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Old 02-27-05, 03:02 AM
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"He has too much time on his hands"

I'm sorry, but this phrase annoys me more than words can describe. We all have the same amount of time on our hands provided we all live long healthy lives. The only differences are what we choose to do with that time. Nobody has too much time on their hands - if anything, none of us has enough time. If some guy wants to spend his time researching one particular type of bacteria for most of his life, then good for him. Whatever makes him happy. If someone wants to spend their time making a fifty foot AOL CD sculpture, then right on.

This phrase is most often seen when someone posts a link to some online video or flash animation or fake star wars trailer... it usually is said to indicate that the person watching the video thought it wasn't worth the time he wasted watching it so he can't fathom how much of a waste of time it was for the creator to make it.

The irony here is that the person posting the phrase and criticizing someone else for wasting their time is spending their time looking at stupid videos and chatting about it on an internet message board - this is an activity that many would surely deem a waste of time. Well I wouldn't post here if I didn't enjoy it. I schedule time to come here. I schedule time to look at stupid videos on the internet and chat about them. It's something I like to do with my time.

You know, the term "pet peeve" used to annoy the shit out of me... it was my "pet peeve" - how's that for irony.
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you have too much time on your hands, dude.



<small>ha! beat you to it</small>
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When I have too much time on my hands, I like to rub it off.

Or something . . .


I don't mind the phrase. It's kind of a nice way to say that it was a lot of work for very little reward.
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You don't find it pretentious at all?
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I prefer the term 'He's a loser' instead.
Old 02-27-05, 04:38 AM
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This guy definitely has WAY too much time on his hands:

http://www.tonystrading.co.uk/my-collections.htm (56K Warning)
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this guy right here

http://www.rawjunk.com/?file_type=Video&show_media=9

has way too much fucking time on his hands
Old 02-27-05, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by zidane349
this guy right here

http://www.rawjunk.com/?file_type=Video&show_media=9

has way too much fucking time on his hands
There's a Neverland Ranch Protégé right there! Disturbing yet funny!

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Old 02-27-05, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by NeonGlow
This guy definitely has WAY too much time on his hands:

http://www.tonystrading.co.uk/my-collections.htm (56K Warning)
He has a full time job just dusting that obsession!
Old 02-27-05, 08:37 AM
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I knew of a guy who had too much time on his hands, so he quit the band in 1984 and went on a solo career.
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onomatopoeia.

Hmm. Wrong thread.
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I agree with ya, Trigger.

Some think that a person has to spend every waking minute doing something "constructive"... but it's all a subjective matter as to what "being constructive" is. Some people have more varied interests than others, so those that spread themselves around will appear to "have a life".

But I guess this phrase might apply to someone who just lays in bed and does absolutely nothing all day. That person "has too much time on his hands" and "needs a life"
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I find people's use of "too much time on your hands" and "get a life" subjective and most times contardictary.

I know people who have so many obligations that they dont have time for themselves. Besides work, they have to help the wife shop, help friends/family with some projects, take the kids places, etc.
According to people's definition, this person "has a life" - whether these obligatoins are actually what they want to do or not.

If you have personal time for yourself to do whatever you want to do - then apparently it means you have "no life".

In my opinion, to "have a life" means that you're doing what you want to do - regardless of what that is. Life is too short to waste on doing things you don't like doing. Do whatever makes you happy - THAT is what I call "having a life".
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"too much time on you/his/her/their hands" isn't too bad. You're right in saying that we all have an equal amount of time, but this is saying that the person has a lot more IDLE time - e.g, they have no job, school or other activity to pursue and have a lot more time for leisure.
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Originally Posted by mndtrp
When I have too much time on my hands, I like to rub one out.
Fixed.
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Originally Posted by NeonGlow
This guy definitely has WAY too much time on his hands:

http://www.tonystrading.co.uk/my-collections.htm (56K Warning)


A keychain collection???
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That's one hell of a random collection.
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Sometimes when I make baked herbed chicken, I get too much thyme on my hands.
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Originally Posted by Quatermass
Sometimes when I make baked herbed chicken, I get too much thyme on my hands.
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Originally Posted by NeonGlow
This guy definitely has WAY too much time on his hands:

http://www.tonystrading.co.uk/my-collections.htm (56K Warning)

WTF, mate?
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Originally Posted by Trigger
I'm sorry, but this phrase annoys me more than words can describe. We all have the same amount of time on our hands provided we all live long healthy lives. The only differences are what we choose to do with that time. Nobody has too much time on their hands - if anything, none of us has enough time. If some guy wants to spend his time researching one particular type of bacteria for most of his life, then good for him. Whatever makes him happy. If someone wants to spend their time making a fifty foot AOL CD sculpture, then right on.
No offense but I think that this "whatever you like to do that's cool" argument is just politically correct BS.
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I think anyone who wears more than one watch has too much time on their hands.
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Originally Posted by Trelach24
I think anyone who wears more than one watch has too much time on their hands.
That really is somewhat equivocal; it all depends where the watch is worn.
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Originally Posted by The_Infidel
I knew of a guy who had too much time on his hands, so he quit the band in 1984 and went on a solo career.
Yeah, it's ticking away with my sanity, it's hard to believe such a calamity.
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Originally Posted by Heat
Yeah, it's ticking away with my sanity, it's hard to believe such a calamity.
Recognition! Gracias, senor. I have to throw a little obscurity into the mix occasionally to see if anyone's paying attention.

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