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Pet Peeves



   Balogreene  I took this pet peeve into my own hands today. I work at home Monday and Friday. Today (Monday ), I decided to go shopping part way through the day. Three was not a good time to go, but, I soldiered on. Part way up the road there was a school zone, and a cop car. I slowed to as close to 25 as I could hold it. A black SUV came up in the left lane, unable to hold it at all. After the school zone she pulled in front of me with her Mary Kay information splashed all over her back window, and slowed down to 10 mph below the limit. I went where I was going, and when I left, noticed her car. I drove out, never seeing her, until she pulled into the space behind me at the grocery store. She must have gone pretty fast to get there right behind me, as I was the last one through two lights.
At the door to the grocery store I confronted her. Told her what she had done, cutting me off. How it had totally put me off anything to do with Mary Kay, cause she is an idiot. She said she hadn't realized she had done it. I said I was the Miata you cut off and forced to brake with your huge SUV. Then, you went slower than I was going when you pulled in front. She said "Thank you for calling attention, I will be more careful". I told her she was still an idiot, who shouldn't advertise as such.
November 17 at 20:49 EST .

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   Balogreene  I feel the same way about people with "fish", or "I am a Christian", or a company name on their vehicle. If you can't obey the law, don't advertise who you are.
November 17 at 20:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Balo, I hear you. I always know I shouldn't get involved, but sometimes I can't stand it. When I saw a 30-ish woman yelling at an elderly lady in the post office parking lot, I went to the older woman's defense. Of course, the yeller simply included me in her rant which had something to do with a parking space. I helped the older woman into the post office and returned to see the tantrum-thrower driving out. Of course, on her back bumper was a sticker "Honk if you love Jesus".
November 22 at 07:32 EST .

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   Gerty  I dislike the feeling that there is no way to relieve Obama of his presidential powers (both real and imagined )!
November 17 at 08:18 EST .

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   Gram77  I have talked about this before but since then my pet peeve has turned into a bit of anger. About a week ago (maybe longer ) in Orlando, a mother, her very young baby and her 4 year old boy crossed in the middle of a rather dark street and all were struck by a car. They were all rushed to the hospital. Mom and boy are still in the hospital and the baby died. I am heart broken that she lost her baby and I don't want to see anyone injured so......why, why do people choose to not walk the short distance to a traffic light and a cross walk?
November 15 at 08:15 EST .

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   Gram77  I must make a correction. Orlando is incorrect, it was the Tampa area. Sorry.
November 15 at 09:37 EST .

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   Balogreene  That scares me, I see it all the time, and they are often crossing with no streetlights, so they can't be seen at night. I feel sorry for the person who hit them, what a burden to carry.
November 15 at 10:19 EST .

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   Gerty  People who use their children to inflict emotional pain on others. This usually takes the form of depriving relatives from being a part of the children's lives.

What kind of a person who, upon receiving the final decree of divorce, holds a funeral for the departed parent in the dining room of their home? (I kid you not! )

How about returning unopened Christmas gifts to a grandfather who hand-made toys for the children?

Of course, if we are dealing with pedophiles and physically abusive parents and grandparents, there is real reason for blocking them out. But petty squabbles?
November 15 at 01:46 EST .

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   Gram77  This happened in my family. My sister-in-law and husband lost their youngest daughter and a 6 months old baby was left without a mother. The baby's father moved away immediately after the funeral and left no address. (too bad there were no computer yet ) My sister-in-law shopped for her grandson for each and every Christmas and waited. My sister-in-law died years later and in the attic they found all those presents. Gerty, you bring up a sad but all too often happening in families.
November 15 at 10:57 EST .

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   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!
October 29 at 22:35 EST .

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   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.
October 30 at 12:24 EST .

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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.
October 28 at 17:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  Starfire, I agree. I live in the DC area, we are all feeling the Government/Military budget cuts, so many people I know have lost jobs, or gone part time. Taking a loan to move dad in with you seems drastic. My grandmother lived with us until just before she died. Our house has mom and dad's stuff, my stuff, my sister's stuff, and my gram's stuff. But the point is we did it. We are family.
October 30 at 19:45 EST .

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   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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   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 .

  13 people like this.



   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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