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"STOP POPPING THAT GUM!" My mom would scream as if she were being tortured, "I can't STAND that gum cracking sound!"

I loved the sound of gum popping, but I learned to chew gum quietly, even though I would occasionally press the issue when when it came to bubble gum. What is the point of bubble gum unless you can blow bubbles until they pop?

For people unfamiliar with the idiom, a "pet peeve" is something that most people find mildly annoying but for some reason it affects you much more intensely: it drives you crazy, you absolutely can't stand it, it sends you "round the twist". Over the years my mom's dislike of gum cracking transferred to me, and it became one of my pet peeves, even though when I myself am chewing gum in private I enjoy the sound it makes. But when I am out in public and hear someone popping gum, I find the randomness of the sudden CLACKing sound really annoying, and then I always remember how mom used to react with visceral repulsion, as if she were hearing nails on a blackboard.

Another thing that drives me batty is pen tapping. I sit through a LOT of meetings in my line of work, and when people are sleepy or distracted in a meeting and start tapping or clicking pens without being aware of it, it really gets on my nerves. I can't make myself ignore it. Fewer people use retractable pens these days so the clicking is not as common as it once was, but the pen tapping still pops up from time to time. I have to watch myself on this one too, because sometimes I am hearing music in my head and start accompanying myself with toe taps, finger taps, or pen taps without realizing it. I always stop immediately when it is pointed out to me!

Many years ago I worked for a man who said "um" so often when he spoke that we used to amuse ourselves in long meetings by COUNTING them. At one staff meeting, sitting next to a woman who was also counting, she and I started giggling uncontrollably as he went over 500 (yes, 500. He topped 700 before the meeting was over). That used to bother me a lot more than it does now. These days I can usually manage to tune out those verbal tics: y'know, I'm like, really, whatevs, basically, and people for whom "fcuking" is their one and only intensifier adjective.

Not all of my pet peeves are auditory. My former doctor's office has parking spaces that are so narrow it is hard to get in the car if anyone is parked next to you. Even so, we were all supremely annoyed with the people who got around the problem by straddling two parking spaces, with the parking space dividing line running under the middle of the car. Once one person starts doing that then everyone is doing it, and there might as well not be any marked spaces in the lot.

Along the same lines(!), parking is at a premium in most Boston neighborhoods. At my old apartment, five cars could park in front of the building if everyone paid attention to leaving enough space for others. If one person parked in the wrong place, then five cars would not fit. Folks who lived in the building were generally considerate of each other, but occasionally someone else would park in front of the building who did not know the drill. What an annoying inconvenience to get home after a long day and see three cars parked in a space that would fit five, leaving me to circle the block endlessly. Similarly, I get out of proportion annoyed when cars or cabs or buses stop in the middle of the street to let people out when there is plenty of room to pull over and avoid blocking traffic.

There is only one thing that creeps me out as viscerally as my mom with the gum cracking. (If you are eating breakfast, this might be a good time to stop reading. You have been warned.) When someone talks, and opens his/her mouth wide, and there are thick white strands of saliva connecting the roof of the mouth to the tongue, that makes my skin crawl and almost turns my stomach. I know people can't help it and often don't even know when it's happening, but I get weirded out by it and don't even know what to say! Excuse me, could you swallow, or eat something salty, or wipe your tongue with a washcloth?

What are your pet peeves?
Do you have a polite way to ask people to stop doing it?








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Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud

:: COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATES ::
Let's build communities!

Every region needs a meatspace community like SFKossacks.
We take care of each other in real life.
I urge YOU to take the lead and organize one in your region.
Please tell us about it if you do and we're here for advice.


THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY

:: Regions Organizing ::
>>>Instructions on HOW TO FORM A NEW DAILY KOS GROUP
NEW GROUPS IN THE PROCESS OF ORGANIZING:
Send a Kosmail to the organizers and ask for an invitation to the group.
Northern Indiana Area: Kosmail Tim Delaney

Long Island: Kosmail grannycarol

Northern Michigan: Kosmail JillS

Nebraska: Kosmail Nebraska68847Dem

Westburbia Chicago Kossacks: Kosmail Majordomo

Caprock Kossacks (Panhandle/Caprock/Lubbock/Amarillo area) : Kosmail shesaid

West Texas Kossacks (including Big Bend Region and El Paso) : Kosmail Yo Bubba

Vermont Kossacks: Kosmail 4Freedom

Note to the above new leaders: Feel free to leave a comment any day reminding readers about your new group. Also, tell us about your progress in gathering members. Kosmail me when you've chosen a good name for your group and have created a the group. Then I'll move you to the NEW GROUPS LIST. When you've planned a date for your first event I'll make a banner for you to highlight your event in our diaries and your diaries.
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These are the groups that have started since * NEW DAY * began. Please Kosmail navajo if you have started a group before that.
NEW GROUPS LIST:

California Central Valley Kossacks - Formed: Jul 29, 2012, Organizer: tgypsy

New England Kossacks - Formed: Aug 6, 2012, Organizers:
Clytemnestra for Lower New England (Conneticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island)
nhox42 for Upper New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont)

Houston Area Kossacks - Formed: Aug 7, 2012, Organizer: Chrislove

Kossacks in India - Formed: Aug 14, 2012, Organizer: chandu

CenTex Kossacks - Formed: Sep 9, 2012, Organizer: papa monzano

Central Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Sep 26, 2012, Organizer: VetGrl

Kansas City Kossacks - Formed Oct 15, 2012, Organizer: [Founder stepped down]

Phoenix Kossacks - Formed Oct 16, 2012, Organizer: arizonablue

Chicago Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2012, Organizer: figbash

Koscadia the Pacific Northwest coast from Northern California to Alaska  
- Formed Oct 17, 2012, Oganizer: Horace Boothroyd III based in Portland, OR

Boston Kossacks - Formed: Nov 7, 2012, Organizer: GreyHawk

Motor City Kossacks South East Michigan (Detroit) Area - Formed: Nov 10, 2012, Organizer:  peregrine kate

Pittsburgh Area Kossacks - Formed: Nov 12, 2012, Organizer: dweb8231

Salt Lake City Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: War on Error

Twin Cities Kossacks - Formed: Nov 17, 2012, Organizer: imonlylurking

Dallas Kossacks North Texas - Formed: Nov 21, 2012, Admins: Catte Nappe and dalfireplug. Please contact them to join the group. An Event Organizer needed.

The Southern California Inland Empire Kossacks - Formed: Dec 3, 2012, Organizer: SoCaliana

Los Angeles Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2012, Organizer: Dave in Northridge  

Northeast Ohio Kossacks - Formed: Jan 16, 2013,  Organizer: GenXangster

Kansas & Missouri Kossacks - Formed: Jan 17, 2013, Organizer: tmservo433

I-77 Carolina Kossacks who live from Columbia, SC to north of Winston-Salem, NC. - Formed: Jan 30, 2013, Organizers: gulfgal98 and eeff

Indianapolis Kossacks - Formed: Feb 6, 2013, Organizer: CityLightsLover

Southwest Ohio Kossacks - Formed: May 10, 2013, Organizer: Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

Northern Arizona Kossacks - Formed:  Jul 5, 2013, Organizer: Sam Sara

Mexican Kossacks - Formed: Apr 14, 2013, Organizer: roberb7

New York Hudson Valley Kossacks - Formed: Oct 27, 2012, Organizer: boran2

North Carolina Triangle Kosmopolitans - Formed: Aug 2, 2013, Organizer: highacidity

Silicon Valley Kossacks - Formed: Oct 31, 2013, Organizer: Glen The Plumber

Seattle and Puget Sound Kossacks - Formed: Dec 17, 2013, Organizer: EagleOfFreedom

Las Vegas NV Kossacks - Formed: Oct 22, 2013, Organizer: miracle11

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ESTABLISHED GROUPS LIST: (List will grow as we discover them)

SFKossacks Founded by navajo, Formed: May 2, 2005

Maryland Kos Founded by timmyc, Formed: Feb 23, 2011. Contact: JamieG from Md for a group invite.

New York City Founded by Eddie C - Contact the group organizer for meet-up events: sidnora

Baja Arizona Kossacks, Event Organizer: Azazello

Three Star Kossacks Tennessee, Founded by maryKK, Formed: Apr 8, 2011

Nashville KosKats, Founded by ZenTrainer Formed: Jan 30, 2012

Virginia Kos Founded by JamieG from Md, Formed: May 3, 2011

Kos Georgia Founded by pat208, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

Colorado COmmunity Founded by Leftcandid, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

New Mexico Kossaks Founded by claude

Philly Kos Founded by mconvente Formed: Aug 29, 2011

DKos Florida Founded by ThirstyGator, Formed: Feb 14, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail Vetwife to be included in next event.

Oklahoma Roundup Founded by BigOkie, Formed: Feb 13, 2011, Currently organizing: Kosmail peacearena to be included.

DKos Asheville Founded by davehouck, Formed: Feb 13, 2011 - Organizing Assist by: randallt

San Diego Kossacks Founded by La Gitane, Formed: Nov 18, 2011

Massachusetts Kosmopolitans Founded by mem from somerville, Formed: Feb 13, 2011

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:: Event Reporting ::
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LIVEBLOG NYC Kos Meetup 1/12/14


by ericlewis0for New York City

Wow. Boom! ericlewis0 blew us all away on Sunday. He provided a LIVE BLOG of the NYC event complete with photos and bonafide commentary from the attendees. Amazing!

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Photo 1 L-R: In the orange, thankgodforairamerica, ghchaucer2, sidnora, joanbrooker, dave g & kathny Photo 2 L-R: Plf515, Laura Clawson, mets102, son of broccoli, Communitygis, no exit, designthefuture & mattc129

Please visit ericlewis0's diary for the live blog commentary from the attendees! Enjoy! You can join NYC Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to sidnora.

sidnora promises her faithful follow-up diary and she could likely have food pr0n. I hope so. I live for explicit photos of the fries at Spitzer's Corner.

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Houston Area Kossacks Meet-Up Pr0n, Pizza Edition


by Chrislovefor Houston Area Kossacks

Our intrepid Houston Area Kossacks got together again. It was time for socializing after all the Battle Ground Texas work many of them did last year. Here's to gearing up for more work this year.

Chrislove is the group organizer and he can be seen in the photo below on the top right:

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Top L-R: doraphasia, cosette & Chrislove
Bottom L-R: htowngenie & MarciaJ720
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L-R: mjbleo, Mary, flekk17 & TDDVandy

Please visit Chrislove's diary for amazing food pr0n photos! Enjoy! You can join Houston Area Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to Chrislove.

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Motor City Kossacks Banner

Motor City Kossacks Meetup Report re Sat. 1/4; Reminder re NN14 Meetup Th. 1/9 @ 7pm Sidetrack, Ypsi


by peregrine katefor Motor City Kossacks

A polar vortex could not stop six Motor City Kossacks from getting together on January 4th. Kudos, all! ACA Daily Kos celebrity, Brainwrap attended and brought the group up to date on his work.

Even folks from the White House are quoting his figures now. He also observed how odd he thought it was that the mainstream media (and governmental) sources were 1) not talking to him directly, seemingly content to take his numbers as valid, and 2) not conducting similar statistical aggregations on their own. We shared his astonishment, but agreed that he is doing an important job.
Also in attendance were prolific diarist BFSkinner, user ID 162795 and has been around since long before 2008. Amber6541, famous pootie/woozle diarist with an old user ID of 157580 and sydneyluv, who beat them all with the user ID of 132330. Long timers, these three!

Discussion included Michigan's crucial statewide elections in 2014 and the need to displace Rick "the Nerd" Snyder.

As hosts for upcoming NN14, the Motor City Kossacks are ready for their first meeting with the NN14 staff this January 9th. peregrine kate expressed the need to hear from as many politically radical, grass-roots organizers in Detroit during NN14 as possible and coalesce all this collective energy. All who attend this early meeting will get to shape the agenda. Please kosmail peregrine kate to attend this important event.

Here's one photo:

Four Kossacks at Sweetwater Tavern meetup
L-R: Four Motor City Kossacks: Amber6541, Brainwrap, sydneyluv, BFSkinner

You can still recommend peregrine kate's diary and see many MORE photos! Enjoy! You can join Motor City Kossacks by sending a Kosmail to peregrine kate.

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:: Events Currently on the Books for Kossacks  ::
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LasVegasDemocrats
Tuesday, January 28th

Las Vegas Kossacks SOTU Watch Party

TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Barefoot Bob's Beach Bar & Gaming
1590 E Flamingo Rd • Las Vegas

Northside of Flamingo, across from Blueberry Hill Diner, Barefoot Bobs is the old Murphy's Law Pub. We will be outside in the enclosed HEATED Patio with 2 big screen tv.s. We will be a private group and Happy Hour prices will apply!

ORGANIZER: Send miracle11 a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. miracle11
2.
3.
Maybees:
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SiliconValley Kossacks Banner by Glen The Plumber
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Tuesday, January 28th

Silicon Valley Kossacks SOTU Watch Party

TIME: 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Lusty's Home
Address given privately to RSVPs • Silicon Valley

Event will be potluck, please bring a side dish to complement a crock-pot main course provided by Lusty. Desserts and tasty beverages are needed, also.

Discussion will be about how the Silicon Valley Kossacks can use their group effectively to support Mike Honda since he is being primaried.

ORGANIZER: Send Lusty a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. Lusty - Crock-pot main course
2. Glen the Plumber
3. remembrance
4. TLO
5. navajo - wine
6. BroadBlogs
7. BayAreaKen
8. MrNavajo - wine
9. SanJoseLady
Maybees:
Cali Scribe
Mr. Cali Scribe
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Saturday, February 1st

Seattle & Puget Sound Kossacks Inaugural Meet-up

TIME: Noon - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: TBD
[Address] • Seattle

ORGANIZER: Send EagleOfFreedom a kosmail to attend.

RSVPs:
1. EagleOfFreedom
2. TBone Apollo
3. John Crapper
4. Lefty Coaster
5.
Maybees:
bleeding blue
Penny GC
SilverWillow
Regina in a Sears Kit House
Latest diary: Seattle Initial Meetup
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February 15-17th

Mexican Kossacks & Democrats Abroad Annual Meeting in Puerto Vallarta

SCHEDULE

Saturday, Feb. 15, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM: Welcome Reception with Tom Hayden at private home.

Sunday, Feb. 16, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM: Annual Meeting at International Friendship Club  - (to include business  meeting, address by Tom Hayden, and presentations on Fundraising, Web-Ex training (replaces Calliflower), Get Out the Vote (GOTV), and Communications including Social Media

Monday, Feb. 17, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM: Presentation by Tom Hayden supporting the importance of voting in the 2014 election. Hosted at chapel across from Hacienda San Angel.

TICKET INFORMATION

Advanced Full Registration: $35 USD (450 pesos) Includes all events if you register before Feb 1st.

Tom Hayden Presentation (Monday only): $12 USD (150 pesos)  

To Buy: Email GOTVfromAbroad AT yahoo DOT com with the quantity of tickets needed for either “Full Registration” or “Tom Hayden (Monday only)”. You will receive a PayPal bill and a written notification once your payment has been processed.

ORGANIZER: Send roberb7 kosmail to connect at the event.

KOSSACK RSVPs:
1. roberb7
2.
3.
Maybees:
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