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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.
18 hours ago .

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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.
11 hours ago .

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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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   Gram77  I laugh as I type this but it's true...........people who know more about computers than I do!
July 29 at 16:41 EST .

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   MeiDei  May you have at least one good, non-judgmental, techie friend willing to help at any hour, any day! : )
July 29 at 20:50 EST .

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   Gram77  Thank goodness I do, it's my son and I hope he never decides to change his phone number!
July 29 at 22:31 EST .

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   Balogreene  I was a programmer in 1975, a computer instructor in the '80s and '90s, and a writer and illustrator since. I used to know how to build computers, but now, I'm not so sure. I know there are things you can try, but, beyond that, get lost. More power to your son.They change so fast.
July 29 at 23:58 EST .

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   Safetydude  Were you still writing FORTRAN in '75?
July 30 at 18:19 EST .

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   Balogreene  No Safetydude, I was taught by Spiegel to be an Assembler and COBOL program. When I moved to Ace Hardware, it was PL1. Then later I learned RPG, Pascal, and Basic. As things changed I learned to program databases like DB2, and Excel, and Lotus 123, etc. Then I switched to graphics.
July 30 at 19:35 EST .

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   Safetydude  WoW !

Along with FORTRAN I also learned to write something weird called EXCESS-3, which if I remember, was for a Burroughs brand computer or processor.

I'm guess COBOL became the industry standard, back then.
I wasn't a programmer. My shop was special projects and we relied on our programmers' to extract specific command desired information from the US Army in Europe data base. I was able to work with some really brilliant people. Basically, we wrote flow charts in my shop and handed them over to the programmers' and said "here, make it happen, the General wants it yesterday".

Our computer was an RCA 501-301 main frame system packed with thermite explosives. In case the Russians' attacked and we had to 'bug out' we were to blow it up.
IBM would not sell, so I was told, any of their computers', only lease them, so if we had one we couldn't destroy it and we were stuck with an inferior system.

This was in 64-66 at USAREUR HQ's in Heidelberg, Germany.

Been out of the business since then. Now I have to call my son to help me when I have a problem with Windows 8 or my cell 'phone.
July 30 at 21:58 EST .

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   Balogreene  Safetydude, I know, technology has come so far. Thank goodness my disabled sister is Asperger's. She helps me a lot. In the olden days, I could do anything, now she researches everything. Now, I write Tech manuals for the Army (and soon the Navy ). I do the illustrations too. It is hard to be a techy when your company thinks its against "best practices" to let you do the upgrades required to keep software current. But, the government requires "best practices".
My 45 years of experience lets me understand a lot. I love technology. I'm writing a manual now. I realize so much of the information I have is cool, techy, really great to know. But, the soldier doesn't need that information to do his job. He just needs to know what button to push when.
July 31 at 22:41 EST .

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   Bettijo  Balo, I have always wanted to write Tech Manuals for software. I taught computer science back in the DOS era and was quite good with DOS. Then my school switched to Macs and I missed the Windows revolution completely. After retiring a bought a Windows machine and had to learn everything anew, and I still don't know enough about Windows to write about the subject. Heck, I don't know enough to solve my own computer problems!

I am good with software, Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Data Base, etc. I loved Word Perfect and attended two conferences at the WP headquarters in Orem, Utah. Now I use Word because it is the industry standard, but I still have WP software. You know, Microsoft destroyed Word Perfect by bundling Word, free, with their operating system. Of course, now they charge for Office software. You know how that works.
August 1 at 09:25 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bettijo, the thing about being good with DOS (as was I ), is you understand how the machine works. You might not know how to fix it, but, you understand the ins and outs.I loved Word Perfect, but, at the same time was using Word, so I've kept pretty current through the years. I love writing Tech Manuals. Right now, they gave me a new system at work. I write the manual and try it all out on the system. It's lasers and cameras and a joystick control. So much fun to play with. The other day we were testing it, and saw something in the woods, blinking. One of the guys went out to see where we were seeing, when we directed him toward the blinking, an Owl took off. It was so cool.
August 1 at 20:53 EST .

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   Linder  When did all makes of cars begin looking alike? I have to look at the logo on the grill to tell the difference.
July 28 at 10:21 EST .

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   Rake King  That's called "Design Pirating", when one design seems to catch on, others copy it, with only some minor changes, and then stick their grill on it. It's like Hollywood/T.V. copying and "remaking" stories....cause only a few can write anything new these days...that don't have vampires, hobits, or some weird characters.
July 28 at 11:03 EST .

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   MeiDei  I like Hobbits.
July 29 at 20:52 EST .

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   Safetydude  Frodo Lives !
July 29 at 21:01 EST .

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   MeiDei  Liked the elves Legolas and Haldir too. : )
July 30 at 12:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Orlando Bloom as Legolas vs Justin Beiber -just for kicks
http://youtu.be/0UMOehnpGwU
via Ace of Spades
August 1 at 21:58 EST .

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   Safetydude  I want to respond to 'Linder' and the cookie-cutter cars.

I think it goes back to the 1986 Audi 5000. The first of the 'grape' shaped cars. Then it was all about aerodynamics and it went to he*l after that.

I'm proud to drive my '99 GMC 2500 Sierra. $100.00 per tankful, 500 miles per fill-up, at 75+MPH in complete comfort with or witout flat towing my Jeep Wrangler.
Aerodynamically, it's like pushing a large shoe box through the air.
When I blow past a "Prius" or a battery car I laugh out loud.
August 4 at 19:19 EST .

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   Bettijo  I just went through my "Contacts" in my email account looking for one I had not used in years, and realized I could not identify at least half of the addresses. People should put something identifying them in their email address; not abc123@provider.com. My email address contains my first name. When I manually enter someone's email information, I always identify the person by name, but I think my email account automatically adds addresses from incoming emails. I am going to print out my contact list; file it away, then delete every unknown address.
July 26 at 07:41 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bettijo, I use AOL for my email, primarily because it's easy to set up in the way you wanted to do. When I put an email address in the Address Book, I can put whatever further details I want, such as first names. Then, if I am writing an email and type in the first name of the person, AOL calls up the names in my Address Book that might match.

As for Lucianne posters, I get a lot of mail from L-Dotters and I don't necessarily want to add all of them to my Address Book. I agree with you that "XYZ@gmail.com" doesn't immediately tell me that email address belongs to "Sue". So, I set up file folders in Saved on AOL. Each folder has the email address plus the first name of that person, example: XYZ@gmail.com-Sue.
July 27 at 07:05 EST .

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