Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.



  • If I'm not in the middle of anything, I just play along and make them waste their time for 10-15 minutes. Pretend to be hard of hearing and make them repeat themselves several times. Tell them to hold while I go find my credit card. Make up a number and when that doesn't work, give them a completely different number. Finally tell them to fuck off before I hang up. I've had a couple call me back and threaten to kill me. Fun times.


  • Pitcrew

    CoWorkers just assume that a) I have infinite amounts of time and b) What they want done is the most important thing on my plate.

    No, I can not turn this newsletter you haven't written yet around by the end of the day. I'm still working on the stuff you sent over last week and this doesn't need to go out until the 23rd.


  • Admin

    Snow. It's like a movement debuff - a 75% increase to the time it takes to commute to work.


  • Politics

    @arkandel said in Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.:

    Snow. It's like a movement debuff - a 75% increase to the time it takes to commute to work.

    Also, a 75% decrease in the common sense of motorists and intelligence of people.

    I fucking hate snow. Not because it's cold. Not because it's inconvenient. Because it triggers all of the stupidest bullshit in people and institutions, to the point where I'm a ticking fucking time-bomb.

    For example, 2-hour delays. Do any of those fucks that do this for less than 1 inch of fucking snow know how much of a fucking inconvenience and irritant this is for parents that have to work for a fucking living? 2-hour delays never fucking happen in Canada because it makes no goddamned sense if you spend 3 seconds thinking about the decision critically.

    Like, fuck you, Ohio. Motorists, learn to fucking drive. Educators, get up an hour fucking earlier to get your shit done before you need to get to fucking work on time so the rest of the fucking city isn't risking getting fired over your inability to plan. Officials, we have a fucking weather service so fucking think about preparing for a fucking winter, you lazy fucks.

    Shit, I can't believe I need to get angry about this fucking shit. 12 years of schooling in fucking Canada, where there are snow-drifts that swallow children whole, and I never had one fucking 2-hour delay. Just cancel school entirely -- or fucking don't.

    Fuck.



  • @ganymede
    Fuck! Yes! Thank you! God.



  • @ganymede My father was always able to drive me in because his schedule was flexible (journalist, sports, most of his work was evenings -- or in another town entirely). Mom also worked for a school district (different than the one I attended) so this would hit her, too.

    We all concurred this wasn't helping anyone, and we were genuinely some of the least fucked-over by this that could exist in modern society.

    We had to get up an extra 30 minutes early to listen for the radio announcement (since that's the only way they did it then, no clue now), and they always dragged that shit out until the very last minute, and we were still scrambling to get ready half the time when there was no cancellation or delay, so by default we just got up and got ready while listening.

    We were absolutely not three people who should be made to get up early, fuss around at speed to get presentable in the one bathroom in the house, then cluster around the radio listening to annoying DJ banter about current events whilst wondering if we had to go rush to scrape off the cars or not. Morning people? Hahahahaha... NO. 75% of my genes are pure night owl. (My father's father being the sole exception.)

    I mean, 'sleep in a little longer' or 'just go back to bed for cancellation' aren't even options at that point, and a 2 hour delay just becomes 'glower at each other for an additional 20 minutes while arguing over who gets to watch their show on TV before scraping off the cars, watch 20 minutes of a movie we collectively don't hate, then discuss the parts we love and were not in that 20 minutes while car-scraping and driving off to a land full of similarly grumpy cats'.

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  • Coder

    We could have six feet of snow drop overnight... have to dig ourselves out of our house... and still School would not be cancelled.

    Society is getting /weak/.


  • Pitcrew

    We never had delays growing up. Ever.

    Now after a couple of deaths from students getting to school on snowy days and changing laws that require students attend school X number of days a year it's better to call a delay/schedule early dismissal than outright cancel.


  • Politics

    @wildbaboons said in Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.:

    Now after a couple of deaths from students getting to school on snowy days and changing laws that require students attend school X number of days a year it's better to call a delay/schedule early dismissal than outright cancel.

    Or -- and this is just a suggestion because, you know, I know you aren't trying to get under my skin, but this subject makes my blood boil and seethe -- you could do all sorts of things.

    Like, maybe, start the school and not be a complete dick about people showing up late when it is snowing so hard polar bears be like "homey, dis is ridic." Forgive the tardiness in the morning, and move the fuck along like, you know, reasonable adults do.

    Here's another idea: maybe have your crews start earlier plowing the essential, main streets.

    Because you know what a two-hour delay is going to do to road conditions, the cold, and the snow? Jack shit. It's like people think that conditions will magically change if you just give Jesus two extra hours to do his thang.


  • Pitcrew

    I can't wait to be done with school.
    I want free time back so badly.


  • Pitcrew

    @surreality said in Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.:

    We're on the registry, too, not that it matters... ever.

    I always love the 'we're calling about your car's warranty' -- I don't have a car. No, really, I don't.

    'We're calling about your credit card account, this is impo-' 'Which card?' 'Your card!' 'Uh huh. Which card?' <click>

    My favorite are the microsoft computer virus scammers, though. We only have macs here. I am a lifelong mac user. I have never once owned a computer that runs on windows. The most recent anything that ran windows in this house was when Spider lived here.

    Sadly, I also know how many elderly folk fall for this shit, so I will keep those fuckers on the line for as long as possible now and then, and often enough, they're dumb enough to use the same fake spoofed number on caller ID, so they can be recognized easily. I consider these soulless fuckers my venting stress relief therapy and means of continuing education in improv to keep the skills sharp.

    For a while, they were calling multiple times per day, at which point I got tired of their bullshit and when I answered the call, it was with best phone operator voice I could muster:

    Me: "Hello, Microsoft Headquarters Wilmington, how may I direct your call?"
    Them: <click>

    And for months, there was blissful, wondrous silence.

    Oh, it doesn't change the fact that you initially get called. The FCC can still investigate reported numbers, though, and the gubmint sure loves money, and those are some juicy fines. Dunno how successful a deterrent it will be with repeat offenders, but I'm more than happy to report them every time.


  • Pitcrew

    Re. snow: from a teaching perspective (university, granted): it can be unpredictable for us too. I teach tomorrow morning and I know I'll be missing at least a quarter of my classes, because they're still plowing the roads right now. I wish to hell they'd just cancel university when the school districts are closed, but they seem to think it's easier for college students to get to campus. Considering how many of them are commuters, the opposite is actually true.

    There have been times where I have canceled class with a note to the students: I'm doing this because I know you won't be there, but we're doing online work instead. Don't tell the administration. because I get yelled at if I don't hold class, regardless of whether I have enough students there to make it worthwhile or not. And if half the class isn't there, there's no way I can run a successful class and I'm just wasting everyone's time anyway.

    So from a post-secondary educational perspective, it sucks just as hard for the faculty, too. I'm definitely considering doing the tacit-online-class tomorrow, even as I'm writing this.



  • Fuck Endometriosis.

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  • Forcing locals to move their cars off their own streets just to have loud disrespectful ass suburbanites use those very same spots at 6 the next morning is totally not a recipe for some cars getting jacked tf up.

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  • Coder

    Animated gifs with text about what the person is saying, and it obvious that the person isn't saying all of it.

    Get it right, people!


  • Pitcrew

    People on busses who think their bags get a seat.

    People who assume every mall employee knows where every store is. We get paid to walk fom the exit to our stores, people. YOU'RE the ones here by choice.



  • @insomniac7809 said in Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.:

    People on busses who think their bags get a seat.

    on the subway, too. grr


  • Pitcrew

    @scar said in Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.:

    @insomniac7809 said in Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.:

    People on busses who think their bags get a seat.

    on the subway, too. grr

    Esp. when the bus is crowded. If the bus is mostly empty, sure! By all means!
    But when it's crowded goddamnit put your bag on your lap. :|


  • Pitcrew

    @auspice said in Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.:

    @scar said in Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.:

    @insomniac7809 said in Real World Peeves, Disgruntlement, and Irks.:

    People on busses who think their bags get a seat.

    on the subway, too. grr

    Esp. when the bus is crowded. If the bus is mostly empty, sure! By all means!
    But when it's crowded goddamnit put your bag on your lap. :|

    Or at least don't act like I'm the asshole when I ask you to move it.

    Especially if I phrase it as "excuse me, could I sit there?" rather than "move your shit, fucknugget, you can goddamn well see how packed this is."



  • I'm finding I don't like comment 'X seemed upstanding to me, I would never have expected (really bad behavior) from X' more and more these days.

    Feels like it implies that we should expect the behavior of some people or something. It just feel its redundant, we shouldn't expect anyone to be a mass murderer, rapist, serial killer, clown, pedophile, whatever.

    Its too much to ask I know, but I'd rather hear, 'I never saw that coming, but glad someone put a stop/stuck up to X's behavior, I feel bad knowing it happened, I'd feel worse knowing it continued'.


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