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Growl [Aug. 9th, 2005|06:27 am]
Zoethe
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I usually try to avoid bitching in my journal, but this morning I can't help it. I have one simple question:

Why are the members of my family fundamentally opposed to putting the DVDs back into their damned cases and back onto the damned shelves?

I spent a good portion of my precious morning hour-to-myself sorting through stacks of stray DVDs and empty cases, trying to match everything back together. As it is, most of two seasons of South Park are missing, and I have the disk for Red Dwarf VI but no case. I have made specific requests that this be done, which have been pooh-poohed as an overly anal-retentive streak on my part.

We paid good money for these things. Why is it not worth the extra 6 seconds to make certain that they can be located and still work te next time you want to view them?

This is a huge pet peeve of mine, and a battle I fear I will never win. But, damn, it frustrates the hell out of me.
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[User Picture]From: hopeevey
2005-08-09 10:37 am (UTC)
From your mouth to God's ear. That drives me nuts.
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[User Picture]From: teya_uk
2005-08-09 10:38 am (UTC)
ditto
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[User Picture]From: ladyoflight2004
2005-08-09 10:46 am (UTC)
I'm with you. I can never understand why it is so difficult for my husband to replace the dvd in it's case or the video in its jacket. I've given up nagging about it, but it still infuriates me.
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[User Picture]From: momlady
2005-08-09 10:46 am (UTC)
Putting away CD's was something I always tried to instill in my daughter as she was growing up...She's 24 and she still doesn't put them away....Frustrated? Yep! Oh well, she pays for them now...
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-08-09 10:51 am (UTC)
Psst..... hide the ones they watch the most and hold them hostage.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-09 12:24 pm (UTC)
I don't see that as being effective. They watch a little of everything.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-08-09 12:25 pm (UTC)
Then just start taking everything they leave out hostage? Eventually you will have a stockpile and they must come to you like the library and if the movies are not put back in their case, they will be charged a fine. or something. *blink*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-09 12:33 pm (UTC)
If it were just the kids, maybe. But mostly it's the husband unit, and that's not a dynamic I want to be pursuing.
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[User Picture]From: zarhooie
2005-08-09 12:38 pm (UTC)
Then may I recommend you burn yourself personal copies of the DVDs so that when their copies are all scratched and unwatchable, you don't have to suffer? *petpet*
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[User Picture]From: cindyg
2005-08-09 02:50 pm (UTC)
Totally agree with the suggestion above -- burning yourself personal copies. My problem with the husband unit is that, while he does put the discs away, the way he handles the discs! Fingerprint smudges, slightly bending the discs, minor scratches. It drives me nuts, who treats each DVD like spun glass.

Yarrrr.
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[User Picture]From: losgunna
2005-08-09 10:53 am (UTC)
I'd be mean, and each time you find one out of it's case, etc, I'd take that one away. Make a nice stash somewhere, and see what happens as their pile of watchable dvd's dwindles down to nothing.
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[User Picture]From: littlebuhnee
2005-08-09 11:52 am (UTC)
My husband does this. It drives me batshit insane. What's worse, after a certain point of having them all over, I just say "screw it" and do the same damned thing myself. :P
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-09 12:25 pm (UTC)
That was me this morning.
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[User Picture]From: wdomburg
2005-08-09 01:58 pm (UTC)
Do not. I may leave the DVDs in their cases scattered some, but I rarely to never leave a DVD out naked. (The only exception I can think of is the Empire Records DVD upstairs, and I believe the case is downstairs next to your TV. :P :)
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[User Picture]From: littlebuhnee
2005-08-09 09:23 pm (UTC)
YOU LIE! There are movies out that I've never even watched before. :P
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From: ethangilchrist
2005-08-09 12:19 pm (UTC)
I cannot for the life of me understand why people don't at least put CDs/DVDs at least in a case even if it's not the right one. At least it's protected anyway. I loathe people who leave the just laying out. Grrrrr...

Hell I got my playstation 1 something like 6 or 7 years ago and the game I bought that day still looks new.
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[User Picture]From: dawntreader90
2005-08-09 03:23 pm (UTC)
that's also very annoying because when you want to listen to CD 1 and open the case to find a different CD, you have to hunt for CD case 2. which of course... isn't either of the CD cases that are now open.

it's gotten better, but then, i have a separate rack for my CDs as opposed to his. i put mine back in the way i want them. he can put his back in any ol' way HE wants to.
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From: ethangilchrist
2005-08-09 03:38 pm (UTC)
Oh I agree it's still annoying but at least whatever CD it is in the case isn't sitting on the coffee table being used as a coaster.

After all, that's what AOL cds are for. =P
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[User Picture]From: servermonkey
2005-08-09 12:48 pm (UTC)
Damned straight!

That drives me fucking nuts!
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[User Picture]From: ohhjuliet
2005-08-09 12:54 pm (UTC)
The same policy applies in my house. I've explained numerous times that DVDs are not disposable and that we don't watch them once and then recycle them into coasters. Two out of the three Jurassic Park films are not working properly... these are my son's favorite movies of all time. He suggest I buy him new copies. I suggested that he should not suggest that anymore...
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From: (Anonymous)
2005-08-09 01:00 pm (UTC)
Amen, sister.

-1em
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[User Picture]From: aehallh
2005-08-09 01:14 pm (UTC)
ditto
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From: crystalsage
2005-08-09 01:20 pm (UTC)
*sigh*

Glad to know I'm not the only one that deals with that. 3 kids and several DVD players in my family. I find them EVERYwhere. And then they whine when their favorite movie is unwatchable because of the scratches. Duh.

I feel your pain. Bah.
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[User Picture]From: lurkerwithout
2005-08-09 01:34 pm (UTC)
My family is that way with the cordless phones. They'll just leave the damned things lying wherever they are when they finish their call...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-09 01:36 pm (UTC)
I must confess that we are ALL bad about that one.
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[User Picture]From: gythiawulfie
2005-08-09 01:52 pm (UTC)

Well

I don't know, but I have the same issue with my daughter
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[User Picture]From: bunnykissd
2005-08-09 01:55 pm (UTC)
I say hide the DVDs, put the cases on the shelves, and when they wonder where the DVDs are, tell them they're lost and it's their own damn fault for not putting them away. But this won't work on everyone...

{{{hugs}}} from someone who has an overly anal-retentive streak about putting things away too...
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[User Picture]From: pleepleus
2005-08-09 01:59 pm (UTC)
I can proudly say that we did manage to train my daughter that CDs/DVDs belong in a case all the time. You just have to draw the line in the sand. If they can't/won't take care of them, don't buy anymore; don't replace them; go into full on "I told you so" mode when one gets scratched or broken.

If you are opposed to hoarding them, then pointedly tell them to put it away as soon as they are done viewing/listening. Doe sit make them feel like a two year old? Absolutely. But hey, they are acting like two year olds when they don't do things they "know" they should do.
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[User Picture]From: kyburg
2005-08-09 02:02 pm (UTC)
My DVDs are not only in their cases, they are on the shelves in alphabetical order. Yes, they are. *nods firmly* I only have myself to look after, because Jim does what I do with them.

They are expensive, sometimes hard to replace at best and they were quite an investment to get. And for a lot of years, we didn't have any.

No, you're not out of line. Me? They'd dissapear. Someplace I could find them, mind. But a lot of them would just take a walkabout.
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2005-08-10 12:33 am (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not the only alphabetizer. My husband thinks that I am nuts. Cds are alphabetized too. :)
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[User Picture]From: pheret1
2005-08-09 02:08 pm (UTC)
We've got the same thing with CDs. My husband has over 1000 and listens to them at work, in the kitchen, while on the computer, etc. Right now I've got about 80 that don't have cases and about 100 or so cases where the CD is missing. And they don't match each other.

*shrug*

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-09 02:09 pm (UTC)
I don't even bother trying with the CDs, other than keeping mine out of reach.
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[User Picture]From: hookncrook
2005-08-09 02:35 pm (UTC)
My kids and husband do the same thing---I have spent hours sorting through dvd and VHS cases trying to put things back so they aren't strune about on my floor..and spilling into the walk way-- I usually don't let them watch movies for a few days if I have to clean up.
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[User Picture]From: donkey_hokey
2005-08-09 02:44 pm (UTC)
It makes me (quietly) crazy to go over to a friend's house and see CDs or DVDs not in their cases. Same thing with video games. I'm VERY glad it doesn't happen at my house. I get nervous even leaving anything out of its case (or the player) for longer than a few seconds. I just can't understand spending money on them (not to mention the time you spend finding them) and not treating them like gold. Some of my stuff is irreplaceable or very difficult to find.
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[User Picture]From: beckyzoole
2005-08-09 03:37 pm (UTC)
This sort of thing drives me nuts!

And it's not just DVDs and CDs. I've lived with people who leave gallon jugs of milk sitting open on the kitchen counter, and then whine that we're out of milk. They can't figure out that milk goes bad if it sits open on the kitchen counter all day? What's wrong with their heads?

Bah.
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[User Picture]From: gentleman_lech
2005-08-09 04:28 pm (UTC)
I don't understand how anyone could NOT put DVDs back in their cases and on the shelf in their proper spot when done with them. People who did that in my house would soon find themselves not allowed to watch anything without me.
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[User Picture]From: altaego
2005-08-09 04:41 pm (UTC)
I hate how DVDs and CDs are so fragile. Video and audio cassettes were much better in my opinion.
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From: dogens_zen
2005-08-09 07:54 pm (UTC)

My family has a worse habit....

They don't even get the DVD's back in their cases. Grrr!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-08-09 07:56 pm (UTC)

Re: My family has a worse habit....

Um...

Why are the members of my family fundamentally opposed to putting the DVDs back into their damned cases...

Not on the shelf I could live with. I wouldn't have to go hunting.
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[User Picture]From: trianakvetch
2005-08-09 09:25 pm (UTC)
my boyfriend never puts anything away...and hence I'm missing Disc 1 of The Two Towers extended edition.

*grrrrr*
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[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2005-08-10 12:30 am (UTC)
Dvds go directly from the machine to the case. You are not being anal retentive.
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