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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by KenveeB on Yesterday at 06:06:55 PM »
Well, assuming that we don't know what we're talking about just because we disagree with you is quite rude. So I agree with agreeing to disagree.

I do however, agree with you completely about the stamp tax. That was pretty S.S. on their part to argue. I hear that all the time at work because our city has a higher sales tax than a lot of areas.

It's not SS to question something. Nothing in that post indicates that the Americans were refusing to pay the tax or kept arguing about it. The clerk just asked why Americans "always act shocked" about it, not why they always argue or pitch a fit. If you ask for $5 worth of a product that you don't realize is taxed and you're charged more than $5 for it, it's perfectly reasonable to ask about it or be surprised that you're being charged extra for it. You don't know what differences are until you experience them, and it's acceptable to ask about them. Refusing to comply or arguing that it should be done differently because that's how your country does it is SS, of course, but the post doesn't indicate that was what was happening.
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I'm currently staying in a hotel in Manhattan that costs $230 a night (thankfully my DH's job is paying for this) and its probably one of the worst hotels I've ever stayed in.

They don't have cable TV - just antenna service so the TV is grainy and the channels keep doing this annoying skipping thing and freezing.

The air conditioning seems to be connected to the light outlets so anytime the air-conditioning comes on the lights flicker.  Sometimes the air doesn't have to be on for the lights to flicker - they just go crazy.

We have no insulation from the outside noise and we're on a busy street so pretty much most car horns or sirens have woken me up. 

The bathroom is so cramped that I have to turn sideways to fit on the toilet. 

I've stayed in somewhat questionable hotels that I've paid $20 for that were worlds better than this place.


If you all are staying there because DH's company has some contract with them - he needs to let TPTB know that it has gone downhill and the contract needs to be reviewed. I would bring up the flickering lights, and any cleanliness issues. The flickering lights could mean a dangerous problem with overloaded circuits.


If it isn't a contract thing, just the company booked you all there - he should call now and see if you can be booked in somewhere else for the same reason.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by Dazi on Yesterday at 05:58:55 PM »
Had a real life one today. Was walking home and saw a group of boys. They asked me if I wanted fifty dollars. (Yes they had a bill with them) Knowing it was most likely counterfeit (who offers money to strangers anyway?!) I kept walking.
I got a "Wouldn't even take fifty dollars" muttered after me.

Nice try scammers.

Somehow, I don't think scamming you was on their minds.

Wasn't my first thought either. Counterfeiters make fake money to get real money, if the bill was a fake they would have asked if you had change in small bills. Then you take the fake money and they now have real money.

Where they underage and not too far from a liquor store?

They were standing in front of a now closed down (i think) Hookah Lounge. And we were in a public place. With lots of stores in that plaza. And if they had tried anything, I could have run into any number of shops screaming and had the police immediately called. Not a smart move on their part. I did suspect what y'all do though (again, who just gives away money) and I walked through the middle of their group (no choice they took up the whole extra large walking space) and they didn't follow me, so who knows.

Hmmm... How to say this delicately? 


Huh, they thought or hoped you were a "lady of the evening".
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Your own personal mysteries.
« Last post by Reika on Yesterday at 05:57:44 PM »
My cellphone's ringer has been on all day. So why did I suddenly get a voicemail message where a many said "Hey, how ya doing?" without the phone ringing or showing a missed call? It wasn't an old message either, the date time stamp in the voicemail matched the alert on my phone.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Gender Reveal Photo (sigh)
« Last post by MommyPenguin on Yesterday at 05:57:08 PM »
A friend of mine just posted a facebook picture of her son wearing a superman costume and holding a sign saying " Every superhero needs a sidekick! Brother arriving this fall"   
I thought this was cute but not cutesy


Except Superman is one of the superheroes that has no sidekick.  Big brother in a Batman costume with a tiny Robin or Batgirl costume next to him makes a bit more sense...or fill in your favorite Marvel TM superhero's name & sidekick costume instead.  Heck, with the various super hero groups, you could set up several costumes if you were having twins or triplets...or even more than that.

Although the kid might think that it should be a super villain get up instead, as the new sibling usually ends up "stealing" some of the attention from the older one!

That, or you could interpret it as a statement that Superman doesn't *have* a sidekick and needs one--this is where little brother comes in!  :)  Of course, it would just make *me* think of Mr. Incredible and "Incrediboy" or whatever he tried to call himself.  Oops.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: The 'I Accomplished Something Today!' Thread
« Last post by greencat on Yesterday at 05:50:12 PM »
Today is my lazy day, but I still did a load of laundry and I braved the awfulness of the local shopping center on a weekend and bought hair dye.  I now need to clean my bathroom because it looks like a crime scene - I can do my hair blonde or brown without making a mess, but red dye I get everywhere.  I think my ironing board cover is a lost cause  :-[
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Your own personal mysteries.
« Last post by VorFemme on Yesterday at 05:47:59 PM »
I'd plump for it had to do with his profession as well. If you had a profession deemed important you weren't going to be enlisting. I know I've read that shipbuilders in shipyards were told "we need you more at the shipyeard" for example.

One grandfather was an older farmer (40s) with three kids.  He was needed to farm, even if he hadn't been in his forties.

The other was a little younger, but a petroleum engineer working in the Texas oil fields.  He kept trying to volunteer (the psychology behind the recruiting tactics worked) but he kept getting turned down because "we can teach anyone to use a rifle in a few weeks - replacing a petroleum engineer takes much, much longer".  He grumbled about it for years, apparently....
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by FadingAmaranth on Yesterday at 05:44:12 PM »
I'm certainly not being acrimonious, Lady Snowdon, so sorry if it's coming across that way. I'm simply someone who lives in the actual city where this occurs, who is disagreeing with people who do not live in this country and likely have never even been here, who have no idea what our traffic rules or what local feeling about this particular thing is, but yet seem to feel the need to tell people who *do* live here that what happens here is wrong and rude and snowflakey because the rules and culture are different where they live, despite explanations to the contrary. A difference of opinion doesn't necessarily equal acrimony (no acrimony here!) but since trying to explain how things work here appears to be a bit of a lost cause, I'm now giving up trying, so consider the subject dropped as requested :)

Well, assuming that we don't know what we're talking about just because we disagree with you is quite rude. So I agree with agreeing to disagree.

I do however, agree with you completely about the stamp tax. That was pretty S.S. on their part to argue. I hear that all the time at work because our city has a higher sales tax than a lot of areas.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: The 'I Accomplished Something Today!' Thread
« Last post by Amara on Yesterday at 05:42:52 PM »
Finished a major vacuuming job all around the house. Worked up a major sweat while doing it so I need a shower. But ... everything looks neat and clean and wonderful so it has been worth the day's work.

I love this thread! Even when I am not motivated, I can come here and get started on it by reading what everyone else is doing.
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Humor Me! / Re: My Cat Is Meowing/Shouting At Me Because...
« Last post by greencat on Yesterday at 05:28:02 PM »
I got meowed out of bed this morning for no particular reason.  The food and water were nice and full - as they should have been since I filled them immediately before my head hit the pillow and I'd only been in bed four hours!  More than one of them were upset that I wasn't getting up - I don't normally get up that early either  >:(
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