Pet Peeves and Awards of the day:
Answering machines -- "Hey, Argent, you there? If you are, pick up." Ryan mentioned having an answering machine, instead of voice mail, on his land line. For the past five years I've been mobile-only, and so often I've lamented not having a way to go back to the beeping tape players of old. Now we get, what, four rings, and then wham, here's the voice mail. Also, since we've all got Caller ID, we have a pretty good idea of who's on the phone. So, you miss the call, you dial them back, only now their line is engaged because they are in the process of leaving you a message. Either you get to call back and forth five times to actually reach each other, or the other party picks up the call waiting and you end up with this voice mail that gets cut off halfway through as they click over.
And another thing. Can't we just have "Hi, it's Joe, leave a message. BEEP!" I'm tired of "To leave your callback number, press 5 now. To leave a voice mail, press 1, or just wait for the tone. When you are finished recording, hang up, or press pound for more options ... Hi, it's Joe, leave a message ... " I seriously don't leave messages for people sometimes because I don't want to sit through this shit.
Can't we come up with something better?
Dragonflies -- these guys win the award of the day. Why can't all bugs be like dragonflies? Despite many of them being fairly large, somehow they can fly backwards, sideways, diagonally, and into hyperspace. Riding around in the summer, I smack into all sorts of little flying things. A lot of them sting, bite, and most splatter. Somehow, I've never run into a dragonfly. Tbey just diagonally out of the way! Today I must have hit 47 bugs of considerable size, and don't even get me STARTED on clouds of gnats. Ugh! Another cool thing about dragonflies is that they are, apparently, absolutely harmless. I'm not exactly sure what it is that they do
, but they have no interest in doing it to people. They don't bite, don't sting, and are otherwise just decorative. Forza dragonflies!
Apartment Nazis -- My apartment management company litters the entryways of the complex with a little monthly newsletter. They're mostly preachy, smarmy, and irrelevant. A basic sampling of this month's crap:
- Vehicles parked in the complex with expired registration will be towed.
- Bicycles may not be stored on patios
- The front door to your apartment is self-closing. Don't let it slam!
- NO FIREWORKS are permitted!
- The pool closes promptly at 10:00 pm.
- Rent paid on the 5th will be assessed a $75.00 late fee. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- Oh, and have a happy fourth,you know.
Yeah, those bicycles on patios are such a BLIGHT on the community. A quick survey of the buildings I can see shows that about half of apartments have this seemingly normal accessory. It must be stopped!
If you build this apartment with stupid, piece-of-shit self-closing doors that are heavy, but lack the little pneumatic thing that slows them down (ever open most screen doors?), what do you expect people to do? When I come in the door with my bicycle in one hand, messenger bag on my back, and gear in the other hand, do NOT expect me to suddenly drop my shit to catch your stupid door. And I had better not take that BICYCLE to the patio, either.
Actually, I don't, because it's worth $3,000, and the "gate" to the complex has worked basically 4 days out of 4 months I've lived here.
And I recognize that rent is TECHNICALLY due on the 1st, but every company in existence does this whole "pay by the 5th" thing, to allow for differences in paychecks and stuff. My previous apartment was "by the 7th," even. "By the 4th" is one day earlier than every other apartment in the area. $75 is a lot of money for forgetting that 24 hours. No, I've never had to pay it.