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November 12th, 2022 at 5:47:45 AM permalink
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Why is there always at least one employee at every post office that has to make life difficult?
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I doubt if I have been to a post office in five years.
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It's good to have minions and henchlings.
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My wife would not appreciate being called a minion or henchling.
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DRich,

Perhaps she would prefer flunky or lackey? ;-)

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In our relationship, I am the flunky or lackey.
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Naw, you're her huckleberry.
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November 12th, 2022 at 4:19:25 PM permalink
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Coworkers who refuse to help cover overtime even when needed. I get not taking overtime when there is a simple call out or only a few extra hours but with people taking off for the holidays there is a ton of OT at my job right now and I am stuck holding the bag working 12 hours a day 5 days a week and may have to work my weekends as well.
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Seems like a demanding job that requires someone manning the post at all times. I once worked at a call center and was one of the few that had Saturdays off. The newbies wouldn't get that option and would have to either call out if they wanted a Saturday off or request it Months in advance, to almost always be told NO!" And if you called out 3 times or more you would be fired.

I would constantly get asked if I could switch days off with someone whose "weekend" was a Tuesday/Wednesday. After obliging a few co-workers, it seemed they wouldn't even go to anyone else before asking me for a Saturday switch. So I just stopped saying Yes to anyone who needed a Saturday and said "Just leave early that day and say you have an emergency, they HAVE to let you go!"

Needless to say, the call center was Peeved about all these new hires finding a loop hole in the call out rule!
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November 19th, 2022 at 3:11:08 PM permalink
Vloggers who begin every video by saying "what's up" as if trying to sound cool in high school epitomize a larger social plague of grown men who talk, dress, and behave like like teenage slackers.
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November 19th, 2022 at 3:48:38 PM permalink
I wish there was an airline with a "no luggage" policy. No checked luggage, no overhead bins... if it can't fit under the seat in front of you, you don't get on the plane. Either that or get rid of overhead bins and make people check everything. I'm tired of being on a plane with just a small bag and waiting for 150 in front of me to pull their crap out of the overhead bin when I'm ready to just stand up and go.

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Vloggers who begin every video by saying "what's up" as if trying to sound cool in high school epitomize a larger social plague of grown men who talk, dress, and behave like like teenage slackers.
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"What's up" is not even remotely a "teenage slacker" phrase....

Or are you referring simply to the way they say it?
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November 19th, 2022 at 8:03:14 PM permalink
Someone that has $250 on the pass line and nothing in odds. At a $25 table. Youíd think theyíd know better playing at that level

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November 19th, 2022 at 9:30:12 PM permalink
I'd be too busy pressing my bets to even add odds.
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November 20th, 2022 at 7:34:32 AM permalink
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Vloggers
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That was enough of a post to be accurate. These people are a public nuisance.
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November 20th, 2022 at 7:53:08 AM permalink
My pet peeve is espn.com when you click on NCAAF scoreboard by default t only shows the top 25 teams. How about default to showing all games and let people choose if they only want the top 25. There are around 130 division I teams why default to 25? I don't understand it at all.
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November 20th, 2022 at 7:54:49 AM permalink
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Naw, you're her huckleberry.
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That could be true. My wife is from Montana and has an affinity for Huckleberries.
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November 20th, 2022 at 8:24:52 AM permalink
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My pet peeve is espn.com when you click on NCAAF scoreboard by default t only shows the top 25 teams. How about default to showing all games and let people choose if they only want the top 25. There are around 130 division I teams why default to 25? I don't understand it at all.
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Twenty-five games means fifty teams. More than a third of the teams are covered. I'd imagine interest drops rather quickly once you get past the top two dozen or so teams.
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November 20th, 2022 at 8:26:29 AM permalink
I havenít read through all of this but it seems like the pet peeves arenít just limited to gambling/casino pet peeves so here goes. Talk about flying reminded me of something I saw recently at an airport. Guy eats something that gets all over his hands. Rather than wipe his hands off or wash his hands, he sticks each of his fingers in his mouth to lick them clean. I donít generally care what people do but itís incredibly gross. A few times a year I see adults licking their fingers and I just donít get it. I look away but then you still hear the sounds. The bothers me far more than gum chewing or eating with your mouth open.
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November 20th, 2022 at 8:37:05 AM permalink
There is a 'feature' in some web browsers that displays an old (cached) version of the last webpage visited when reopening the application, then loads and displays a fresh version of the page a few moments later.

That's fine enough.

The peef in it comes from the awful timing and interpretation of what to do when the user has started typing something into the address/search bar.

It seems that just as I am about to press enter to commence my search, my typing is cleared and the refreshed page (that I don't really care about) is displayed. I can't be bothered to dig through the hidden disfiguration options to try to disable it, but it annoys me just enough to mildly grimace each time it happens.
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November 20th, 2022 at 10:29:16 AM permalink
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My pet peeve is espn.com when you click on NCAAF scoreboard by default t only shows the top 25 teams. How about default to showing all games and let people choose if they only want the top 25. There are around 130 division I teams why default to 25? I don't understand it at all.
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Twenty-five games means fifty teams. More than a third of the teams are covered. I'd imagine interest drops rather quickly once you get past the top two dozen or so teams.
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It just shows teams that are ranked 1 thru 25. So at most, 25 games but usually less. I just can't comprehend why it wouldn't default to all the teams. Yes, I want to see who Austin Peay played and Coastal Carolina too. Doesn't everybody want to know the score of the New Mexico State game when they play UTEP?
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November 20th, 2022 at 11:05:23 AM permalink
I hate when I click on a 14-second video of a sports highlight that I'm curious to see (usually on the ESPN site) and there is first a 30-seconds-long advertisement video with no "skip ads after x seconds" option. Uh-uh. Delete tab and move on.
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November 20th, 2022 at 11:18:27 AM permalink
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My pet peeve is espn.com when you click on NCAAF scoreboard by default t only shows the top 25 teams. How about default to showing all games and let people choose if they only want the top 25. There are around 130 division I teams why default to 25? I don't understand it at all.
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Twenty-five games means fifty teams. More than a third of the teams are covered. I'd imagine interest drops rather quickly once you get past the top two dozen or so teams.
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It just shows teams that are ranked 1 thru 25. So at most, 25 games but usually less. I just can't comprehend why it wouldn't default to all the teams. Yes, I want to see who Austin Peay played and Coastal Carolina too. Doesn't everybody want to know the score of the New Mexico State game when they play UTEP?
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What's a Utep? Is it like a Yout?
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November 20th, 2022 at 6:03:30 PM permalink
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I hate when I click on a 14-second video of a sports highlight that I'm curious to see (usually on the ESPN site) and there is first a 30-seconds-long advertisement video with no "skip ads after x seconds" option. Uh-uh. Delete tab and move on.
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You can thank Youtube for that forced advertising to watch a free video. While they may not be the First website to do it, they are certainly the most egregious offender of placing forced before and during a video.

Remember when American Idol and other game shows with fan voting would constantly throw to commercial before revealing the next elimination or round? That type of bait and switch has been around for decades and will always exist.
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November 20th, 2022 at 6:03:40 PM permalink
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I hate when I click on a 14-second video of a sports highlight that I'm curious to see (usually on the ESPN site) and there is first a 30-seconds-long advertisement video with no "skip ads after x seconds" option. Uh-uh. Delete tab and move on.
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November 20th, 2022 at 7:58:43 PM permalink
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My pet peeve is espn.com when you click on NCAAF scoreboard by default t only shows the top 25 teams. How about default to showing all games and let people choose if they only want the top 25. There are around 130 division I teams why default to 25? I don't understand it at all.
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Maybe because 90+% of viewers donít give a sh$t about those games, and ESPN doesnít give a sh$t about you!

I just use my phone and go to NCAA.com
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November 20th, 2022 at 11:37:00 PM permalink
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I hate when I click on a 14-second video of a sports highlight that I'm curious to see (usually on the ESPN site) and there is first a 30-seconds-long advertisement video with no "skip ads after x seconds" option. Uh-uh. Delete tab and move on.
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November 21st, 2022 at 12:29:34 AM permalink
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I hate when I click on a 14-second video of a sports highlight that I'm curious to see (usually on the ESPN site) and there is first a 30-seconds-long advertisement video with no "skip ads after x seconds" option. Uh-uh. Delete tab and move on.
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They say Mathematicians & Physicists are the most intelligent people on the planet
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A long while back, I had some adblock software running, so I could get information I wanted off some websites, without waiting for slow ad loads and the ubiquitous misformatting embedded in the ads.
A number of those sites had an ambitious admin who saw a discrepancy in page views vs ad revenue, and set up some rather harsh and effective retaliatory blacklisting, blocking me (and the entire LAN - collateral casualties) from the desired content entirely.
It was not an enjoyable experience to negotiate a truce.
I now suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous advertisements, although some unskippables make the squeeze more valuable than the juice.

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I've adjusted my goals from "not getting caught" to "not getting eaten".
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November 21st, 2022 at 4:50:12 AM permalink
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Maybe because 90+% of viewers donít give a sh$t about those games, and ESPN doesnít give a sh$t about you!



I understand, but i don't understand. I just have a hard time understanding why people care more about specific teams and not about the matchups themselves. I went to the University of Iowa and I grew up in Ohio so I do have a small rooting interest in those teams. But I would never choose to watch one of those teams over what I would consider a better matchup in another game. I would rather watch Louisiana-Monroe play South Alabama over Ohio State vs Iowa because I would expect a better game out of the prior even though I have connections to both Iowa and Ohio State. I realize I am not typical but I don't understand why others would not be more interested in matchups over teams.
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November 21st, 2022 at 5:16:35 AM permalink
Pet Peeve:

Watching NCAA football all season long on regular network broadcasts and then having the final CFP games only broadcast on ESPN. I "cut the cable" a year or two ago.

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Pet Peeve:

Watching NCAA football all season long on regular network broadcasts and then having the final CFP games only broadcast on ESPN. I "cut the cable" a year or two ago.


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You could get ESPN+ for a month. They have a bundle with Disney+. Might also be an introductory trial period.
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November 21st, 2022 at 6:41:42 AM permalink
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I hate when I click on a 14-second video of a sports highlight that I'm curious to see (usually on the ESPN site) and there is first a 30-seconds-long advertisement video with no "skip ads after x seconds" option. Uh-uh. Delete tab and move on.
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They say Mathematicians & Physicists are the most intelligent people on the planet
and this lesser being sees no ads not on Youtube or anywhere else.
Browser extension AdBlock Gordon.
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A long while back, I had some adblock software running, so I could get information I wanted off some websites, without waiting for slow ad loads and the ubiquitous misformatting embedded in the ads.
A number of those sites had an ambitious admin who saw a discrepancy in page views vs ad revenue, and set up some rather harsh and effective retaliatory blacklisting, blocking me (and the entire LAN - collateral casualties) from the desired content entirely.
It was not an enjoyable experience to negotiate a truce.
I now suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous advertisements, although some unskippables make the squeeze more valuable than the juice.

Playing as the mouse, being pounced upon is inevitable.
I've adjusted my goals from "not getting caught" to "not getting eaten".

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If it weren't for ads, I'd get nothing done. If I'm watching a show with commercials, I will wash dishes during the commercials, so I know ahead of time in two hours, my kitchen will be done. Watch a two hour movie with no ads and I'll still have a dirty kitchen.
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November 21st, 2022 at 6:59:27 AM permalink
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Quote: gordonm888

I hate when I click on a 14-second video of a sports highlight that I'm curious to see (usually on the ESPN site) and there is first a 30-seconds-long advertisement video with no "skip ads after x seconds" option. Uh-uh. Delete tab and move on.
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They say Mathematicians & Physicists are the most intelligent people on the planet
and this lesser being sees no ads not on Youtube or anywhere else.
Browser extension AdBlock Gordon.
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A long while back, I had some adblock software running, so I could get information I wanted off some websites, without waiting for slow ad loads and the ubiquitous misformatting embedded in the ads.
A number of those sites had an ambitious admin who saw a discrepancy in page views vs ad revenue, and set up some rather harsh and effective retaliatory blacklisting, blocking me (and the entire LAN - collateral casualties) from the desired content entirely.
It was not an enjoyable experience to negotiate a truce.
I now suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous advertisements, although some unskippables make the squeeze more valuable than the juice.

Playing as the mouse, being pounced upon is inevitable.
I've adjusted my goals from "not getting caught" to "not getting eaten".

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If it weren't for ads, I'd get nothing done. If I'm watching a show with commercials, I will wash dishes during the commercials, so I know ahead of time in two hours, my kitchen will be done. Watch a two hour movie with no ads and I'll still have a dirty kitchen.
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I remember getting quick at household chores by cramming them into the commercial breaks.
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November 21st, 2022 at 8:33:55 AM permalink
DVR! DVR! DVR!

I DVR everything. I never watch anything in real time.

When I DVR a sporting event I can replay something and when a commercial comes fast forward thru it.

When I DVR a News show I can fast forward thru a topic that I am not interested in.

DVR! DVR! DVR!
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November 24th, 2022 at 5:36:44 AM permalink
Pet peeve that someone here may have experience with.

I booked a room at 4 Queens. Person on the phone said room was comped (I received a postcard for 2 nights free). But the Confirmation email identifies a price. I point this out and she says donít worry about that, we have you in the system as comped. I asked for some confirmation in email that the room is comped and they didnít provide one. I donít want to get to the front desk and have them say itís not comped. I did call back and another person did say he could see it was in as a comp. Still, Iíd really like for the confirmation email to say comp. Or at least exclude the price (which is what Iíve seen before).
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November 24th, 2022 at 9:02:22 AM permalink
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Pet peeve that someone here may have experience with.

I booked a room at 4 Queens. Person on the phone said room was comped (I received a postcard for 2 nights free). But the Confirmation email identifies a price. I point this out and she says donít worry about that, we have you in the system as comped. I asked for some confirmation in email that the room is comped and they didnít provide one. I donít want to get to the front desk and have them say itís not comped. I did call back and another person did say he could see it was in as a comp. Still, Iíd really like for the confirmation email to say comp. Or at least exclude the price (which is what Iíve seen before).
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How aboutÖ. ĎOh, thatís great. Can you email a screen shot of whatever you are looking at that says itís comped? Thanks!í
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November 24th, 2022 at 9:23:51 AM permalink
Bring the postcard with you. If they give you a problem, ask for a manager and then request an upgrade for the trouble their incompetence caused you.
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November 24th, 2022 at 12:39:08 PM permalink
My pet peeve is hair stylists who feel the need to make small talk.

Almost universally, they ask what it is you do for a living. Of course, I could be honest and say, "Writer," which they would interpret as, "Unemployed." Even if they didn't interpret it as unemployed, then there would be follow-up questions, which would be an even worse outcome than her just assuming I'm unemployed. What I usually end up doing is taking a subject that I know a good bit about (in case of follow up questions) and then lie and give myself some nuanced occupation within that subject for my own amusement.

Maybe I'll just say, "Unemployed," from now on, which will make her feel awkward and then she won't want to talk anymore.

Also, are all of these hair stylists single? Is, "What do you do for a living?", just a proxy question for, "What is your annual income?" I simply don't understand the purpose of the question. The only useful information that the answer conveys is roundabout how much I make.

It's also not a question that opens up a return in kind because, since I am sitting in her styling chair, I already know what she does for a living.

My most recent hair stylist told me all about her upcoming vacation (which I didn't care to hear about at all) the first time I saw her and then told me all about said vacation (which I still didn't care to hear about) the second time around. She is the first to cut my hair in a certain way to make it less evident that I am thinning on one side, so I think I'll stick with her, even though having to talk to her detracts substantially from my experience as a customer.

I don't get my hair cut as often as I would otherwise like to. Perhaps they will come up with an AI bot that can cut hair one day. I'm tired of being interrogated every time my hair gets too long.
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November 24th, 2022 at 1:57:06 PM permalink
I shaved my head for ROTC Advance Camp, and most of it never grew back. A fair trade when I think of the hours saved in a barber chair and by being able to brush my hair with a towel.
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November 24th, 2022 at 3:24:47 PM permalink
Mission, I think the key is for you to start the conversation and take it in a direction that they don't want to go. If you do it properly they won't want to talk to you at all.

I have found that talking about my time in prison when I had to suitcase my shank up my butt in my toothbrush case to get through the metal detectors when coming back from the yard. That will probably stall all conversation in 90% of scenarios.

If it doesn't, they will ask what you were in for. Always tell them that it was just a misunderstanding that you are not comfortable talking about and that all of the blood from those kids will always haunt you.
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November 24th, 2022 at 5:16:15 PM permalink
Funny you should mention prison. My dental hygienist started talking about working for the state prison system and how terrible it was. The treatment became quite a bit rougher the whole time as she was recounting working there.
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November 24th, 2022 at 5:29:05 PM permalink
My pet peeve are posts that are really long. I never read them. We don't need a book. Just make your point and hit send.
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November 24th, 2022 at 6:14:49 PM permalink
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Mission, I think the key is for you to start the conversation and take it in a direction that they don't want to go. If you do it properly they won't want to talk to you at all.

I have found that talking about my time in prison when I had to suitcase my shank up my butt in my toothbrush case to get through the metal detectors when coming back from the yard. That will probably stall all conversation in 90% of scenarios.

If it doesn't, they will ask what you were in for. Always tell them that it was just a misunderstanding that you are not comfortable talking about and that all of the blood from those kids will always haunt you.
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If you skip the toothbrush case, you can bring in two shivs. Food for thought.
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November 25th, 2022 at 5:04:27 AM permalink
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My pet peeve ...
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some thoughts:

* don't get your hair cut by a 'stylist' ... go to a barber shop

* tell people you are retired, even when you are just in-between-jobs

* women generally will ask too many personal questions when they first meet you, etc. Recently I sat down to talk to a guy I hadn't talked to in a while at a fundraiser. A woman also sat down a minute or two later, someone he knew I guess. She asked what I did for a living?.... how many kids?.... what did you do before your retired?... where did you move from? etc etc ... and she couldn't take the hint that she had asked enough. She asked more than these, I can't remember them all. I really think she wanted to ask about my net worth! Pathological need to know, related to a need to compare and judge. No, they don't have to single.

naturally I fled as soon as politely possible and my visit with the guy was over too. So, sir, I think you got off easy with the stylist!
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November 25th, 2022 at 8:18:33 AM permalink
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My pet peeve is hair stylists who feel the need to make small talk.

Almost universally, they ask what it is you do for a living. Of course, I could be honest and say, "Writer," which they would interpret as, "Unemployed." Even if they didn't interpret it as unemployed, then there would be follow-up questions, which would be an even worse outcome than her just assuming I'm unemployed. What I usually end up doing is taking a subject that I know a good bit about (in case of follow up questions) and then lie and give myself some nuanced occupation within that subject for my own amusement.

Maybe I'll just say, "Unemployed," from now on, which will make her feel awkward and then she won't want to talk anymore.

Also, are all of these hair stylists single? Is, "What do you do for a living?", just a proxy question for, "What is your annual income?" I simply don't understand the purpose of the question. The only useful information that the answer conveys is roundabout how much I make.

It's also not a question that opens up a return in kind because, since I am sitting in her styling chair, I already know what she does for a living.

My most recent hair stylist told me all about her upcoming vacation (which I didn't care to hear about at all) the first time I saw her and then told me all about said vacation (which I still didn't care to hear about) the second time around. She is the first to cut my hair in a certain way to make it less evident that I am thinning on one side, so I think I'll stick with her, even though having to talk to her detracts substantially from my experience as a customer.

I don't get my hair cut as often as I would otherwise like to. Perhaps they will come up with an AI bot that can cut hair one day. I'm tired of being interrogated every time my hair gets too long.
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Pretty much my exact experience, I get my hair cut half as often as Iíd like to as a result. Had a barber when I was a younger man I liked, now all the barbers nearby really arenít prepared to cut a white guys hair unless itís a buzz cut which I could do myself.
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November 25th, 2022 at 9:11:08 AM permalink
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My pet peeve ...
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some thoughts:

* don't get your hair cut by a 'stylist' ... go to a barber shop

* tell people you are retired, even when you are just in-between-jobs

* women generally will ask too many personal questions when they first meet you, etc. Recently I sat down to talk to a guy I hadn't talked to in a while at a fundraiser. A woman also sat down a minute or two later, someone he knew I guess. She asked what I did for a living?.... how many kids?.... what did you do before your retired?... where did you move from? etc etc ... and she couldn't take the hint that she had asked enough. She asked more than these, I can't remember them all. I really think she wanted to ask about my net worth! Pathological need to know, related to a need to compare and judge. No, they don't have to single.

naturally I fled as soon as politely possible and my visit with the guy was over too. So, sir, I think you got off easy with the stylist!
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Why would a barber shop be any different? The only place near me that advertises itself as a, "Barber shop," is also a female barber. Besides, why would I want a guy to cut my hair, anyway? I usually try to avoid differentiating between the genders, but I definitely don't want a dude physically close to me (and sometimes making accidental direct contact) if my alternative is a woman.

Also, I'm not going to Regis, or anything goofy like that...this is just Sport Clips, or that sort of place. It's not technically a barber shop, but it's not high-end, either.

If I say I'm retired, then she's definitely going to think I have money, so that's the last answer I'd ever give.
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November 25th, 2022 at 9:46:21 AM permalink
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My pet peeve ...
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some thoughts:

* don't get your hair cut by a 'stylist' ... go to a barber shop

* tell people you are retired, even when you are just in-between-jobs

* women generally will ask too many personal questions when they first meet you, etc. Recently I sat down to talk to a guy I hadn't talked to in a while at a fundraiser. A woman also sat down a minute or two later, someone he knew I guess. She asked what I did for a living?.... how many kids?.... what did you do before your retired?... where did you move from? etc etc ... and she couldn't take the hint that she had asked enough. She asked more than these, I can't remember them all. I really think she wanted to ask about my net worth! Pathological need to know, related to a need to compare and judge. No, they don't have to single.

naturally I fled as soon as politely possible and my visit with the guy was over too. So, sir, I think you got off easy with the stylist!
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Why would a barber shop be any different? The only place near me that advertises itself as a, "Barber shop," is also a female barber. Besides, why would I want a guy to cut my hair, anyway? I usually try to avoid differentiating between the genders, but I definitely don't want a dude physically close to me (and sometimes making accidental direct contact) if my alternative is a woman.

Also, I'm not going to Regis, or anything goofy like that...this is just Sport Clips, or that sort of place. It's not technically a barber shop, but it's not high-end, either.

If I say I'm retired, then she's definitely going to think I have money, so that's the last answer I'd ever give.
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2 bits for a haircut and a prostrate exam. (When bits were quarters).
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November 25th, 2022 at 9:54:43 AM permalink
When your hair stylist asks your occupation, tell her you're a rectal surgeon. Someone once did this to me, and it really chills the conversation. I did finally ask "Why did you choose that?" and his response was that his father was the first rectal surgeon in the state. And then there was nowhere for the dinner conversation to go.
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November 25th, 2022 at 10:11:08 AM permalink
Rectologist ?
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November 25th, 2022 at 10:44:16 AM permalink
Gastrointestinal surgeon, I believe.
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November 25th, 2022 at 11:19:47 AM permalink
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Why would a barber shop be any different? The only place near me that advertises itself as a, "Barber shop," is also a female barber. Besides, why would I want a guy to cut my hair, anyway? I usually try to avoid differentiating between the genders, but I definitely don't want a dude physically close to me (and sometimes making accidental direct contact)

what!?
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if my alternative is a woman.

I tend to assume a stylist charges more; my barber is a woman too, but when it has been a guy I gave little thought to it, being so normal back when I was coming up

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Also, I'm not going to Regis, or anything goofy like that...this is just Sport Clips, or that sort of place. It's not technically a barber shop, but it's not high-end, either.

If I say I'm retired, then she's definitely going to think I have money, so that's the last answer I'd ever give.
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Well! you seem to like the female attention you get, "no dudes thank you", yet you won't allow them any further intimacy!

Is this you?

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November 25th, 2022 at 11:33:49 AM permalink
Haha!!! Nothing like that.

I just see it as a binary choice of having a man or woman make incidental direct contact with me, so of the two, I would prefer it be a woman. I don't want to offend any, "Non-binary," folks, or whatever, so perhaps it is more appropriate to say I will either perceive the person as a man, or woman, and would prefer it be a woman.

I also tend to not have loyalty to a particular stylist, most of the time. I get my hair cut so infrequently that I usually don't remember their names, which ends up being awkward on its own, so then I have to go somewhere I've never been before.

Meh. I guess it's just something that I have to live with unless I want either a buzz cut (doing it myself) or likely a bad haircut (if my fiancee were to do it). There are worse fates and I only get a haircut twice a year, or so. I think I'll do some less extreme variant of the advice to just say something (while being polite) that will make the stylist not want to talk to me anymore.
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November 25th, 2022 at 11:46:41 AM permalink
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Haha!!! Nothing like that.

I just see it as a binary choice of having a man or woman make incidental direct contact with me, so of the two, I would prefer it be a woman. I don't want to offend any, "Non-binary," folks, or whatever, so perhaps it is more appropriate to say I will either perceive the person as a man, or woman, and would prefer it be a woman.

I also tend to not have loyalty to a particular stylist, most of the time. I get my hair cut so infrequently that I usually don't remember their names, which ends up being awkward on its own, so then I have to go somewhere I've never been before.

Meh. I guess it's just something that I have to live with unless I want either a buzz cut (doing it myself) or likely a bad haircut (if my fiancee were to do it). There are worse fates and I only get a haircut twice a year, or so. I think I'll do some less extreme variant of the advice to just say something (while being polite) that will make the stylist not want to talk to me anymore.
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You could always just say you have been at work the past 24 hours and need to get some shut eye. So pardon me while I close my eyes and if I fall asleep, wake me up when it is time to tip you generously.
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November 25th, 2022 at 11:58:42 AM permalink
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You could always just say you have been at work the past 24 hours and need to get some shut eye. So pardon me while I close my eyes and if I fall asleep, wake me up when it is time to tip you generously.
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You've just given me a great idea! What if I tip her, in advance, then politely tell her that I don't really care to talk? Since I usually tip $20 on a haircut and beard trim, I will have no need to feel guilty for not wanting to talk since I have already tipped.
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November 25th, 2022 at 12:13:38 PM permalink
Give her one of those, "I am deaf" cards.

I never knew if someone was, but people panhandling would hand them out.
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November 25th, 2022 at 12:19:12 PM permalink
I'm an IRS Enforcement Special Agent, which generally is enough to change the conversation or end it quickly.
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November 25th, 2022 at 2:39:40 PM permalink
Places like Boston Market & KFC selling "Family Meals" but forcing you to take the sides THEY choose and only allowing you the choice of 1 out of 3 sides!

I realize it's a gimmick to move menu items that don't sell, but seriously when you force people to take "common sides" like Mashed Potatoes & Stuffing instead of choosing it themselves, it just reeks of poor service. And when you ask nicely to change something, the rebuttal is always "Yea, but it'll cost you extra!" is just absurd.
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November 25th, 2022 at 4:14:23 PM permalink
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When your hair stylist asks your occupation, tell her you're a rectal surgeon. Someone once did this to me, and it really chills the conversation. I did finally ask "Why did you choose that?" and his response was that his father was the first rectal surgeon in the state. And then there was nowhere for the dinner conversation to go.
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Sadly, I would have a lot of questions if someone told me their occupation was a rectal surgeon.
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