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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 10-27-2017 05:23 PM 758 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2017 05:23 PM

Many of us have, or have had to put up with “THAT guy”. You know, the relative (usually by marriage) or the neighbor who has no real life of their own, and insists on showing up uninvited to hang around YOU, and want to engage in banal chatter for a few hours, while you’re trying to get caught up on a backlog of projects. While you would really LOVE to tell this butt-head to F* OFF, and go get his OWN life, you can’t because A. The wife will fight with you for the rest of your life, or B. You can’t start a war with the neighbors. Meanwhile, this clown has nothing to do on his own, so he continues to appear, at the worst possible times, expecting to be entertained. You, of course, attempt to continue working while the jackass blathers on and on.
How do you handle this problem? The monosyllabic answers while you carry on with the task at hand don’t work. The frequent (and sometimes unnecessary) operation of loud power tools, which hopefully shower the jerk with sawdust often doesn’t work. Here’s what I did one fine day that got rid of a pesky next door neighbor. Planning some future work in the yard, I bought some 50 pound bags of gravel and some bags of concrete mix on my way home one Friday. These were left in the back of the truck.
Predictably, when I stepped out of the house the next morning heading toward the garage, “Joe” was waiting to pounce. I was happy to see him, and asked if he would mind giving me a hand for a few minutes. By the time he’d lugged a couple bags of gravel about 50 feet, “Joe” suddenly remembered an errand he HAD to run that morning. Funny, he seemed more content to just wave from his yard after that. Since my truck had a cap on the bed, he was never sure what I might have beck there…....
How’d any of y’all handle this kind of problem?

-- OleGrump

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#1 posted 10-27-2017 06:45 PM

As soon as anyone shows up, let out an enormous sneeze. Then take the hand you used to cover your sneeze (fake or real, doesn’t matter), pat them on the shoulder, and say “I think I’m coming down with something.”

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#2 posted 10-28-2017 01:39 PM

Grump I generally put them to work like u do Generally not gravel but I’ll point to the broom and ask them if they’d care to sweep up while they r talking. Lol. Most of the time they make a few half hearted attempts to sweep a couple of passes and then they “better get in the house and visit with so and so”. Work tends to drive ppl away
I like Dustins idea tho. Might give that a try

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#3 posted 10-28-2017 01:50 PM

I just tell them in a polite but firm manner and let the chips fall where they may. So far not too many chips have fell my way yet.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#4 posted 10-31-2017 12:51 PM

Putting him to work was a good idea. also, go ring his doorbell every time you need a hand with something and He’ll even quit waving!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-31-2017 05:09 PM

I have a friend that thinks he is very funny, in an insulting way… insult after another…which he finds to be hilarious. I was at a discount store and they had these squirt bottles with animal heads on them. I bought one that was an “ass” and the next time he stopped by I told him for every insult I was going to squirt him….I did a few times and he left. We were in the drive way by my shop, and away form any power tools (iron). The next time he stopped by, he must have thought about it and stayed right in front of my cast iron top tools, so I had this 18 inch wand looking thing that was the battery section for an extendable shower scrubber, but I told him is was an ” insult cattle prod” He left right away. I find that people that think they are “funny” usually aren’t and are quite tedious. I haven’t seen him in a few months….life is good!
My wife said I was rude…I told her to come out and talk to him…she declined….

-- Mike

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