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1. Girls Talking - This one gal in my cube's neighborhood said the following three things in the same sentence: "O-M-G", "Ridonkulous", "Ew" (in a non-disgusting context, as in "so-and-so just got a promotion" "ew!"). This sentence was immediately followed by "I better marry rich". While I like to think the old money doesn't go for that kind of speech, eggie kindly reminded me there are plenty of trust fund frat guys out there who are all about it. He matched 'em as he made 'em I guess.

2. Drinking While Novacained - Had some novacain shots last week. Drinking water afterwards proves a trying task--if I don't spill any all over myself, it's a success. It only gets stranger when the novacain slowly wears off. Ice cold water made the numb side feel warmer. Weird.

3. Dental Work's Tomato Impression - I brushed with the hardest bristles I could find in college. Turns out this is the worst thing you can do and my gums are paying for it now. My dentist had to put a composite base (the same stuff they use for tooth-colored fillings) at the gum line of three of my teeth to reduce some fairly harsh sensitivity issues they've been giving me. Problem is, the composite base feels exactly like a tomato skin stuck to my tooth. Considering I eat lots of tomatoes, I'm paranoid I'm going to accidentally rip off the dental work thinking it's a skin.

4. Acrobat 137% Zoom Default - Wouldn't a 100% zoom default make so much more sense? Why does it feel the need to display everything to me at a 32pt font?

5. Tomato Blight - The farmer's market is outside of my office three days a week. Last summer, the cherry tomatoes available were some of the best I've ever had. I would eat upwards to 3 quarts of them a week. Due to this year's rainy June, most tomato crops in the area have been destroyed by a fungus that usually doesn't hit until fall. So far, only one stand has managed to sell cherry tomatoes this year, and at $5 a pint, I'm not buying. I miss my little Sun Golds.

6. CHUDs and Elevators - My office takes up two floors of our building. There are two staircases that connect one floor to the other, so we don't have to rely on the extremely slow elevators. I'm on the 9th floor. If a CHUD (an employee from the 8th floor) already hit the 8 button, I'll just get off at that floor and climb the last level. It's a courtesy to everyone going to floors above ours. Needless to say, it drives me nuts when I have already hit the 9 button, then a CHUD comes on and presses 8. We need to plan ahead more.

7. "Pics or it didn't happen" - This phrase needs to die out fast. The clever people are already responding to one of these Things with it.

8. High Billing for Timothy Spall - Aside from brief roles in the Harry Potter series, The Last Samurai and Sweeney Todd, what else has Timothy Spall been in? Why, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, does he get a high billing for (literally) 5 seconds of screen time while Bonnie Wright (Ginny) was at the bottom?

9. Wii Sports Resort How-To Video - The first time we turned on Wii Sports Resort, we were forced to sit through a 3-minute tutorial on how to take the Motion Plus on and off the Wiimote. There was no way to skip this. I got a Motion Plus a month ago with Tiger Woods 10, why do I have to sit through this now?

10. Everything That's Wrong With Long Island - Generally, when someone's talking on the subway, I'm annoyed. However, the guy sitting across from eggie and I Sunday afternoon went above and beyond. Dressed in khaki shorts, a golf shirt (tucked in), sunglasses atop his head, gold chain and sporting the unreasonably dark tan only Long Islanders can (or want to) achieve, this guy acted like he owned the MTA.

It started innocently enough. One person peeked into the car and asked if it was the right train to get to a certain stop. He replied "yes" and it went all downhill from there. Pretty soon, this guy was telling the person every possible route they could take depending on where they could have gotten on the train. He also let everyone know which stop he was getting at and how he usually takes the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road), but made an exception today. Then he just started telling people what stops they should get off at, how long it'll take to get there, and how that relates to the stop he gets off at.

"I know everything about the subway. I know the entire country. Hell, I know the entire world. My brother knows if he gets lost, just to call me."

Eggie nearly hit the breaking point when the train stopped between Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park.

"and now the train stops due to all the traffic in Times Square. Ridiculous, simply ridiculous. This is absolutely ridiculous."

"You're ridiculous!" eggie replied at a reduced volume (though I'm sure he could here it).

The most grating part about the Unsolicited Long Island Subway Helper (ULISH) was his information's wrong. He recommended people transferring at stops where there was no transfer. The Times Square train traffic mentioned above would never be an issue since our train didn't pass through Times Square. In fact, there is never regular Times Square train traffic as he would have you believe... they're trains on a regular schedule. (Traffic is caused by stalled train, medical emergency, or some jackass holding the doors open for minutes on end, nothing more.) As much as we wanted to correct him and make him look like an idiot, it would only invite conversation with him.

We had to get off at the same stop as the ULISH. Eggie and I made sure which direction he was headed in and we took the opposite.

Long Island is a wretched hive of scum and douchebaggary. I do my best to avoid its inhabitants, but there are always the half hour snippets of my life where I just have to deal with them.
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erak wrote:
Things That Annoyed Me 7/22-7/28


'bout the only thing to annoy me in that period was BGG being down.

That and under 4 hours sleep on Monday night . . .
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erak wrote:
2. Drinking While Novacained

True that. I had some work done on my top incisors one day, many many years ago, and tried to drink a soda from a can. Needless to say, I was sorely mistaken about the placement of my upper lip, and more soda went on my shirt than remained in my mouth.

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4. Acrobat 137% Zoom Default

Does Acrobat default to "fit to screen width"? Reader does, but I've never worked with Acrobat.

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7. "Pics or it didn't happen"

It's been a while since I've agreed with one of your gripes. Grats.

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8. High Billing for Timothy Spall

Is this the kid who plays Ron Weasley? I feel like I'm channeling Randy Cox when I say it, but MAN, I don't know who half of the popular celebrities are any more. Maybe that's a good thing, though.
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You have CHUDs in your building?
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Mentally ill people on public transport is pretty much a hazard of travel no?

Also what have you got against the legendary Timothy Spall. Check out his imdb entry:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001758

He's a classic character actor and stalwart of the profession. Check our Secrets and Lies.

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erak wrote:

Long Island is a wretched hive of scum and douchebaggary.



Hey! You make it sound like that just comes naturally. I work DAMNED hard to achieve that level of douchebaggery the rest of the world has come to expect from Long Islanders. It's hard work to do that (well, maybe not THAT hard...)
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8. High Billing for Timothy Spall

Is this the kid who plays Ron Weasley? I feel like I'm channeling Randy Cox when I say it, but MAN, I don't know who half of the popular celebrities are any more. Maybe that's a good thing, though.[/q]

No, he's the guy who plays Wormtail.


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Mentally ill people on public transport is pretty much a hazard of travel no?

Also what have you got against the legendary Timothy Spall. Check out his imdb entry:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001758

He's a classic character actor and stalwart of the profession. Check our Secrets and Lies.


Still, does he deserve high billing for 6 seconds of work? It reminds me of Steven Segal getting top billing for Executive Decision even though he's only in the first 10 minutes of the film.
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You have CHUDs in your building?


Yeah, nobody in my office gets the joke. I don't know if that's a good thing or not.
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erak wrote:
It reminds me of Steven Segal getting top billing for Executive Decision even though he's only in the first 10 minutes of the film.


Maybe I'm being too trusting but I always thought of that as supporting the "twist" of Segal getting killed off right from the start ...

And by default makes it my favorite Steven Segal movie.
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erak wrote:
7. "Pics or it didn't happen" - This phrase needs to die out fast. The clever people are already responding to one of these Things with it.


So does this mean I technically made your list? Sweet!
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erak wrote:
7. "Pics or it didn't happen - This phrase needs to die out fast."

Yes, please. I'm sure it was funny the first time someone typed it, but it seems like that was a long time ago. I would also request the retirement of "fixed that for ya."
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I'll hate myself later for this, but:

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7. "Pics or it didn't happen - This phrase needs to die out fast."

Yes, please. I'm sure it was funny the first time someone typed it, but it seems like that was a long time ago. I would also request the addition of "fixed that for ya."

Fixed that for ya.

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No, he's the guy who plays Wormtail.

Well, I was close....
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erak wrote:


Still, does he deserve high billing for 6 seconds of work?



Could be his role hit the cutting room floor but he was contractually already given a higher billing.
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Still, does he deserve high billing for 6 seconds of work?



Could be his role hit the cutting room floor but he was contractually already given a higher billing.


I considered that, but the character is in the book for just as long.
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8. High Billing for Timothy Spall -

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Best known for his grimy, boorish, highly dysfunctional, often repugnant blue-collars particularly in Mike Leigh films, actor Timothy Spall was the son of a postal worker and a hairdresser. Raised in London, he auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth" and "Othello." In 1979 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and stayed for approximately two years performing in "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Cymbeline," "The Three Sisters" and "Nicholas Nickleby." In the early 80s he moved into TV roles with Leigh's "Home Sweet Home" and later had his own drama series "Frank Stubbs Promotes" in 1993. With Leigh, Timothy's appeared in a number of award-winning features, particularly Life Is Sweet (1991) and Secrets & Lies (1996), for which he earned a BAFTA Award nomination, and the Gilbert & Sullivan biopic Topsy-Turvy (1999). He also worked for noted directors Ken Russell in Gothic (1986), Clint Eastwood in White Hunter Black Heart (1990), Bernardo Bertolucci in The Sheltering Sky (1990), and Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet (1996) as Rosenkrantz. A chronic illness curtailed his momentum in the mid-90s, coming back resourcefully on stage and TV. On a roll recently with more of his odd characterizations he lent his voice to the popular animated feature Chicken Run (2000) and appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) as Peter Pettigrew, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) as Mr. Poe.


He was also in Quadrophenia.
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8. High Billing for Timothy Spall -

imdb wrote:
Mini Biography
Best known for his grimy, boorish, highly dysfunctional, often repugnant blue-collars particularly in Mike Leigh films, actor Timothy Spall was the son of a postal worker and a hairdresser. Raised in London, he auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth" and "Othello." In 1979 he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and stayed for approximately two years performing in "The Merry Wives of Windsor," "Cymbeline," "The Three Sisters" and "Nicholas Nickleby." In the early 80s he moved into TV roles with Leigh's "Home Sweet Home" and later had his own drama series "Frank Stubbs Promotes" in 1993. With Leigh, Timothy's appeared in a number of award-winning features, particularly Life Is Sweet (1991) and Secrets & Lies (1996), for which he earned a BAFTA Award nomination, and the Gilbert & Sullivan biopic Topsy-Turvy (1999). He also worked for noted directors Ken Russell in Gothic (1986), Clint Eastwood in White Hunter Black Heart (1990), Bernardo Bertolucci in The Sheltering Sky (1990), and Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet (1996) as Rosenkrantz. A chronic illness curtailed his momentum in the mid-90s, coming back resourcefully on stage and TV. On a roll recently with more of his odd characterizations he lent his voice to the popular animated feature Chicken Run (2000) and appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) as Peter Pettigrew, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) as Mr. Poe.


He was also in Quadrophenia.


And Vanilla Sky.
 
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1. Girls Talking - This one gal in my cube's neighborhood said the following three things in the same sentence: "O-M-G", "Ridonkulous", "Ew" (in a non-disgusting context, as in "so-and-so just got a promotion" "ew!"). This sentence was immediately followed by "I better marry rich". While I like to think the old money doesn't go for that kind of speech, eggie kindly reminded me there are plenty of trust fund frat guys out there who are all about it. He matched 'em as he made 'em I guess.


What's going to be really sad, is that these people are having kids who are learning to speak exactly like this, and the cycle will never break.

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2. Drinking While Novacained - Had some novacain shots last week. Drinking water afterwards proves a trying task--if I don't spill any all over myself, it's a success. It only gets stranger when the novacain slowly wears off. Ice cold water made the numb side feel warmer. Weird.


Yeah. I always hated it when I had to get Novocaine during the winter, because my nose would always be runny, but trying to blow your nose while your upper lip and nose feels numb is the weirdest feeling. Yes, my nose ends up feeling numb if I get a Novocaine shot in my upper gums.

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3. Dental Work's Tomato Impression - I brushed with the hardest bristles I could find in college. Turns out this is the worst thing you can do and my gums are paying for it now. My dentist had to put a composite base (the same stuff they use for tooth-colored fillings) at the gum line of three of my teeth to reduce some fairly harsh sensitivity issues they've been giving me. Problem is, the composite base feels exactly like a tomato skin stuck to my tooth. Considering I eat lots of tomatoes, I'm paranoid I'm going to accidentally rip off the dental work thinking it's a skin.


Yeah, this one time, my mom was convinced she had something stuck in her teeth and kept trying to floss it out, and it turned out it was a broken filling. Bleagh.

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4. Acrobat 137% Zoom Default - Wouldn't a 100% zoom default make so much more sense? Why does it feel the need to display everything to me at a 32pt font?


I hear ya. I would like to add Microsoft Word's thing of opening everything in "Easy Reading pane view". It sucks, and it displays the incorrect number of pages in the document, and no matter what, someone always freaks out on me that my .doc is formatted improperly because they don't realize they are not looking at it in normal or print view.

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5. Tomato Blight - The farmer's market is outside of my office three days a week. Last summer, the cherry tomatoes available were some of the best I've ever had. I would eat upwards to 3 quarts of them a week. Due to this year's rainy June, most tomato crops in the area have been destroyed by a fungus that usually doesn't hit until fall. So far, only one stand has managed to sell cherry tomatoes this year, and at $5 a pint, I'm not buying. I miss my little Sun Golds.


It is sad - I have gotten very used to eating cherry or grape tomatoes with lunch. It sucks not being able to find good ones handily right now.

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6. CHUDs and Elevators - My office takes up two floors of our building. There are two staircases that connect one floor to the other, so we don't have to rely on the extremely slow elevators. I'm on the 9th floor. If a CHUD (an employee from the 8th floor) already hit the 8 button, I'll just get off at that floor and climb the last level. It's a courtesy to everyone going to floors above ours. Needless to say, it drives me nuts when I have already hit the 9 button, then a CHUD comes on and presses 8. We need to plan ahead more.


Yeah, we have a staircase connecting two floors together. I will still never understand why people bother using the elevator to go down one floor. And these are almost always perfectly healthy and able-bodied looking woman. But remember, at our old job, when M. was pregnant and she got special permission to ride the elevator that one floor? But she always wore these strappy little sandals with giant heels? And she'd often come back from lunch carrying big shopping bags? How is it you can't walk up or down one flight, but you can go out in the summer sun, wearing heels, and go shopping?


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8. High Billing for Timothy Spall - Aside from brief roles in the Harry Potter series, The Last Samurai and Sweeney Todd, what else has Timothy Spall been in? Why, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, does he get a high billing for (literally) 5 seconds of screen time while Bonnie Wright (Ginny) was at the bottom?


Well, to be fair I think Bonnie Wright was in the lesser paid group of actors, and she came in alphabetically by last name last. Timothy Spall was probably in a slightly higher paying bracket, and even though was barely on the screen and said nothing, probably earned being in the first group of names to be presented. And anyway, credits have a ton of rules governing that kind of thing. I imagine possibly, he could have taken a slight pay cut in exchange for being higher in the credits. I am sure that he also probably got a few lines cut. As it was, I think most of the adult actors got exactly 3 lines or 20 words rationed out to them.

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9. Wii Sports Resort How-To Video - The first time we turned on Wii Sports Resort, we were forced to sit through a 3-minute tutorial on how to take the Motion Plus on and off the Wiimote. There was no way to skip this. I got a Motion Plus a month ago with Tiger Woods 10, why do I have to sit through this now?


Indeed. But that is always the complaint with a "new" game. You never get to skip introductory stuff. Zzzzzzz.

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10. Everything That's Wrong With Long Island - Generally, when someone's talking on the subway, I'm annoyed. However, the guy sitting across from eggie and I Sunday afternoon went above and beyond. Dressed in khaki shorts, a golf shirt (tucked in), sunglasses atop his head, gold chain and sporting the unreasonably dark tan only Long Islanders can (or want to) achieve, this guy acted like he owned the MTA.



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It started innocently enough. One person peeked into the car and asked if it was the right train to get to a certain stop. He replied "yes" and it went all downhill from there. Pretty soon, this guy was telling the person every possible route they could take depending on where they could have gotten on the train. He also let everyone know which stop he was getting at and how he usually takes the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road), but made an exception today. Then he just started telling people what stops they should get off at, how long it'll take to get there, and how that relates to the stop he gets off at.


Yeah, what was worse is that sometimes he would look like he was going to stop talking, but then someone near him would ask him a question!! People - you have got to stop encouraging the blowhards! It makes them feel important! This is no good!

erak wrote:

"I know everything about the subway. I know the entire country. Hell, I know the entire world. My brother knows if he gets lost, just to call me."


Actually, what he started with was, "my brother-in-law is an airline pilot," with the gist being he knows his way around the world better than an airline pilot.


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Eggie nearly hit the breaking point when the train stopped between Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park.

"and now the train stops due to all the traffic in Times Square. Ridiculous, simply ridiculous. This is absolutely ridiculous."

"You're ridiculous!" eggie replied at a reduced volume (though I'm sure he could here it).


Oh please, he could only hear things that praise him in some way. I am sure he translated it into his head as, "I am so tan. I am so wise."


erak wrote:

The most grating part about the Unsolicited Long Island Subway Helper (ULISH) was his information's wrong. He recommended people transferring at stops where there was no transfer. The Times Square train traffic mentioned above would never be an issue since our train didn't pass through Times Square. In fact, there is never regular Times Square train traffic as he would have you believe... they're trains on a regular schedule. (Traffic is caused by stalled train, medical emergency, or some jackass holding the doors open for minutes on end, nothing more.) As much as we wanted to correct him and make him look like an idiot, it would only invite conversation with him.


Right. He also kept an incorrect running tally of how many more stops it would be to a certain location. He was always wrong. And then the conductor would announce the next stop and he'd just roll with it, "Yeah, yeah, so and so's the next stop. Yeah." Bleagh.
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