OT : Stupid things you're stupid at

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  1. 80shusky

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    I painted houses during summers in college and always hated getting back on the ladder from a roof. You just feel like you are going to fall off.
     
  2. Devland

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    I have a theory that every person has a word that they can't pronounce correctly. Mine happens to be the word aluminum. As a retired engineer I have been in meetings where I have had to use the word and I would tense up when I knew it was coming up. So we use tin foil in our house.
     
  3. 80shusky

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    You might be right about that. When I was in Ireland many years ago fishing a local told me to go up to the bend where the aluminum plant was. He pronounced it ah-loo-mineum. I'm sure he pronounced it correctly for an Irish person but it always stuck with me. So, if that is the way you pronounce it, you can always say you are Irish!
     
  4. intlzncster

    intlzncster i fart in your general direction

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    Or English, Australian, Kiwi, South African....

    Although, some pronounce it like: al-you-mineum
     
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  5. Devland

    Devland

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    That's not the way I pronounce it but I have heard that pronunciation. I know how it's supposed to sound. It just never comes out correctly. It's a mental block thing.
     
  6. 80shusky

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    Cool. Didn't realize that for some reason. The word doesn't come up in regular conversation all that much I guess.
     
  7. August_West

    August_West Resident Champion

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    I can point that out to our shared boss. Might light a fire under you.
     
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  8. mauconnfan

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    I'm also awful at going to play golf and making it a 5 hour day rather than a 10 hour day. That damn 19th hole, she'll just never understand I guess.

    Oh well 10:12 tee time today with 16 guys, don't worry about dinner my love.;)
     
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  9. Leebo

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    I played golf in Japan for the first time today... Tee time was 8:05. Got off the 18th hole at 3:30. They do break the two nines into two separate tee times with a dedicated lunch break in between, but that was still ridiculous.
     
  10. mauconnfan

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    That's not golf I'm afraid. I played at Great Neck in New London in a proAm 2 weeks ago on a Thursday and it took 5 hours and 45 minutes and that makes me want to stop playing because that's WAY too long for golf. Takes away drinking time #1....but 7 hours and 25 minutes? I would not have been on the course after 9 in that case. I can't yell at people that long.
     
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  11. willie99

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    this my strength in life, not sure that's a good thing though
     
  12. willie99

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    listening to my wife of 32 years, seems like everything she says goes into my spam box

    having patience with our football coaches

    respecting career politicians

    losing weight
     
  13. HskysNvrSlp

    HskysNvrSlp fespn

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    Ireland and most of the world(apart from the U.S. and Canada) spell it aluminium but both variations are recognized by the IUPAC.

    Im stupid at words and speaking. Conversing, message boards, small talk- I get anxious and constantly second guess myself. Creative writing has never been a problem but social interactions are difficult.
     
  14. Deepster

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    Youre not really trying. I used to be the same way and finally had a boss pull me aside about it. He asked me if I'd be late for a meeting with the CEO. Naturally, I said no. He said that, at some point between him and the CEO, I decide the person isn't important enough and I don't care. Made me look at it differently and made me not like when people show up to my meetings late.

    You just have decided you don't care enough, Dove.
     
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  15. Dream Jobbed 2.0

    Dream Jobbed 2.0 Formerly DiacosArmy

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    Getting the garbage bag to stay up in the can.
     
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  16. RoderickSpode

    RoderickSpode 7th Earl of Sidcup

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    Yo-yos. I could not get that damn hunk of plastic to come back to me if my life depended on it.
     
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  17. Mano

    Mano Certified Bonehead

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  18. WhereistheDove?

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    It gives me a certain level of extra comfort to do it myself. Never underestimate the potential stupidity/laziness of someone who works at a pep boys/jiffy lube type place. My car also happens to have a top mountes filter and a drain valve which means I can change the oil with about 1 minute of actual effort and zero mess. The bottom mounted filters make things a bit messier.
     
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  19. Dream Jobbed 2.0

    Dream Jobbed 2.0 Formerly DiacosArmy

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    I got my oil changed at Economy a few weeks ago. On the way home I was getting an awful sound when I went over bumps. When I got home I was I surprised to find they only half way put the splash guard back on. Kinda makes me wonder what else they screw up.
     
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  20. WhereistheDove?

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    I have too many mechanic friends that have told me too many stories about the morons they've worked with. Almost all of those stories are centered around their time at big chains. My favorite was an AWD car that came in for an oil change, where they drained the front diff and then overfilled the engine oil. Needless to say, completely destroyed the diff. Also one where they drained the engine oil and then forgot to fill the oil back up. The good mechanics are generally not working at those type places.
     
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  21. Mr. French

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    What about "whatever way the opening of the symbol is facing, that's the bigger one" like it's a mouth going to eat whichever is the bigger amount i.e. 3>1 or 1<4
     
  22. Mr. French

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    And oh btw, I can't even contribute right now because the list in my head hasn't been narrowed down far enough yet.
     
  23. intlzncster

    intlzncster i fart in your general direction

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    True, I'd def pay a few extra bucks to get it done at a reputable local mechanic than a jiffy lube.
     
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  24. BUConn10

    BUConn10 Artist formerly known as BUHusky10

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    Ok so I've seen a dozen ways to tell which is the less than symbol.

    But am I crazy in that the simplest method by far is that the "big" or open end of the symbol, whichever one it may be, faces the larger number??? And conversely the small value faces the smaller or closed end.

    3 > 2. Or 50 < 100
     
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  25. temery

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    Leave him alone. He was probably jerking something.
     
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  26. huskyharry

    huskyharry Hooyah

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    With maturity, a man learns that it is better to let them free!
     
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  27. Kitaman

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    Yeah, but there is a technique to silently releasing them. Perhaps that's what he is bad at.

    Or is he bad at masking the smell using the trumpet notes method?

    Or is he bad at feigning innocence (i.e. it wasn't me)?

    Or is he bad at walking and farting (spreading the damage)?

    Just saying farting ain't that simple unless you just don't give a fart.
     
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  28. uconnfan68

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    If you drink while playing, you don't even notice.
     
  29. mauconnfan

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    Well that's the only savior. Problem is that pace creates a bad (or good) pace out of the cooler 68 LOL
     
  30. joober jones

    joober jones Finally Non-Fat Guy

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    I can't tie knots to save my life.
     
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