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People that ask too many favors

Posted in People at 10:08 am by bsdman

You know what grinds my gears? People that ask too many favors. As many of you may know or have guessed, I work in the IT industry. I’m a technical serviceman. I do it all: Websites, networks, wireless, upgrades, downgrades, installations, troubleshooting. You give me a problem, chances are I can either a.) fix it or b.) fix it. I’m just that good.

So when people ask me to look at their home PC and find out why it’s running slow, I’m more than happy to oblige. I’ll usually do a couple things to speed it up. I’ll run through and polish the OS as much as I can without compromising their data. I’ll disinfect the machine from spyware, adware, malware. I upgrade the OS to the newest patches. I spend a decent amount of time on each system (usually an hour or two). I’m not one of those techies that looks through the pictures and movies on a computer. I don’t really care – I’ll only chastise people for not having antivirus, having the wrong antivirus, or having limewire installed.

But when these people become repeat customers, it starts to irk me a little bit. Why am I going out of my way to help you when you don’t heed my advice and you don’t give me anything in return? Most people barter with me – I’ll buy you lunch if you get this flash website to work on my system, or I’ll buy you lunch for a week if you install XP on my laptop. Other people barter but make me get my own treats – I’ll buy you pizza for lunch, but since I’m busy all the time YOU have to go pick it up. I’m lazy, so I don’t like driving to pick up something for me and you. In essence, I’m doing YOU a favor by picking up food for YOU at the same time I eat.

Money speaks volumes. Volumes and volumes. I like volumes of money. Unfortunately, not many people are willing to pay for my services. I’m not sure why people would rather plop down $40 on food for a week instead of paying me $40, but I think it has something to do with an “over time” vs “right now” thing. Or maybe they think I’m too sickly thin and need to eat? Who knows.

People that ask for favors without offering AND delivering in return are mooches. Mooches suck. And that’s what grinds my gears.


10 Year Olds With Cell Phones

Posted in Other at 2:19 pm by bsdman

You know what grinds my gears? 10 year olds with cell phones.

I think what got me the most was seeing a group of 10 year olds talking/texting/messaging each other using their cell phones. All this while sitting next to each other at an ice cream shop. I mean, what happened to actually talking to each other? You know how many people had cell phones when I was a kid? ZERO. We had to use a pay phone to call home. Some might say I’m just being jealous because they have something that I didn’t. Yeah, well I have maturity and responsibility. I didn’t get a cell phone until I could pay for it myself. Likewise I didn’t get a car until I could afford the gas and insurance. I had to get a job to pay for things I wanted. Weird. And that’s what grinds my gears.

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