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Pet Peeves



   Gerty  Perhaps this belongs on the Household Hints wall. Here goes anyway.

Sometimes I like putting homemade soups into zip lock freezer bags--they store ever so much better than bulky containers. But I just about threw out my good zucchini soup this morning because it was running down the back, inside and outside, and into the little crevices that provide the 'lock' to the bag. It was impossible to get it closed or clean!

As I threw the contents into the container for compost bin, I thought, there has to be a better way.

And there is. I searched for that special funnel I use to fill preserving jars. Opened the zip bag, placed it in a soup bowl, placed the funnel in the bag and Voila! Contents at the bottom, clean out and in, locking mechanism clean and read to go!
19 hours ago .

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   BirdsNest  That's the ticket!!
13 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  Fingerprint-smudged glass doors at a restaurant. If I ran a place serving food, I would probably station an employee near the doors to keep them clean. I know it's just aesthetics, but how hard is it to clean the glass several times a day?
Yesterday at 07:20 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It's a "first impression" kind of thing.
Yesterday at 08:21 EST .

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   Gerty  Hardly just 'aesthetics', Miss Storm. Fingerprints are bacteria laden to start--add food to the smudge and you have a real health hazard!
19 hours ago .

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   Balogreene  Since moving to our new office 6 June, today we had our second luncheon. The first was from a barbecue place. I ate coleslaw and watermelon. Todays was "mexican". As a restaurant employee was laying out the food, someone aked what restaurant. She named it, and it just popped out, "I hate that place" Everyone wanted to know why. I said everything they serve has meat. I actually like taco meat, but, i refuse to eat there when their cheese enchiladas are covered in meat sauce. I cannot bring an actual vegetarian to that restaurant.
At some point, i ran into the lady who arranged it, and thanked her. She said it was really good wasn't it? i said no. i don't eat meat.she said there was rice, beans and the taco toppings of lettuce tomato and cheese.That is what I had, rice, tomato, cheese, and lettuce.
Why do people think that is alright? I get the leavings, everyone else has a meal.
August 28 at 22:34 EST .

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   Gram77  For goodness sake, can't this bunch take turns as to where someone likes to eat? I think it's called consideration, but that's just me.
Yesterday at 11:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  I usually bring my own in, a salad or a soup, just in case. One of our guys doesn't eat pork, and at the barbecue he was late in the line and had to scrape together chicken and beef, seems not many liked the pork that day.
Yesterday at 11:24 EST .

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   BirdsNest  It's time to corner the person responsible for setting up these luncheons and request at least one vegetarian dish be served and maybe even go as far as to offer suggestions as to what caterers to try. As part of the "team" you also deserve to be able to enjoy the meal and should not have to bring your own.
Yesterday at 08:20 EST .

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   StormCnter  I agree, Birdie. I have two vegetarian granddaughters in a very large, meat-eating family. When they are here, it's not that hard to put together a few dishes they can enjoy. Even a plate of prettily-arranged fresh veggies can help. Just a word to the planner or the caterer should do it.
21 hours ago .

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   Gram77  Been thinking about this for a while, but today is my time to complain. When you get to be my age it is quite common to see several ladies having lunch together and exchanging ideas. etc. Now in my college days I waited a lot of tables and always when ladies were eating together, my first things were to greet them and then ask if they wished to have separate checks. Not where I live. At the end of the meal one check is laid on the table and we all begin math class and decide how we will handle the tip. Guess I'm getting old and crabby. One would think this would be discussed when wait staff is being trained.
August 20 at 11:59 EST .

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   Safetydude  Gram...you're in FL, aren't you? The servers down here are used to splitting a check.

Clue the server you want a separate check as soon as you're seated.(and hope your friends aren't offended )

Miss Tina doesn't drink alcohol and she doesn't care to split a single check, including the tip, when she goes out with her friends.
August 20 at 18:29 EST .

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   Balogreene  To this day, we ask for separate checks. There are four of us who used to work together, one retired, one moved on. We go out every few months, and always ask for separate checks. Miss Tina is right, I have no intention of paying for anyone else's drinks, or their expensive meals when I am eating light, and drinking water.
August 22 at 19:21 EST .

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   Balogreene  This morning I dropped the dog at the "spa", stopped at Dunkin Donuts per mom's request. A problem, a woman brought her 10-12 yr old daughters, got up to the head of the line, and told them to check the donuts, what did they want? The line was to the door when they went in, why hadn't she asked them earlier. I walked up to the other cashier, put down the box of Keurig stuff my mom wanted, then said, I want a half-dozen, three of these, one of these, two of these. I was in my car before the woman and her kids walked away from their cashier
Then, the REAL problem. I went to the grocery store, and then the Bagel shop (I had been dreaming of these since I realized I had the day off. ) As I walked in, there was a man who looked MUCH older than me, with two boys around 10 or 12 again eating at the outside tables. He was reading his newspaper. Both boys had bagels, hardly touched, and were looking down. There were two napkins on the ground. I got my three bagels and left the store. The man was still reading his paper, one boy was gone, the other still looking down, his bagel still uneaten. Now there were 5 napkins on the ground. I picked them up, and told the old man he was a pig. He was the adult and should teach the children to not litter. No one moved.
Okay, on the way home I decided they were either pigs with a grandfather who didn't give a D**n, or, he was a pedophile and those poor boys were hoping I'd rescue them. I hope they were just pigs.
Anyhow, I really dislike people who do not know how to behave in public.
August 14 at 18:52 EST .

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   Gerty  Miss Balogreene, may I offer some friendly (albeit unsolicited ) advice? I have become VERY careful about with whom I engage in verbal exchange--especially those I do not know. It's not like we're in a car where we have multiple tons of machinery at our disposal and for our bodily protection.

All that to say, that 'pig' would probably think nothing of attacking you physically. It's not worth it! Let's bite our tongues and thank the Lord these people are not our closely related kin!
August 15 at 14:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh Gerty you are right, but, I am twice his size. And the old man just couldn't be bothered. I do mouth off a lot, but, having lived in big cities and small towns I know when to hold my tongue. I'm just so tired of horrible people, if I can I try to embarrass them, especially in front of their grandchildren.
August 16 at 00:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gerty may be right. I am a bit mouthy, too, and my attempts to straighten out a situation or quietly correct a bit of offensive behavior almost never turn out well. Over the years I have been screamed at by a woman with a "Honk if you're a Christian" bumper sticker when I tried to defend an elderly woman the screamer almost ran over in a parking lot, and when I quietly and discreetly asked a woman in a theater to please lower her voice as she described the movie plot to her young son. She hollered (literally ) "Are you talking to me?" She never lowered her voice and then when the movie was over, followed me to my car, still yelling about nosy people who interfere in someone else's business.

But, I never learn.
August 16 at 07:20 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  People who don't start walking when they get off an escalator. They step off and just stand there, trying to figure out where they want to go next. Meanwhile, people are stacking up behind them with no place to go.

My ex-wife was the worst at this. I would let her get on the escalator first, and as soon as she hit the end, she would immediately turn to talk to me. I finally got tired of bowling her over and started getting on the escalator ahead of her.
August 14 at 09:47 EST .

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   StormCnter  Ole buzzard, you know how easily teenagers are embarrassed. Many years ago, my cousin and I went to a Shreveport department store with our grandmother who had never experienced an escalator. Instead of standing and riding up, she simply sat down on the step and rode up backwards. Of course, the operator had to stop the thing so she could get off without pinching her backside. We girls tried to pretend she belonged to someone else.
August 14 at 14:23 EST .

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   Balogreene  Storm, that is just too funny.
August 16 at 00:02 EST .

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   Linder  How about people who stand in doorways....or block traffic with grocery carts? I try to be aware and not do either.
August 16 at 21:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  Going back through posts and seeing my spelling errors i.e., advise instead of advice.
August 13 at 10:20 EST .

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   Balogreene  And you think you proofed it before you hit comment, right? I keep billing myself as a writer, post something, and then blush. With ya MeiDei.
August 14 at 01:43 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I do a lot of cutting and pasting of my posts because after re-reading them I've found that I've left out words and had to delete them to correct them.
August 16 at 20:05 EST .

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   Gerty  Recently asked my Godchild what he would like for his sixteenth birthday.

Answer: A drone.

Me: Say what!?!
What would a teenager want with a drone? Silly question I was soon to find out.
August 8 at 19:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  You've teased me into asking: What did you find out?
August 10 at 12:34 EST .

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   StormCnter  He's 16, MeiDei. Obviously any redblooded male sixteen year old needs a spy-camera equipped drone to fly over the nudist beach.
August 10 at 17:05 EST .

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   Gerty  Right again, Miss Storm! The little twerp (whom I love dearly ) wants to be able to take pictures of this friends through the windows in their bedrooms!!

I told him he would have to wait to develop his proclivity for 'peeping Tom' status until he could afford to buy one himself. That means NO!
August 10 at 17:26 EST .

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   Balogreene  I know grown men (and Martha Stewart ) who use them just to survey things other than bedrooms. I think it's the cool factor.
August 10 at 22:40 EST .

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   Balogreene  Why does the guy behind me in traffic think I can go faster than the guy in front of me?
August 5 at 22:45 EST .

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   Gram77  I have a super great hubby .....except ..... he does this and it makes me crazy. I always ask him if he's planning to push the car in front of him. And yet if this happens to him he has a fit. Go figure.
August 6 at 08:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  This happens to me often in the passing lane, get behind someone who slows down & the one in back of me flashes his lights or beeps me out of the way - as if there's a space for me to move over & laud his handling of the situation - because usually the guy in front is in back of another slowed car & he's in back of 5-7 cars.......you get it.
August 6 at 12:44 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Several years ago, I was on an interstate in the left lane doing between 75 and 80, passing everything in sight until I came up behind a car doing 70. I noticed that driver had his cell phone up to his ear, and every time he took his phone down to dial another call, he would slow down to 65 or 60 while he was looking at his keypad. I honked and flashed my lights only to be rewarded by an upraised middle finger. Finally a GA state trooper came up alongside and signaled for him to pull over, which he did not until I dropped back and let the trooper in directly behind him.
August 7 at 10:05 EST .

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   Surfhut  Buzz, what scares (and infuriates ) me is when I can't go any faster in traffic because of the car ahead of me, and the driver behind me is right on my rear bumper and on his cell phone.
August 9 at 07:48 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Surf, that would be scary!
August 10 at 09:09 EST .

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   Balogreene  Boy Surf and Buzz, it happens every day on the Fairfax County Parkway, Rte 133, and Rte 1 in Northern VA. Even on Braddock which is a not-so-much-used, but good access road. Wed. I was in the right of the two left-turn lanes from Ffx Cty Pkwy to 123. Like I was taught 45 years ago in drivers ed in IL, I pulled way to the right (onto the shoulder ). It was good. The driver to my left, in an SUV, on her phone, pulled into the right lane on 123. Idiot scared the bejeesus out of me.
August 10 at 22:44 EST .

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   Balogreene  I meant Rt3 123.
August 10 at 22:45 EST .

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   Bettijo  My number one pet peeve is packaging. I have probably ranted and raved about this here before. Amazon said the most complaints they ever got was about packaging, so they have their suppliers pack merchandise in plain brown boxes. They can do this because they do not have customers browsing their shelves like stores do.

Anyway, yesterday I was getting ready to go to the doctor and I needed to open a new bottle of mouthwash. After getting rid of the plastic covering the cap, I had to "squeeze" the top to override the childproof protection. I could not open it. I squeezed and squeezed--nothing. I tried pliers--nothing. I went into the kitchen and got every type of jar opener I own and started trying them. Finally one, an adjustable metal one designed to fit different size lids also had something that worked. I was almost late to my appointment because of the $@&^# cap. Even my grandchildren are too old to drink mouth wash and if they weren't it stings so they would spit it out immediately. We did not have child proof caps when my children were growing up and I cannot remember a single poisoning. I think the irresponsible parents have become so litigious that manufacturers have to protect themselves.

Childproof caps are almost as bad as the thick clear plastic many items now come packaged in. I have actually cut myself on that plastic trying to get at the merchandise I purchased. I understand this packaging is a result of merchants' experience with shoplifting. Why should a few thieves and irresponsible parents inconvenience the rest of us; especially the elderly!
August 1 at 09:10 EST .

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   Gerty  I can help with one of those annoying situations. Cutting open the hard plastic containers for so many of the things we buy can cause bodily harm! Ask me how I know!!

There are several brands of scissors out now that are made specifically for this purpose. My favorite are those which have recessed cutting heads. (difficult to put into words ). All get the job done and are handy to have around even for every day cutting chores.
August 2 at 21:25 EST .

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   StormCnter  I use my kitchen shears for plastic packaging. Matter of fact, I use the kitchen shears for all kinds of non-kitchen things.
Don't get expensive ones. There is no need. I also don't like the ones that are made to come apart.

These are good ones:

http://www.amazon.com/Kitchenaid-Classic
-Shears-With-Black/dp/B0050U240O/ref=sr_
1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407154274&sr=8-1&keywor
ds=kitchen+shears
August 4 at 08:12 EST .

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   MeiDei  It's those tiny inner seals (ketchup, mustard. etc. ) with tiny tabs that can't be gripped - or rip off when they can.
August 5 at 14:42 EST .

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   Bettijo  Actually, Storm, I have those KitchenAid shears. They are good. Thanks for tip. I have not tried them on plastic. I am sure others can use this tip.
August 8 at 07:19 EST .

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