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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18465 on: December 17, 2012, 12:57:22 PM »
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The concert story reminds me of this bad behavior....
I recently went to a B.B. King concert.  There was a highly intoxicated woman in the audience who kept yelling "B.B. King!!!!! It's My Birthday!!!!!"  She eventually walked up to the stage and took pictures of him (forbidden) and he sang Happy Birthday to her (VERY nice of him) but she kept it up periodically during the concert to the point that he said "Yes, we know.  It's your birthday."  Don't know why she wasn't removed from the venue.
Later on, another woman walked down the aisle, pushed past the people on the front row and started talking to B.B. King just as he was about to start another song.  She then held up the kid she had brought down with her and said "I just wanted to show you my grandson."
What is with some people???

I saw Jeff Daniels do a concert to raise money for a project of his.  A woman walked up to the stage and interrupted him and asked for an autograph.  He told her no, if I do it for you - I have to do it for everyone.  And then he made a face at her.  Because really - who does that???

Martin Mull had a great comeback for this behavior - he said, "sure in the middle of a football game - I call out Hey Terry Bradshaw!  Yeah, me up here - I need to talk to you!  I don't care about the other 49,000 people who have to see the football game.  It's all about me!!!"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18466 on: December 17, 2012, 01:22:47 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.
At my former university, the policy was no one could attend a class unless s/he was enrolled or the guest speaker. Age did not matter. One day a student told me she had had a babysitting snafu (her soldier husband had gotten sent for training with 48 hours warning) and asked if she could sit in the hall with him, and would I leave the classroom door open. She promised me that he would not make any noise whatsoever. I told her she could, but that if I was distracted by them, I would come shut the door, and that was her cue to go home. The door to the classroom is in the east corner of the north wall; the hall goes north from the classroom. The students in the room are seated in the west portion of the room, so only 1 or 2 of them could see the student and her son in the hall.  One hour and 45 minutes later, I concluded my lecture and was surprised to see them still sitting there, my student taking notes, and her son sitting beside her coloring. I would NEVER have bet on a child his age sitting that long! If he got up and walked around, I never saw a thing. If he'd been in the room, though, he probably would have been disruptive just due to the 'awww' factor.  ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18467 on: December 17, 2012, 04:10:56 PM »
When our son was in afternoon kindergarten my husband had to take him to morning class with him when I was on a business trip.  He brought his laptop and quiet toys and he sat in the back and played.  There was the awe factor before class started but the novelty wore off quickly.  Then they had a snack at McD's and he took him to kindergarten, and he stayed with a neighboor after school until Daddy got home.  But the was not during a test period and it was cleared with the professor ahead of time.

Its doable but requires planning.  DS is now in 2nd grade and DH is graduating and will be a high school math teacher in the fall :-)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18468 on: December 17, 2012, 04:25:20 PM »
I have been fortunate enough to avoid SS until this morning.

Before sunrise, driving my son to school in the rather thick fog central Florida gets this time of year.

It is dark and foggy, and 99% of drivers have enough sense to have their headlights on low. Using low beams in the fog is a law in my state, and driving without head and tail lights is highly illegal. I am driving down a four lane, divided road. I was in the left lane and could see everyone around me, then begin to notice a unlit car whose shadow was visible by other vehicle's headlights. I could not see this car at all in any of my mirrors, and kept checking. I needed to change lanes, put on my signal, and looked again. As I started to move over, a horn sounded. A few seconds later, a tiny orange car with no lights crossed directly in front of my SUV. I flicked my lights at the car, hoping they would turn on their blasted lights, to no avail. SS orange car then zoomed across all lanes when approaching the intersection, going from the far right to the far left, four lanes in total.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18469 on: December 17, 2012, 06:54:24 PM »
Sounds like she is driving what she may end up being buried in.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18470 on: December 17, 2012, 08:15:24 PM »
Sounds like she is driving what she may end up being buried in.

What an interesting assumption!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18471 on: December 17, 2012, 08:18:50 PM »
Sounds like she is driving what she may end up being buried in.

What an interesting assumption!

No more an assumption than 'He' and 'He'. English doesn't have (commonly used) gender neutral pronouns :D. You've got a 50% chance of being wrong...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18472 on: December 17, 2012, 08:20:02 PM »
Sounds like she is driving what she may end up being buried in.

What an interesting assumption!

No more an assumption than 'He' and 'He'. English doesn't have (commonly used) gender neutral pronouns :D. You've got a 50% chance of being wrong...

Which is why a lot of people go s/he.  I do agree that, no matter what gender, that person is going to be buried in that car.




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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18473 on: December 17, 2012, 08:46:26 PM »
I remember getting shushed in a movie theatre - before the previews started.  The lights were still on, and there was nothing going on on the screen, and yet my talking was evidently disturbing the woman behind me.  Anyone would think that I have a voice like Janice from Friends!

I admit to doing this once. In my defense the woman was a special snowflake. It was the first week of the movie, and I had avoided spoilers. I got there early and sat down. This woman and her friend sat down directly behind me (We were the only people in the theater at the time) and the SS starts to give a blow by blow description of the movie. The movie was a mystery. I asked her to stop that I wanted to be surprised by the movie, and was told to stop listening into their conversation. I told her you sat down behind me and I can't tune you out. (There was no way at her volume even if I moved you could hear her in every corner of the theater.) Her companion got this strange look on her face - like it never occurred to her that you could ask SS to stop. Then she did, rather timidly tell her friend she would like to see the movie without being spoiled. The SS left in a huff. Friend sat there awhile then sighed loudly and followed her friend out.

I use my phone and headphones now and get snotty comments about are you going to turn that off when the movie starts. I find the comments humourous because I go to the movies alone. (Never got the go with friends things - you can't talk during them). I told one lady that kept poking me and asking if i was going to turn off my Ipad (Lights still full up, movie not due to start for 1/2 an hour Theater is almost empty no one but her sitting near me) -Yea I really enjoy paying $10 a pop to sit in a dark theater to play on my Ipad just to annoy people.

I kind of sympathize with the woman in a rock concert playing on her phone. When we were teenagers sis wanted to go to a concert. My parents were on a "Lets make Kimberly socialize" kick. It was decided that I would go with Sis. I didn't like the band, my friends didn't like the band. I told my parents if you make me go I'm going to sneak in a book, sit in my seat, and read it the whole time. Cousin who did like the band ended up being the chaperon not me. (Dad had access to free tickets and backstage passes - so cousin, sis, and 2 or 3 friend each got to go for free)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18474 on: December 17, 2012, 08:52:15 PM »
Sounds like she is driving what she may end up being buried in.

What an interesting assumption!

No more an assumption than 'He' and 'He'. English doesn't have (commonly used) gender neutral pronouns :D. You've got a 50% chance of being wrong...

Which is why a lot of people go s/he.  I do agree that, no matter what gender, that person is going to be buried in that car.

It doesn't mean not using "s/he" is wrong.  I don't think it's productive to nitpick over who used which pronouns to describe what, either.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18475 on: December 17, 2012, 10:53:00 PM »
When I was a kid and played toy cars with my younger brother, all cars were girls and all trucks were boys. 
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Since "a tiny orange car" is pictured in my mind as cute, it is a girl, and thus with a girl driver. 
Since no lights were on, and it was very foggy, we may never know...

Still, the driver, male or female, was a special snowflake to drive without lights and still expect others to notice it/him/her.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18476 on: December 18, 2012, 08:34:50 AM »
I drove past a white minivan at 6:45 this morning that had no lights on. I can't imagine how well they were able to see.

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« Reply #18477 on: December 18, 2012, 09:57:17 AM »
Last night the fog in my city was so bad, you couldn't see more than 5 feet ahead of you in the car with the high beams on.  So what do I see (barely)as I'm going through a light.  A big black volvo...with no lights on trying to turn onto the street.   ::)

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« Reply #18478 on: December 18, 2012, 10:47:29 AM »
I thought I saw a flurry of SS this morning, but now I'm not so sure.

My younger son was sick this morning, so I only had to take my older son to school. That meant he was able to go for breakfast--he usually can't because by the time we drop YDS off and get him to school it's 5 minutes before start time. Anyway, we got there about 15 minutes early (the drop off lines get long fast, and if it takes ten minutes to get to the front of the line he won't have time to eat) and were parked pretty close to the front of the school. A minute or two after we got there, someone dropped off their kid and left. The school's policy is that the doors open at 8:40 and there will be no supervision before then, and students are not allowed inside before then. With the first few kids, I was thinking "how rude of those parents to just drop those kids off 15 minutes early when the rules are very clear about when the doors open." However, by the time 8:40 rolled around, there were at least three dozen kids waiting in front of the doors. So now I don't know if this is one of those "we break the rules but the person that made the rules is OK with it" things, or if it was just a SS blizzard. My son was not happy that I wouldn't let him get out until 8:40--he saw his classmates and really wanted to go play with them.

The kids actually seemed to be doing pretty well by themselves. When it was just half a dozen kids, they were all running around chasing each other. A teacher walking in to the school reprimanded them and they calmed down until she left, then played a bit more, but as more kids started to come they broke off into groups and just stood around talking. This is a school for grades 2-5, so ages 7-11/12.

So I don't know. I'm guessing this is like my younger son's school, where people park in the bus loading zone during the times when it says "don't park in the bus loading zone," but they're gone before the buses actually come so no one throws a fit about it.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18479 on: December 18, 2012, 11:20:55 AM »
ica171 wrote:

"The school's policy is that the doors open at 8:40 and there will be no supervision before then, and students are not allowed inside before then. With the first few kids, I was thinking "how rude of those parents to just drop those kids off 15 minutes early when the rules are very clear about when the doors open." However, by the time 8:40 rolled around, there were at least three dozen kids waiting in front of the doors. So now I don't know if this is one of those "we break the rules but the person that made the rules is OK with it" things, or if it was just a SS blizzard. My son was not happy that I wouldn't let him get out until 8:40--he saw his classmates and really wanted to go play with them."

Unless there's a specific rule that kids can't be dropped off early, I don't see this as SS behavior.  I presume that the parents who drop off kids know that the kids are going to be outside unsupervised, and so as long as they don't expect that to change the mere act of leaving them at the door for twenty minutes isn't SS at all.  Why would dropping them at the door be any worse than having them stand at a bus stop for a quarter hour, and why would you think that "the doors open at 8:40 and no sooner" translates to "nobody is allowed to stand at the door before it opens"?

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