Wouldn’t we all be better off without this person?

    • Anonymous
      July 15, 2006 at 2:38 pm

      Dear Friends:

      Forgive me for reprising an old favorite. As many of you know, in ancient Athens, the Senate would vote one person out of Athens each year. Since every citizen was obligated to be a member of the Senate, there were just some people who were so annoying to deal with, that it was in the best interest of the state to get a reprieve from them for a year. Those banished from Athens could not return under punishment of death. This law was thought to be the only way a true democracy could work.

      In today’s world the ranks of the truly irritating has increased to the point where you almost expect people going postal on a regular basis. So I am opening nominations for people we could vote away, for at least a year.

      My first suggestion is the guy who invented the five bladed razor. They just skipped past four and went straight from three to five. The only problem is that I don’t want to be swishing any object near my face which weighs 12 pounds and is the size of a lawnmower. I don’t want to seem like a big sissyfaced wimp, but I am rather attached to my facial features, like lips, nose, cheeks, ears and eyes and I don’t feel like having them lopped off by the push-mower of facial grooming. So I think the inventor of this monstrosity be asked to leave the planet for at least a year. Maybe a punch in his throat would do.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      July 15, 2006 at 2:55 pm

      Oh… I forgot about this one.

      I will warn you that I am biased about this, but dodgeball is fun. Real fun. More fun than lighting a mime on fire. Anyway, in a concerted effort to ensure there are no males in the world left in the entire world who has any guts at all, there are a group of misguided namby-pamby sissy-faced ninnies with so little to do that they are trying to ban dodgeball from schools.

      I ask you, is there anything more catharctic than nailing some poor doofus in the grill with a well aimed ball when they weren’t looking? The poor kid had to go around with “nosliW” embossed on the side of his forehead. And you would just look at him with pride and think to yourself, “Thats my “nosliW”. It still makes me feel all warm inside. It would almost make the rest of the school day bearable.

      So why are they trying to ban dodgeball. Because they say it fosters aggression. Horsepucky!! Now that schools have been trying for a couple of decades to rid everything male from boys, kids are bringing guns to school and shooting each other. Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate whether this whole condemnation of everything male thing has led to more or less aggression in males. In the meantime, just leave the dodgeball alone.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      July 15, 2006 at 4:09 pm

      Hi Lee,

      You left out one little detail about the Athens Senate. It wasn’t long before democracy got so lazy, that they killed them on the senate floor instead of throwing them out of the city. You’d think they could have at least, taken it outside on the steps. ๐Ÿ™‚

      About the razors? I say the guy who put a battery in a manual razor ought to be thrown out. What’s up with that, let alone 5 blades to do it with?

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2006 at 11:58 am

      Yaaay!!! Lee, my favorite thread!!! so glad its back again.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2006 at 12:02 pm

      Has anyone noticed that the shouting Oxyclean guy is now doing MORE commercials? We wanted him gone long ago, BUT IT SEEMS SOMEONE OUT THERE LOVES HIM. :confused:

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2006 at 1:03 pm

      I would like to kill that man on the channel 4 news. He come on every day at 5 0’clock. Then he will say something like, “A 6 year old was killed by a flyin horse turd, more at 6”. So there u sit for an hour, thinkin, how in the hell does that happen?

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2006 at 4:58 pm

      I would like to see the Geico Gecko get eaten by a large hungry cat.
      Lea

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2006 at 5:07 pm

      Actually I would like to see a large dinosaur eat the caveman after he eats the Gecko. don’t like this Company or their Commercials.
      Lea

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2006 at 5:22 pm

      [QUOTE=learthur]I would like to see the Geico Gecko get eaten by a large hungry cat.
      Lea[/QUOTE]

      Oh Larry, I totally agree with you. I hate that damn lizard and would like to throw him into a fire.

    • Anonymous
      July 17, 2006 at 8:53 pm

      [B] I totally agree with you on the Gecko lizard, I’d love to see someone step on the stupid thing, Just who are they trying to sell insurance to anyway. As for the loudmouth guy on the oxyclean commercials Id like to see him either get lockjaw or a big piece of duct tape put over his mouth. We have a commerical in ky with an obnoxious little black haired lady, ranting about $10,000 dollars if you were injured in a car accident. I’d like to see a lid put on that garbage can of a mouth she, has just to shut her up every time I see that one I change the channel.[/B]

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2006 at 8:34 am

      That stupid head-on commercial where they repeat the same thing over and over “Head-on, apply to your forehead” over and over to fill the 30 sec commercial time. Whoever made that commercial needs to take a long walk off a short plank. Is that all they could come up with for a commercial? Time to fire the advertising company too.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2006 at 9:43 am

      While we are walking people off the plank,
      How about the Sonic Drive-Inn commercials. I don’t know if they are all over the country or if it is a regional thing but it makes me think that you have to be [B]STUPID[/B] to eat at Sonic. Some of the other commercials give you the same impression. I wonder if the people writing these things are as stupid as their commercials???
      Lea

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2006 at 9:51 am

      I hate to open a can of worms here, but I think we could live without Dr.Phil. I get so sick of seeing him everywhere, and of hearing my girlfriend say, “You know, Dr. Phil says men should….”

      Oprah is bad enough, but us guys at least have some ability to marginalize her as just a silly celebrity woman with goofy ideas for women. My GF can say, “Oprah says (fill in the blank). Maybe you should try it.” I can say, “It’s just another one of Oprah’s warm and fuzzy ideas for women. Forget it.” And it’s done.

      But Dr. Phil throws out the same idea about “sharing your feelings, etc.” and my GF says, “See, he’s a manly man and he’s not afraid to share his feelings.” Thanks, Dr. Phil. You’re making it tough on all us guys out here.

      I say let him keep doing his counseling. On the International Space Station. With no communications with Earth. And next time Oprah wants her show to relate to men, have her call Charles Barkley…..

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2006 at 11:19 am

      Hi,
      I would like to chop off the head of that big “chicken” that rides a dirt bike as his song is being sung! “big hucking chicken”. I’m sure they made that sound like the “F” word to make it a “CATCHY” tune.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2006 at 11:47 am

      I agree with Jerimy about the “head-on” commercial. It has to be number 1 on my list for the MOST annoying commercial ever! I thought it was regional, but I guess everyone gets to see it unfortunately.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2006 at 1:01 pm

      Liz,
      I agree with you about that chicken. The first time I heard it I ask my wife what I heard and she explained that it did not start with and F.
      Lea

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2006 at 3:48 pm

      Dear Friends:

      To me, the one thing which is more irritating than sand in the Vaseline is some blow hard who keeps on blithering on about over-population. To me, this is true hypocricy. If they were truly serious about using fewer of the Earth’s resources then they would mix themself a Percoset and Wild Turkey cocktail and be found a week later sucking on the gas pipe. I think the overpopulation types are as elitist as they get. They aren’t worried about their kinds population, instead they are worried about (fill in the blank) breeding like rabbits.

      The next time you hear someone go on about overpopulation, feel free to punch them in the throat.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2006 at 5:06 pm

      [QUOTE=Lee Spurgeon]
      The next time you hear someone go on about overpopulation, feel free to punch them in the throat.

      Lee[/QUOTE]

      Yeah, does anyone remember the study done back in the ’80’s? The researchers found that assuming the worldwide average of X number of people per family, and a large sized 3BR/2BA house on a standard sized lot (.5 acre?), that EVERY PERSON ON EARTH would fit (very comfortably) inside an area the size of Texas.

      The sky is falling? Not according to the facts.

    • Anonymous
      July 18, 2006 at 10:42 pm

      [B]I literally hate that hucking chicken commercial, wish some one would put the thing out of its misery. Another one I hate is the Geico commercial with the 2 cavemen this is what I think of both those stupid commercials. [img]http://bestsmileys.com/peeing/2.gif[/img][/B]

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2006 at 11:41 am

      I also dislike most of the cell phone commercials especially the one where the guy flops around on the floor and the one where the guy hugs the substitute family. I still wonder who thinks up this stupid stuff and expects people to buy there stuff because of them.
      LEA

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2006 at 9:50 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”]Speaking of cellphone commercials I wish Cingular wireless would stop making the claims of being the all over network. That is one huge lie, I have cingular wireless they don’t even have a tower where I live, & will not consider putting a tower in this area. I even offered to get them the access rights for land to place a tower on, I got this response all the funds have allready been apropriated for 2006 & 2007. So I may as well have been talking to a concrete block wall. I literally hate companies that like to brag. ALL OVER NETWORK WHEN PIGS FLY ! ๐Ÿ˜€ [/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 22, 2006 at 9:57 pm

      [B]I almost forgot this one I literally hate that loud mouthed jerk doing the oxy clean commercials. This would be a good use for a roll of duct tape. ๐Ÿ˜€ [/B]

    • Anonymous
      July 24, 2006 at 10:02 am

      Amen on the Oxy Clean jerk. The stuff don’t work anyway. I have found that about 90% of the stuff that is advertised don’t work like they claim. false advertising I think but no one cares.
      Lea

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2006 at 1:47 am

      Picked up the phone this morning to hear some female idiot tell me “I want to talk with you regarding female rights.” I snapped back that I had been a feminist for 50 years and hung up. Doesn’t the do-not-solicit register apply to non-profits? I HATE TELEMARKETERS!

      Regards,
      Marghe

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2006 at 7:48 am

      The telemarketer* who wanted to talk to me about women’s rights. I very patiently snarled that I had been a feminist for 50years and gently (well, maybe not very) hung up.

      Regards,
      Marge

      *Doesn’t the federal do-not-call register include telemarketers for non-profits? If not, why not?

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2006 at 10:49 am

      Dear Marguerite:

      I know what you mean about telemarketers. I don’t want to talk to ANY telemarketer EVER! When one does get through, I like to play the vegetable game. Basically, the point of the game is to mention as many vegatables as you can before the telemarketer realizes your pulling his chain. A typical conversation might go like this:

      Good afternoon sir, I am conducting a poll on American’s spending habits and would like a few minutes to ask you some questions.

      Peas continue.

      What is your name sir?

      Ralph Rhubarb.

      Do you or any of your family members work for an advertising agency?

      Carrots!

      Excuse me, did you say carrots?

      No, I said no.

      Have you listened to the radio in the past week?

      Brocolli!

      Anyway, you would be suprised at how upset these people get when the conversation doesn’t go according to their agenda. After all, my afternoon was ruined by their phone call.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2006 at 1:43 pm

      When telemarketers used to call my uncle, he would ask them for their home phone number so he could get back to them. Of course they got flustered and said ,”I can’t give you my home phone number.” His reply ,”well then don’t call my damn home anymore, got the picture idiot?”

    • Anonymous
      July 25, 2006 at 6:42 pm

      Interesting info on the annoying head-on commercials:

      [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3](Link deleted by administration)[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2006 at 7:50 am

      I just love the political phone calls where a recorded message from some congressman or other political busybody calls and tells me why we should not vote for our incumbent congressman or governor. I really love hearing from some guy in Iowa telling me who to vote for in NM.
      Lea

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2006 at 8:22 am

      Political candidates who try to shake your hand you are leaving or entering a railroad or subway station.

      One of my coworkers would “accidentally” spill some of his coffee on the candidate

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2006 at 9:33 am

      Marge,

      The federal do-not-call list does not apply to non-profit or political calls. As for why not, I have no clue, I feel it should apply to all non solicited calls.

    • Anonymous
      July 26, 2006 at 10:22 am

      Thanks, Bill; that explains all the annoying phone calls–the pols want money.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      August 23, 2006 at 1:54 pm

      If the man that was arrested in the Jon Benet case is really the killer, then the world truly would be a better place without him.

      I will offer to escort him out of this world for free.

    • Anonymous
      August 23, 2006 at 4:05 pm

      Hey Brandy,

      I’d escort him back to Thialand to do his time. Out of the world would be too easy on him.:)

    • Anonymous
      August 23, 2006 at 8:04 pm

      Hey Marc,

      You can transport him back to Thailand, but not before I do my torture routine that will make him scream in the worst pain.

    • Anonymous
      August 23, 2006 at 8:46 pm

      The guy is a weirdo all right, but so far nobody has explained how he got in the house and the ramson note asking for the father’s bonus.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2006 at 10:17 am

      Dear Friends:

      The Jon Benet Ramsey case has caused a recollection to the first day i was in the United Arab Emirates. If you have a long term visa, they only let you into the country on a Fraday afternoon, a couple hours before the call to mosque. We were taken to the city center where they dispense justice so that you could witness first hand the dispensing of justice. It is sort of a ‘Scared Straight’ program that really, really works. I saw a British man getting beaten on the bottoms of his feet for brewing alcohol and selling it, and a theif got his hand cut off, and then they brought up a Baluchistani who was guilty of being a child sexual predator.

      Now the family of girl he assaulted had a choice of administrating the justice themselves or allowing the Sharif to do it. The justice in this case is the removal of the Baluchistanis testacles. The family had a conference and sent Grandma up to take care of the problem at hand. Grandma was probably 85 years old, maybe 4 foot 6, on tip toes, and almost broke a hip getting onto the platform. She brought along the family sword, which was a dull and rusty scimitar which had a couple of bends in the blade. The Sharif examined the blade, whacked the supposed sharp edge against his thigh several times and informed the family that the blade wouldn’t cut mushy banannas left for a week in the hot August sunshine. The sharif, in his best wisdom, decided grandmother was in, but she had to use the sharif’s sword.

      The Baluchi in the meantime was turning white as a sheet. The Sharif used smelling salts under his nose so that he was awake and fully aware of the events soon to transpire. The Sharif attached a v-shaped guide around the family jewels to help guide grandmother’s sword to the correct spot. Grandmother then raised the heavy sword and began toppling over backwards. One of the deputies steadied the old woman and she took a rather feeble whack at the Baluchi’s tender spots. A dull thud sounded and the Baluchi passed out in pain. The doctor on stage examined the wound and announced that grandmother’s efforts were not quite successful. Smelling salts were given to the Baluchi and grandmother, after getting some helpful tips from the Sharif, things like aim through the scrotum, be one with the sword, let gravity do the work, raised the sword and took another whack at the Baluchi. The second blow was even more feeble than the first. Even people at the back of the crowd could hear that the job had not been completed. After additional inspections by the doctor and additional smelling salts, the Sharif addressed the family, “If grandmother doesn’t succeed on the next swing, the family will forfeit their right to administer justice, and the Sharif would take matters into his own hands.”

      The crowd really wanted the family to get it’s justice and began chanting encouraging words to the grandmother. All of a sudden grandmother looked a whole lot less feeble. A wild gleem entered her eyes and she transformed into a serious, vengeful beast. She raised the sword, jumped in the air and laid down a swing that would have done credit to Tiger Woods or Joe Dimaggio. There wasn’t a dull thud like we had heard twice before, but a swish of the sword and a nice solid whack. The sound could have been a double in an American ball park. This time there was no doubt at all.

      The Sharif realized that he had been snookered by the family and that the Baluchi suffered needlessly. He gave the family a written reprimand and told the family that further trangressions would result in serious consequences. It really didn’t matter, there was an effective deterent to future crimes.

      So, when it comes to child sexual predators, I always go back to that day in the town center of Abu Dhabi. That was a punishment that worked.

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2006 at 10:38 am

      I know that this is no laughing matter, but as usual, you had me in stitches!

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2006 at 10:55 am

      Only in this forum would this work.

      I would like to ban the doctor who instituted the following policy:

      “ALL GBS patients will receive an IM heparin shot every 8 hours while in the hospital, to prevent blood clotting.”

      This is important for those who are bed-ridden, but what about the many of us who recover enough to move around on our own? And do the nurses have to smile as they grab the fat-flab on our bellys and stick us?

      And finally, who was the first guy to stick a piece of glass in his eye to discover that contact lenses actually work?

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2006 at 11:23 am

      Lee,

      That’s the kind of punishment that I have been talking about for years. I think my punishment would be an excellant way to deal with these kind of animals. Did you read my way of punishment? I think it’s in a different thread.

    • Anonymous
      August 24, 2006 at 7:11 pm

      Wow, Lee, what a great story!

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2006 at 12:50 am

      Swimm I agree with you on those shots. When I went to inpatient rehab I thought they were finally over with, turns out that wasnt the case and they were even debating sending some home with me as well. One of the nurses told me one night he would show me how to give myself that injection for when they sent me home with it I told him that I’d seen it so many times already I had it down (I didn’t tell him that if they sent me home with hepperin I had no intentions on actually doing them).

      Anyways, the person I would vote off the planet would have to be the girl on the Massengill douche commercials. You know the one who is walking down the beach with her mom and starts asking if she douches. I mean come on women don’t really have conversations like that on the commercial.

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2006 at 2:13 am

      The hospital person who started my day with this little ditty: “Have you had a bowel movement?”

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2006 at 8:28 am

      [B]I’ll second that one, I still think we’d be better off without the big mouthed oxy clean jerk. Or other commercials with annoying, obnoxious idiots that act like they have a high speed motor running their mouths.[/B]:D

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2006 at 10:44 am

      The idiot ad men who make commercials and we don’t know what the hell the damn thing is about. There are way to many of them.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2006 at 1:06 pm

      We would be better off with whoever wrote the new Medicare Part D Plan.

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2006 at 9:15 pm

      Okay, what happens now that the prosecutors dropped the case againist John Karr for lack of DNA match in Jon Benet’s murder?

      Shouldn’t he go back to a Thai jail to answer charges there? He’s still a pervert and needs to be punished in a country where he has done harm.

      Maybe they’ll catch him doing something else and arrest him again. I just hope it’s not a crime againist a child.

      I still think we could do without this person in the world.

    • Anonymous
      September 1, 2006 at 12:20 pm

      The doctors and physical therapists who told people they would never walk again and alot of you ignored them, worked hard and are now walking.

    • Anonymous
      September 1, 2006 at 4:08 pm

      Dear Friends:

      I have to vote off the planet the guy at the Fort Worth Radio Shack Headquarters who thought it was a good idea to lay-off 400 people with an e-mail. What could you possibly say in an e-mail that wouldn’t want make people want to burn the building down. The fact that no one was tarred and feathered over the incident only proves that the employees at Radio Shack have more class than the management.

      Dear Employee:

      In appreciation of your many hours of hard work to make this company flourish, I think it would be a good idea if you took the rest of the day off. Heck, take tommorrow off as well! You earned it. And while you are in the relaxing mode, why not take the rest of the year off as well. You deserve nothing less. As an added bonus, drop by the Texas State Unemployment Department and we will help you with a stipend while you find a job that better fits your unique and cherished skills. You will find a cardboard box in the hallway, at no charge of course. Feel free to use it to transport your personal belongings out of here. Oh, and one other little thing. If you could be out the door in 30 minutes, it would be a good thing for those people who will be left behind, doing their jobs and your job too. They have a lot of work to do, so it’s best not to detract from the tasks at hand. I hope you don’t take this too hard. You can take comfort in the fact that your leaving will allow our beloved CEO to upgrade his yacht.

      Have a pleasant day,

      Some Corporate Jackass
      Department of Human Resources
      Radio Shack, a Tandy Corporation

    • Anonymous
      September 1, 2006 at 4:17 pm

      [COLOR=”Purple”]To that idiot at Radio shack, I say: YOU! OUT OF THE GENE POOL-NOW![/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2006 at 10:30 am

      Dear Friends:

      I don’t want to sound like a crumudgeon here, but really now. Now that Miles and Maire are back in school, and they have been back for a grand total of 5 days, we have found in the childrens backpacks the first fundraising drive of the year. The children are expected to sell crappy coupon books to all the relatives so they can raise money for something, who really cares what they raise the money for at this point. This is just the first of a dozen fundraisers during the school year. Other fundraising events include selling crappy wrapping paper, selling crappy candles, and selling crappy stale hard candy.

      Being that I am already a taxpayer, and the school is funded from state and federal taxes at a rate of 8,275 a year per student, and Miles has 33 students in his class, that class gets 273,075 dollars in funding. There are 17 classes being taught at the school which is funded 4,642,275 dollars. It should be noted that special needs students, get funded at a rate of 13,500 dollars per student so they really don’t need to be made a part of the equation. So if the school has a budget of 4.6 million dollars, why do they need the extra two dollars and 15 cents generated from my children.

      Look, I understand some people’s need to fund an extra project or two, so I just wrote out a check for 50 dollars, mostly so I won’t look bad when I send the following note to school in the fund raising envelope:

      To whom it may concern:

      STOP PIMPING OUT MY CHILDREN!!!

      Yours Truly,

      Lee Spurgeon

      P.S.

      Please just die.

      P.P.S.

      Painfully, I might add.

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2006 at 11:00 am

      Agreed, Lee. My favorite is sending young girls to the homes of perfect strangers to sell cookies.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2006 at 12:19 pm

      Dear Marguerite:

      You got that right. What is the message we are sending here. Don’t talk to strangers unless you are pimping for the schools.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2006 at 2:07 pm

      Dear Crumudgeon and Marge,

      Unfortunately I have got to the point where I just throw those fundraising packages away without a second glance. They try and dangle a carrot in front of the childrens noses by saying that if they sell X amount they will get cetain prizes, or will only be able to attend a special pizza party if they have brought in a certain dollar amount. Like you, I have HAD IT!!! I have spent most of my daughters school years living at her school, helping out where I can, giving time, time, time, time, time, and where possible, money.

      Marge, on Saturday I saw band members, both boys and girls in their band uniform, running from door to door trying to sell/raffle or get sponsorship – the neighborhood was unfortunately what would be termed as not desireable. Anything could happen ……..

      I’m afraid money blinds our school systems, its all that gets spoken about lately. ๐Ÿ™

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2006 at 2:48 pm

      Well I was going to say:

      the oxyclean guy
      BOB who has a new manhood
      Any infomercial with an English accent
      Any real estate get rich quick scheme

      but most of all, Jerry Springer

      But, since I’m a band director, I’ll point this out.

      At my school, we get NO / 0 / nadda, funding.

      I donate 2 hours a day to do general music classes to the K through 3rd grades.

      We do a school wide fund raiser in the spring at the lower school that brings in between 3,000 and 5,000 a year. I take that money and have renovated the lower school music room using my own labor. I purchased equipment for all classes to have music whether rythem band instruments, games, DVD’s and the like, a 27″ TV and extra speakers to go with the stereo that I donated.

      I have used that money to shop on EBAy for instruments at cheap prices so that I can repair them so that any student can rent them for $25 a year instead of the $35-$85 a month that the music stores charge. So far I have been able to purchase the following instruments:
      12 flutes
      40 clarinets
      8 alto saxes
      3 tenor saxes
      1 alto clarinet
      6 french horns
      9 cornets
      16 trumpets
      8 baritones
      12 trombones
      4 tubas
      1 bass clarinet
      2 peterson tuning machines
      6 snare drums
      4 floor toms
      2 concert bass drums
      12 sets of bells
      2 xylophones

      I did however splurge and buy myself a nice conductors stand and some decent repair tools but I bought a used office chair that is comfortable for me to sit in for the sometimes 3 or 4 hours a night I sepnd in the lower school band room repairing instruments for free.

      In the letter I send out to the parents with the fund rasising package I give them a list of what we have aquired from past fund raisers and what I plan on purchasing in the future. Alll parents are invited to come by the music room at open house and see what we’ve done.

      I’ve also added a stereo to the cafeteria so that classical music is played during lunch to calm the savage beasts.

      My fund raiser does pretty well every year because I tell and show them where the money goes.

      I have more and more parents saying forget the fund raiser, I’ll send a donation. No all programs can prove where their money goes. Yes I do buy pizzas, but I buy one a week with my own money on Friday for the 4 top music students that week.

      I could be a real jerk and tell kids who have not helped with the fund raiser that they have to go buy a $800 clarinet instead of renting them one for $25

      Just thought I’d give you a different side of the story.

      < stepping off the soapbox now>

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2006 at 3:00 pm

      Mike,

      You are terrific. Thank you for being there for the kids.

      I made some monetary contributions but we were very poor at the time. But, as good fortune would have it, I commuted with the president and some managers of our local Little League. So I spent several years as the Little League Secretary as well as a year as Cookie Mother, ferrying cookies to the office.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2006 at 3:21 pm

      The other Mike,
      I would like to commend you for what you have and are doing. It is refreshing to see someone who is committed to helping young people learn something in school besides sports. In the city of 11,000 where I live they consistently cut music and art programs because of no funds, yet they have a high school football stadium and sports facility that that would make some universities happy. They seem to mange to refurbish the sports facilities on a regular basis, but the band has to hold raffles to buy new uniforms. I am not putting down sports as I played ball in high school and college, but I think we really ought to rethink our priorities. I came to appreciated the disparities a few years ago, when my daughter, who likes music and art kept asking for money to participate in them. When I did some checking into it I discovered what was and is going on.
      Larry

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2006 at 4:27 pm

      Mike, I do think what you are doing is wonderful, and I know it can be such a thankless job, specially when a lot of the parents and children dont appreciate your hard work and input.
      I dont consider myself PTA board material, but because of the lack of parent volunteers for any board positions, I agreed to become pta secretary for 2 years and vice pres for 1. Also sat on the principals advisory board for a couple years. I do know how much money is needed in the different school departments and how grateful many of the teachers are for this money. We tried very hard not to send out fund raising packages, and tried to do it in other ways e.g. spaghetti evenings, bingo, silent auctions, fun fairs, school T’s and clothing, student dances etc. Obviously we also accepted donations. Isnt it amazing that you always see the same faces helping out ALL the time (and the same faces just coming for the ‘fun’ but not prepared to help)? After 9 years of giving so much time and energy to my daughters schools, I feel burnt out, exhausted, and sick of the politics (always have), I just hope I have some energy left for when my son starts kindergarden next year ๐Ÿ˜ฎ .

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2006 at 7:13 pm

      Before every election in every town and city in the country, what is the refrain you always hear from politicians trying to get elected? We need more money for schools and roads.

      I live in Fairfax County, Virginia – one of the most wealthy areas in the country, and we also pay some of the highest real estate taxes in the country. The taxes on my personal residence literally doubled last year. Yet, we have recently cut back the hours that our County public libraries stay open “due to funding shortfalls”.

      Our schools do manage to have students with test scores well above average, but parents and students are still required to participate in the endless fund-raising gimmicks described by many of you, in order to provide the basics for our music and arts programs.

      I happen to know a number of teachers personally, who all tell me that they use their own personal money and time to provide adequate school supplies for their classrooms.

      The Virginia Department of Transportation handles the road work here. An enormous chunk of the state budget goes to VDOT, yet our roads are a mess. There are enough new highway dept. vehicles parked all around the County, to repair all the roads on the East coast. But somehow, basic road repairs don’t get done, let alone new work. Every time a new roads project is proposed, they ask for more money.

      Where is our tax money???? I know and you know, but somehow we don’t do anything about it.

      Sorry for the rant, but this subject really touches a nerve with me.

      Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive or our /your schools by buying the endless stream of crap sent home with our kids, and attending the fund raisers, donating your time, and doing your best to see that kids get the opportunity to have the programs you support. Without you, the kids would be the ones to lose out.

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2006 at 12:50 pm

      This one goes out to whatever idiot came up with the blackberry. Thanks to this dude / dudette, I am required to be “on-call” 24×365. I am a finance guy, not a medical person. I (and many others, I am sure) am required to be available for meetings at the touch of a button. Oh, how I used to love my family vacations in the middle of nowhere with absolutely no cell/phone or data capability. Dang Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, etc. for building these great international networks!

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2006 at 1:05 pm

      Doug,

      I totally agree with you! My husband is always ‘plugged in’. When he is at home on the East Coast, he has to conference with Japan and California, sometimes there are calls in the early hours of the morning. The sad thing is, it is expected of them …….

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2006 at 1:39 pm

      [FONT=”Book Antiqua”]The one person I can do without, is the smiling idiot on the Enzyte tv commercials. I think this guy must have got on some kind of bad drugs, He looks like a total idiot. ๐Ÿ˜€ [/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2006 at 1:46 pm

      Aaaww! He’s just a happy chap because he can make his wife happy … :p . I do know what you mean tho, just imagine if that is what we looked like …… well, you know what I mean – it would just be embarrassing!

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2006 at 4:45 pm

      Hello All! This is racer13’s daughter. As you might have noticed in the last couple weeks, racer 13’s e-mails have been confusing. His family needs you to know that he is in the hospital right now treating this mass confusion. We hope he will be better and back with you all very soon. Please disregard any nonsensical and/or confusing contributions he has made. Please pass this on to the whole forum.

      Sincerely,
      racer13’s family

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2006 at 7:50 pm

      racer’s daughter,

      Please tell him I hope he’ll be doing better soon.

      Best wishes,

      Suzanne

    • Anonymous
      October 3, 2006 at 10:47 pm

      [img]http://bestsmileys.com/angles/1.gif[/img] Hope Racer gets better soon, sending a couple of friends his way. [img]http://bestsmileys.com/angles/12.gif[/img]

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2006 at 12:52 am

      Please send him my best, I hope he gets better soon and back here to us. He is in my prayers.

      Jerimy

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2006 at 7:26 am

      Good thoughts and prayers are going out to Marc.

      Come back soon buddy, we need you.

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2006 at 12:51 pm

      Hang in there, Marc. All your friends that you have supported here are wishing you the very best. Get well soon, bud.

      doug

    • Anonymous
      October 4, 2006 at 10:51 pm

      [FONT=”Book Antiqua”]Remember Racer We’re pulling for you 110%
      Now back to the other thing, wouldn’t we all be better off without the Geico cave man commercials ?[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      October 5, 2006 at 7:42 am

      Wouldn’t we all be better off without the commercial? Wouldn’t we all be better off without the4 political campaign ads that bash the other canidates? Wouldn’t we all be better off without the commercials that have that jingle that takes charge of your mind for the rest of the day? Meow, meow, meow, meow! Wouldn’t we all be better off without the lawyer commercials? Wouldn’t we all be better off without the squirrel in the middle of the road commercials? People watch just to see if it gets hit this time! Wouldn’t we all be better off without the commercials that make me cringe each time? Especially the one that is of the people having a nice comversation in the van and out of the blue there is a crash and the air bags explode. I jump each time! Do safer cars make worse drivers?

      REMEMBER SOME OF THE COMMERCIALS ARE MUCH BETTER THAN THE PROGRAMMING WE ARE WATCHING! THANKS EVERYONE I ENJOYED THIS THREAD.

      ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Anonymous
      October 5, 2006 at 8:34 am

      [FONT=”Century Gothic”]Wouldn’t we all be better off without those smear & bash negative political commercials. Wouldn’t you like to have the money that’s been spent on these & the cost of the air time to get them put on tv. [/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      October 5, 2006 at 3:36 pm

      Dustdemon,

      You got that right! You and I could go around and have limos pick up everyone from this forum and take them all to the 9th International Symposium in Pheonix, Arizonia this year! And the next few years!:D

      Now that would be so COOL! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    • Anonymous
      October 5, 2006 at 3:59 pm

      [FONT=”Book Antiqua”]One thing I definitely wouldn’t be doing, driving an 18 year old car. With 297,000 miles on it! [/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2006 at 10:35 am

      Dear Friends:

      I know. Piling on Kim Jong Il is just too easy. Just as a review, Kim Jong Il has the worlds largest Daffy Duck and pornography collections, and I hope they are mutually exclusive. Kim Jong Il believes he is the direct descendent of Darth Vader, although I’m not sure that is possible, if you look at the light saber scene in Star Wars III, didn’t Anakin lose his cookies? Look at the scene on stop motion and you’ll see. Anyway, I digress. Kim Jong Il had someone shot for their failure to address him as “The beloved and benevolent father of all the Korean people”. “Geeze Mom, I’m gonna miss you but you can’t start making exceptions.” Kim Jong Il is spending several billion dollars building nuclear weapons while his people starve to death. But that isn’t even the weirdest thing about this nut job.

      Kim Jong Il said he isn’t going to join multilateral talks on nuclear disarmament until the United States stops printing currency which is so hard to counterfeit. One of the few things in North Korea which is still economically feasible to persue is counterfeiting. Counterfeit money is thought to be North Korea’s largest source of foriegn capitol. There are only a few currencies left in the world which are worth counterfeiting and only one currency which is so widespread that counterfeiting isn’t tremendously obvious. So the new watermarks, laser printed holographs, security threads, microprinting, and ultraviolet printing have put a serious bind on North Korea’s most profitable industry. It almost brings you to tears thinking about the hardship this will cause the North Korean people.

      Of course, if Kim Jong Il really wanted to do something special for the North Korean people, then I suggest he takes a plunge off his platform shoes into an empty swimming pool and puts himself out the misery of the Korean people.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2006 at 12:29 pm

      Aww, come on … can’t we at least hope that Kim Jong Il uses a high-dive? Jumping from ground level just doesn’t seem as lethal …

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2006 at 3:15 pm

      Dear Swimm:

      With the size of his platform shoes, the fall would be lethal to a normal person. You are correct about one thing, I failed to take into consideration the kinetic energy dissipated by his haircut. Only Don King has a better hair helmet.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2006 at 4:30 pm

      Lee,

      Excellent point! Although, I do think perhaps Al Sharpton might still be in the running for hair helmet contest….

      Suzanne

    • Anonymous
      October 18, 2006 at 10:06 pm

      [FONT=”Book Antiqua”]I’d still like to see that Geico caveman removed from tv ![/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      October 20, 2006 at 5:20 pm

      I have to say that this is one of the best threads I’ve seen!!! So far I agree with all of them.

      Lets get rid of fat burning infomercials, money making infomercials and the Tim Daily Show!

      As you can see, I have insomnia and watch a lot of late night tv.

    • Anonymous
      October 21, 2006 at 10:31 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”]I hate the commercial with Kirsti Alley , Have you called Jenny Yet ! I’d like to call her something ๐Ÿ˜ก Oh & lets not forget those Relacor commercials, It never fails to amaze me just how much crap they can put on tv.[/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      October 21, 2006 at 11:21 pm

      what are the feelings on commercials about prescriptions?
      I think it is too much information. now EVERYBODY that comes to my house, including my kids see what i am taking and know exactly what it is for. I think that is my business only. The way they describe the medications most kids shouldn’t know what they are talking about. They ask, what do you say?

      I say bring back commercials like the old lady screaming “WHERE’S THE BEEF?”

      lisa

    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2006 at 8:09 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”]I liked the one with Santa Claus riding on the Norelco Shaver head ![/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      October 23, 2006 at 10:51 am

      Dear LisaD:

      I think those perscription drug commercials give too much information, but more often than not, they don’t actually tell you what the drug is supposed to do. They tell you in rare instances the drug will cause bloating, headaches, cramps, anal seepage, heart arhythmia, neurosis, and unexpected sudden bladder discharge, but they won’t tell you that the medicine is used to control adult acne. I think I’d prefer a zit or two, if you know what I mean.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      October 23, 2006 at 11:04 am

      That long list of possible side effects really bugs me every time I hear it. I guess the drug companies are protecting themselves. If someone has one of these rare side effects they can always say “I told you so.” But wouldn’t it be enough to say that there may be side effects and to check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking the drug.

    • Anonymous
      October 23, 2006 at 11:46 am

      It always amuses me to hear about the drug that controls acid reflux…but comes with the side effects of headache, diarrea, muscle pain, cramping, bloating and constipation or some such list…I think I’d rather have the acid reflux and just down tums like there was no tomorrow. :rolleyes:

      I really hate the “Mom have you ever had that not so fresh feeling” commercial. I mean really – who came up with this gem of advertizing! I cannot imagine ever sitting on a swing and having this talk with my mother. (Although I did one day just to be ornery and watch her blush…we both got a good chuckle out of it but agreed it was not very realistic)

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2006 at 9:57 am

      Had to have some tests done yesterday at the hospital. I left after two hours of tests and going to pharmacy. Local bus stop is in front of hospital, which is located on a major north-south New York avenue and about 200 feet from ambulance entrance.

      A private-car service vehicle was parked in bus stop and I gently (or as gently as someone still on steroids) told driver to move. He did not and beeped horn, urging me to get out of his way. I snapped and said “no you idiot” (a tad stronger since this is New York), urging him to move his damn car. He did not and smirked so I poked at car with the rubber end of my cane. He still didn’t move so I poked more strongly. He started screaming that he was calling the cops because “you dented my car.” Needless to say, my language got stronger and he got nastier. He did not call the cops though I told him to do so, yelling that cops would be highly amused to know that he wanted them to arrest a 65-year-old woman wearing oxygen and carrying a cane for assault on a deadly vehicle.

      And how was your day?

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2006 at 10:54 am

      Good for you, Marge. Thanks for sharing your story. It was funny to read, but
      I am sure not funny at all when it happened to you.

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2006 at 11:28 am

      I liked the valet parking attendant they had at the Red Cross where I went to donate platelets. Hubbie and I pulled up, waited while he read the paper and listened to something through his head phones. We waited some more. Finally we got his attention. He looked at us, went back to reading his paper. Finally I shouted something to the effect of take the headphones off and get up. His excuse? He thought I was a cab, dropping someone off. I do not drive a yellow Chevy, I drive a blue Jag. IDIOT!!!

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2006 at 11:29 am

      You go Marge!! I loved your story.

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2006 at 11:33 am

      Marge,

      You make everything intersting, love you always!

    • Anonymous
      October 25, 2006 at 12:19 am

      My new fave…

      One of the candidates for Attorney General of New York State called today to tell me she was fighting for women’s rights.* She is the District Attorney of Westchester County who is being investigated by the current Attorney General for hiring a former NYC police commissioner to illegally record meetings (hehehe) between her husband and his girlfriend. Her husband did some jail time for tax evasion; she did not even though she signed the joint return.

      *the woman’s right to be dumb and a sleaze.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      October 25, 2006 at 6:56 pm

      We would be better off without the idiots who closed down the World Trade Center Site to fast. They are now finding more remains in the last 2 days which will bring closure to some families.

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2006 at 6:36 am

      I could certainly do without the driver that was in front of me yesterday at the red light. (I won’t mention if this driver was male/female as rudeness is not limited to gender/race/religion, etc) As this driver was busily talking on the cell and drinking the cup of coffee, the light turned green. I patiently waited a few seconds then gave a fairly polite honk. Of course, this person then saluted me (Why with only one finger???) and drove on out of my life and into somebody else’s to be a thorn, I’m sure. I’m sure you have seen this type of RUDE person. Can we get rid of them???

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2006 at 12:08 pm

      okay this was a while ago but…I could do without the 1st nurse I had back in VA while I was in hospital (the 2nd of 3 times).

      I was supposed to be getting morphine in my IV every 3 hours, but since I had finally fallen asleep the nurse did not administer the pain med when she was supposed to. Exactly 3.5 hours later I woke up screaming in pain (it hit me like a ton of bricks with no warning). The nurse actually yelled at me and told me I should have woken up earlier to tell her I was going to be in pain in the next 30 minutes! In fact, when I told her she was supposed to have given it to me earlier she argued that since I was asleep I did not need it. ๐Ÿ˜ก

      When the doctor came by a few hours later I asked him to instruct the nurses to administer the pain meds as prescribed and not at their convenience. She was removed and a new nurse was assigned to me (who was great I might add).

      Sometimes I feel like I wear a sign that says “I am in extreme pain but you should ignore it and act like I am faking it all”.

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2006 at 12:18 pm

      Dr. Phil. I can’t wait for him to trip over his ego.

      Regards,
      Marge

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2006 at 1:41 pm

      Frank used to call Dr. Phil, Dr. Fraud.

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2006 at 5:02 pm

      I’ve often wondered if his bubble will ever burst. There was something once about him hiring private jets to fly him around the US and not paying his bill, wonder how true that was?

    • Anonymous
      October 27, 2006 at 3:30 pm

      Wouldn’t we be better off without all the jerks who own and run Halliburton.

      I say, get out of the gene pool you money hungry pigs.

    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2007 at 11:00 am

      I’m sorry for bringing this negative thread back up, but I saw something today that just makes we want to stab someone in the throat with a pitchfork. I was looking at a large jar of Kirkland brand peanuts and I noticed a small warning about one-half inch by two inches that said the following:

      Allergy Warning:

      This product may contains peanuts, a known food allergen.

      I am sorry, but who is this label for? If I didn’t see the two and a half inch tall “Peanuts” label on the front of the jar, and furthermore, if I couldn’t actually see the peanuts in the clear glass jar, then how is a one-half inch by two inch warning with itty bitty print going to do anything? Just how stupid do they think we are? And just what is this about: This product [I]MAY[/I] contain peanuts. May? I certainly hope that when I buy peanuts, it doesn’t just [I]may[/I] contain peanuts, but actually [I]does[/I] contain them.

      This is just another example of our litigous society spiralling out of control. The whole idea that a company that sells peanuts feels a need to post a warning about peanuts is ridiculous. Can we just get rid of the lawyers and the idiots that hire them?

      Maybe in the near future, we can see this label on the side of beer cans:

      Warning:

      This product may make ugly people look better than they really are. Do not make mating decisions after consuming.

    • Anonymous
      March 30, 2007 at 11:52 pm

      Those stupid idiotic Geico Cavemen :rolleyes:

    • Anonymous
      March 31, 2007 at 12:32 pm

      [QUOTE=dustdemon 1]Those stupid idiotic Geico Cavemen :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

      [B]I agree, I hate those stupid commercials.[/B]

    • Anonymous
      April 6, 2007 at 1:51 pm

      [B]Wouldn’t we be better off without the person who invented artificial grass for Easter baskets? I think I’d love to slap the person. That darn crappy stuff sticks to everything and I can’t seem to get it off of anything.:mad: [/B]

    • Anonymous
      June 7, 2007 at 4:36 pm

      I sure could do without the guy who put my new thermostat in 2 days ago. Now my ac isn’t working. Waiting for the landlord to get here tonight to fix it.

      It’s hotter then [SIZE=”5″]Haddes”[/SIZE]:mad: in here right now.

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2007 at 7:20 am

      [B]This one’s not a person but it is something I could definitely do without & if you’ve ever been bothered by it you’ll agree. Deer Flies very annoying, they just don’t give up. They keep coming back ![/B]

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2007 at 8:34 am

      I wish the guy that invented the five day work week as full time never existed.

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2007 at 9:30 am

      [B]Smart Alike work supervisors, that harass the employees. As to which I have one that is fully guilty of this ![/B]

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2007 at 11:07 am

      I could do without the new employee at my bank who told me yesterday that I don’t have any accounts with the bank. Meanwhile I had my checkbook and savings book with me, he looks them up and says gee I’m sorry , then he proceeds to tell me that my driver’s license is expired, it most certainly is not expired. So I told him and the manager of the bank that he really needs to find another place of employment when he made that many mistakes in 3 minutes with a training person standing next to him. Maybe the trainer needs to find new employment too. Geez, what gene pool did these 2 tellers come from? Gee that felt good to get that off my chest.

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2007 at 12:42 pm

      Dear Friends:

      If anyone should be forced to swallow a hand grenade, I think it should be a local school board member who pushed through a rule prohibiting kids from playing tag. Yes, tag. Apparently tag is competitive, aggressive, and potentially dangerous. I’m not making this up! I’m thinking pencils are also potentially dangerous, perhaps we should outlaw them as well. Grades are competitive, does that mean they are bad?

      Yesterday was the last day of school and I got a phone call from the principal in regards to my son Miles staging a revolt during the last recess of the day by organizing a huge tag game. Since it was the last day of school, and the last recess of the day, there was nothing they could do about it other than give me a phone call.

      When the principal told me of Miles’ infraction I must admit I was a bit incredulous. I kept asking the principal who was the blithering idiot that thought tag was such a social evil. The principal said I wasn’t being supportive, to which I replied that it would be a whole lot easier to support the school if they didn’t try to enforce such monumentally stupid rules.

      God help us all. Can everyone stop trying to force our sons to behave like girls. Boys are more active and physical in general. Can we just accept that they are that way as a fact and stop trying to sedate them with Ritalin for behaving like boys always have? I just wonder if all the self-alienation that boys aquire during school will lead to much more aggressive teenagers and young adult.

      I can’t wait to next years revolt. I hope Miles plays dodgeball.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      June 15, 2007 at 1:31 pm

      Doesn’t “competitive, aggressive, and potentially dangerous” describe most all sports. No wonder you see the news reports of our nation’s children getting fat. Next thing you know they will outlaw grades and report cards since that too is competitive and we wouldn’t want that.

    • Anonymous
      June 22, 2007 at 12:49 pm

      I totally agree with you Lee. Some schools even ban volleyball. What in the world are children suppose to do, sit around and just look at each other.

      Seems to me the people who are banning all activities in our schools are probably the little weenies who never played any sports at all in their childhood. They need to stop their whining and let the children be children and play all the games we played as children. When you take away certain things and tell children how bad it is for them, you are creating more curiosity on their part and they will defy you just to see what it’s all about.

      Guess then that I would be considered aggressive and possibly dangerous because I played volleyball, dodgeball, basketball and of course the ever dangerous archery. I still do archery whenever I can. Stand me in a corner and punish me for being athletic.

      I’ll be rooting for Miles come the new school year.

    • Anonymous
      January 31, 2008 at 10:01 pm

      [B]Any idiot celebrity who cannot control themselves, certainly the world would be a better place without them. Voting them off the island too.We really need to clean the “gene pool” every now and then folks.

      Thought I’d bring this back up so we can all have our gripes.[/B]

    • Anonymous
      February 1, 2008 at 1:10 pm

      [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=blue]Here’s something I ๐Ÿ˜ก HATE with a Passion, All those stupid Get A Lawyer commercials on tv. Wouldn’t we all be better off with out these. [COLOR=red]A vote to Kick Them Completely off the Island. ๐Ÿ˜‰ [/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      February 1, 2008 at 8:12 pm

      I could live without the person at the cable tv company that [COLOR=”Red”]always[/COLOR] tells me the same thing when I call about the same unclear channel reception, “Yes, we are working on it.” Months of same answer! May as well hire a robot!

      They are gonna force me to get Dish Network or similar!!!!

      Carla

    • Anonymous
      February 1, 2008 at 8:58 pm

      I vote for a sledgehammer to the forehead to the guy who devised the automated phone service for my HMO. You can wear your fingers to little stubs before you reach a real human being and God help you if you want to actually talk to your doctor.

    • Anonymous
      February 1, 2008 at 10:14 pm

      [FONT=Georgia][SIZE=4][COLOR=blue]Well let’s see here’s something else to add to the list, I have AT&T phone service. That was previously Bellsouth, since then I have gotten more than one CST Rep. That has some kind of attitude problem, & has gotten smart & snappy with me. I’d like to see these jerks stomped down in a sewer line, with the rest of the sewage. ๐Ÿ˜‰ [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2008 at 9:45 am

      [QUOTE=Lee Spurgeon]I vote for a sledgehammer to the forehead to the guy who devised the automated phone service for my HMO. You can wear your fingers to little stubs before you reach a real human being and God help you if you want to actually talk to your doctor.[/QUOTE]
      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”2″]How about ALL automated phone service, especially on a small keypad when your fingers don’t work right in the first place?
      Hate all those commercials for erectile dysfunction and the ones that demonstrate just how much liquid your maxi pad will absorb.
      Don’t want to hear any more about Jon & Kate plus 8.
      murdelize the caveman, send the gecko back to Australia.
      And please, do folks[I][B] really need[/B][/I] to be chatting loudly on their cell phones no matter where they are? I really get worked up about this one. I’m on steroids so my temper is somewhat near the boiling point most of the time so I have to fight the urge to snatch them bald headed. There, now I feel better.
      V[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      February 3, 2008 at 11:32 pm

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=4][COLOR=blue]Here’s one you can add all those Viagra & Cialis commercials. Like I need that crap anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰ [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
      [FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=4][COLOR=#0000ff]or calling the phone company repair service, getting a stupid pre recorded voice & when I do get hold of someone. Those jerks telling me you don’t have the inside wiring maintenance on your calling plan, if the repair person has to enter your home you will be charged for it. That literally infureates me to no end, STUPID IDIOTIC JERKS ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    • February 4, 2008 at 11:48 am

      I could do without Dell customer service, or lack there of, not to mention they do not even speak English!!

      Dawn

    • Anonymous
      February 7, 2008 at 7:32 am

      [FONT=Georgia][SIZE=4]I do literally hate those commercials on tv, with people that acting like they fell off an idiot wagon. Or Turnip Truck as some call it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ [/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      February 9, 2008 at 1:20 am

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”2″]How about the ER Doc who, when I told him I was confused and frightened, that I’d lost all sense of time and couldn’t be sure how much pain killer I’d taken, leaned over and said[FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”3″][I] ‘Well LADY, you need to write it down!'[/I][/SIZE][/FONT]
      Thanks for the advice DOC, now get off the island. [/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      February 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm

      [B]To the real estate guy who was showing the house I’m living in, I need to clean his gene pool ASAP. He didn’t know the difference betweeen the first floor apt or the 2nd floor apt. I’m on the top floor(2nd Apt) he asked me how to get to the top floor from my apt. We only have 2 floors(2 Apts) genius, now get the hell off my island you brainless twit.:mad: ๐Ÿ˜ก [/B]

    • Anonymous
      February 10, 2008 at 1:08 am

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”2″]Bless you Lee for starting this thread, what a great place to vent!
      Between here and the Tavern, no matter how bad I feel, re-reading the posts always leaves me laughing and feeling better.
      Thanx
      V[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2008 at 12:31 am

      [FONT=”Verdana”]We would [B]all[/B] better off without the moron mindlessly rubber stamping “NO!” on our insurance claims![/FONT] (Especially meds and treatments!) ๐Ÿ˜ก

      Carla

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2008 at 10:43 am

      [B]Aren’t you all happy that Lee started this thread, it’s good to get the frustrations out and a little “gene pool” cleaning isn’t to bad either.[/B]

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2008 at 11:51 am

      Okay, this one really irks me. In one half-hour national news broadcast, there were two political analysts who explained the following facts:

      If Hillary Clinton isn’t nominated, its because the American people (thats you personally and me, as well) are misogynistic.

      If Barak Obama isn’t nominated, its because the American people (thats you personally and me, as well) are racist.

      Well, if thats true perhaps the Democratic ballots for the primary elections should show a picture of Hillary with the caption “RACISM” underneath, and a picture of Barak Obama with the caption “HATRED OF WOMEN” underneath.

      And heaven help you if you vote for the Republican or Ralph Nader, then you are both racist and misogynistic.

      Now you know, I am always a fan of a false dichotomy, but is it even possible that some Americans choose a candidate based on their ideas, their character, and posssibly even their policies? Is it always about race and gender?

      For fanning the flames of the race and gender wars, the network news executives should be blindfolded and forced to walk through a field of rakes.

    • Anonymous
      February 11, 2008 at 7:14 pm

      Well said and I couldn’t agree more! A pox on all network news execs!

      Hey Lee, you want to take a run for the presidency? You have my vote.

      Carla

    • Anonymous
      February 12, 2008 at 1:38 am

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”2″]Thats why I never watch the “News”
      Oh alright, I’m too busy poppin’ the Pred and watching the Food Network to find new and innovative ways to pack on the pounds and Discovery Health to see if I have any new diseases:D
      Now let’s track down the genius who invented those grocery carts with the kiddie car in front, tape his feet to the floor and let the kiddies’ parents run repeatedly into his shins and over his toes instead of ours? eh?[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      February 15, 2008 at 9:47 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”2″]Dr, Oz
      (is that a hair hat?)
      Please just go away and be quiet for a little while, k?[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • February 16, 2008 at 12:38 am

      I would be better off without me

    • Anonymous
      February 16, 2008 at 1:03 pm

      Dawn, I am sorry that you feel this way. You add so much caring to our GBS/CIDP family and I am glad that you are here. Hugs to you.

    • Anonymous
      February 16, 2008 at 4:17 pm

      Dear Dawn:

      I think the world is a richer place because you are here. We all feel less than useless at times. It’s just the way life tends to work out sometimes. Keep things in perspective. Forgive yourself when it is appropriate and learn lessons on how to be a better person when it isn’t. None of us are perfect, and heaven knows we all have are faults, but life is all about learning to be a better person and the way we learn is by making mistakes. What counts is how we react after we mess up.

      We’re on your side and we will be thinking about you and praying for you.

      Lee

    • Anonymous
      February 16, 2008 at 8:52 pm

      [FONT=Georgia][SIZE=4][COLOR=purple]I think we all need to send Dawn [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
      [FONT=Georgia][SIZE=7][COLOR=red]((( A Great Big Hug )))[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
      [I][FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=7][COLOR=#ff0000]Remember Dawn We’re Pulling for You ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/I]

    • Anonymous
      February 16, 2008 at 9:10 pm

      [CENTER][IMG]http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/9089/2bearshugxl4.gif[/IMG][/CENTER]

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”7″][COLOR=”Blue”][CENTER]Dawn, hang in there. It sounds like you could use a big hug. Would you settle for a cyber hug from two hug bears?[/CENTER][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

    • February 17, 2008 at 12:22 pm

      You guys are kind. Sometimes thigs just get overwhelming. I would never leave Kevin or my older son Nick. They are the only two things that keep me going.
      Thanks for kind words
      Dawn

    • Anonymous
      March 5, 2008 at 12:49 am

      [COLOR=”Purple”]Wouldn’t we all be better off without the person that came up with those intrusive pre-recorded political phone calls?![/COLOR]

      Carla

    • Anonymous
      March 5, 2008 at 10:54 am

      The other day I went by a news stand and picked up a copy of ‘National Geographic’ magazine. I admit I am a bit naive at times, but you would think a magazine titled ‘National Geographic” would have some geography content mixed in somewhere amongst the slick glossy Canon Camera ads in front and the Buick ads in the back. Nope. Didn’t find any geography at all. What I did find is the usual environmental harangues that suggest my living on this planet is killing the planet and all other life forms. Another environmental advocacy magazine would be okay, if not a bit over worked, but do I really have to put up with it on a magazine printed on clay coated glossy non-recyclable paper?

      And while we are on the subject of hypocrisy, if the environmentalists who write these articles really want to do something about the scourge that is the human race, then they should pick up the Smith and Wesson and discharge it into the roof of their mouths. That way they will reduce the human population by one.

    • Anonymous
      March 6, 2008 at 11:39 pm

      [SIZE=”3″][SIZE=”2″][COLOR=”Blue”]Amen, Lee! Well said.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/SIZE]

    • Anonymous
      March 7, 2008 at 3:58 am

      I think we’d be better off without the idiot who thought it was a good idea for my doctor’s office to solicit me for money. About once a month I get this nice glossy begging letter from Johns Hopkins asking me to donate a minimum of $5000 “to further research.” RIIIIGGGGHHHHTTTTT. Sure pal, got loads of cash left over to throw at you… :rolleyes: who’s idea was it to turn over the patient database to the fundraising office? seems like a violation of privacy to me… ๐Ÿ˜ก

    • Anonymous
      March 20, 2008 at 12:02 am

      We would all be better of with a do over on the last 7 years without the Bush administration.

    • Anonymous
      May 6, 2008 at 8:30 pm

      Have you ever noticed that all medicine for infants and toddlers is dyed red or orange? Half of everything that goes in a babies mouth gets drooled out all over their clothes and the dye in the medicine stains those clothes. Shouldn’t babies be eating as pure of foods as we can possibly give them, unadulterated, and free of unnecessary dyes and chemicals? And if they must dye the medicine, does it have to permanently stain clothing.

      For this, the person who decided that babies must be fed dye, should be sentenced to drinking the purple Kool-Aid in a room full of blind machete twirlers.

    • Anonymous
      June 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm

      [FONT=”Comic Sans MS”][SIZE=”3″]Lee
      You always manage to hit the nail right on the head !

      How about the person or persons who decided that ‘Super Delegates’ should be the ones to decide who “wins” the Primary?

      I read that at least here in Pennsylvania, they had already made up their minds [B][I]before[/I][/B] the Primary, so i wonder [B][I]Why Bother[/I][/B] to vote if it’s going to be disregarded anyway?
      [IMG]http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh47/oldbat2ccats/cow_30.gif[/IMG]

      i think i must have been napping in Civics Class, oh so many years ago when they explained the reasoning behind that one!

      It’s almost as bad as having George W.’s brother Jed who was Gov of Florida throw out our votes in Florida when G.W. ran against Gore.

      Off with their heads! [/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      June 30, 2008 at 6:50 pm

      I had to read these from the beginning; I didn’t want to repeat four people That should be beheaded before they leave this planet:
      1. Brandy mentioned easter grass; I want to add the person who invented the packing peanuts that stick to everything in my home after I open the box, what a sadistic maniac….

      2. The Dell exec or whomever that decided that the people in India are the chosen ones that help me with ALL my Dell questions that I have to repeat 3 times and still can’t undersstand the answers. I have asked for an American rep. and still get India!!! I am really easy to live with, but Dell has ruled my pleasant positive personality :p :p :p :p

      3. Agree with one that has been repeated-that gecko and caveman are one reason that I rarely watch tv.

      4. Network news execs that think only sensational negative news should be reported. Is there so little good news that they think really isn’t important enough to garner my attention? No wonder other countries think badly of the US-they only see the stupid rich Hollywood anorexic kids “misbehaving”,etc. I am really proud of my country, but want that negative news exec beheaded.

      Guess all my feel good part of my ivig has worn off from this past weekend. Thanks for letting me vent. Emma

    • Anonymous
      July 2, 2008 at 1:08 pm

      [FONT=Palatino Linotype][SIZE=3]Hey Emma you left out 1 bunch for the beheading, how about adding the jerk speculators on the stock market. The ones that are driving up the price of oil & causing the ruination of this country.[/SIZE][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2008 at 10:31 am

      Maybe this one should be in the “Another Reason to Blow up the world and start all over again” thread, but I just heard Michael Lohan, Lindsey Lohan’s father, has challenged Kevin Federline, Britney Spear’s ex, to a celebrity boxing match. The boxing match is to raise money for a children’s charity. If they really wanted to do it right, perhaps they could schedule a knife fight instead. Just think of the money that would bring in, but you know me, I’m all for the kids.

    • Anonymous
      August 25, 2008 at 11:03 pm

      [FONT=Georgia][COLOR=purple]I truly wish those idiots in washington would leave things along, all I hear is this crap about DTV. If you want to continue watching tv after Feb. 17 2009, & you receive your tv signal with an antennae. You either need a tv with a digital tuner or a digital converter, well I have the converter boxes. What they don’t tell you is if it starts raining very much, you’ll lose your picture on your tv. Just like when I had satellite tv, this Sucks leave well enough alone. We’d be better off with the idiots that came up with that idea. [/COLOR][/FONT]

    • Anonymous
      August 26, 2008 at 4:41 am

      We have Direct TV Terry and believe me you are right. Be watching a great movie on a Sunday night and the rain comes it to make my TV into snowflakes! LOL:D