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girltrouble
idioctic spelling nazis
yuefie
Bureaucracy. Red tape. Photo op's. The media. Arsonists. mad.gif
chachaheels
Candycane, I think the "deal" was called the "Free Trade Agreement" where Canada's protections were removed and the US got to put on all kinds of new protectionist rules in place instead. Our book prices are high because all our publishers went out of business because of the deal, so the US publishers now selling our books charge lots more to sell up here (they've inflated their prices for almost 30 years, once the Canadian book publishers all started going under or ended up being bought out by the US companies). Except for very few exceptions, they were the suppliers who had what buyers here wanted--so they could set whatever price they chose. And they did.

"Trade" books aren't even as bad as books used as texts for courses...there's a massive cost difference there, which has a lot less to do with exchange rate and a lot more to do with "well, we're the sole publisher in North America, and you want our book. We get whatever we want".

Indigo/Chapters/Coles/Smith and their conglomerate are a large enough retail operation that they can force the suppliers to accept less for their product, since they're now in a position to call the shots in terms of doing business. If American publishers want to sell to Canadians (we're apparently more literate and we buy more books up here, per capita, anyway) then the largest retailer is in a really good position to set the price right now, since the US dollar's not doing so well. Indigo was smart to change their pricing...it's not a long trip to a Borders store over the river, and saving $20 a book plus getting a boost on the exchange would make the trip very worthwhile (for me, anyway).

As for Americans shopping here, most retailers/service providers up here are charging 25% exchange on the US dollar. One dollar CDA equals 1.25 USD.

girltrouble
umm...

cha cha, that kinda got me hot...

i lurve your brainsis...
MoonDancer
Banks that say they removed you from their "special add-ons" on your account that you pay for every month. For four months in a row, and 10 phone calls.

People who ask if you need help in a store repeatedly when obviously the other clerk just asked you the same thing. I think it was because I'm pregnant. What do they think I'm gonna do, pop the baby out the the fiction section?

People who ask how you're doing or if you're ok when they never expect a response at all, but then they think you're wierd for not replying.

People who expect you to say "yeah", or "uh huh" to everything they say as if you can't wait to hear the rest of it.

People who complain about the world and how badly their life sucks, but don't want to hear about the news or any "unpleseant" information because they're happy with "the way things are".

People who wear clothes outrageously too small for them. I see nothing wrong with flaunting your body, but when your ass takes up half my line of vision and you're wearing daisy dukes it's going a little far. Note that I really do not like daisy dukes to begin with. They don't do much for the female form. mellow.gif
culturehandy
Trolls
mornington
the people handing out the free newspapers at rush hour who stand *just* outside the door or on the narrowest part of the crossing (getting very much in the way) and shove it in my face while hollering "free london lite" at me. FUCK OFF.
culturehandy
telemarketers
shinyx3
word, culture
anna k
QUOTE
the people handing out the free newspapers at rush hour who stand *just* outside the door or on the narrowest part of the crossing (getting very much in the way) and shove it in my face while hollering "free london lite" at me. FUCK OFF.


I hate that too. I hate being in crowded areas in NYC already, I don't like it when people are sticking flyers or newsapers right at me, or standing at the front of the escalator, or if a homeless person is asking for change while standing next to the door at Duane Reade.

I hate it when I'm in the city and someone is practically walking on my heels, and if I open a door and there are alternate sides to enter, the person behind me always chooses the one I choose, practically on my heels. I just don't like people walking that close to me or being on my back.
candycane_girl
The utter rudeness of some people!

The reason I say that is this: I was just coming home and there were two people in my lobby speaking French. The entire time there was this other woman clearly saying "This is an English country, speak English!" Um, no it's not you dumb bitch. This is Canada and we have TWO official languages!
mornington
"personal development planning"... when it asks, in a word document (which I've downloaded from the internet) if I have the ability to use word and the internet. And a host of other stupid questions that make me wonder about the mental capacity of the people who came up with this idiocy.
anarch
People who ask how you're doing or if you're ok when they never expect a response at all, but then they think you're wierd for not replying.

That drives me insane. If we're walking fast towards each other in a hall, don't fucking say "How are you" because you're 5 feet behind me 1 second after you've said it, and that makes it blindingly obvious your "How are you" is completely fucking meaningless. You might as well say "Hi" and drop the pretense you give a shit about how I am. It's basic punctuation. "How are you?" is supposed to have a question mark at the end, not a period.
dj-bizmonkey
the guys in my parking lot playing horse shoes are at it AGAIN!! i was up all night with that clankity-clank-clank followed by roaring drunken laughter bullshit. go find a soft green patch somewhere, not the slab of concrete outside my window!!
missjoy
People who are not good dog owners. I live by a forest where I walk my dog - I don't let mine off leash because she would be gone (I know she isn't well trained and would follow her sniffer after anything interesting). It is not an off leash area but many people walk their dogs off leash. It bugs me a bit, but if they are well trained - whatever.

Yesterday I'm walking through the woods and this woman comes towards me with three large German Shepherds and one small Chihuaua - all off leash. Two Shepherds come bounding over to us, the third is kind of growling under it's breath and backing up. Now, I'm not going past it until she grabs it, which she is trying to do but she has lost her voice or something so she can only whisper and whenever she trys to go towards it - it backs away from her. It also has a bandage on one leg. When she finally grabs it she says, "I've only had him for three days and we have to go get his leg amputated."

Dumb bitch - you are walking a dog that you don't know and is also injured and doesn't respond to commands off leash in a non-off-leash area? GRRRRRR!!!!
lilacwine13
I, too, hate it when people ask "How are you" when a simple "hi" would work. You obviously don't care, so why are you even asking?
tankgirl
missjoy. i too HATE HATE bad pet owners. Maybe it came from too long working in a pet store and watching people buy their dogs unhealthy kibble and like 5 different kinds of doggy sweaters and designer stuff that is more for them then their pets. This new trend of having a dog to play dress up with absolutely sucks, because these people do not know how to be a good pet parent, at all. they treat their pets as more of an accesory than a companion.
humanist77
Count me in on "how are you?". The phrase should not be allowed unless you really mean it! At work it's practically required every time you see first someone; I'm asking and answering the question about 15 times in a day; although I really try to mean it. I doubt my coworkers do :p

I also hate when someone is walking right behind me-even if I don't think they're doing it to be creepy or annoying. Conversely, I generally walk very quickly in the city, and I often get stuck behind someone who is also walking very quickly, and I'd practically have to jog to get ahead of them, so I just walk behind them and that's really annoying too. I won't even get in to the slow walkers..we all can't stand those people :P
Although right now we have a house guest who has all sorts of health problems and she has to walk very slowly, so it's teaching me a lesson~
ginger_kitty
I agree, I hate it when people ask "how are you"...I think this has faded I don't hear it much anymore, but I used to hate it when people would always say 'smile'.

Bad dogs owners tick me off also. Some girl at work the other day was talking to me about our dogs, and told me she buys the cheapest food available and asked me what I bought. Then kind of implied I was wasting my money. To me my dogs are my children, and I'm going to buy them the best food I can.
dusty
I hate it when I look right at someone and say 'hi' and they don't say hi back. Especially if they are a patron at work, because that makes me feel like they don't think they have to say hi back because I'm being paid to say hi. Welcome to "How to instantly make sure I'm not going to go out of my way to help you 101".
mornington
I have to admit to buying my dog cheap dog kibble, but he likes it. And it doesn't give him an upset stomach... The more expensive stuff, and tins, tend to make for a smelly dog.

missjoy, that's just... stupid.

stupid doctors catchment areas where i can only register for one doctor but they aren't taking on new patients right now.

"sports" shops that actually sell fashion "leisurewear". I want sports kit, not a velour roccawear hoodie. You have five floors and you're telling me you don't stock a single long-sleeve lycra mix running top, but I can choose from godknowshowmany different brands of "yoga pant" And consequently, going to american apparel to get said top, because I need a goddamned black top that I can race in.
humanist77
ugh, ginger-I HATE when people tell me to smile. I obviously am not in the mood to smile, do you really want me to just fake it? As if forcing myself to smile will suddenly put me in a great mood? Okay, I've heard that doing that can make you feel a little better, but it's still not genuine.
lilacwine13
I hate being told the smile too, especially since I think I look stupid when I do smile and it's not genuine.

I also hate it when people tell me that things aren't so bad because I'm pretty. What does my appearance have to do with anything? I know I'm kinda cute, but geez, haven't these people come within five feet of a source of celebrity gossip to know that beauty doesn't mean you'll have a great life?
kiss_the_fiddler
cob: when people drive along in the passing lane at exactly the speed limit next to someone else in the slow lane also traveling at exactly the speed limit.
grrrlyouwant
giggly groups of teens who talk at the movie theater. we went to see 'dan in real life' yesterday, and there were two separate packs of them, a group of high school age girls and one of junior high age boys. they were at the other end of the theater, and everyone could still hear them chattering and laughing back and forth all through the previews. after the fourth one i finally leaned forward and said "geez, would you all shut up already?!" the momster was embarrassed, but a few other people clapped and said "yeah! well, someone had to say something!" and even then there were a few scattered outbursts from them throughout the film. i saw them in the lobby afterward and told them "you know, my eight year old was bored out of her mind in that movie, and she still managed to sit still and keep quiet. you need to grow up and show some consideration for other people." which of course was a huge joke to them, but i'm glad i said something. i don't need absolute silence when i'm watching a movie, but i hate missing bits of dialogue because the people around me are still guffawing over the last joke or talking about something else entirely.
dusty
To continue the convo about Canadian book prices, I went to Indigo last night and they charged me the Canadian price on the back of the book, none of this 'at par' stuff, it was 40% more.
candycane_girl
dusty, wtf? I thought they even had an ad in this week's Globe and Mail about how they were going to start only charging people the American price.

grrrl, good for you for standing up to those stupid kids! I can't stand people who talk all through movies. I tend to comment on the previews but otherwise I try to keep my mouth shut.
missjoy
Yeah, Joyboy and I went to our local (near Ottawa) Indigo and there was no mention anywhere of American pricing - and I'm sure they would have ads up all over the store if they were doing it!
pixiedust
Cob: Reverse dicrimination! Mr. Pixie is the only male teacher in his English dept..they are having a secret santa and holiday party and everything, but are excluding him because "they don't think it would be appropriate!"????WTF? It's not like he's some single bachlor who is going to be looking to get drunk and hit on them.
culturehandy
cob" People who loiter in washrooms. You've gone to the washroom, washed your hands, why are you hangning out in a washroom? Waiting for a bus??

runningwestward
The strata in my building has created a bylaw that will ban bikes from common areas including the elevator. They have a bike storage locker. But how safe can that be???!!! It has a sign on the outside door for all to see that it is the door to the bike storage area. Yup not keeping our race bikes in there. So we are moving. I hate Stratas.
pollystyrene
I don't know if they do this everywhere, or just around me, but lately, I've been seeing it more. The most recent instance has been with a store that's going out of business, a upscale chain of home decor stores. They hire people who look like homeless people to stand on the corner at intersections near their stores and hold up signs all day that say, "Store going out of business, 70% off!"

Maybe they are being paid a decent amount of money, but it just seems dehumanizing to pay someone to do that, when you could just stick the sign into the ground. Like the human statues in Roger & Me.
tankgirl
so this isnt neccessarily a pet peave but something i saw that bothered me a lot. the other day on my walk to work i passed by a funeral home that was in the middle of a service. they were walking the coffin outside and all of the family and friends were standing around watching etc etc... then i walk by and there are these 2 state college student looking girls hiding behind a tree taking pictures! i wanted to go after them and slap them. what it looked like is they were trying to get some shots for a school project or something but if you are going to do that, get permission from the family. people are just rude and it bugs the shit out of me. it just seems really selfish of someone to do something like that.
lilacwine13
Polly, that happens a lot around here, I'm sorry to say. If I'm out on a Saturday, I'll see at least one person holding a sign on the sidewalk advertising...well, anything, really. Tax places, cell phones, apartment complexes, these seem to be the most popular around here. Sometimes they have the people dress up in costumes, but yeah, I think it's rather sad for the signholder. Knowing this area, that person isn't getting paid too well and since it gets really hot here, it can't be fun.

I don't understand why they can't just fly a banner or stick the sign in the ground either.
auralpoison
I cannot stand people that invite themselves over or the people that just accept that type of behaviour. A friend of my deceased father invited himself over to dinner tonight via my mum's BF. And he knows I can't stand him. I'm not cooking. I'm just not. I got three chops for three people. They can order a goddamn pizza.
candycane_girl
This is sort of off topic but for Canadian busties, I went back and looked at the ad I had seen concerning Indigo/Chapters and it said they would charge less for best sellers. They had an ad in the Globe and Mail this weekend that basically went like this:

cdn $27
US $24
our price $19

The website has some more info as well.


</end off topicness>
dj-bizmonkey
cob: rude cashiers at gas stations.....i'm in the midwest visiting my bf and we went to the gas station to grab some beer. i asked if they could give cash back (something that is completely normal where i'm from, nearly all debit card sliders give you the option to get cash back), there were two cashiers and the one said he could do it and then asked the other cashier how. the other cashier said very haughtily, 'noooo, we don't give cash back, that's what atm's are for. there's one right over there, use it.' well if i wanted to pay the $4 extra i would use the atm and have to pay the fees from my bank and the atm! it really irked me! ok, so maybe the concept of cash back is foreign to the people here, but you don't have to be a jackass about it. you can just say, sorry miss, we don't give cash back here, but if you'd like to use an atm we have one of those.
edie52
Major cob: trying to get a freaking appt. with a gyno here (in Sweden, my current but temporary place of residence). For all the noise about their great social systems and progressive stance on gender issues I am hitting so many walls. I admit, they are better than many countries on those issues and many others, but still.... apparently a gyno is considered a "specialist" here, one you have to see privately and pay for. If nearly 50% of the population requires regular check-ups from a type of doctor, I don't think they should be considered a specialist to such an extent. Um, shouldn't a pap smear be free and accessible? (I'm from Canada, where they definitely are.)

Add to that the fact that I don't speak the language (besides being able to order a tea and whatnot)... it's already a somewhat sensitive subject, so the frustration just compounds. I mean, everyone speaks English, which I'm grateful for, but when it comes to medical terms no one knows what I'm talking about. As though the cervix doesn't exist here. I know it's not their fault, but when seeking medical attention, one generally wants to feel as though the doctor/nurse, and even the receptionist, know what's up.

*throws things, cries*
potbunny
QUOTE(edie52 @ Nov 23 2007, 04:23 PM) *
Major cob: trying to get a freaking appt. with a gyno here (in Sweden, my current but temporary place of residence). For all the noise about their great social systems and progressive stance on gender issues I am hitting so many walls. I admit, they are better than many countries on those issues and many others, but still.... apparently a gyno is considered a "specialist" here, one you have to see privately and pay for. If nearly 50% of the population requires regular check-ups from a type of doctor, I don't think they should be considered a specialist to such an extent. Um, shouldn't a pap smear be free and accessible? (I'm from Canada, where they definitely are.)

Add to that the fact that I don't speak the language (besides being able to order a tea and whatnot)... it's already a somewhat sensitive subject, so the frustration just compounds. I mean, everyone speaks English, which I'm grateful for, but when it comes to medical terms no one knows what I'm talking about. As though the cervix doesn't exist here. I know it's not their fault, but when seeking medical attention, one generally wants to feel as though the doctor/nurse, and even the receptionist, know what's up.

*throws things, cries*


I can understand. In America, the gyno is considered a specialist. That means more expensive co-pays, if the insurance even covers it at all.
missjoy
That sucks about a gyno being a specialist - that makes no sense!

I think there is a special, very freezing place in hell for people who shovel the snow from their driveways onto the street.

Yeah, that's helpful for the rest of us.
candycane_girl
I've never seen a gynecologist but I've been told that here in Canada it's the same thing They are specialists therefore you can't see one unless there is actually something wrong with you.
auralpoison
Edie52, when I lived abroad I had a half Spanish half Portuguese roomie, so I understand you language barrier in the femme front. She got her period first, she was unsure of what to do with her detritus when she changed her pad as there were no bins in any of the three loos. After twenty minutes of five languages she finally blurted out in shaky English, "What every woman has!" They gave us individual bags to throw or menstrual trash in. Heaven for fend the men know we bleed.
pollystyrene
unless you have some unusual gynecological issue or are uncomfortable with your regular dr., could you go to your regular doctor for a pap smear? That's what I do.

Either way, that is kinda ridiculous.
edie52
Candycane_girl- that's not really true. At home I just go to the free clinic for all my regular tests, and also if I have some kind of specific problem- but maybe that's different from having your "own" gyno? Anyway, it works.

I don't have a regular doctor here. Tried to see one, and that's when I started being given the runaround. Although for women who are citizens here and used to the system, I'm sure it's easier.
swedishchick
edie: PM me, maybe I can help! Where exactly do you live and what kind of examination do you need?
candycane_girl
Well, in my experience it's just been that I go to my regular doctor for my pap smear and full physical checkup. If there was ever a problem then they would send me to a gyno.
Moonpieluv
Yep.. can do a regular doctor if you don't have a history of irregular paps... which I have a history, soo...they recently told me that I have a slight problem (?) huh? but no need to worry about it for the next 6 months! I'm getting a new gyn. here in K-town anyway cause my doc in NC was SO impersonal. I miss my NYC doc.

Off topic but...
cob= my mother jesting with me in front of the rest of the family during the holiday about how I'm childless and single. thanks mom, but modern times call for modern measures.
cob= that I can't be honest with my family about the fact that I'm dating a wonderful man....who happens to be african-american. can't be honest cause they are rascist, southern simple-minded bigots. WTF!!!!!!!! I am disgusted cause I moved to TN to be closer to my family in the first place and now this crap. disappointing to say the least. mad.gif
sigh...
edie52
Thanks, Swedishchick... I might take you up on that offer, but first I'm going to try to get through to the clinic recommended to me by the nice lady at exchange student services.
swedishchick
Edie: OK, so you found one? Sounds good! Good luck and contact me if you have any probs!
candycane_girl
Arggghhhh! Fucking hotmail!

"This address is not supported"

Excuse me? My fucking hotmail address is not supported by Hotmail?!

Argh, I fucking hate how stupid this is, I have now switched all of my email addresses to gmail.
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