## Losing my cheerful optimism

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Nyarlathotep
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Ok people, PSA time.

If you need to call the bank and do banking business.

DON'T CALL FROM THE FUCKING CAR.

There are two reasons for this. One selfish and one unselfish from my POV.

The selfish reason is that if you are using the car's microphone, or worse the speaker function of your cell the sound quality is fucking terrible. I can't hear a motherfucking goddam word you are saying. Seriously, I am probably just making my best guess at what you are wanting me to do.

The unselfish reason is SO YOU DON'T FUCKING CRASH YOUR GODDAM CAR.

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Fid
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Noted and logged bud, though for different reasons. I was in a terrible car crash (in Florida...ed?) and the only reason you're reading this is we got pulled over and ticketed for being slack jawed yokels not wearing seat belts. We fastened up and a half hour later dickweed ran a red light and fucked the living shit outa our ride.
I was able to cut the male buckle and sent it to the officer who ticketed us earlier.

... The stars were suns, but so far away they were just little points of light ... The scale of the universe suddenly opened up to me. It was a kind of religious experience. There was a magnificence to it, a grandeur, a scale which has never left me. Never ever left me.
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I blame ed's curiously missing crawdads...
You can lead them to knowledge, but you can't make them think.
Nyarlathotep
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I am 90% sure I prevented some dude from falling prey to a Nigerian scammer today.

Did my good deed for the year back in March, so I am counting this one for 2020.
ed
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Here is something to be optimistic about:

Once we embrace diversity in all it's many splendored forms, you will have this to look forward to when you see your co-workers EVERY DAY :
So look up, things will be better!!!
Abdul Alhazred
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ed's fascination with New Guinea formal wear infects (or is it infests) yet another thread. Are you sure it's OK to say "Guinea"?

Looking closer, I just realized. You can still see their balls.

That's gotta be it. Right, ed?
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ed
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There is a story behind this.

I was watching some ethnographic thing with my daughter (she might have been 8 or 9) when they showed these guys with their "Sheths". Needless to say it was the funniest thing we had seen in a long time. Fast forward. She is now 28 with kids and she mentioned something about Pod People. Took me a sec to recall and, once again, great levity ensued. In thinking about it, I thought that I'd spread the good cheer here, knowing that it would be greatly appreciated.

Is It?
Abdul Alhazred
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ed wrote: Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:20 pm There is a story behind this.

I was watching some ethnographic thing with my daughter (she might have been 8 or 9) when they showed these guys with their "Sheths". Needless to say it was the funniest thing we had seen in a long time. Fast forward. She is now 28 with kids and she mentioned something about Pod People. Took me a sec to recall and, once again, great levity ensued. In thinking about it, I thought that I'd spread the good cheer here, knowing that it would be greatly appreciated.

Is It?
Hey ed!

Kapeesh?
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ed
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Sometimes, my sheath obsessed friend, a cigar is just a cigar,
Abdul Alhazred
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ed wrote: Wed Dec 11, 2019 2:47 pm Sometimes, my sheath obsessed friend, a cigar is just a cigar,
Moi is sheath obsessed?

Who exactly started a thread about it, and then moved the discussion to a more popular thread?
The arc of the moral universe bends towards chaos.
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I wasn't getting the attention that I craved. Go on, call me immature. I'll put a worm in your chocolate milk.
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It's called a codpiece. Which is also how Cape Cod got its name. When the pilgrims landed there, they encountered a group of natives wearing these sheaths, so they named it Cape cod, after the fashion of the indigenous peoples.
A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare
Nyarlathotep
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You know what I find utterly ridiculous? The things the general public are willing to call ridiculous.

Some lady called up today and asked if I could make her direct deposit paycheck show up in her account faster. Sorry lady, it isn't on hold, it isn't even being processed. We literally don't have it yet and when we do it will show up in your account immediately.

She then harangued me for 10 minutes about how it was 'ridiculous' that I couldn't just make it show up in her account.

I don't know how much longer I am going to survive in this job. Because every time I have to talk to one of these fucksticks, I can feel an erosion in my ability to be nice and diplomatic with them. I am going to lose it on one of the chucklefucks sooner or later.
Witness
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↑ Judging from online offers here, people are impatient: they seem to be OK with paying 15 - 20 bucks for having their stuff delivered a day or two earlier.

And you are at the receiving end of the numerous poor saps wanting to vent their general frustration with life. So yes, being just a voice on the phone you'll hear things they'd deem too ridiculous to tell their own friends.

Don't let them drag you down.
Nyarlathotep
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I suspect my last call of my last day will end with me telling someone to go fuck themselves.

Whether that will be the cause of that being my last day, or an effect of it remains to be seen
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Some of these stories in particular reminded me of this thread.

A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
William Shakespeare
Nyarlathotep
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You know, I think I want to go to the community college and teach one of those life skills courses on how a goddam bank account works.

It just boggles me how many people (adult people, not just millenials who are learning to 'adult') who have no no fucking clue how a bank account works. Simple shit like if you have $100 in your account, and you withdraw$200, you will have -$100 in your account plus an overdraft fee. It does NOT mean we lent you$200 and the original $100 should still be there. I actually had a lady today who thought otherwise. Also, overdraft fees and maintenance fees. It astounds me how many times I get the call "What is this$35 fee on my account?" I guess they think the bank pays their bills out of the goodness of it's heart.

Also, I think some people think that we have their money in a room, and just peel off hundos to their creditors when they spend money. Because some people are utterly why/how we paid a bill for them when they had no money in their account.

Truly, the number of financially illiterate people in the world blows my mind.
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Nyarlathotep wrote: Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:21 am Truly, the number of financially illiterate people in the world blows my mind.
You think it's by chance?
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Abdul Alhazred
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robinson wrote: Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:15 pm
Nyarlathotep wrote: Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:21 am Truly, the number of financially illiterate people in the world blows my mind.
You think it's by chance?
It is the natural state of Mankind.
The arc of the moral universe bends towards chaos.
People who believe God or History are on their side provide the chaos.