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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20010 on: March 13, 2013, 12:05:05 PM »
He did share that she once asked him if the Revolutionary War was before or after WW2.

It hurts.  It actually hurts!
That's the kind of stupid you get when everything before one's own birthdate is all lumped together as "The Olden Days" or "A Long, Long Time Ago."

No, stupid would be if she didn't ask, and just went on assuming that maybe it was after WW2. She asked because she didn't know, and now she does. It is kind of brain hurty she got through elementary/middle/high school without knowing something that she really should have learned. But if we're going to call adults "stupid" for asking questions that we assume that they should already know, then it's going to make it tough for anyone to want to ask questions for fear of being labelled "stupid". </soapbox>

Thank you o_gal. I struggle with history/dates, and always have. My first day of classes in undergrad, upon arrival to my general studies world history class I found the blackboard covered with various historical figures and occurrences. When class began, the professor announced that he would be going around the room, and when it was your turn you were to choose a person or event that had not yet been chosen, and share with the class what you knew about it. I was sitting at the opposite end of the room from where he began, and as each person before me chose yet another "easy" topic, I became progressively more and more anxious, knowing that my ignorance was going to be exposed.

In high school, I became exceedingly interested in the holocaust and researched it heavily. I couldn't tell you *when* it actually occurred though. In college I wrote a compare/contrast paper on the Israeli Palestinian Conflict and apartheid, but I couldn't say the relevant dates for these events either. In law school I had to take my school's required class on the context of how the constitution was framed twice, after which I can at least almost identify the important years in our country's governmental framework.

I graduated from fairly highly regarded schools, and passed my state's bar exam on the first try, I consider myself at least reasonably intelligent, but nothing makes me feel really stupid faster than having any sort of historical date discussion come up in my presence.

Don't feel bad.  I have a BS in math with minors in biology, chemistry and English literature.  My MS is in Math/Statistics.  I maintained a 4.0GPA throughout all of that.  I'm not stupid.  But, for some reason, when it comes to history, I consider myself lucky if I can get within the correct half century for anything prior to the 1900's and within the right decade for anything after.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20011 on: March 13, 2013, 01:06:30 PM »
I don't know whether this is more snowflakey or brain hurty or what, but today I brought in treats to work. I left them in the break room with a sign saying what they were and for people to help themselves. A coworker who I'm somewhat friendly with walked by and asked if I'd brought the treats. I said yes. She said, "That was nice of you. But some people hate you for doing it." And then she walked away. Was that really necessary?
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« Reply #20012 on: March 13, 2013, 01:17:06 PM »
I don't know whether this is more snowflakey or brain hurty or what, but today I brought in treats to work. I left them in the break room with a sign saying what they were and for people to help themselves. A coworker who I'm somewhat friendly with walked by and asked if I'd brought the treats. I said yes. She said, "That was nice of you. But some people hate you for doing it." And then she walked away. Was that really necessary?

 :o I can't figure out why they would hate you for doing it.  I've been in a position where I was trying to cut calories, and was a bit disappointed because I couldn't have one of the cupcakes someone had brought in (well, I could have, but would have considered it a setback), but hate or even dislike didn't enter into it at all.  Maybe she was kidding around, and it just came out awkwardly?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20013 on: March 13, 2013, 01:23:20 PM »
I don't know whether this is more snowflakey or brain hurty or what, but today I brought in treats to work. I left them in the break room with a sign saying what they were and for people to help themselves. A coworker who I'm somewhat friendly with walked by and asked if I'd brought the treats. I said yes. She said, "That was nice of you. But some people hate you for doing it." And then she walked away. Was that really necessary?

 :o I can't figure out why they would hate you for doing it.  I've been in a position where I was trying to cut calories, and was a bit disappointed because I couldn't have one of the cupcakes someone had brought in (well, I could have, but would have considered it a setback), but hate or even dislike didn't enter into it at all.  Maybe she was kidding around, and it just came out awkwardly?

To me it is obvious she was making a joke!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20014 on: March 13, 2013, 01:24:24 PM »
I don't know whether this is more snowflakey or brain hurty or what, but today I brought in treats to work. I left them in the break room with a sign saying what they were and for people to help themselves. A coworker who I'm somewhat friendly with walked by and asked if I'd brought the treats. I said yes. She said, "That was nice of you. But some people hate you for doing it." And then she walked away. Was that really necessary?

 :o I can't figure out why they would hate you for doing it.  I've been in a position where I was trying to cut calories, and was a bit disappointed because I couldn't have one of the cupcakes someone had brought in (well, I could have, but would have considered it a setback), but hate or even dislike didn't enter into it at all.  Maybe she was kidding around, and it just came out awkwardly?

To me it is obvious she was making a joke!

Well, trying to, at any rate.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20015 on: March 13, 2013, 01:28:40 PM »
I don't know whether this is more snowflakey or brain hurty or what, but today I brought in treats to work. I left them in the break room with a sign saying what they were and for people to help themselves. A coworker who I'm somewhat friendly with walked by and asked if I'd brought the treats. I said yes. She said, "That was nice of you. But some people hate you for doing it." And then she walked away. Was that really necessary?

 :o I can't figure out why they would hate you for doing it.  I've been in a position where I was trying to cut calories, and was a bit disappointed because I couldn't have one of the cupcakes someone had brought in (well, I could have, but would have considered it a setback), but hate or even dislike didn't enter into it at all.  Maybe she was kidding around, and it just came out awkwardly?

To me it is obvious she was making a joke!

Well, trying to, at any rate.

I thought she probably was, but it would have brought me up short, too.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20016 on: March 13, 2013, 01:30:43 PM »
Yeah, it came out kind of awkwardly and she did walk away rather fast so I'm guessing she knew it sounded off too. But it still had me thinking about it for a while afterwards!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20017 on: March 13, 2013, 02:24:54 PM »
I'm not fond of that kind of joking.  I used to bake a lot, and bring things to the office.  Most of my coworkers were nice about it, but I had one coworker who told me she hated me every time I brought something in (usually she'd say it while she was grabbing a treat, but sometimes she'd email or call me to let me know).

Even though she was joking,  I got tired of hearing it.  It's not really clever or cute to tell someone you hate them, or that others do.

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« Reply #20018 on: March 13, 2013, 02:30:42 PM »
I have a boss who brings in a dozen doughnuts about once a week, and he usually puts them on a filing cabinet close to me.  That's fine - I don't really like doughnuts that much (cinammon buns, now - hoo boy, if he brought in those, I'd be in SUCH trouble), so they don't tempt me.  My gosh, though, do I ever get tired of hearing all the talk about the doughnuts - "I shouldn't have one."   "I already had one, but I shouldn't have."  "Oh, they look so good, I want one, but I can't!"  "Maybe I'll just have half of one.  *munch*  I shouldn't have done that; now I want the other half, wahh!"  You get the picture.

It gets SO boring.  When I'm already feeling grumpy, I feel like yelling "Either eat the damned doughnut or don't; just shut UP about it."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20019 on: March 13, 2013, 02:40:20 PM »
I have a boss who brings in a dozen doughnuts about once a week, and he usually puts them on a filing cabinet close to me.  That's fine - I don't really like doughnuts that much (cinammon buns, now - hoo boy, if he brought in those, I'd be in SUCH trouble), so they don't tempt me.  My gosh, though, do I ever get tired of hearing all the talk about the doughnuts - "I shouldn't have one."   "I already had one, but I shouldn't have."  "Oh, they look so good, I want one, but I can't!"  "Maybe I'll just have half of one.  *munch*  I shouldn't have done that; now I want the other half, wahh!"  You get the picture.

It gets SO boring.  When I'm already feeling grumpy, I feel like yelling "Either eat the damned doughnut or don't; just shut UP about it."

What bugs me about that is that if you eat just half a doughnut, NO ONE eats the other half.  It just sits there.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20020 on: March 13, 2013, 02:47:26 PM »
I have a boss who brings in a dozen doughnuts about once a week, and he usually puts them on a filing cabinet close to me.  That's fine - I don't really like doughnuts that much (cinammon buns, now - hoo boy, if he brought in those, I'd be in SUCH trouble), so they don't tempt me.  My gosh, though, do I ever get tired of hearing all the talk about the doughnuts - "I shouldn't have one."   "I already had one, but I shouldn't have."  "Oh, they look so good, I want one, but I can't!"  "Maybe I'll just have half of one.  *munch*  I shouldn't have done that; now I want the other half, wahh!"  You get the picture.

It gets SO boring.  When I'm already feeling grumpy, I feel like yelling "Either eat the damned doughnut or don't; just shut UP about it."

What bugs me about that is that if you eat just half a doughnut, NO ONE eats the other half.  It just sits there.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20021 on: March 13, 2013, 02:50:50 PM »
What I've seen is the Eternally Subdividing Doughnut...someone cuts it in half, the next person cuts that in half, maybe one more cut until we're practically talking about doughnut molecules.

For the common good, I will usually jump in and take the fractional doughnut.

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« Reply #20022 on: March 13, 2013, 02:58:51 PM »
What I've seen is the Eternally Subdividing Doughnut...someone cuts it in half, the next person cuts that in half, maybe one more cut until we're practically talking about doughnut molecules.

For the common good, I will usually jump in and take the fractional doughnut.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20023 on: March 13, 2013, 03:01:45 PM »
The half donuts drive me crazy because I then feel guilty if I want a whole donut.  :(  Usually I would end up doing the math, trying to guess whether there were enough donuts for everybody to have a whole donut if they wanted one, and taking the half or a whole depending on that.  Unless the donuts had been out for a long time and it was near the end of the day.  Then... fair game!  Yay donuts!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20024 on: March 13, 2013, 03:04:02 PM »
I'm not fond of that kind of joking.  I used to bake a lot, and bring things to the office.  Most of my coworkers were nice about it, but I had one coworker who told me she hated me every time I brought something in (usually she'd say it while she was grabbing a treat, but sometimes she'd email or call me to let me know).

Even though she was joking,  I got tired of hearing it.  It's not really clever or cute to tell someone you hate them, or that others do.

My mother tells the story of a housemate she had once, who for a period of weeks, would say the same thing after supper. "You know, [Mom'sname], I've been thinking about this. I've been giving this a lot of thought, and I've decided that I like you." Mom knew she meant it, and was being goofy.
Then, the script changed. "You know, [Mom'sname], I've been thinking about this. I've been giving this a lot of thought, and I've decided that I don't like you." Still said cheerfully and kindly, and Mom knew she was kidding, and it was all okay.
Except that after the fifteenth repetition or so, the way Mom felt about said housemate changed a bit. It started to sting a little, even though intellectually Mom knew that Housemate liked her very much and didn't mean a word of it.
Mom still finds her view of Housemate coloured a little by this, nearly fifty years later.

As a result of hearing that story, if I do say something negative to someone as a joke, I make sure not to make that kind of joke more than once. Better yet, I try not to do it at all.
That story is also the reason I call myself "sweetheart" instead of "idiot" in self-talk when I've done something I don't appreciate. /end threadjack