Things that drive you nuts?

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if he threw the dead squirrel into your 'mulch', then I would equate it, to using your garbage can to throw out a candy wrapper. not a big deal. that's where candy wrappers GO, afterall.

(IF he had thrown it into YOUR driveway, as opposed to his OWN driveway, then yeah.... dude's a *****. no excuse).
Well the mulch area is in middle of my front lawn, a good couple of feet from the road. Driveway, grass or mulch area, I think its a d!ck move regardless.
 
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Just went to see Jat and Silent bob reboot. when I got into the theater they started playing the first Jay and Bob Movie, and we were all puzzled, as this was a Fathom Special event (we had to skip the special ALIEN screening to see it) they have the print for one night only. well it turns out they did not have the correct digital projector to play the New movie, and told us at nearly 8pm that we would not be entitled to a refund, but given a voucher to possibly see it Thursday if they let them keep the print. A whole bunch of us met up, some driving over an hour just to all watch it together. I paid for the tickets on my card, and gave everyone their money back, feeling like it was my fault. The guys who drove from far away took the day off and everything... I am going to give Fandango a chance to refund my money, if they don't it's on like Donkey Kong...
 
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Corporate stupidity: I had a lengthy meeting this evening with my manager over the fact that I haven't been logging my project time properly. We have multiple tools for logging our time. Not everyone on the team has to use each tool. I have to use four different tools. I log all my vacation in one, all my work hours in another, then all my work and vacation in another, and then itemize all my work and vacation time by type and specific codes in yet another. It's about as efficient as it sounds. The problem I ran into is that, since I don't work a standard shift, I don't enter standard values and none of my times ever match up with the tools used by HR. To get around this, I was told to enter standard values in some of the tools and actual values in others. HR did an end-of-the-financial-year accounting and I generated red flags all over the map. Even though I have all the emails from HR and my manager telling me to enter my time the way I did, they're all now saying that I did it all wrong and it's all my fault. I now have to go back through all my time sheets for the previous year and update them all so that everything comes out properly in their reports. I have to do this for three of the four tools (they don't run reports on the vacation-only tool). The first really big problem with that is that the reports look at each of the tools differently, so while I have to update each time sheet in each of the three tools, I have to enter new and different values for every single week. The second really big problem is that you have a very limited window in which you can make adjustments to old time cards--the previous pay period in one, two weeks in another, and back to the start of the current month in the third (so anywhere from 1-30 days). What that means is that I have to make all the changes manually. For one of the tools, I can do it all online, but it's a laborious process (make the changes, generate a form for each one, electronically initial each one, email each one to your manager for approval/initial/forward to HR). For the other two, it's even worse because I have to do paper time cards. For one, you do them online and print them out. For the other, you print them out and fill them out by hand. For both of those, you have to sign each individual paper time card and then either mail them or scan/email them to your manager, who has to go through and sign each one then mail or scan/email each individual one to HR. For all of them (online and paper), HR then approves and processes each one individually, sends a confirmation back to your manager who forwards each one individually to you, and you then have to go back and validate the changes. Adjustments for one of three tools is based on pay period, while the other two are weekly, so just in terms of emails, that comes out to approximately ((24x4)+(50x4)+(50x4)), or 496 emails. I have no idea how many man-hours it's actually going to come out to, but at the end of the day, the actual number of hours in each of the tools are either going to be the same, or very nearly the same, just with different values in different columns, and absolutely no change in billing or compensation. Plus, since there's literally no way to get this all done in the next two weeks, they've automatically gone in and entered generic values for the year as placeholders until I get the "corrected" values entered and approved so that their reports will show green by the deadline. Afterward, I have a strong suspicion they're going to ask me to push a big boulder up a steep hill.
 
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I keep getting "bluetooth pairing requests" on my TV from an unknown chromebook -- and I don't even own a chromebook :\
it's kind of annoying when you're trying to watch TV and the screen goes blank with a full-screen "pairing request" from somebody else's laptop.
 
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So something happened at work that bothered me. So I'm walking out to my break and sometimes it is difficult to get out. In front of me was an Indian family speaking in what I assume is their native tongue, behind me is this white woman who just VERY LOUDLY says to this family "Will you SHUT UP ALREADY?" Now I turned around thinking "Wow, that's rude," when she then walks closer to the family and literally begins doing a very over the top mimic filled with jibberish words and cartoonish tones and progresses to say, to this family, "THAT is what you sound like, we DON'T want to hear it!" I couldn't help it, I wasn't in my vest so I just...ARGH...I said "WOW! What the F is wrong with YOU? You are DISGUSTING!" That was by far the most racist thing I've ever seen. It takes a LOT to offend me...BUT that did it. And frankly, I am proud of myself for not acting like it didn't happen.
 
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^^ on a related note I was in a fast food restaurant with my wife and daughter and the guy in front of us in line had a problem with inter-racial children. just as he was about to order, he turned around and glared at us. he glanced at me.. then my wife.. then he took a step towards my daughter. he got right up in my daughter's face, about 2 inches away, and looked her dead in the eye... he opened his mouth like he was about to say something.... but he stopped himself before things got out of hand. he muttered something nasty under his breath, and left the store in a huff, without ordering any food. he chirped his tires on the way out of the parking lot, clearly angry at our presence on earth.

it happens. more than you would think.
 
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^^ on a related note I was in a fast food restaurant with my wife and daughter and the guy in front of us in line had a problem with inter-racial children. just as he was about to order, he turned around and glared at us. he glanced at me.. then my wife.. then he took a step towards my daughter. he got right up in my daughter's face, about 2 inches away, and looked her dead in the eye... he opened his mouth like he was about to say something.... but he stopped himself before things got out of hand. he muttered something nasty under his breath, and left the store in a huff, without ordering any food. he chirped his tires on the way out of the parking lot, clearly angry at our presence on earth.

it happens. more than you would think.
Well that was what offended me probably most of all. It was all awful...but this family had kids. And she did that RIGHT in front of them. Now kids or no kids, I still would have said something. But doing that in FRONT of kids....wow. What a disgusting human being.
 
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we've been married for 29 years. things have actually gotten WORSE in that regard. it was a kinder, gentler world 30 years ago. :\
 
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we've been married for 29 years. things have actually gotten WORSE in that regard. it was a kinder, gentler world 30 years ago. :\
Ain't that the darn truth, bud? I mean it STILL sincerely bothers me....and I only WITNESSED it.
 
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I went into Starbucks & ordered a coffee....... Then I was sad because I expected actual coffee.
 
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Ain't that the darn truth, bud? I mean it STILL sincerely bothers me....and I only WITNESSED it.
We run into it all the time, mostly via our daughters' friends. The outright racism is horrible, but the "soft" racism (or however you want to put it) is just as bad. "She's such a pretty girl, but can you imagine how awful it must be to have that skin color?" "She's very ___________ for an [ethnicity] girl." "That's ridiculous! I don't know how she could be struggling with math. She's Asian!" One that still bugs me came from a family member when my niece was born. "She's pretty...for a black baby."

At the same time, some people are so sensitive to it that they see racism where it doesn't exist. In the locker room at the gym one morning I told this guy I'd hate to play him in basketball. He got extremely offended and said, "Because I'm black?!? What a ****ing racist!" I said, "No, because you're 7'2"." Another time at one of my daughter's sporting events, I was talking to one of the dads. He was in pain and said his knee was really bugging him. He then said, "Old college sports injury." He's a pretty big guy. I said, "Oh, did you play football?" He got upset and said, "Why do you assume that? Because I'm black?" No, because he looks like a linebacker. Turns out it was football. Another night my daughter's friend asked if she could stay for dinner. I said, "Sure. You'll like what I made. It has rice in it." She got upset and wanted to know why I assumed that, just because she's Asian, she likes rice. I said I didn't assume anything. Every time she stays over she gets upset if I don't make rice. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
 
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I may have mentioned this before, but Gaming Culture. A nephew on my wife's side might find himself homeless soon due to video games. Two years ago he had a steady, well-paying job with benefits. It was full time, though, which didn't give him a lot of time for video games during the day, and they weren't too forgiving when he couldn't function after staying up for 72 hours straight gaming on the weekends. He didn't like the hassle so he followed the lead of a few of his friends. He quit his approx. $35K/year job and replaced it with a barely-above minimum wage, part time job with no benefits, all so he could play more video games. He and his friends moved in together but that soon fell apart because of the constant arguing due to none of them being able to afford their share of the bills. He found an extremely low-rent place (really bad part of town), but he was happy because he could almost make ends meet and still game 10-12 hours per day. The only way he was paying the bills, though, was because he had about $6K saved up from his other job (not his own choice--his paychecks were going to the account his dad opened and managed for him). After a couple trips to the doctor and some nasty dental work, his savings were depleted. He hasn't paid his rent for the last three months, but he has kept up on his video game subscriptions (no idea what, just what his mom told me). He's not allowed to move back home without a full-time job, so come December 1st, he'll be out on the street. Smart.

At the same time, my daughter just dumped her first real boyfriend. They've been together for about six months. He seemed like a great kid and I was getting to be friends with his parents. Now they hate me because he's devastated. "Why'd she dump him?" you may ask. Because outside of his conversations with us when he seemed like he had a great head on his shoulders, he was utterly and completely addicted to gaming. When they'd text each other at night, all he could talk about was what he'd blown up that day. Every couples date ended up with the girls sitting in the kitchen bored out of their skulls while the guys gamed together. Every discussion they had centered around video games. His career goals? Professional gamer, or gaming YouTuber. College? Nope, he wants to play video games. It really makes me feel bad that I misjudged him to the degree I did. However, I wouldn't complain if he got his head on straight and she reconsidered. For now, though, I have to work school events with him mom and she just glares at me.

I should point out that, other than word games and logic puzzles, I haven't played any sort of video game in at least 2-3 years. Our girls aren't into it, their friends don't game, and my one friend who used to finally gave it up. The few people we know who do game seem to have the same sort of "lofty" goals and skewed grasp of reality.
 
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I always wanted to get into Star Wars Galaxies and then The Old Republic but was always a little intimidated by RPG games and a little worried about being toooooo interested in it.

I've enjoyed some Video Games in my time, but I've also encountered those that can't get away from it... like WoW... Anyone remember Second Life? Weird memories of games like that.
 
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I had the same thing happen 4-5 times one year. Thankfully, mine were all within a few blocks of my house so I was able to walk them all to their proper destinations. The house numbers were similar, almost, but the streets weren't so I have no idea how it happened, especially that many times. It might have been the year our regular mailman was fighting cancer. One lady was really thankful (I think she was the one with an Xbox), but the others all said they'd have kept them. I was annoyed enough by the last time it happened that I said, "You know, you could have just said 'thanks,' or 'Merry Christmas.'"
People are very ungrateful. Whenever I get someone else's mail/packages mistakenly delivered to me, I'll typically leave it at their front door. The few times I've knocked on the door, they usually won't respond. If someone acted like a belligerent #@$% about this, however - I would probably stop bringing them their mail.
 
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I always wanted to get into Star Wars Galaxies and then The Old Republic but was always a little intimidated by RPG games and a little worried about being toooooo interested in it.

I've enjoyed some Video Games in my time, but I've also encountered those that can't get away from it... like WoW... Anyone remember Second Life? Weird memories of games like that.
My only brush with gaming addiction was years ago with a Facebook game. It was during an uncharacteristically slow time at work and I started playing for several hours a day. It grew a bit from there and one day I caught myself as I was about to pay several hundred dollars to join the game's elite subscription service. I realized how stupid it was, closed my account and with a couple very brief exceptions, haven't really played anything since.
 
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Anything to excess is bad. But it sometimes takes an outside person to recognize the problem and tell that person. Only then will that person make their choice. It's not the games themselves but the impulsive behavior of its players.
 

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You're getting on the freeway and there is someone behind you. You both have to merge left or be forced onto the next exit. There is a car speeding in the lane to your immediate left. You have to wait for it to pass. But of course, it passes the car behind you first and now that car merges left, speeds up and will not allow you to merge left. This is where if my car was armed with missiles I would blow them off the freeway.
 
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