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TG#11 Neighborhood Watch

I have kind of a love/hate relationship with NW.

Although I like (and use) the ability to pick up extra cheers on NW, I don’t like the whole concept very much. I think that it’s much too easy for a few people to delete members and goals that they don’t like.

For example, we’ve gone through cycles of people and goals being flagged for deletion because of a WORD in a goal that someone didn’t like. Several months ago someone was flagging goals that had the word “kill” in them- including the goal that was just the word itself! That’s why I added this goal. Another time a bunch of goals were flagged that had the word “beat” in them. One of these was “Beat my sister.” Beat my sister at what? How can something so vague be considered a violation of terms? As Todd has pointed out many times in the watch the watchmen goal, people should be taking the context into account before they vote to delete someone or a goal. I don’t WANT a few members deciding what can and can’t be on this site based on their personal preferences. If you see something that you don’t like, don’t read it. And don’t go searching for goals that you know you won’t like.

Here’s another NW-related pet peeve- there are a few people on there that, as their reason for voting for deletion, simply put “”. This is especially irritating when several previous comments have been posted, sometimes with completely opposing comments. Which comment is “” supposed to refer to? Personally, I think that the robots should ban these people from using Neighborhood Watch.

Today’s specific irritation? Someone had flagged a bunch of totally innocuous goals for no apparent reason. Goals like “Have a bunch of children,” “Come to a quiet peaceful place to meditate during the day,” “Play soccer again!,” & “Buy a manual camera and learn how to use it.”

WTF?!2 years ago

TG#10 Loud motorcycles

I don’t have anything in particular against motorcycles- I think that they can be a much more efficient mode of transportation, and as a bicyclist I can understand the “wind in your face” appeal. But I can’t stand loud motorcycles. You know, the ones that actually physically hurt your ears when they go by. The ones that you can still hear when they’re a mile away. I know that many municipalities have noise ordinances that they are violating, but the truth is that the police don’t care unless they get complaints- I’ve never seen a motorcyclist get pulled over for what seemed to be a noise violation.

And I don’t want to hear any of this “Loud pipes save lives” bullshit. Have you ever noticed that the loudest motorcycles almost always have riders who aren’t wearing helmets? That doesn’t exactly support their contention that their bikes are loud for safety.

With our warm winter I first noticed this on January 19th this year- a 60-degree day. This time of year, of course, I hear it many times a day :(2 years ago

TG#9 Fast food workers who think they’re sneaky

I hate mustard. I can literally taste one drop of mustard on a hamburger, so I always order them without mustard. Usually that works out fine, but once in a while they forget and try to scrape the mustard off and hide their error by putting more ketchup on. Blech! The mustard is soaked into the bun already! If there’s more than the drop I first tasted, I take it back and make them get me another.

I don’t have any recent examples of this one, but yesterday’s entry by Ratty reminded me of it.2 years ago

TG#8 Radio ads that repeat their phone number over and over and over...

I find it very patronizing that in a 30-second radio commercial they have to give their phone number more than twice. My policy is that I won’t support any product or service that advertises like this, even if it’s something that I’m interested in. I can see giving the number early in the commercial, then again at the end so people can write it down, but many ads anymore give the number three or even four times- in a 30-second commercial that’s once every 7.5 seconds!

I don’t have a specific instance that brought this up, but just listen to most radio stations for a couple hours and you’ll find numerous examples.2 years ago

Dia 2 years ago

TG#7 People who can't park

I really don’t expect anyone to be able to park correctly all of the time. Several times a year I get out of my car and find that my parking is screwed up- at an angle, too far from the curb, too close to the line, sticking out too far, etc. The difference is that I get back in the car and fix it! It only takes a minute and really takes no effort. Then why do you so often see people parked so badly- especially when they end up using two (or more!) parking spaces?!

This came to my attention last month when I stopped at a local burger joint. It was lunch time and the small parking lot there was nearly full. It didn’t help that one spot couldn’t be used because some dumbshit had backed into a spot at an angle and one corner of his vehicle was 3 feet into the adjacent spot!

I normally carry a notepad or some blank envelopes in the car so I can leave a comment on the windshield. Usually something like “Nice parking, jackass!” 2 years ago

TG#6 People who don’t return phone calls when they say they will

I have a real problem with a couple of my family members on this issue. One of my sisters is great at cutting off in the middle of a conversation and saying “I’ll call you right back” and then it’s half an hour to several hours before she returns the call. I can understand that rarely something really important could come up to cause this, but she does it on a regular basis. Exactly how long am I supposed to sit there waiting for her to “call right back”?

One of my brothers, on the other hand, is famous at saying “I’ll call you tomorrow” or “I’ll call Friday” and then I don’t hear from him for several weeks. That one’s not quite as bad because at least we’re not in the middle of talking already and I know that I don’t have to sit around and wait for him to call back, but… It’s still irritating. Is your life really so much busier than mine that you can’t pick up the phone for a few minutes?

In case you haven’t guessed, both of these things have occurred recently. I actually bitched my sister out good this time for making me sit around waiting for her to call back.2 years ago

TG#5 People who let their dogs shit all over and don’t bother to clean it up

It’s bad enough when they let their dogs crap in other people’s yards, and on the sidewalks. But it really pisses me off when the dogs crap in the middle of a trail and the owners just leave it there for someone to step in.

This is actually becoming a big issue in the Front Range area of Colorado. Jefferson County has started a new program called “There is no poop fairy” to try to educate clueless people on the hazards of dog feces being left around. According to an article I read from the Cottonwood Institute in Denver:

“It is estimated that Boulder’s open space and mountain parks host thirty tons of dog waste every year, which is equivalent to fifteen Ford Explorers. Not only has this become a problem in Boulder, it has become an issue that needs to be addressed nationally. In fact, one Boulder resident was so passionate about this issue that he used his GPS unit to plot the coordinates of 1,492 piles of dog feces along one of his favorite hiking trails – yikes!”

Another related thing that I see all of the time is people actually picking up the crap in bags that are provided at most trailheads in the area, but then leaving those bags on the side of the trail! I would guess that most of these people intend to pick them up on the way back, but they either return using a different trail, they forget about it, or they can’t see the bag from the other direction. But that’s no excuse! Bags of dog shit left along the side of the trail are almost worse, because the crap takes so much longer to decompose in a plastic bag. Plus the bags are extremely unsightly (I go hiking to enjoy the natural beauty, not to admire the colorful bags of dog crap along the trail) and they encourage other people to do the same (and to litter in general).

I can’t blame anyone for not wanting to pick up someone else’s dog crap, but I really think that dog owners who enjoy getting outdoors with their dogs should consider doing that (and maybe applying some peer pressure on the owners who don’t clean up after their dogs). I can definitely forsee trails and parks being closed to dogs as this issue gets more attention.

The weekend before last I took a 2-hour hike and saw 2 bags of dog shit left on the side of the trail. Since they were near the trailhead, I did pick them up (with my hiking pole!) and carry them back to the trash can where I parked. But this last weekend I did another trail and saw 3 bags of crap on the side of the trail. They weren’t anywhere near a trash can, so I just left them. I don’t even own a dog and it certainly shouldn’t be my responsibility to clean up after them!2 years ago

TG#4 People who don't use their fucking turn signals!

This is one of my absolute favorites!

Although every state has laws requiring the use of turn signals when turning and changing lanes, they are constantly ignored. I’ll bet that in an hour of driving around town I could see at least 50 instances of that. But it my 34 years of driving, probably nearing a million miles, I’ve never seen anyone pulled over for not using their signals. In fact, I see cops do it all of the time!

Friday evening I was driving on a 4-lane road near my house when the jackass next to me changed lanes practically right into me- without bothering to use his turn signal, of course. A couple miles later I saw him change lanes again, this time using his signal. So apparently he has signals and is at least somewhat aware of the fact that he’s supposed to use them. But another mile or so later I was behind him when he hit his brakes and came almost to a complete stop in the middle of the traffic lane- then turned right into a gas station. Asshole!2 years ago

TG#3 People who won't get out of the left lane

This one is probably actually my #1 or #2 biggest peeve. If you’re driving in the left lane, you should ask yourself:

Is someone behind me? If yes, then:

Am I currently passing someone (at a reasonable pace!), stuck in a traffic jam, avoiding a hazardous situation, or making a left turn (soon!)? If no, then:

Get the hell out of the left lane!

This morning I was stuck behind someone in the left lane for several miles. Traffic in the right lane wasn’t heavy but there were too many people to give an opportunity to pass on that side (which is technically illegal anyway). The guy in front of me had no one in front of him. I followed semi-patiently for a while, then quickly blinked my brights at him, then finally gave him a good long flash of the high beams. All to no avail- he just plain refused to move over.2 years ago

TG#2 Wrong format

When you find out, after you start watching a DVD you bought months ago (so it can’t be returned), that’s it’s in the wrong format, which you only would have noticed if you studied the fine print on the back of the cover with a magnifying glass. I hate fullscreen format!

I started watching the movie “Girlfight” last night- it’s pretty good so far, but I wouldn’t have bought it if I knew it was fullscreen.2 years ago

TG#1 People who pull in front of a house

or into a driveway and, instead of getting out of the car and knocking on the door, sit on their lazy asses and honk the horn until the person comes out. Thereby annoying everyone within a half-mile radius.

I noticed this while I was taking a walk today, but more often it occurs right across the street from my house.2 years ago

TGThis should be

the easiest 43-part goal I’ve ever had! ;) To make it a little more challenging, I’ll try to list them as I see or hear them happen.

Many of these will be driving-related, but let’s see who’s the first person to pick out the overarching characteristic that links the majority of them. 2 years ago

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