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Just a word: If you're getting mounds of FREE work out of me, keep the hyper-criticism to yourself. I can take criticism, but I have my limit, especially when the criticism contradicts itself from instance to instance. I'm sure I can be devoting my time to looking for more jobs that actually pay. *drops mic*
Searches in forums turn up many many postings by people who own properties in East and West Oakland bitching about section 8 and talking about "section 8 people" like we are the scum of the earth and less than human.
I think there should be a new law for humans. If you're going to make a statement like that, you should be forced to walk in their shoes! - Mo Kargas
One of the potential jurors was like that. I wanted to punch him in the face. - Anika
That's awful. :( - Jenny H. from Android
smh - Anne Bouey
been there and fought hard. Once when I was working in a restaurant peeps were bitching about sect 8 and such and how can they do that etc and I turned around and said I am one of "those" and never heard a word about it again. - GRANDMAFORSCARLETT
Most of the feedback I've gotten outside of here & Facebook is along the lines of "get a job stop wasting my tax money" because of course the assholes don't even understand how section 8 works or what it is. (this part is about jerks in general, not the landlord jerks) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I unfriended my aunt on Facebook because she was spewing ignorant hate speech about people who need government assistance and why hard working tax payers shouldn't have to support them. I wanted to tell her that my dad was on government assistance when he died, but I bit my tongue. I don't have room for that vitriol in my life. - Jenny H. from Android
Empathy is lacking because nobody (that's an asshat) realizes just how close we all are to economic collapse - one bad hospital stay for instance any unexpected thing can put us over the edge... Be well you are in my thoughts - WarLord
If I feel like engaging, which isn't often, I like to ask people what they were doing in 1983, 1993, or 2003? Because I was working 40+ hours a week for decades, paying sometimes pretty high taxes and paying into medicare & social security. Anyone who complains about me & their tax money can kiss my substantial ass. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Yeah, the calloused attitudes towards those who suffer hardship get on my very last nerve! Don't people realise THEY could be without a job due to circumstances beyond their control?. Don't people realise that the economy isn't exactly robust right now, and hasn't been for a good few years? Don't people realise that there are those who have no immediate or maybe even extended family... more... - "n"
Yvonne Renee
I want to take these piles and piles of paperwork and artwork and cards, etc. out back and light it on fire. That is all.
When guys call other guys whipped. Dudes, you're perpetuating stereotypes and you know better.
Seriously, I've seen it so much on social media and it's shitty. - Jed from iPhone
Big Joe Silence
All the people bitching about Ello being underwhelming or a failure. Do any of you understand what BETA means?
Have you bothered to read the features list that explicitly states what features are yet to be implemented? - Big Joe Silence from Android
my complaints are attempts to point out what needs to be fixed to the developers. And I reserve the right to complain about everything and anything at all times - FLEMING
My complaints pertained to the fact that they've touted themselves as big on privacy and being a Facebook killer when there are in fact zero privacy settings. The screaming lack of features and constant downtime smell very alpha to me, not beta. Who launches a beta with no privacy/security features? Especially if you're trying to pretend you're the next big thing? No, we understand completely what "beta" means and that's exactly why we're speaking up. - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
I am highly skeptical about the privacy claims. They clearly state that they hold the right to share your data with future business partners. If it keeps improving I can see Ello work. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Yah, I'm beginning to have my own doubts about this dog and pony show as well. - Big Joe Silence from Android
Now that my son is away at college I have no one who will go to the Ravens games with me and I'm also having trouble selling tickets to games if I choose to not go alone. I guess it's time to consider selling the PSL.
Could you take a person who could normally not afford such luxury and do a tax write-off if you need the money? - Janet
I have the option of donating them to charity via the ravens website. - Alan
Crying my eyes out at 4 am because 3 months is not enough time. I can't stop thinking that we're gonna be homeless again.
OK. Deep breaths. *gentle hugs* - Pete : Team Marina
How can we help? - Mo Kargas
Oh honey. I'm so sorry you're in this situation. Are there no organizations locally that can help? *big big hugs* - Jenny H. from Android
I don't know. Convince landlords that someone on section 8 who has dogs can be a good tenant? - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
The only advice I'm getting is take my dogs to the shelter. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Is it really hard to find section 8 that will allow dogs? - Jenny H. from Android
Yes. And I'm lying and saying I only have two. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
People who own houses in decent neighborhoods are reluctant to rent to people with a section 8 subsidy because they think they won't maintain the property or be good neighbors. Crime spikes in a neighborhood, people blame it on section 8. So far the only place I've seen that didn't have "no dogs" in the listing was a raggedy little house with a questionable fence, right next to what appears to be a popular illegal dumping site, and had (maybe gang?) graffiti everywhere on the block. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
That's no good. :( - Jenny H. from Android
That's tough. Did the landlord just add the no-pet clause? If so, you might want to check to see if California has laws against that. If they don't, I know it's tough but you might want to start looking for good homes for your dogs. You have to do what is right for your son. I'm so sorry. - Shevonne
((((((Starmama)))))) - vicster: full-bodied
Do you need a reference? I'll speak up for you, you know. *more hugs* - vicster: full-bodied
The landlord won't paint the house so the housing authority will cancel my voucher if I don't find another place by the end of November. I've been trying to find homes for 2 of the dogs for nearly 3 years. I know literally zero people who are responsible pet owners who want chihuahuas. The shelters are overrun with them and they're euthanized in pretty high numbers. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
And I can't even keep my appts straight or keep up with the housework or my medicine or all the things due, how the fuck am I gonna do this? I don't even have gas to go anywhere half the month, how I'm gonna look? Pay owners $20 or more each for credit checks that tell them my credit's horrendous? packing? Organizing? I've barely begun & I'm falling the fuck apart. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Any way to negotiate with the landlord to knock off some of your rent if you round up some volunteers to paint? - Trish R
Paint a 2 story house free? Probably needs old paint removed first. And scaffolding and everything? Don't see that happening for free. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Dude obviously don't give a fuck about us he don't deserve nothing free anyway - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Maybe a chihuahua-specific rescue organization can help you find good homes for the dogs (if you need to do that to be able to get a Section 8 rental that works)? - Spidra Webster
Go to local pet stores in neighborhoods you would actually want to live in, and hang a sign on their bulletin board, asking for an apartment, Sec-8 & pets ok. Be honest and say exactly what you have in the way of pets (amount, size, breed, etc.). - April Russo
I read it could cost $2000 to $4000 and up to paint a two story house. I would donate $200 but i don't think that would get you very far. :( - Todd Hoff
I think April has a good idea, maybe people who like dogs already would be more open. maybe a few references can change some "no dog" people's minds? - Heather
I don't know if there's anything similar in the East Bay but in SF there's an SF Chihuahua Meetup. I know it's not easy for you to get to SF but maybe you know someone who can do it for you. That could be a good place to network for prospective dog owners. I think it's really difficult to rent in the Bay Area with a dog even if it's not Section 8, unfortunately. But I think April's idea is a good one if there's a chance of finding a Section 8 landlord who's fine with dogs. - Spidra Webster
I'm so so sorry. It's just so unfair. I can offer help moving if needed. And boxes. And maybe help finding a home for your dogs? - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I'm sorry. - Eric - It's My Thing from iPhone
Big squeezey hugs xx - Melly - #TeamMarina
If someone could take Daisy & Violet to a no kill shelter that'd help. I've been emailing orgs but no response yet. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Are they both chihuahuas? How old are they? If you can send a photo, I'll reach out to some friends who are dog-friendly. <3 - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I'd like a photo of the dogs too, Mandy. I can put the word out on ExploreSacto's Twitter account. - Corinne L
I really want them to go to a rescue, because I haven't socialized or trained them well. There's a go fund me veterinary fund with about $100 so I can include $50 with each dog toward spaying. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
OK, I'll put the word out here. - Corinne L
Laura Norvig
It just boggles my mind how short-sighted government agencies can be. The project I used to work with had built up tremendous traffic on various domains and the feds let most of them go, to be snapped up by unscrupulous advertisers and such.
Come to find out the same thing happened to the main 1-800 phone number our project had for ten years. When I call it now, it is all kinds of crazy scam. - Laura Norvig
they're letting the OLC go down next week. No message to the field, no contingency for extension till the new vendor takes over, nothing. Just letting it go dark. UGH! so while part of me is of course bummed that contract ended b/c my job is on the chopping block, OTOH I am so glad not to shoulder their incompetence without so much as a shred of acknowledgement or appreciation on their part. So fuck 'em. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
p.s. sorry to hijack your thread with my own bitchin - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
no problem - they've stooped to the ultimate low - once OLDT disbanded there was just no way they could keep their sh*t together. Their institutional knowledge is less than zero. - Laura Norvig
I tried to fight the good fight y'all. - Jason from iPhone
Aw, Jason. No doubt about that, doll. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Oh yeah, no blame. You and Susan were our rocks throughout. We all contributed some great value to the field, and I know you continue to do so, Jason! - Laura Norvig
April Russo
Where the hell does Geico get it's mailing list leads from? Don't they run the names/addresses through a database somewhere to see if the person is even a licensed driver, before they send them junk mail offering them auto insurance? Obviously not, if they sent me one.
geico face palm.jpg
Coworker from Africa talking crap about the United States, so I asked him, "Then why are you here if the US is so bad?" No response.
April Russo
There are people in this world that have no business using computers, never mind coding. Unfortunately, I have to make book and course recommendations to them, which they completely ignore and want me to do their project for them. And they can't even explain it so I can point them in the right direction for where they should start. :(
They can't even tell me what they do or don't know, won't even answer questions like "Do you know HTML?" They just keep repeating the stuff that makes no sense, throwing in more and more irrelevent info (stuff like what school they go to, how they make good grades, how much money they want to make when they graduate, where they want to live, etc.). - April Russo
And I can't brush them off, because it's my job to guide them along for as long as they keep paying and asking for help. And I have 4 of them to deal with today, with all the back & forth that all of this involves. It will be WEEKS till I can close off these tickets. If I didn't know any better I would swear they are all from the same person, some troll that bought 4 memberships, just to irritate me. - April Russo
This is the worst part of my job. I wish I could just cancel their memberships and refund their money, telling them "Sorry, but web development is not for you. Try finger painting." - April Russo
But with my luck they would reply asking me to open the jar of paint for them. - April Russo
I'm stealing "Sorry, but web development is not for you. Try finger painting." - Kevin Johnson
I am dedicating that quote to the public domain! Please feel free to use it whenever suitable! - April Russo
First they'll want you to pick out a color. - Betsy
perhaps "And here's a web app I wrote to help you pick a color..." - Kevin Johnson
I wouldn't want to have to explain how to use that web app. :P - April Russo
After multiple replies, where I sign them with the obviously feminine name of "April", they are still calling me "sir". And they are not trying to call me "hot stuff" by abbreviating "sriracha". They are not clever enough for that. :/ - April Russo
Can you click a mouse? Can you type your name? Do you have any application skills beyond Farmville? - Eric - It's My Thing
Well, they managed to click and type enough to purchase a membership and respond to the "Where would you like to start learning?" email. - April Russo
One of the managers has taken up the project of developing personas that depict the stereotypes of the different kinds of users of our service. He asked me to read over what he has so far and let him know if what he has written matches my experiences. What he has is correct so far, and I asked him if he wanted an additional persona, representing my least favorite type of user. I gave... more... - April Russo
Oh, now one expects me to help him install Dreamweaver correctly...and he's calling me "april sir". Yes, I will bite my hand and refer him to Adobe's support, rather than tell him to use a real coder's text editor. - April Russo
Corinne L
Getting multiple emails in a row because of a system setting, then the inevitable email that says "sorry for all the emails."
Mo Kargas
Sometimes it amazes me, the hate coming out of people I thought I knew. You've known me for years, you know what I'm about and you know my family. Why not ask me instead of Rupert Murdoch and his ilk. Why do you believe the worst, when you can open your eyes and see the best?
Mo Kargas
I get it. Digital escapism is great. But the world is burning, and all people can do is line up for a new electronic device. Why not line up and protest? Why not line up outside a charity?
What NOT to say when someone gives you a food gift: "Great, I'll just apply these directly to my thighs."
"Good because it looks like you need more thighs." - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Is what I might have said... O_o - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Hopefully she repented after she saw my crestfallen expression and read "Thanks for being you" on the accompanying card. Pfft. - YvonneM
Really??!!!! What happened to "Thank you!" ??!!!!! - Melly - #TeamMarina
Hookuh Tinypants
When you ask people an either/or question and instead of just not responding, someone has to show up and give a third response. Really?
At work, I call them Engineers. - Kevin Johnson
Oh, I'm so guilty of that today. - Jennifer Dittrich
LOL same here, Kevin - Hookuh Tinypants from FreshFeed
Guilty --> - Spidra Webster
I sometimes do if neither of the responses fit. - Melly - #TeamMarina
My sister and nephew both have full time jobs. They do nothing to help my mom pay the bills so they can waste all of their money on lottery tickets, a motorcycle, etc. They just asked me for money to fix their car(and used the fact that they need it to take my mom to chemo). I've been their bank since I was 18.
Use the money for the car to hire a ride for you Mum. - Pete : Team Marina
I offered to get her a ride. I still have a ton of friends back home. I never heard back on that. Same story every time I offer a solution besides me sending money. - Alan
A million dollar lottery ticket sold yesterday back home. I wonder if they won how long it would take for them to blow it all and then ask for money again. - Alan
Corinne L
A friend's hometown burned down today in the Boles fire. I am so damn sick of heat and drought here.
Ugh. I'm so sorry. - Jennifer Dittrich
:( - Janet
vicster: full-bodied
If that guy doesn't stop blasting his horn, I'm gonna shove it so far up his arse that he'll wake himself up, every time he farts in his sleep!
Corinne L
Unsubscribing from a mailing list with a nasty comment about having never received what you requested, when I have NO RECORD of you ever following up with me, is really on you, jerk.
He would have been getting something for free, too! Mailed to Canada on my dime! So he can bite me. - Corinne L
Corinne L
100° forecasted for Friday. I fear this summer is never going to end.
that sux - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Tamara J. B.
You know what's shitty? When a friend is 2hrs late for a play date with your baby. She texted 30 minutes after she was supposed to be here saying she was on her way. Still not here. Sure, she's notorious for always being late but it's Sunday, I came home early so we'd be there to meet her and my baby has a schedule to keep, yo.
Oh, hells no. That is just rude. - Jennifer Dittrich
Truth, Jenn. She just messaged me saying she's about 15 minutes away. Grrr - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
That's horrendous! - Katy S
I'm going to guess that this friend doesn't have kids? - Corinne L
@Tamara: you're far more patient than my wife and i are. after 45 minutes we declare a no-call/no-show and move on to the next item in our itinerary. - Big Joe Silence
Wow. That's really uncool. After an hour I move on. Babies keep their schedule. If baby is asleep when they get there... Too bad. Sorry your and Marina's time wasn't respected. =( - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
"I wanted to wait for you, but my baby was pi$$ed." - YvonneM
Corinne L
When will CBS realize it's the 21st century and begin streaming their shows so that they are accessible to everyone?
In related news, I am going through "The Good Wife" withdrawals as I watched everything on HuluPlus & S5 won't be uploaded until the new season starts in a couple weeks. - Corinne L
We have the same issue with NCIS. My wife wants to catch up so she can watch the new season live, but they aren't available. We are waiting for the DVDs from the library. - Alan
When Les Moonves is removed from the company. - Me
^^I think you're right. I went to the CBS website and signed up for their free viewing thingy to see if that would get me access to S5. Nope. I do not understand their logic at all. - Corinne L
Sitting in the M.S.parking lot watching daughter's track practice and it kills me how many parents pull in and just lean on their horn to call their child. Park your car, get your lazy asses up and walk the 20 feet to get them!
Chances are better you'll actually get the kid's attention if you go over. Otherwise you just have 50 kids looking over to see if they are being called. - Elena from FFHound!
Oh, man, I hate that. You think they'd get that they're causing confusion, but no - somehow it is the kid's fault for not magically knowing it was /their/ car horn. - Jennifer Dittrich
I know, right? I head one mom screeching at her kid "didn't you hear me? I've been honking for you!" Lady, everyone heard you. We just didn't know who you were honking for! - Elena from FFHound!
I just had a flashback to when parents would stand around at their cars yelling for their kids, which was just as bad (since kids never have the same first name, right?) - Jennifer Dittrich
I'm annoyed any time someone uses their car horn as a way to call someone (for a date, carpool pickup, etc.). Use your cellphone or park and go to their door or just wait patiently. Sheesh. - Corinne L
Unless there's another kid in the car, get out of the car. Your kid is an athlete. Get some exercise! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
The guys who come pick up my neighbors for work at 5:30 or 6 am. I've gone outside & cussed them out but people don't care. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Laura Norvig
I understand you are trying to help. I get that. But you are making more work for me.
Hey, it would be great if we could... Laura can do that, can't you Laura? *hugs* - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Corinne L
The love: my blood work came back much, much better than I anticipated. The bitch: I had to get blood drawn again today because they didn't do TSH and T4 on the original draw, which I thought had been ordered.
Blood sugar was normal (I was most concerned about this), LDL needs a little work, blood pressure needs a little work. But NO MEDS. The thyroid may be the big issue, which wouldn't be surprising considering my family history. - Corinne L
If you think your thyroid is an issue, I'd recommend that you insist on a full thyroid panel .. TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, and Thyroid Antibodies. TSH & T4 alone may not give you an accurate picture. I hope everything comes out well! - Kristin
Thanks for the tip, Kristin! - Corinne L
Yes, Dad, I want to hear how I've messed up in moving to California and in my job search. While you're at it, yes, please tell me how awesome one of my older brothers is doing in his job and his promotion, the same brother who was a thieving fuck-up until a couple years ago. Grand.
:( - Anne Bouey
C'mon dad, he's in California. He's already won, geographically. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Also, {big hug} - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Thank you. :) Just frustrated. Thanks for letting me vent. - Jed
I am mad at your dad. :( - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I'm not super happy with him right now either. :) - Jed
April Russo
Dear Ebay, Just because I bought one low profile wireless card way back in 2008, does not mean I want to know about every wireless card that gets listed on your site, forevermore. Stop that!
Big Joe Silence
why yes, you self-centred fuckhead, it IS inconvenient for me that you backed out of our plans for this evening at the last minute. i had scheduled around it and my wife and kids even made other plans without me that they cannot now back out of.
inconsiderate jackass. - Big Joe Silence
Ugh. Maybe you find a way to enjoy the unexpected free time? - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra from Android
Maybe you can use the newly found free time to write a song called Inconsiderate Jackass. :-D - vicster: full-bodied
i ended up fiddling with a 30+ year old analogue polysynth i own instead of working on this new song i have started in my head. just as well, my head's not in a constructive place this evening. - Big Joe Silence
oh, i'm sure i'll scribble some things down in a composition (composting?) notebook before i pass out later tonight. - Big Joe Silence
How do you work with someone for 6 years and not know how to say their name correctly? Also, why is Yvonne (EE-von) so hard for some people to say? ::grumble::
*fist bump* - Corinne L
Wow, rude. Like how hard is it to just listen and learn? I'll never understand that. - Jennifer Dittrich
On the other hand...why aren't I more assertive??? - YvonneM
A guy I worked with for 15 years still doesn't know my last name. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
There are a LOT of people where I work whose names I do not know. Some who have told me their names, I can't remember. It takes a while to sink in for me. Non-English sounding names are the ones I have the most difficulty with. - Ian May
Ian, that helps. I work in a small-ish library and most of us interact pretty regularly, but hey. - YvonneM
My sister-in-law is from New Jersey and her name is Yvonne. Everyone there pronounces her name "Ya-von." It might have to do with their accent. Yet when I ask her and say "ee-VON," she says I'm saying it correctly. LOL. - Trish R
My mom had a childhood friend called (phonetically) Wy-vo-na. The girl's mother had read the name in a book and that's how she thought it was pronounced. Spelled "Yvonne" of course. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I had a friend tell me, after 2 years, that I'd been mispronouncing her name. Talk about awkward. - YvonneM
I got an invitation to my SIL's bridal shower yesterday and my name is spelled incorrectly... - Melly - #TeamMarina
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