Monday, April 27, 2015

Cranky Shelley - Yes, AGAIN

OK, I realize that some of this stems from having a new car and not wanting to see it dinged up, but what is it that makes people not return their shopping cart to the corral?  The other day after I parked at Home Depot, I spotted a cart floating in the lot just waiting for a gust of wind to drive it into someone's car, so I walked over and got it.  As I was bringing it to the corral, I saw a man and woman unloading their cart into their truck, and then, sure enough, the woman pushed the cart to an empty parking space...when the dang corral was right behind where they were parked!  Come ON, lazy!!!  I actually called out two college-aged girls on doing that a couple of weeks ago - I was walking back to my car and could see that they were pushing their empty cart to a spot right next to my car.  I'm sure they just thought I was a bitchy old lady, but geez.  Walk the dang thing back to where it belongs, people!!!  (not you guys - I'm sure my blog readers aren't the culprits, but I bet you can relate...)

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Our USPS delivery carrier, who will not get out of her freaking truck to bring a package or a certified letter to the door.  How do I know this?  Because I've been home, watched the mail truck go through our street, and then, when I go out to get the mail, find a slip inside saying "sorry we missed you, now you have to go to the Post Office to pick up your item" - ARGH!!!  Lazy, lazy, lazy.  Make an effort, would ya?!

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When did knitters become the thing to pick on?  Two of the blogs that I regularly read mildly disparaged knitters in recent posts...I know they were mostly joking, but come on - knitters are not all old ladies.  In fact, I hear knitting is even popular with the hipsters, but I haven't seen that in person because we have no hipsters in my town. 

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Bleepity-bloopity skunks.  I do not live in the country!  Skunks should not be roaming our neighborhood like they do.  Little smelly jerks.  Our cats were outside, so I had my garage door cracked a couple of nights ago because of the rain, and apparently a skunk came in the garage at some point.  Between smelling them when we run in our neighborhood, having poor Paco occasionally get sprayed by one in our backyard, and now this?  I'm putting skunks on the same list as fire ants and wasps - there is no reason for them to exist.

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Alright, I'm cranked out for the moment.  What about you - anything you need to get off your chest?  Spill it in the comments, por favor!

42 comments:

  1. The cart thing drives me nuts. We often will grab a wayward cart on our way into the store.

    The first ding that we got on the Prius was caused by John, so at least we got that out of the way and couldn't blame anyone else...

    My peeve now? Communication. Too many people involved in one thing and not everyone on the same page. So lame. How hard is it to CC everyone involved?

    Okay - and the cold weather. COME ON!!

    All done... :D

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    1. I will see your cold weather and match you with rain...COME ON!!!

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  2. LOL. Okay. Must admit. Cranky Debby occasionally does not return her cart to the corral. But she always makes sure the cart is secure by looping it over a curb. Cranky Debby is old enough to remember when the store employees always accompanied you to your car and unloaded your groceries for you. In the olden days, there were no shopping cart corrals :) P.S. Now that cranky Debby's knee doesn't hurt as much, she enjoys returning her cart to the corral.

    That is outrageous about the postal employee. Did you file a complaint? On the other hand, maybe not :/

    The bloggers disparaging knitters? Dufus hicks. Is that the opposite of hipsters?

    And skunks. Eek. I've even heard of them coming in a doggie door. You need to have a full time county trapper there to take them all far away to another unsuspecting Texas county.

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    1. Back when we moved to Texas, they used to insist on accompanying you to your car to unload groceries...and I'm pretty sure that was HEB. They don't do that anymore, although I think if I asked, they would. Glad Debby's knee is helping with the cart situation. ;)

      Our local post office is really bad. There was a thread on a local message board about the poor service, and several people had attempted to complain. Nothing changed. And yet they complain about losing money - well, if I have a better option, I'll choose that over the USPS...and that's sad.

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  3. OK, so here's the thing - one of the grocery stores in my area took the cart stalls out! So there is literally no place to put them. Normally, I walk them back up to the store, but in the winter or if it's pouring rain I'm not doing that. So into an empty parking spot it goes. I do try really hard to make sure it won't be wind blown into another car though.

    Did I tell you I recently went out the back door and there was a skunk casually strolling down my driveway? And I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've been trapped in the driveway (trying to get out for a run) because the little buggers are in the area of grass right by the road digging holes. Lots of skunks in my neighborhood.

    My mother had to have a mailbox installed by the roadside because the post office informed her that mail would no longer be delivered to the mailbox next to her front door. She lives in a nice suburb and it's maybe two car lengths from the end of her driveway to her front door. I guess certain postal employees are not required to walk - at all - anymore.

    I'm dumbfounded by bloggers picking at knitters. That is truly someone who needs to get a life!

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    1. Why in the world would they remove the cart corral?? That's just saying how much they don't care about the state of their parking lot AND their customer's cars! Crazy thinking, there.

      Our mailboxes are on the curb. It always shocks me when I go back to my hometown and see the mailmen still WALKING up to each person's door to deliver their mail. I'm convinced ours never leaves her truck, even though it takes her longer to fill out the "we missed you" slip than it would to come to my front door!

      Skunks in your neighborhood, ugh. They seem to be multiplying! I don't remember having this issue 20 years ago.

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  4. I am jealous of your knitting skills if that helps you any! And people are assholes about carts - gets me every time too - that's why when I go to Wal-Mart I park the farthest away from the store as I can - I should take a picture of it because it's kind of funny, but no one is dinging my Juke! :D Happy Monday - and vent away whenever!

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    1. LOL - Julia calls it the "new car parking lot" when you park waaaay far out there.

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  5. The cart thing drives me nuts too! My job leaves me pretty sedentary so I always use the return of the cart as extra steps in my day. And knitting is hip!

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    1. Great way to get in some extra exercise, and you're doing something helpful! :)

      I agree with you on the knitting, LOL.

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  6. You are right to be cranky about the carts! Actually that is something that scott and I get cranky about all the time. It's just LAZY people! Also, I would be furious about the postal worker not bringing my package to my door and would totally call them out on it! Oh, and all the young nurses that work with my mom knit! It's like a hip thing!

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    1. They did it again today, with a package. At least it made it as far as our garage...oy vey!

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  7. I love Cranky Shelley :) And you are totally right about the carts. That is so annoying! I'm already training Oliver that we take the cart back into the store or at least to the corral and he reminds me to bring one in with us when we're coming in from the parking lot. We're training him right from the beginning!

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    1. Smart mama, and smart kiddo reminding you to take one from the parking lot! :)

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  8. I LOVE CRANKY SHELLEY!!!!!!!!! And I LOL at you calling skunks "little smelly jerks". They are!!! I have nothing but admiration for knitters! To the bloggers slamming them...may you sit on a needle! A thin pointy one!!! Have a great day Shelley!

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    1. OOH, do you know I've read about knitters sitting on their own needles? Makes me a little paranoid (and extra careful) about where I leave my projects!

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  9. What does it say about me that I completely identify with Cranky Shelley?!?! I have been know to round up nearby carts and take them to the cart corral, all the while grumbling under my breath about the people who won't take their own carts. I can understand if someone really is unable, but most of the time it's just laziness!! Drives me insane!

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    1. That's it - I'd have no issue if the person is on crutches or whatever...but it's the people who furtively look around before abandoning their cart - you KNOW they could bring it back, but choose not to.

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  10. The cart thing...YES! And I'm 7 months pregnant and always walk my cart to the corral. Once, I returned to my MINI and found that someone parked their cart directly behind my trunk. Talk about lazy I was so pissed.

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    1. GRRR, I would have been pissed too! I like that you with your pregnant belly can shame those who don't take their carts back, LOL!

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  11. Your crankiness is very justifiable!! So spot on with everything! Might I add those circuit training guys at the gym who jump between 5 different machines, and you can not use any of them because you are to nice to throw their circuit off even tho they obviously don't care that they aren't being nice by using them all...... :)

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    1. Yeah, I'm intimidated (even though I go to the no intimidation gym, lol) to get in the middle of anyone who's on a circuit...

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  12. Oh gosh, the shopping cart things makes me and my husband both SO nuts! In fact, that was my first blog post when I switched over from hand coding to Wordpres in 2007 - bitching about that!

    That is a shame about the UPS person. :( And about hating on knitters. Dude. Who cares what hobbies people do in their free time? I am 30, and just getting in to it, and love it... so... yeah.

    Don't even get me started on the skunks!!!

    My vent? Sigh. Our neighbors. We always have issues with them, and kind of figured out why. We've already had to tell the ones who moved in last week to turn their tv down because we can hear it in our house (we live in a townhome). People's lack of courtesy really bugs me.

    I could go on and vent at what most blogs have become and how lame it is... but I won't :)

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    1. Haha, I know you are good with knitters! :)

      Our son lives in a townhouse and he's really careful about his TV sound...and his neighbors seem to be, as well. Common courtesy when you share a common wall, right?!

      Oh and now I'm curious about your lame blog vent...

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  13. Yes, why do people think it's okay to throw cigarette butts out their car window? It is not okay, it is littering and gross and disgusting!!!

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    1. I completely agree with you on this one!!

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  14. ...annnnd my husband brought in a box that was sitting by the garage door when he came home from work tonight. I guess I should be grateful that the postal carrier brought it partway??? Seriously, this is ridiculous!

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  15. Buddy, my middle kid, 22-year-old Air Force ROTC cadet with a pilot slot awaiting his graduation, is a knitter. So there with the whole little-old-lady stereotype! He taught himself how to knit, and was just tickled when he gave his Secret Pal a hand-knitted scarf at Christmas, and the young lady was just flummoxed when none of the other women in the room had knitted it! He had to tell her, and I imagine she still wondered if he was telling the truth.

    The cart thing drives me NUTS! And I have had to have body work done on my car because of it in the past. Please, people, you walked it out, you can walk it back.

    I'm currently on a rant about people who sit with their small children in a restaurant and spend all their time playing with their phones. Those years when the children are small go by SO quickly, and you learn SO much about them when you're sitting at a table like that. It just makes me very sad.

    Rant on, Shelley! We'll be right there with you shaking our canes!

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    1. I love it so much that your son is a knitter!!! That is awesome. :) :) :)

      And yeah, there are a lot of parents who let their children be babysat by electronics everywhere. Used to be just the TV at home, but then they got movies in the car, and now with the handhelds everywhere else...they do grow up way too fast, and before you know it, you've missed all the cute stuff.

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  16. The shopping cart problem doesn't exist here because you have to put a coin in it to get it and when you don't return it: you lose your money. So here it's completely normal to return the cart.

    Knitting is very hot so don't waste your breath/time on those 2 bloggers. They don't know what's hot or not apparently.

    Nothing cranky on my mind today. I'm in a good mood.

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    1. That coin thing happens at the airport, when you want to use a luggage cart. Bet people would lose their minds if they had to pay (even if they got their money back) for a grocery cart. Would solve the problem, because even if someone didn't return the cart, a kid would be willing to do that, in order to get the money back!

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  17. Oh just remembered: why did they kill McDreamy on Grey's? 11 years I have been watching this show and they reward me with this?

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    1. I don't watch Grey's, but I have heard the uproar over McDreamy's death. That would make me cranky, too, if I lost a beloved TV character!

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  18. Uggggh, I HATE when I see carts all over the parking lot! That drives me bonkers, especially when the corral is RIGHT. THERE. I also have a lazy weekend mail carrier; Amazon has Sunday Delivery in my area, but every time I'm supposed to get a Sunday Delivery, I get an email notification saying the package couldn't be delivered because we weren't home. LIES. It's just laziness, and it seriously makes me crazy.

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    1. I think that's what bothers me the most - it's the lying about how they TRIED to deliver but we weren't home. And they manage to get away with it!!!

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  19. YES on the mail thing! A few months ago I was staying at my Mom's house, which is very far from her post office, and she's got a carrier who doesn't want to come to the door because he is too damn lazy and will do the same sneaky thing with the slips, day after day. Neighbors keep reporting him but to no avail.

    And yay for getting CRANKY every now and then! I think it clears out the system to blow off a little steam. :)

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    1. I'm sorry it's happening in your Mom's neighborhood as well - isn't it infuriating???

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  20. The shopping cart bothers me to no end! Just the other day I took a picture and sent it to my boyfriend - because the cart was in a parking spot right next to the corral was 5 steps away!!

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    1. I wonder if these people go home with guilt, along with their groceries, for being so lazy. It's not like they just walked all over the store with the cart...a few more steps is usually possible.

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  21. okaaay I feel badly saying this but IM SO SO CRANKY ABOUT THE DEER in our 'hood.
    running into cars.
    spooking the canine.
    OVER IT :-)

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    1. Oh, I would NOT BE HAPPY if a neighborhood deer ran into my car!!!

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  22. My postal carrier does the same thing! Granted, I live in an apartment and they'd have to walk ALL THE WAY UP THE STAIRS (one flight, you can see my door from the bottom of the stairs) to knock on my door, but it's so annoying!

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