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Tina, I am with you, driving needs full concentration at all times, more so these days as the roads are full of idiots who read maps, papers, change discs then select the tracks all whilst NOT watching the road.I have driven vehicles from a young age, Dad had a haulage business so crash gear boxes, direct steering, rod and cable brakes taught me that you watch it at all times. I think the actual moving of the vehicle has got too easy yet the driving conditions much harder.I refuse to be forced into escape situations and looking well up the road you can see them coming, I reduce speed and drop back, let them get on with it, then some moron will be flashing and beeping at you for doing the actual speed limit, that will be the one being pulled from a mangled vehicle five miles further on. Madness.
I had someone run in the back of me because she was lighting a cigarette. too busy watching the flame on the end of the cig to notice I had stopped in the queue for the island.
Different rant,but also car related,we parked in town on the side of the road today and two spaces up from us someone had obviously opened their door,dumped the remants of a Mc Donalds meal and associated rubbish and driven off.
MMP you made me laugh when you said you passed the phone to the parrot. I've asked my dog to 'speak' at times when these phone calls come in but he hasn't got the vocabulary of your parrot.
Frank, I gave up my car in the end as I began to feel so intimidated by other drivers. It made me nervous and I realised I could cause an accident by being hesitant. Do miss it sometimes when I feel like a trip to the GC or any of these out of town stores, but with a little bus now stopping right outside my door (hail and ride) and cabs, I have got by. Online shopping is great.
Just a bit reliant on the whims of my kids
MMP loved the parrot story. Cals after 6pm my friend says I'm eating my evening meal give me your home number and I'll ring you later when you're eating. They usually hang up. Mum ( after grooming by us) says "sorry she's not in I'm the maid"..LOL they usually go away.
Just got back from hol and catching up on the forum. Loved the parrot story, MMP! I do have a talking dog (he sounds like Scooby Doo when trying to alert us to his desire to play games/eat/go for walkies). Wonder if he'd deal with unwanted calls?
Why do so many of these so-called 'information' calls come when we are eating our midday meal? I suppose the answer is that someone is trying to make an extra bob or two in their lunch hour.
Is this the correct response to telephone salespersons?
Haha GG that's made my day
That did make me laugh GG!! Do you think we could invent a way to send it to them all??
I can't repeat on here what I intend saying to the next one that calls me....
It's the ones that phone at night when you've just sat down to your dinner...
Rarely get them but someone had the sheer audacity to call at 9.40 yesterday morning. Really!! Fancy calling halfway through the night.
I just say"that sounds really interesting I must get a pen" and then leave the phone off the hook next our very loud ticking clock,it is espexciaslly effective if it happens to be when it chimes.Strangely no-one is there when I pick it up 15 mins later.
OK what will stop those plastic bags asking for clothes being pushed through the letter box, today I have had three. How many old clothes do they think I have, some of mine are only fifteen years old, hardly run in yet???
Have you noticed on these bags how very little per tonne they actually give to the charity? it fetches about £400 a tonne yet some are only giving £70.
Frank,I use the unwanted bags to cover my coats etc or for rubbish.Agree there are far too many,Your "old clothes " can hardly be called old at only 15 years,they are merely "middle aged"
Gilly, "Middle aged"??? I cast Nasturtiums at that statement, middle aged indeed they are nearly new??The thing is Gilly I have two wardrobes full of them, everything gets dropped in the wash basket at night and all fresh clothes after my morning shower, I think it is the old soldiers aversion to being wounded with dirty clothes on your back.You once saw bags at nearly every door on our road now it is the odd one so they are losing out with overkill.The other thing is the people calling wanting you to sign up so much a month for a charity, I already do six charities three local the forces charities and Salvation Army, they would be there with a cup of tea and a bun where the Naafi refused to go. I say sorry enough is enough goodbye.
Quite agree that there is a massive invasion of privacy these days. The very things that were meant to make our lives easier and more convenient have become a liabiity, with firms selling our phone numbers and email addresses and charities sharing them among themselves. If you support them, it isn't long before they are asking you to increase your donation. I gave £3 to buy a blanket for a refugee, by mobile phone, recently and got several phone calls asking me (I presume) to contribute regularly to that charity. I decide for myself who I support! Fortunately, I'm deaf and did not hear the phone ring!
I have to confess that I rarely give to charities these days. As you say Gilly, the money they receive from donations of any kind is very small. Did a lot of research into this some years back because I was concerned about what was going on with the charity I then supported and was appalled at how much the higher archy are paid for their services and how much actually went to who it was meant for. As for these bags, they don't even collect them if they are not used! How much do they pay to have the printed up and used by recipient for anything except what they are meant for - me included! Grandchildren like the ones with handles as they use them to have sack races.
I heard on the news this morning that the 'chuggers' are to be targetted and fined. About time too. They are out in their droves at times in my High Street and are not too happy when you refuse to stop. I recently complained to a charity about the attitude of a 'chugger' who knocked at the door and was unpleasant when I refused to sign up.
If you look closely at some of those plastic bags, you find they are not, in fact, charities. They say some of the proceeds will be donated to the needy in places like Romania or Moldova. They are commercially-run companies ,usually operating from the same country - they all show ' registration numbers' designed to look like a charity number.
Bit like Frank, I only give to certain charities - small local ones, Help the Aged, Mind, RNLI, and the local air ambulance. I think it better to make a donation that's a decent amount, rather than spread the butter too widely on the bread, when it becomes almost pointless.
Anyway, my old clothes get used when I work at the allotment, and I use them until they are falling apart, and are so horrible my wife refuses to let them in the house any more!