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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17610 on: October 22, 2012, 04:46:15 PM »
 I just came back from Right-Aid (neosporin for Baren) and witnessed a woman with a baby in one of those strollers with a basket underneath and a 5-year old child.  This woman was pulling all sorts of things out of the basket and putting them to the side, while asking the cashier how much the item(s) she was actually purchasing cost.  The stuff to the side:  10+ bottles of nail polish, toys, candy, snack crackers, etc.  The stuff she actually bought:  a mascara and two bags of potato chips.  It turned out the 5-year old was running around the store, grabbing things and dumping them, first in the basket, then on top of the register.  As they were leaving, the mother made the girl drop a handful of metal cars.

When I finally got to the register, the counter was a disaster of major proportions with seals broken and wrappers torn on almost all of the left items.  I felt so bad for the cashier.

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« Reply #17611 on: October 22, 2012, 05:07:56 PM »
Mr. Sirius once told me about stopping his school bus at a railroad crossing that had the crossing arms down and a train was visibly coming...and two bicyclists rode through the downed crossing arms and went on their merry way.

Dh (rightfully) lays claim to having saved a special snowflake's life at a railway crossing once. He was working right next to the crossing and saw a teenaged boy duck under the pedestrian gates to walk behind the passing train, not realising that *another* train was approaching from the opposite direction and would have arrived with perfect timing to cream him as soon as he stepped out from behind the the first train. Thankfully DH had the window open so the boy could hear his shout of "STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!" or this story would have a much less happy ending.

Naturally, even after the train passed inches in front of his nose, a second after DH had stopped him, Special Snowflake couldn't give a wave of thanks...
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« Reply #17612 on: October 22, 2012, 05:43:29 PM »
I live in a townhouse with my dog who has been really stressed lately, showing some extreme reactions to people walking by my house or ringing my doorbell. I've ended up hiring a behaviorist to deal with this, spending almost $400 so far.

Further background, there's a 2 bedroom unit in my building with 8 people living there, which is against housing codes. I figure the economy is terrible and they're mostly nice, except for one woman who has a baby and a preschooler. She thought it was really cute to hold the baby up to MY doorbell and let him ring it nonstop. I spoke to her about it twice and both time she seemed really surprised that it bothered me. "But he's having so much fun!" So let him do it to your house. "But the preschooler is napping!" So was I! Not my problem! The second time she finally said "You really mean the baby can't ring your bell?!?" Yes! Fortunately, it hasn't happened again, or so I thought.

Today I decided to work from home. This afternoon, my doorbell starts ringing nonstop. My dog is freaking out, and I whip open the front door to find the same woman with her baby.

Bad neighbor: Oh, you're home!
Me: What are you doing? I've told you repeatedly to leave my doorbell alone. You are driving my dog crazy!
BN: Oh, I don't mind the barking!
Me: I mind the $400 I've spent trying to deal with the anxiety problem you've apparently created in my dog.
BN: But the baby loves it!
Me: I don't care.

Right now I'm so furious at her that I'm somewhat tempted to call her landlord and let him know about his extra tenants, but I don't want to do something out of revenge.

 :o  That's appalling!  Also, who DOES that?  Great googly moogely!  I feel so bad for your poor dog!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17613 on: October 22, 2012, 06:18:30 PM »
Spring Water, maybe the Land Yatch looks slow, due to its size? You know, sort of majestically sailing down the street?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17614 on: October 22, 2012, 07:53:09 PM »
I was in Las Vegas last week, and saw two people running in the casino. I don't mean like they were late for something, they were dressed in running clothes and were going for a run on the casino floor.

It was a little hot there last week, (maybe around 85 midday) but this was about 9 AM when it wasn't that warm yet. In a hotel that has a gym.


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« Reply #17615 on: October 22, 2012, 08:45:14 PM »
I saw a Mama Snowflake and her little SSinTraining in the market yesterday.  I enter the aisle just in time to see Little SS toss a plastic ball (around 5 inches in diameter) out of the cart.  Mama SS laughs and goes after the ball.  So Little SS, who now has 2 large oranges in his hands (where did they come from??), tosses an orange on the floor.  I guess he wanted to see how it bounced compared to the sparkly plastic ball.

Mama SS thought this was all very funny and acted like she was playing a (bad) game of catch.  Then I notice a man, perhaps Papa, telling Mama SS that they are buying that orange.

I should hope so. :o
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17616 on: October 23, 2012, 07:48:38 AM »
I had a customer call in as we disabled his service for a good reason: problems with a lot of outgoing email bouncing back A LOT.  He was not happy that we did not call him and warn him.  Yes, we should have called him but if he was, I found no proof, and sometimes if a large amount of customers are affected, we may not be able to reach them all.  I had to repeat to him several times what he has to do to get service back, and he does have workarounds that take a few seconds longer to use until then.  I've had other customers call in with same scenarios demanding we enable service back NOW and think they do not have to do thinks like clean up dirty mailing lists as an example first among other things!

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« Reply #17617 on: October 23, 2012, 08:16:04 AM »
Coming home today from lunch, I was in front of a very Special Snowflake.  I was at a red light, turning right.  There's not a "no right turn on red" sign there, so I was free to turn whenever I felt it was safe.  I was waiting for a good break in traffic, and trying to figure out what one person was doing (driving slowly, turn signal on, not lane changing or turning) when the guy behind me started honking.  He probably honked five or six separate times at me in the space of a minute or two; everyone in the cars next to us was turning around to look at him!  When I looked in my rearview mirror, I could see him throwing his hands up in the air, flipping me off, gesturing at me to move, etc. 

Sorry, dude.  I'm not going to turn suddenly, possibly causing an accident, just so you can get to your exit sooner.

Sorta on the same vein...this happened a few weeks ago

I'm stopped at a red light in the left lane waiting to make a left hand turn.  There are two lanes; left lane to make left turn, and right lane to go straight only.

Light changes and cars start to move, car in front of me makes the left - BUT, also the car in the right lane decides to turn left.  Thank goodness they are turning onto a two lane road or there would have been an accident; but still it threw the car in front of me off because they were going to go into the right hand lane, but had to swerve back over to the left.

Now, here is where Karma comes in...one of the cars coming down the hill in the opposite direction was in an unmarked police car, so he hit his lights and pull the car over.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17618 on: October 23, 2012, 08:21:13 AM »
Coming home today from lunch, I was in front of a very Special Snowflake.  I was at a red light, turning right.  There's not a "no right turn on red" sign there, so I was free to turn whenever I felt it was safe.  I was waiting for a good break in traffic, and trying to figure out what one person was doing (driving slowly, turn signal on, not lane changing or turning) when the guy behind me started honking.  He probably honked five or six separate times at me in the space of a minute or two; everyone in the cars next to us was turning around to look at him!  When I looked in my rearview mirror, I could see him throwing his hands up in the air, flipping me off, gesturing at me to move, etc. 

Sorry, dude.  I'm not going to turn suddenly, possibly causing an accident, just so you can get to your exit sooner.

Sorta on the same vein...this happened a few weeks ago

I'm stopped at a red light in the left lane waiting to make a left hand turn.  There are two lanes; left lane to make left turn, and right lane to go straight only.

Light changes and cars start to move, car in front of me makes the left - BUT, also the car in the right lane decides to turn left.  Thank goodness they are turning onto a two lane road or there would have been an accident; but still it threw the car in front of me off because they were going to go into the right hand lane, but had to swerve back over to the left.

Now, here is where Karma comes in...one of the cars coming down the hill in the opposite direction was in an unmarked police car, so he hit his lights and pull the car over.

That happens all the time at a particular light here. There is one lane for left turns, and two for right turns. I have had to swerve to avoid people turning left from the right turning lane on more than one occasion. It's not like the lanes arent clearly marked and it'd be easy to make the mistake of thinking that there are two left turning lanes. Sadly, I've yet to see a police officer pull over the people who nearly cause accidents because they're not paying attention.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17619 on: October 23, 2012, 09:07:18 AM »
Spring Water, maybe the Land Yatch looks slow, due to its size? You know, sort of majestically sailing down the street?

Looks can be deceiving. While it looks and feels like a living room driving down the street, it's actually stupid fast. This particular model of Buick has a Corvette V8 engine. With a little skill and a yearning for mischief, you can pull off a wicked burnout. Or so I've been told.

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« Reply #17620 on: October 23, 2012, 11:29:23 AM »
Yesterday on the way out, we were heading down a six lane road to an area where the three straight lanes add a left turn and a right turn lane.  I was in the middle lane, as I wanted to keep heading south on Hwy 6 for a few more miles and only the two left lanes went over the overpass in two miles (heavy traffic - plan ahead to be in the correct lane).

Mr. SS in a Sports Car came from my left, zoomed in front of me into the right lane, then into the right turn lane just as the light we were coming up to turned green - when he went straight through the intersection and sped up (a lot) to get in front of the car in the lane that was allowed to go straight!  Then he got stuck briefly behind an SUV, only to zoom off across the lanes again to go braiding him way down the highway, zig-zagging back & forth from lane to lane with little regard for the OTHER cars on the road.....

I was so wishing that there had been an unmarked car in the crowd at the light 0r coming out of the airport as he zoomed by....but he got away with it, as far as we could see.  Which just means he'll keep doing it.....scary thought.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17621 on: October 23, 2012, 11:51:00 AM »
Coming home today from lunch, I was in front of a very Special Snowflake.  I was at a red light, turning right.  There's not a "no right turn on red" sign there, so I was free to turn whenever I felt it was safe.  I was waiting for a good break in traffic, and trying to figure out what one person was doing (driving slowly, turn signal on, not lane changing or turning) when the guy behind me started honking.  He probably honked five or six separate times at me in the space of a minute or two; everyone in the cars next to us was turning around to look at him!  When I looked in my rearview mirror, I could see him throwing his hands up in the air, flipping me off, gesturing at me to move, etc. 

Sorry, dude.  I'm not going to turn suddenly, possibly causing an accident, just so you can get to your exit sooner.

Sorta on the same vein...this happened a few weeks ago

I'm stopped at a red light in the left lane waiting to make a left hand turn.  There are two lanes; left lane to make left turn, and right lane to go straight only.

Light changes and cars start to move, car in front of me makes the left - BUT, also the car in the right lane decides to turn left.  Thank goodness they are turning onto a two lane road or there would have been an accident; but still it threw the car in front of me off because they were going to go into the right hand lane, but had to swerve back over to the left.

Now, here is where Karma comes in...one of the cars coming down the hill in the opposite direction was in an unmarked police car, so he hit his lights and pull the car over.

This happens to me a lot, since here in NJ we don't have a lot of left turn lanes, but jughandles.  So you can have 2 lanes at the jughandle, both turning left onto the opposite side of the road, but 9 times out of 10, the line in the right lane to turn left, which will then allow you to turn into a business etc. has a number of cars, and the left one has none. So many SS's get in the left lane, make their turn, and because they're impatient, attempt to turn into the right lane, cutting off the traffic that SHOULD be there. A loud toot of the horn usually sets them straight!

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« Reply #17622 on: October 23, 2012, 02:00:27 PM »
Mr. Sirius told me about a time he was driving in southern California many years ago when a car (a black Trans Am, he told me) kept zipping in and out of traffic and nearly caused a bunch of accidents.  About five miles down the road he passed them pulled over by the highway patrol.  He said he saw a lot of cheering and waving going on from other cars at that.  I have a hard time feeling sorry for drivers in that situation. 

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« Reply #17623 on: October 23, 2012, 02:24:35 PM »
Coming home today from lunch, I was in front of a very Special Snowflake.  I was at a red light, turning right.  There's not a "no right turn on red" sign there, so I was free to turn whenever I felt it was safe.  I was waiting for a good break in traffic, and trying to figure out what one person was doing (driving slowly, turn signal on, not lane changing or turning) when the guy behind me started honking.  He probably honked five or six separate times at me in the space of a minute or two; everyone in the cars next to us was turning around to look at him!  When I looked in my rearview mirror, I could see him throwing his hands up in the air, flipping me off, gesturing at me to move, etc. 

Sorry, dude.  I'm not going to turn suddenly, possibly causing an accident, just so you can get to your exit sooner.

Sorta on the same vein...this happened a few weeks ago

I'm stopped at a red light in the left lane waiting to make a left hand turn.  There are two lanes; left lane to make left turn, and right lane to go straight only.

Light changes and cars start to move, car in front of me makes the left - BUT, also the car in the right lane decides to turn left.  Thank goodness they are turning onto a two lane road or there would have been an accident; but still it threw the car in front of me off because they were going to go into the right hand lane, but had to swerve back over to the left.

Now, here is where Karma comes in...one of the cars coming down the hill in the opposite direction was in an unmarked police car, so he hit his lights and pull the car over.

This happens to me a lot, since here in NJ we don't have a lot of left turn lanes, but jughandles.  So you can have 2 lanes at the jughandle, both turning left onto the opposite side of the road, but 9 times out of 10, the line in the right lane to turn left, which will then allow you to turn into a business etc. has a number of cars, and the left one has none. So many SS's get in the left lane, make their turn, and because they're impatient, attempt to turn into the right lane, cutting off the traffic that SHOULD be there. A loud toot of the horn usually sets them straight!

Jughandles are about the only thing I don't like about New Jersey.  But the scenery you get to see as you drive through them make up for them!
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« Reply #17624 on: October 23, 2012, 02:32:03 PM »
Well, this should probably be in a mean things you've done thread but Sirius post reminded me of it. 

One morning on my way to work via a tollway a driver was zipping between lanes, honking at people and just being completely obnoxious cutting people off including me twice.  After a toll plaza he ended up behind me again, so I drove in a way (still 5 miles over the speed limit) that blocked him in for about a half a mile, with him all the while tailgating me and making gestures at me.  I knew a police car was always sitting on the other side of an upcoming overpass so I got out of his way right before the top of the hill so he could go speeding on.  Sure enough when I topped the hill, the police car had turned on his lights and was chasing him down.  Evil me sang "you may not always get what you want, but you get what you need" all the rest of the way to work.