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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #360 on: January 13, 2014, 12:29:32 PM »
Someone excusing bad art by invoking "talent." Example: "I'm not really into Dave Matthews Band, but they're so talented!"
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #361 on: January 14, 2014, 08:19:55 AM »
So a student's parent came in last night and would not stop touching her cold sore. For the love all that is good, please stop this!!!


Gah!!! How did you not say something?!!!

This one time my brother so thoroughly traumatized me with a pimple that I still have disturbing flashbacks.

I told him that he had a HUGE pimple in the corner of his mouth. This thing was enormous, filled with pus, and ready to go.
  
He said; "What, here?" and BIT OFF the enormous pus-filled head!!!!


I was pregnant at the time with one of our children. It took every fiber of self control not to beat him senseless, and vomit.
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« Reply #362 on: January 19, 2014, 09:40:03 PM »
Pet peeve #31: It annoys me that I still consistently put apostrophes where they don't belong. You'd think after 30 years reading/writing the language I'd have caught on by now.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #363 on: January 19, 2014, 10:50:41 PM »
Pet peeve: drunk sports fans. Get drunk AT HOME after the game.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #364 on: January 24, 2014, 10:32:23 PM »
Pet peeve #1112: When I want to make something in the oven, and I know the exact cooking time it will take to turn out how I want it... and then I forget to take notice of the time or set an alarm.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #365 on: January 25, 2014, 04:29:26 PM »
People at the grocery store not taking the time to take the basket to the place they are supposed to be taken when finished--the little metal thing. I hate going to Wal Mart especially and not being able to get that spot closer to the store because some idiot left his cart there. I guess I could stop, get out, and move it, but I might as well park and walk further. That and it's a hazard to other cars. Not putting the grocery cart back is a mortal sin, except when it is below 20 degrees and then it is a venial sin. And if it is below zero I suppose there is no sin at all. But I always put them back. I am a righteous shopper.

Pray, O God, that I go not down to Wal-Mart land with the rednecks, but take me up to a Whole Foods with the hippies, hipsters, and paleoconservatives.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #366 on: February 24, 2014, 11:10:42 AM »
Pet peeve #210: When someone does that silly "assUme" thing.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #367 on: February 24, 2014, 12:06:31 PM »
Pet peeve #210: When someone does that silly "assUme" thing.

I always figured it was some sort of variation on the Steve Martin "Excuuuuuse me!!" vocalization. Otherwise it is quite disturbing.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #368 on: February 24, 2014, 10:35:18 PM »
It's supposed to be along the lines of the phrase "When you assume you make an *ss out of you and me" *shrugs*  :police:

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #369 on: February 24, 2014, 10:36:20 PM »
Pet peeve #112: When people say "no pun intended" even though it's quite clear that they meant to make the pun, and especially when they seem quite proud of the pun.  8)

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« Reply #370 on: February 24, 2014, 10:47:57 PM »
Pet peeve #1: People who complain about pet peeves, especially on the internet.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #371 on: February 25, 2014, 12:18:08 AM »
It's supposed to be along the lines of the phrase "When you assume you make an *ss out of you and me" *shrugs*  :police:

I am afraid the I do not understand this. I have never heard of this particular expression and when I have received the anointed reply in question, I have never assumed anything of the sort that would justify the response since the only issue was disagreement. I guess my more benign notions were not in order.

Since I am not positive about what you are saying here, a link might also be helpful .....................if you have the time and/or the inclination.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #372 on: February 27, 2014, 12:29:16 AM »
My mother's insistence that we put the bottom seat down but leave the top seat up. Both should go down. Yes, ladies, there's a guy out there who put's the seat down. PM me if you're interested. Or hit me up with a txt. Phone number 772-6563. Just pay special attentions to the secret code my brother Masons gave me. Look on the numbers and there you shall find the desire of my heart! Yes, we pass secret code without you knowin it



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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #373 on: February 27, 2014, 01:21:57 AM »
My mother's insistence that we put the bottom seat down but leave the top seat up. Both should go down. Yes, ladies, there's a guy out there who put's the seat down. PM me if you're interested. Or hit me up with a txt. Phone number 772-6563. Just pay special attentions to the secret code my brother Masons gave me. Look on the numbers and there you shall find the desire of my heart! Yes, we pass secret code without you knowin it

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #374 on: February 27, 2014, 02:09:17 AM »
White teens throwing gang signs and trying to dress and act like gang members.

Students who can't tell time looking at an analog clock.

Students who can't read or write in cursive.

Hipsters and their ironic mustaches and beards.

Leftist, rich, white middle-aged people, who drive big SUVs with bumpers stickers like "Coexist" and
"Global warming is real," while spewing gas as they tailgate and text while driving.

People who text while paying for groceries, walking in crosswalks, or while conversing at dinner parties.

Prius drivers, who block the left lane and decide they will police the freeway to makes sure everyone drives at or below the speed limit.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #375 on: February 27, 2014, 02:12:55 AM »
Students who can't write [well] in cursive.

ironic mustaches and beards.

Leftist, white people,

Sorry!  ;D

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #376 on: February 27, 2014, 02:13:46 AM »
Students who can't write [well] in cursive.

ironic mustaches and beards.

Leftist, white people,

Sorry!  ;D

Are you a hipster?

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #377 on: February 27, 2014, 02:20:42 AM »
Hmm...

- I do listen to strange music
- I have an abnormally strong liking for facial hair
- I like girls that look a bit different
- I consider myself part of an exotic belief system
- I like reading books no one else does
- I talk about obscure topics and people, giving me justification for saying: "I like so-and-so. You wouldn't know who that is though."

Am I a hipster? I thought I wasn't... but now that I think about it... is there such a thing as a religious-hipster?  ???

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« Reply #378 on: February 27, 2014, 02:30:55 AM »
Hmm...

- I do listen to strange music
- I have an abnormally strong liking for facial hair
- I like girls that look a bit different
- I consider myself part of an exotic belief system
- I like reading books no one else does
- I talk about obscure topics and people, giving me justification for saying: "I like so-and-so. You wouldn't know who that is though."

Am I a hipster? I thought I wasn't... but now that I think about it... is there such a thing as a religious-hipster?  ???

Well, did you do all those things before there was such a creature called the hipster? Or do you do all things because you want to be a cool nerd who is up on the latest trend?

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #379 on: February 27, 2014, 03:17:45 AM »


People who text while paying for groceries, walking in crosswalks, or while conversing at dinner parties.



Yes! I hate texting or Facebooking people on the phone while they are eating out. Alright, I might do it a little but I mean people who do it the whole dinner. I find people doing it more often now, like my parents. It's rude. I understand people do it a little but now people spend the whole time before dinner and even dinner on their cell phones.

Also texting and driving. It's dangerous and stupid. They are more dangerous than drunk drivers. Intoxicated drivers are often overly-cautious but texting drivers are crazy. I notice it when I am riding with a texter. My dad is really bad about it.

Oh and TV on during dinner.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #380 on: February 27, 2014, 03:21:50 AM »
Well, did you do all those things before there was such a creature called the hipster? Or do you do all things because you want to be a cool nerd who is up on the latest trend?

I was a nerd long before it became cool--if it can be called cool. Though the nerdy things I do now still aren't considered cool. So I guess I'm safe.

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« Reply #381 on: February 27, 2014, 03:25:09 AM »
But sorry, Tamara. I can't write in cursive. Hand eye coordination. They tried to help me extra back in school but I just could not do it. My writing is horrible. My signature is just a scribble. Now on the electronic ones I just put my first initial. Those bloody things are hard to write on for people who can write well. I can show people with a pen what will happen to them though if they push a pet peeve to far though:



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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #382 on: February 28, 2014, 01:09:51 PM »
Old people who think computers are magic or something. Seriously. Conversation between my dad and me last night while watching Vikings on History Channel

"That Viking woman is wearing nice makeup. Did they have makeup. Search for that on the internet. Ask if Vikings wore makeup."
"Dad, computers are not like magic. You can't just ask them questions and expect a perfect answer. I'll look it up though."
"Sure you can. Ask Jeeves."
[rolling my eyes within. I go to Google and search about Vikings an makeup]
"It says they may have because they traveled all over and may have taken makeup."

Seriously old people are amazed at technology and so they think it's magic. Like you can just search for something and find it. Have you seen old people use the talking thing on their phones. My mom does it all the time. I had a boss who told us about his mom who lives with him. She's old and she sits at home all day. He came in one day and she was talking into the phone and said she had been doing it all day. It's like she thinks it literally understand her he said.

It's annoying though when an old person does not understand you cannot find something or at least not the perfect answer or thing they want. They expect you to find this or that they are looking for in the flash of an eye. It's funny though.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
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« Reply #384 on: February 28, 2014, 02:28:30 PM »
Dear wainscottbl,

I'm curious what and 'old' person is versus 'seriously old'?
How long has 'technology' existed?  I think the Vikings had some 'technology'.

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« Reply #385 on: February 28, 2014, 05:50:55 PM »
By old I mean someone born in an age where they were not raised on computers. Like before the 1980s I suppose. I was born in 1986 and we had a computer lab at my elementary school. By middle school the internet was widespread and we had to take a technology class. I know they had computers long before my generation but not like now. My dad, born in 1954, is amazed by technology to a degree that can be annoyingly funny. He and my mom are funny to watch use the computer. Like my dad said today, "I am hands on guy". Of course he made a good sexual joke about being hands on vs porn. Then he said to the dog, "Shadow, are you a hands on dog? Do you like sniffing real poop or poop on a computer scree. But of course I am still of a generation that did not grow up on computers 24/7. We played outside, mom yelled for us and all that. Rode bikes. And yet I feel naked without my cell phone now! If I go somewhere and realise I do not have my phone I feel naked.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #386 on: February 28, 2014, 05:52:34 PM »
I know that the rudder on a ship is a form of technology relatively speaking. I was talking about what people today call technology. I remember at one job they went on about how technology is our life. Well it was AT&T so I guess it is for them. We had to bow down to the altar of the goddess of technology before work and make sacrifices to Bill Gates.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #387 on: February 28, 2014, 06:01:04 PM »
By old I mean someone born in an age where they were not raised on computers. Like before the 1980s I suppose. I was born in 1986 and we had a computer lab at my elementary school. By middle school the internet was widespread and we had to take a technology class. I know they had computers long before my generation but not like now. My dad, born in 1954, is amazed by technology to a degree that can be annoyingly funny. He and my mom are funny to watch use the computer. Like my dad said today, "I am hands on guy". Of course he made a good sexual joke about being hands on vs porn. Then he said to the dog, "Shadow, are you a hands on dog? Do you like sniffing real poop or poop on a computer scree. But of course I am still of a generation that did not grow up on computers 24/7. We played outside, mom yelled for us and all that. Rode bikes. And yet I feel naked without my cell phone now! If I go somewhere and realise I do not have my phone I feel naked.

My husband liked to make models and he says how kids now aren't into that.  I remember when this really mean 3rd grade teacher wanted to get my brother on Ritalin or whatever they had for hyperactiveness in the late 70's and my mom said, no way, there is no way that he can sit for hours and build models and be hyperactive.   

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« Reply #388 on: February 28, 2014, 06:16:31 PM »
Yeah, I do see some kids who have hyperactive and attention problems that are not just being a boy but ill behaviour, but I would not give them rittalin or anything. I would suggest therapy and talking to a doctor, maybe a child psychologist, not quick to give the pill to a boy who may have mental issues that need to be helped. Hyper boys beyond the normal way boys play usually have developmental and social problems and it needs to be treated with real therapy, not drugging them up. But to keep this from the politics forum I will say that it all starts with good parenting. These kids are usually in homes with too much TV, sugar, and parents who do not interact properly with their kids, too caught up in their own personal lives.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #389 on: February 28, 2014, 06:42:47 PM »
By old I mean someone born in an age where they were not raised on computers. Like before the 1980s I suppose.

Dear wainscottbl,

I was born before 1980, dear child, and I work as a programmer.  There were guys standing on the moon before 1980.  My dad was born before 1940, and is very computer literate.  I think one should be careful about assuming that people become more competent, or smarter, or better informed every year.


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« Reply #390 on: February 28, 2014, 06:49:25 PM »
Yeah, I do see some kids who have hyperactive and attention problems that are not just being a boy but ill behaviour, but I would not give them rittalin or anything. I would suggest therapy and talking to a doctor, maybe a child psychologist, not quick to give the pill to a boy who may have mental issues that need to be helped. Hyper boys beyond the normal way boys play usually have developmental and social problems and it needs to be treated with real therapy, not drugging them up. But to keep this from the politics forum I will say that it all starts with good parenting. These kids are usually in homes with too much TV, sugar, and parents who do not interact properly with their kids, too caught up in their own personal lives.
I can say for a fact my brother was not hyperactive.  He was incredibly bright. He became a Vice President of a large tech company in his 30's.  After he got past his misspent youth.  The teacher just wanted drugged sheep in her class.  This was the only teacher that ever suggested such a thing.

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« Reply #391 on: February 28, 2014, 07:17:00 PM »
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. Just because people have pet peeves, does not mean they have OCD. Also, there is distinction between OCD and OCD personality disorder. Flaws in personality does not mean a person is suffering from OCD.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #392 on: February 28, 2014, 07:17:00 PM »
Students who can't read or write in cursive.

There's really no point in knowing anything beyond maybe your signature in cursive. I can definitively say that cursive writing was a truly pointless thing to learn in school. Those teachers definitively lied to me saying that I'd "need to know" cursive someday.

I never use cursive, nor have I ever had to. There's no point in handwriting long documents when you can type on the computer.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #393 on: February 28, 2014, 07:40:33 PM »
Students who can't read or write in cursive.

There's really no point in knowing anything beyond maybe your signature in cursive. I can definitively say that cursive writing was a truly pointless thing to learn in school. Those teachers definitively lied to me saying that I'd "need to know" cursive someday.

I never use cursive, nor have I ever had to. There's no point in handwriting long documents when you can type on the computer.
You're just not old enough to have ever experienced a situation where cursive handwriting is necessary. For instance, knowing how to hand write a letter is a valuable skill to know for a job search. (Far too few people appreciate the courtesy of sending a handwritten thank you card immediately after a job interview.)
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #394 on: February 28, 2014, 07:52:14 PM »
By old I mean someone born in an age where they were not raised on computers. Like before the 1980s I suppose. I was born in 1986 and we had a computer lab at my elementary school. By middle school the internet was widespread and we had to take a technology class. I know they had computers long before my generation but not like now. My dad, born in 1954, is amazed by technology to a degree that can be annoyingly funny. He and my mom are funny to watch use the computer. Like my dad said today, "I am hands on guy". Of course he made a good sexual joke about being hands on vs porn. Then he said to the dog, "Shadow, are you a hands on dog? Do you like sniffing real poop or poop on a computer scree. But of course I am still of a generation that did not grow up on computers 24/7. We played outside, mom yelled for us and all that. Rode bikes. And yet I feel naked without my cell phone now! If I go somewhere and realise I do not have my phone I feel naked.

I feel o l d after reading that.  :)

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« Reply #395 on: February 28, 2014, 07:53:48 PM »
Students who can't read or write in cursive.

There's really no point in knowing anything beyond maybe your signature in cursive. I can definitively say that cursive writing was a truly pointless thing to learn in school. Those teachers definitively lied to me saying that I'd "need to know" cursive someday.

I never use cursive, nor have I ever had to. There's no point in handwriting long documents when you can type on the computer.
You're just not old enough to have ever experienced a situation where cursive handwriting is necessary. For instance, knowing how to hand write a letter is a valuable skill to know for a job search. (Far too few people appreciate the courtesy of sending a handwritten thank you card immediately after a job interview.)

Jimmy Fallon loves "Thank You"notes ... ;)

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #396 on: February 28, 2014, 09:31:09 PM »
It is important to know how to read cursive so one can read original source documents that were written in calligraphic or cursive style. Our founding documents are all written in cursive. If students don't learn at the very least how to read it, then one day the founding documents and other historic documents will appear as foreign alphabet to the ignorant. At that point, the people will need to rely on those who can translate historic documents and trust that their translations are without prejudice.


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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #397 on: February 28, 2014, 09:46:55 PM »
It is important to know how to read cursive so one can read original source documents that were written in calligraphic or cursive style. Our founding documents are all written in cursive. If students don't learn at the very least how to read it, then one day the founding documents and other historic documents will appear as foreign alphabet to the ignorant. At that point, the people will need to rely on those who can translate historic documents and trust that their translations are without prejudice.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #398 on: February 28, 2014, 10:30:27 PM »
It is important, James, though I am horrible at it. I guess you are about five or more years younger than me, but I am not that far in the past. 1986 and being told cursive was important around 1992 or so. Computers were coming in then, but not big like they were now. By the time I was in high school writing on computers was the norm but ten years earlier I would have been writing on a typewriter and cursive would still have been important. And it still is despite the computer. Why? Because handwritten letters mean a lot. I love getting a handwritten letter from a friend. And one that is really well written is very valued. Come one, why do you think God made words and cursive. To get chicks man!

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #399 on: February 28, 2014, 10:43:28 PM »
Students who can't read or write in cursive.

There's really no point in knowing anything beyond maybe your signature in cursive. I can definitively say that cursive writing was a truly pointless thing to learn in school. Those teachers definitively lied to me saying that I'd "need to know" cursive someday.

I never use cursive, nor have I ever had to. There's no point in handwriting long documents when you can type on the computer.

You're missing the point. There is the small matter of children learning certain motor skills which allow dexterity, hand-eye-brain coordination, and the like to properly develop, and which later lend themselves to become accomplished at other skills. Mastering handwriting is one of these. Others include tying shoelaces, catching and throwing a ball, brushing one's teeth with a non-electric toothbrush, etc.

I would also put "knowing how to read a street map" as an essential skill. GPS in cars are renowned for their unreliability.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #400 on: February 28, 2014, 11:02:25 PM »
Students who can't read or write in cursive.

There's really no point in knowing anything beyond maybe your signature in cursive. I can definitively say that cursive writing was a truly pointless thing to learn in school. Those teachers definitively lied to me saying that I'd "need to know" cursive someday.

I never use cursive, nor have I ever had to. There's no point in handwriting long documents when you can type on the computer.

You're missing the point. There is the small matter of children learning certain motor skills which allow dexterity, hand-eye-brain coordination, and the like to properly develop, and which later lend themselves to become accomplished at other skills. Mastering handwriting is one of these. Others include tying shoelaces, catching and throwing a ball, brushing one's teeth with a non-electric toothbrush, etc.

I would also put "knowing how to read a street map" as an essential skill. GPS in cars are renowned for their unreliability.
I've heard stories about such incidents as GPS telling someone to go five miles in one direction, then five miles in another direction, only to stop at a location that was right across the street from his starting point. ::)
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #401 on: March 01, 2014, 12:10:48 AM »
Students who can't read or write in cursive.

There's really no point in knowing anything beyond maybe your signature in cursive. I can definitively say that cursive writing was a truly pointless thing to learn in school. Those teachers definitively lied to me saying that I'd "need to know" cursive someday.

I never use cursive, nor have I ever had to. There's no point in handwriting long documents when you can type on the computer.

You're missing the point. There is the small matter of children learning certain motor skills which allow dexterity, hand-eye-brain coordination, and the like to properly develop, and which later lend themselves to become accomplished at other skills. Mastering handwriting is one of these. Others include tying shoelaces, catching and throwing a ball, brushing one's teeth with a non-electric toothbrush, etc.

I would also put "knowing how to read a street map" as an essential skill. GPS in cars are renowned for their unreliability.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #402 on: March 01, 2014, 12:25:15 AM »
Students who can't read or write in cursive.

There's really no point in knowing anything beyond maybe your signature in cursive. I can definitively say that cursive writing was a truly pointless thing to learn in school. Those teachers definitively lied to me saying that I'd "need to know" cursive someday.

I never use cursive, nor have I ever had to. There's no point in handwriting long documents when you can type on the computer.

You're missing the point. There is the small matter of children learning certain motor skills which allow dexterity, hand-eye-brain coordination, and the like to properly develop, and which later lend themselves to become accomplished at other skills. Mastering handwriting is one of these. Others include tying shoelaces, catching and throwing a ball, brushing one's teeth with a non-electric toothbrush, etc.

I would also put "knowing how to read a street map" as an essential skill. GPS in cars are renowned for their unreliability.

LBK, you are so right. Many of those who can't write in cursive also can't tie their shoes. I have tied fifth and sixth grader's shoes on more than one occasion. Life skills seem to be slipping away.

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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #403 on: March 01, 2014, 06:01:27 PM »
Modern kids say how well video games help with hand-eye coordination.  That they lack any social skills apart from screaming obscenities into an Xbox headset is a minor issue.
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Re: What are your pet peeves and OCD's?
« Reply #404 on: March 01, 2014, 07:15:45 PM »
Today when I was at the store I heard a mom swearing at her 8-9 year old son and ordering him around, even though so far as I could tell the kid was perfectly calm and compliant.