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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18435 on: December 14, 2012, 04:44:58 PM »
I just returned from my history final. The teacher had to throw out one student because she brought her three year old child who.would.not.shut.up.  He was so loud that  even putting the mother and child in the hall was still too loud for most.  The mom was furious about it because we were discriminating against her, as a mother, and "just because I have a child does not mean I should fail the course" - So the rest of us should?
 
  Even after being told she could take the  exam in a room alone she was not satisfied...and went stomping off, yelling about how we were discriminating against her because she is a parent.
  It would have been annoying but not fatal for her to bring the kid, if he would be quiet so we could take the exam...but allowing your child to talk in an "outside voice" during a final exam, while you answer him in a normal,conversational tone, plants this person firmly in the SS  territory for me.

As the parent of a 3 year old, I am completely aghast. What...why...I don't even understand. Even if I had the quietest, calmest, most docile 3 year old in existence, I still would not dream of taking them to a college final!
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« Reply #18436 on: December 14, 2012, 05:37:09 PM »
Also most of our parking lots have slanted parking slots.  The parking aisles are reversed one ways -- in other words parking aisle one goes north, parking aisle two goes south.  So if you pull straight through to leave, you'll find yourself heading down a one way aisle in the wrong direction. 

Oncoming cars have nowhere to go!  One of you has to move.  Since you're the one going the wrong direction, they will usually expect that one to be YOU.  So instead of backing out of a parking space, you'll end up backing down an entire aisle of parked cars coming from the other direction.
My parking lot at work is laid out like this.  And there is one person who always pulls through, so he is now forced to exit that row going the wrong way. 

I cannot figure out why he does this - and it isn't a one-time oops.  The same car is parked the same wrong way every day.   ???

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« Reply #18437 on: December 14, 2012, 08:58:57 PM »
That's why some of us prefer spaces where we can pull through two spaces. All the ease and convenience of pulling forward in to a parking spot, plus the safety advantage of pulling forward out of the parking spot. You can see where you are going and are much less likely to hit someone or something.

Doing a pull-through has its own risks and is not any better than the alternatives. I've been surprised, on at least two occasions, by someone pulling through a parking space that I was trying to enter.
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« Reply #18438 on: December 14, 2012, 10:07:16 PM »
That's why some of us prefer spaces where we can pull through two spaces. All the ease and convenience of pulling forward in to a parking spot, plus the safety advantage of pulling forward out of the parking spot. You can see where you are going and are much less likely to hit someone or something.

Doing a pull-through has its own risks and is not any better than the alternatives. I've been surprised, on at least two occasions, by someone pulling through a parking space that I was trying to enter.

Well, it is true that you have to be careful when doing a pull-through in a crowded lot. I usually park way out on the fringes of parking lots, where there are no other cars. You can see if another car is headed towards the same space you are.

I do this because even though I am pretty darn good at backing into a space, it does take a few seconds longer than pulling into a space.  And other drivers are usually not very tolerant of someone taking those few extra seconds. I've had horns honked at me, swear words yelled at me, that sort of thing. All of which startle me and throw me off guard and make me take longer to finish backing in, because I have to calm down.

I've been in two traffic accidents in my life. Both were in parking lots, where my car was hit by a car driven by an inattentive driver. I'm a bit paranoid in parking lots, to tell the truth.

At least the walk from from far corners of the parking lot gives me a little exercise.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18439 on: December 14, 2012, 10:49:10 PM »
Sometimes, in any given piece of music, you don't get to have the most fun part. The trick to enjoying it is to find what is fun about the part you do have, because 95% of the time, there's something that's legitimately pretty awesome.

Unless you play the cello and it's Pachelbel's Canon. Then there is like negative eleventy million awesome. Times three, since everybody else gets at least a little awesome, but you get the same 8 quarter notes for like 10 minutes (which, of course, feels like approximately the rest of your life).
That's why I liked viola...you typically get parts like that, and while you're playing away on autopilot, you can listen to the rest of the orchestra, and that's pretty awesome.  :)

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« Reply #18440 on: December 14, 2012, 11:29:09 PM »
That's why I liked viola...you typically get parts like that, and while you're playing away on autopilot, you can listen to the rest of the orchestra, and that's pretty awesome.  :)

OK that was cute, I  could not make sense of what you were saying at all.  It took four or five readings before I figured out you meant viola and not waa-la.   Me thinks that I am a bit of a SS today

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« Reply #18441 on: December 15, 2012, 01:00:06 AM »
That's road legal?!

huh???  Jaguars have been here in the US since the 60's at least

I think Redcat meant cars without a reverse gear. ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peel_P50. World's smallest production car, has no reverse gear.

Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear did a feature on the Peel P50 in which he drove it through London to work at the BBC, and then drove it through the  BBC offices just for fun. It was originally on sale in the early 60's, so cars with no reverse were street legal in England back then, at the very least, and I would think also now since he was able to drive it through London. No idea if it'd be legal in the US.

Youtube has the video. Definitely worth a look.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJfSS0ZXYdo

It's not as unwieldy as a "real" car with no reverse, though, given that it can easily be lifted from the rear to turn it around. It can even be lifted with a driver in it, as another BBC person did to Jeremy while he was driving it, leaving him facing the wrong way at a red light.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18442 on: December 15, 2012, 03:02:26 AM »
That's why I liked viola...you typically get parts like that, and while you're playing away on autopilot, you can listen to the rest of the orchestra, and that's pretty awesome.  :)

OK that was cute, I  could not make sense of what you were saying at all.  It took four or five readings before I figured out you meant viola and not waa-la.   Me thinks that I am a bit of a SS today

Viola and voila are two different things unless one is "fishing" for a spelling correction  ;D
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« Reply #18443 on: December 15, 2012, 06:46:34 AM »
I do the "pull through" in parking lots all the time, or at least as often as I can, but not before I have a good look to make sure nobody is coming.  I figure that I've already made it into a parking spot, so why be greedy if someone else wants the empty one ahead of me?  It's just easier to drive out forwards because of my neck; I can't turn my head all the way in either direction.

I was at the store yesterday, and a mother was letting her child (about 5 years old, I'm guessing) play with the Christmas displays.  Not the toys, but the displays themselves.  After the little girl collapsed a cardboard candy display while trying to climb it like a ladder (not hurting herself, thank goodness!), the clerk asked the mother if she could please make sure her daughter doesn't climb on the displays, as she could get hurt.  The mother got offended, and whined, "But she wants to plaaaaay!"

Well...I want a winning lottery ticket, but that hasn't happened yet!   ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18444 on: December 15, 2012, 12:07:03 PM »
Yesterday when my sister and I were out we had two driving SS's in a 3his turn 0seconds..One who cut off two lanes of traffic because he could not wait for his turn - and then waited there, for some unknown reason, as he had more than enough room to make the turn. The second - who did not want to wait for the first to move crossed the double yellow lines. went up a good 200 ft and into the farthest driveway and into a pizza joint. 
  Just amazing what some folks will do with out regard for anyone else.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18445 on: December 15, 2012, 12:19:11 PM »
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Quote from: faithlessone on Yesterday at 08:09:12 AM

    Quote from: PastryGoddess on Yesterday at 07:34:44 AM

        Quote from: redcat on Yesterday at 06:36:37 AM

            That's road legal?!


        huh???  Jaguars have been here in the US since the 60's at least


    I think Redcat meant cars without a reverse gear. ;)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peel_P50. World's smallest production car, has no reverse gear.

Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear did a feature on the Peel P50 in which he drove it through London to work at the BBC, and then drove it through the  BBC offices just for fun. It was originally on sale in the early 60's, so cars with no reverse were street legal in England back then, at the very least, and I would think also now since he was able to drive it through London. No idea if it'd be legal in the US.

I actually went and looked this up after reading it here, and consensus seems to be that the MOT test (road worthiness test in the UK) doesn't check the gears for anything, and so a reverse gear isn't specifically required.  However, it does require that the car be driven to and from the test pit, and a lack of reverse gear may prevent that from happening, causing it to fail, regardless of the car's other capabilities.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18446 on: December 15, 2012, 12:20:04 PM »
That's road legal?!

huh???  Jaguars have been here in the US since the 60's at least

I think Redcat meant cars without a reverse gear. ;)
This was a Renault.  The reverse was broken, not missing altogether.  Sorry I wasn't clear.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18447 on: December 15, 2012, 12:41:49 PM »
I just returned from my history final. The teacher had to throw out one student because she brought her three year old child who.would.not.shut.up.  He was so loud that  even putting the mother and child in the hall was still too loud for most.  The mom was furious about it because we were discriminating against her, as a mother, and "just because I have a child does not mean I should fail the course" - So the rest of us should?
 
  Even after being told she could take the  exam in a room alone she was not satisfied...and went stomping off, yelling about how we were discriminating against her because she is a parent.
  It would have been annoying but not fatal for her to bring the kid, if he would be quiet so we could take the exam...but allowing your child to talk in an "outside voice" during a final exam, while you answer him in a normal,conversational tone, plants this person firmly in the SS  territory for me.

As the parent of a 3 year old, I am completely aghast. What...why...I don't even understand. Even if I had the quietest, calmest, most docile 3 year old in existence, I still would not dream of taking them to a college final!

An SS Momzilla.

It's bad enough that she brought her child to an exam and allowed him to be noisy and was noisy herself while having a conversation with him.

The teacher was very generous by overlooking her rudeness in bringing the child and offering a reasonable solution.  Instead of being grateful or even understanding, she cries 'discrimination'.  Nobody was discriminating against her because she was a mother.  People were mad because she was an SS who felt having her noisy kid with her during the exam trumped everybody else's right to a quiet environment conducive to test taking.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18448 on: December 15, 2012, 12:50:18 PM »
Last night we had Pajama Jam aka Math and Reading night.
The spirit club performed


The Rhythm club and Singers (Steel drums/Xylophones) Performed and led a sing along


Book Fair was open


Santa came to pick up the coins for Veterans donation our students raised. (During our Veteran's Day program it is explained to the kids that some veterans are injured and will be in the hospital over the holidays. They raise money to buy presents for the Veterans. Then Santa comes to thank them for their hard work at Pajama Jam)


We have 3 rotations where parents and kids do something fun with reading and math (We had math bingo played with skittles as markers, and read a snowpeople come alive on Christmas Eve story and made marshmallow[size=78%] snowpeople in 2nd grade)[/size]

[size=78%]Well this woman started yelling at staff because Santa didn't bring free gifts for the kids. Didn't we know that if Santa comes the school is supposed to give things like bikes out to the kids? [/size] :-\


Apparently another mom called to ask what type of gifts we would be giving to the kids and cursed out the person who answered the phone.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18449 on: December 16, 2012, 01:14:43 AM »
Yes, it would be terrible to think that children might grow up to learn about being selfless at Christmas.  Awful.
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