What irks you today?

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  • ythannah
    ythannah Posts: 4,187 Member
    jjpptt2 wrote: »
    I have a general contractor lined up to do some work on the staircase in my home. He and his crew got "hit pretty hard" by COVID and "lost about 2 weeks". Now the work isn't likely to get done before Christmas.

    I'm irked. Should I be?
    Is this just life in the era of COVID, or... ?

    I'm jealous, I can't even get a contractor to show up to give me a quote, let alone commit to do the work.

    Last spring I decided this was the year to get my concrete driveway replaced. It's not a cheap job, particularly as the existing concrete has to be broken up and removed Called the company that did a beautiful job on a driveway in the block next to mine. He said he'd come over and do a quote, never showed up. Called my second choice contractor, same result. Got the name of another reputable company from a coworker, SAME RESULT.

    Does nobody want to work any more???
  • jjpptt2
    jjpptt2 Posts: 5,609 Member
    ythannah wrote: »
    jjpptt2 wrote: »
    I have a general contractor lined up to do some work on the staircase in my home. He and his crew got "hit pretty hard" by COVID and "lost about 2 weeks". Now the work isn't likely to get done before Christmas.

    I'm irked. Should I be?
    Is this just life in the era of COVID, or... ?

    I'm jealous, I can't even get a contractor to show up to give me a quote, let alone commit to do the work.

    Last spring I decided this was the year to get my concrete driveway replaced. It's not a cheap job, particularly as the existing concrete has to be broken up and removed Called the company that did a beautiful job on a driveway in the block next to mine. He said he'd come over and do a quote, never showed up. Called my second choice contractor, same result. Got the name of another reputable company from a coworker, SAME RESULT.

    Does nobody want to work any more???

    I bet it took us 10 calls to 7 different contractors before anyone would come look at the job. But I agree with your point... seems no one wants more work.
  • RAinWA
    RAinWA Posts: 1,980 Member
    jjpptt2 wrote: »
    ythannah wrote: »
    jjpptt2 wrote: »
    I have a general contractor lined up to do some work on the staircase in my home. He and his crew got "hit pretty hard" by COVID and "lost about 2 weeks". Now the work isn't likely to get done before Christmas.

    I'm irked. Should I be?
    Is this just life in the era of COVID, or... ?

    I'm jealous, I can't even get a contractor to show up to give me a quote, let alone commit to do the work.

    Last spring I decided this was the year to get my concrete driveway replaced. It's not a cheap job, particularly as the existing concrete has to be broken up and removed Called the company that did a beautiful job on a driveway in the block next to mine. He said he'd come over and do a quote, never showed up. Called my second choice contractor, same result. Got the name of another reputable company from a coworker, SAME RESULT.

    Does nobody want to work any more???

    I bet it took us 10 calls to 7 different contractors before anyone would come look at the job. But I agree with your point... seems no one wants more work.

    I'm right there with you. I had a major leak in my (only) bathroom 6 weeks ago and I'm still living with a plywood floor and no sink (I admit I put the work on hold for a couple of weeks). I decided to do the remodel I've been wanting since it's torn up anyway but I need the quote for the repairs for the insurance company plus the quote for the remodel and the guy was here two weeks ago. Still no estimate. He promises next week so we shall see.

    If it ever gets done, it will be a really nice bathroom!
  • ythannah
    ythannah Posts: 4,187 Member
    jjpptt2 wrote: »
    ythannah wrote: »
    jjpptt2 wrote: »
    I have a general contractor lined up to do some work on the staircase in my home. He and his crew got "hit pretty hard" by COVID and "lost about 2 weeks". Now the work isn't likely to get done before Christmas.

    I'm irked. Should I be?
    Is this just life in the era of COVID, or... ?

    I'm jealous, I can't even get a contractor to show up to give me a quote, let alone commit to do the work.

    Last spring I decided this was the year to get my concrete driveway replaced. It's not a cheap job, particularly as the existing concrete has to be broken up and removed Called the company that did a beautiful job on a driveway in the block next to mine. He said he'd come over and do a quote, never showed up. Called my second choice contractor, same result. Got the name of another reputable company from a coworker, SAME RESULT.

    Does nobody want to work any more???

    I bet it took us 10 calls to 7 different contractors before anyone would come look at the job. But I agree with your point... seems no one wants more work.

    Oh damn. I don't have that many choices available, at least not good contractors. Driveways don't seem to be a common one, the big companies do forming for construction and the little companies stick to decorative landscaping type stuff.

    On the other hand, I did find a fellow to grind out a huge tree stump, first phone call! And the job got done almost on schedule. I was expecting him to drop off his bill when he finished since he was right there in my front yard but two weeks later and still no bill?

    Modern business practices bewilder me.
  • more_oomph
    more_oomph Posts: 112 Member
    I hate when I'm in the middle of cooking and I have to go #2

    Can someone watch my quiche?
  • Sweet_A
    Sweet_A Posts: 7,486 Member
    Nothing! 🙌🏻 Nada!
  • OpheliaCooter
    OpheliaCooter Posts: 1,230 Member
    That I had a naughty dream about my crush but they weren’t sleeping with me and were a huge douche about it
  • glassyo
    glassyo Posts: 6,427 Member
    This stitch in my mouth that just...won't...dissolve.

    I try to chew on the other side but sometimes food migrates and pulls at it and damn, it hurts.
  • amorfati601070
    amorfati601070 Posts: 2,659 Member
    Metric/imperial conversions.
  • cmsienk
    cmsienk Posts: 9,855 Member
    edited December 2021
    Drivers who forget how to drive in the rain
  • Mychal987
    Mychal987 Posts: 78 Member
    @ReenieHJ this is why I’m a dog person lol
  • ReenieHJ
    ReenieHJ Posts: 9,511 Member
    Today.....it's the post office. :( Trying to figure out where a package is that I mailed is being a real pita. And the people at my post office weren't real helpful, said it's impossible without the tracking number. It didn't help that I lost it. :( For almost 40 years I saved every single flipping receipt I ever got due to my job. And now, I can't find an important piece of info that I truly needed??

    But thankfully my dd got online and found out the package is trapped in a recovery center not far from where she lives and she's got a picture of the tracking number. Hmmm, maybe the postal clerks need some training. :(

    Now we shall see if the package ever makes it to its destination. :(
  • honey_honey_12
    honey_honey_12 Posts: 5,682 Member
    The term, “light anomalies”
  • Ironwoman1111
    Ironwoman1111 Posts: 3,829 Member
    Nothing really, maybe just feeling like I can never get enough sleep. Dang you Netflix!🥊
  • KosmosKitten
    KosmosKitten Posts: 10,476 Member
    ReenieHJ wrote: »
    Today.....it's the post office. :( Trying to figure out where a package is that I mailed is being a real pita. And the people at my post office weren't real helpful, said it's impossible without the tracking number. It didn't help that I lost it. :( For almost 40 years I saved every single flipping receipt I ever got due to my job. And now, I can't find an important piece of info that I truly needed??

    But thankfully my dd got online and found out the package is trapped in a recovery center not far from where she lives and she's got a picture of the tracking number. Hmmm, maybe the postal clerks need some training. :(

    Now we shall see if the package ever makes it to its destination. :(

    The USPS is and has been a joke for years. I just spent 30 minutes in line because the ONE clerk behind the counter was not only continually going as slow as possible (she always does this), but because she, the postal employee, did not know how to mail a lady's package to a European address or how to input it in the computer. She's been doing this job for YEARS.. and works on a US military base, which means packages are sent overseas OFTEN. She is so inept at her job that multiple people on base have complained about her and have resorted to driving in dangerous D.C. traffic just to mail their packages from the nearest PO.

    Add to that there are a few packages I'm waiting for (not Christmas gifts, thankfully) from overseas and I have no way of tracking them at all (the company I bought from decided not to put tracking on the $60 dollar vinyl I bought). So, it's just stuck in shipping hell and I had to open a mail search request yesterday for it (it was shipped on the 29th of Nov. Should have been here a week ago).

    So, even though it is a PITA, you *can* submit a search for mail request online even without a tracking number. And usually, even though it may take a few weeks or months, most mail that's been "lost" in transit to me is eventually found, sans tracking number. Holding my breath and crossing my fingers that the same happens with this vinyl since it was limited edition and I had to search around for a company that had a copy I could purchase and ship here.
  • ReenieHJ
    ReenieHJ Posts: 9,511 Member
    ReenieHJ wrote: »
    Today.....it's the post office. :( Trying to figure out where a package is that I mailed is being a real pita. And the people at my post office weren't real helpful, said it's impossible without the tracking number. It didn't help that I lost it. :( For almost 40 years I saved every single flipping receipt I ever got due to my job. And now, I can't find an important piece of info that I truly needed??

    But thankfully my dd got online and found out the package is trapped in a recovery center not far from where she lives and she's got a picture of the tracking number. Hmmm, maybe the postal clerks need some training. :(

    Now we shall see if the package ever makes it to its destination. :(

    The USPS is and has been a joke for years. I just spent 30 minutes in line because the ONE clerk behind the counter was not only continually going as slow as possible (she always does this), but because she, the postal employee, did not know how to mail a lady's package to a European address or how to input it in the computer. She's been doing this job for YEARS.. and works on a US military base, which means packages are sent overseas OFTEN. She is so inept at her job that multiple people on base have complained about her and have resorted to driving in dangerous D.C. traffic just to mail their packages from the nearest PO.

    Add to that there are a few packages I'm waiting for (not Christmas gifts, thankfully) from overseas and I have no way of tracking them at all (the company I bought from decided not to put tracking on the $60 dollar vinyl I bought). So, it's just stuck in shipping hell and I had to open a mail search request yesterday for it (it was shipped on the 29th of Nov. Should have been here a week ago).

    So, even though it is a PITA, you *can* submit a search for mail request online even without a tracking number. And usually, even though it may take a few weeks or months, most mail that's been "lost" in transit to me is eventually found, sans tracking number. Holding my breath and crossing my fingers that the same happens with this vinyl since it was limited edition and I had to search around for a company that had a copy I could purchase and ship here.

    Yep, that's what my dd did; she has an account with USPS and is able to see any incoming packages. BUT why did the 2 employees I spoke with locally, not know a person can do that? Not know there *IS* a way to get the tracking number? Honestly, neither one of them had a clue. And one of them is a long term employee. I cringed when I realized who was going to wait on me. :(
    I think some of it also is because everybody is scrambling to fill a spot with a body to work. And many of those bodies either 1. don't care or 2. aren't as well trained as they should be.

    My dd submitted a claim yesterday because she had to wait a week from the day I sent it. But she said when she finally got to talk with a person they weren't helpful or supportive at all. :( Doesn't instill a lot of confidence.

    And how does one file an insurance claim for lost packages? I insured it for $600 but doubt I can find many of the receipts. And some of those receipts don't specify what the gift was, only the place it was purchased. I do have my credit cards records but dang, gonna be a pita figuring that all out and proving it was in the box. I truly do not understand how it made its way all across the states, only to end up in a warehouse the next city over from where she lives. That's mind boggling. :( She could drive over and look for it herself. :(0

    All I can picture is months from now, they'll hold an auction and someone is going to make a huge haul with all the gift cards. :( Or even, some shady employee will discover them and they're easy to pocket, ya know?
    Yeh, I'm not the most optimistic trusting thinker right now. :( But who knows, maybe a small miracle will occur.

    @KosmosKitten, I wish you some small miracles to get all your deliveries you're expecting and hoping for!!!
  • glassyo
    glassyo Posts: 6,427 Member
    In the I'm too old for fandom bs, I watch this show where one of the characters is gay. The young fandom also thinks all the other characters are some kind of gay (because they want representation) which I don't agree with but that's not my irk.

    Someone posted that they thought a song coming out after the gay character died was homophobic because he would have been all over it. Which is dumb because the character is a ghost so can still listen to the song. Anyway, I know it was a lighthearted post but it irked me that members and/or allies of the lgbt community could throw that word around so nonchalantly.

    Also, our office christmas dinner is tonight and I'm trying to figure out how to extricate myself before having to go through all the courses and not feel bad about it or blurt out the truth. NONE of us (except one guy who' always up for a good meal) want to be there.
  • honey_honey_12
    honey_honey_12 Posts: 5,682 Member
    This ******* headache 🤯
  • KosmosKitten
    KosmosKitten Posts: 10,476 Member
    edited December 2021
    ReenieHJ wrote: »
    ReenieHJ wrote: »
    Today.....it's the post office. :( Trying to figure out where a package is that I mailed is being a real pita. And the people at my post office weren't real helpful, said it's impossible without the tracking number. It didn't help that I lost it. :( For almost 40 years I saved every single flipping receipt I ever got due to my job. And now, I can't find an important piece of info that I truly needed??
    But thankfully my dd got online and found out the package is trapped in a recovery center not far from where she lives and she's got a picture of the tracking number. Hmmm, maybe the postal clerks need some training. :(
    Now we shall see if the package ever makes it to its destination. :(
    The USPS is and has been a joke for years. I just spent 30 minutes in line because the ONE clerk behind the counter was not only continually going as slow as possible (she always does this), but because she, the postal employee, did not know how to mail a lady's package to a European address or how to input it in the computer. She's been doing this job for YEARS.. and works on a US military base, which means packages are sent overseas OFTEN. She is so inept at her job that multiple people on base have complained about her and have resorted to driving in dangerous D.C. traffic just to mail their packages from the nearest PO.
    Add to that there are a few packages I'm waiting for (not Christmas gifts, thankfully) from overseas and I have no way of tracking them at all (the company I bought from decided not to put tracking on the $60 dollar vinyl I bought). So, it's just stuck in shipping hell and I had to open a mail search request yesterday for it (it was shipped on the 29th of Nov. Should have been here a week ago).
    So, even though it is a PITA, you *can* submit a search for mail request online even without a tracking number. And usually, even though it may take a few weeks or months, most mail that's been "lost" in transit to me is eventually found, sans tracking number. Holding my breath and crossing my fingers that the same happens with this vinyl since it was limited edition and I had to search around for a company that had a copy I could purchase and ship here.
    Yep, that's what my dd did; she has an account with USPS and is able to see any incoming packages. BUT why did the 2 employees I spoke with locally, not know a person can do that? Not know there *IS* a way to get the tracking number? Honestly, neither one of them had a clue. And one of them is a long term employee. I cringed when I realized who was going to wait on me. :(
    I think some of it also is because everybody is scrambling to fill a spot with a body to work. And many of those bodies either 1. don't care or 2. aren't as well trained as they should be.
    My dd submitted a claim yesterday because she had to wait a week from the day I sent it. But she said when she finally got to talk with a person they weren't helpful or supportive at all. :( Doesn't instill a lot of confidence.
    And how does one file an insurance claim for lost packages? I insured it for $600 but doubt I can find many of the receipts. And some of those receipts don't specify what the gift was, only the place it was purchased. I do have my credit cards records but dang, gonna be a pita figuring that all out and proving it was in the box. I truly do not understand how it made its way all across the states, only to end up in a warehouse the next city over from where she lives. That's mind boggling. :( She could drive over and look for it herself. :(0
    All I can picture is months from now, they'll hold an auction and someone is going to make a huge haul with all the gift cards. :( Or even, some shady employee will discover them and they're easy to pocket, ya know?
    Yeh, I'm not the most optimistic trusting thinker right now. :( But who knows, maybe a small miracle will occur.
    @KosmosKitten, I wish you some small miracles to get all your deliveries you're expecting and hoping for!!!

    There's a lot that local PO workers don't know about the system. They aren't taught about the online system unless they specifically work for the service centers. Not even the postal workers *at* the PO know a lot.
    For instance, I spent 30 minutes in line because the lady at the nearest PO didn't know how to ship to a European address, despite working their for years. And it wasn't a one-off because I've heard several people complain about her since I moved here for similar things. They are taught surprisingly little during training and just are supposed to "figure out" the rest.
    Honestly, I have had more luck asking for a "call-back" from the USPS and dealing with an online call service than I ever have in person. Also, the service center can usually pull up things easy if you *do* have a tracking number. In my case, the shipper insists that there isn't one, but all packages (even media mail) have one once they enter the US.

    https://about.usps.com/publications/pub370/pub370_v10_revision_012016_tech_013.htm

    The above is information on filing a claim. It's pretty picky. If you, as the sender have the receipt with the tracking number and the cost of the item you mailed when you mailed it (that has the assigned tracking number on it), this is when you use it to file a claim. Even better if you have receipts from when you purchased the individual items. When you get a person on the line (either by waiting forever or asking for a call-back), be sure to ask them if there is a stipulation on how long you have to file a claim, as well as how long you should wait for a package to show up before filing one. Depending on the mail service, there may be a time period that has to pass before you can file for lost property or damages.
    Also, if it is IN that sorting facility near her, it is not lost. The tracking clearly shows it is stuck in the sorting facility, so calling up the USPS service center and getting their help to get the mail to move is probably the first step. I had to do this A LOT last year. The fact that tracking shows it is still in the system is a good thing. If you call them up and get someone to look into it, usually that's the "push" the package needs to get moving again. This time of year, there are just so many packages, too few workers and so many hazardous weather conditions so the mail *always* gets messed up, slowed down or halted all-together.
    I'm still waiting on my vinyl, but I did submit a search request (since I have no tracking information). Trying to give it the benefit of the doubt since I believe it was shipped standard airmail from overseas, which equates to like.. media mail here. And.. if it got stuck in customs, it might be awhile. If it doesn't show by Christmas, I'll be calling up the call center myself and to let the shipper know it never arrived. That will be a whole other fight trying to get my money back.