Entries from October 2012
So, which house do you think is the most likely to get egged by angry trick-or-treaters?
Exhibit a) From Chester Springs, Pennsylvania:
Exhibit d) From Jackson, Mississippi:
Exhibit e) Spotted by Greg in Escondido, California:
Exhibit f) Spotted by Tyree in Oakridge, Oregon
related: Some advice for would-be pumpkin smashers
Tags: candy · go away · Halloween
Several months ago, Kenney in Sydney moved in with some new housemates. Last week, he happened to park in a different spot in the driveway. (“We had been asked to not park in the garage as it was used as a gym/personal trainer studio.”)
“The next morning,” he says, “I found this ‘anonymous’ note — despite having just talked with the person responsible, without any mention of their concern.” By way of a response, Kenney decided to give the note the red pen treatment.
related: I give your passive-aggressive note a C-
Tags: Australia · most popular notes of 2012 · parking · rebuttals · roommates · spelling and grammar police · Sydney
Writes in Bill in New York City: “When the water cooler bottle is empty, no one seems to know how to change it and leaves it for the next guy.’ His co-worker decided to go on the offensive.
My excuse? I am even clumsier than Liz Lemon. (And I know I’m not alone on this.)
related: So, the water cooler’s hosting rainbow parties again?
extra credit: Water cooler etiquette, or the thirsty worker’s manifesto [cnn.com]
Tags: office · water
“To be fair,” says Loren in Ypsilanti, Michigan,“the owner does live on a popular dog-walking street. The trees are also gigantic, so I’m sure they have a ton of leaves to rake in the fall. Still, this seems a little harsh.”
related: House for rent — we have mold and roaches!
Tags: dogs · Michigan · neighbors · Ypsilanti
“About five months ago,” writes Catherine in Massachusetts, a new tenant moved in and began a new exercise regime: running back and forth in the building hallways. “His/her gait is rather lumbering and resonates throughout our apartment,” Catherine says. “We were startled at first, but have come to giggle over this frequent disruption. Apparently, one of our neighbors isn’t laughing.”
From there, things began to escalate. “Fortunately,” Catherine says, the ensuing flame war “just goes to show that most of our neighbors have a great sense of humor.”
related: The very delicate elevator
Tags: dogs · kids · Massachusetts · neighbors · noise · note wars · smartass
If the consequences of eating a Hot Pocket aren’t enough to deter you from buying them, you should know that storing them in your freezer at work or school is still a risky proposition. (And no, Snoop won’t be there to back you up.)
Exhibit a) Spotted by Anna in Oakland, California:
Exhibit b) Spotted by Diana in Green Bay, Wisconsin:
Exhibit c) Spotted by David in Austin, Texas:
Exhibit d) Spotted by Charlie in New York:
Exhibit e) Spotted by Angie in Atlanta, with apologies for the blurriness:
(Delicious, you say? Michelle? Is that you?) And lastly…
Exhibit f) From Princeton, New Jersey:
related: Hot Pockets are the car radios of the communal freezer
Tags: guilt trip · have a nice day · office fridge · preggers · stealing · thanks (but not really) · TL;DR
Writes Jocelyn in London: “Since moving into halls for the first year of university, our hygiene skills have gone downhill, to say the least. Finally, one of our roommates cracked and cleaned up the rotting mess…or so we thought.” Instead, he just found a new “dumping ground.”
related: May the sanctity of the sink prevail!
Tags: college life · dishes · London · roommates
While checking over her 7-year-old daughter’s homework sheet, LeAnn in Iowa found out that last Tuesday was apparently a lesson in buuuuurns.
My mother’s favorite food
Tags: guilt trip · kids · Moms & Dads · Mother-daughter notes · schools & teachers
Shortly after he moved out, our submitter in Canada discovered that her ex-roommate had glued a memo for the room’s future occupant inside his bedroom closet — “his final passive-aggressive attempt to get under my skin.”
related: You’re not as bad as everyone warned me you’d be!
Tags: "helpful" advice · Canada · roommates
Writes our submitter in California: “Our custodial staff is very careful about not throwing stuff away just because it looks like trash. This co-worker wanted to make sure the right things got thrown away, but might have gotten a little overly specific.”
The result? “An onion of confusion and garbage.”
related: Hey, that garbage was important!
Tags: California · garbage · office · Say wha?