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


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...


#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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Comment from: DrillerAA [Visitor] Email ·
Great list. I have had my dog eat my favorite book, the Bible! God loves my dog, God loves my dog.
I'm always a little concerned when the extended warrnaty costs for than the electronic thingy.
Most people lose their balance when it comes to politics, right now, most of us would just like for this campaign season to be OVER!!! Haven't they been running for two and a half years now?
Have a great T13.
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Comment from: Di [Visitor] Email ·
I love people who are as irritable as I am!!!

I would take #11 one step further and suggest that malls install two for browsing and one for people who know where they are going and want to get there fast.

How about people who do what you describe in the grocery store? While shopping with their entire extended family walking hand in hand across the aisle?
PermalinkPermalink 03/06/08 @ 08:04
Comment from: Penelope Anne [Visitor] Email ·
#9 needs a higher aggravation rating I am sorry but it does...otherwise you were spot on.

Nice TT
PermalinkPermalink 03/06/08 @ 09:55
Comment from: Britni [Visitor] ·
I HATE it when people stop dead in their tracks at front of me and then give me that look when I walk around them in a hurry. It's like they don't realize there's anyone else walking on the sidewalk.
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Comment from: admin [Member] Email ·
Hey DrillerAA... I believe, in The United States of America, the political campaigning started in 1995...

Hi Di... How about single shoppers in the grocery story who park their carts sideways and block the aisle completely... while they read, in detail, while apparently making copious mental notes... the writing on a can of soup.

Hello Penelope Anne... I have actually smiled at a salesperson ONCE and said, I've said no to the warranty five times... if you do ask again, I'm going to kick you in the nether regions... okay? He didn't ask again.

Howdy Britni... I've often reminded people in stage-whispers that it's a sideWALK... not a sideSTANDANDCHAT.
PermalinkPermalink 03/06/08 @ 20:29
Comment from: Nicholas [Visitor] Email ·
That extended warranty thing bugs me too. I got that just last week. "Do you want to purchase an extended warranty plan? Just $49.99 to cover you for two years." "Do you expect it to break down inside two years?" "Um... no." "Because if it's that bad maybe I shouldn't be buying it at all. Is that what you're telling me?" "Oh, no, nothing like that." And he didn't mention the warranty again.
PermalinkPermalink 03/06/08 @ 21:20
Comment from: admin [Member] Email ·
Hey Nicholas... That's a clever idea... but the idiots at our electronic stores in Tronna try different tacts... like No, it's excellent! But what if there's a power surge in your home? What if there's a bad bit of media used? What if space aliens nap it and aren't gentle with their probe?
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