. I see them as in a cleaning process while she looks at them as just dirty.


- Parents that ignore their children and assume others will watch them in group settings

Yes, yes 1 million times this. I especially despise it when a parent does this in a public place where they dont even know the other adults around them....they just assume that the entire "village" of the food court or public park, etc will deal with their kid instead of them. The same goes for "parents" of dogs at a public park where they just let them off the leash and ignore it when the dog comes hurtling up at us walking our dogs ON THE LEASH...then the dog follows us all the while the owner is too busy gossiping with her friends to come get her damn dog. Just happened Sunday and I'm still pissed. Seriously, my dogs are trying to attack your dog because it keeps running up to us...COME GET IT AND PUT IT ON THE BLOODY LEASH. I KNOW YOU CAN SEE IT HAPPENING SO STOP IGNORING IT!!!

DahLliA
01-31-2012, 11:03 AM
think what I've learned from this thread so far is that most of us are annoyed by people :p

fdsaf3
01-31-2012, 11:04 AM
That scene is actually from Resevoir Dogs.

Oops! Good catch. My bad.

This post made my head hurt.


Also, people who annoy me:

THOSE WHO ARE TOO FVCKING CHEAP TO TIP A SERVER AT A RESTAURANT!!!

My annoyance is people who presume to have a moral opinion about what others do regarding the optional, and questionable, custom of leaving a tip. I do tip; I simply don't do so as if it were expected of me.

I don't say this to make myself out to have some sort of authority on the subject, but I worked as a waiter, busboy, and barback (essentially a bartender assistant) for a few years. Most of that time, I worked as a minimum-wage earning busboy and barback at a relatively fancy steakhouse. Custom was for waitstaff to split their tips with the busboys/barbacks once they counted out for the night. That didn't always happen, but it was the general expectation that waitstaff split their tips.

I'm not here to have some sort of moral crusade or huge debate on the issue of tipping, though. I just wanted to share my opinion.

Dajoran
01-31-2012, 11:10 AM
People on footpaths (sidewalks?).

I hate it when a group of people all walk down a footpath like the flaming theatrical poster of Reservoir Dogs. You are not all linked like the Monkee's walking - neither do you all require to be in that line to hear each other. Is it a comfort thing? Do you believe that if you are walking behind your friends you have been relegated to a Lesser Friend Zone? What exactly necessitates this need to circumvent the entire footpath dynamic with this annoying human blockade?

If I become President... Walking Licenses.

SauceyBlueConfetti
01-31-2012, 11:17 AM
you have been relegated to a Lesser Friend Zone


hehehe. LFZ.

Sei'taer
01-31-2012, 11:27 AM
People on footpaths (sidewalks?).

I hate it when a group of people all walk down a footpath like the flaming theatrical poster of Reservoir Dogs. You are not all linked like the Monkee's walking - neither do you all require to be in that line to hear each other. Is it a comfort thing? Do you believe that if you are walking behind your friends you have been relegated to a Lesser Friend Zone? What exactly necessitates this need to circumvent the entire footpath dynamic with this annoying human blockade?

If I become President... Walking Licenses.


I tip consistently and in line with service. I worked as a waiter on a job that did not pay an hourly wage. Tips was all you got. It's considered to be commision based employment by the IRS. I did make a shitload of money while I worked there. I was averaging around a grand a week in tips.It was always fun to go to the grocery store with $300 in ones in your pocket.

Reservoir Dogs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-qV9wVGb38) NSFW

- people who park their grocery carts in the middle of the aisle, stand and stare at the spaghetti sauce as if this is the biggest decision of the day and then give me a dirty look when I politely, POLITELY, say pardon me to get around them.

Right there with you.

Know what I hate? Those goddamn self check shitholes at the grocery store. I don't fucking work for you and if I have to check my own shit out, then I should get a discount for it. I refuse to use them...ever. If I want to stand in line and get someone to check out my gallon of milk, and then have the special kid sacking groceries carry it to my car, it's my fucking business. I'll even give him a tip for it. He needs to be on the lot anyways to pick up the carts I leave all over the parking lot because I'M NOT PUTTING THEM IN THE CORRAL FOR YOU!! That's the special kids job. Fucking let 'em do it.

Davian93
01-31-2012, 11:32 AM
Along that vein...this annoys the hell out of me. Every time I try to check out at a grocery store, my bagger magically disappears because as an apparetnly healthy looking 30 year old male, I clearly can bag my own stuff. WTF people. This almost 100% happens if we're both at the store together because clearly there are 2 of us so the bagger can go either help someone else or talk to their friend with no consequences. Its gotten to the point where I just stand there and ignore them until the bag it. Seriously, what other store on earth asks you to bag your own stuff? Why is the grocery store different? I do like the self-check out things for when I run there at lunch but otherwise, they pretty much suck as you have to wait for permission for way too many items or it freezes if you dont immediately put it in the bagging area.

SauceyBlueConfetti
01-31-2012, 11:36 AM
Sort of safe for work: Bleeped Resevoir Dogs (well-Bunnies actually) (http://angryalien.com/0406/reservoirbleepedbuns.asp)

annnnd the NSFW version (http://angryalien.com/0406/reservoirbuns.asp)

Tomp
01-31-2012, 12:33 PM
I'm really annoyed by obvious product placements (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HpIZrOH4zc)in movies and tv shows.

Davian93
01-31-2012, 12:35 PM
I'm really annoyed by obvious product placements (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HpIZrOH4zc)in movies and tv shows.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2099/2217018723_32741f8011.jpg

Its like people only do things because they get paid...and that's just sad.

Tomp
01-31-2012, 12:45 PM
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2099/2217018723_32741f8011.jpg

Its like people only do things because they get paid...and that's just sad.

Yeah, but in Wayne's world they were sarcastic and obvious on purpose.

It's when they are in a "serious" movie that obvious pp:s are distracting and irritating.

Davian93
01-31-2012, 12:50 PM
Yeah, but in Wayne's world they were sarcastic and obvious on purpose.

It's when they are in a "serious" movie that obvious pp:s are distracting and irritating.

I completely agree:

http://images.wikia.com/memoryalpha/en/images/8/8d/Nokia_mobile_telephone.jpg

Seriously...Nokia in freaking Star Trek?!? I kept looking for Apple logos on the Bridge after I saw that.

eht slat meit
01-31-2012, 01:00 PM
Well, one could make the argument that employers could just pay servers minimum wage and raise menu prices to make up for it, which is, of course, exactly what they would do if they were required to pay minimum wage. And then we would see how many people were willing to work that job any longer. Probably very few.

And you know why they don't? It's not out of generosity to the customers, it's because they benefit directly from doing so, and in several ways. I could explain that with a couple of extended arguments, but honestly "bottom line" pretty much says it all. What they're not paying you is going into their own pocket.


There's a reason why servers make much more than McDs employees. It's an entirely different job.


Have you ever worked either of these jobs? I've worked both, and I'm pretty sure you have no idea what you're talking about.

I've worked extensively in fast-food service, and while I haven't worked in the latter, I -do- possess basic observation skills of what I've seen in the workplace, friends and family who've worked as wait-staff, and the basic reading skills to understand what other wait-staff are talking about online when they detail their experiences.

I'm aware that there are differences between the two, but I'm also aware that there are a number of fundamental similarities. It's ultimately food -service- after all.

Rather than going into an extensive list of similarities and differences, perhaps you could tell me what exactly it is you think about being wait-staff that is -so- much harder than working in fast food. Specifics, please.

Crispin's Crispian
01-31-2012, 01:36 PM
Dont you mean to few?
No. I mean there are a shit-ton of men taking erection medication and I seriously doubt there are enough willing partners.


I have some examples but I dont think they would go down well here either.
If it doesn't go down well, you're doing it wrong.


People on footpaths (sidewalks?).



If I become President... Walking Licenses.

Goddamnit. Every Tuesday I do a track workout (intervals) in the morning. The last month or so there has been this couple (lovely, I'm sure) that takes up the first two lanes of the track for their morning constitutional walk. It's not a huge deal, but they clearly don't know that track etiquette demands that slower people use the outer lanes. It's dark, I'm running a lot faster than you, and I'm coming up behind you. Does it not occur to you that this could be a problem?



Stop asking, just move their cart. I stopped asking after continually getting dirty looks for being a man in a grocery store.WTF? Really?

These same women are the ones that will "accidentally" hit me with their cart when I'm all the way over to one side in an aisle while grabbing something so screw them.
hahahaha.... You're so naive.


Especially upscale places later at night. You want to eat out with young kids...go to Applebees at 5 pm on a weeknight. Dont go to the fancy French bistro at 9pm on a Fri/Sat night (seen it happen) and then let your dumb 3 year old throw his toys at other patrons while you ignore him. I picked it up and gave it to the maitre d' after he tossed it at our table. The "mother" gave me the nastiest look in the world for daring to not cater to her little monster.
I don't really disagree, but I have to say some things. I will do so at the end of this post.

See, this is a point of contention in the Davian household. I like to soak certain dishes overnight rather than use the dishwasher while my SO scolds me for leaving "the sink full". I think soaking is better than exposing it to the dishwasher which is far more abrasive to the dishes in question. I see them as in a cleaning process while she looks at them as just dirty. You just keep getting more hilarious. Be honest--you leave the dishes in the sink like everyone else: because it's a pain in the ass to scour off the burnt on cheese or chicken skin right after dinner, and you know if you let it soak it will only take a couple minutes in the morning.


Yes, yes 1 million times this. I especially despise it when a parent does this in a public place where they dont even know the other adults around them....they just assume that the entire "village" of the food court or public park, etc will deal with their kid instead of them.
You know what's annoying to me? Parents who have kids that sit like zombies, or who will do whatever their parents ask from day one. My kids were never like this EVER. My nieces and nephews aren't like this. Few of the kids I know are like this. It's annoying as shit to have your kid be the one making all the noise and knocking shit over, when little Janey over there is quietly cataloging her collection of yoga DVDs.

But somehow this is how all kids are expected to be. And if, god forbid, my son talks a little too loud at dinner, it's my fucking fault for being a terrible, laissez-faire father. I find this complaint comes most often from people who have not ever had to deal with a toddler.

All that said, we don't take our kids out to dinner very often. They are 8 and 6 now, and it's still a challenge. Yes, we feel guilty. Yes, it's embarrassing. And yes, my kids really don't do that badly in comparison. They don't annoy people very often, and they're pretty good most of the time. But guess what--I don't want to take the chance, so I don't go out to dinner. You get your fancy restaurant to yourself.

OK...Rant over. I feel better.


The same goes for "parents" of dogs at a public park where they just let them off the leash and ignore it when the dog comes hurtling up at us walking our dogs ON THE LEASH...then the dog follows us all the while the owner is too busy gossiping with her friends to come get her damn dog. Just happened Sunday and I'm still pissed. Seriously, my dogs are trying to attack your dog because it keeps running up to us...COME GET IT AND PUT IT ON THE BLOODY LEASH. I KNOW YOU CAN SEE IT HAPPENING SO STOP IGNORING IT!!!
OMFG. I cannot agree with you more. Stop telling me "it's OK, he's a friendly dog." Guess what? For all you know, my dog might be trained to kill other dogs. So if your friendly shih-tzu comes sprinting at us at 20 miles/hour, it's going to be lunch. And it's going to be your fault.

And if I trip over your fucking dog while I'm running the trail because you think it would be fun to let your dog off leash right next to the BIG FUCKING SIGN THAT SAYS "DOGS MUST BE ON LEASH," don't complain to me about your dog's vet bill. Do you really think they make those signs and those laws just to restrict your freedom? No, it's because the rest of society doesn't want your dog running two miles ahead tripping people and leaving piles of shit for everyone else to walk through.


Geez...I guess I'm angry today. DAMNIT!!

SauceyBlueConfetti
01-31-2012, 01:50 PM
hahahaha.... You're so naive.

I thought the same thing. lololol Dav, Dav, Dav. Scary women think men at the grocers are fair game. It is, after all, a MEAT market :D

You know what's annoying to me? Parents who have kids that sit like zombies, or who will do whatever their parents ask from day one. My kids were never like this EVER. My nieces and nephews aren't like this. Few of the kids I know are like this. It's annoying as shit to have your kid be the one making all the noise and knocking shit over, when little Janey over there is quietly cataloging her collection of yoga DVDs.


there is a difference between kids being kids...loud vocals, playing, small tantrums, and parents who just IGNORE their children. Those are the ones I was thinking about in my post. I don't let my kid toss his sippy across the room. I don't let him throw food at me. I don't let him grab the waitress as she is pouring hot coffee, or delivering our meals. And yes, if my kid does dissolve into a meltdown tantrum, I get up and remove him. Immediately. I don't let him lie on the floor and beat his widdle hands on the tile. Nor do I let him run, roam and hide in the booths, tables, bathrooms. Empty or not. I don't let him yank table cloths. Right now he is at an age where he doesn't really understand the "quiet time" thing, so we are not attending church with him. A few months and we will try again. But I will not disrupt 200 other folks because my little monster wants to toss his Lion 30 feet and hear his own voice echo in the cathedral. :D

Figbiscuit
01-31-2012, 02:08 PM
think what I've learned from this thread so far is that most of us are annoyed by people :p

:D:D:D

Along that vein...this annoys the hell out of me. Every time I try to check out at a grocery store, my bagger magically disappears because as an apparetnly healthy looking 30 year old male, I clearly can bag my own stuff. WTF people. This almost 100% happens if we're both at the store together because clearly there are 2 of us so the bagger can go either help someone else or talk to their friend with no consequences. Its gotten to the point where I just stand there and ignore them until the bag it. Seriously, what other store on earth asks you to bag your own stuff? Why is the grocery store different? I do like the self-check out things for when I run there at lunch but otherwise, they pretty much suck as you have to wait for permission for way too many items or it freezes if you dont immediately put it in the bagging area.

Wow. I gotta be honest, other people bagging my shopping would REALLY get on my nerves. It's massively unlikely they would pack it sensibly, and what if they put heavy things on top of light things, or meat on top of other items?? Also, what do you do while it's going through the check-out? Just stand there with your hands in your pockets gently whistling? I think I would find that a bit awkward :o

Davian93
01-31-2012, 02:10 PM
I thought the same thing. lololol Dav, Dav, Dav. Scary women think men at the grocers are fair game. It is, after all, a MEAT market

There's a distinct difference between THAT and what I'm talking about. Yes, I get hit on repeatedly at the grocery store...but not by these women. There's a huge difference between "Could you help me get that can from the top shelf?" and the 50-60 year old mean old lady that smashed my ankles with her cart because I'm daring to shop there.

Trust me, I usually know when I'm getting hit on.

Davian93
01-31-2012, 02:16 PM
Wow. I gotta be honest, other people bagging my shopping would REALLY get on my nerves. It's massively unlikely they would pack it sensibly, and what if they put heavy things on top of light things, or meat on top of other items?? Also, what do you do while it's going through the check-out? Just stand there with your hands in your pockets gently whistling? I think I would find that a bit awkward

One, I put it on the conveyer belt in the order I want it bagged and two, most baggers know the basics of how to bag things...at least in the US.

As for what I do? I watch them scan things and make sure the right price comes up and that they dont double scan something. Lots of times, that has happened...or they've typed in the sku for the fruit/vegetables wrong and I get charged $13.99 a lb for the exotic organic kiwis I didnt buy when there are clearly tomatoes in the bag on the scale.

Honestly it comes down to the fact that I have back issues and bagging can hurt like hell depending on the day so I dont like the assumption that I can bag just because I'm a guy.

You know what's annoying to me? Parents who have kids that sit like zombies, or who will do whatever their parents ask from day one. My kids were never like this EVER. My nieces and nephews aren't like this. Few of the kids I know are like this. It's annoying as shit to have your kid be the one making all the noise and knocking shit over, when little Janey over there is quietly cataloging her collection of yoga DVDs.

But somehow this is how all kids are expected to be. And if, god forbid, my son talks a little too loud at dinner, it's my fucking fault for being a terrible, laissez-faire father. I find this complaint comes most often from people who have not ever had to deal with a toddler.

All that said, we don't take our kids out to dinner very often. They are 8 and 6 now, and it's still a challenge. Yes, we feel guilty. Yes, it's embarrassing. And yes, my kids really don't do that badly in comparison. They don't annoy people very often, and they're pretty good most of the time. But guess what--I don't want to take the chance, so I don't go out to dinner. You get your fancy restaurant to yourself.



Its all about the time and place of it. If I go out to eat early at a low to mid range $$ place, I completely expect to see kids and that's the norm. When we go out later on a weekend to a higher end place, the kids (or in this case, the baby) needs to be home with the babysitter...especially if its throwing toys at other diners and the mother is doing her best to just completely ignore it instead of parenting.

There's a huge difference in expectations between the Macaroni Grill/Olive Garden level of dining and the local Trattoria that requires reservations in advance for a table...at least for me.

confused at birth
01-31-2012, 02:25 PM
That scene is actually from Resevoir Dogs.



the only good thing in Reservoir Dogs was Little Green Bag

And Cor - hockey is absolutely the best game you can name.

I can name three better =
Hitman Contracts
Splinter Cell
Syphon Filter 2

Oh, I forgot to mention that actual minimum wage and tip-pooling is far more common in bars than in restaurants, especially in the South.

We did this at the restaurant I worked at and it was a good thing as I often got way larger tips than the others and might not have survived the summer.

It's not quite that way in England,

Um it was when I lived there it might have been reversed I cant remember but we did have that system

I do remember that in most places there they've solved the conundrum by making the escalators so narrow that you can't pass,

Since most were built when fat bulging slobs were rare this may not be by design

Stop asking, just move their cart.

I have I now just rest the cart against their legs and stand there tapping my foot until they move

No. I mean there are a shit-ton of men taking erection medication and I seriously doubt there are enough willing partners.

well if that was the case American Pie shows us that the sales of apple pie would be skyrocketing so they have to finding someone

If it doesn't go down well, you're doing it wrong.


Well when the you say it before thinking you come out with something that either means you are sleeping with a mans 17 year old daughter or she is ignoring the families religion and both make him angry

Figbiscuit
01-31-2012, 02:28 PM
One, I put it on the conveyer belt in the order I want it bagged and two, most baggers know the basics of how to bag things...at least in the US.

As for what I do? I watch them scan things and make sure the right price comes up and that they dont double scan something. Lots of times, that has happened...or they've typed in the sku for the fruit/vegetables wrong and I get charged $13.99 a lb for the exotic organic kiwis I didnt buy when there are clearly tomatoes in the bag on the scale.

Honestly it comes down to the fact that I have back issues and bagging can hurt like hell depending on the day so I dont like the assumption that I can bag just because I'm a guy.



Maybe I am ruined by the fact that the only time there's ever anyone there to bag your shopping in the UK, it's normally a small child raising money for a new Scout hut roof, or MS or some such thing. Which I'm quite happy to donate towards, but not at the expense of getting my eggs crushed by them throwing a box of washing powder on top, or some other horrific packing misdemeanour. And I always check my receipt before I leave the store.

Bagging is just not a job we offer in this country. Maybe I should write to Mr Morrison or Mr Sainsburys and suggest it. Or even Mr Asda, although you'd think he'd know about it, as he's also Mr Walmart. Anyway it could help a few folk find a job during these difficult economic times.

tworiverswoman
01-31-2012, 03:05 PM
I love this thread. It's been hilarious.

Dav, I have to take from most of your posts that you live/shop in a large city or something. I don't recognize most of the problems you seem to run into as happening in any of the places I've ever lived, but I've never lived in a big city. With the exception of parents who ignore ill-behaved kids in a restaurant -- that one must be universal.

But the rest of it just makes me shake my head. Or maybe it's just Hawaii. Shopping here is usually an activity I enjoy, because MOST of the people in my local Safeway are nice people. If someone's blocking the aisle and sees me waiting patiently for them to move, I ALWAYS get an "Oh, I'm sorry!" and a rapid shift of the cart. People volunteer to get stuff off high shelves for me if they see me eyeing it with that flummoxed look us short people get in the tall person's world. I've never seen anyone treat anyone else with the kind of outright rudeness you describe. Hitting you with their cart? wtf?

Lessee, what do I hate?

Drivers who speed up as soon as you indicate you want to switch to their lane.
Bosses who say "I don't pay you to think." and other idiot remarks.
People who post to threads without previewing to catch the OBVIOUS mistakes. Like missing words.
Macy's radio ads. Can they get any MORE conspicuous consumption oriented?
Most locally produced ads. Bad, bad, bad yikes bad

Davian93
01-31-2012, 03:16 PM
Dav, I have to take from most of your posts that you live/shop in a large city or something. I don't recognize most of the problems you seem to run into as happening in any of the places I've ever lived, but I've never lived in a big city. With the exception of parents who ignore ill-behaved kids in a restaurant -- that one must be universal.


Nope, I live in a small rural town next to a college town. My in-town grocery store is exactly as you describe and they always have baggers and everyone is polite. The box store grocery store next to my work where I do the majority of my shopping is filled with upper middle class suburbanite females who think the world revolves around them and their needs...thus as a man I should cater to every whim they have. Their day consists of taking their kids to school in their tank-like SUVs, going to Starbucks for that Grande latte, hitting the Spinning class for 5 min at the gym, going back to Starbucks for another Latte, doing some shopping, then picking up their kids from school in those same tank-like SUVs and hitting the grocery store right as I'm going there after work (4:30ish-5pm) with their spawn. Many of these women must lead fairly boring lives as they seemingly do hit on me quite a bit at the grocery store despite being a solid 10 years older than me (which would be intriguing in some cases were I single and its the better looking ones) but its the older women and the ones on their phones in the store that are oblivious that annoy me the most.

Ishara
01-31-2012, 03:22 PM
For the record, while I mostly enjoy grocery shopping with the DH, I really enjoy going by myself, later in the evening (say, after 8 pm). I pop in my headphones, wander the aisles slowly or briskly, as the mood takes me, load the conveyor with things in the proper order (one of the vestiges of my 2 hours as a grocery store cashier is the lesson on bagging - do it right, dammit!), help to bag or bag myself (and know it's done properly to a weight tolerance I can handle and off I go! There's something very peaceful about it all...LOL.

Crispin's Crispian
01-31-2012, 03:25 PM
Nope, I live in a small rural town next to a college town. My in-town grocery store is exactly as you describe and they always have baggers and everyone is polite. The box store grocery store next to my work where I do the majority of my shopping is filled with upper middle class suburbanite females who think the world revolves around them and their needs...thus as a man I should cater to every whim they have. Their day consists of taking their kids to school in their tank-like SUVs, going to Starbucks for that Grande latte, hitting the Spinning class for 5 min at the gym, going back to Starbucks for another Latte, doing some shopping, then picking up their kids from school in those same tank-like SUVs and hitting the grocery store right as I'm going there after work (4:30ish-5pm) with their spawn. Many of these women must lead fairly boring lives as they seemingly do hit on me quite a bit at the grocery store despite being a solid 10 years older than me (which would be intriguing in some cases were I single and its the better looking ones) but its the older women and the ones on their phones in the store that are oblivious that annoy me the most.We do our shopping on the weekends, most of the time, but even on weekdays I've never been hit with a cart. That's insane. I might not be as handsome as you, though, Dav. If I've been hit on, I don't notice. Surely I just haven't noticed, right?

However, I have shopped in cities, suburbs, and relatively small towns, and all of them have idiot people who have no clue what they're doing: blocking the aisle, standing in front of stuff for 30 minutes, etc. The worst is Trader Joes, which is usually found in the 'burbs, and really only on the west coast. We usually don't bother to shop there on weekends, because it is insanely busy, they have tiny aisles, and it's chock full of people perusing instead of shopping.

Which is funny, because TJs is really the one place where I have very specific favorite things I want to pick out. I always get them whenever I go there, and don't have to search around. But I'll be damned if every 45-year-old WASP in town doesn't forget her shopping list when she goes there.

Davian93
01-31-2012, 03:33 PM
They have Trader Joes in Mass too...I used to live right near one. Really miss Trader Joes. They are exactly as you describe though.


Also, on line with Ishara...I used to love shopping around 10 pm at the 24 hr grocery store. We'd go there and have almost the entire store to ourselves with no annoying people. Unless you wanted fresh lunchmeat, it was the perfect time to go. Of course, that was in the days of oddball shifts...many many years in the past.

Also, to clarify the bagging thing...its not that they wont bag period, its that they seemingly bag everyone elses but me. I also put the items on the belt in the exact way they should be bagged from experience so I try to make it easy for them.

Davian93
01-31-2012, 03:36 PM
We do our shopping on the weekends, most of the time, but even on weekdays I've never been hit with a cart. That's insane. I might not be as handsome as you, though, Dav. If I've been hit on, I don't notice. Surely I just haven't noticed, right?



The grocery store isnt as bad as when I walk my two Scottish Terriers by myself. I do that sometimes on days where my SO has class and I'm off work so I'll drop her off and then walk them around for the few hours she's in class...at least in nice weather. Seriously, if I were single...

Ishara/SBC, why do women hit on guys walking dogs and shopping in a grocery store?

confused at birth
01-31-2012, 04:07 PM
People who post to threads without previewing to catch the OBVIOUS mistakes. Like missing words.


_______ words?
I cant ___ any missing _____.:D

yks 6nnetu hing
01-31-2012, 04:14 PM
Ishara/SBC, why do women hit on guys walking dogs and shopping in a grocery store?

I have NO idea

Terez
01-31-2012, 05:03 PM
Its not a European thing, its a city thing. The same etiquette exists in DC and NYC as well as Boston for the metro lines. Stay to the right or expect to get plowed over. Sidewalks are teh same way...get out of the damn way as we're trying to walk.I have spent a fair amount of time in southern cities, and I've never observed the phenomenon before.

tworiverswoman
01-31-2012, 05:17 PM
On the tipping thing - I mostly tip between 15-25%, depending on service, but if they SERIOUSLY irritate me, I leave one penny. That makes it clear that I didn't just forget. This has happened exactly twice, so I'm not really an ogre. I just expect a basic minimum of what they were hired to do -- take my order reasonably quickly, bring it to me when it's ready, check back AT LEAST ONCE to see that I'm satisfied, and bring the tab when I've asked for it. Refilling glasses and stuff is what raises it that extra 5%.

There's a restaurant near my job (read: less than two miles away) that is oddly popular for business luncheons and stuff. I've been there four times in 27 years: two Secretary's Day luncheons, and twice because a friend took me for lunch. Each and every time the food's been meh at best, and just this side of inedible at worst, and the service AWFUL. Plus the booths are made for under-nourished orientals. No one will EVERY call me under-nourished, alas. I take one look and and ask for a table. I suspect the person seating me of ulterior motives, like crushing my abdomen so I don't actually eat anything - then she won't have to bother with me.... Yet the place has the same "atmosphere" (read: dark) as Hi's Steak House, where a hamburger costs $20.

Some people call it "romantic lighting," I just wonder if they're trying to hide the food.



Back on topic, I hate smarmy political ads. I can't decide which is worse, the mud-slinging ones, or the heroic pose ones. Actually, those almost make me laugh out loud, they're so ... over the top.

I'd love to vote for a politician who's running on the platform of winnowing out intrusive, unneeded laws. Seriously. Also, every law passed should have a sunset date. EVERY law. After x years, if it doesn't get re-upped, it elapses.

Cor Shan
01-31-2012, 06:18 PM
So the Herman Cain ads were not to your liking?

SauceyBlueConfetti
01-31-2012, 09:09 PM
Ishara/SBC, why do women hit on guys walking dogs and shopping in a grocery store?

A guy with a dog shows he has:
time for something other than himself, his mom, sports, his car
ability to think of others before himself
a good heart

Grocery Guys:
better odds that he is single, unless there are diapers in the cart
you can check out his basket, tells a lot about a guy
he likely can cook, or not
he has enough money to buy wine, or too much beer
he isnt drunk, hopefully
you can check out his car in the lot (less chance of serial killers)
conversation is easier to start...hey can you hand me that artichoke? have you tried that sauce? where is the laundry detergent?
bat bat batting of eyes is more innocent at the grocer than at the bar

I am guessing ;)

Sei'taer
01-31-2012, 09:17 PM
A guy with a dog shows he has:
time for something other than himself, his mom, sports, his car
ability to think of others before himself
a good heart

Grocery Guys:
better odds that he is single, unless there are diapers in the cart
you can check out his basket, tells a lot about a guy
he likely can cook, or not
he has enough money to buy wine, or too much beer
he isnt drunk, hopefully
you can check out his car in the lot (less chance of serial killers)
conversation is easier to start...hey can you hand me that artichoke? have you tried that sauce? where is the laundry detergent?
bat bat batting of eyes is more innocent at the grocer than at the bar

I am guessing ;)

Riiighhhhhht




Some of us get hit on everywhere. People at work make fun of me for having so many "work girlfriends" because I get hit on so much. Oh well, that's how my life goes. Women love me. They even play scrabble with me while I'm on the shitter...that's the burden good looking guys carry. It's really tough, y'know.

cindy
01-31-2012, 10:22 PM
think what I've learned from this thread so far is that most of us are annoyed by people :p



yes.... that sums it up for me.

fdsaf3
02-01-2012, 01:52 AM
I hate grocery shopping so much that I can only rally the internal strength necessary to do it if I literally have no other food in the house. Last week before I went to the grocery store my meals consisted of eating a plain bagel and some almost-bad apples for dinner two nights in a row.

I look forward to the day I get married to someone who doesn't mind going to the grocery store. I will do almost anything (in reality, between us as friends, I really mean that I would do anything) to have her do the grocery shopping so I don't have to. I'll do any number of unpleasant household chores. I don't care. Just keep me out of the grocery store.

I've even asked my current girlfriend if she would go to the grocery store with a list and my credit card. She said she might, but we haven't done that yet.

It's not so much that being at the grocery store annoys me, either. I can't give you a reasonable or logical explanation of why I feel the way I do. It's just one of those things, I guess.

Figbiscuit
02-01-2012, 06:05 AM
I hate grocery shopping so much that I can only rally the internal strength necessary to do it if I literally have no other food in the house. Last week before I went to the grocery store my meals consisted of eating a plain bagel and some almost-bad apples for dinner two nights in a row.

I look forward to the day I get married to someone who doesn't mind going to the grocery store. I will do almost anything (in reality, between us as friends, I really mean that I would do anything) to have her do the grocery shopping so I don't have to. I'll do any number of unpleasant household chores. I don't care. Just keep me out of the grocery store.

I've even asked my current girlfriend if she would go to the grocery store with a list and my credit card. She said she might, but we haven't done that yet.

It's not so much that being at the grocery store annoys me, either. I can't give you a reasonable or logical explanation of why I feel the way I do. It's just one of those things, I guess.

Just like me but with washing up. I will happily go to the store with your credit card tho?

Davian93
02-01-2012, 08:24 AM
Just like me but with washing up. I will happily go to the store with your credit card tho?


Sounds like we have another Theoryland match...:D

Ishara
02-01-2012, 09:27 AM
The grocery store isnt as bad as when I walk my two Scottish Terriers by myself. I do that sometimes on days where my SO has class and I'm off work so I'll drop her off and then walk them around for the few hours she's in class...at least in nice weather. Seriously, if I were single...

Ishara/SBC, why do women hit on guys walking dogs and shopping in a grocery store?

A guy with a dog shows he has:
time for something other than himself, his mom, sports, his car
ability to think of others before himself
a good heart

Grocery Guys:
better odds that he is single, unless there are diapers in the cart
you can check out his basket, tells a lot about a guy
he likely can cook, or not
he has enough money to buy wine, or too much beer
he isnt drunk, hopefully
you can check out his car in the lot (less chance of serial killers)
conversation is easier to start...hey can you hand me that artichoke? have you tried that sauce? where is the laundry detergent?
bat bat batting of eyes is more innocent at the grocer than at the bar

I am guessing ;)

And, yup! The opportunity to strike up conversation at the grocery store is bar none (hence my wearing of earphones, LOL), and can give you a few seconds to scope the contents of his cart. Now I'm making a gemeralization that will annoy you here Dav, but GENERALLY a guy with all prepared/ processed foods is single and a guy with organic food(ours is labelled with a purple tag or sticker, so it's easy to tell), vegetables beyond carrots and onions, and bread that's not wonder bread texas toast are not single.

And who doesn't like a guy who loves his dogs? Sociopaths, that's who.

LOL@fdsaf - I have been known to actually trade grilled cheese for not cleaning nasty-ass posts and pans or things that grew friends in the fridge. I see no problem with the arrangement, and neither does the DH. ;)

Terez
02-01-2012, 10:33 AM
Differences between fast-food job and serving:

The hardest job at a fast-food restaurant is drive-through. Or at least, it was before two-window service became common; it's still the hardest when only one window is open. You sit there, you take orders, you go get the orders, take the money, and send them off. At McDonald's, that's the hard job.

Servers have to take orders, go put in the order, make several trips to the table to bring drinks, food, check on customers, run and get stuff they want, refill drinks, etc. You have to do this for several tables at once. In my job we had to bus our own tables and wash our own dishes too, and the sidework is often quite extensive. Furthermore, customers have quite a different attitude at sit-in restaurants. They expect you to wait on them hand and foot, and often treat you as being sub-human. Many have no appreciation for how hard the job is, and no consideration for how much time it wastes when they send you running for one thing after another (instead of figuring it all out at once). I'm not talking about needs you are trained to anticipate, either.

It's not even comparable.

PS - I think I must be a sociopath...

GonzoTheGreat
02-01-2012, 10:38 AM
I think I must be a sociopath...
Only an amateur one, a pro wouldn't tell anyone else.

SauceyBlueConfetti
02-01-2012, 10:41 AM
They even play scrabble with me while I'm on the shitter...that's the burden good looking guys carry. It's really tough, y'know.

Who woulda thunk you could feed a man's ego by playing WwFs while he is on the crapper?

Ahhhh, Life, so easily explained.

eht slat meit
02-01-2012, 12:05 PM
Differences between fast-food job and serving:

The hardest job at a fast-food restaurant is drive-through. Or at least, it was before two-window service became common; it's still the hardest when only one window is open. You sit there, you take orders, you go get the orders, take the money, and send them off. At McDonald's, that's the hard job.

It sounds like you either worked under a very efficient store manager, or the jobs in McDonalds operate under a clear set of compartmentalized duties. Those places I worked at, it wasn't simply a matter of working "on Drive-thru", you had to know each and be able to work all of the positions, because staffing was kept at such tight levels as to demand it. You didn't just get to hang out on a register, or keep the lobby clean, or zone out making orders.

At any time, you might be expected to work at the register, prepare orders on the line, clean the lobby, bathrooms or parking lot, prepare food to be taken to the line, and so on. Like SubWay, except on a larger scale.

In short, you work where your presence is needed, and you work constantly. You don't hang out and shoot the shit until customers come, you go from one position to the next, you wash your hands, get on line, make up that order, take that order to the window, smile and take the money, serve the customer, then you go make sure your line is clean and that you have enough backup food.

Your fast food experience sounds like a reasonably positive one. Mine was not. It was hard work, though no harder and no easier than the duties I've observed from wait-staff.

It probably depends on the job. Places I've eaten
have also had the same diversity in compartmentalized duties - some had a busboy, a cook, and a register operator, with the only duties the wait-staff performing being that to actually wait on the customers, maybe clearing tables if the busser was on break.

Others, they do all that you've mentioned.

It's not a simple matter of "wait-staffing is hard" and "fast food is easy" because all jobs in those industries are not created equal, and vary wildly from company to company.

To make the comparison, you actually have to look closely and find places that operate in the same fashion. McDonald's might not be one of those. The place I worked was. It gets worse with management, where you are working for marginally more pay to do -everything-, making nowhere near as much as average wait-staff to do every bit as much and more work.

In any service industry, you are catering to the whim of the customers. You can go to a website like "notalwaysright.com" (hilarious stuff) and see just how universal the bad attitudes and attempting to anticipate and work around personal social retardation can be.

Figbiscuit
02-01-2012, 01:55 PM
Sounds like we have another Theoryland match...:D

Unlikely, once I'd got back home with the till receipt, I'm not the most economic food shopper in the world :rolleyes:

Verin Mathwin
02-01-2012, 01:59 PM
I've never worked a job where I have had to wait tables, but I have worked fast food. I don't think I've ever been treated worse in my life... and I had pretty abusive parents. It was a terrible experience. The customers would treat you like complete shit, and this was in the South. I thought Southerners were supposed to be nice.

confused at birth
02-01-2012, 02:03 PM
I'm not the most economic food shopper in the world

Sure you are, you are doing your best to support the global economy one shopping trip at a time.

It is an important job and you should be proud of yourself for taking time out of your day to fix the world.

confused at birth
02-01-2012, 03:11 PM
Weekly TV shows ARGH I HATE THEM

Just when the story starts making sense and you have been pulled in and you want to KILL the bad guy more than anything else in your life then

To Be Continued

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

I want to see Tsukishima get his head ripped off now not wait until next tuesday, I won't be angry at him next tuesday please don't stop the show yet!

The Unreasoner
02-01-2012, 05:38 PM
think what I've learned from this thread so far is that most of us are annoyed by people :p

This will probably come as a shock to most Theorylanders, but I'm sort of an ass in real life.

Cor Shan
02-01-2012, 06:37 PM
Deciding to have a nap, then spending the whole time in sleep paralysis and dream that people are shouting at you to get up.

SonofElvis
02-01-2012, 06:44 PM
I'm going with the fact that My previous post on here didn't stay.

Ivhon
02-01-2012, 06:45 PM
Deciding to have a nap, then spending the whole time in sleep paralysis and dream that people are shouting at you to get up.

Really? This makes your list? I think you may need some help...

Davian93
02-01-2012, 07:19 PM
I'm going with the fact that My previous post on here didn't stay.

SoE!!!!

Welcome back.

Cor Shan
02-01-2012, 07:42 PM
Really? This makes your list? I think you may need some help...

As in: that might be a serious medical issue
or: god your life is trivial?

tworiverswoman
02-01-2012, 08:30 PM
Either Tam is monitoring the boards today/yesterday and got REALLY efficient or there is magic in the world. I'll go with the magic.

Mention the man and he appears....

Welcome back, SoE :) (and no, you don't actually know me.... I arrived after you vanished.)

SonofElvis
02-01-2012, 09:04 PM
To repost my previous failed attempt:

eye no ewe mite not bye it, but I hate spellcheck. Your rite, it tolled me sew.

SonofElvis
02-01-2012, 09:04 PM
Oh yeah, and thanks Tworiverwoman! May I call you trw? I'm lazy.

fdsaf3
02-01-2012, 10:32 PM
Unlikely, once I'd got back home with the till receipt, I'm not the most economic food shopper in the world :rolleyes:

Money isn't the issue. It's going to the store that's the problem.

SonofElvis
02-01-2012, 10:34 PM
Money isn't the issue. It's going to the store that's the problem.

More cities need Pink Dot.

Khoram
02-01-2012, 10:46 PM
Either Tam is monitoring the boards today/yesterday and got REALLY efficient or there is magic in the world. I'll go with the magic.

Mention the man and he appears....

Welcome back, SoE :) (and no, you don't actually know me.... I arrived after you vanished.)

He's a wizard, Harry! :D

Terez
02-01-2012, 10:54 PM
Oh yeah, and thanks Tworiverwoman! May I call you trw? I'm lazy.We call her Tru.

tworiverswoman
02-01-2012, 11:54 PM
We call her Tru.Which is just a pronounceable way of saying "TRW" -- and which was a reaction to having someone in chat call me "TWW" (Two Wivers Woman? Elmer Fudd, anyone?) I've gotten so used to "Tru" from the people I voice chat with that it always startles me when one of them uses my real name.

Sei'taer
02-02-2012, 12:02 AM
Which is just a pronounceable way of saying "TRW" -- and which was a reaction to having someone in chat call me "TWW" (Two Wivers Woman? Elmer Fudd, anyone?) I've gotten so used to "Tru" from the people I voice chat with that it always startles me when one of them uses my real name.

You should see me at Jordancon trying to translate people's nicks into real names. I think I only used real names about half the time.

fdsaf3
02-02-2012, 12:13 AM
I think mine is one you'd be forced to abandon in lieu of my real name. I'm ok with this.

The Great Serpent
02-02-2012, 12:32 AM
"Fidsaf"? What's hard about that?

SoE only came back to TL because he had to move to Wisconsin.

yks 6nnetu hing
02-02-2012, 02:29 AM
I think mine is one you'd be forced to abandon in lieu of my real name. I'm ok with this.

um... I always think of you as Saf or Saffy (pronounced to rhyme with Buffy)

Also, welcome back SoE!

GonzoTheGreat
02-02-2012, 05:21 AM
Which is just a pronounceable way of saying "TRW" -- ...
To be fair to SoE, Trw is eminently pronounceable too. At least, it is to those who now and then are exposed to Welsh.

Zombie Sammael
02-02-2012, 07:35 AM
I have nicknames in my head for about half the people on this board, but I'm reluctant to use them when interacting with them unless I've already asked for permission. I think of Tworiverswoman as Tru, Fdsaf3 as Saffy (pronounced to rhyme with daffy), confused at birth as Confused, Crispin's Crispian as either Crispian or SDog depending on how old school I'm feeling, Gilshalos as Gil (although not every is apparently allowed to call her that), etc.

For my own part, you can call me by any of the names in my sig (or, indeed, my Twitter handle) but to say my true name is to draw my attention, and that would be very bad luck indeed.

Daekyras
02-02-2012, 07:35 AM
Things that annoy me:
A lot of things that annoy me have been covered but there is one thing that is perfect for this thread:

Constant Trolls.

I mean people on forums that think that every post they make has to be a troll post. God damn, it can be funny, but when it's every post that you make? Aghhhhhhh!

Also, completely unconnected, I have played soccer to a relatively high level, some rugby, a little american football and some very tough combat sports.

American Football is very tough to play and also one of the most perfect team sports ever created. In fact if you don't perform your role in american football, your team will lose.

Very few sports are like this as others can take up the slack.

SonofElvis
02-02-2012, 11:17 AM
SoE only came back to TL because he had to move to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin makes Theoryland seem warm.

And what's a Troll post?

confused at birth
02-02-2012, 01:58 PM
I have nicknames in my head for about half the people on this board, but I'm reluctant to use them when interacting with them unless I've already asked for permission. I think of Tworiverswoman as Tru, Fdsaf3 as Saffy (pronounced to rhyme with daffy), confused at birth as Confused, Crispin's Crispian as either Crispian or SDog depending on how old school I'm feeling, Gilshalos as Gil, etc.


Just quote them in your reply then you dont have to use a name

It is easier to just not use any names at all I dont think I have called a person by name in real life for nearly 2 years unless I am talking to someone else and even then I am just going to point if they are in the room.
I dont remember names anyway so unless you are a VS model or in the news every day for a month I probably just dont know your name or you didnt get my attention quickly enough so I wasnt listening when you were introduced to me.

Confused and C@B are normal for me so I dont mind them. I am just glad that even after using it for 2 years no one has ever asked where it came from:D

And what's a Troll post?

The columns used to support bridges that trolls lean against while they are waiting for their next victim to arrive

Figbiscuit
02-02-2012, 03:00 PM
I grant you all permission to call me Fig :p

And I'm pretty sure that I'm allowed to call Gilshalos, Gil. I think :eek: The thing about lurking on a public message board, is that by the time you join you feel like you already know everyone, despite them having no idea who you are. So in my head you long-timers are all Dav, Gil, T, Z, Tru, 'Taer and so on and so forth...or at least that's how it is for me.

Gilshalos Sedai
02-02-2012, 03:03 PM
I grant you all permission to call me Fig :p

And I'm pretty sure that I'm allowed to call Gilshalos, Gil. I think :eek: The thing about lurking on a public message board, is that by the time you join you feel like you already know everyone, despite them having no idea who you are. So in my head you long-timers are all Dav, Gil, T, Z, Tru, 'Taer and so on and so forth...or at least that's how it is for me.

Yes, Fig, you can.

I started restricting usage of my nicknames because some former posters (no, not just Sinistrum -- I think most of you old timers would know of whom I'm speaking) would use "Gilly" or "Gil" in a derogatory fashion when they (he) wanted to condescend to me.

So, yeah, I started pitching a fit.

Figbiscuit
02-02-2012, 03:05 PM
Yes, Fig, you can.


Mwah xx

Cor Shan
02-02-2012, 03:07 PM
WAIT

Crispian is SDog?

Maybe I shouldnt take a 4 year break from a messageboard.

Khoram
02-02-2012, 03:11 PM
How I think of everybody and how I post towards everybody are two completely different things for the most part. I haven't been here nearly long enough to, say, call Gilshalos Sedai "Gil".

And mine is a little more difficult to shorten, but I've been known to go by Khor. :D Which, granted, would be confusing if you were talking to both Cor and I in person. ;)

Ivhon
02-02-2012, 03:49 PM
Yes, Fig, you can.

I started restricting usage of my nicknames because some former posters (no, not just Sinistrum -- I think most of you old timers would know of whom I'm speaking) would use "Gilly" or "Gil" in a derogatory fashion when they (he) wanted to condescend to me.

So, yeah, I started pitching a fit.

But only I get to call you "Gillywobbles" - cuz, you know I got nothin but love

Sei'taer
02-02-2012, 04:29 PM
But only I get to call you "Gillywobbles" - cuz, you know I got nothin but love

And only some of us can call you "Jennifer"

Ivhon
02-02-2012, 04:37 PM
And only some of us can call you "Jennifer"

very true. very true.

Tomp
02-02-2012, 04:59 PM
And Tomp is actually short for Bob. :rolleyes:

Not really. ;)

confused at birth
02-02-2012, 05:08 PM
Tomp is actually short for Bob.

But Bob is another way of saying Kate which means you would be married to Lord Flashheart and have no time to post online

Tomp
02-02-2012, 05:15 PM
But Bob is another way of saying Kate which means you would be married to Lord Flashheart and have no time to post online

I wonder how many here got where that joke is from? ;)

Gilshalos Sedai
02-02-2012, 05:19 PM
But only I get to call you "Gillywobbles" - cuz, you know I got nothin but love

I'm fairly certain Bryan gets to call me whatever he wants. :D

confused at birth
02-02-2012, 05:25 PM
All those without a pair of underpants on their head and two pencils up shoved their nose will understand

You need only look at them to see they are as sane as I am. Baaah!

Ivhon
02-02-2012, 05:27 PM
I'm fairly certain Bryan gets to call me whatever he wants. :D

Well, given, of course

Tomp
02-02-2012, 05:38 PM
All those without a pair of underpants on their head and two pencils up shoved their nose will understand

You need only look at them to see they are as sane as I am. Baaah!

At least the ones without Poo Poo.

The first rule of counter espionage darling is to suspect everyone.
Beleive me, I'm going to ask myself some pretty searching questions later on.

Sarevok
02-02-2012, 05:44 PM
Welcome back, SoE :) (and no, you don't actually know me.... I arrived after you vanished.)

Not quite true, since I remember SoE, and you were raised to Elder about a month after I joined.

So in my head you long-timers are all Dav, Gil, T, Z, Tru, 'Taer and so on and so forth...
I love how you lump Tru in with people that must have been Heroes and one ancient when she got here...

confused at birth
02-02-2012, 05:45 PM
The first rule of counter espionage darling is to suspect everyone.


So, in the name of security, sir, everyone who enters the room has to have his bottom fondled by this drooling pervert.

Only doing my job.

Oh, well, how lucky you are, then, that your job is also your hobby.


How did they know the future?


All right, sir. Erm, I spy with my litle eye something beginning with `R'.

Army!

For God's sake! `Army' starts with an `A'. He's looking for something that starts with an `R'. RRRrrrrr!

Motorbike!

What?

A motorbike starts with a RRRRRrrrrrrrrrm! RRRRRRrrrrrrrrrr--'

Gilshalos Sedai
02-02-2012, 05:51 PM
Well, given, of course

Well, you did say "only." :D

Tomp
02-02-2012, 05:54 PM
Oh Cabby. You gave away names there.

Me, I'm carving my name in a bullet.

Am about to shoot a speckled pigeon and write a short note to a girl.
How about this:
Tally ho, my fine saucy young trollop.
Trip along here with all your cash and some naughty night attire.
And you'll be staring at the bedroom ceiling from now til christmas you lucky tart.
Yours with the deepest respect etc.
/Bob

Well, what do you think?

Zombie Sammael
02-02-2012, 05:56 PM
Tell me young crone, is this Putney?

confused at birth
02-02-2012, 05:59 PM
Oh Cabby. You gave away names there.


Yes I didnt notice until after I posted but I got rid of them.
It does look like you missed my reply to the names comment though

Well, what do you think?

Well, we have to have some secrets, don't we, Darling...

Trip along here with all your cash and some naughty night attire.


And if you come back with the information, Darling will pump you thoroughly in the debriefing room.

tworiverswoman
02-02-2012, 06:00 PM
I love the way the rest of the board are completely ignoring you two... Care to identify your source material? Sounds Doctor Whoish, or something like. Red Dwarf?

It occurs to me that thinking of myself as a "recent" arrival is a touch silly since my very first post to the EZ-Board version of TL was in November of 2005. Good grief... that was SIX PLUS YEARS AGO!

RJ sure did stretch out his pub dates (short for "publication" not "place for alcohol imbibing") as long as he could, didn't he?

So, yeah, SoE might have been around when I started, but I remember him mostly by remarks made ABOUT him by Pops or Sei'taer. I doubt very much he remembers me at all.

Tomp
02-02-2012, 06:05 PM
My work in counter espionage has made me want to create a dictionary.

So far I've done C and started on D.

C is "Big blue wobbly thing that mermaids live in".
So that's C sorted out

On D I have done Dog and am pleased with the result
Def. of Dog: Not a cat.

confused at birth
02-02-2012, 06:11 PM
My work in counter espionage has made me want to create a dictionary.

So far I've done C and started on D.

Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will not object if I also offer you my most enthusiastic contrafribblarities.

What?

`Contrafribblarites', sir? It is a common word down our way.

Damn

tworiverswoman
02-02-2012, 06:12 PM
That's the most pointless book since How to Learn French was translated into French.

Tomp
02-02-2012, 06:19 PM
That's the most pointless book since How to Learn French was translated into French.

Ah, welcome.

In my counter espionage training we had to learn to fly a plane.
I can still remember the instructors words.
He said: "Treat your kite like you treat your woman".
We asked: "Do you mean take her home at the weekend to meet your mother".
He said: "No get inside her five times a day and take her to heaven and back".

(A very useful instruction for both learning the plane and for my personal life)

confused at birth
02-02-2012, 06:22 PM
That's the most pointless book since How to Learn French was translated into French.

Indeed it is, sir - but a very fine one, for I celebrated last night the encyclopaedic implementation of my pre-meditated orchestration of demotic Anglo-Saxon.

Nope - didn't catch any of that.

Well, I simply observed, sir, that I'm felicitous, since, during the course of the penultimate solar sojourn, I terminated my uninterrupted categorisation of the vocabulary of our post-Norman tongue.

Well, I don't know what you're talking about, but it sounds damn saucy, you lucky thing! I know some fairly liberal-minded girls, but I've never penultimated any of them in a solar sojourn, or, for that matter, been given any Norman tongue!

I believe, sir, that the Doctor is trying to tell you that he is happy because he has finished his book. It has, apparently, taken him ten years.

Yes, well, I'm a slow reader myself...

Did you catch on or just google the quotes?:p

Wha--wha--what time is it?

Three o'clock in the afternoon, Your Highness.

Oh, thank God for that; I thought I'd overslept.

A very useful instruction for both learning the plane and for my personal life

Well There's nothing cushy about life in the Womens Auxiliary Balloon Corps.

Tomp
02-02-2012, 06:37 PM
My commanding officer said:
You've got three weeks to smoke the bugger out.
Use an method you see fit.
Personally I recommend you get hold of a cocker spaniel.
Tie your suspect down on a chair, with a potty on his head.
Then, pop his todger between two floury breads.
And shout "dinner time, Fido!!"


(On a side note. This didn't work out well. We looked for weiner pieces over all of the premises)


I must cut down on the cigarettes.
I only smoke during sex. So, back home I'm a twenty a day man.

confused at birth
02-02-2012, 06:43 PM
I must cut down on the cigarettes.
I only smoke during sex. So, back home I'm a twenty a day man.

Good Lord. I thought, I thought you were . . .

Playing tennis?

No.

Dead?

Well, yes, unfortunately.

Well, I had a lucky escape. No thanks to you. This is a friend of mine.

Hi, creep.

Flasheart, this is Captain Darling.

Captain Darling? Funny name for a guy, isn't it? Last person I called `Darling' was pregnant twenty seconds later. Hear you couldn't be bothered to help old Slacky here.

Er, well, it... it wasn't quite that, Sir. It's just that we weighed up the pros and cons, and decided it wasn't a reasonable use of our time and resources.

Well, this isn't a reasonable use of my time and resources, but I'm going to do it anyway.

What?

This!

head-butts Darling.

All right, Slacky! I've got to fly. Two million chicks, only one Flasheart. And remember, if you want something, take it. Bobby!

My Lord!

I want something!

Take it!

Woof!

This should die soon I think

Tomp
02-02-2012, 07:01 PM
BA: Let's try it again. This is called adding.
If I have two beans and then I add two more beans. What do I have?

BR: Some beans.

BA: Yes... and no. Let's try again shall we. I have two beans and then I add two more beans. What does that make?

BR: A very small casserole.

BA: Baldrick, the apes in Indus have mastered this. Now let's try again. 1, 2, 3, 4. So how many are there?

BR: Three... and that one.

BA: Three and that one. So if I add that one to the three. What will I have?

BR: Oh, some beans.

BA: Yes.. eh to you Baldrick the renaissance was something that happened to other people, wasn't it?


(This all started with Bob :D)

Tomp
02-02-2012, 07:02 PM
This should die soon I think

Ok let's call it quits.

Terez
02-02-2012, 11:54 PM
So in my head you long-timers are all Dav, Gil, T, Z, Tru, 'Taer and so on and so forth...I love how you lump Tru in with people that must have been Heroes and one ancient when she got here...I was an elder. I think everyone else was Heroes except for Dav who got raised to Hero some time after I joined, which might or might not have been when I was raised to Elder. Tru joined shortly after I was raised to Elder.

SonofElvis
02-03-2012, 01:11 AM
Just because I came in late, and it's MY favorite line:

Don't be absurd. Such activities are totally beyond my mother. My father only got anywhere with her because he told her it was a cure for diarrhea.

Davian93
02-03-2012, 08:28 AM
I was an elder. I think everyone else was Heroes except for Dav who got raised to Hero some time after I joined, which might or might not have been when I was raised to Elder. Tru joined shortly after I was raised to Elder.

I believe Gil and 'Taer were Heroes when I joined but Zae was a youngling with me...or technically a "person with no rank" IIRC as the EZboard hamsters had gotten into the wiring at that point.

Note: I joined the main boards in Sept 2003 and the Discssion Boards in Dec03/Jan04 (cant recall which).

yks 6nnetu hing
02-03-2012, 09:56 AM
I believe Gil and 'Taer were Heroes when I joined but Zae was a youngling with me...or technically a "person with no rank" IIRC as the EZboard hamsters had gotten into the wiring at that point.

Note: I joined the main boards in Sept 2003 and the Discssion Boards in Dec03/Jan04 (cant recall which).

I think Zae was 1 rank above us. I was Elder only for a few months, then hamsters came and then I was titleless until Ancient-dom.

Sei'taer
02-03-2012, 09:57 AM
I believe Gil and 'Taer were Heroes when I joined but Zae was a youngling with me...or technically a "person with no rank" IIRC as the EZboard hamsters had gotten into the wiring at that point.

Note: I joined the main boards in Sept 2003 and the Discssion Boards in Dec03/Jan04 (cant recall which).

Gil started a bit ahead of me, SDog joined the same month and I think Ihvon joined a month or two later. I don't remember for sure when I was raised to HotH but I was probably around 2002.

Davian93
02-03-2012, 09:58 AM
I think Zae was 1 rank above us. I was Elder only for a few months, then hamsters came and then I was titleless until Ancient-dom.

Yeah, that is correct. I think I was thinking of you, not Zae when I said that. Zae was a little before us.

Zombie Sammael
02-03-2012, 10:16 AM
I'm trying to remember whether I (Gnat) was an Elder on the old boards last time I checked or whether I (Gnat) had actually somehow been accidentally raised to Ancient. I don't think I had, and if I had it was on long service alone, but... I might have done. In any case, I'm at least sure I've been raised to Elder twice now, which makes me the Elderest Elder.

Terez
02-03-2012, 10:24 AM
People getting raised to Elder twice happens more often than you might think. Gonzo got raised to Ancient twice.

GonzoTheGreat
02-03-2012, 10:49 AM
People getting raised to Elder twice happens more often than you might think. Gonzo got raised to Ancient twice.
I never got demoted, though. Yet.

Terez
02-03-2012, 11:02 AM
Well, the way it happened was, you were a lurker when you first got raised to Ancient. Then you got an account and appeared to be a Youngling. Then we had a debate about whether or not you should be raised to Ancient. I pointed out that you already had been. Tam raised you again anyway. At least, I think that's what happened.

Ishara
02-03-2012, 01:21 PM
WAIT

Crispian is SDog?

Maybe I shouldnt take a 4 year break from a messageboard.

ROFL.

I have no idea when I was raised to anything, I just know I've been here a long time... and reject all attempts to shorten my name. :p

ETA: The above join date is grossly inaccurate, for what it's worth, though.

Gilshalos Sedai
02-03-2012, 01:23 PM
ROFL.

I have no idea when I was raised to anything, I just know I've been here a long time... and reject all attempts to shorten my name. :p

ETA: The above join date is grossly inaccurate, for what it's worth, though.


But yet... Bryan calls you Ishy.

Ishara
02-03-2012, 01:52 PM
Against my vociferous protestations!

Gilshalos Sedai
02-03-2012, 01:53 PM
Which he ignores. LOL

Crispin's Crispian
02-03-2012, 01:57 PM
WAIT

Crispian is SDog?

Maybe I shouldnt take a 4 year break from a messageboard.

My cousin called me SDog once. Once.

Figbiscuit
02-03-2012, 02:13 PM
I love how you lump Tru in with people that must have been Heroes and one ancient when she got here...

Pshaw. I don't remember details like that, it's too long ago :p I actually had it in mind that you, me, Cary and Tru all joined around the same time, but that can't be right...

And I call an old-timer anyone who was already here when I started lurking, basically. I have no idea when I actually originally joined.

confused at birth
02-03-2012, 02:24 PM
Don't be absurd. Such activities are totally beyond my mother. My father only got anywhere with her because he told her it was a cure for diarrhea.


Dude Slackbladder one doesnt really count as quote worthy

Sarevok
02-03-2012, 04:57 PM
Pshaw. I don't remember details like that, it's too long ago :p I actually had it in mind that you, me, Cary and Tru all joined around the same time, but that can't be right...


You and Cary were a few months after me, PD and Tru were a few months before. This resulted in PD and Tru being raised to Elder a round before the rest of us.

Terez
02-03-2012, 05:08 PM
You and Cary were a few months after me, PD and Tru were a few months before. This resulted in PD and Tru being raised to Elder a round before the rest of us.Um, PD was an Elder before I was.

Sarevok
02-03-2012, 05:35 PM
Um, PD was an Elder before I was.

I just looked up the join dates on Juku... I may have been lurking for a little longer than I remembered. :eek:

Now I need to go edit my post on the roll call...

The Unreasoner
02-22-2012, 01:45 PM
in movies and tv shows, where a character gets over five seconds worth of information from a three second phone call.

Durvasha
02-22-2012, 07:33 PM
in movies and tv shows, where a character gets over five seconds worth of information from a three second phone call.

:confused:. Example? That went completely over my head.

The Unreasoner
02-23-2012, 12:39 AM
Oh you know...
Hello?
(three second pause)
Thanks.
(hangs up)
So it turns out so-and-so is at wherever with who cares doing xyz. We need to stop him by meeting Dr. O who was so-and-so's high school archrival and stole his girlfriend.

Figbiscuit
02-23-2012, 06:35 AM
in movies and tv shows, where a character gets over five seconds worth of information from a three second phone call.

:confused:. Example? That went completely over my head.

Oh you know...
Hello?
(three second pause)
Thanks.
(hangs up)
So it turns out so-and-so is at wherever with who cares doing xyz. We need to stop him by meeting Dr. O who was so-and-so's high school archrival and stole his girlfriend.

Hey! No turning the conversation back to it's original point! :p

(Although now I think about it, I'm annoyed that we've seen two houses we'd like to buy, except that we aren't quite ready to sell ours yet, and now they've both gone off the market. I'm going to stop looking at houses now :()

Crispin's Crispian
02-23-2012, 12:37 PM
Hey! No turning the conversation back to it's original point! :p

At least it's better than the sitcom phonecall.

"Hello?"
(pause)
"Oh, hi Mr. Smith."
(pause)
"Yes, I would love to come over for dinner, especially if you really are going to make grilled cheese."
(pause)
"No, no I do not have the first edition of Spiderman in color."
(pause)
"Oh, yes, thank you. I would love it if you shared it with me."


(Although now I think about it, I'm annoyed that we've seen two houses we'd like to buy, except that we aren't quite ready to sell ours yet, and now they've both gone off the market. I'm going to stop looking at houses now :()
Wow. Houses go off the market over there? That hasn't happened here in years!

confused at birth
02-24-2012, 08:08 PM
Live weather warnings.:mad:
They never get shown during the ads no they cut into the actual TV show.

I know theres is a storm if it is bad enough that you think it needs to show me a live weather warning let it cut into your profit not my show.

The storm is going to be bad enough without making me miss the thing we are paying you to show dont make it worse by cutting into the little pleasure I am going to get on this crappy day.:(



Wow. Houses go off the market over there? That hasn't happened here in years!

Well after 8 years House is nearly finished so maybe that will help:D

tworiverswoman
02-28-2012, 04:24 PM
People who bitch about stuff that they don't pay for anyway. (Like webcomics that don't post rigorously on schedule, as an example).


Telemarketers.

Zombie Sammael
02-28-2012, 05:26 PM
Wow. Houses go off the market over there? That hasn't happened here in years!

The are only actually six houses in the entire UK, including both Houses of Parliament, hence why they go off the market so quickly. The Houses of Parliament haven't even been on the market for yonks.

GonzoTheGreat
02-29-2012, 04:12 AM
The are only actually six houses in the entire UK, including both Houses of Parliament, hence why they go off the market so quickly. The Houses of Parliament haven't even been on the market for yonks.
And another House was exported to the Americas, thus further decreasing the supply side, thus driving up the prices even further.

I have a question about the yonk: is that an Anglo-Saxon time unit, or does it have an even older origin?

Zombie Sammael
02-29-2012, 05:37 AM
And another House was exported to the Americas, thus further decreasing the supply side, thus driving up the prices even further.

I have a question about the yonk: is that an Anglo-Saxon time unit, or does it have an even older origin?

I think it was first introduced by the Romans to replace the Ancient Briton yarglfardd, a much less accurate measure of time.

Figbiscuit
02-29-2012, 07:38 AM
Wow. Houses go off the market over there? That hasn't happened here in years!

I was shocked and appalled :mad: 'They' keep wittering on about the housing market being stalled. 'They' are clearly lying. Bastards.

The Unreasoner
02-29-2012, 08:31 AM
I think it was first introduced by the Romans to replace the Ancient Briton yarglfardd, a much less accurate measure of time.
Even Americans don't know the Imperial anymore. I know more metric units than imperial ones. But furlong, yonk, stone? I mean, wtf?

GonzoTheGreat
02-29-2012, 08:40 AM
But furlong, yonk, stone? I mean, wtf?
Never heard of the FYS system?