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What drives you bananas?

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4 hours ago, Java said:

i often drive myself bananas ~ overthinking things or forgetting things ~ being a general goober, stuff like that

 

*shakes head*

Me, too.

 

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I get irritated when FedEx tries to deliver a package to my front door, which I never use, they leave a note stuck to my front storm door, and leave.  They come back the next day, try to again deliver the package to my front, see the note they left yesterday, and attach a second note to the front door, and leave.  Now, if they see that the first note was still stuck to my front door, why don't they leave the note stuck to the side door, which is the closest door to the driveway?  It's apparent that I didn't get the first note, since it's still stuck to the front door, so that means that I am not using the front door.  I have to get my regular mail, so I have to be exiting the house somehow, so leave the second note on the side door.  They came again today, tried to deliver the package to the front door, saw the other two notes stuck to the front storm door, and left a third note stuck there.  Now, in order to get this package, I have to drive to a neighboring city (which has terrible traffic jams), and stop into the FedEx facility there, to get my package.

 

According the notes that were left, they needed my signature, and a form of ID to prove that I was the person that the package was sent to.  I have never heard of needing to provide an ID to have a package delivered to me, I have only been required to sign for the package.  I have no idea as to what the package is, since I haven't ordered anything.  I guess I'll find out tomorrow. (Hey, maybe I won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes, and they want to give me a check for millions of dollars!  No, wait, I never enter that sweepstakes, so it can't be that.)

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I hope this parcel is an awesome surprise  & not an awful shock.

Perhaps it's time to fix a sign to that front door advising others to use the side door.

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On 8/28/2017 at 6:55 PM, adiantum said:

I hope this parcel is an awesome surprise  & not an awful shock.

Perhaps it's time to fix a sign to that front door advising others to use the side door.

It was an envelope.  Really?  I had to drive to the neighboring city to pick up an envelope?  Why send an envelope through FedEx, when they could just as easily have sent it as registered mail through the regular postal service, where a signature and ID are required if I pick it up at the post office?

 

It turns out it was from J.P. Morgan, who apparently is handling the VW restitution checks that are being sent to the VW owners, who own cars that are involved in the government's emissions lawsuit settlement. The envelope contained my restitution check since I opted to have the emission modifications done to my car, as opposed to selling the car back to VW.

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hair in places it ought not be

 

like when i'm swimming my laps and someone's long hair gets tangled on my fingers ~ i have to suppress gags and frantically flail my hand about til it gets off

 

and hair in bathrooms ~ omg, seriously i have to do a mind over matter so as not to throw up a lil in my mouth

 

*runs away in horror*

 

 

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You sound like my wife Java! She'll only go to a restroom in a major chain restaurant when we travel. Scared of cooties. 

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Angie - My daughter, Kala, always seems to be the one to find hair in her food.  I tell her not to look so closely at what she eats which earns me a mighty scowl...

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Same here; when me and the dear lady have a family get together, of all the granddaughters Kara my 2nd oldest, finds it necessary to find a hair in her food. It’s now becoming a jovial thing when Kara has to visit, we make it a point to mention, and “Watch those hairs in the food” you know whose coming.:D Kind of help the food preparing.

                                                                                                         

 

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the music at my gym

 

it is awful

 

like the same 20 or so songs from the 70s ~ every once in a while a song from the early 80s makes the cut

 

UGH

 

hate hate hate hate HATE it

 

and no, i don't have an ipod or anything to listen to my own stuff

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Angie, most likely, the reason that your gym plays the same music is because of cost.  Any public place that plays music, is required to pay royalties to the musician that made the song, every time that song is played.  The more songs the gym plays, the more royalties they have to pay.  Most public places that have music playing in the background, are usually playing a local radio station's music, which is royalty free.

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What drives me bananas is (so called) music period. The kind you get when you are waiting on the phone for a customer representative or to get through to any company or government offices. They all think my business is important to them and that is why they keep you waiting with the worst music available:lol:. Usually with lots of drums played loud enough to break your eardrums. One would think that if they valued you they would play something to soothe not irritate but then I think that important line is just a line and something to say. I don't think they are fooling anyone into thinking they are important to any company.
That's something else that gets my goat why say they value your business and you are important to them when they don't really mean it. It's always on the tip of my tongue to say if I'm so important why did I have to wait 30 minutes to talk to someone but I don't because if they hung up on me I'd have another half hour wait to state my business:wacko:

 

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Oh lord, it can be even worse when you're internal.

 

Back when I was in tech support heck, if we needed to get a customer escalated to a higher level or transferred to a different department, we had to put the customer on hold and then sit there on hold waiting for our turn in the queue.  We couldn't switch back to the customer without loosing our place and the hold music we had was totally different from what they got.

 

They got a DJ, wait times, and similar.  We got the same 4 songs over and over and over, which sounded like they had come out of bad 70s pornos.

 

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10 hours ago, Hammer said:

Angie, most likely, the reason that your gym plays the same music is because of cost.  Any public place that plays music, is required to pay royalties to the musician that made the song, every time that song is played.  The more songs the gym plays, the more royalties they have to pay.  Most public places that have music playing in the background, are usually playing a local radio station's music, which is royalty free.

Hammer - This actually gets interesting and I have personally seen customers get "busted" for this...

 

Playing broadcast radio as music on hold and/or over a PA system is considered a rebroadcast for commercial use.  ASCAP or BMI will send a threatening letter to an establishment if they get wind of this activity.

 

This is why there are companies like Muzak or, as you pointed out in your post, they can purchase a set of songs to play publicly. 

 

https://www.bmi.com/licensing/entry/music_on_hold

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So what is it with the obsession about chicken?

 

Fall is officially here.  Its been raining off and on (more on than off) since Sunday.  And with the turning of the seasons I'm craving warming foods.  Specifically soups.

 

Now, here is where things get weird.  I'm not really a soup person, but I am craving.  There's always the Sausage and Pepper soup I love so much, but I was browsing for other ideas to add more variety.

 

What do almost all of the recipes call for?  Either chicken or vegetable broth.  Beef Noodle (Zoodle) Soup with Mushrooms and Bok Choy?  Chicken broth.  Pork Stew?  Chicken broth.  Ham and Cauliflower stew?  Chicken broth.

 

Don't get me wrong, I like chicken.  But what is the obsession with chicken broth.  Now I can understand that with the pork based recipes that a pork based broth\stock is next to impossible to find, so an alternative is needed.  But for beef focused soups, why not use beef broth?  Doesn't that make more sense?

 

Ok, I admit.  I'm really not a fan of chicken broth except for egg drop soup.

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22 hours ago, Kit said:

So what is it with the obsession about chicken?

 

Fall is officially here.  Its been raining off and on (more on than off) since Sunday.  And with the turning of the seasons I'm craving warming foods.  Specifically soups.

 

Now, here is where things get weird.  I'm not really a soup person, but I am craving.  There's always the Sausage and Pepper soup I love so much, but I was browsing for other ideas to add more variety.

 

What do almost all of the recipes call for?  Either chicken or vegetable broth.  Beef Noodle (Zoodle) Soup with Mushrooms and Bok Choy?  Chicken broth.  Pork Stew?  Chicken broth.  Ham and Cauliflower stew?  Chicken broth.

 

Don't get me wrong, I like chicken.  But what is the obsession with chicken broth.  Now I can understand that with the pork based recipes that a pork based broth\stock is next to impossible to find, so an alternative is needed.  But for beef focused soups, why not use beef broth?  Doesn't that make more sense?

 

Ok, I admit.  I'm really not a fan of chicken broth except for egg drop soup.

 

Chicken broth is milder than beef broth and blends in with other flavors. Beef broth has a stronger flavor and would not go with things like cauliflower or ham. If you don't like chicken broth use vegetable broth. It is readily available in most grocery stores.

 

Most beef soup recipes do call for beef broth. I use beef broth in beef based soups and stew, but if I want the flavor of what I'm making the soup with to come through, and not the flavor of the broth I use chicken or vegetable broth

 

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But why use chicken broth for a beef based soup? If makes no sense to me. If I'm eating a beef soup I want it to taste like beef, not chicken. If I'm making a fish or seafood soup, I want it to taste like fish and /or seafood, not chicken. If it's a vegetabke soup, I want it to taste like vegetables, not chicken unless the chicken flavor is part of the concept of the soup.  I adore mushroom soup using beef broth (or a mix between beef and vegetable). I'd never even consider chicken for it.  Ham based soup? You better believe I'd be tossing a ham hock in there instead of using chicken broth. 

 

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Another thing that drives me bananas, and I think it might do the same thing to others....when you are standing in line, like at the post office or in a bank, and the person that the clerk is waiting on has to be gabby with the clerk....as if everyone else waiting in line doesn't matter.  While I am not an impatient person, the clerk doesn't need to hear about your vacation, your kids, your car trouble, whatever, he/she just wants to serve you, then move on to the next person.  He/she doesn't want to have a gabfest with you....just take care of your business, saying the least amount necessary, and move on.

 

Or, like the person who gets up to the bank teller, then fills out their deposit slip, and signs their check/s.  They couldn't do that at home or at the counters they have set up just for that purpose?  They have to do it at the teller's window and hold up the line?  I always make sure that I fill out everything at home, so as to make my transaction as brief as possible.....why can't everyone do that?

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My wife , retired, wearing jeans and  a scotti vest to plays and dinner.  Me?  moleskins, dress shirt, cashmere grey vest sweater, but NO sport-coat,  that is forbidden.   

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I dont know Hammer, I think it'd be a sad day when we take the human touch out of face to face transactions.

ATM's & robots  are there for those that dont like dealing with humans.

 

I agree  signing a cheque or deposit/withdrawal form  takes time ,but there could be situations where other information from the teller is required before knowing what needed to be signed.

 

ahhhhhhh ran.. you are such a smart dresser :)

 

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Hammer I think you need to find out the best time to go to the bank or use bank machines or on line banking. I never go first thing in the morning because it's too busy. The best time for me to go is around 11 when there are only a few people there. I do chat to the teller while she is doing my transaction but that takes no more time than if I stayed silent.

However I do resent store clerks yaking to a friend while customers are waiting. In that case I don't wait patiently but Interrupt with " excuse me. Is there a clerk available to help customers" That always puts an end to the conversation

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Crocodiles being killed just  to find human remains really pee's me off.

That poor crocodile did nothing wrong.... and now it's dead.

 

I feel sorry for the victim & her family but she was walking through the crocodiles habitat.

I realise she had dementia but the nursing home shouldve provided barriers so she couldnt wander beside the river.

 

Human remains have been found in a crocodile that's believed to have taken the 79-year-old  in far north Queensland last week.

the woman, disappeared from aged care facility Ozcare near Port Douglas on Tuesday afternoon after she went for a walk.

On Thursday police and SES crews made a grisly discovery of human remains, jewellery and her  walking stick on the banks of a creek inlet near the Mowbray River, north of Cairns.

Police said it was "highly likely" they were the remains of the woman.

Overnight, Environment Department officers removed a 4.3-metre crocodile believed to have attacked her  from the river.

This morning human remains were discovered inside.

Police are preparing a report for the coronor.

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