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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Today at 05:05:49 PM »
In the scam department, there have been problems with so-called entertainment books containing coupons for businesses that never agreed to participate. The ones I've heard of involve door-to-door sales, like those dubious magazine subscriptions. Sometimes they claim to be selling for a charity or a school booster club. Last year, the Burbank, California police put out a press release

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Burbank police warned residents about several young con artists going door-to-door to sell worthless coupon books and discount cards.

“The teens may tell the resident they are fundraising for the ‘Burbank Boosters,’ sports or academic teams from Burbank High School, Burroughs High School, Cal State University Northridge, or other legitimate institutions,” said Burbank police Sgt. Claudio Losacco.

“If you purchase one of these illegitimate coupon books or discount cards, you will find them useless when you try to redeem any discounts they purport to give you,” Losacco said.

The ones I was referring to are legitimate.
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My brother has a friend called Orion. For the longest time, my family thought his name was Ryan. Orion says, when asked about his name: "my parents were hippies, man."

We're Australian, so the name rendered in the Aussie accent does sound like O'Ryan
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A place called 'Perfect Look'.

I needed a haircut badly, and it's simple - clippers - 3 side, 4 top, trim it off the ears, square it in back, blend it a bit.  Ever hairdresser at this shop has given me a fine haircut - takes at the most 10 minutes, and that is if they are feeling extra chatty.  My mother was a hairdresser, I know what it's supposed to look like and tell them each time.

I walked in and someone was sitting at the desk, which was weird since they have a tablet you check in through, even if someone is at the desk.  I picked first available, and the woman behind the desk says; "ok, come on back' and then goes "Oh wait, I need to sweep my station, so have a seat." 

So I read a few pages of a magazine and then she calls me back - her station counter still has hair on it.  She then asks; 'Do you always get a scissor cut or will clippers be ok?" 

I said; "Clippers are fine if you do it this way." and explained how to do the cut.

So she pulls out her clippers - and had to clean them while I was sitting there.

Then she totally ignored not only my instructions, but also what size guards to use, bounced the clippers along my head, and now I have a shaved to 1/4 inch head with a 4" spot in the center of my head that is clipper 3 length.  I should have known something was amiss when she sprayed me with styling spray (without asking) and tweaked around with it before showing it to me - I have to let it grow out a few weeks before I will feel comfortable leaving the house.

I hope you didn't pay for it.  >:(

Sadly, the hair product she used allowed her to pull it into a semblance of a haircut.  I also forgot the best part.  She took a 1" zip through one of my sideburns and then asked; "Oh, did you want to keep your sideburns?"

Although, it gave me a good story to get my mom laughing, so there is that.
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Life...in general / Re: Keep your eyes on your own plate
« Last post by VorFemme on Today at 04:39:45 PM »
"Are you still going on about that old joke?  Heavens, you need to find something else to talk about, I got tired of that joke a long time ago?  Heard any new jokes lately?"

Since calling her out on "humor" that is only funny if the teller is under the age of eight might be seen as more annoying than her lame attempt at "joking around" - tell her out & out that she needs new material, that one was old when (some comedian who hasn't worked in decades?) told it.

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Life...in general / Re: Keep your eyes on your own plate
« Last post by Harriet Jones on Today at 04:30:12 PM »
My suggestion would be to just order something without eggs - like pancakes or french toast.  Or maybe an omlett.  What would she yell about those, I wonder.

Except the harasser is talking about her own eggs, not the OP's
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Life...in general / Re: Keep your eyes on your own plate
« Last post by sandisadie on Today at 04:22:20 PM »
My suggestion would be to just order something without eggs - like pancakes or french toast.  Or maybe an omlett.  What would she yell about those, I wonder.
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Life...in general / Re: Keep your eyes on your own plate
« Last post by Miss Cathy on Today at 04:15:35 PM »
I'd be furious...it's not just annoying, but it might actually make you feel sick. I think I'd follow the suggestion to tell her before the breakfast, or at least before the food arrives, that you know every breakfast for the past year, she tries to make you feel sick by waving around her egg (and say it like that), but from now on you want it to stop. If she forgets, and does it again, you ARE going to ignore her. And I think I'd say it in front of others, so they are forewarned.
Then let her yell your name as much as she likes. If it goes on until everyone has finished eating and her eggs are cold so be it. Maybe the restaurant manager will ask her to stop yelling. Maybe your other friends will decide that she's not welcome back. It's not your fault if she makes herself look like an idiot, or if she creates a disturbance.
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Life...in general / Re: Keep your eyes on your own plate
« Last post by Zizi-K on Today at 04:09:17 PM »
I'm guessing you've been politely deflecting for quite some time now--changing the subject, smiling weakly, even ignoring. I think you have to address it more directly. I would recommend calling her a day or two prior to your weekly breakfast and just flat out telling her you don't like it and that you want her to stop. Don't laugh it off, I wouldn't even be that nice about it. I would say something like, "Mary, I've put up with your comments about the runny eggs for far too long and I want to be really clear that I don't enjoy the joke. I don't want you to bring it up any longer at our breakfasts." Then just let that hang in the air. Don't soften it, don't dress it up. Be extremely blunt and let her dance and squirm. You'll probably hear things like "you're being too sensitive" or "its just as joke." To which you should respond, "nevertheless. I don't want you to do it anymore."

I don't really like the idea of getting the others involved, because I do feel like this is something you should be able to address yourself, woman to woman sort of thing. The group/peer pressure could certainly work, but it sounds like others have already spoken up to no avail.
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Life...in general / Re: Keep your eyes on your own plate
« Last post by Semperviren on Today at 03:43:08 PM »
"Uh-huh. So, what's everyone doing for Easter/ anyone seen any good movies/ what about that new restaurant in town"? Acknowledge the joke without feigned humor or any reaction at all, really, and just move on to another topic. She's doing it to goad you; deny her the satisfaction. I am guessing your other companions find this joke as tiresome as you do, at this point, and will gladly assist you in changing the subject.
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Sometimes, people may be traveling and not have a good way to store the leftovers or anything to reheat it in.  Most leftovers are packaged in foam plastic that has warnings on it not to use in the microwave.  We've had more than one fridge or microwave in a hotel room that didn't work.  And even if there is a working fridge & microwave in the hotel room - we didn't have any plain glass or paper plates in our luggage to use to reheat & no plastic tableware to eat with.  We split one meal at lunch or dinner for the rest of that trip...to avoid having leftovers.  If we didn't get quite as much food as we wanted, we ordered dessert or bought a snack later.

Good point. I know the OP mentioned several times that she doesn't have a working stove/oven. Not sure if she has a microwave but that doesn't make food taste the same.
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