Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
Man, I can think of a few right off the bat, mostly related to college:
1.) People in libraries. I spend a considerable amount of time studying and doing homework (engineering major). I also spend most of this time at either the library or engineering building. When I'm there I can always concentrate better. Nothing irritates me more than when I'm trying to study or read and there is a group of two people at a nearby table talking away. I can tolerate it if the discussion is hushed and school related or if it's a quick hello to a passing friend. I absolutely CANNOT tolerate people that sit down and have social hour at the library. That and people who actually will answer cell calls and have the conversation in the main part of the library. I keep my phone on vibrate if I'm expecting a call and when it rings I quickly move to an unoccupied area of the library to have my conversation. I just don't get why groups go to the library to study together. When my friends and I work on homework together we always try to meet somewhere where we won't interfere with others. There are a million coffee shops, don't bother people in the quiet environment at the library.
2.) People walking around campus. I usually ride my bike since my house is a long walk. As I'm riding nothing irritates me more than the oblivious person that walks down the center of a sidewalk so as I'm coming up behind them I have no where to pass. I usually try to clear my throat or something to alert people but some people are just in their own little world. I do enjoy cutting over past them and then swooping right by and startling them.
3.) Roommates that leave dishes on the sink after meals. Are you that busy that you can't take 2 minutes to scrape off your dish and throw it in the dishwasher? Argh....
4.) Professors who don't interact or have anything to do with the outside world. Examples from this year include 2 male professors who had midterms today (day after the Superbowl, c'mon) and many teachers that will schedule midterms the Monday after the OSU/Michigan game when it's at home. I can't even blame it on female teachers, the males are just as bad. Are these people so out of touch that they don't know when major events like the Superbowl, OSU games, and such are? It's not too hard to adjust the class schedule by a day.
5.) Homeless people that make up outrageous stories. I'm in college, I'm poor, I'm not going to give you change. I hate being bothered by homeless people. If they want to sit on the sidewalk with a sign and cup, that's cool. When you knock on my door or you come up and interrupt me, that's not cool. I got hit up by the same dude twice in one week. One time he was "with Advance Auto Parts" and he "ran out of gas." I offered my cell phone for him to call his company and he quickly left. The next time, a week later, he hits me up with a UPS shirt on and the same story. I replied with "Didn't you work for Advance last week?" That shut him up real fast.
6.) Businesses that try to sell me every deal on the face of the Earth. If I'm making a major purchase, offering me a warranty is ok. If I'm buying a CD, offering me your great rewards card and CD cleaner is ridiculous. Also, at a fast food place, asking me if I want to "Biggie Size" or add a side irritates me to no end. I'm sure they are required to do it but I still don't want to be bothered. If I wanted to biggie size it I can read the menu and make that decision without you having to ask me.
Those are just a few, I'm sure I'll think of even more.
It may be that your proffs are more in touch with the outside world than you realize. Your furture bosses are not likely to cancil work the day after the Superbowl so in actuality the proffs are getting you ready for life.
Sorry to be such a killjoy/old fart/"back when I was your age...." type.
a super volcano of ridonkulous suckitude.
I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate
People who like to "tell" you a movie...
My wife used to try to do this with me. Now she knows better...as do my kids.
You saw a great movie last night? Great. What was it called? Fine.
I DO NOT want to hear the whole story line, stating with the opening scene.
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
And with work you can *usually* plan ahead to clear a night unless there is a major project or deadline. With midterms, it's tough to prepare a long while in advance, especially with responsibilities for other classes. I'm really not trying to whine, I just get irritated when my professors never give consideration to things outside of their class.
Man, I am in rant mood tonight. Please don't take offense, my parents always say the same kind of stuff to me when I complain.
Not just telemarketers..... but telemarketers that can't even speak English! I have an answering machine so I don't even pick up. But even then, when you don't respond, you get this annoying LOUD "BEEP, BEEP, BEEP" left on your machine. I get about 4-5 a day.
With what is going on in the service industry, especially in tech support, I think we should ignore Iran and bomb India!
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
"Hello, you have reached the Bangalore help line. We are here to serve you. My name is.........Fred."
No, your name is not Fred. It doesn't make your accent sound less Indian either.
What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?
All models are wrong. Some of them are useful.
When telemarketers or bill collectors call and an automated message ask's you to hold for a moment. I can't believe there is much of a success rate with that.
People who wait until there are several car lengths between them and the car in front of them when the light turns green. There's times I'm tempted to pass and fill in one of those open spots. Geez people we can get our space once we get through.
I created a character for this very occasion at work. "Joseph Blow, Jr., III."When telemarketers or bill collectors call and an automated message ask's you to hold for a moment.
He's basically an elderly Jewish gentleman from New Jersey who "gets around" at his nursing home.
He asks for advice on women, his kids, even STD's.
I (He) asked a mortgage broker if he had an extra set of fingers and twenty minutes to help ease the irritation of "Southern lice."
Some people laugh, some people get really mad, but the more random I make it the more my employees love it. I do it for them, really.
I had one guy ask me how I could be a "Jr. the third."
"I'm actually the sixth, but Jr. the third flows better, don't you think?"
Also- I used to play a joke on those annoying people who call and pretend they are the copier people: "Yeah, we are just updating our files- could you walk over to the copier and read the model number off of it?" And then they send you a bunch of copier supplies that you "ordered."
Well I used to get that call all the time so I came up with some of my own model numbers that I would spell out for them:
Yeah, that's a Lexmark 5UCK-M3
Wait- no it's a Canon FU-HARD
Or my personal favorite (mods, forgive me if I'm crossing a line here):
That's a Canon "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo space Yankee Oscar Uniform."
I had one lady call me a Sierra Oscar Bravo (not in those terms, of course) with a voice so angry steam was coming through the phone.
When I was younger, I had a phone number that was one digit off from a pizza place. It would get so bad on weekends that I just started taking orders.
"That'll be ready in twenty minutes. And by the way, we are having a special tonight- if you bring in 5 canned goods your pizza is free."
Last edited by Dom Heffner; 02-06-2007 at 10:52 AM.
Almost forgot this one, though I may have posted it before. The very same number that was close to the pizza place was also one off from the Clermont County building department. This one guy called me twenty times to rat on his neighbor for digging around his telelphone pole. He would get really quiet and rattle off the name as if someone were tapping his phone.
He called so much I called him back and told him that while I could bust his neighbor, I would also have to arrest him under the new "Tattle Law" that was recently enacted by the Clinton administration.
We hated to do it, sir, "but no one likes a tattle tale," I told him. I started to laugh at the end so he knew I was joking but man, that felt awesome to do.
I was big practical joker as a kid, especially if it had a microphone involved. I had a mobile DJ company and was a holy terror in making up announcements.
At high school dances when kids would come up and request a song I'd get their name so they thought I was going to announce it along with the request. Instead, I would make some announcement that his mom was outside waiting for him with a PB& J sandwich just in case he was hungry or something that would embarrass a high schooler.
People who go out and buy these 4-wheel drive vehicles (SUVs, Jeeps) and still don't know how to drive in the snow. They think that just because they have all-wheel drive that they don't have to exercise any caution. Just had a lady "park" here brand new Escalade in the middle of a corn field due to obviously not knowing how to drive in the snow. Thank God she wasn't hurt and there wasn't any damage to the vehicle.
But she must have been going at a pretty high rate of speed because she parked that thing pretty far into that field.
Deer were holding up signs like Olympic judges, and they all gave her a 10.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
People who don't park their cars in their driveways.
They REALLY drive me nuts after a snowfall. The plows can't clean the streets, Peeps!
Pots and Kettles