Random thing you loathe right now.

Miashara wrote:
Demyx wrote:

My car's exhaust system died, and they're charging me 1.5K to fix it.

That's startlingly high. Get a second opinion. There may be no alternative, but if the dealership is quoting you something, I'd definitely find someone else trustworthy and double check. Some places don't have a welder on staff and have to send out for one. That can make things more expensive. If you find a place that does welding sometimes they can undercut the price.

I don't really have the time or expertise to shop around though, especially since that would almost certainly delay getting the car back. Thanks for the advice though.

Demyx wrote:

I don't really have the time or expertise to shop around though, especially since that would almost certainly delay getting the car back. Thanks for the advice though.

I can certainly relate to that. I'm not a car person, and I hate the wheeling and dealing sh*t that seems to come with almost every aspect of them.

That said, it might be worth it to just call up a repair shop, even one of the big chain ones, and say, "The dealer said I need this done and it'll cost me this much. What would you charge me?" We used to get our car fixed at the dealership, and sometimes the price was competitive, and sometimes it was way higher.

Then again, if your car's already at the dealership and getting worked on, don't sweat it. It is what it is.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I can certainly relate to that. I'm not a car person, and I hate the wheeling and dealing sh*t that seems to come with almost every aspect of them.

This so much.

That said, it might be worth it to just call up a repair shop, even one of the big chain ones, and say, "The dealer said I need this done and it'll cost me this much. What would you charge me?" We used to get our car fixed at the dealership, and sometimes the price was competitive, and sometimes it was way higher.

Then again, if your car's already at the dealership and getting worked on, don't sweat it. It is what it is.

Yeah, they're already fixing it, so it's probably too late now. I'll try to keep it in mind for the future if something else happens, especially if it's less urgent than this situation was

Vrikk wrote:
McIrishJihad wrote:
Chumpy_McChump wrote:

Red pen it to death. Does your co-worker know that their writing sucks? They may be aware of it and appreciate the feedback. Maybe. (If not, red pen it to death anyway so that it's a useful resource and you don't have people coming to you to interpret it anyway.)

+1 (so long as you have the political cover to paint this co-worker as a target)

Either they know they suck and need help, or they (and no one else but you) don't know they suck and you need to start a paper trail on them.

The last thing you want is getting flak about the quality of their output, because you were the peer review. You might also want to throw this question up to the next level, give them a preview of what is being output and ask their recommendation.

I'm just worried to go this approach because they are foreign, so it may just be that English isn't their strong language. Then again, if their job title requires them to write requirement documentation, I feel like it's in my power to make sure all of the details flow as they should.

Do whatever you'd do if they weren't foreign. The fact that English isn't their first language is irrelevant; the only cogent fact is that they aren't communicating well.

Slept poorly because of dreams in which I bit someone's fingers off (crunchy and squishy - who knew) and dreamt that I had a nasty argument with the husband and woke up feeling pissed off at him because, dammit, he was WRONG in my dream and wouldn't just admit it and say he was sorry.

So I woke up cranky and was a bit surly this morning, but still have this vague feeling I am owed an apology even though I know that's the stupidest thing ever and that, if anything, I owe my husband one for being a cranky wench.

Blah.

Demyx wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

I can certainly relate to that. I'm not a car person, and I hate the wheeling and dealing sh*t that seems to come with almost every aspect of them.

This so much.

That said, it might be worth it to just call up a repair shop, even one of the big chain ones, and say, "The dealer said I need this done and it'll cost me this much. What would you charge me?" We used to get our car fixed at the dealership, and sometimes the price was competitive, and sometimes it was way higher.

Then again, if your car's already at the dealership and getting worked on, don't sweat it. It is what it is.

Yeah, they're already fixing it, so it's probably too late now. I'll try to keep it in mind for the future if something else happens, especially if it's less urgent than this situation was :)

I seriously hate this situation. I just tried out my neighborhood auto shop, since it had great reviews. Pretty sure they took me for a ride.

SixteenBlue wrote:

I seriously hate this situation. I just tried out my neighborhood auto shop, since it had great reviews. Pretty sure they took me for a ride.

Aww... I have a great shop reasonably close to you, if you need more work done.

Demyx wrote:
KingGorilla wrote:
Demyx wrote:

My car's exhaust system died, and they're charging me 1.5K to fix it.

Depending on what state you live in/country, you do not "need" to get that fixed.

It's not an inspection issue, it's a "my car's engine is making a terrible noise, the engine light is on, and the car's manual says to stop driving the car and take it to a dealership immediately" issue.

Although Massachusetts does have inspection laws so I probably would need to get it fixed anyway.

Unless she's older than 1998, you're still liable for meeting emissions, which means needing a working exhaust. Not to mention whoever you took it to for an inspection will fail you right out the gate for a check engine light.

The wife's car has had a nice black "R" for a few months because her favorite shop can't seem to figure out which O2 sensor needs to be replaced...

clover wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

I seriously hate this situation. I just tried out my neighborhood auto shop, since it had great reviews. Pretty sure they took me for a ride.

Aww... I have a great shop reasonably close to you, if you need more work done.

I also have one that would be a little farther but may be worth the trouble.

Mimble wrote:

Slept poorly because of dreams in which I bit someone's fingers off (crunchy and squishy - who knew) and dreamt that I had a nasty argument with the husband and woke up feeling pissed off at him because, dammit, he was WRONG in my dream and wouldn't just admit it and say he was sorry.

So I woke up cranky and was a bit surly this morning, but still have this vague feeling I am owed an apology even though I know that's the stupidest thing ever and that, if anything, I owe my husband one for being a cranky wench.

Blah.

My wife has done this to me on a few occasions (blame/resentment for something I did in her dream). It has also worked in reverse too, i.e. getting, uh, "rewarded" for things that happened in a dream, so I call it a draw.

Unknown Soldier wrote:
Mimble wrote:

Slept poorly because of dreams in which I bit someone's fingers off (crunchy and squishy - who knew) and dreamt that I had a nasty argument with the husband and woke up feeling pissed off at him because, dammit, he was WRONG in my dream and wouldn't just admit it and say he was sorry.

So I woke up cranky and was a bit surly this morning, but still have this vague feeling I am owed an apology even though I know that's the stupidest thing ever and that, if anything, I owe my husband one for being a cranky wench.

Blah.

My wife has done this to me on a few occasions (blame/resentment for something I did in her dream). It has also worked in reverse too, i.e. getting, uh, "rewarded" for things that happened in a dream, so I call it a draw. ;)

It has also worked in reverse too, i.e. getting, uh, "rewarded" for things that happened in a dream, so I call it a draw.

Been there. Very unexpected, very appreciated.

Got pulled up by my boss for watching "videos" (youtube)... It's irritating because it's not like i'm watching hours and hours of videos (RescueTime has logged 9 minutes so far this week), but because I sit on the end of the aisle, people walking past from behind me can see my screen.

It's especially frustrating because I'm really self disciplined about working hard and am really productive. It's the "image" of someone watching video's he doesn't like.

So I went the nuclear option and self-block youtube via a chrome extension... but it doesn't seem to block embeds...

f*cking annoying as sh*t.

It has not been a very good day.
I've already been dealing with some pretty bad stomachaches all night/day, but about an hour ago my mom called with some news I was not expecting. It seems sometime yesterday evening my grandpa was throwing up and not being able to keep anything down, my great aunt came over and checked him out, and his heart rate was alarmingly high. Well he's in the hospital now, and my grandma called my mom early this morning telling her to come to the hospital because he's going downhill with a quickness. At this exact moment, he's stable, but he is not in good shape. I fear the moment to say goodbye is coming soon, even if he is able to pull through tonight. His health has been getting steadily worse through the year, so in a way we all knew it was coming, but no one is prepared for it to actually happen.
Right now we're waiting, and everyone is trying to keep their minds occupied. I just wish I didn't live so far away. At least he knows I love him.

Seeing pictures of a girl I used to have a crush on back in elementary school.... and damn, she is gorgeous... and married with kids. Lucky bastard...

Sorry to hear that, St.Hillary. Internet hugs your way.

St Hillary *hugs*

I was trying to look up Paul Giamatti's King John speech from the movie Ironclad today, only to discover that Warner Bros. has been on a tear around the Internet issuing takedown orders for it. Here's the thing: it's not like Ironclad had any kind of profile whatsoever. It wasn't very good, and even Giamatti was pretty uneven. But there's this one scene where Giamatti briefly buys in, and it's amazing. Basically, it's King John screaming at Brian Cox, but it's a fascinating glimpse into the kind of entitlement that must have governed royalty up until a century or so ago.

It is the only thing that could possibly generate any form of revenue from this movie, and Warner Bros. has been issuing takedowns like it was Obama on the drone controls. I realize that they can't just let these things slide, but it would have been far more intelligent to issue the notices then release the clip on their own Youtube channel.

Finally did find the scene on a semi-shady website (http://www.popscreen.com/v/5ZSVF/Bri...) but for some reason I dislike seeing copyright used for stupid reasons more than I dislike it being used for malicious reasons. I can at least understand the motivation for malice.

*HUGS* to St. Hillary from here as well.

I hope you get some better news today St. Hillary. *hugs*

Thank you for the e-hugs, it's definitely appreciated.

September 2012, Client: Gotta have it done, Gotta have it done. Job has to be done in record time. Now, now, now, now. Are you done yet? done yet? done yet? C'mon I told you about the job four hours ago, it's only a weeks work. Done yet? Yet? Done? Huh. What the f*ck are you doing, it's been seven hours? Done yet?

Work overtime, stay up late, don't see family, eat poorly, give up exercise. Deliver job in record time.

February 2013, with me busy on other jobs, because believe it or not my business doesn't run on one client.

Client: .... we just started reviewing the drawings yesterday, and we're excavating. We need you to make these changes. Hurry up. The form worker is on site. The surveyor is about to set this footing. Redesign the whole building on a whim, while we're building it..... Make the changes, make them. Forget that I haven't told you what I need changed yet. Hurry up.

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f*ck OFF.

I exaggerate slightly. Nice clients. Good guys.... but they run just like every other design builder. Why rush a project to completion when you're going to sit on it for months? There's no trophy for rush work. Just mistakes and reluctance in revisiting.

Can I become a Samurai sword maker? It will be done when it's good and F'n ready.

Breaking up with my first girlfriend after being together with her for over 4 years. And knowing I need to still focus on my work today, when my motivation (which is low at the best of times) just took a leave of absence. I honestly just want to sink into my bean-bag and watch TV until I melt into the carpet.

Also, e-hugs to all the other loathers. You're my people at the moment.

Redwing wrote:

Breaking up with my first girlfriend after being together with her for over 4 years. And knowing I need to still focus on my work today, when my motivation (which is low at the best of times) just took a leave of absence. I honestly just want to sink into my bean-bag and watch TV until I melt into the carpet.

Also, e-hugs to all the other loathers. You're my people at the moment.

It sucks, brother. But, although it's difficult to believe when you're in the middle of the pain, it gets better, and you'll move on. When I came out of an 8-year relationship I thought I'd never be able to find happiness with anyone else. I was wrong, and I found someone even more awesome. You will too.

Redwing wrote:

Breaking up with my first girlfriend after being together with her for over 4 years. And knowing I need to still focus on my work today, when my motivation (which is low at the best of times) just took a leave of absence. I honestly just want to sink into my bean-bag and watch TV until I melt into the carpet.

Also, e-hugs to all the other loathers. You're my people at the moment.

I'm with you there buddy. Not only am I currently going through a mega bad breakup (at least I don't like her anymore) about two years ago I went through what sounds like the same thing you're going through. I moved to Oregon to be with the girl that I dated all through college, we were together for 4 years or so and then she dumped me. Trust me when I say that there will be a day when you wake up in the morning and you just don't think about her anymore. It seems like it's a long way away but you'll get through it.

Thanks for the kind words chaps. It sucks right now, but ultimately I think we made the right choice. It was a mutual decision, and I think we'll both be better off in the end.

Watching two good people pack their stuff today and leave the company with 10+ years each. My company is flailing about and good people are being hurt, dammit. You wanna save money, walk through headquarters and fire every other person you walk by, you will save a ton and do a h@ll of a lot more good than what you have been doing.

The bureaucratic nonsense we have to go through to hire someone around here. We know who we want to hire, he already works for us as an intern, but we still have to interview at least 3 people and run it through a committee before we can even offer him the job.

Spotify commercials. I'm fine with commercials, but Spotify needs A) a larger library of self-advertising spots, and B) a larger library of advertisements in general, as I am so sick of hearing about 21 & Over and Advanced Autoparts that I will never give either of them my money.

Why did my landlord think it was a great idea to use semi-gloss paint on every wall ever in this unit? Why?

Also, what are the chances of him ponying up the nearly $2500 it's going to cost to sand that mess off, prime, and repaint?

I wish I could capture how awful the paint looks in any sort of light - shiny, and every imperfection shows (and there are loads of them because he did the painting himself and had no idea what he was doing). In direct sunlight, it not only looks like a shiny bad paint job, it's the colour of baby poo to boot.

This First World problem brought to you by shiny poo-coloured walls. Bah.