What grinds your gears?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by PhD2B, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    One word: "irregardless."

    OK, four more words: "temp'ature" "Feb-yew-ary" "nook-yew-lurr" "enthused."

    Oh, and people with at least 20 items in the "ten items or less" lane.

    And the 'ten items or less" sign, which should be "ten items or fewer."
  2. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    Advertisements offering something for free when its not (buy one and get a second one free).
    Or the full-page adds offering a free dollar coins - a carefull reading finds you paying $20 for $13 worth of coins.
  3. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Do you really think I would be typing this while driving? Especially when I would need a free hand to hold my cigarette? :D
  4. PhD2B

    PhD2B Dazed and Confused

    Good point! :D

    I assume you'd use your cigarette hand to drink your Diet Pepsi.
  5. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    Two things grind my gears:
    • Tailgaters: While I was driving an unmarked cop car, I was driving about 5 mph below the speed limit in a 45 mph zone in the fast lane because traffic was backed up in all lanes. I couldn't go any faster (nobody could). The driver behind me began to tailgate me, which caught my attention. He was about 3' behind me at 40 mph and he began flailing his hands up in the air towards me (Italian style: what's a matta with you!!!) and he began banging his steering wheel multiple times. When he refused to quit tailgating me, I simply activated my emergency red and blue lights and stopped my unmarked cop car and walked back towards him (yeaa, it's a bad officer safety tactic, but I couldn't get behind him because traffic was too heavy). I can't imagine what his pucker factor was (for those of you who don't know, the "pucker factor" is when your butt hole squeezes really tight from stress, so that even a needle can't be inserted into it). LOL. Anyways, when I got up to his driver's door, I was surprised to find him fully decked out in a Wackenhut security guard uniform and when I asked him, "Why were you tailgating me?" He replied, "Because you were going so slow!!!" So anyways, I wrote him a citation and he's challenging it in court. That ought to be a fun one to watch! :cool: Idiot. :rolleyes:
    • Cell phone users who are oblivious to what's going on:

      1. When they sit at a 4-way stop sign (when it's their turn to go) as they yak away on their cell phone.

      2. When they run red lights, not knowing it's red, because they're yaking away on their cell phone.

      3. When they drive 5 mph below the posted speed limit in the fast lane, while they yak away on their cell phone.

      4. When they drift out of their lane, while they yak away on their cell phone.

      5. When they pay more attention to their cell phone conversation, instead of safely navigating the 3000 pound bullet that they're driving.
    That's it! :)
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  6. raristud2

    raristud2 New Member

    - Men who look at my toddler and say how cute she is

    - Women who walk up to my toddler, play with her hand, and touch her cheeks.

    - Men 50 + who attempt to touch or approach my daughter and inform me that they have a granddaughter. If not for the fact that my daughter is strapped in a baby bjorn, all hell would break loose.

    - Neighbors who listen to loud music at all hours of the night

    - Tailgaters in the slow lane who have a great need to exceed 10 miles per hour, wave their hands in anger, and shout insults when they pass me. It amuses me when seconds later a vehicle in the faster lane or in front of me slows them down enough for me to pass them :)

    - Dirty bathrooms in restaurants
  7. Amigo

    Amigo New Member

    You know what really grinds my gears? People who have nothing better to do than whine about what really grinds their bloody gears :D
  8. raristud2

    raristud2 New Member

    Then stop whining! :D
  9. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    • My partner and I were fighting with a suspect down on the ground, trying to get the gun (yes, gun) out of his hand when some woman walked up and asked for directions to the expressway. While we were fighting with someone who had a gun.
  10. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    We can tell these kinds of stories to people, but you really have to "live it" to believe it. I can only speculate what was going through her mind. Believe it or not, I've had similar experiences. She obviously didn't understand the danger and maybe she has such an immense amount of respect for and faith in the police that... oh never mind... I'm speculating again...

    I'm eligible to retire in six years and eight months (who's counting?) and I just might do it -- and then do a little bit of online and in-resident CJ teaching with the NCU doctorate. That's my plan, but as we all know, even the best laid plans are easily laid to waste.
  11. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    As a teacher, I hate that there are kids who waste taxpayer money coming to school when they don't want to. I hate how some students make school hell for others because they just want to screw around. They don't understand how good they've got it.
  12. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Maybe that happens because the primary and secondary education systems in the United States are designed to dragoon kids into a prison of measured time until they're 18 rather than actually teaching them something.
  13. scaredrain

    scaredrain Member

    I agree with you. As an adjunct at a community college, I hate the students who whine about their grades at the end of the semester. They cant understand why they received a C, despite not turning in their final project or barely coming to class. Even after I explain and remind them of the situation, they still do not understand or see what a lucky break they received.
  14. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    After last night I have a new complaint: drivers who tailgate me on the freeway with their hi-beams on.:mad:
  15. Amigo

    Amigo New Member

    Whaaaa! :D
  16. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    I couldn't agree more. It would be different if schools offered courses that would truly make a difference to students. I love history, but honestly, it's not going to prepare every kid for the future. We need more vocational opportunities. My parents had wood shop and stuff like that. I wish I had a course like that. Maybe then I'd be able to fix stuff around the house!
  17. BMWGuinness

    BMWGuinness New Member

    The one thing I was completely upset about was the fact that high school did not prepare you in personal finance. Yes, economics touched on opening a bank account and writing a check, and briefly touched on the stock market, but I'm talking about one of the most important financial aspects that can make or break your bank.

    Mastering Credit

    90% of my peers complain to me about their finances, and always ask for my advice. I always point them in the right direction and wish them the best. If they were just educated earlier, they would have been so much better off.

    I was lucky enough to have the drive and determination to get where I wanted to be financially. Now that I'm there, its just a matter of finishing off other priorities I set aside.
  18. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    I could retire at full pension (80%) in 12 years, but the latest contract we signed has a significant financial incentive for those who reach year 28 & 29 with *this department*, which goes on the pension. Since I transferred from another department and rolled over my pension contributions, that means I have to stay until age 60 instead of 55 to get the full pension. :mad:
  19. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    I'm eligible to retire at age 55 (69%) and I'm trying to avoid working until age 60 (84%) because I've seen sooooo many officers die in the last few years. They retire and then ***POOF*** they're dead in about 2 to 8 years. With that in mind, I'm thinking of retiring as soon as possible at age 55 to live long enough to collect a pension. I'll still have to work part-time and adjunct teaching will suffice.
  20. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    That's usually how it works. Many, and perhaps most, people (and men especially) are so emotionally invested in their jobs/careers that when they are no longer working, they feel they have lost their identity and so they die soon after retirement. The question is: What are you going to be doing in retirement in order to avoid going ***POOF*** in two to eight years?
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