09 May 2009 @ 7:24 AM 

pocketgophersThese little critters are giving me a HUGH headache.  My front yard is beginning to look like the Ardennes at the end of 1944 (that’s is where the Battle of the Bulge took place).  And my backyard is looking like the surface of the moon thanks to my dog chasing the annoying little rodents.  And that’s what they are rodents.  They’re not cute and cuddly like in the cartoons.  They’re buck-toothed, burrowing rodents that need to be eliminated.gophers2  Now we have tried every which way to get rid of these little tunnel makers.  We’ve tried poison and we’ve even buried one of their dead comrades that my dog got in the front yard to scare away other of the subterrainian rats.  That worked for a while but now they’re back.  Both of my yards are similar to the New York underground with its subway tunnels.  I can’t walk across my yard without being the victim of a cave in.  IF anyone has an idea on how to get rid of these things I would appreciate it.

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Last Edit: 09 May 2009 @ 07:24 AM

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 09 Apr 2009 @ 9:20 AM 

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Not too long ago the company I work for was trying to get everyone together under the pretense that management wants to get to know the front-line supervision on a personal basis.  These things really tick me off!  They start off with the best intentions but in an effort to get to know us they create a political event that everyone feels they need to attend to maintain favoritism with management.  In other words, you feel obliged to go or risk management labeling you as non team member. 

If you decide not to go you invariably make up a little white lie so management doesn’t label you an outsider to the team.  Then you have the stress of maintaining that lie paying special attention not to mention what you were actually doing at the time.   

If you do attend the event the only topic discussed is work.  This transforms the event into an informal meeting.  These are usually stressful because they have no agenda, you never know which topic will arise and you need to be prepared for whatever subject management brings up. 

There is also the stress of knowing when to leave.  Sometimes this is decided if the event being attended is a sporting event or other timed event.  If it isn’t one of those you wait it out so you’re not the first one to leave because for some reason that is often viewed as a social error.  Normally you wait until the most senior member of management leaves as that is often the indicator that the event is over. 

Now I’m not antisocial and I have made friends that I met at work.  I have also spent time with those friends outside of work at times of our choosing.  Some of those friends I have stayed in touch with for many years while others I have lost contact with.  But, I have made these friends through the gradual process of getting to know each other and realizing we have common interests.  I am uncomfortable with someone dictating my social life to promote there own unnecessary agenda.  Oh well, I guess that’s why it’s called work.

 

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Last Edit: 09 Apr 2009 @ 09:27 AM

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 08 Apr 2009 @ 11:22 AM 

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Just ask my wife, these things really irritate me.  Not the stops themselves but the fact that most people (at least the ones around here) don’t know what to do when they come to one.  And heaven forbid if a traffic light is out and it needs to be treated as a four way stop.

There are three types of people that come to a four-way stop that twist my psyche.  The first and the one that really pisses me off are the pausers.  They really don’t stop at all.  They slow down almost to the point where they give the illusion of stopping but then rather than come to a complete stop and allowing those who were first to go they quickly accelerate through the intersection causing you to step on your brakes and giving you a small case of whiplash. 

The second type is the uncertain.  These frightened people come to the stop and they not only stop they camp.  They’ll wait for practically everyone to go before they do.  This is irritating if they’re at the intersection when you pull up because you come to a complete stop (providing you’re not one of the people mentioned in this post and you know who you are) and you wait for them to take their turn but they don’t go.  You motion with your hand and they still don’t go.  Just when you’ve had enough and you start to go figuring they’re communing with nature or asleep at the wheel they go too.  Now you’re caught in this polite stop and go dance that finally ends with one of you taking enough initiative to drive through the intersection.  The irritation they create is double if you’re behind them waiting for them to venture out into intersection space.  

The third one is the uninformed.  These you notice when you arrive at the intersection at the same time.  As everyone knows (except these dullards) when you arrive at an intersection at the same time as someone else the driver on the right has the right of way.  Now the uninformed will react in one of two ways;  if they are the ones with the right of way they will behave as the uncertain and you’ll end up caught up in that slow dance.  Or if you’re in the right of way they’ll behave like the pauser and you’ll be forced to hit your brakes sending your vertebrae into positions they weren’t meant to be in. 

What really irks me is I have seen police officers fall into one of these categories and if they don’t know how to treat a four-way stop how will this ever be corrected.  As with all minor annoyances, just grin and bear it.  Even though I’d like to shove a bear… well I digress.

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Last Edit: 09 Apr 2009 @ 09:29 AM

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