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Old 06-19-2014, 03:29 PM   #221
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My pet peeve of the day is family members who try to delegate tasks to other family members for gatherings.

Mine is somewhat opposite. I go on a houseboat outing every years with some folks from my hometown. Every year, without fail, a "select" few do all the cooking and clean-up, while the rest sit on their keisters.
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Mine is somewhat opposite. I go on a houseboat outing every years with some folks from my hometown. Every year, without fail, a "select" few do all the cooking and clean-up, while the rest sit on their keisters.
In my situation, the past winter, we had a family gathering (meet at a restaurant type of deal). Important to meet as we are all getting up there in age. Plus, it was sort of a goodbye for one member who retired and moved many states away. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to make it to the gathering because a snow storm hit the day before.

So over the past few days I get a call from a brother hinting about how nice it would be to have another gathering around the summer. This is from a brother who doesn't check his email or seldom gets on Facebook. And he goes "oh, and the gathering should be around his birthday", then goes on to ask about the food served at the place since his wife likes food prepared a certain way.

Since I organized the gathering last time, instead of saying "Can you do it?" I get the hint, hint feeling. All the time I say to him, "You should get on your email and Facebook more often." Finally I tell him should look at his calendar to make sure he can make it on the days he's thinking about, then float an email around the family about a gathering
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I found one. Seems a lot of papers have a list of "five things to know" or ten or some number. I never read them, just the headline is annoying enough.
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I've ranted somewhere about how some web sites go with stylish grey text, making it harder to read.

The other day I got a physical book (Between the Lines), and it was unreadable because they made the text grey by reducing the number of dots in each letter:

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Are these the same "few" who decline all offers of help, because only they can do it "right"? (Plus, they are busy gossiping and don't want you to hear).

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I've ranted somewhere about how some web sites go with stylish grey text, making it harder to read.

The other day I got a physical book (Between the Lines), and it was unreadable because they made the text grey by reducing the number of dots in each letter:
Well, that ink is awfully expensive you know. Or I guess it must be.
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My pet peeve of the day is folks who are all to ready to give advice on how to do something but when time comes to get things done, they find a reason to throw a wrench in the plans.

The details: I've been offering advice to my sister who wants to cut the cord for her TV. So we email back and forth, me telling her what I did (different DVRs to choose from, different antennas to get). On the last email, she writes back saying they don't want to order online and instead is only looking at one antenna from Walmart because if an antenna ordered online doesn't work, her husband doesn't want to have to mail it back.

My approach now is .... "Dear sister....keep me posted" instead go going out of my way to help.

But I think either when the switch doesn't work, they'll conclude OTA sucks and stick with DirectTV or my sister will finally say, "help me" and not listen to her husband blocking her project.
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My pet peeve is using the word 'adoption' in regards to acquiring a pet.
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My pet peeve is using the word 'adoption' in regards to acquiring a pet.
But in my case, my pets adopted me
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We use "adopted" for the rescue dogs in my volunteer group. What's wrong with that, Chuck? I can imagine our "Happy Tails Adoption Stories" section of the website getting a little clogged up if we headlined it "Latest Acquirers" as it lacks a certain zing!

I would add to say that I draw the line at "furbabies". I'm not crazy, after all.
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Hah, you hit on a related pet-pet-peeve of mine! I hate the term 'rescue dogs' - they are not St Bernards with a brandy cask going out to rescue people, they are rescued dogs. The dog was rescued by people. That makes them 'rescued dogs', not 'rescue dogs'. The people could be called 'rescue people' I guess.

And I think it is great that people look to a shelter to rescue a dog that needs a home, rather than purchase one raised to be sold (and nothing wrong with that either, if that is what you are looking for).

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Anybody wanna adopt/rescue a 1-eyed kitten? Found it yesterday, in the bushes beside my house. I'll send it out by Petsovernight.com!

On a serious note, it's not abandoned, as the mother is around, and very protective of it and its two siblings, both of which have all their eyes. We've been trying to get the mother friendly enough to domesticate, so that she'll be more adoptable.
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Erd, I guess the thought process has been that the dogs "belong" to the rescue, hence they are "rescue dogs". Like I would be called the "Smith kid" as I belonged to my parents. Though that is just a guess, I don't rock the boat for our particular group, but stick to my knitting which is paying the bill and keeping us in good with Uncle Sam. Until you brought it up, it never occurred to me that it is an odd usage. For the record, Border Collies are teetotalers, and would never be willing to bring you brandy, or even a cold beer on a hot day!

Andre, you are so kind to help these little guys out, and their mamma.
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I know it's not the same but when I hear "rescue" dogs, I think of "search and rescue" dogs.
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I think they usually refer to the search dogs as SAR dogs, to make clear they are working pups.
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Back to back meetings at work, scheduled for the full hour. No time for being on time if next meeting is in a different area of the building or going to the restroom or gathering your thoughts.
Probably 50 or 55-minute meetings would be much better.

Also, when you get to the new meeting location and the previous team is still trying to get some items discussed even if their time in that room is over. People that are calling in remotely into your meeting just think you are late, when in fact the other team is preventing you from starting.

Seems like self-inflicted damage for the Dilbert crowd.
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Back to back meetings at work, scheduled for the full hour. No time for being on time if next meeting is in a different area of the building or going to the restroom or gathering your thoughts.
Probably 50 or 55-minute meetings would be much better.

Also, when you get to the new meeting location and the previous team is still trying to get some items discussed even if their time in that room is over. People that are calling in remotely into your meeting just think you are late, when in fact the other team is preventing you from starting.

Seems like self-inflicted damage for the Dilbert crowd.
+1. The stupid thing about this is that most meetings if organized, prepared, and run right do not need full 60 minutes.

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We use "adopted" for the rescue dogs in my volunteer group. What's wrong with that, Chuck?
It seems very insensitive to the feelings of adopted children as well as their adopted parents.
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