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    The Holiday Moan thread

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    The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Lontano on Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:14 am

    I thought it might be good for my health to have a nice holiday / end
    of year moan about a few things. I highly encourage others to do the
    same here as someone else's problems always make yours seem smaller.
    So please post your general complaints, bitches, vents, or any other
    negative energy that you need to blast out here.

    So yesterday morning I pinched a nerve in my neck. At this point I'm
    riding the pain horse through misery town. The pain at this point (day
    2) would be akin to someone taking several
    pair of pliers, inserting them into my neck, grabbing the nerve, and
    then squeezing with all their might every time I turn my head. I'm
    sure that if I had an MRI you'd see a huge, pulsing, kinked, glowing
    nerve, covered in miniature demons with barbed hands and feet who are
    climbing up and down it. My wife gets a laugh as I can't turn my head
    very much, so I swivel around like Frankenstein or Herman Munster
    (remember that three-step stomp when he turned?) when I need to look at
    something.

    Just to add a game-related moan, T2 scenarios have been terrible for
    destro since the public introduction of the new class. I think
    everyone rolled one, including the healers, since there are none
    available. Although people have quite reasonable expectations in
    scenarios. I can see why everyone complains in /sc that they aren't
    getting healed. After all, one DoK should be able to heal the entire
    scenario, no?

    Finally, I'm just tired of Christmas shopping. Why, oh why, do we need
    to buy things for adults? I already know I'm a pain in the ass to buy
    for - if I want something, I buy it, so there's no list for me. Same
    with most other adults on my list. Oh, and my kindom for a set of
    lights that works for more than one season. I'm so fed up now that if
    one single bulb is out, I junk the string and buy a new one. This year
    I bought some LED lights, so hopefully they live up to their rep and do
    indeed last for 10 years. I actually considered having one of those
    holiday decorations places do the outdoor lighting for me this year.
    The problem is that they're wicked expensive! The best I found was a
    place with a $400 minimum(!), and it just went up from there. Now for
    that amount, I would expect some live animals and dancing girls on my
    lawn. Maybe a red and green statue of liberty with a burglar alarm and
    laser eyes that can vaporize trespassers. Or perhaps if actual elves
    installed the lights...

    So to sum up my three gripes:

    Ow, Goddammit, BAH HUMBUG!

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Constara on Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:05 pm

    My holiday gripes:

    -This is the first year that I've bothered to decorate a tree with my cat around.
    At first he sniffed at it, chewed on it for a bit, and then crawled under it to go to sleep!
    I thought I was lucky and that it would be fine.
    Now go to two nights ago, I woke up to find a shattered ornament.
    Last night, woke up to find 3 round ornaments all over the floor with the hooks missing.
    And now, when I came home, he had three more on the floor and 2 candy canes ripped open.

    I am SO fed up with it. I'm about ready to take the whole damn tree down. He only messes with it when we're not home or sleeping. He has so many toys so he can't be bored. ARGH URGH! cussing

    -We have a budget set for holiday shopping as I'm sure most of you do. I spent about 1/3 of that today after work since I hadn't started my shopping yet.
    And then I got my University of Buffalo tuition bill...now I'm STRESSED. Stupid NYS raised the tuition rates again.

    Anyone got 2 grand I can borrow? geek

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Paranoia on Wed Dec 10, 2008 2:14 pm

    Well lets see where to begin?

    I work in Management/Sales and people are so Cheap around here, my sales are not good because "adults" need x-mas gifts...so im broke this time of year when i need to be rich to buy gifts...oh well guess a card will have to suffice for many of my friends and relatives....

    Next everyone is always doing family stuff or out of town so there is less people playing WAR and that means More boredom and less Renown for me...!


    um to be continued if i think of something else.


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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Lontano on Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:58 pm

    krazykchan wrote:My holiday gripes:

    -This is the first year that I've bothered to decorate a tree with my cat around.
    At first he sniffed at it, chewed on it for a bit, and then crawled under it to go to sleep!
    I thought I was lucky and that it would be fine.
    Now go to two nights ago, I woke up to find a shattered ornament.
    Last night, woke up to find 3 round ornaments all over the floor with the hooks missing.
    And now, when I came home, he had three more on the floor and 2 candy canes ripped open.

    I am SO fed up with it. I'm about ready to take the whole damn tree down. He only messes with it when we're not home or sleeping. He has so many toys so he can't be bored. ARGH URGH! cussing

    Awesome. This makes me want to actually buy a cat.


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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Annewing on Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:44 pm

    Lontano wrote:
    krazykchan wrote:My holiday gripes:

    -This is the first year that I've bothered to decorate a tree with my cat around.
    At first he sniffed at it, chewed on it for a bit, and then crawled under it to go to sleep!
    I thought I was lucky and that it would be fine.
    Now go to two nights ago, I woke up to find a shattered ornament.
    Last night, woke up to find 3 round ornaments all over the floor with the hooks missing.
    And now, when I came home, he had three more on the floor and 2 candy canes ripped open.

    I am SO fed up with it. I'm about ready to take the whole damn tree down. He only messes with it when we're not home or sleeping. He has so many toys so he can't be bored. ARGH URGH! cussing

    Awesome. This makes me want to actually buy a cat.


    Thankfully my cats don't bug the tree. They sleep under it at first until I put presents under it.

    And also, thankfully, i have all shopping and presents wrapped this year....honestly I don't think I have any gripes this year...well besides the snow that has fallen.


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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Averna on Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:17 pm

    krazykchan wrote:My holiday gripes:

    -This is the first year that I've bothered to decorate a tree with my cat around.
    At first he sniffed at it, chewed on it for a bit, and then crawled under it to go to sleep!
    I thought I was lucky and that it would be fine.
    Now go to two nights ago, I woke up to find a shattered ornament.
    Last night, woke up to find 3 round ornaments all over the floor with the hooks missing.
    And now, when I came home, he had three more on the floor and 2 candy canes ripped open.

    I am SO fed up with it. I'm about ready to take the whole damn tree down. He only messes with it when we're not home or sleeping. He has so many toys so he can't be bored. ARGH URGH! cussing

    -We have a budget set for holiday shopping as I'm sure most of you do. I spent about 1/3 of that today after work since I hadn't started my shopping yet.
    And then I got my University of Buffalo tuition bill...now I'm STRESSED. Stupid NYS raised the tuition rates again.

    Anyone got 2 grand I can borrow? geek

    That's why the ornaments at my house were always a couple of feet up the tree. Looked kinda weird to have the bottom part naked, but still better than the alternative. Then again, there were up to 6 cats in that house, so even though some of them were indifferent, the others made up for it.

    I feel your pain on the tuition, though. I brilliantly decided to go back to school right in time for this lovely economic mess. Even though I have most of the money for school left over in savings from my first trip through college (thank god for scholarships), being so busy with schoolwork has limited by time to work. Only part-time means less money. Ugh. So yeah, if anyone's doling out the money, I'm next on the list! Very Happy


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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by m7_b5 on Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:43 pm

    Lontano wrote:
    Awesome. This makes me want to actually buy a cat.

    I'm sure that I can arrange to drop off Sid and Ami for a couple of days if you would like to see what that's like. How about this weekend? ;-)

    I had my little tree in my old apartment up for 8 min. I was surprised, I was betting on 5. I turned my back to watch something on TV and when I turned around Ami had jumped on it (it was a mini tree, even as a kitten he was about 3/4 the size of it) and rode it down to the floor with a crash. It was funny for like 5 min, then I put it back in the box after I realized that if they didn't kill themselves by chewing through the lights, I was going to have little plastic green needles everywhere. That was the end of the tree. And lots of other stuff like leaving the couch uncovered. Or the toilet paper on the little roller. Pens on the counter. Yeah. Anything that is small or rolls is pretty much way out.

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Constara on Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:12 am

    Averna wrote:That's why the ornaments at my house were always a couple of feet up the tree. Looked kinda weird to have the bottom part naked, but still better than the alternative. Then again, there were up to 6 cats in that house, so even though some of them were indifferent, the others made up for it.

    I feel your pain on the tuition, though. I brilliantly decided to go back to school right in time for this lovely economic mess. Even though I have most of the money for school left over in savings from my first trip through college (thank god for scholarships), being so busy with schoolwork has limited by time to work. Only part-time means less money. Ugh. So yeah, if anyone's doling out the money, I'm next on the list! Very Happy

    The strange thing is...I did put all the ornaments higher up on the tree. Shocked The bottom is completely naked. I'm a very light sleeper too so I have no idea how he's getting them down.

    I actually left the tree on last night and he only took one down as opposed to five. So maybe that will help. He was so good about it for the first three days lol.


    And now I can't sleep because he likes to keep me up. -.-

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Evadrepus on Fri Dec 12, 2008 1:25 pm

    I'll second the gripe about the lights. They are just cheaply made lately. On our tree, which is 12 years old this year but still looks so good that we keep saying "we'll replace it this year" and never do, I put two strings of lights up. One set actually pre-dates the Christmas tree and is probably 15 years old. Grand total it's had maybe 5 bubls burn out over that time, and the lights are on 8-10 hours a day, every day, from day after Thanksgiving to January 12th or so. This string is one of those big 300 or 500 strings that flashes and dances and all that. I run another string on top of these of a simple end-to-end type. One end gets the snowflake that crowns the tree pluged into it, and along its path down, I take out a few bulbs to power a few gadgets (an angel light my aunt made, an animated santa, etc) that plug into the string. End of the year, still lit, no problem. Pack it away, take it out next year, dead. Last 5 years it's the same blasted thing.

    Adults rarely get gifts from me anymore, except my inlaws because my wife insists on getting them a present. Every other couple gets a gift cert or two so they can buy whatever they want. Tired of returning stuff/giving stuff that really isn't wanted. Took years to convince my wife's family that giving me cash doesn't mean you don't care - in fact, since they couldn't figure out what I wanted with a written list, cash is much better.

    My main gripe is work completely blowing off the holidays, and the vacation that everyone takes. The project I'm assigned to was supposed to be on hold from Thanksgiving to New Years, but it is chugging along at greater-than-full-speed, meaning you take vacation time and work anyway, or don't take it and lose it (since you can't jsut get paid double, which I'd happily take). My vacation starts next Thurs and I've already been told that I should expect to continue working through the 23rd, then back on the 2nd (Friday, next to no one else will be back). I want my family time!!

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Rave on Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:37 pm

    Three words.... MOTHER-IN-LAW. Griping about how I need to go back to work cause my poor husband can't support me forever. Keep in mind I stay home with the two year old, and never mind that I'm already trying to find a job again (which is so easy in this economy) NOT THAT IT'S ANY OF HER DAMN BUSINESS. cussing It's a good thing she lives in Canada.....cause if she lived close one of us would just not survive. Rant

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Lontano on Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:21 am

    Rave wrote:Three words.... MOTHER-IN-LAW. Griping about how I need to go back to work cause my poor husband can't support me forever. Keep in mind I stay home with the two year old, and never mind that I'm already trying to find a job again (which is so easy in this economy) NOT THAT IT'S ANY OF HER DAMN BUSINESS. cussing It's a good thing she lives in Canada.....cause if she lived close one of us would just not survive. Rant

    I feel for ya. That's got to be terribly frustrating because you can't just do the grudge thing and cut off communication, so you've got to try to find a balance. For Christmas perhaps you can buy her a cheap burial plot for a gift Twisted Evil.

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by m7_b5 on Mon Dec 15, 2008 12:00 pm

    Lontano wrote:

    I feel for ya. That's got to be terribly frustrating because you can't just do the grudge thing and cut off communication, so you've got to try to find a balance. For Christmas perhaps you can buy her a cheap burial plot for a gift Twisted Evil.

    Give coal this year to everyone I say. Coal in your stocking = energy independence

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Rave on Tue Dec 16, 2008 11:45 am

    Okay...love the snow....but the ice sucks..I still have xmas shopping to do and it's so crappy out I'm not thrilled at driving. Doesn't bother me to drive but the morons here in the PNW have no clue and with my luck I'd get creamed going to Target to pick up some weebles for my daughter (they wobble but they don't fall down). Alas, I am going to have to go soon though. Time marches on. cussing

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Constara on Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:56 pm

    Working in retail during the holiday seasons SUCKS!!! Evil or Very Mad

    That is all.

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Breygon on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:37 pm

    krazykchan wrote:Working in retail during the holiday seasons SUCKS!!! Evil or Very Mad


    Indeed! Was there a long time ago and my heart goes out to those folks during this time of year. I try to be extra patient and pleasant to them because the bulk of what they are dealing with are major buttheads.

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Annewing on Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:55 pm

    krazykchan wrote:Working in retail during the holiday seasons SUCKS!!! Evil or Very Mad

    That is all.

    I totally agree. When I was 16, I worked at Mervyn's and working Black Friday is the WORST!!!! I remember waking up at 1 AM to make sure I was there by 3 AM just to deal with stupid people.

    I am the type of person that buys items months in advance and gets done ASAP so I don't have to deal with the stupid people at the stores. I was done with everything by the time Dec. started.


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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Zee on Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:08 pm

    Things that suck:

    • Being sick during the holidays. (Hi WAR Destro! Back soonish, I promise.)
    • Cheap quality wrapping paper that wrinkles instantly and rips at the corners.
    • Tossing out 3 or 4 dozen coconut macaroons because I screwed up the amount of liquid in the recipe and ended up with a giant, sticky, oozing blob.

    Things that don't:

    • My ginger snaps are epic. headbang
    • Eight more sleeps!

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Lontano on Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:26 am

    Zee wrote:Things that suck:

    • Tossing out 3 or 4 dozen coconut macaroons because I screwed up the amount of liquid in the recipe and ended up with a giant, sticky, oozing blob.

    Mmmmm... oozing blob.

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Constara on Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:38 am

    Annewing wrote:
    krazykchan wrote:Working in retail during the holiday seasons SUCKS!!! Evil or Very Mad

    That is all.

    I totally agree. When I was 16, I worked at Mervyn's and working Black Friday is the WORST!!!! I remember waking up at 1 AM to make sure I was there by 3 AM just to deal with stupid people.

    I am the type of person that buys items months in advance and gets done ASAP so I don't have to deal with the stupid people at the stores. I was done with everything by the time Dec. started.

    Well I just put in my two weeks. I am sick of dealing with my bipolar manager who likes to bad mouth me to other employees even though I'm the only one that gets anything done! ("Migraines are just headaches" my ass! I can't function much less work when I have a migraine.) And the fact that my shift supervisors constantly give me their tasks to do and I'm not getting paid like they are.

    Monday when I worked I got called a bitch by a customer just because I didn't know a price of a brand of cigarette off the top of my head. As soon as I had a break, I wrote up my two weeks notice. lol I can usually take crappy customers but I was sick of getting walked on by other employees just because they are lazy and I get stuff done. Rant

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Constara on Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:42 am

    Zee wrote:

    • .
    • Tossing out 3 or 4 dozen coconut macaroons because I screwed up the amount of liquid in the recipe and ended up with a giant, sticky, oozing blob.


    I had to toss out my chocolate chip cookie batter because I screwed it up somehow...it was really watery. I don't know how I screwed it up, it's the same recipe I've used for the last 5 years! lol

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Rave on Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:09 pm

    Working for several hours to bake and decorate xmas sugar cookies just to have the crazy (and tall as it turns out) Vizsla get on the counter and eat them all. Oh and the puking that ensued wasn't much fun either. (last years fiasco). lol!

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by m7_b5 on Thu Dec 18, 2008 1:17 pm

    Here's a new one:

    I had to fire a guy yesterday. It sucked. I hate firing people, it's way lame, especially when it's around the holidays. However, his incompetent boobery nearly cost us an important client, and it caused major issues with an E-commerce site during xmas time which is a big no-no. That site is doing it's biggest month of business ever, nearly a million in sales so far this month which trumps their 07 december by nearly 100%.

    So my boss and I had to take him into the conference room and can him. He actually wasn't very surprised, I think he knew it was coming and I think he could feel that he wasn't on par for the job. We got him in April from a head hunter, what a waste of cash that was. Nice enough guy, just totally underskilled for the position we hired him for.

    anyway, it was a crappy as day. Today isn't quite as a bad, a bit quiet on the western front as far as work goes so I'm getting things done, but Chicago is going to come under the wrath of some norse God figure that must have dropped something on his toe and is going to lambast us with sleet and ice later on today. Gotta bug outta here early for sure.

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    Re: The Holiday Moan thread

    Post by Averna on Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:01 pm

    Here's mine: I found out last week that the task order I've been working under as a contractor runs out tomorrow. I had thought that it was going to be renewed, but apparently that's not even possible until March (wish somebody would have told me that part Mad). I may be getting some work under a different task order, but as of right now I don't know. Even worse, my husband will be essentially unemployed for the next month or so as he works on the college campus and his job will be pretty much shut down until the students come back. So, merry x-mas to us! My wish list turned into gift cards I can use to buy food and books for school. Sad

    At least I paid for 3 months of WAR before all this, so my sub won't run out until sometime in January Razz


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