Random thing you loathe right now.

For the record, I knew exactly who I was talking to.

Burying dead kittens.

Sorry, but that's really it. The cat that adopted us when we moved into our new place was pregnant, we fed her, she eventually brought around one kitten, which we adopted. This year she again came to us while pregnant (we're looking into live capture cages to sterilize her but she never came within 20 ft of us last year). This time she gave birth in the cat shelter we have outside that has nice cushions inside.

She gave birth to four kittens, two of which were stillborn. So I had to bury them before my seven year old got home from school. Yesterday, she suddenly stopped feeding the smaller of the two kittens, pushing it to the side of the little cat house. We took it to the vet, where he showed us that the kitten's mouth was either born with some kind of trauma, or had been hurt since birth, so it hadn't been feeding properly. We got kitten formula, and stuff, and fed the little kitten. So she died fed, petted, and warm. And then I buried her.

Being the one who comforts everybody else most of the time, I'm just...

I really need kitten #4 to make it.

Totally one of my most traumatic moments was helping my roommate bury his cat. I did not like this cat because it tended to leave poop outside my door. Still I sobbed heavily with every shovel of dirt.

Sorry Roo

Paleocon wrote:

Was walking the dog this morning and the neighbor down the street keeps parking his gigantic pickup truck with half the back over the sidewalk. And he has a rusty ball hitch sticking out at shin level.

I want to go out there with my can of spray paint and draw a line over his truck to where it overlaps the sidewalk.

Pee on the ball. Help the rust.

Paleo is, in fact, my best friend.

Roo, that's tragic. Such an awful feeling. Good luck with #4.

Good luck, Roo, I hope that one makes it.

A very silly loath. Since when do Ice cream bars get sold in groups of three instead of four? Should have read the box more careful. Even on sale it's basically ice cream truck prices. Probable been a while and only now noticing...

Dealing with my car accident since Jan. The repair shop saying it was fixable but didn’t start until April. Insurance claimed it was as well. A whole month of no updates and I have to call and then they say it’s totaled? f*ck both of you! I got my position bumped by an employee who is about a year to retire. Hours cut and now I’m car less.

EDIT: Said goodbye to the old girl. I cried

JohnKillo wrote:

Dealing with my car accident since Jan. The repair shop saying it was fixable but didn’t start until April. Insurance claimed it was as well. A whole month of no updates and I have to call and then they say it’s totaled? f*ck both of you! I got my position bumped by an employee who is about a year to retire. Hours cut and now I’m car less.

I can give you my pet insurers - one of my cats had an operation back in December. I put in the claim and heard nothing for several weeks. Called them, told everything was OK and they had all the information they needed. Just with the loss adjusters to make the final approval.

Hear nothing again for another month. Called them up, same response. This goes on until last month when I’m told they have more questions. I call my vet, they’ve already answered them. Call back the insurers, again I’m told ‘yes we have everything now, just going through the final approval’.

They still haven’t paid out. It’s been 6 months. Time for a formal complaint and the ombudsman. The total cost is around £1000. I can’t really afford to write that off.

It's 6 am. Release the leaf blowers of war!

Ugh. That I misread my plane ticket for my work trip. I kept reading 1003 as the morning cause my wife writes everything in 24 hour time. Haha. Jokes on me 1003pm.

Who’s got who thumbs and 11 hours to kill at the airport. This guy!

Woohoo! 11 hours of overpriced airport beers on your expense report!

A beer in a Seattle tap room or brewery right now is up to $7. Have the airports caught on and gone higher? $9?

Ill be damned if I'm paying $10 for a pint before 2030 (I will probably be damned)

The apartment complex I live in is changing all the locks to electronic Latches that get opened by an app on your phone that requires an account and bluetooth and gps enabled and running. I despise it.

Remember, the S in IoT stands for security.

Stengah wrote:

Remember, the S in IoT stands for security.

The company I work for has signed a deal with a third party generative AI company to help develop new products for our customers.

That's fine in and of itself, but when I asked the legal department if anyone had done any sort of security assessment on that company and what they are going to do with the IP we are going to give them and how they are going to use it, nobody said a word.

Guess what I'll be drawing up in the next couple of weeks.

Sorbicol wrote:
Stengah wrote:

Remember, the S in IoT stands for security.

The company I work for has signed a deal with a third party generative AI company to help develop new products for our customers.

That's fine in and of itself, but when I asked the legal department if anyone had done any sort of security assessment on that company and what they are going to do with the IP we are going to give them and how they are going to use it, nobody said a word.

Guess what I'll be drawing up in the next couple of weeks.

Be very aware of leadership's FOMO; they might not be amiable to what you have to say.

Ant invasion. Not fun with 22 and 2 month old, especially with a lot of them concentrated in kiddos playroom/bedroom.

Ants won’t cross a line of ground cinnamon.

Yeah, but it won't come off the wall paint either lol

My neighbor's cottonwood tree. It's the biggest tree in the neighborhood and drops a minimum of 400 lbs of "cotton" on my yard. It looks like the first snow and destroys my mower filter and pool filter.

EvilHomer3k wrote:

My neighbor's cottonwood tree. It's the biggest tree in the neighborhood and drops a minimum of 400 lbs of "cotton" on my yard. It looks like the first snow and destroys my mower filter and pool filter.

So that's what that is. Every year right when the strawberry patch is ready they get covered in the stuff. Not the end of the world but it is annoying.

Trains.. literally the worst means of transport ever.

Back in The Netherlands I had to do a stretch of 95 km back and forth each day - and after 2 years - and several days I never made it home - I bought a car.

Now in Sweden it seems the same. 60 km back and forth - and when going home in the past month NOT ONE train was in time. Sometimes late, sometimes never appearing.

Rumor has the transport companies get a fine by the state if they have a train that is late - so they cancel the complete train.

Wish I could fly as a superpower... the hours, days, years I have wasted waiting for trains.

Yuck!

WellAdjusted wrote:

Ant invasion. Not fun with 22 and 2 month old, especially with a lot of them concentrated in kiddos playroom/bedroom.

It's tough with kiddos, I am sure, but the key to ants is starvation. If there is no food accessible anywhere, the ants leave you alone.

Paleocon wrote:
WellAdjusted wrote:

Ant invasion. Not fun with 22 and 2 month old, especially with a lot of them concentrated in kiddos playroom/bedroom.

It's tough with kiddos, I am sure, but the key to ants is starvation. If there is no food accessible anywhere, the ants leave you alone.

Yes and.

Good luck getting and keeping your kitchen entirely crumb-free. And forget about it if you have kids, they leave a trail of crumbs and food behind them everywhere they go.

Peoj Snamreh wrote:

Trains.. literally the worst means of transport ever.

I agree with this but only when I'm visiting another country

Like my one and only Australian train journey - the train broke down for a couple of hours, and it was a solid 15-20 minutes before they even made an announcement that something had happened

fenomas wrote:
Peoj Snamreh wrote:

Trains.. literally the worst means of transport ever.

I agree with this but only when I'm visiting another country

I went to Japan twice, and both times the highlight of my trip was the same: Trains (in Japan) are amazing!

In my own country... not so much. Especially not here in Ottawa, where the LRT has earned a reputation for its unreliability.

Peoj Snamreh wrote:

Trains.. literally the worst means of transport ever.

As someone who now 'only' has a 30 mile one-way commute in his car, I envy your train access. Sure, I don't have to wait for some other person's metal can on wheels (or mag-lev, or whatever modern trains use) to show up, but I can just as easily get stuck on a highway, going nowhere because of ... almost anything, really. I'm lucky to have a hybrid, so I don't need to be wasting gas when stuck in traffic, just my time. I can't even reliably get in some time on a Swtich or Steam Deck while waiting. America is too big to have train access everywhere, but I want it to be useful for me!

Can't you burn off the cottonwood fluff? I keep seeing videos of that...