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Thursday Thirteen 36... 9... 12... - Thirteen Scaled Aggravations

THURSDAY THIRTEEN!

I admit... it's been a tiring few days... and along came Thursday and my creative well was comin' up dry... but then, in a flash... I thought how about...


THIRTEEN
"MATTHEW'S AGGRAVATION SCALE"
RATINGS


#13: Can I get some money from you to go out with friends? (as asked by the kiddollo...)

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 1 out of 10

It would be lower than a one 'cuz kids need to ask for help... but usually this question comes before "Hi! Welcome home from work! How was your day?" when I come in the door.

#12: "Hello! Do you need your carpets cleaned? How about a newspaper subscription?" (usually requested by phone... usually at dinner time.

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 4 out of 10

This is mitigated by the existence of Tom Mabe... and the (hopefully working one day) no-call list.

#11: Walking along a sidewalk at a good pace when the person directly in front of you stops DEAD in their tracks to do "something" causing you to halt as rapidly.

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 6 out of 10

This becomes an 8 out of 10 if it's to talk with the person they're walking with who also stops... thus barring your path completely... and a 6.5 out of ten if it's a bunch of nitwits standing and obstructing the sidewalk to "chat" or smoke...

#10: Political bloggers who either lie, are racist, are sexist, can't read, use bad facts, and are so wound up in their religion philosophy hero worship posts that they mistake good manners for the evil thing known as "political correctness".

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 9.9 out of 10

Okay, unless you're with certain "fringe" elements, chances are the heads of your party are NOT racist, sexist, or ignorant... so why are you? Also, don't report "rumours" as truth... or be ignorant and hostile to anyone with a differing opinion than your own. Being nice, respectful, and intelligent is called "good manners" and "common courtesy"... and should not be shunned as something else. You're not attracting me to your thinking and getting me to support your "party", you're pushing me away... and yes, I do vote... always.

#9: Thank you for buying the electronic thingy from our store. Wanna buy the extended warranty? C'mon, buy the extended warranty! Let me tell you about the extended warranty! YOU MUST BUY THE EXTENDED WARRANTY!!! I'll kill all the little ones in this box of puppies if you don't buy the extended warranty...

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 5 out of 10

Just let me buy my toy! I don't want the warranty! Geez, lemme guess? You're commissioned on warranties, aren't you?

#8: Puddle near sidewalk + fast moving vehicle = wet and dirty person.

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Mitigated by the fact that at times, in the right moment, it can get you time off work. "I can't stay here! Look at me!"

Mitigation rebuffed because stupid idiots who get a kick out of doing that and TRY have been known to lose control of their cars and kill folks.

#7: Look! One of the dogs ate my favourite book!

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 7.8 out of 10

I love my dogs... I love my dogs... I love my dogs...

#6: Bank Service Charges

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 3 out of 10

'Nuff said. I mean, I can't deny these people (here in Canada,) their billion-dollar profit reports PER QUARTER! They NEED their money from us!

#5: The site's down.

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 2 out of 10

Outages happen... and when our servers "burp", it doesn't phase me too much...

...but if the outage lasts more than an hour, it becomes a 5 out of 10...

...and if I get e-mails from people telling me the site's down when it goes down for less than ten minutes, it becomes a 6 out of 10.

#4: My mouse stopped working! (said at my office...)

Now, before I rate this one, remember... I am in "I.T."... and it's my job to fix problems... but when a person calls and says this, I always ask, "Is it plugged in?" and they always say "Yes! I checked!"... and then I go to the person and find out, shock, it's not plugged in...

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 6.7 out of 10

#3: You spelled a word wrong on your site.

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 5.5 out of 10

This goes up to a 7 out of 10 if they DON'T bother to tell me WHERE the misspelling is.

The part that niggles at me about this... how much do I charge to look at ANY of the websites I work on??? Answer: NOTHING!

I often consider sending them an e-mail offering them a FULL refund for their horror, torment, and issues with my lack of proper spell-checking.

#2: Look! It's late at night, you're tired, you wanna crash, and one of your pets has been ill on your bed!

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 6.9 out of 10

I love my dogs... I love my cats... I love my dogs... I love my cats...

#1: Being creatively bankrupt for an idea for a Thursday Thirteen.

Matthew's Scale of Aggravation Rating: 4 out of 10

Something usually comes up to fill the space... and I hope it's amusing... I know my last week's was 'cuz over THREE-THOUSAND HITS on that day!


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