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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21960 on: June 27, 2013, 04:11:11 PM »
When you say he took your finger...it was still attached to your hand right?

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« Reply #21961 on: June 27, 2013, 04:18:31 PM »
When you say he took your finger...it was still attached to your hand right?
;D Yes, it was.  Since I like to keep it that way, my hand and arm followed my finger into the cage.  It was an awkward position, but better than losing a finger. >:D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21962 on: June 27, 2013, 04:26:37 PM »
When you say he took your finger...it was still attached to your hand right?
;D Yes, it was.  Since I like to keep it that way, my hand and arm followed my finger into the cage.  It was an awkward position, but better than losing a finger. >:D

Oh whew! When I read it the first time, I had this mental image that was just Not Good.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21963 on: June 27, 2013, 04:44:01 PM »
I run a two seasonal  gift exchanges on a board I am on. One that is going on now. One that is around Christmas time.
  These exchanges always have deadlines to send and to receive. WE started the send deadline because people were signing up and waiting til  well after the receive deadline. Failure to meet deadlines has resulted in repeat offenders being banned, this is well known. If someone does not send I make sure that their partner gets something, this is also well known. /BG
 
 The deadline for the exchange going on now had a send deadline of the 20th of June. TODAY I get a message from someone that they have not sent and do not intend to send for two weeks, because she's "a teacher who needs a break." So she's leaving on vacation for two weeks and will get around to it when ever.
   But she's the first one to be upset if HER gift is the least bit late.  sigh.

 

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« Reply #21964 on: June 27, 2013, 08:38:43 PM »
Re: the bear/idiot incident.

I've seen a bear *once* in the wild, and my response (amusing to my companion) was to attempt to take off (in a very "let's not make any sudden movements" manner) in the opposite direction, while muttering "Dear deity - that's a bear!"
Yes, we saw a black bear cub lolloping across the road in Shenandoah.  Our windows had been down, but we simultaneously reached for the window buttons (as DH braked) because our thoughts were "Where is his Mama?"
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« Reply #21965 on: June 27, 2013, 09:12:27 PM »
Re: the bear/idiot incident.

I've seen a bear *once* in the wild, and my response (amusing to my companion) was to attempt to take off (in a very "let's not make any sudden movements" manner) in the opposite direction, while muttering "Dear deity - that's a bear!"
Yes, we saw a black bear cub lolloping across the road in Shenandoah.  Our windows had been down, but we simultaneously reached for the window buttons (as DH braked) because our thoughts were "Where is his Mama?"

I had a pretty banner day there last year, I saw 5 in one day.  One hanging out on the side of skyline drive around Matthews Arm, one going into the woods by Elkswallow Picnic grounds, and a mama and 2 cubs as we were heading up Jeremy's Run.  Luckily we were above them and so mama just gave us a look before she followed her cubs into the woods.

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« Reply #21966 on: June 28, 2013, 04:48:09 AM »
Re: all the bear stories, the closest I have ever been to a bear is about 3 feet. I was biking along a trail by a river when I saw a big nose coming up out of the grassy river bank right in front of me. I had just a second to think "that's a big dog...oh wait, that's a bear!"

My bear-related SS is my sister in law, who lives in a relatively wooded area, leaves her garbage cans outside, then posts on Facebook "oh Yogi made such a mess with my garbage last night." Grrrrr! Maybe now that her neighbours are complaining, she will keep the garbage inside. I just hope it's not too late for the bear.  :'(

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« Reply #21967 on: June 28, 2013, 01:41:07 PM »
My bear story follows most of the other "they don't have a clue" stories.  Shortly after moving into our house, I looked out in the back yard and saw a bear sitting with his back against one of our trees, eating some stuff we'd thrown out for the birds.  We stayed inside and he didn't move, so we thought all was well.  Then I heard voices out our front windows, which were open due to the weather.  I went out the front door to find two of my neighbors walking down the street, and advised them of the bear, and they wisely turned around and headed for home.  So again all was well.

Then we heard more voices.  The neighbors had gone home, retrieved their whole house full of people (they must have had a party going because about a dozen people showed up) including three very small children, and returned to our yard, even going behind the house to see the bear.  I said, "Are you nuts?" and they just went on gawking, so I had to ask them to leave the yard.  I told them I was worried they scare the bear away but it was really because I was picturing what they'd do if the bear decided it wanted possession of one of the little kids.

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« Reply #21968 on: June 28, 2013, 02:10:52 PM »
My bear story follows most of the other "they don't have a clue" stories.  Shortly after moving into our house, I looked out in the back yard and saw a bear sitting with his back against one of our trees, eating some stuff we'd thrown out for the birds.  We stayed inside and he didn't move, so we thought all was well.  Then I heard voices out our front windows, which were open due to the weather.  I went out the front door to find two of my neighbors walking down the street, and advised them of the bear, and they wisely turned around and headed for home.  So again all was well.

Then we heard more voices.  The neighbors had gone home, retrieved their whole house full of people (they must have had a party going because about a dozen people showed up) including three very small children, and returned to our yard, even going behind the house to see the bear.  I said, "Are you nuts?" and they just went on gawking, so I had to ask them to leave the yard.  I told them I was worried they scare the bear away but it was really because I was picturing what they'd do if the bear decided it wanted possession of one of the little kids.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21969 on: June 28, 2013, 03:05:44 PM »
It's the down side of petting zoos, I suppose. People think any wild animal is just waiting for a pat and a tickle behind the ears.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21970 on: June 28, 2013, 03:11:24 PM »
Re: all the bear stories, the closest I have ever been to a bear is about 3 feet. I was biking along a trail by a river when I saw a big nose coming up out of the grassy river bank right in front of me. I had just a second to think "that's a big dog...oh wait, that's a bear!"

My bear-related SS is my sister in law, who lives in a relatively wooded area, leaves her garbage cans outside, then posts on Facebook "oh Yogi made such a mess with my garbage last night." Grrrrr! Maybe now that her neighbours are complaining, she will keep the garbage inside. I just hope it's not too late for the bear.  :'(

Mega special snowflake. She's lucky she hasn't gotten fined for that.
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« Reply #21971 on: June 28, 2013, 03:59:25 PM »
It's the down side of petting zoos, I suppose. People think any wild animal is just waiting for a pat and a tickle behind the ears.
I've never been to a petting zoo with wild animals. They've only had farm animals like goats, calves and sheep. Animals city kids don't get  see close up. The Houston Zoo has docents with stationed around with reptiles, amphibians, and occasionally a small mammal that the kids can touch under close supervision. I've always been pleased that the docents emphasized this is allowed because it is a zoo animal - and that the kids should never try to handle them in the wild. They tell the kids that non venomous snakes can bite - and it is very painful. Someone asked why they didn't have more small mammals available - the docent said two reasons
1. They don't want the kids to see them as potential pets
2. Rabies (Which reminds me I need to find out if Fort Bend County animal controls is doing the air drop of bait with the rabies vaccine in it again this year, before we go out to the farm).
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21972 on: June 28, 2013, 05:14:56 PM »
Sis ran into a bad driver one today.

Sis was driving home. Car up in front of hers is turning, so she slows down far enough back to not crowd it turning. Man behind her didn't see the turning car and whipped into the other lane. Once the car was finished turning, sis went back to normal speed. Man didn't like this, whipped out in front of her. Sis admitted to pulling a face, but knowing her, it was literally just pulling a face, nothing else. She doesn't engage the crazies on the road, she knows better. Man apparently still saw face, slowed down to going 25 mph in a 45 zone.

Sis pulls around man and gets back in front of him, perfectly legally. Not driving dangerously, just not wanting to get rear ended because this guy is driving too slow and someone else didn't see it. Man does NOT like this, pulls into the left lane to overtake sis. Sis promptly gets into the right turn lane, as she's going home and has to turn right.

Man cuts across a lane of traffic to turn right. Sis merges into left lane, man follows. Sis takes first light to go to our apartment complex a different way with more streets, man follows. Sis takes a right, man follows. Sis gets into complex and is planning on going to the main office, but instead sees a detective car from the local police department. She parks right next to it. Gets out of the car and crosses her arms in front of her.

Man parks his car, gets out of it and comes at her, screaming. He is a large man. My sis may be taller than me, but she's still only average height. Man is screaming obscenities at her, waving his arms around, and altogether threatening.

Cue detective coming from the building towards his car. "Excuse me, ma'am, is there a problem here?"

Sis: "I don't think there's about to be."

Man apparently froze in place, paled, then ran back towards his car to get away from there.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21973 on: June 28, 2013, 06:57:52 PM »
This one didn't work out for the SS driver either (actually, that's an understatement but although it's a tragic story, fortunately no one died).

SS driver is a friend's coworker whose job involves driving a company SUV.  He is an SS because he refuses to put down his smartphone while driving, despite numerous warnings and the fact that it's illegal to text and drive in his state.  He's previously been involved in several minor fender benders, but I guess nothing serious enough to get his license pulled or cause his employer to revoke company car privileges (very small company).

So, SS is driving in heavy traffic with a high school summer hire and, as per usual, texting away.  He didn't see traffic come to a halt until too late, and his reaction was to swerve left into the median and guard rail, causing the SUV to flip several times.  From the photos of the SUV, you wouldn't have guessed it was survivable.

The summer hire was able to walk away with only a few minor injuries.  SS is still in the ICU and may or may not be paralyzed, it's too soon to tell.

Another SS driver I worked with walked with a significant and permanent limp due to the effects of several car accidents she was at least partially responsible for.  Her solution to this was to buy the biggest darn truck she could, so that, in her words, *when* (not if, when) she was in the next accident, she would be protected.

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« Reply #21974 on: June 28, 2013, 10:18:37 PM »
http://notalwaysright.com/life-is-stranger-than-the-fiction-section/30405

I just...I can't even. I really hope this is fake.