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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7050 on: February 18, 2013, 06:16:15 PM »
Had one with my coworker Friday.  My car was in the shop from Friday morning till today.  I clean one of our accounts at night.  I was scheduled for Friday night.  So I couldn't work.  My coworker, who knew my car was in the shop, wanted me to go to the account on Saturday because I couldn't go Friday night.  I had to remind her that if my car isn't fixed by 6pm Friday I wouldn't have a car all weekend, so it was not possible.

This hurts my brain. If your car is done on Friday evening, why wouldn't you have a car for Saturday?

Actually, Reader said "if my car isn't fixed by Friday."

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7051 on: February 18, 2013, 06:19:54 PM »
Back on the mechanic thing... I have never known a garage having to be open. I guess that's the confusion for me. You give your credit card # over the phone when they are open and they tell you where they are parking it. You bring a spare key and pick it up whenever you get a ride. No need to interact or have them open for business - cars are routinely left outside of businesses, they are built for it.

Heckling, as often as not the mechanic is closed when I drop off as well. I just park it in their lot, and drop an envelope in their mailslot with my key, and a note with my name, plate #, phone #, and a brief description of the problem.

The auto shop we go to is cash only.  But they do have Saturday hours.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7052 on: February 18, 2013, 06:25:49 PM »
Had one with my coworker Friday.  My car was in the shop from Friday morning till today.  I clean one of our accounts at night.  I was scheduled for Friday night.  So I couldn't work.  My coworker, who knew my car was in the shop, wanted me to go to the account on Saturday because I couldn't go Friday night.  I had to remind her that if my car isn't fixed by 6pm Friday I wouldn't have a car all weekend, so it was not possible.

This hurts my brain. If your car is done on Friday evening, why wouldn't you have a car for Saturday?

Actually, Reader said "if my car isn't fixed by Friday."

Oh, duh! That makes much more sense!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7053 on: February 18, 2013, 06:32:22 PM »
Nearly every person that moves to my area (plus any local teens who haven't come across this info before) eventually has the same brain-hurty conversation. >:D

BG: About an hour from MyTown, out in the middle of a desert, is a nuclear research facility, which is commonly referred to as The Site.  Among the many people who work there are those who are training to serve on Navy nuclear-powered submarines.  So we get some version of the following:

Local: blah, blah, blah Navy guys.
Newcomer: Navy??
Local: Yeah, *short explanation*
Newcomer: Oh, ok.  Wait-- sailors.  Stationed in the middle of a desert.  *sproiinnng*


In San Angelo you had a version of this


Civilian: Why did you move here?


Military/Military Spouse We are stationed at Goodfellow AFB


Civilian: Cool what branch are you/spouse


Sounds brain hurty if you don't know that Goodfellow AFB has Language training for all branches of the military and a few other agencies.


Some other things that hurt our brains until explained by a local


We had NEVER seen so many Hawaii and Alaskan plates on cars - apparently those are considered overseas postings and the military will ship the car as part of moving. (Not Military just what I was told)


Seeing children riding in the back of patrol cars every single day. I'm not talking kids old enough to be arrested (10 and up) but itty bitty things in car seats and boosters. The San Angelo Police Department has at least some of the patrol officers take their cars home*.. They didn't use them for personal business, but were allowed to drop off and pick up their kids on the way to and from work. There was a 24 hour child care center down the street from the police station. If you were in the area  just before or after evening shift changes you would see kids in the PJ's getting out of or into police cars.


*The idea was having visible cop cars out and about especially in certain neighborhood would cut down on crime - also in the case of a citywide  emergency the cops could Dress at home and go directly to were they were needed with all their equipment instead of going to the station and then going to the emergency.


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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7054 on: February 18, 2013, 06:37:50 PM »
Back on the mechanic thing... I have never known a garage having to be open. I guess that's the confusion for me. You give your credit card # over the phone when they are open and they tell you where they are parking it. You bring a spare key and pick it up whenever you get a ride. No need to interact or have them open for business - cars are routinely left outside of businesses, they are built for it.

Heckling, as often as not the mechanic is closed when I drop off as well. I just park it in their lot, and drop an envelope in their mailslot with my key, and a note with my name, plate #, phone #, and a brief description of the problem.
My mechanic doesn't allow that. They hand you the keys - I guess they want to be sure that you are the one picking up the car or that if you get into an accident right after you can't say you picked it up that way.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7055 on: February 18, 2013, 06:46:06 PM »
Back on the mechanic thing... I have never known a garage having to be open. I guess that's the confusion for me. You give your credit card # over the phone when they are open and they tell you where they are parking it. You bring a spare key and pick it up whenever you get a ride. No need to interact or have them open for business - cars are routinely left outside of businesses, they are built for it.

Heckling, as often as not the mechanic is closed when I drop off as well. I just park it in their lot, and drop an envelope in their mailslot with my key, and a note with my name, plate #, phone #, and a brief description of the problem.

The confusion possibly stems from "Not everybody is as lucky to have a mechanic like yours."

I'm 50+ years old and it's only been the past 3-4 years where I found a mechanic that I trust and gives me the options of drop-off/pick-up after hours. To me, this is a luxury and certainly not the norm for other mechanics around here.



eta: my mechanic is a small single owner garage. 2 stalls attached to a gas station.
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« Reply #7056 on: February 18, 2013, 06:54:26 PM »
One of the things I love about my mechanic place: they are happy to lock the keys in the car for me, let me pick it up that evening (with spare keys), then let me come in a day or two later to pay for it.  The manager even let me borrow her own car (as in, her personal vehicle) once when I would have had to wait for longer than expected!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7057 on: February 18, 2013, 07:11:11 PM »
Nearly every person that moves to my area (plus any local teens who haven't come across this info before) eventually has the same brain-hurty conversation. >:D

BG: About an hour from MyTown, out in the middle of a desert, is a nuclear research facility, which is commonly referred to as The Site.  Among the many people who work there are those who are training to serve on Navy nuclear-powered submarines.  So we get some version of the following:

Local: blah, blah, blah Navy guys.
Newcomer: Navy??
Local: Yeah, *short explanation*
Newcomer: Oh, ok.  Wait-- sailors.  Stationed in the middle of a desert.  *sproiinnng*
Way back when, I went with several people in a college class to a town in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada, for a research project.  In the evening, we all headed for the only casino in town.

The biggest employer in the town was the Navy, which had a training facility in the area for pilots--enough desolation so they could practice using weapons.  Nevada has no ocean. A lot of it is desert. Military people being military people, the Navy stationed law enforcement officers in the casino to help with security. The Navy calls these "Shore Patrol," because the main function is to "make certain that sailors on liberty do not become too rowdy." That's mostly in a port town, not in the middle of the desert.

Well, college students being college students, we defied the legal requirement that you must be 21 to drink and gamble in Nevada. Casino security & the Shore Patrol spotted us pretty quickly and the Shore Patrol helped out by escorting us, one by one, off the premises.

I have always enjoyed perplexing people by saying that I was once thrown out of every casino in Fallon, Nevada, by the Shore Patrol.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7058 on: February 19, 2013, 07:19:56 PM »
This one happened Sunday, for background in my town on Sundays we can only sell alcohol from 12 pm to 7 pm. The hours were actually extended recently it used to be from 12 pm to 6 pm.

Regular Customer approaches counter six pack in hand.

Me:Sir, I'm afraid I can't sell you that it's past seven.
RC: Oh that's right it's Sunday. Sorry.
Me:It's no problem.
RC: Hey do you know anyone that's open later?
Me:You mean that sells alcohol?
RC:Yeah. *nods*
Me: Sir, nobody will be able to sell you alcohol until tomorrow.
RC:Why not?

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7059 on: February 19, 2013, 07:26:45 PM »
My friend emailed her coworker a list of instructions to take care of a task that needed to be done while she was out of the office.

The list was pretty explicit, and broken down into steps.  Friend also walked coworker through the steps.

When friend got back to the office, coworker had not done the task correctly.  When friend asked about the parts that hadn't been done, coworker said, "If you wanted it done right, you should have given me written instructions!"

Friend had to walk away.  Her head was about to explode from the thought that emails somehow don't qualify as written.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7060 on: February 19, 2013, 08:45:32 PM »
I'm telling on DH...

DH rarely, if ever, goes grocery shopping.  In the decade we've been together, he's probably been inside a grocery store a dozen times, for just a few items, mostly when I've been ill and unable to go.

The other day, I had a few errands to run and a doctor appointment after work and asked him he he could stop in and pick up a few things.  One of the items on the list was fresh white mushrooms...

DH: (as I'm coming through the door) Hon, I couldn't find the mushrooms.  I looked EVERYWHERE in the store.  They only had frozen and canned...I got both.

Me:  There wasn't any kind of fresh mushrooms in the produce dept.?

DH: Produce dept???

Yeah, because no one would think to look in the produce area...for well, fresh produce.  Which, is also directly across from the frozen vegetables.  I can't figure out why he didn't ask someone...

It did make me chuckle.  A lot.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7061 on: February 20, 2013, 07:46:20 AM »
I am constantly amazed by the number of recipes I see that call for canned mushrooms. Mushrooms are inexpensive and plentiful in my area, and we go through 3 pounds a week.

My DH makes my brain hurt as he complains about the cost of milk ($4/gal) and eggs ($2.50/dozen), but has no qualms on buying pomegranate juice ($10/2 liters) or whey powder ($8/lb). I still send him to the store when needed.  >:D
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7062 on: February 20, 2013, 12:37:39 PM »
*The idea was having visible cop cars out and about especially in certain neighborhood would cut down on crime - also in the case of a citywide  emergency the cops could Dress at home and go directly to were they were needed with all their equipment instead of going to the station and then going to the emergency.

It's also good for continuity of operations.  If all the equipment and vehicles are stored at a single location, and that location has a disaster (tornado, fire, gas explosion, earthquake, etc), all the equipment is lost.  Having it spread out throughout the city prevents a single incident from crippling all operations.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7063 on: February 20, 2013, 01:00:07 PM »
*The idea was having visible cop cars out and about especially in certain neighborhood would cut down on crime - also in the case of a citywide  emergency the cops could Dress at home and go directly to were they were needed with all their equipment instead of going to the station and then going to the emergency.

It's also good for continuity of operations.  If all the equipment and vehicles are stored at a single location, and that location has a disaster (tornado, fire, gas explosion, earthquake, etc), all the equipment is lost.  Having it spread out throughout the city prevents a single incident from crippling all operations.

Except at shift change, when some guy with a tractor runs them over.  Got to love living in Vermont.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7064 on: February 20, 2013, 07:41:20 PM »
Just got off the phone with a parent. Sweet young boy with ADHD, parents on top of things as they can be. I had called to tell her about a great score on a post test of our "2 digit by 2 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping unit".


He is having some problems coping at the end of the day and I wanted to see if she was ok with some ideas I had to help him cope. She was fine with the ideas, but told me something that made my brain hurt and heart break.


She may have to move out of our zone and wants to try and get a transfer so he can stay. The teachers he has had at our school have all worked with her. The previous school told her she was a horrible parent and needed to spank him more often. Then made her sign a consent to corporal punishment on condition of him staying in school. They gave him swats more than once. He was in KINDER at the time. His behavior problems are a result of brain chemistry problems - and he is the sweetest open hearted little boy who struggles so hard to be good but sometimes just can't cope. I would give him a big hug tomorrow - but he doesn't like being touched - so maybe an air five.
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