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Pet Peeves



   FL Homeschool Mom  Does Microsoft sell our info? I have been bombarded with calls from "private number" and the person on the other end is definitely in India and claims to be calling on behalf of MS. I lost it the other morning when they woke me up (I was still sleeping due to the flu! ) and screamed that I'm on do not call list and to lose my bleeping number. I've thought about buying a call blocking system, but will it work if there's no number listed on the caller ID? Some of these callers will call 5-6 times a day from a different number every time.

Any ideas would be welcomed!
20 hours ago .



   MeiDei  It's a scam - they tell you you have a terrible virus, worm or other and then they try to sell you their services to correct it. I think this group was once affiliated with a security company i.e., MacAfee or Norton. My guess is they left and took customer info with them.
7 hours ago .

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   Balogreene  A SunTrust Bank ad. Mom died after 53 years of marriage, poor dad, in that big house all alone. We have two kids and a small house, so I called SunTrust Bank, they gave me a loan, now we are building an addition so dad can move in.
Am I the only one who sees a problem with this. Why didn't they move into dad's "big" house. Or, why didn't they sell dad's house and use the money to add to theirs? Is everyone an idiot?
October 24 at 17:39 EST .

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   Gerty  Silly Miss Balogreen---those ads are for low-info guys! : )
October 25 at 14:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Answer to your last question,YES.
October 25 at 17:34 EST .

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   StarFire  Maybe they don't want to take the kids out of better schools where they live. Or maybe they don't want the longer commute to work from dad's house. Maybe they can rent out dad's place for more than the cost of the addition.

Lots of missing details.
Tuesday at 17:06 EST .




   Surfhut  Two of my neighbors have their Christmas lights up. It isn't even Halloween!
October 19 at 07:12 EST .

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   Gram77  Yeah, your neighbor and every store I've been in!! Which takes me to nostalgia. As a kid the big day in my life was the trip from our farm to Akron, Ohio the day after Thanksgiving to see the decorated store windows. THEN it was Christmas.
October 19 at 09:45 EST .

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   Gerty  Not to mention the other end, MissSurfhut. People who take the lights down Christmas Day!
October 19 at 13:18 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I wish folks wouldn't rush the season. I do love Christmas lights. We don't decorate or give gifts but we try to celebrate the real reason behind it all.
October 19 at 19:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  We haven't taken our tree down yet. My sister won't let me touch it, and she's autistic, so things get put off. Last year the tree barely got decorated, cause she took so long to get the decorations out. Well, they are all still out, so maybe, this year, we'll get everything done! Merry Christmas all!
October 20 at 20:53 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  I don't know... Maybe if we celebrated Christmas all year (Emmanuel means "God with us" after all ) it might help us to appreciate the other Christian Holy Days a bit better. Good Friday, (the Crucifixion ) Easter (the Resurrection ). These are more than shopping days, and bunny rabbits, and eggs, and candy canes, and trees... And should be! Might want to shine things up a bit. And not just the trappings, but rather polish ourselves, our attitudes, our relationships... Just a thought.
October 20 at 21:57 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I may put Christmas lights up before Thanksgiving, but they won't be lit up until AFTER Thanksgiving!
October 21 at 01:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  I have an evergreen (20' long ) garland swag over my front door that has red, white, green & blue lights intertwined. At Christmas the red, green & white lights are lit. On Memorial Day & the 4th of July the red, white & blue lights are on. It surprises me when someone comments on my laziness at not removing it; so I'm left with 2 options: I can let it bother me or I can celebrate with a glass of wine. What would you choose? : ) Me Too!
October 21 at 14:41 EST .

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   Gerty  Old, used, worn out, dirty paper money!!!

('fess up---how many of you thought I was going to complain about men or women!?! )

It is an observable fact that our Village bank is the last stop before these foul notes get sent to the Federal Reserve for a proper shredding burial. In view of the dreadful viruses making their presence felt around the world, one would think that our government would start house cleaning in our own backyards.

Yuck! When are we going to wake up to the realization that our form of money has outlived its usefulness? Solution? Paper should be changed into a washable form of currency. Laugh if you will---
October 13 at 11:05 EST .

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   Phooey  He,he,he-- Gerty, money laundering is illegal !
October 15 at 16:06 EST .

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   Safetydude  Once upon a time the Fed's had a plan to replace all paper money every so many years so they could get at all the money stuffed in mattress, to negate counterfit money and to force drug dealers to give up their loads of illigal(laundered )cash.

Forget 'washable' currency. Get rid of all paper money and make all retail transactions via a plastic debit card handled only by its owner.

(My mother always told me not to put coins in my mouth. However, when you're seven years old on your bike heading to the store to buy a piece of candy there is no better place to carry your coins ).
October 15 at 22:37 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I read somewhere that an incredibly high percentage (I forget the exact number ) of paper money is contaminated with cocaine. Anecdotally, I know this to be true, because I once had a part-time job as a bartender, and I would get a little buzz on my tongue while counting money at closing time. I would wet my thumb on my tongue to more easily count the money.
October 16 at 21:02 EST .

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   Gerty  When you're right, you're right, Mr.Phoo---what you posted was really funny!
October 19 at 13:20 EST .

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   Gram77  I'm betting this is a rather common peeve, however, it does make me really angry. Coming home from the library yesterday, coming up behind us was an ambulance with siren and lights going and we were the only car to pull over. I can only hope that all the cars who refused to move over never need to be rushed to a hospital and can't get through.
October 11 at 10:04 EST .

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   Safetydude  And there's never a cop around. Not pulling over or stopping for an emergency vehicle is a 'prima facie' offence and a slam dunk fine.

I feel the same about driver's here in Florida who drive in the rain without headlights. Even vehicles with DRL's don't have illuminated tail lights unless the headlights are turned on, which is the law down here. A 'prima facie' offence but there is never a cop around.
October 11 at 23:46 EST .

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   MeiDei  Not only do I pull over for a fire engine, police car and ambulance - I say a prayer for those in need, the patient, the doctors & nurses, the EMT's - the owners or renters of the house or business on fire and the police emergency - just a habit I got into years ago & taught my CCD students to do the same -- and thankfully some remember.
October 12 at 13:14 EST .

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   Gram77  Safetydude........Florida is exactly where I am too and I also see many drivers in the rain with no headlights on.
October 12 at 14:09 EST .

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   Safetydude  Gram,

If the day should ever come and Miss Tina or I'm being transported to an ER I want the road cleared.

I think not yielding to an emergency vehicle is way more important than not stopping for a school bus.
But that's enforced!
October 12 at 21:20 EST .

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   Balogreene  Since I've been in that ambulance 3 times, I always pull over. My goodness, let the person get to the hospital.
October 14 at 21:22 EST .

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   Balogreene  I've always known the VA ABC board was a rip-off. Any state that owns liquor stores is ripping it's citizens off. In IL and NM liquor is sold in grocery stores. And those liquor departments are larger than the stand alone stores here in VA. So, while visiting my sister, I bought a liter of Jameson's for mom and I to share. It cost 19.99. I priced a bottle today at my nearby ABC store. Do you know the same liter of Jameson's cost 36.90?
October 7 at 01:03 EST .

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   BirdsNest  When we need something we try to get it while in MD. They carry the Everclear we use for certain concoctions. We did not give away any of the Limencello or Apple Pie Moonshine we made last year so this year someone local may be getting a treat. I have tasted both and they are very delicious. I use the Limencello in recipes that call for lemon extract. Plus we made our own vanilla extract. The guys at the liquor store raise their eyebrows when we tell them we are using alcohol for recipes. They must think we are "lushes".
October 7 at 07:27 EST .

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   Safetydude  Several years ago Miss Tina and I drove up to Toronto for a wedding.
We were staying with friends so I brought a couple of bottles of Seagrams "VO" as a 'thank you' gift. I bought them at the BX for twenty, twenty-five dollars, each. Remember, this was many years ago.

After crossing from Detroit to Windsor we stopped for lunch and walked over to the currency excange. While we were walking we went the LCBO, the Government operated liquor outlet where we bought a couple bottles of local wine for Miss Tina.

Just for fun, I went over to the Seagram's display to check the price of 'VO'. As I expected it was almost twice what I had paid for it in GA.

As we were checking out and chatting with the clerks I mentioned the price of "VO" in Windsor, some 200 miles from the distillery v what I had paid for it almost 2K miles away, in GA.

"Oh ya" was the answer, "But don't forget that in Canada we have free health care".

Welcome to Obamacare.

Stock up on booze and ammo.
October 7 at 20:45 EST .

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   Balogreene  Mr. SafetyDude. When I questioned it a the VA ABC store, they reminded me McDonnell (who'd tried to privatize it ) was convicted of bribery. I said no, that wasn't what he was convicted of, and did they know what the current Governor is accused of. It didn't matter, he's a democrat, and both are immigrants. Besides, if it is privatized, what would they do for jobs (ripping my hair out! )
October 7 at 20:55 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  People who intentionally take up more than one parking space in busy parking lots. It's bad enough when they take up two spaces so their precious car doesn't get scratched, but I recently saw where some clown was out in his beautifully restored '64 Ford Galaxie fastback taking up FOUR spaces. People like that are just begging to have their precious toys keyed.
October 4 at 19:43 EST .

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   Safetydude  I understand exactly what you mean, Top.

A gripe that I have is with the guy with a trailer, being it a boat or landscape trailer, parking right up front of the entrance, parallel to the edge of the lot, and taking up a bunch of striped spaces.

If somebody wants to protect their paintjob I'm all for it.
We do it all the time. Miss Tina and I have three vehicles between us and regardless of which one we are in we park at the far end of the parking lot where we feel comfortable that we aren't going to get any door dings.

My Jeep has been 'rode hard and put up wet' many times but there's not a mark, dent or ding on it that I'm not responsible for.
October 6 at 23:29 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  If one parks in "parking lot Timbuktu", then take up as many spaces as you want, but to take up two or more prime spots is nothing short of thoughtless and rude.

(I'm reminded of an occasion when I went to our local Sam's Club, and someone had parked their new F350 dually crew cab end to end in two spaces. Someone in a small car had already parked up against the front bumper, and I parked my Honda Civic against the back bumper. When I came out an hour later, the owner of the F350 had the manager out in the parking lot, insisting that one or both of us be towed so he could get out. The manager pointed out the error of his ways and refused to do so. I proceeded to put my purchases in my trunk, all the while listening to Mr. F350's tirade. As I got in my car, I turned to him and said "Maybe next time, you'll only take up one space." and drove away. )
October 13 at 13:14 EST .

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   Gram77  I had a friend who purchased a beautiful new Lincoln and parked it across 3 spaces, and while he was shopping several clever drivers totally blocked him in by parking a car across the front, another across the back and one along the side of the car and boy were they close. He told me he called the cops who came and took a good look, had a good laugh and left. He said he had to wait until either the front guy or back guy came out and left. I asked him if he said anything to them and he said he thought it was wise to keep quiet and consider it a lesson learned.
October 13 at 19:19 EST .

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   Gerty  I don't know if I am 'peeved' or just sad-angry!

Found myself out of bed at an unusually early hour this AM. Automatically turned the TV on to Fox News and heard familiar sounds. And then felt a tear run down my cheek.

I was listening to The Star Spangled Banner--no modern rendition--just a beautiful melody played to honor the United States of America--our National anthem!

And now I'm spittin' mad!! Why don't we hear this more often? Who are these people who are robbing us of our pride for this wonderful Country?
September 20 at 07:10 EST .

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   MeiDei  Fox plays that just before the early Fox & Friends every day. I'm either getting up or just falling asleep around that time.
September 20 at 10:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Wish I had asked the Exmore yard sale committee to broadcast the music for "The Star Spangled Banner" as the yard sale events unfolded. So many illegals there at the early hour of 6am, hounding folks to sell their goods cheaper than what they were marked. Maybe I will ask for that at the next one.
September 21 at 15:35 EST .

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   Gerty  Good luck, MissBirdie!
September 22 at 19:51 EST .

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   StormCnter  People who don't observe others' property if it's inconvenient.

We live on a cul-de-sac and own all the lots around the circle. It's fenced as a pasture. On the other side of the circle behind the pasture fence is a running trail belonging to a homeowner's association. I regularly find people climbing my fence to cut through the pasture to climb my back fence to reach the running trail. Then, of course, when they return, they follow the same path. I found one man lifting his bike over the fence and he was quite indignant when I told him not to cut through. In addition to the wear and tear on our fences, there is a liability exposure. Grrrr.
September 17 at 17:45 EST .

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   Gerty  (Lord forgive me for what I am about to post! )

I think your trespassing neighbors deserve an electric fence. Mind you, post a sign to inform them then turn the current on!
September 17 at 19:42 EST .

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   MeiDei  Dang that really is rude. Check your State laws, we had a similar situation whereby the town came through the backyard when they had to divert the sewer system ... that opened up a wide swath the backyards of at least 10 houses. Suddenly we had motorbikes, & quads using our lawns as a road way. I planted some needle laden bushes to break the habit but what I learned is that in some States (mine is one ) if you allow someone to cut through your yard - after a certain period of time it automatically becomes a right of way. Check with your local law enforcement people & then double check at city/town hall. You might have to post "private property no trespassing signs". One of our neighbors had a sign that also said "Police Take Notice, Violators Will be Prosecuted" (kids were using his woods for parties at night ).
September 17 at 20:45 EST .

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   MeiDei  I'd write a letter to the HO's assoc. w/a copy to the police/sheriff & your lawyer.
September 17 at 20:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thank you for the support and the ideas. The man with the bike complained that I have a string of barbed wire along the top of the fence. The barbed wire was installed to keep the horses from leaning on the fence to crop grass on the other side. He assumed it was intended for fence-climbers. I hope he tore his pants.
September 18 at 08:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Still have horses in the enclosure? If not, rent a mean old bull for a bit to see if that will cause folks to change their habit. That is just tongue-in-cheek but it really is something that you will have to break up. Surely someone will get hurt and try to sue. Post a sign "no Trespassing.
Survivors Will Be Prosecuted." Sorry, I am in a weird mood this morning, maybe due to a headache.
September 19 at 06:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bird, I had a heart-stopping moment one morning when I looked out to see a child about four walking up to a mule and a mare (the mule's mother ) in that pasture. He was about ten feet from the back of the two animals. They hadn't yet seen him. Anyone ever dealing with horses knows to avoid stepping up behind a horse and startling it. I flew from the house, yelling at the kid to stay put, not get any closer, and reached him just as his mother who was sitting in her car on the street realized my panic. When I began to chastise her for allowing her child inside the fence and into such danger, she said "Well, he wanted to pet them and I didn't think about it being a problem".
September 20 at 07:47 EST .

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   Gerty  The very thing you were concerned about happening, DID happen to my niece when she was four years old.

She was kicked in the face! Caused her father (my brother ) to have a heart attack upon seeing his child bloodied by the horse--she was bleeding from a facial wound that almost took her sight away.

And now for the good news. She has undergone many repair operations, her sight was saved and she is no longer afraid of horses. She is also an accomplished tax attorney, has two super kids and provides a constant source of pride for her Aunts!
September 20 at 08:38 EST .

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   StormCnter  Oh, how awful. I'm so glad she has mostly recovered from a truly terrible experience. Little ones aren't born knowing how to recognize danger. They have to learn and sometimes the learning is hard.
September 20 at 09:21 EST .

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   MeiDei  I am dumb-struck that a mother would sit in her car & let a 4 year old out to go pet someone's animal with or without permission of the owner.
September 20 at 11:15 EST .

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   Richdet  Mrs. Richdet weighing in here. First, I am appalled that any mother would let her four year old go anywhere without her being next to the child, let alone sitting in a car.

Secondly, no-trespassing signs should at least prevent a lawsuit. I grew up on a forty acre farm in the fifties and early sixties. My father had to post "No Trespassing" signs all around the property during hunting season. Back then that kept most of the hunters off our land, and minimized the threat of our being sued for something they did. However, the occasional bullet that didn't hit its mark still would turn up embedded in one of our trees, and Dad certainly didn't like the idea of hunters anywhere near the house. I hated hunting season because it meant I was banned from the woods.
September 21 at 10:28 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bicycles. I know, bicycles are allowed on the road, and a lot of people love to ride their bikes.
Every day, I drive Rt 123 in Northern VA from Rt 1 to Fairfax County Parkway. The entire 12 miles has a bike path, it is also 55 mph. Every day someone insists on riding on the shoulder, toward the left (the traffic ). Fairfax County Parkway and Braddock Road do not have bike paths the whole way. Nor do they have shoulders, they have curbs.
People insist on riding into the traffic lane. The lowest speed limit is 45. People have to slow down, then try to pull left so they don't hit the bike.
Bike riders will tell me it is legal and I am being selfish. I am telling them, I might kill them, and it will be my fault. I hate being in that position.
September 10 at 22:28 EST .

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   Gerty  Couldn't agree with you more!

How could something so dangerous to everyone concerned be legal? There is no equal basis for cars and bicycles to be occupying the same venue. Cars belong on streets; bicycles do not!!

I sometimes wonder if the bicycle rider is mentally wearing a sign: Hit me if you dare!!!
September 10 at 23:20 EST .

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