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AndreaBeth105

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When your city has declared a state of emergency due to flooding (described as once in a hundred years kind of flooding). It's a really stupid idea to take a Canoe out on the river.


They mayors response

"I can't believe I actually have to say this, but I'm going to say it. The river is closed. You cannot boat on the river. I have a large number of nouns that I can use to describe the people I saw in a canoe on the Bow river today. I am not allowed to use any of them. I can tell you, however, that I have been told that despite the state of local emergency, I'm not allowed to invoke the Darwin law.
If you are on the river we have to rescue you. If we have to rescue you we're taking away valuable resource from others. Everytime we have to pull a rescue boat onto the river, it means there is not a rescue boat in a community that is flooded. It is selfish and it is ridiculous for you to be on the river. So, do not do it. Stay off the river no matter what kind of thrills you're interested in coming for and I won't use any of the nouns that I really want to use."

My mayor's response to the same (I'm guessing) flooding included the phrase "shower with a buddy."  It sounds like we both have great mayors.

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When your city has declared a state of emergency due to flooding (described as once in a hundred years kind of flooding). It's a really stupid idea to take a Canoe out on the river.


They mayors response

"I can't believe I actually have to say this, but I'm going to say it. The river is closed. You cannot boat on the river. I have a large number of nouns that I can use to describe the people I saw in a canoe on the Bow river today. I am not allowed to use any of them. I can tell you, however, that I have been told that despite the state of local emergency, I'm not allowed to invoke the Darwin law.
If you are on the river we have to rescue you. If we have to rescue you we're taking away valuable resource from others. Everytime we have to pull a rescue boat onto the river, it means there is not a rescue boat in a community that is flooded. It is selfish and it is ridiculous for you to be on the river. So, do not do it. Stay off the river no matter what kind of thrills you're interested in coming for and I won't use any of the nouns that I really want to use."

My mayor's response to the same (I'm guessing) flooding included the phrase "shower with a buddy."  It sounds like we both have great mayors.

He must be related to my Governor. He can be pretty blunt, and has come out and told people NOT to do things that should be common sense, like during Hurricane Sandy stay OFF the beaches, and so on. He's awesome.

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Okay I can't get it out of my head every time I come back to this thread so I have to drop this last tidbit re: apple cider and apple juice...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fDsuHH8RAA

If the video doesn't work, here is the key quote from Ned Flanders on "The Simpsons":
"If it's clear and yella, you've got juice there fella! If it's tangy and brown you're in cider town." ;D

I always got sparkling apple cider while my parents had wine to toast the New Year. One year I got to try a sip of their wine - I begged for my sparkling cider back! To me, the wine just tasted like grape juice that has gone bad. Plus the apple cider had fizzy bubbles! :P
These days I stick to juice and non alcoholic cider, because I find most alcoholic drinks to be too bitter for me.
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White Dragon

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When your city has declared a state of emergency due to flooding (described as once in a hundred years kind of flooding). It's a really stupid idea to take a Canoe out on the river.


They mayors response

"I can't believe I actually have to say this, but I'm going to say it. The river is closed. You cannot boat on the river. I have a large number of nouns that I can use to describe the people I saw in a canoe on the Bow river today. I am not allowed to use any of them. I can tell you, however, that I have been told that despite the state of local emergency, I'm not allowed to invoke the Darwin law.
If you are on the river we have to rescue you. If we have to rescue you we're taking away valuable resource from others. Everytime we have to pull a rescue boat onto the river, it means there is not a rescue boat in a community that is flooded. It is selfish and it is ridiculous for you to be on the river. So, do not do it. Stay off the river no matter what kind of thrills you're interested in coming for and I won't use any of the nouns that I really want to use."

I saw that same news clip!
Just boggling that people needed to be told not to boat on rivers running 10x normal speed and volume.
Oh - and after a torrential rain and massive flood...don't water your lawns... ::)
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A friend who’s a park ranger at a public beach in Texas says that whenever a hurricane is coming in, people flock to the beach to watch, or even to surf.  Many get quite irate when told the park has been evacuated and they have to leave.

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When your city has declared a state of emergency due to flooding (described as once in a hundred years kind of flooding). It's a really stupid idea to take a Canoe out on the river.


They mayors response

"I can't believe I actually have to say this, but I'm going to say it. The river is closed. You cannot boat on the river. I have a large number of nouns that I can use to describe the people I saw in a canoe on the Bow river today. I am not allowed to use any of them. I can tell you, however, that I have been told that despite the state of local emergency, I'm not allowed to invoke the Darwin law.
If you are on the river we have to rescue you. If we have to rescue you we're taking away valuable resource from others. Everytime we have to pull a rescue boat onto the river, it means there is not a rescue boat in a community that is flooded. It is selfish and it is ridiculous for you to be on the river. So, do not do it. Stay off the river no matter what kind of thrills you're interested in coming for and I won't use any of the nouns that I really want to use."

My mayor's response to the same (I'm guessing) flooding included the phrase "shower with a buddy."  It sounds like we both have great mayors.

He must be related to my Governor. He can be pretty blunt, and has come out and told people NOT to do things that should be common sense, like during Hurricane Sandy stay OFF the beaches, and so on. He's awesome.

I was just saying to DH that the mayor sounds like Christie, except, yannow, slightly more polite.  Must be the Jersey-Canada translation ;)

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My coworker told me this one today.

She was talking to a woman in her mid 30s who had only just learned that pickles are made out of...cucumbers.
"I think her scattergun was only loaded with commas and full-stops, although some of them cuddled together for warmth and produced little baby colons and semi-colons." ~ Margo


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A friend who’s a park ranger at a public beach in Texas says that whenever a hurricane is coming in, people flock to the beach to watch, or even to surf.  Many get quite irate when told the park has been evacuated and they have to leave.
That ticks me off to no end. When you are told to evacuate - evacuate. Do not create more trouble for the first responders, they have too much to do.


What really makes me mad is people in evacuation zones that stay there then complain that they were in danger and no one came when they called for help during the storm. This is after they have been told repeatedly that if you don't evacuate no one is going to be able to get through the storm to help you. People staying in evacuation zones with kids deserve a special place in hell and should be charged with endangerment and neglect at the very least. Of course if they don't have transportation out - the authorities should make arrangements to get those people out of the evacuation zones.


Unlike any other natural disaster with hurricanes you have usually a week or more of watching the storm develop and move towards the coast. From June to October I never let my car get below 1/2 full. If we are on the edge of a cone - doesn't get below 3/4 - in the middle I fill up every evening if I've been out. I have a go kit in garage - just add dog food, computer, photo albums, some cross stitched pillows Mom made, and bag of important papers.  and I can leave. I have another box of emergency supplies if I'm told to shelter in place.
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I live in the middle of Florida and hurricane season is in sway as I type. All county and city governments offer clinics to help people prepare for these storms, the local hardware/home stores offer classes and kits of supplies.

Still, there is always nearly 1/3 of the people who live here (not tourists) who will have no food, batteries, candles, manual can openers, pet supplies, drinking water,  first aid kit, hygiene water, or store of their medication.

Hurricanes always give at least 8 hours of notice of their arrival as long as you pay attention to the local news or radio station.
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A friend who’s a park ranger at a public beach in Texas says that whenever a hurricane is coming in, people flock to the beach to watch, or even to surf.  Many get quite irate when told the park has been evacuated and they have to leave.

When I was a teen, I worked for several summers at a pool.  The area was subject to pop-up thunderstorms that could be pretty fierce.  The area around the poll was also wide open. 

We were always amazed how many visitors had to be almost literally pulled out of the pool and herded into sheltered areas. The classic plaint was, 'Why?  I don't care if it's raining.  I'm already wet'.     

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I'm not sure that's so silly- many of us have been taught that lightening will strike the HIGHEST point around, so being in a pool doesn't seem too dangerous. I didn't realize that there is a danger in being in an indoor pool during a thunderstorm, either, until a lifeguard explained that if lightening were to strike a tree outdoors, it would travel into the ground and all that water would be the path of least resistance...

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When I was a teen, I worked for several summers at a pool.  The area was subject to pop-up thunderstorms that could be pretty fierce.  The area around the poll was also wide open. 

We were always amazed how many visitors had to be almost literally pulled out of the pool and herded into sheltered areas. The classic plaint was, 'Why?  I don't care if it's raining.  I'm already wet'.   
When I was a kid, Mom would drop sis and I off at the swim club for Sis's swim team practice. I want to say 7 am. We would stay there till 4 pm when she would pick us up. All of us kids would plan lunch around the afternoon thunderstorm. The thunder would rumble - we would pour out of the pool and into the snack bar. By the time we got our food and finished eating the storm had usually passed - and the pool was reopened. If it wasn't we helped the life guards and tennis pros with chores inside till it was safe to swim/be on the court.

I do remember a few times when a new lifeguard evacuated the pool for heat lightening (Sky is clear as a bell you can see lightening from distant storms but you can't hear the thunder ) That didn't go over well and William always overrode that decision and reopened the pool.

I love swimming/playing in the rain - if it isn't thundering.
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When I was a teen, I worked for several summers at a pool.  The area was subject to pop-up thunderstorms that could be pretty fierce.  The area around the poll was also wide open. 

We were always amazed how many visitors had to be almost literally pulled out of the pool and herded into sheltered areas. The classic plaint was, 'Why?  I don't care if it's raining.  I'm already wet'.   

I think part of it is also based on what sort of storms you're used to. My parents grew up in Florida where lightning strikes are common and expected during rain storms, so they raised us to use this type of caution (not in an open area, not in a pool, not taking a shower, etc during a storm) but where I live now, thunder and lightning are so rare that if it's raining, you really can keep swimming because you will just get wetter.
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When I was a teen, I worked for several summers at a pool.  The area was subject to pop-up thunderstorms that could be pretty fierce.  The area around the poll was also wide open. 

We were always amazed how many visitors had to be almost literally pulled out of the pool and herded into sheltered areas. The classic plaint was, 'Why?  I don't care if it's raining.  I'm already wet'.   

I think part of it is also based on what sort of storms you're used to. My parents grew up in Florida where lightning strikes are common and expected during rain storms, so they raised us to use this type of caution (not in an open area, not in a pool, not taking a shower, etc during a storm) but where I live now, thunder and lightning are so rare that if it's raining, you really can keep swimming because you will just get wetter.

Working at a boy scout camp (I was 16), there was one evening when I was assigned the "tower" at the beach.  Essentially, I was assigned to lookout for capsized boats on the lake, keep an eye on the swimmers (in addition to the lifeguards standnig on the dock surrounding the swim area), and keep an eye out for hazardous weather. The tower gave me a perspective 12 feet taller than just standing on the shore.

That evening, I saw a huge thunder head approaching from the opposite side of the lake.  There was no lightning I could see, and no thunder I could hear, but I could tell the rain was going to be dangerously heavy.

I blew my whistle with the signal that meant "everyone out of the water."  Over several minutes, I endured scouts and adult leaders complaining that "it's just a little rain."  About 30 seconds after the last of the complainers and been ushered from the beach (and just as I'd gotten down from the tower and into my rain gear), the gust front hit with 50 mph winds.

I'll admit I took a bit of pleasure at watching those complainers get sandblasted as they scurried away from the beach.

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I think part of it is also based on what sort of storms you're used to. My parents grew up in Florida where lightning strikes are common and expected during rain storms, so they raised us to use this type of caution (not in an open area, not in a pool, not taking a shower, etc during a storm) but where I live now, thunder and lightning are so rare that if it's raining, you really can keep swimming because you will just get wetter.

Interesting, see, I never heard a rule about not taking a shower during a thunder-and-lightning storm, aka... electrical storm. So that makes sense, it just never occurred to me before.

Maybe I've mentioned this one before... I was once eating lunch with someone who ordered a caramel latte, and was completely incensed to taste it and discover it had coffee in it. Like, horribly shocked, with me sitting there also horribly shocked, trying to figure out if he was joking. In my experience something advertised as a "caramel latte," full stop, is based on coffee, along with milk and caramel. He kept saying, "Latte is milk! It should be just hot milk and caramel!"

Later, at a Korean frozen yogurt shop, I saw them advertising lattes, and they explicitly said on the sign that theirs do NOT involve coffee, just milk and caramel for a "caramel latte." So apparently such things exist in the world, but, as this guy had the same ethnic and geographic background as me (and same age), I'm just kind of boggled that his default would be to expect no coffee, and to be completely unaware that coffee in a latte was even a done thing. While confidently ordering a latte--it'd be different if *I* had ordered it and he had taken a sip and been surprised, because he really had no idea/never thought about it before.

Now when I had to explain to my mom that a "chai latte" might be coffee-based (bad) but a "chai tea latte" should be tea-based (good), I understood, because that's kind of a subtle distinction in the name when most of the words seem foreign to you anyway, and coffee shops have only been a big thing for a small part of your existence.
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