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    Pet Peeve

    Maybe it's just because I don't have kids but I think the United States (can't speak about the rest of the world) has gotten very tacky about certain things. It seems I am constantly ask to attend a 2 year olds birthday party for my co-workers, a wedding where I don't even know the groom or they are trying to hit me up for Girl Scout cookies (aren't the kids suppose to be selling them???) The lastest was a co-worker tacked up on the wall an invitation to his daughter's babtism and told anyone who walked by to read it and ask "can you make it?" I have never socialized with these people outside of work and I only see them about once a week because I work out of my house and only go into the office once or twice a week for about an hour. It seems to me that they are only trying to hit me up for gifts. When I rode in a Tour de Cure and ask for donations, do you think even one of them gave me anything for it--ofcourse not.

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    My pet peeve is people spelling baptism like babtism
    Just tell them that you are unable to make it because you have to read to little timmy
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    Just tell them you love pre-marital sex too much and it might offend the church if you show up to a baptism.

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    My daughter attended a party for a friend when she turned three. There were about fifty people there and the birthday girl and my daughter were the only children. On top of that they had a buffet of Indian food....which neither child wanted. I wound up taking the birthday girl from her party and the two girls and I went to McDonalds where they enjoyed the playplace with the party continued. The mother happy to have her daughter taken from her own birthday party. Any excuse for a gathering, I guess.

    One parent at ballet invited the entire school to her daughter's party. We'd never even met the mother or parent. No logic to this at all.
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    I guess it's the whole quantity over quality thing that's taken over America. If something is good, then a lot more of it has got to be better. It's part of the more, more, more, me, me, me mentality. Personally, I think you only have so many hours a day to interact with friends and family and i'm not going to sacrifice quality over quantity. So I'm very particular about how I hang with and would only consider a handful to be my friends. And they get the first and sometimes only invitation to my parties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litespeed
    It seems to me that they are only trying to hit me up for gifts.
    Maybe they thought it'd be fun to socialize with you (and your other coworkers) in a non-work situation. I think you may be reading too much into the invitation.

    Maybe you should attend these events with a date but without a gift. Eat all their food and drink all their booze, then leave. That will put an end to those pesky invitations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprocket Man
    Maybe you should attend these events with a date but without a gift. Eat all their food and drink all their booze, then leave. That will put an end to those pesky invitations.

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    I hate babies.
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    I think it has a lot to do with where in the US it is too. I grew up in Upstate NY and never heard of any of this mostly parent birthday party style things (except for when it was the family birthday party and when I was young there weren't other kids yet). Then I moved to No.VA which is home to the two fastest growing counties in the nation and right outside of DC so it's full of politicians with money to waste. For them it seemed it wasn't so much about making the party enjoyable for themselves as it was showing off how much money they spent on it. They don't care if they're having a good time as long as they hear something like "Wow, I wonder how much that cost." at some point during the party. This became much more evident when I got a job at a local store that is much like Build-A-Bear. These parents would plan the party and you have to set a price limit per child and they would often say - "Whatever they want." With a min. of 6 kids per party I found myself making at times a dozen 50$ bears. And whenever the other parents would offer to pay - they'd quickly say it wasn't a problem.
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    I hate when people post in a bunch of threads just to populate the top of a subforum with threads where they were the last respondant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56/12 and 22/28
    I hate babies.
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    I'm sick of kid's selling things. (and i have kids) I don't understand why it is ok, for the school system to turn these little peddlers out onto the street to beg and grovel for money. If I sent my kids out like that, they (the govt.) would take them away from me. Freakin' ridiculous.

    My wife and I figured, that we spend about $30 per month on kids that ring the doorbell selling crap. And that's AFTER we hide from most of them.

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    I hate barrens chat. (WoW players will understand...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger
    I'm sick of kid's selling things. (and i have kids) I don't understand why it is ok, for the school system to turn these little peddlers out onto the street to beg and grovel for money. If I sent my kids out like that, they (the govt.) would take them away from me. Freakin' ridiculous.

    My wife and I figured, that we spend about $30 per month on kids that ring the doorbell selling crap. And that's AFTER we hide from most of them.
    I guess what bothers me most about that, and I don't even have kids, is that the schools around here shut down at every possible lame excuse "due to budget constraints". Maybe you should fix the freakin' budget instead of pimpin' out the kids for pocket change and then shut down anyway. Stupid friggin' bureaucrats!
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    i don't like when co-workers bring children into the office. sometimes they run down the hall and other times they cry. i understand if it's an emergency and they need to quickly come to the office and grab something, but a lot of these times it's purely social.

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    I agree.. sometimes I think it's the parents that are more in a competition mode for thier kids to keep them in a good public eye, the parents bring the girl's scout cookies at work to sell them because they want and try to have the highest sells. Sometimes the bday party is a good show too to impress others. I have a friend who everytime her daughter has a bday, she puts on a "fair" for kids and circus ambiance but she ask for no presents and a donation instead the my greatest dream fondation ( a last wish for a dying child) and she has raised thousands every year.. now, that's the spirit..and her daughter loves doing this and gets the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    i don't like when co-workers bring children into the office. sometimes they run down the hall and other times they cry. i understand if it's an emergency and they need to quickly come to the office and grab something, but a lot of these times it's purely social.
    lol!!!! that one was funny.. dont you hate that kids cry sometimes? yeah they do as often as us "grown ups" whyne about something...hehehe

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    Quid Pro Quo. If you have supported their pet charities then you can reasonably expect them to support yours. That said, I have always kept a formal separation between work and the rest of my life. With the exception of Thin Mint cookies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings
    Quid Pro Quo. If you have supported their pet charities then you can reasonably expect them to support yours. That said, I have always kept a formal separation between work and the rest of my life. With the exception of Thin Mint cookies.
    Bah! Not this again. Samoas > Thin mints.
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    People who do not wash their hands after using the restroom.

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    I think I've mentioned it before, but I hate it when people don't use their turn signals when driving or turn them on after they've started the turn. Thanks a lot, ****tard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite
    People who do not wash their hands after using the restroom.

    People who interrupt you while talking.

    People who can't not get pee on their fingers, so they have to wash them

    Speaking of the bathroom, I get peeved at my pets when the do it on the carpet.

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