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Mike Colera


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What are your pet peeves?

I have a number of pet peeves. A large number.

I am...mobility challenged. When I go into a public restroom, I have to use the "handicap facility". So, I am waiting impatiently for it, out comes a young man with no apparent handicap, even though there are several regular facilities available.
I was peeved. Until someone pointed out that they may have had a mental handicap, unable to understand.

On every car, there is a little lever on the side of the steering column that is supposed to be used to signal other drivers of your intention to change lanes.
It is never used...well almost never. I have been surprised, no, shocked when a driver in another lane has signaled me that he is moving into my lane... it's like winning at a lottery.

I have others, too many to list...

like leaving lights on in unused rooms...

doors open when the furnace is running...

throwing trash out the car windows...

Cats! I am allergic and people have cats running free, cats come to my back door and sit on the patio table where I have my morning coffee... The peeve? My wife won't let me buy a pit bull dog.

What are your pet peeves? Do you have some? Are you willing to share?
Are mine more peevish then yours?

How about silly TED conversations?


Closing Statement from Mike Colera

I had thought there would be more pet peeves among TED conversationalists... When reading many conversations, I found peevish replies in addition to my own. But, I guess I was wrong. And this is another peeve of mine... I am wrong more often then I would like.
Thank You to those who participated...

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    Dec 12 2013: I try not to get peeved & accept most things, however one thing does get to me.
    In the early 80's I was charged with computerising a small engineering works. I was a bit of an Amiga buff, & had one running CAD & other functions with great success.
    I made enquiries for prices for a network of a dozen or so stations. All I was being offered was Microsoft in one form or another. I settled on a local firm, & asked why they only quoted for Microsoft; wasn't the Amiga a better machine. He replied that indeed the Amiga was a better machine, but he could only deal in Microsoft for commercial reasons.
    So in they went; an unmitigated disaster, complete with two full time nerds to keep the things going, & constant expensive upgrades. When I left, a decade or so later, the paper trails that had been 'computerised' were still in place, as the computers could not be trusted.
    My story is typical. Why have we allowed this to happen; we are all being driven crazy by this steam driven word processor. In any other field this company would not survive; their offerings are not fit for purpose.I've got a Mac, which is better, but not as good as 30 years of development should have made it.
    At work I have to deal with this stone age technology, & it peeves me.

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      Dec 12 2013: After having to work with M/S PCs for over twenty five years, I retired and bought an IMAC. After ten years, I am still using it.
      • Dec 13 2013: Know what you mean - I always ran Unix/NT on my laptops since 1992 (had a alpha/beta version of NT)

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