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    First world problems

    Just got subjected to a 15 minute tirade from a......gentleman....who recently got his variance request denied and now cannot add a third garage stall to his 2,700 sq ft lake home. His face was turning red and I thought he was going to have an aneurism or a heart attack he got so worked up. He started out trying to get my sympathy but I confess all I could think to myself at the time was 'must be nice to have problems of this nature'.

    I'm positive, however, that I'm guilty of sins along those same lines. It occurs to me I was kvetching earlier about having Thanksgiving leftovers yet again, and in the scope of things that's not the kind of thing a typical resident of say Chad is going to be worried about, is it?

    So have you heard any good First World Problems lately?
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    I asked a hot shot attorney friend if Sandy affected his property and he said "oh yes, it blew the cover off my pool and hot tub!" - I responded with firstworldproblems#

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    I drove to 3 target stores in my metro area... None of them had a boy Elf on the Shelf. I even called ahead for the last one and the computer said that they had 22 in stock... the computer was wrong. I was very calm and nice to the person who assisted me as I realized it was not their fault that the computer only updates once every 24 hours.

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    This morning I forgot to add cinnamon and nutmeg to the coffee grounds before I started the fresh pot. So much for my Christmas blend today!

    **** On the other hand, my wife and I watched a movie which ended at 11:30 pm on Sunday night... then she got called into work to assist with a heart transplant at midnight and did not get home until 1pm the next day. Oh she also got called into work on Thanksgiving... twice.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Just got subjected to a 15 minute tirade from a......gentleman....who recently got his variance request denied and now cannot add a third garage stall to his 2,700 sq ft lake home. His face was turning red and I thought he was going to have an aneurism or a heart attack he got so worked up. He started out trying to get my sympathy but I confess all I could think to myself at the time was 'must be nice to have problems of this nature'.

    I'm positive, however, that I'm guilty of sins along those same lines. It occurs to me I was kvetching earlier about having Thanksgiving leftovers yet again, and in the scope of things that's not the kind of thing a typical resident of say Chad is going to be worried about, is it?

    So have you heard any good First World Problems lately?
    I once was working on a project where the property owner wanted to conbstruct a very large house on a steep mountainous parcel that had been created with a building envelope to protect slope stability and erosion. Building in some areas would have harmed downslope properties. The building envelope would have still allowed for at least 2,500 sf. We told him he could not build outside of the approved building envelope and he got so angry that he hung up on me. I found out later he died of a heart attack right after the phone call we had.
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    My bank (credit union) closes at 4:30 on week days. How am I to get my money if I need large withdraws? The ATM only let's me take out $600 at a time?
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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    I once was working on a project where the property owner wanted to conbstruct a very large house on a steep mountainous parcel that had been created with a building envelope to protect slope stability and erosion. Building in some areas would have harmed downslope properties. The building envelope would have still allowed for at least 2,500 sf. We told him he could not build outside of the approved building envelope and he got so angry that he hung up on me. I found out later he died of a heart attack right after the phone call we had.
    Wow! Killed a guy. All I've ever managed was to make someone cry.
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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    I found out later he died of a heart attack right after the phone call we had.
    Not to one up you, but... We had a local resident that came to most meetings to loudly complain about something, and it was usually about my department. He got up right behind me, started his tirade, and dropped over dead. I was going to start CPR, but there were two paramedics in the room, so I just cleared the area. They worked on him for almost an hour before taking him away, and then, for real, the mayor re-convened the meeting.
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    I asked a hot shot attorney friend if Sandy affected his property and he said "oh yes, it blew the cover off my pool and hot tub!" - I responded with firstworldproblems#
    I just can't relate to that kind of problem.

    Or your response.

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    I'm thinking that I'll "have" to see The Hobbit in the theater twice... once to see if it's ok for my son to see it (he doesn't get easily scared by movies but he's still only 4 1/2) and then most likely again to take him. I'm not really complaining about this problem, though.

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    Quote Originally posted by Mastiff View post
    Not to one up you, but... We had a local resident that came to most meetings to loudly complain about something, and it was usually about my department. He got up right behind me, started his tirade, and dropped over dead. I was going to start CPR, but there were two paramedics in the room, so I just cleared the area. They worked on him for almost an hour before taking him away, and then, for real, the mayor re-convened the meeting.
    Craziness. Who could sit through a meeting after witnessing that?
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    Public Sector Planners complaining: I work a VERY long 37.5 hours a week, and THEN I have to take time out of my evenings every 2-3 weeks to....sit...and listen...and take notes...and occasionally speak...all the way until 830 or 9pm.

    BTW, I am pulling an all-nighter tonight designing an 800 acre subdivision for a developer.
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    Quote Originally posted by nrschmid View post
    Public Sector Planners complaining: I work a VERY long 37.5 hours a week, and THEN I have to take time out of my evenings every 2-3 weeks to....sit...and listen...and take notes...and occasionally speak...all the way until 830 or 9pm.

    BTW, I am pulling an all-nighter tonight designing an 800 acre subdivision for a developer.
    Great....don't forget the 'loops and lollipops'.....
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    Quote Originally posted by TerraSapient View post
    Craziness. Who could sit through a meeting after witnessing that?
    We were kind of stunned, too.
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    Boy, it was such a DRAG going back to work yesterday knowing I have to work three days this week after having 5 days off in a row (3 of which were paid), before having another 3 days off this weekend. And I have ALL these Christmas lights still to be put up on my house.
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    My wife tipped me off to this site: http://whitewhine.com/

    Its billed as "A Collection of Fist-World Problems." Mostly obnoxious Facebook posts that the author then replies to on the site. Some of it is pretty funny.

    Sample:
    “I finally get a night off from work and I’m spending it car shopping which is more stressful than being at work – at R&H motor Cars Mercedes-Benz.”

    The worst part is when you can afford every car in the Benz dealership, its so hard to choose!
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    Quote Originally posted by nrschmid View post
    Public Sector Planners complaining: I work a VERY long 37.5 hours a week, and THEN I have to take time out of my evenings every 2-3 weeks to....sit...and listen...and take notes...and occasionally speak...all the way until 830 or 9pm.
    Really? This is your first world problem? Sounds more like another opportunity for you to bash on others to me. And frankly, what you've just described sounds like an easy week to me. A work week of 37.5 hours?! Gads no! A meeting that runs all the way to 8:30 or 9:00?! The horror!

    I've worked both public and private, so I know the difference. And honestly, one of the really shitty parts of working the public side is having to deal with people like you...
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    Quote Originally posted by Mastiff View post
    Really? This is your first world problem? Sounds more like another opportunity for you to bash on others to me. And frankly, what you've just described sounds like an easy week to me. A work week of 37.5 hours?! Gads no! A meeting that runs all the way to 8:30 or 9:00?! The horror!

    I've worked both public and private, so I know the difference. And honestly, one of the really shitty parts of working the public side is having to deal with people like you...
    Uh...you realize this was not nrschmid's sentiment, yes? It was a comment on people who complain about those things. That's why its posted here. I think you are on the same page here...
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    So have you heard any good First World Problems lately?
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    Quote Originally posted by wahday View post
    Uh...you realize this was not nrschmid's sentiment, yes? It was a comment on people who complain about those things. That's why its posted here. I think you are on the same page here...
    No, not people who complain about it... public sector planners who complain about it. The only ones that work under 40 are hourly and get paid for the work they do in that manner. I don't know many "go to meeting" planners that aren't salaried. But hey, since I'm in that whiny public sector, let me share a few calls of late about first world problems.

    - The lady who wants me to "just come pave her street" that has about a half dozen trips a day.
    - For that matter, the anonymous guy who complains about poor street and his taxes, with no clue about the correlation.
    - The smarmy developer that thinks the city should "partner" with him and put in mains to the development.
    - The knothead who can't understand why a 15mm sewer plant will raise his sewer rate.
    - A guy so stupid he cannot fathom (pun intended) why the culvert by his property doesn't drain when the creek is flooded.
    - The person who calls bitching about the neighbor letting the dog poop on her lawn that refuses to swear out a complaint.
    - The people who want me to maintain a cemetery the city doesn't own!

    And yeah, this is just so far this week. I think I'd trade that for a quiet all nighter designing a subdivision...
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    Reading that reminded me of a guy who called me a few months back just to complain how incompetent the DOT was in regards to road signage. He had apparently reported 300+ signs and was wondering why the DOT was ignoring him. Of course this guy was OCD and most rational people would have found nothing wrong with 98% of the signs he had reported. He would just complain about things like the directional arrows on exit signs being a few degrees off or how the directional prefixes on streets were incorrect.

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    First world problems

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