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January 25th, 2007


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04:17 pm - Two Great Workplace Peeves
Peeve the Firste: Those who leave sponges in the sink in the break room. Do you people not have sinks at home? Do you not know a sponge left in the sink will get wet and icky and stay wet and icky every time someone runs the water? And that sponges like that fall apart and remain completely icky? There's a spot on the sink for a reason, people. You put the sponge there and it dries out and the water that leaves it is channeled back into the sink. DO IT. LET THE SPONGE DRY, YOU FILTHY FREAKS. And this coming from the guy who has a knee-high mountain of empty soda bottles in his room.

Peeve the Seconde: People using their Blackberry in the bathroom. While sitting in a stall. I know you are, dude, because I can hear that little scrolly wheel go whirrr whirrr whirrr. What is so important that it cannot wait for a bathroom break? What? WHAT?! IS IT A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH?!! No, you're probably gonna write a one-line Reply To All with an entire message quoted beneath. And I bet the reply will be something like "Got it." I really wish the Blackberry could sense its location, and change its signature accordingly, so you get something like
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This message was sent via wireless Blackberry
While I was taking a dump.
That'd work just fine, thank you.

Okay, the vein in my forehead has stopped throbbing. I think that's a good sign, don't you?

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From:derspatchel
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
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1. They must go through a fortune in sponges, then.

2. No thanks, I'm good.
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From:allicat42
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
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1. My husband is one of the violators of this rule at home. I make sure I Ivory my hands after touching it or my hands smell forevermore of icky spongey.

2. Thank goodness work hasn't issued me a leash. My hubby doesn't have one either - but then again, he's blue collar. Mine's somewhere between white and pink.
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From:signsoflife
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
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I totally love the idea of GPS based .sig files.
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From:orionsmom
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
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you know what drives me crazy here? The teenagers.
Fresh out of college, every little thing that happens is a huge catasrophe.

Wanna go home.
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From:nathanw
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
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1. Nuke! (but be sure it's wet)
2. I used to work for a company that sold pagers that got market information to currency traders; these people wanted to track their position while in the can. $500 per month or so per trader.
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From:allicat42
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm not convinced that nuking it will take the smell out of the sponge...
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From:ilovehpl
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Oh dude, one day I picked up the soggy break-room sponge and my hand smelled bad ALL AFTERNOON. Even though I kept WASHING IT.
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
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OOOH, I HATE SPONGY HAND SMELL.

Maybe that's why the damn thing's always in the sink; nobody wants to touch it. Well I will -- through judicious use of paper towels, if necessary!
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From:saint_buddha
Date:January 25th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Do you work with my husband? Because he does both things AND IT DRIVES ME NUTS!
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From:androidqueen
Date:January 25th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
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2. if i had a blackberry i woudl totally do that. just so i could feel productive while i was on the toilet. no, not that kind of productive.
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From:fancycwabs
Date:January 25th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
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But I tend to come up with by best solutions while I'm on the toilet! I just use a process of elimination.

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From:derspatchel
Date:January 25th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Hee hee hee.

All I can think of now is Boo singing in the stall from Monsters, Inc.
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From:kpht
Date:January 26th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
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awwwwwwww
From:ruthling
Date:January 25th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I remember the first couple times I encountered phone in stall behavior in public, and I remember being so careful not to make noise. Then I noticed it wasn't me being rude and a dork. If I didn't hate wasting water so much, I'd flush a dozen times.

I even hate it when people have non-trivial conversations in person in the ladies room (do men do this?). Ick.
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From:sup3rmark
Date:January 26th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
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you might be my new hero.

i've added you to my friends list to be sure.


let me know if that's creepy since we don't know each other.
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From:babs_the_nymph
Date:January 26th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
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Bringing the blackberry into the bathroom is better than bringing a newspaper. You can read the news while doing your thing, and it eliminates the whole "Oh, she's bringing a newspaper to the can. We know what she's doing." Stealthy!
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From:zmook
Date:January 26th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
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I don't understand people who use sponges at all. There is basically no way for a sponge to be sanitary, ever.
From:sioned
Date:February 7th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, people who chat on the phone in the bathroom really annoy me. Blackberry I could handle, although I would have to wonder what was so important that they can't wait the 2 minutes until they're back at their desk.

I just don't understand how anyone doesn't care that the person they're talking to gets to listen to everyone else's bathroom noises - grunts, plops, flushes, whatever.

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