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Pet Peeves



   Gram77  I'm sure this peeve isn't happening only in Florida, but the city I live in here in Florida is absolutely famous for never moving over for fire trucks or ambulances. I watched an ambulance yesterday with siren going and the driver using the horn in order to get a lane clear while everyone either sat glued to the street or kept driving in the way of the ambulance. Then I saw something I never saw before, the driver went over the curb and into the grass to get by. And then the famous question......where's a cop when you want one.
January 28 at 10:24 EST .



   MeiDei  Not only pull over for ambulances, police & firemen - while waiting for the procession to go by appropriate prayers are said for all concerned. It's he right thing to do I think.
February 2 at 20:30 EST .


   Balogreene  I've been in one of those ambulances. I can't see ahead, but can here the horn, the siren, and feel we aren't moving.
February 8 at 21:35 EST .


   Balogreene  I've been in one of those ambulances. I can't see ahead, but can here the horn, the siren, and feel we aren't moving.
February 8 at 21:35 EST .




   Balogreene  My 85.5 year old mother went to the doctor yesterday. The Doctor had to let her know of a new government protocol. Because she takes Vicodin for severe arthritis (she is eligible for, but refuses to go onto Oxycodin ), she must submit to frequent urine tests to prove she is actually taking the vicodin, and not selling it on the black market!
January 16 at 18:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  Wait, it gets better - something new from the pharmacy, a special quarterly report showing whether you've been renewing each of your prescriptions on time via a bar graph - with lapses noted. I don't know if it's sent to the feds also. I wish I could get more than 30 days on two of my prescriptions, especially after the winter we had last year - but have been turned down.
January 19 at 23:47 EST .


   Balogreene  Mom can get Vicodin for 90 days, but my sister usually goes to pick it up, and has to sign away her first born son! But, yes, since mom has Kaiser, the Dr. and the pharmacy both track that she uses it. They won't mail it, has to be picked up. Sometimes the prescription renews part way through her visit to my sister in Tulsa! It's horrible trying to get that one to her.
January 20 at 22:24 EST .




   Straitpath  I am studying pictures of Melania (? ) Trump trying to determine if her eye squint is natural. Some of her pictures show nice round eyes. Now I am seeing more celebrities, men and women, looking squinty eyed. It is uncomfortable to squint for long. So glad I am not into all that. When I was young I had full lips and a big rump. Not so sexy then, LOL.
January 10 at 18:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Almost any one would be an improvement over the wookie.
January 15 at 06:10 EST .

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   StormCnter  When George W. Bush and lovely Laura waded into Texas politics for his run for governor, Laura always looked squinty in photos. It was very obvious when someone advised her to open her eyes, because for a while, she overdid it with a wide-eyed, slightly frightened look. But, she modulated the eye-look until it settled into a more genuine and relaxed, but open-eyed expression. So, maybe Melania is still perfecting her look for the cameras.
January 20 at 05:47 EST .


   MeiDei  Sometimes it depends on whether the light (flashbulbs? ) is directly in their eyes.
January 29 at 14:20 EST .




   Gram77  I and my hubby are way past the polite word "peeve". If you have an HMO you need referrals for all your specialists. Hopefully the referral will be waiting on you when you arrive for your visit. Dream on!! We are barely into the new year and have had to reschedule visits because your referral isn't there. I called Aetna about this problem and got only this....."we are so sorry for this inconvenience, what can we do to help? You can't get past the person who took your call and the doctor offices tell me they go through the same thing. What can I say, life is a real challenge.
January 10 at 10:14 EST .

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   Straitpath  I am noticing life is becoming harder all the time. Just minor things like changing one's mailing address is becoming very complicated and time consuming.
January 10 at 18:55 EST .

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   StormCnter  I have spent a week trying to get Verizon to talk to me about why my cellphone texts don't go through. One rep with a heavy accent told me she had "refreshed your service which appears to have been weak". Whatever she "refreshed" didn't fix the problem. However, it seems Verizon doesn't yet have a record of the on-time check I sent ten days ago and can't discuss my service until they get it posted. Bah!
January 20 at 05:51 EST .


   Balogreene  Mom and my sister have the Medicare Advantage from Kaiser (here in the Mid-Atlantic ). Each Dr. records summaries of the visit on the computer as they talk to the patient. If anything odd is noted, any specialists pick up on it, and schedule appointments. The doctors can also schedule appointments with other doctors, therapists, etc. as needed. I really like this system. I know Kaiser isn't all that in other areas, and isn't in most areas, but man is it good here.
January 20 at 22:28 EST .




   RedWhiteBlue  Bags that are impossible to tear and get into without scissors or a knife. IMPOSSIBLE. My fingers are staring to hurt just from opening these things.

Another one are jars, bottles, cans that have such a HUGE opening top that you cannot palm it unless you're a basketball, football player. If you have just normal size hands you cannot grab those wide mouthed jars. Someone has to hold the bottom part while another person twists the top! C'mon, we need a break down here.
January 9 at 01:10 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Get yourself a PYRANNA to open bags, Simply simon 664 Ridgewood Ave Monclair NY
www.pyranna.com 800-803-4001
At the grocery store they have rubber circles that will grip lids
I have small hands and these solved my needs.
January 9 at 16:36 EST .

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   Balogreene  RedWhiteBlue, we have something similar to Amazon.com's Brix Jarkey Metal jar Opener. It just breaks the vacuum (or opens a beer bottle ). But, once that vacuum is broken, the jar is easy to open (even the big pickle jars with my stubby hands ).

I have arthritis in my hands, and carpal tunnel, this thing really works, makes it much easier for me. Check out Amazon, they have several jar openers (some we've tried and they don't work ). This particular one does not work on jars that are not vacuum sealed.
January 20 at 22:33 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Having a 3 pm dr appt. getting there 20 min early and not seeing the Dr until 5 pm
December 21 at 18:05 EST .

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   Surfhut  I love that TV commercial where the patient keeps the doctor waiting because she's getting so much work done using his WiFi.
December 24 at 10:04 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I don't have cable, so missed that, but sounds like a riot.
December 24 at 12:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Oh wow! I would love to see that.
December 25 at 17:54 EST .


   Balogreene  I hate that. Last time at my cardiologist, they took me back to the room 20 minutes late, 20 minutes later, I was leaving the room when the Dr. walked in (I was timing it on my iPhone ).

Many years ago I thought it through. The person I would wait the longest for was Baryshnikov. I figured I would wait 20 to 25 minutes for him. No one (not even a cardiologist ) deserved more wait time. I try to stick with that.
December 27 at 20:50 EST .

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   Sistersuzey  This has always been a major pet peeve of mine. Once my oldest son and I had spent an hour waiting in the back room for his pediatrician. I finally pulled a sharpie from my purse and had my son draw a skeleton on the paper sheet covering the exam table. We wrote "I was here and now I'm gone, all because you took too long!" Then we snuck out. I received a call later that day apologizing.
January 1 at 14:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Ugh. Today Hagar was supposed to get a new PICC line put in. Because it was a holiday, the wound care nurse was off meaning the RN was to change the wound vac. She had not done one in a long time but I told her I could walk her through it. Because of the PICC line appt and no one had actually set up a time...they don't do that...we were cooling our jets all day waiting for them to send for him. I left at 6pm, no PICC line and the wound had not been changed. You can't start a wound care change and be interrupted, it takes at least 30 min to complete. Guess all this will be done tomorrow, or hopefully before Hagar's procedure for TEE. Checking for heart valve infection on Monday.
January 1 at 21:14 EST .

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   Balogreene  I think I might have said this before, but here goes again. Got an email at work today, there will be clients and customers in the office for meetings Thursday and Friday, in the conference rooms located behind my "office"/cubicle. As I was getting up to talk to my boss he was coming to talk to me. He told me to work at home those two days. He said you have to be polite to them, they don't have to be polite to you.

First time they were there, they would stand in the "doorway" of my cubicle, telling jokes, talking, laughing, etc. I asked them to please move somewhere else as I was trying to work. I was given grief by management because these people are Generals, Admirals, and CEOs, they are used to doing whatever they want, and I should accommodate them. My boss, career Army, told me these people are used to doing whatever they want, without being asked to be polite (were they never PFC's? ) Anyhow, ever since that disastrous meeting, I am forced out of my office for two days while they are there. Not that I mind saving the 25 mile, each way commute.

How arrogant, inconsiderate, and impolite can these people be? As Jackie Gleason said, "Be nice to people on the way up, you will surely run into them on the way down."
December 16 at 19:13 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I take it from that, your boss is being considerate of you by telling you to work from home so you don't have to put up with obnoxious people?

I worked part time in an office that sent me home when a certain individual was due to come in town. The first time it happened, I thought I had done something wrong or that management was afraid I would do something obnoxious in this man's presence; I was stunned at being told to go home and stay there until they called and told me to come back in. He was a "big deal" and I had heard him spoken of. Come to find out, sending me home was to keep me from being "exposed" to him. Apparently, he's one of the more odious and obnoxious individuals on the planet, and as the office manager told me, "I can't have you exposed to him. The rest of us are used to it." I was the oldest and most "straight-laced" one in the office; I never took part in any of what some of them considered "fun."

I don't know if everyone got naked and had a party when this guy was in town, or what, but I never met him and was never "exposed" to him, but even today when I hear his name on the news or in conversation, I wonder.
December 18 at 12:10 EST .

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   Balogreene  Wow! He probably was very crude and came on to the women crudely.

Yeah my boss was protecting me. It's so hard to work with people leaning on your cubicle, carrying on. I certainly get a lot more done at home. And, this whole idea of my not asking them to please be considerate, drives me crazy. But, the one time I did it, they told the big honcho they were offended, who was I to speak to them like that?
December 18 at 17:01 EST .

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   Grahamcracker  Has anyone else had the problem of picking up grocery items only to get them home and realize they are flavored with seasonings? I have unwittingly bought tomato sauce or canned tomatoes spiked w/oregano or basil or chili peppers. Yesterday I bought mayo only to find it had mayo and lime. My bad for not being more observant,but these items are mixed in with the plain products.
December 11 at 23:02 EST .

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   StormCnter  GC, I sympathize, or maybe I empathize. I have a favorite Oreo, the Fudge Cremes. They are coated with chocolate. When I got home with a new package, I realized I had bought Mint Fudge Cremes. No, no, no, no! The package is exactly the same except for a small "Mint" above the word Oreo. I tried one, hated it and knew to look more closely next time. However, your "mayo and lime" sounds pretty tasty. I might look for that.
December 12 at 05:55 EST .

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   Grahamcracker  Glad I'm not alone! That mayo is at Aldi. Enjoy!
December 12 at 11:56 EST .

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   MeiDei  Storm, if you venture to Aldi's remember to check out their Boulder brand of easy open, on a roll, trash bags. I load up on Swiss Cake Rolls, Peanut Butter Bars, & their Bacon Ranch salad dressing (best tasting ). BTW, tomato sauce with all the seasonings is a plus for me : )
December 12 at 12:17 EST .

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   StormCnter  Aldi's opened several stores in this area a while back, but most of them have since been closed. I missed that opportunity, I guess.
December 14 at 06:54 EST .

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   Balogreene  I get so mad when I see something I want, grab it, get home and find I've gotten the wrong thing. They were close together, the wrong one was mixed with the right one, or the product was so intermixed it was hard to get the right thing.
December 16 at 19:02 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I've had it happen more than once and I get so mad at myself. Now I make a point of looking very closely at almost everything, especially tomato paste and other tomato products.
December 18 at 19:24 EST .

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   StormCnter  Getting shortchanged deliberately. It happened again to me today, at a car wash. The price list at the car wash is 11.99, 19.99, 25.99 and so forth. So, the cashier is accustomed to making change involving a penny, right? I bought an 11.99 car wash and gave her a twenty. She quickly counted out 8 dollars and closed her cash drawer. I stood there for a minute and then asked about my penny. Oh, sorry about that and she handed me my one cent.

This has happened to me before and at a different carwash with the same price structure. That day, I paid for my carwash and received only bills. I asked the cashier for my penny and she actually argued with me. She was very sarcastic when she opened her cash drawer and thrust a penny into my hand. "You're the first person who ever asked for the penny," she said with a sneer.

What's the matter with customers who don't mind getting shortchanged?
December 9 at 12:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  The small local businesses around here generally have a small cup for people who don't want, or leave without a penny in change. When someone comes in shy a penny, or a few, the clerk will take the amount needed out of the cup.
I don't like being short-changed or over-charged; the latter means another trip to the store for correction.
December 12 at 12:25 EST .

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   Straitpath  Needed to change my address with Social Security. What a joke. Couldn't find directions on Internet site. Waited on phone one half hour and hung up. Called local office and I think I got it done, though she didn't act like she knew what she was doing. Why such poor service???
December 9 at 00:13 EST .

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   Balogreene  Early 90's in NYC my wallet was stolen (of course, Rudi wasn't mayor yet ). I went literally across the street to the Social Security office to get a new card. I was behind many people who didn't speak English, and didn't have ID. They were being told you didn't need ID at the welfare office, go sign up for welfare, get an ID card and come back to collect SS.
December 16 at 19:05 EST .


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