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Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 13, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
I'm thirsty and the cup of water is at least 12 inches farther than I can reach from my seat. I might be hungry too and can't decide between M&Ms or a frozen pizza. I ran out of my home delivery organic produce except for the lemons.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Sep 13, 2013 - 03:57pm PT
Now, I suspect because the cashier can no longer be bothered to know the difference between a Poblano Chile and a potato, a grocer who sells produce without stickers stuck to it stands a good chance of going broke.

Correct. A mainline grocery store stocks between 200-500 produce items. They aren't marked and heretofore there was no universal numbering system. So retailer invented their own numbering scheme, bananas but be code #1, plums code #2.

Memorizing that sh#t was part of the job.

But who can remember the code for a japanese cuycumber??? HUH???

So we added things to the computer systems to help them remember. And then, hiring a journeyperson cashier from Vons for example, meant you STILL have to retrain him to learn the new codes.

So the grocery industry invented a numbering scheme all could use... bananas are code 4011, for eample.

Then we invented a tiny bar code symboloty that allowed us to affix small labels to the produce items, then we began requiring the packers and shippers to affix those labels - viola, we can now scan produce.

So what did we do with the extra time? I mean, if each transaction goes faster and we have to train less, what do we do with the time saved?

Answer: install self check out lanes too and then fire half of the cashier staff.

Welcome to America, goddamnit.

Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
I work for a different nurse today and have to sit next to a refrigerator. There are a lot of goodies in there, including chocolate tiramisu, two kinds of cheese, and much more. Trying to lose a few extra pounds, and this stuff is not helping.

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Sep 13, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
How long can I go without changing the water in my jacuzzi? I could google it, but hell if I'm going to type that much.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Oct 7, 2013 - 03:21am PT
replacing the Comcast cable TV with an antenna...

the "basic package" is just now encrypted, but the box they sent doesn't work... blows the local repeater out of the water and takes down the internet...

calling Comcast is a joke, waited 2.5 hours and didn't get through... last time this happened they said "nothing was wrong" while I watched the power levels to the modem slowly creep up, didn't expect anything different this time...

so I went out and got an antenna, pointed it at the Sutro Tower, and now I can receive more than the basic package without paying for it...

the joy is going to the Comcast store and canceling the basic TV, keeping the internet service...

definitely a first world problem...

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 3, 2013 - 04:26pm PT
Completing a 26 mile mountain bike trek with a 9 mile road descent through Arches National Park with speeds around 25 MPH.
Returning to the car and finding out my front wheel was never completely locked in.
That must count for 8 lives.


Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Nov 3, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
I need an infrared usb device (blaster not receiver) that controls my dish network box from Windows media center in windows 7. Very annoying trying to find such a simple device. I have the rest of the stuff to load the signal into Windows.

This way I can watch dish network from my smartphone anywhere I get a signal.. since my smartphone can control my computer.


woot problem solved


Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Nov 3, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Christmas time again already?

Time for Christmas TV commercials. Just saw one today, during the Steeler Game.


Sport climber
Pinedale, Wyoming
Nov 4, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
FWProblems:someone brings up the song "we didn't start the fire" and it sticks in your head for an hour...sheez...

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Nov 4, 2013 - 02:44pm PT
First World Problems - that popped into my brain during a very stressful day when:

1) New floaters in left eye - emergency eye appointment wrecked my achedule at work. Verdict - normal aging

2) Took 2 hours to go 8 miles across town to private dance lesson. THe water main was broken, and I was stuck in that traffic.

3) My husband was alone at the dance lesson with the "blonde", young dance instructor.

4) The man in the 4 day old truck fell asleep while in the traffic jam. His truck rear-ended my car - and I was pushed into the car ahead of me. All 3 cars were fine. All people fine - except the major inconvenience of not moving for nearly 2 hours.

5) While driving home from dinner after the private dance lesson (which I missed leaving my 56 year old husband alone with the 30 year old blonde), I discovered that I left my $500 reading glasses with the photosensitive, anti-scratch surface at the restaurant. Had to return to the resaurant to collect the forgotten glasses.

Enough first world problems for one day.

Sport climber
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
I only get 90 miles out of my tank on my bike.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
Poison Oak and mountain lions on the way to do a second ascent of an 18yr old 5.12 ow....

Trad climber
Northern California
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:41pm PT
Need crown. May need root canal. 1600.00 minimum. Oy vey.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
Oy! That eye behaving itself?

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 4, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
Verdict - normal aging are among friends. After awhile you play the shape seeing shapes of things when looking at clouds. It's all great fun...


Trad climber
SoCal Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 4, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
First world problems
Whose out dissing you, at your own game, on superpoopo (evidently)! lol

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Nov 4, 2013 - 07:51pm PT
Picked up some sushi on the fly while passing thru Flagstaff.....damn rice was dry.

Mckinleyville, Ca
Nov 4, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
So you just want to design and remodel your own house which you own.

So the building department won’t let you build it unless you pay them $4,000 and also hire an engineer for $4,000 because they discovered a small inactive earthquake fault a quarter-mile from your house.

The building department won’t sign off your building permit unless you have half-a-dozen smoke alarms which the insurance lobbyists write into the building code.

After your job is completed, spiders make their invisible webs in the new ceilings. One spider crawls inside each smoke alarm and makes a nest.

At 5.15 am this morning, a spider farts inside a smoke alarm, setting all of the alarms off.

You have to get up and shut the breaker off, but the alarms are still going off because the insurance code fixed it so all the alarms have battery back up.

As usual, the alarms continue to beep even without power and batteries. As usual, you have to totally disconnect several alarms to make it quiet again for your wife and two sleeping kids.

You are thinking: I sure am glad they put radioactive Americium 241 in these devices for my protection, how thoughtful of them.

Now your oatmeal and coffee are all stone cold and you will be late for work as a bonus.

Poor ridiculous First-World dweller.

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Nov 4, 2013 - 08:38pm PT
My radius of curvature is off by .00004.
That's a whole f*#king micron. F*#k.

Nov 4, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
My wheat-meat and organic sauerkraut Reuben sandwich has too much Vegenaise on it - dammit!
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