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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7875 on: March 25, 2013, 04:20:34 PM »
The driver for my carpool today. :-\

Him - "Is that Coworker's car?"
Me - "I don't know. Doesn't he have a different colour of car?"
Him - "Well yeah, maybe. I thought I heard him say that he bought a new one. And he lives in that direction."
Me - <thinking> Thousands of people live in 'that direction'. And thousands of cars turn right at this intersection every day. Why in the heck would you think this one has to be him??

I have a manager who will say something similar.  We live in NJ but she's from Long Island. We have had customers sometimes who are from there originally, and lets say their last time is something common, but not as common as Smith or Jones. Let's say Anderson. So she will then say, oh, I knew someone in x town on LI with that name. Are you related?

Or someone will comment about someone they know in a particular profession in an area, and she will pipe up and ask their name, since in spite of their being thousands of accountants in such and such a town, this one person she knows MIGHT be the one they are talking about.

One of my DH's cousins was visiting us and was invited to my friend's house with us for dinner. My friend that was hosting is from Texas. When Cousin found out, he said, "Oh I know 'so-n-so' from Texas. Do you know him?" My friend just blinked and I busted out laughing and reminded him how large Texas is to which he sheepishly smiled.

On a flip note a friend of DH's was visiting his wife's home town in Texas. He met her childhood friend and mentioned he was in a band (back in NYC). The friend said "I have a nephew in a band in NYC - do you know him?" and lo & behold the wife's childhood friend was my DH's aunt. It does happen.

And if it involved my dad, he WOULD know them. He knows everybody!
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7876 on: March 25, 2013, 07:51:48 PM »
Not a conversation, but just brain-hurty in general:

My local YMCA has those no-touch Purel dispensers installed all over the place, including right next to many of the doorways.  Except they're all installed at around head height (to me, anyway, an average-sized woman).  So if you cut the corner too close coming out of the locker room, you get hand sanitizer spritzed on your shoulder.  If you back into one - like, oh, if you step aside to hold the door for someone - you get hand sanitizer down the back of your neck.  And if you happened to be in a wheelchair you couldn't get hand sanitizer at all.

I don't know how much it would cost them to re-install all the dispensers 18 inches lower, but I suspect they'd recoup their costs in savings on un-wasted Purel within a year or two!

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7877 on: March 25, 2013, 08:11:40 PM »

One of my DH's cousins was visiting us and was invited to my friend's house with us for dinner. My friend that was hosting is from Texas. When Cousin found out, he said, "Oh I know 'so-n-so' from Texas. Do you know him?" My friend just blinked and I busted out laughing and reminded him how large Texas is to which he sheepishly smiled.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7878 on: March 25, 2013, 08:17:57 PM »
It must be my week for brain hurty people and drinks.

I went to one of my local fast food places to get breakfast and morning diet cola.  Sometimes if the drive thru line is long I park, go in, and get my food to go. 

I was at the drink dispenser when a woman comes in from outside and starts filling her cup.  Okay, I've done that when I get regular instead of diet.  Then I notice that her cup is from a place that is located across town.  We leave at the same time and she climbs into her nice German sports car and drives off.  I guess I could get a fancier car too if I didn't pay for my morning drink. 

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7879 on: March 26, 2013, 12:53:04 AM »
I am Scottish.  You would be amazed (or maybe not) at the number of people who ask if I know Susan Boyle.  Especially since I have not lived there for 45 years.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7880 on: March 26, 2013, 03:02:26 AM »
Not a conversation, but just brain-hurty in general:

My local YMCA has those no-touch Purel dispensers installed all over the place, including right next to many of the doorways.  Except they're all installed at around head height (to me, anyway, an average-sized woman).  So if you cut the corner too close coming out of the locker room, you get hand sanitizer spritzed on your shoulder.  If you back into one - like, oh, if you step aside to hold the door for someone - you get hand sanitizer down the back of your neck.  And if you happened to be in a wheelchair you couldn't get hand sanitizer at all.

I don't know how much it would cost them to re-install all the dispensers 18 inches lower, but I suspect they'd recoup their costs in savings on un-wasted Purel within a year or two!


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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7881 on: March 26, 2013, 06:39:58 AM »
I was over in New Zealand, and was seated at dinner with another couple from Australia (which is a pretty big place).   Found out they were very good friends of my Aunt and Uncle (who are also my Godparents).  So, chiming in with the others who say it does happen!
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7882 on: March 26, 2013, 09:04:58 AM »
The driver for my carpool today. :-\

Him - "Is that Coworker's car?"
Me - "I don't know. Doesn't he have a different colour of car?"
Him - "Well yeah, maybe. I thought I heard him say that he bought a new one. And he lives in that direction."
Me - <thinking> Thousands of people live in 'that direction'. And thousands of cars turn right at this intersection every day. Why in the heck would you think this one has to be him??

I have a manager who will say something similar.  We live in NJ but she's from Long Island. We have had customers sometimes who are from there originally, and lets say their last time is something common, but not as common as Smith or Jones. Let's say Anderson. So she will then say, oh, I knew someone in x town on LI with that name. Are you related?

Or someone will comment about someone they know in a particular profession in an area, and she will pipe up and ask their name, since in spite of their being thousands of accountants in such and such a town, this one person she knows MIGHT be the one they are talking about.

One of my DH's cousins was visiting us and was invited to my friend's house with us for dinner. My friend that was hosting is from Texas. When Cousin found out, he said, "Oh I know 'so-n-so' from Texas. Do you know him?" My friend just blinked and I busted out laughing and reminded him how large Texas is to which he sheepishly smiled.

On a flip note a friend of DH's was visiting his wife's home town in Texas. He met her childhood friend and mentioned he was in a band (back in NYC). The friend said "I have a nephew in a band in NYC - do you know him?" and lo & behold the wife's childhood friend was my DH's aunt. It does happen.

Oh I agree. I had something similar happen to me one summer in college. Iím from NJ, but was living at the beach in DE, waitressing. We had someone new start, and while I forget where she was from, she went to school in SC.  So one weekend she mentions she was heading to NJ to see her boyfriend. Without even asking, I had this feeling I would know him. So I said where, and she mentioned my hometown, and then I asked who, and sure enough, it was someone I had gone to school with from 4th grade on! 


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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7883 on: March 26, 2013, 10:11:06 AM »
Not a conversation exchange but something I read. On the website microaggressions.com (which requires massive sanity points and cans of diet coke to read  :(), there was the following anecdote:

"At my school, the Introduction to Native Americans class, which covers the history of Native Americans from pre-Contact to present day, does not count towards the United States History general education requirement."

 ???      ???      ???      >:(
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7884 on: March 26, 2013, 10:15:38 AM »
Not a conversation exchange but something I read. On the website microaggressions.com (which requires massive sanity points and cans of diet coke to read  :(), there was the following anecdote:

"At my school, the Introduction to Native Americans class, which covers the history of Native Americans from pre-Contact to present day, does not count towards the United States History general education requirement."

 ???      ???      ???      >:(
*blink*  *blink*
whaaaaa ??? nooooo ??? huhhhhh ???

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7885 on: March 26, 2013, 10:34:58 AM »
Not a conversation exchange but something I read. On the website microaggressions.com (which requires massive sanity points and cans of diet coke to read  :(), there was the following anecdote:

"At my school, the Introduction to Native Americans class, which covers the history of Native Americans from pre-Contact to present day, does not count towards the United States History general education requirement."

 ???      ???      ???      >:(
*blink*  *blink*
whaaaaa ??? nooooo ??? huhhhhh ???

I don't see the brain hurt.  US history is usually meant as a course covering the founding and developing of the country/government itself. The Native Americans are, of course, and important part of the history of this country, but that's not the intent of the requirement.  I'm not explaining this very well (and now we know why I'm a mathematician, not a writer).

I think this example works.  Lets say the degree requirement was a course on "The life of Bob".  There are several options that cover different parts of life.  There's a course on just infant/toddlerhood,, there's a course on the tumultuous teenage years, and an overview of the entire life thus far.  There's also a really great course on "The history of Bob's parents".  That course doesn't count to meet the degree requirement. Bob's parents are important to Bob's life, but, in terms of Bob's life, they're just a related (though vital) topic.  Studying about Bob's parents doesn't quite meet the requirements.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7886 on: March 26, 2013, 10:44:50 AM »
I guess I kind of see that point.  If the goal is to cover the history of the United States as a political entity, it makes sense.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7887 on: March 26, 2013, 10:54:30 AM »
I understand why too. From what I understand, the Native Americans are considered "sovereign nations" within the borders of the US. In some areas of the south western US, we have a shared history with Mexico (think of all the Spanish missions along the California coast or the Mexican American war), but taking a course solely on Mexican history doesn't really = US history.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7888 on: March 26, 2013, 12:45:44 PM »
I was over in New Zealand, and was seated at dinner with another couple from Australia (which is a pretty big place).   Found out they were very good friends of my Aunt and Uncle (who are also my Godparents).  So, chiming in with the others who say it does happen!

My family relocated to New Zealand for a year when I was 10. One evening - after I'd gone to bed - the phone rang. This wasn't unusual, as due to the time difference, my paternal grandparents often rang around 9-10pm. Sure enough, my dad picked up the phone and started speaking Danish, but hung up surprisingly quickly.

The next morning I asked him what grandma and granddad had wanted. "Nothing - it wasn't them. It was somebody else from Denmark, calling up somebody else in New Zealand - expecting to get somebody who spoke Danish... but got the wrong number!"

What are the odds?!?!?
 
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7889 on: March 26, 2013, 12:51:27 PM »
LazyDaisy wrote:

"I understand why too. From what I understand, the Native Americans are considered "sovereign nations" within the borders of the US."

Considering that the vast majority of the geography of the United States used to be Native American land and the whole concept of Manifest Destiny was wound up in conflict with Native American nations, this is too far a stretch to be valid.  For close to a century people born into NA tribes on reservations are considered American citizens by the U.S. government, so at least for the "present day" part of the class they're learning about a segment of the American population.

"In some areas of the south western US, we have a shared history with Mexico (think of all the Spanish missions along the California coast or the Mexican American war), but taking a course solely on Mexican history doesn't really = US history."

Since you mentioned it, would studying the history of California from the 1500's through the present day not count because a good portion of that would be Mexican history?  As I said, present day NA people (in the U.S. of course) are American citizens by birth.

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