Originally Posted by imatlas
In my college years I spent a summer working on a crab processing ship in the Bering Sea. After I didn't call for 6 weeks, my mom tracked me down on the ship,
by ship to shore radio. It was incredibly embarrassing to be paged to the phone by the captain because my mother was calling.
The only exposure I have to this is Deadliest Catch
, and picturing one of those guys getting a call from mom is giving me a chuckle.
Originally Posted by gomestar
i don't understand my mother's family. They all see each other twice a year, once in the summer and once at Christmas, all this despite living really close to one another. My father wants to move back to LA but mother is resistent since it's so far away from family (ugh, totaly bullshit).
anyways, these twice yearly meetings are all the same. Get together, have a blast, and then as time goes on and one person leaves, take the claws out and bash the shit out of one another in terrible gossip. I don't get it, it's not a sport. These people are at once really great and really terrible.
my wife's family is a total opposite. they're more of an actual family in the traditional sense, functioning and all.
At least your family gets together. On my dad's side everyone hates each other, and they do it in random permutations.
There are four kids in my dad's generation - two male, two female. With the exception of my dad, they've all been in the same part of Georgia their entire lives, and yet they barely spend any time together. My dad moved up about five years ago, and they still never see each other. Hell, my grandmother (their mother) died in '11, and only one of my dad's generation (my uncle) was at the funeral. I was there, but my own fucking dad didn't even show up (he called on the way to tell me he wasn't coming). Oh, and neither of the sisters came because one of them is "disabled" and was relying on the other for transportation at the time. Problem is, the aunt who could drive was arrested at the hospital where my grandmother died, so she was in jail during the funeral. She claimed that my uncle turned her in on some warrants, and they tracked her down. My uncle swears that's not true, and he wound up footing the bill for the whole funeral, since my dad wouldn't come, one aunt was stuck at home, and the other was in the pokey.
Last I checked, those aunts aren't talking. In fact, I'm not sure if anyone is talking to anyone right now. My dad was talking to the "disabled" one. She was even living with him for a bit, but then he had her committed. The other aunt is MIA, maybe on the lam. My uncle and dad might
be talking, but I'm not sure since it has been a bit since I confirmed that, and you never know how it could have changed.
All this stupidity is just the tip of the iceberg, too. We're not even scratching the surface of the dark stuff I've only told my wife and one or two closest friends. My generation is trying to reconcile everything so we can pretend to be normal, and they're mostly good people, but it's really hard when your family has been so fucked up for so long.
Originally Posted by Piobaire
For me it's the racket if you don't use your safety belt. I never wear it on the way in to work as I hate to start my day with a wrinkle across my chest.
This. I fucking hate that little alarm. I'M DRIVING ACROSS THE PARKING LOT!!! I'M 35 YEARS OLD!!! I DON'T NEED TO BE TOLD TO BUCKLE UP!!!
Originally Posted by harvey_birdman
The worst is the plastic coverings over engine components just to make it harder for the home mechanic to work on his own car. Plus proprietary bolt types that require specialized tools. Fuck off big auto. The hex bolt has been around for a hundred years. Torx is not an improvement.
This is also annoying.