Cray of The Day…It’s Census Time…

On Friday I went to the community mailbox for the first time in about a week. Ever since they stopped home delivery I never think about the mail; I gathered up the flyers, bills and junk mail when something caught my eye…The 2016 Census.

UGHHHHHHHH! Of course I drew the short straw and got the long form version…this is where my rant begins, but oh no, it’s not even close to being over! The Census from Stats Canada was absolutely ridiculous. It took me 25 MINUTES to complete and most of the questions were ludicrous. The site kept freezing and was an overall nightmare to complete. I mean, how many times do they need to ask what my native language is…FOUR TIMES, that’s how many to be exact and each time it was phrased slightly differently.

Another thing that totally annoyed me was some of the other questions on the census; how much money do you spend per year on hydro…Ummm…it varies…same with water etc. I know that giving a rough estimate is what they were looking for but still it was a complete waste of time! The questions were repetitive and for the most part irrelevant.

There was one thing that I found quite funny though, on the census it says…”Complete the census…it’s the law.” What? No please or thank you? And it was also kind of funny when  the Chief Statistician tweeted that he completed his census and asked, “Have you?” Yep…pretty sure I’d be thrown in jail otherwise…just a quick reminder that it’s the law! And I would hope that the Chief Statistician would complete the census! It’s his job right?

What I want to know is how this MANDATORY census helps Canadians…I realize that it gives the Government info that it so desperately needs about us like how much we spend on utilities per year…actually laughing out loud at this… but then what happens? How does it benefit the people? If anyone can answer my question please comment in the box below! I look forward to your thoughts and comments.

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Woman Sues Starbucks For Putting Too Much Ice In Her Drinks, Because America — Dating, Fitness, Celeb Gossip & Everything College | CC

Via Shutterstock Today in absurd news, an Illinois woman is reportedly suing Starbucks over the amount of ice they put in their customer’s drinks. She’s asking for a cool $5 mil to be exact. Pun intended. Pincus filed the suit in federal court on Wednesday and is accusing the popular coffee chain of stiffing their customers by putting…

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Cray of The Day…Misbehaving…

Picture this, (you can probably do this very well if you are a mail carrier) you are waiting in your car outside of your friend’s house. You are gathering all of the zen you can muster before heading in the front door because you KNOW when it happens you’ll want to lose your mind. You have a decoy set up-a handful of dog biscuits, which is funny since you don’t even own a dog…you bought a box specifically for occasions like this, and you have brought the largest purse  you own to use as a barrier between your white pants and the beast.

You enter the house and you can hear the thunderous footsteps approaching-sweat beads on your brow and you reach into your pocket. The golden retriever barrels down the hall and you throw the bribe in the opposite direction-away from yourself! You hunch into position and place the barrier between yourself and your white denim and pray to God that the mutt gets distracted. Your plan has failed and the golden retriever’s paws have found their way onto your once pristine pants.

Don’t get me wrong-I like dogs as much as the next person. What I’m saying is that I don’t particularly like badly behaved pooches and let’s face it, there are A LOT of them out there! It’s funny because most people wouldn’t let their child greet someone in such a way and the same should be said for their furry friends. I’m not just picking on dogs either, cats shouldn’t be allowed to hiss at or knead your guests!  Please control your animals when someone comes to visit-don’t let them jump all over your guests or you may find yourself answering the doorbell more infrequently. Manners apply to animals too and although THEY might not know better, their owners do.

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Cray of The Day…The Drive Through

Drive throughs, sigh, we all use them at one point or another in our lives. We use them for food, we use them for banking and those are really the only two incidences I can think of to be honest…I just thought of another-drive through PHARMACIES!

Doesn’t it drive you insane when you are in line to pick up your Starbuck’s order or Tim Horton’s order (if you’re Canadian which I proudly am,  but can’t stand their coffee) and you get your order, drive away, take a sip and bam…it’s the wrong bloody thing.

Grrrrr…this drives me nuts. Getting the wrong order has never really worked out for me; I’ve never received an extra drink or extra food, or anything extra for that matter but sometimes people who get the wrong order hit the jackpot especially if the order has already been paid for at the first window! An extra container of fries or a sundae given by accident would be an occasion where most people would happily take the mistake in stride. Not me though…Whip cream added to my non-fat latte spells DISASTER! You might as well punch me in the gut because that’s what I would feel like in about four seconds after consumption.

Imagine getting the wrong order of drugs from the drive through pharmacy? The effects could be deadly! I’m not saying that I don’t like drive throughs, they are convenient and most of the time they’re quick. But as for being accurate? Most of the time yes, but a lot of the time no.

Let me know your comments below, be sure to tell me about your experience with getting the wrong order or hitting the jackpot!

Cray of The Day…You’re Kidding Right?!

The cray for today is a big one! A really big one that is going to piss a lot of people off but those are the best kind right?

I got up this morning, poured myself a cup of black coffee and went to sit out on the deck. I love doing this because it’s so relaxing and almost meditative. I usually scroll through my news feed to see what’s happening in the world, so today, just like every other, that’s what I did. Sure, I like to read about everything from what’s happening on Wall Street  to what celebrities are up to.

I came across an article written by someone who clearly has the IQ of a house plant because of what she said, “We can finally see the process of (insert celebrity name that starts with a K here) taking selfies, and trust me when I say it’s like, literally on par with seeing Vincent Van Gogh at his easel, Stanley Kubrick behind the camera, or a Beethoven composing Symphony number 9.” That was her actual quote.

It’s like, LITERALLY. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME? First A Beethoven? Really? A Beethoven? Is she likening Beethoven to a type of insect or an object of some sort? WTF is A Beethoven? I swear to you this article was written by someone who is twelve and probably has pictures of this specific “celebrity” plastered all over her hot pink bedroom walls, so if that IS the case, then fine but if it isn’t, girl needs to get her butt to a museum STAT!

Of course that is not the main issue I have with her quote! How in the hell can you  compare VAN GOGH, STANLEY KUBRICK AND BEETHOVEN to some vacuous, vapid woman who takes selfies and is pretty darn good at them? Wow! The person who wrote the article is obviously someone who Googled those famous names and has probably never set foot in a museum or  probably even an effing library for that matter! To compare 3 people of UNBELIEVEABLE TALENT, and I’m talking talent, God given talent, not sex tape talent…with someone who takes selfies is frankly a huge slap across the face to anyone who can read and to anyone who knows anything about art. This makes me CRAZY when people do this so let’s stop giving credit where it’s not due. Let’s start praising celebrities who DO things with their lives rather than spend time taking selfies of their genetically modified faces.

If this is where the world is going, I want to get off.

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But first, let’s take a selfie!Like Literally!

Cray of the day…A WEIGHTY Topic…

I’m not totally sure if this is only directed towards women, so men, you’ll have to let me know if this happens to you too!

Something that drives me absolutely INSANE (I know…if you’ve been following WASGC you’ll know that everything pretty much drives me insane) is when people COMMENT to ME on my WEIGHT.

This happened to me yesterday, with a particularly creepy client to begin with, but still it was totally unnecessary. He leaned over the counter and said, “Did you lose weight?” 

Those are FOUR of the MOST HATED WORDS heard by females right behind DID YOU GAIN WEIGHT? Umm…excuse me but are you kidding me right now?

I politely looked at him and said, “No.” Why do I even have to indulge this person with a response? Does he think he’s complimenting me or making me feel good by asking this? BECAUSE HE’S NOT! It makes me uncomfortable and feel like I’m being scrutinized for how I look. This is none of anyone’s business but I’m going to say it anyway to defend myself I suppose, I’m not really sure what this will accomplish but, I HAVE WEIGHED THE SAME FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS. There. I said it. So maybe I just looked particularly thin today? Was it my clothes? Do I usually look like a hippo?

How about this: I don’t have to think about or answer any of those questions actually. I should  NEVER  have to answer the question “Have you lost/gained weight.” This is absolutely crazy to me that people go around making comments like this! What if you said that to someone and they had an eating disorder? I once read a story about a woman who was bulimic, she was just starting to suffer the repercussions of the disease when she was out one day at the beach. A man came up to her and said, “Don’t gain an ounce, you’re absolutely perfect.” Umm..WHAT THE F#*K? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? And at that moment she decided to keep throwing up and binge eating for ANOTHER 4 YEARS! Because after all she looked perfect right?

What the hell gives people the right to comment on ANYTHING about how someone looks? Here’s some advice, SHUT THE HELL UP AND MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS! Your comments are usually not welcome and are not considered compliments. What if someone ran up to a bald man and said,”Hey…Did you lose more hair?”

See what I’m saying? Keep your thoughts to yourself it’s safer that way. Unless of course you are another woman and would like to compliment my killer pair of heels fine…but if your’re a man, it’s creepy.

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People who comment on other people’s appearance need a high five…in the face…with a chair.

 

Cray of The Day…The Dreaded Shopping Cart

Hello Friends,

I really feel like this always happens to me…and I can almost guarantee that it’s happened to you to at least once. I walk  to the grocery store, find the list in my purse of what I need to buy and I grab a cart from the corral. It’s not just any cart though…it’s the cart from hell. I swear this is some sort of twisted gift that I have-the ability to pick out the crappiest cart in the entire store.

You’ve been there before, you walk the cart in from outdoors and everything seems fine-the wheels are turning the way they are supposed to, there are no strange sounds coming from the undercarriage and everything is perfect. Then it happens, as soon as you hit the first stretch of linoleum it all goes to hell in a handbag.

The cart starts shaking and you feel as though it’s a bomb that’s about to detonate, it rumbles and squeaks and people stop to stare at you. One wheel sticks because there is a squashed grape lodged in it that’s gone rogue. You use all of your strength to maneuver   the metal beast down the next aisle. People continue to stare and you suddenly wish there was a trap door that you could sink into away from the embarrassment of prying eyes.Sweat beads on your forehead, your eyes dart around to locate the nearest exit, you abandon your groceries and speed out of the parking lot in shame. Okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic but nonetheless, it’s still really annoying!

I’d like to know if regular maintenance is done on carts and if so, how often? Also what happens when you abandon the cart you originally picked for a new one and that one is EVEN WORSE? Maybe this is just the discussion we need to get the ball rolling and to have someone develop a new means of grocery gathering…perhaps something without wheels? If someone DOES develop a cart with no wheels, remember, you heard it here first!

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Cray of The Day…

Last night I went to see the movie, “The Jungle Book” with my sister and a friend. What a fantastic movie; the special effects were unreal, the acting was fantastic and overall it was just AWESOME! I highly recommend it!

The thing that drives me absolutely CRAZY is when you’re watching a movie that you’ve paid $174.00 to see (I’m being facetious of course…kind of…popcorn costs at least half that) and people TALK through it! OMG. Have you no decency? I DON’T understand why people would bother going to the movies if they’re going to talk the entire time! Wait until it comes out on BluRay and then talk about whatever you want in the PRIVACY of your OWN living room! Talk about being rude!

These particular people were about four rows behind us and we could STILL hear them! I was grateful when another patron turned around and told them to SHUT UP! But why does it take ANOTHER PERSON to tell them to shut it?  Obviously those people have NO RESPECT for others around them and it was clear they didn’t really care about seeing such a great movie. I don’t care how bad any movie is actually, there is NO reason to TALK through it. People work hard all week, they plan a fun night out and end up leaving frustrated and annoyed, sometimes it even ruins their night. It’s sad that people can’t keep their mouths shut for an hour and a half because they think what they have to say is more important than other people’s enjoyment and more important than what’s happening on the big screen.

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No one bought a ticket to hear you talk! 

 

Cray of The Day…

My husband and I went to see the NY Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto last summer. For the record even though we’re Canadian, we happen to be Yankees fans. What drives me absolutely crazy is the price of a specific thing at sporting events…that specific thing is BEER. WOW! Beer was $11 per CAN! Mind you it was a tall can but still that is absolutely outrageous!  ELEVEN DOLLARS?!

So you have the cost of the tickets, coupled with some snacks, a couple of beers and maybe a souvenir and all of the sudden you’ve dropped a couple of hundred bucks. Crazy! And who goes to a baseball game or any sporting event for that matter and buys nothing? I understand that the people serving the beer need to get paid, I understand that there’s rent at the stadium, there is hydro, there are concession workers that need to be paid…I get all of that-but come on it shouldn’t cost $200 to go to a baseball game for a day out or a date night.

I’m not cheap by any means but it drives me crazy how much mark up there is on absolutely everything from food to merchandise. I think a lot more people and families would attend sporting events more frequently if things weren’t so expensive. I understand that it’s an experience and that it’s a really fun thing to do but it drives me bananas to pay $11 for a beer. I know, I know, you’re thinking then just don’t have a beer…here’s my rationalization; I would rather pay $11 for a beer than $4.00 for a water or a diet Coke…and in that statement I just proved that their marketing tactics work.

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Cray of The Day…A Reader’s Remark…

Today’s Cray of The Day was emailed to me by a faithful reader who also has a couple of things that drive them crazy! Thank you so much for your contribution and I look forward to more of your pet peeves:)

This reader says, “It drives me crazy when people invite me out and then cancel at the last minute. It hurts my feelings too.”

I agree! It’s not a very nice thing to do to someone at all and it’s totally rude and inconsiderate. I understand that things do come up, like a sick child or a babysitter cancels or whatever the case may be, but I’m talking about the people that cancel plans with you at the last minute and LIE about it! Many a friendship has seen the end of it’s days because of this, and it’s completely unnecessary. The other problem I have with this is when it becomes habitual. Let’s break this down; your friend has invited you out for dinner. You get ready, put on a nice outfit, gather the things that you need and grab your keys to head out the door. Then it happens; your phone rings or WORSE you get a TEXT that sounds something like this, “Hey, really sorry I won’t be able to make it tonight, something came up.” WOW! Talk about being inconsiderate. When this happens to me I don’t even ask for a reason why, I expect the person who cancelled to tell me why they’re cancelling, it’s just common courtesy to do so. Then I decide if I go out alone or just order a pizza.

I will say that if I do find out that they’re lying, I decide right then and there to decline any invitation that they give me in the coming future, especially if this behaviour is habitual. Why would I make plans with someone who always cancels? Or says that they’re going to come to something and then at the last minute changes their mind because they don’t feel like it? Or they can’t come because a better offer came up? .Sorry but I don’t play those games and neither should you! Value the people who do what they say they’re going to do…if you don’t have your word what do you have?

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Don’t be a dick and cancel on your friend at the last minute…