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“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#78272 Jan 8, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>I don't see how this has anything to do with cell phones. Don't know if the wife called a cell phone or a house phone. Take it back 25 years, in the absence of cell phones, the kid would be expected to be at home (and thus be able to answer the phone) or would be expected to call mom or dad and let them know where she was going if she was going to leave the house.
I don't know. It just seems like missing a phone call back then was not the OHMYGODEVERYONEPANIC thing that it is today. Everyone expects everyone to be available all the time.

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#78273 Jan 8, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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We are. Fight the good fight with me, girl.
We will go down swinging!

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#78274 Jan 8, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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We are. Fight the good fight with me, girl.
And you have to do it wearing only your bras and panties.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#78275 Jan 8, 2013
Mimi Seattle wrote:
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Way to generalize.
You would be much more correct to say that atheists are people who think things through, require evidence and thoughtfulness rather than just accepting fantasy and superstition wholesale with no proof.
Let me ask you something...

How much proof would it take?

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#78276 Jan 8, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>Oh, and murder is certainly not my first guess, but your damn right you need to be at my beck and call and answer the gd phone when I call!
:)
MIL phone story to follow, but that will be later. Lunch crew is leaving without me.
That doesn't work so much as they get older -- say 12 and up. Maybe earlier. It's not realistic. Also, they sleep so deeply.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#78277 Jan 8, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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I don't know. It just seems like missing a phone call back then was not the OHMYGODEVERYONEPANIC thing that it is today. Everyone expects everyone to be available all the time.
The folks over at Free Range Kids (Lenore Skanazy) call this Worst-First Thinking.

It's real easy to fall into thinking like this, especially when we hear about every bad thing that's happened all around the world. I find myself doing it, but usually it revolves around Dickie. If he's at the studio and doesn't text or call to say when he's leaving, I'll start thinking about car wrecks and armed robbery. But in my case, I have a historical referece to go by: my first husband. He would disappear for days at a time and was in a wreck and was robbed and was arrested (separate incidents), so my worst-first scenarios have actually happened!

It's hard not to worry,'cause yanno, it *could* happen.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#78278 Jan 8, 2013
MIL had our kids(school break). Was on her way to town. We went out to a kid free dinner. Still though, we wanted to get an idea of when she would arrive. We called her on the way to dinner. During dinner. On the way home. No answer. Typical. Got home and they had been ther at least an hour. Asked why she didn't call. Said she didn't want to bother us. Asked why she didn't pick up the phone. Didn't feel like getting up.

We certainly did not have any visions of car accidents or anything like that. But still annoying. Pick up the damn phone people!

Most annoying thing(wife now, not MIL), I'd call wife and she'd not answer cause she was on another call. Didn't want to tell the friend she was talking with to hold on for a second. Thinks that was rude.

FLUCK THAT! That's what call waiting is for! Its rude to ignore your GD spouse when he/she is trying to get a hold of you. If I'm calling about nothing important, you tell me to talk later, your on a call. But at least take the GD call to find out if its important. I cured her of that BS by telling her if she could not answer my calls, I would not answer hers.

Since: Jan 10

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#78279 Jan 8, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
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Atheists ARE liberals.
Nope. Some are. Some are conservative.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#78280 Jan 8, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
FLUCK THAT! That's what call waiting is for! Its rude to ignore your GD spouse when he/she is trying to get a hold of you. If I'm calling about nothing important, you tell me to talk later, your on a call. But at least take the GD call to find out if its important. I cured her of that BS by telling her if she could not answer my calls, I would not answer hers.
Maybe... but my boss interrupts EVERY call she's on in order to take another call, even though it's from family members she talks to numerous times. she'll interrupt a call with a client to take a sales call. It's stupid.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#78281 Jan 8, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Maybe... but my boss interrupts EVERY call she's on in order to take another call, even though it's from family members she talks to numerous times. she'll interrupt a call with a client to take a sales call. It's stupid.
That's quite a bit different. I would not expect someone to put a business call on hold to take a personal call, but the instances with my wife, it was after work talking to friends.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#78282 Jan 8, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
MIL had our kids(school break). Was on her way to town. We went out to a kid free dinner. Still though, we wanted to get an idea of when she would arrive. We called her on the way to dinner. During dinner. On the way home. No answer. Typical. Got home and they had been ther at least an hour. Asked why she didn't call. Said she didn't want to bother us. Asked why she didn't pick up the phone. Didn't feel like getting up.
We certainly did not have any visions of car accidents or anything like that. But still annoying. Pick up the damn phone people!
Most annoying thing(wife now, not MIL), I'd call wife and she'd not answer cause she was on another call. Didn't want to tell the friend she was talking with to hold on for a second. Thinks that was rude.
FLUCK THAT! That's what call waiting is for! Its rude to ignore your GD spouse when he/she is trying to get a hold of you. If I'm calling about nothing important, you tell me to talk later, your on a call. But at least take the GD call to find out if its important. I cured her of that BS by telling her if she could not answer my calls, I would not answer hers.
That's different. I don't mean to start anything, but it sounds like she was being a bit passive aggressive about something OR she's spacey.

If you want parents to have a relaxing dinner, answer the damn phone and tell them not to worry everything is okay.

Now, if you're on a call and your spouse calls, the spouse should have enough sense to know that the other will call you back. To expect anyone to be at your beck and call every second of the day is ridiculous and very egotistical and controlling.

I would not expect my spouse to answer my call every time. Things happen. I would expect a call back at a decent time interval, however, as I would anyone close to me.

Different strokes, though.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#78283 Jan 8, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>That's quite a bit different. I would not expect someone to put a business call on hold to take a personal call, but the instances with my wife, it was after work talking to friends.
I hate call waiting and won't use it, for anybody.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#78284 Jan 8, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Maybe... but my boss interrupts EVERY call she's on in order to take another call, even though it's from family members she talks to numerous times. she'll interrupt a call with a client to take a sales call. It's stupid.
That is very stupid and unprofessional.

I think a phone call is a REQUEST to talk to you. Anyone demands something isn't going to get it from me. I don't react well to someone who demands something (unless it's my boss and it has to do with work and my paycheck and nothing out of the realm of what my work should be).

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#78285 Jan 8, 2013
Toj wrote:
That's different. I don't mean to start anything, but it sounds like she was being a bit passive aggressive about something OR she's spacey.
She's IS spacey. SBut se places ZERO priority on answering her phone. If she is with us and we are all going somewhere, she will walk out of the house without her phone until someone reminds her. Her line of thinking is that we are all together, why does she need her phone?

As far as beck and call, I'm only half kidding. We've been over this before. I check my email regularly. If the phone rings, unless I am really busy or I specifically don't want to talk to you, I am going to answer it. At the very least, I am going to look at the caller id. I can't sit on the other side of the room and let the phone ring without knowing who it is. It just annoys me when people go days or even weeks without checking email or voice mail. Perhaps I am one extreme. But my MIL is the other.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#78286 Jan 8, 2013
Toj wrote:
Anyone demands something isn't going to get it from me.
In my mind, at least when personal calls are involved, spouse should be number one. If I'm on the phone with a friend and my wife calls, I either put friend on hold or end the call. Wife comes first. I expect the same.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#78287 Jan 8, 2013
Toj wrote:
That's different. I don't mean to start anything, but it sounds like she was being a bit passive aggressive about something OR she's spacey.
This same weekend, she was on the couch. I was at the coffee table on the laptop. Her phone rang. It was next to me charging on the laptop. I instinctively unplugged it and handed it to my wife to hand to her. She wasn't even making a motion for hte phone. Ended up not answering it anyway.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#78288 Jan 8, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_common_m...

If anyone needs me, I'll be reading this for the rest of the afternoon.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Schaumburg, IL

#78289 Jan 8, 2013
squishymama wrote:
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The folks over at Free Range Kids (Lenore Skanazy) call this Worst-First Thinking.
It's real easy to fall into thinking like this, especially when we hear about every bad thing that's happened all around the world. I find myself doing it, but usually it revolves around Dickie. If he's at the studio and doesn't text or call to say when he's leaving, I'll start thinking about car wrecks and armed robbery. But in my case, I have a historical referece to go by: my first husband. He would disappear for days at a time and was in a wreck and was robbed and was arrested (separate incidents), so my worst-first scenarios have actually happened!
It's hard not to worry,'cause yanno, it *could* happen.
My bro was out visiting prospects yesterday with 2 of his guys from Germany. towards teh evening, not that we cared what the ansewr was, we were interested in knowing the possibility of his being aroudn for dinner so we could plan appropriately (we really didn' think he'd be around, but wanted to make sure). he wasnt answering calls, texts or e-mails (one of each) over the course of like 2 hours. Then he runs in on a brief stop over. his european cell phone was having trouble finding and keeping a signal, so the battery had drained.

tonight, he leaves on an eastward junket, so he better figure sometihgn out so taht he can reassure SIL that he isn't drunk, in an accident, held up or in the clink. he's never had a problem with any of the above before, or not getting in touch with her when he says he would, but this is an even worse time to start! ;-)

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Schaumburg, IL

#78290 Jan 8, 2013
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text>That's quite a bit different. I would not expect someone to put a business call on hold to take a personal call, but the instances with my wife, it was after work talking to friends.
agreed, i dont put business calls on hold, unless soemtihng weird is going on. once i was getting a call from someone i'd been chasing for hours to get a quick answer. once or twice, i've been on a call with a client or carrier wehn teh other calls, probably about the other one, so i'll take the call. in any case, i apologize profusely to whomever im on the phone wiht, explain that a call i've been waiting for is coming in, can i put you on hold briefly. then, if they say ok, i keep it short...

caller ID helps with this too...

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Schaumburg, IL

#78291 Jan 8, 2013
I like this one...

"Xmas" is not a secular plan to "take the Christ out of Christmas." "The usual suggestion is that 'Xmas' is ... an attempt by the ungodly to x-out Jesus and banish religion from the holiday."[141] However, X stands for the Greek letter Chi, the starting letter of &#935;&#961;&#953; &#963;&#964;&#972; &#962;, or "Christ" in Greek.[142] The use of the word "Xmas" can be traced to the year 1021 when "monks in Great Britain...used the X while transcribing classical manuscripts into Old English" in place of "Christ".[141] The Oxford English Dictionary's "first recorded use of 'Xmas' for 'Christmas' dates back to 1551."[143] Paul Brians adds, "so few people know this that it is probably better not to use this popular abbreviation in religious contexts."[144]

And there was sometihng on Mental Floss about letters "missing" from our alphabet that goes along with the usage of "ye" as in Ye Olde Shoppe.

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