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"Why would I want to do that?" / Re: "Watch my bags!"
« Last post by sparksals on Today at 04:58:46 AM »
Sneaking a bomb through security just to leave it in boarding lounge?

The bag could have come from somewhere within the airport.  Security is not 100% airtight.  It is, however, stringent enough that someone who is up to no good might find it easier to exploit the weaknesses within the airport than trying to get something through the front door.

And a bomb going off in the boarding lounge can still kill and main and cause terror.  Anywhere that people queue or wait in numbers is an attractive target for terrorists.

I don't understand why anyone thinks its ok to watch a stranger's bag when there are regular announcements telling everyone specifically not to do it.  People shouldn't be so casual about something so important.

I think what the OP did was the safe thing--for all of us!

Well I have been sitting waiting for a flight and I have done this plenty of times.  Just because you won't do it doesn't mean others can't or won't.  I have traded the watching plenty if times with someone I habe sat beside for awhile.   

I have never heard announcements not to watch other bags.  The announcement I have heard are to report unattended bags.  If you agree to watch the aren't unattended.  It is a very common practice that I don't mind doing if I feel the person is trustworthy.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by AngelicGamer on Today at 04:53:25 AM »
Jocelyn and Pastry Goddess:

As stated earlier I am in the US. I am in Utah and used to be in New Mexico.

I mentally factor a tax when expecting it. Everything in Utah is taxed--food, clothes, toilet paper. New Mexico was a bit different, especially during back to school season.

If I had a five dollar bill and wanted to spend it all on as many stamps as I could get, and I were in another country where stamps are taxed, I would be very surprised to be told I *had* to buy a certain number of stamps to reach $5 but the total of which put me over my five dollar bill. I'd ask them to keep a stamp or two to put me back under the $5. It's no different than waking into a 7-11 and putting down $20 on pump number 3...I expect to cover as much gas as I can get plus all applicable state and fed taxes (which are actually factored into the pump price so I guess that's a poor example). 

Frankly I am blown away there are places where one has to buy a certain number of stamps and a clerk won't count off the number actually desired. I checked with my husband to be sure I hadn't imagined it and he assures me that it is a service offered here. There are roll machines that make it easy. I apologize for suggesting something I thought common, as stamps are regulated federally, as being available when it apparently isn't elsewhere.

At every non-USPS location I have seen in recent years - usually grocery stores- stamps are sold in booklets only and the cashier is unable to change how many stamps per book. If you want a special design (not the standard US flag pic), or a specific number, or non-first-class stamps, you need to go to a post office or order them online.

I used to see roll machines - kinda like a vending machine where you'd put in a quarter and get out a stamp or two or whatever - but I don't think I've seen one of those in a decade, easy.

I'm not sure if they still do but some of the really big stores use to sell ever possible configuration of stamps at their customer service desks, but I haven't see a small store or cashier at a larger store sell anything other the books of stamps in probably 15 years(I'm not sure the cashier even have books any more)

They do around where I live (Chicago Northwest Suburbs).  I usually get them at the Jewel and they last until we need Christmas ones.
"Why would I want to do that?" / Re: "Watch my bags!"
« Last post by sparksals on Today at 04:49:44 AM »
I'm always really early for flights - I don't fly that often and I'm completely paranoid about missing my flight due to traffic or something.  So quite often, I find myself sitting in the boarding lounge with a group of like-minded strangers.  We'll be chatting for quite a while - which I generally draw because I'm usually knitting or crocheting.  The movement helps with my nervousness.  So we get to know a little bit about each other.  If I'm asked by one of these folks, after an hour of chatting, I'll usually comply.  They offer to do the same for me but I always check my bag to minimize the amount I have to carry on and off the plane so I don't take them up on it.

But someone who just sidles up to me and asks me to watch their bag(s)?  That would be a big, fat 'No'.

Me too on all counts.   
I think you're doing the right thing by what you're doing at the moment.
Believe me I speak from experience - I underwent a bone marrow transplant for leukaemia at age 16, just before my 17th birthday.

It does not matter what you do, there are people like Cathy who just do not get it.
Gail will get this from people, no matter how hard you try to protect her from it.

Cathy fundamentally cannot understand that what she is doing is upsetting to Gail and there are no magic words that will make her see that. 
However, that doesn't make her a bad person. She is dealing with grief and worry over Gail and she is not handling it well - that is not her fault. You can only take her aside to explain this so many times, and don't forget that worry can make people snap at things that are meant with the very best of intentions - no matter how well you phrase it, you could trigger Cathy to have an outburst at you - which could upset Gail because she'll feel responsible.

What you are currently doing is diverting the tide of conversation in a natural way when it comes up and normalising it for Gail, which is much more effective and takes the pressure off her while letting Cathy asks the questions that she is going to ask anyway. If Sue is Gail's mouthpiece, she needs to pre-empt questions Cathy might have before Gail gets into the office.
Together you are doing the right thing already.
Gail is lucky to have friends like you and Sue watching out for her.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Update on nephews-K'nnihave's sons
« Last post by Marga on Today at 04:31:30 AM »
Such wonderful news! I am so happy for everyone involved.
You've done good, Roe!
Thanks guys.
I spoke to her again (!) and she still brings it round to her...hey ho. I stuck with the "I'm sorry..." then "Hey, here's what I've done today, I'm on top of x, y and z, do you need anything doing?"
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Pride Day 2014!!
« Last post by Hollanda on Today at 04:10:01 AM »
Hi there!

We went and had a fab time. Didn't do the whole march, it was incredibly hot weather and DS had had enough and wanted to go home halfway through.  He needed to sleep, I needed to shower.  :D 
It was a fabulous day, though, and I am so glad we went!  ;D
Ugh.  I really just cannot listen to that song.  It just feels like nails down a chalkboard.
A close second is "I Wanna Be A Rockstar".
 "I want a brand new house on an episode of Cribs
And a bathroom I can play baseball in
And a king size tub
Big enough for ten plus me"

He sounds like a spoilt brat.    I bought a book for DS called I Want That! and the little boy turned into the I Want That Monster.  All well and good, he got what he wanted but at a price - everyone was scared of him.   

I'm not a Nickelback fan (honest!) but I don't think the lyrics to Rockstar are meant to be taken quite so literally. I'm fairly sure he's not singing about himself; I think it's meant to be a humorous commentary on people who want to be in the business purely for the trappings, or who want all this stuff and think becoming a rockstar is the easy way to accomplish it.

Yeah, perpetua's idea is more along the lines of what the song's about, imo.

Yeah, I also think the idea of the song is that people don't actually get that being an entertainer still involves a lot of work - there's the bit where the creepy slightly demonic voice says "How you gonna do it?" and the song states that they'll "cut their hair and change their name", instead of say, "I'll learn to play the guitar and write my own songs!"

I get that it's kind of...well, not meant to be taken quite so literally, but I just really dislike the premise of the song lol. In the same way I hate "Wind The Bobbin Up". I actually sit at the Wiggles and Giggles classes with DS praying, praying, praying that they don't sing that one.  I don't expect anyone else to have the same irrational hate as I do, though some do and that's nice lol but each to their own.
It doesn't help that the stupid Rockstar song was used in a DFS ad, and I absolutely cannot stand their adverts end of story!!
"Why would I want to do that?" / Re: "Watch my bags!"
« Last post by Jocelyn on Today at 02:21:15 AM »
I've asked other people, and I've had other people ask me. I consider it on a case-by-case basis.

But the "don't leave luggage unattended" has been in effect at least since 1991. It's not a 9/11 thing :)
Sho' nuff. I was flying out of Frankfort in June of 2001, and a woman went up to the counter and just left her bags, presumably thinking they'd be put aboard the plane without her needing to actually check them. The ticket agent practically leaped the desk, to run after her, pausing only to ask me if I'd seen which way she went.
And 10 minutes before this exchange, I had purchased a lovely souvenir knife. In the airport. Yes, indeed. And my father struck up a conversation with the pilots of our flight, who were riding one of those golf carts, and who stopped to offer him a lift (he was 80 at the time). They invited him to the flight deck, and we have a great picture of him sitting in the captain's seat, wearing the captain's hat.
Ah, how times have changed.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Your own personal mysteries.
« Last post by blue2000 on Today at 02:20:30 AM »
Sometimes that happens to me when I'm practically sitting on my phone.

My current mystery is "What alien has replaced my angry anti-social cat with one willing to join the group cuddle on top of my dresser?"

Do you want to find the alien to study it, or bribe him to keep going? ;)
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