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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflakes Redux - play nice!
« Last post by JeanFromBNA on Yesterday at 12:09:52 PM »
For about 400 years the Ram Brewery in Wandsworth in southwest London used to make all their local deliveries of beer by horse-drawn dray. I remember when one of the great joys of driving in that area was the chance of seeing one of their drays rumbling majestically along with a pair of huge glossy shire horses pulling it, or standing quietly outside a pub as the barrels were offloaded.

But in 1997 Youngs, the firm that then ran the brewery, had to put an end to horse-drawn delivery. Not for efficiency reasons - the horse-drawn drays were still actually more cost-effective than lorries for local delivery - but because London drivers had become not only so ignorant of how to pass horse-drawn vehicles, but so intolerant of being held up even for a minute or two behind a dray going at a horse's walking speed, that many of them were outright abusive and dangerous. The firm reckoned it simply wasn't fair or safe to continue to subject the horses to the way some drivers treated them. On one occasion a motorist held up near Clapham Junction by a dray that had stopped to make a delivery removed one of the chocks holding the dray wheels and whacked one of the horses on the rear with it. As the driver wasn't on the box but had got down to deliver the beer (he having chocked the wheels, that should have been perfectly safe) the startled pair of horses was able to move; and finding themselves with nobody to control them they panicked, as horses in that situation often do. They bolted and galloped unchecked for a mile through heavy traffic into nearby Battersea before they were brought under control.

Now, I realise that not everybody's soul is necessarily stirred as mine is by a sight like this, or not to the extent of being happy to be delayed on their journey for five minutes or so. But, seriously, what kind of snowflake thinks his journey is so important that he is prepared to send a pair of horses weighing a ton apiece bolting through city streets, with a loaded vehicle behind them, just to save himself a few minutes' wait?
The link doesn't work.  I'd like to see them if you can fix it.
When newspapers report about an occurrence at a business and are deliberately vague about the business when it's super obvious. 

Example: "A number of items were taken from a Blake Street grocery store" .... there is only one grocery store on that street. Obviously it was the No Frills.  I feel like the paper should either report the name of the store or say "THE Blake Street grocery store" because there's only one.

Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: The 'I Accomplished Something Today!' Thread
« Last post by VorFemme on Yesterday at 11:18:41 AM »
I washed dishes, started packing for an overnight trip, and got a phone call from VorGuy about not getting any email since sometime Tuesday.

Turns out that everything from his email account was being forwarded to a Gmail account...and when I called him back after tech support told me how to change that, he mentioned someone tried to change at least one credit card account access and get stuff sent out of state.

I wish he had mentioned that before I talked to the ISP.  I would have written down the “forwarding address” before removing the check in the forwarding box, to help any investigation....

If you find your email being hijacked or forwarded to a strange address...write it down.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflakes Redux - play nice!
« Last post by jedikaiti on Yesterday at 10:57:41 AM »
The heck with the fine, I want jail time! That's animal abuse, in addition to the brewery's property claims against the guy.
All In A Day's Work / Re: The etiquette of accepting a job offer . . .
« Last post by angilamae on Yesterday at 10:30:08 AM »
I work in recruiting and  I actually do recommend mentioning to the second job that you have an offer (not to the interviewers she is meeting with now, to the recruiter) so that they can hurry their process.  Sometimes it can take ages and if they know she has another offer can get her the results quickly. 

And absolutely ask for time to consider the offer. They expect that and a lot of them prefer when you ask for a bit of time because they want you to make the right decision so you don't leave in 6 months.
Using "old" when "former" is more appropriate.

There was program on HGTV about people selling a home to people who renovated it and the former owners came back to view it and their reactions. Using the word "old" owners could be taken as insulting, and it’s just silly when a younger family sells their starter home to a retiree.

People are always talking about their old teachers. We've been in education all of our lives, having been raised in families of teachers, attending school, and then working as educators. Never once have I heard about anyone's former teacher, even when the former teacher is only 6 years older than the speaker.
All In A Day's Work / Re: The etiquette of accepting a job offer . . .
« Last post by Roodabega on Yesterday at 10:13:59 AM »
My situation was pretty close to your daughter's.  I had interview 1 on a Monday, and interview 2 on a Wednesday, both out of state.  I was actually more interested in interview 2.  I had the first interview which went well, and they offered me the  position on Tuesday.  I actually told them I had another interview I had to do, and would let them know by Friday.   Interview 2 also went well, and I told company number 2 at the end of the interview that I had just received an offer, and I would need to know by Friday.

I did receive the offer from company 2 which I accepted.   Lucky for me that I took the 2nd offer because a few years later company 1 was gone.  (Either a buyout or just went out of business, I never did find out).   

My opinion is for her to tell company one that she need a few days(or a week), and then tell company two that she already has an outstanding offer, so if they're interested they would need to let her know by the same deadline.  However I am not a hiring manager, so I don't know if that fits the conventional wisdom.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflakes Redux - play nice!
« Last post by gramma dishes on Yesterday at 09:41:38 AM »
I hope that [many, many words that would get me banned] got a severe fine!  And is banned from consuming any product from that brewery, besides.

(Is it wrong of me to hope that he got run over by the horses and the dray?)

Wrong?  Perhaps.  But I'm pretty certain it's a nearly universal thought.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Baby Names - You're kidding Right???
« Last post by Twik on Yesterday at 09:31:20 AM »
Also, True appears to be a name from her father's side of the family.
Full disclosure - I posted as the mother of a True.  It's a family name for me, too - my mother's first cousin.  I think she, in turn, was named for someone of the previous generation - her brother is the one in the family really into genealogy, he'd know for sure - I'll have to ask him.

I'd put "True" down as "rare, but not outrageous" for a name. The main problem is that True will spend a lot of time going "No. True. Not Drew."
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