Random thing you loathe right now.

My family has been passing around sickness between each other since December. Finally seemed to shake it and my wife tells me she's feeling sick late last week. We've got a 6 month old and 3.5 year old. I'm the only one who works and can't miss any more time. My wife is from Japan and has no family here, her closest Japanese friend just moved away, the weather has been extremely gray, raining, and/or snowing, and is suffering from post-partum depression.

We just bought a 3-story townhouse in July and a week after we moved in our son was born. Since we've owned this place, I've slept in my own bed for a cumulative total of one month. Our strata fee went up from $200 to $260 just because of insurance companies jacking up prices worldwide. It was built in 1977 and never had the gutters replaced. The gutters need to be replaced this year but the money earmarked for that is now gone to the insurance companies.

A couple weeks ago I had to go to emergency since I started coughing up blood while my second time getting sick just began. Luckily we live across from a hospital, was in and out of emergency in 3 hours, and only had a minor bacterial infection in my lungs. I've had a post-viral cough since late December.

Yesterday we took our son in to get his 6-month vaccinations and my wife was hesitant to allow him to get a flu vaccine. I managed to push it through. My wife struggles with communication (vocabulary and processing) so any arguments she clams up and basically starts crying. Coupled with everything else, it was a bad argument. She's not been able to articulate what about vaccines has suddenly made her hesitant.

This is the least loathe and incredibly minor but my buddy got divorced. He's handling it well. I think his ex took advantage of him but he's be unemployed for 2 or 3 years and just wanted a clean amicable break as soon as possible. He let me borrow his PS4 since he wants to be focused and have no media distractions (has no internet or TV at his current place). The thing that annoys me is he's always been a little odd and I'm not sure when he wants his console back. I like to play games at a slow pace and, right now, games have been a very nice escape from reality. I'm about to get through Horizon Zero Dawn and could potentially start God of War or Marvel's Spider-Man but with the lingering worry that I'll never get to actually finish them.

It’s not my intention to be insensitive and I know that people don’t want advice when their in the thick of a crisis. I just want to point out to anyone who has sick friends or family that viruses and bacterial infections rarely spread by airborne means. You’re almost always infected by putting your hands in your eyes/nose/mouth. Before you have a meal, wash your hands. Especially if it’s a handheld food like a sandwich or burrito. Don’t touch your face. If you need to touch your face wash your hands with soap and water and dry them on a clean towel. Drying your hands is almost as important as soap and water. About 30% more microbes are removed during the drying process. This is why hand blowers in public bathrooms make me crazy.

Vector,
I’m sorry to hear that your family is struggling with flu and the stress that it puts on everyone. I’m also sorry that the discussion about vaccinating your child didn’t go well. My wife and I struggled with the fear that vaccinations could be potentially harmful when my first born was a baby. The anti-vacation movement was just getting started back then and the fear mongering was intense. Luckily our pediatrician was really great at explaining to us how important vaccination is.

Good luck. I hope you all feel better soon.

Scantron tests.

MaxShrek wrote:

Scantron tests.

Dude! Are you taking college classes?

MaxShrek wrote:

Scantron tests.

I spent literally most of my day at work today getting our creaky old Scantron machine working. Turns out that a machine (and its software) that was designed for Windows XP is a little bit annoying to get to work in Windows 10.

If only professors would stop using these goddamn things. We have a whole LMS for online testing, for Pete's sake.

RawkGWJ wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

Scantron tests.

Dude! Are you taking college classes?

Nah. It's just a random thing I hate. Err.. loathe.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

Scantron tests.

I spent literally most of my day at work today getting our creaky old Scantron machine working. Turns out that a machine (and its software) that was designed for Windows XP is a little bit annoying to get to work in Windows 10.

If only professors would stop using these goddamn things. We have a whole LMS for online testing, for Pete's sake.

Yea we had to keep an old PC with a parallel port working for an old scantron at my last job because Health Technology (the best funded division on that campus) refused to spend the money to get a new one. Think we were eventually able to get it working on a 32 bit version of Windows 7 with a parallel to usb adapter.

My last year of teaching they hopped from scantrons to a similar alternative, but the scanning process was using an app that took a picture and figured things out based on a QR code. Didn't have to buy special scantron cards, because you could print out the sheets, but the act of scanning via app was way slower. Blech. I didn't give multiple choice tests, but the district spent the money on the new scan app license, so it was mandated we use it. Blech. Then the students figured out they could draw on the QR code. Results were varied.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

Scantron tests.

I spent literally most of my day at work today getting our creaky old Scantron machine working. Turns out that a machine (and its software) that was designed for Windows XP is a little bit annoying to get to work in Windows 10.

If only professors would stop using these goddamn things. We have a whole LMS for online testing, for Pete's sake.

My loathe is our LMS system. Trying to get it to do any of the things it claims it can is like pulling teeth. But my alternative is grading pen and paper tests, not using scantrons.

General sense of apathy

Driving, wearing jeans with a belt, and getting an itch on the tip of an ass cheek curve that you have to pull over to the side of the road to scratch it

This weather that we've been having this last couple days. Had level 3 risk storms come through last night. They were really hyping up the risk with schools closing early and other places closing. It was supposed to be the day I work at the zoo each week, but I felt driving an hour and half both ways was too risky, so I called in and it turns out they closed the zoo for the day anyway.

I was afraid to remain in my house due to all the trees so camped out at the local Bojangles for over four hours because they have a combination of no viable trees and wifi. Then once I was home and believed everything was over, I went to sleep. This morning between 6:30am and 7:00am I woke up to the sound of rushing wind and thought a tornado was about to come through, so I grabbed my phone and ran and jumped into the bathtub. Then I discovered it wasn't a tornado, but that there was a high wind advisory in the area with sustained winds up to 25mph with gusts to 50mph. Well it all *seems* to be mostly over now. It's still gusty but the wind isn't anything like before.

The new How To Train You Dragon cartoon has little dragons. They talk.

MaxShrek wrote:

The new How To Train You Dragon cartoon has little dragons. They talk.

I am 10,000% agreed on this.

Harsh winds shook our area yesterday, too. So harsh, in fact, that the winds broke the old fence between my house and my neighbor. Unfortunately, my neighbor and his wife are both cancer patients and near the end of their lives. I have been doing everything I can to help out for them, and thus I am not looking forward to broaching the conversation of cost sharing the fence replacement. Heck, given the last time I talked to them, I don't know that they have the mental capacity to even deal with it.

This leads to the crux of my loathe, which is dealing with my neighbor's brother who has been trying to manage their care and finances as they decline. Unfortunately for me, this individual appears to be incredibly greedy and manipulative, and I get the impression he is actively managing their finances in such a way to line his pockets rather than provide the best possible care. Hopefully, I can get the insurance companies involved with a home-owner's claim on the fence damage. That way I can let them deal with him instead of dealing with him directly. Ideally, the insurance will have a minimum expectation on the fence, and perhaps even a recommended contractor to deal with so that I don't have this guy demand we use the cheapest possible fence and contractor available.

The winds were absolutely nuts all over the bay area. In San Leandro, it was nearly impossible for me to walk to my car in the afternoon.

My sister started a side hustle last year as a travel agent. We cancelled a trip she booked for us last summer at almost the last minute because my mother-in-law got a bad cancer diagnosis. We then booked another trip ourselves online for next week fully expecting to cancel because my mother-in-law isn't doing so great and we didn't want my make my sister jump through hoops only to cancel on her again. Now my sister is upset because we didn't use her services, and my wife is doubly upset that she both upset and my sister and is scared to death that her Mom might die while we're away.

Her Mom very likely has a LOT longer, but I'd rather just cancel this damn trip at this point. I can't see how we're even going to enjoy ourselves at this point.

I feel your pain Paladin.

My wife has been complaining for years how, on March Break, we always do something with her parents. So, I say OK, and organize a 3 day trip to Montreal, including a visit to some museums and other stuff she (and our kids) enjoy doing.

Tonight, my wife tells me: "We are driving to Florida, because my parents don't want to be in Florida by themselves."

1 - The drive is 22.5 hours
2 - I will be doing 90% of the driving.
3 - We will be there for about 6 days, plus 2 days of driving either side.

Thanks mudbunny. That's a rough drive. Hope you find some time to relax in FL.

I’m temporarily not a trucker anymore. Luckily it’s just a matter of time before I’m back in rig. But in the meantime, I have to go back to the job that I despise. The worst part of that job is the way the managers treat the drivers; with utter and complete contempt. So now I’m boning up on my critical thinking and coping skills so that I can effectively combat their bullsh*t. I’m reviewing my work and safety methods as well so I can be on point when management takes me to task on those issues.

It’s a hostile work environment. I’m keeping a pad of paper and nice writing pen in my pocket at all times. If I even witness the harassment of another driver I’m writing it down as it happens. Hopefully I will be able to keep my wits about me. A friend of mine called me to let me know that things are worse than ever. Uggh.

What makes things worse is that I don’t know when I might go back to driving tractor/trailer. It could be in a few weeks, or it could be in July, or maybe even later than that.

RawkGWJ wrote:

I’m temporarily not a trucker anymore. Luckily it’s just a matter of time before I’m back in rig. But in the meantime, I have to go back to the job that I despise. The worst part of that job is the way the managers treat the drivers; with utter and complete contempt. So now I’m boning up on my critical thinking and coping skills so that I can effectively combat their bullsh*t. I’m reviewing my work and safety methods as well so I can be on point when management takes me to task on those issues.

It’s a hostile work environment. I’m keeping a pad of paper and nice writing pen in my pocket at all times. If I even witness the harassment of another driver I’m writing it down as it happens. Hopefully I will be able to keep my wits about me. A friend of mine called me to let me know that things are worse than ever. Uggh.

What makes things worse is that I don’t know when I might go back to driving tractor/trailer. It could be in a few weeks, or it could be in July, or maybe even later than that.

Some friends of mine also got sent back to package delivery. I just called a buddy to ask him how it’s been. He said he’s already gone to HR because of how the package delivery managers have treated him.

Spoiler:

We use this little hand held scanner/computer thingie called a DIAD. (asinine acronym) My friend hasn’t used the thing in two years as he’s been in the tractor/trailer division that whole time. Apparently there’s been a major firmware/OS/UI update to the DIAD. When he asked his direct supervisor to train him on it the supe refused. Then the supe and the manager above him got in a shouting match about this trivial issue and it got real ugly. That’s when my buddy went to HR.

This is the type of sh*t that we’ve had to put up with for the first 20 years or so of our career at “Big Brown” parcel service. Some of us chose to transfer to the tractor/trailer division. Managment in tractor/trailer behaves so much more rationally and respectfully than in package delivery. We enjoyed two years in tractor/trailer but we have to temporarily go back to package.

As you can imagine, it’s one of those “there’s no going back” situations. After having a respectful and professional relationship with the tractor/trailer managers for two years, there’s NO WAY that we’re going to idly allow ourselves to be treated as subhuman troglodytes. We shouldn’t have ever been treated that way in the first place, but there’s this weird kind of Stockholm Syndrome that takes hold when that’s the culture of your work group; a work group that contains nearly 300 individuals.

...I should stop now.

The USPS is my loathe these past couple of weeks. My SO and I are not reliably getting our mail. Sometimes we are getting our neighbors mail. Sometimes our mail is damaged. One thing gets delivered correctly one week and then the same thing goes missing the next two weeks in a row. It is getting very frustrating.

I'm in a study program at a local (to me) university as part of my continuing education requirements and I was so relieved to get everything finally done for my current class because I just felt icky and violated about the whole situation and feel that there has been a major personality clash between me and the instructor, and feel like I have to walk on eggshells around her (she seems to get offended quite easily), even virtually. I actually had a very high interest in the subject and typically love learning and taking classes, so I wasn't at all a reluctant student going in, so I'm really disappointed by the whole experience with this one particular class. (My previous classes were great.)

insurance company: Sorry doc, your prescription is now surgical supplies, so we won't cover it any more. have fun with that.
Me: Ok *calls prescription maker for assistance*.
Prescription maker: Oh hey doc, having a good day? Oh that's your problem? That's odd, I have the reference number right here for the prescription to be labeled as a drug, not surgical supplies, do you mind if we contact the insurance company on your behalf and resolve this for you in a maximum of 2 days?
Me: thanks so much guys.
That has been my morning so far, I am so lucky that my prescription guys are so awesome, never have let me down once, more than I can say for my insurance atm Apparently the insurance company has 2 reference numbers for that prescription, one as surgical supplies, and one as a drug. They make the number for surgical supplies as default, because it's a new, and thus expensive prescription, yay.

My random loathe, which is nothing new for me is my gd house number. My street number is 16A. Which would be fine if it were an apartment unit or part of the building that is #16. No, I live in the house between 16 and 18. The regular UPS and Fedex guy have figured it out. I can't seem to do anything to get Amazon Logistics to correctly deliver packages. The second line of my address is "Brown house between 16 & 18". It doesn't help.

Clumber wrote:

My random loathe, which is nothing new for me is my gd house number. My street number is 16A. Which would be fine if it were an apartment unit or part of the building that is #16. No, I live in the house between 16 and 18. The regular UPS and Fedex guy have figured it out. I can't seem to do anything to get Amazon Logistics to correctly deliver packages. The second line of my address is "Brown house between 16 & 18". It doesn't help.

I'm right there with you. Accidentally moved in across the hall from my doppelganger - same last name, the feminine equivalent of my first name, and an address number that's just two digits transposed. And we have the same kind of car, so when the first mixup was a notice of their car being towed, it took me forever to figure out I'd opened the wrong mail.

I used to live on Dickson Street. I made a few trips across town to exchange packages with someone on Dickinson Street.

Danjo Olivaw wrote:
Clumber wrote:

My random loathe, which is nothing new for me is my gd house number. My street number is 16A. Which would be fine if it were an apartment unit or part of the building that is #16. No, I live in the house between 16 and 18. The regular UPS and Fedex guy have figured it out. I can't seem to do anything to get Amazon Logistics to correctly deliver packages. The second line of my address is "Brown house between 16 & 18". It doesn't help.

I'm right there with you. Accidentally moved in across the hall from my doppelganger - same last name, the feminine equivalent of my first name, and an address number that's just two digits transposed. And we have the same kind of car, so when the first mixup was a notice of their car being towed, it took me forever to figure out I'd opened the wrong mail.

This sounds like the perfect setup for a romantic comedy!

Our apartment number is the same as the building's street number, so we get a lot of misdelivered mail on top of the usual junk mail for previous residents. I've always wanted an apartment mail drop for "this isn't me" because I hate having responsibility for other peoples' mail, especially when it's stuff like tax documents. We just give it to the building manager when she's around but it's easy to forget for a few days.