Schoonie! Like you need an excuse to grab a beer! And I'm sure that Sizzleen wouldn't approve of feeding the flies a beverage of such sorts! Try red wine vinegar. They flock and drown in the stuff.|
Although, the fly in a beer does remind me of a joke... No offense meant. Three guys in a bar, an American, Brit and and Irish guy. How do they react to a fly floating on top of their pint? American asks the bartender for a whole new beer. Brit simply plucks the fly out of the glass, tosses it on the floor and starts to drink. Irish guy grabs the fly by it's wings and holds it over the glass screaming "drop it, drop it", angry that the fly had the nerve to sip some of his beverage.
Reply #601. Dec 31 09, 12:50 AM
leelee - LOL! That joke took me back to the mid.- 70's.
Sitting in our football club bar after a particularly tough Cup match,a fly had the gaul to land in a team-mate's pint. He did exactly what you describe! And he was a born-and-bred Dubliner!
Reply #602. Dec 31 09, 7:06 AM
I get irked at people giving advice they don't take for themselves. Example ..... very fat relative dispensing advice on dieting,(while heartily digging into the 3rd piece of cake) A bankrupt uncle telling me how to save money. Job advice from a lady who has NOT worked for more than 15 years. Anyone else dealing with this? - Thanks for the opportunity to rant! -Terri|
Reply #603. Dec 31 09, 7:42 AM
Just one more - advice on parenting skills, and child development, from people who have had all the training and know everything there is to know about other people's children; because they haven't got any of their own. You can spot at a hundred yards the teachers who have been told, and genuinely believe, that The Training will fill in all the gaps left by the absence of personal experience. Ha! |
Reply #604. Dec 31 09, 8:43 AM
Lesley, reminds me of an old communication to would-be parents that I saw when expecting my first one. I can't remember all of it but one of the pieces of advice read:|
"When visiting your friends who have children, be sure to offer constructive criticism regarding their children's eating habits, bedtime routine and general behaviour. Enjoy it - it'll be the last time you have all the answers".
And Terri, you could have been a fly on the wall at our house recently. A relative was telling my daughter how to lose weight. Said relative put on around 45 lb when pregnant 30 years ago and has never made the slightest attempt to lose it, and accuses me of being boring because I don't eat to the point of feeling sick when we go out for a meal!
Reply #605. Dec 31 09, 10:11 AM
Sally, that's wonderful advice. I wish someone had told me that! |
The best advice I got when I was pregnant, and I've been happy to pass it on, was:
"Never take a blind bit of notice of anything anyone tells you."
With a little experience, I added a clause of my own:
"If a complete stranger approaches you, and says 'Mind if I give you a piece of advice?' put your fingers in your ears and RUN."
Everyone who said that to me wanted to share their own horror story from when a child of theirs was born, anything between 1930 and 1970. I got bored saying "but they don't do that now," and just put my fingers in my ears and ran. :)
The advice dried up and the criticism tailed off by the time he was 18. I can relax now.
Reply #606. Dec 31 09, 6:24 PM
When you cut your grass a couple days after it rained and a toad or a frog flies in your face because it jumps out the way of the lawnmower.|
Reply #607. Jan 19 10, 10:20 AM
Better a WHOLE frog...than pieces! ;)|
Reply #608. Jan 19 10, 11:38 AM
I find talking to a machine when you place a phone call annoying to say the least. I placed a call recently with the right extension and after the machine said one moment please it returned me to the main menu asking me what extension I wanted. It turned out the phone I was calling was malfunctioning but how would one know their phone was broken when a machine does the answering. I tried three times before I gave up and drove over there. It was a very frustrating waste of time.|
Reply #609. Jan 19 10, 1:56 PM
Since I drive professionally, I see a lot of bad habits. Merging onto a freeway while managing a cigarette and a cell phone is one of the worst. |
Reply #610. Jan 21 10, 5:13 PM
OH yea, talking to a machine on the other end of a phone is very irritating. |
People who promise to ring you back in 5 minutes and don't bother ringing AT ALL get on my nerves too.
On the subject of children though. You don't have to have kids to be able offer advice. That implies that every parent knows how to be a parent. They don't.
I mean Obstetricians know all about childbirth and they are predominantly men so that blows that theory out of the water lol
Reply #611. Jan 24 10, 6:35 PM
wrong numbers, I get them alot|
Reply #612. Jan 25 10, 7:45 PM
Small annoying things, I would have to go with bees, flies and mosquitoes.|
Reply #613. Jan 25 10, 8:02 PM
Regarding the kids Merrymas, the point I was making that there's an awful lot of difference between theory and practice. Probably the same goes for Obstetricians as well! |
Reply #614. Jan 26 10, 2:34 AM
I find it annoying when you are standing in a line for a self-checkout, and the person right behind you is standing so close that you can hear his/her breath. I always wanted to turn around and stare at them until they get the point.|
Reply #615. Jan 26 10, 9:47 PM
I had one like that, Kristy. Do you find they're usually men, who are probably only shopping under protest? The sort of men who need everyone on the bus to know that they're only using it because their car's gone in for a service? But I digress, sorry. |
We were in a normal queue for a till - people get impatient everywhere. The man behind me was breathing loudly, sighing deeply and drumming his fingers; and his trolley was an inch from my back, so I couldn't reach the back of my shopping on the conveyor belt. He sighed even more deeply when I had to ask him to pass me my coolbag.
When everything was packed, I reached for my debit card. I had loads of pockets but the card was in the breast pocket of my shirt. Except it wasn't. Maybe it wasn't there after all? I checked the pockets of my jacket, and my jeans, and every compartment of my handbag. Twice. Starting to worry now.
The man behind me was now pawing the ground and snorting fire.
"Excuse me," he said. "I don't wish to be unpleasant, but I am in rather a hurry.
I thought to myself that he wasn't making too good a job of not being unpleasant, but I didn't tell him that. I apologised and said something feeble like he could see that I was doing my best.
That's when the cashier gave up and called for help. Someone came and accompanied me and my trolley to the customer service desk, where I reached into my shirt pocket, got my debit card out, paid and went home.
I still have no idea why I couldn't get the card out while the man was behind me. Afterwards I realised that it might have looked as though I did it deliberately. Thee are times when I wish I had!
Reply #616. Jan 27 10, 8:00 AM
I thought you were going to say it was deliberate Lesley. It's times like those when I wish I wore stilletoes to go to Tesco - a careless step backwards and whoops, sorry, was that your foot?|
Reminds me of the sort of busy, important people we get 'phoning up at work - They blurt out their name and their ID details before I can speak, then tell me how busy they are and they want the call kept short. I then have to ask different ID questions. They then rant and rave for a bit and I can't get a word in edgeways to find out why they're calling. All this takes up a couple of minutes and usually, that's all I'd need to deal with their query.
On the same subject, people who call and then say 'please be quick, I've only got a minute's call time left on my mobile' - for heavens sake, top up before you make a call!
Reply #617. Jan 27 10, 9:51 AM
Alternative to the careless step backwards in stilettoes is the nonchalant knee-flexing in Doc Martens. Raise foot backwards, check working of knee joint. Whoops, sorry, was that your family jewels? |
If these busy people were really important, they wouldn't be making their own phone calls; they'd be getting Their People to ring Your People.
The best busy-and-important story I've ever heard was told by a woman who arranged a home visit from a kitchen salesman. He strode in and said he couldn't stay long because he was far too busy to have time to waste. She said "In that case, let me show you something." And she showed him the front door. :)
Reply #618. Jan 27 10, 11:59 AM
Yes, Lesley, they usually are men. I don't really get upset, unless I am trying to enter a debit card number. If I am using a debit card, I always wonder if he/she is watching the numbers that I push. |
I have heard from some people that when you go up to a checkout, if the person working the checkout is using a cellphone, you should ask them to put the cellphone away because it is very easy for them to snap a picture of your card and use your card for their purposes. I am sorry if my wording is strange.
Reply #619. Jan 27 10, 4:38 PM
As for the careless-step-back, when the person ask if that was your foot, I always wanted to say "No, that is just my shoe."|
Reply #620. Jan 27 10, 4:41 PM
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