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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22545 on: July 29, 2013, 04:05:39 PM »

My partner told her sister Marie that if there was anything we could bring with us, just ask. Marie called the night before we left to ask us to bring enough breakfast food to feed 25 people each morning for the Saturday and Sunday. And some white sandals for her to wear in the ceremony.  So we got up earlier on the day we were driving to do the shopping.


It is incredible to me that you went along with this.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22546 on: July 29, 2013, 04:06:41 PM »
I suspect that if the parents had come back to find the children gone, having been given the Managerial Boot, there would have been great wailing and gnashing of lawyers. "How could you have thrown my innocent little darlings out into the hard, dangerous world, from this safe, supervised restaurant?" Because while 12 may be old enough to look after younglings in a restaurant, one would not want to see them wandering, planless and unsupervised, through city streets.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22547 on: July 29, 2013, 04:08:46 PM »
He died sleeping in my bra, a fate a friend of mine mentioned to be "admirable") ...

May I say I love this line?
My cousin's memoir of love and loneliness while raising a child with multiple disabilities will be out on Amazon soon! Know the Night, by Maria Mutch, has been called "full of hope, light, and companionship for surviving the small hours of the night."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22548 on: July 29, 2013, 04:22:34 PM »

My partner told her sister Marie that if there was anything we could bring with us, just ask. Marie called the night before we left to ask us to bring enough breakfast food to feed 25 people each morning for the Saturday and Sunday. And some white sandals for her to wear in the ceremony.  So we got up earlier on the day we were driving to do the shopping.


It is incredible to me that you went along with this.

Bags of Rice Krispies, corn flakes, and puffed wheat (generic brands), 4 gallons of milk, 4 loaves of bread for toast and some butter.  Voila.  Breakfast.   
White flip flops from Walmart (since if they are a little big or small it won't matter)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22549 on: July 29, 2013, 04:27:25 PM »

White flip flops from Walmart (since if they are a little big or small it won't matter)


At our wedding reception, I couldn't find my nice jeweled sandals that I'd brought. I ended up wearing a pair of size 11 men's flip-flops (I wear a women's size 6 shoe).
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22550 on: July 29, 2013, 04:38:01 PM »
I saw this one in my MIL's Good Housekeeping magazine. 

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/etiquette/saving-seats-public-pool

Basically, someone went to her local pool, put her stuff on a chair, LEFT to run errands and was angry to find her "spot" gone when she got back 2 hours later.  There was a big blowup over the whole thing (her own admission).  And she wanted to know who was right in "The Case of The Pool Chair."

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Someone tried to do that on the forward viewing area on our Alaska cruise, coming up to one of the glaciers.  We figured that it would be crowded, so we were there about 2 1/2 hours before, saving our seats with our very own personal butts.   There were two chairs next to us, with magazines spread out over them.  About an hour before we got to the glaciers, someone came in and asked very politely if those chairs were saved.  I said "I don't think so.  We've been here an hour and a half, and no one has claimed them in all that time." So the lady moved the magazines and she and her husband sat down. 

10 minutes before we got to the optimal viewing of the glaciers, a woman and her husband came in and started to look for "their" seats.  By this time there were no empty chairs at all.  She demanded to know who had stolen her seats.  I said "Nobody stole anything.  The seats were empty, so people sat down."  She had a hissy fit and said "We'll just see about that!  I'm going to find a steward and make you give back our seats!"  She went off, and the next I saw of her she was standing in the crowd well back from the windows, complaining loudly about the RUDENESS of seat-stealers.  The other couple who had taken the seats were very nice, and we had a lovely conversation while we viewed the glaciers.  And I don't think any of us wept into our pillows that night, consumed by guilt and remorse.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22551 on: July 29, 2013, 04:42:29 PM »

My partner told her sister Marie that if there was anything we could bring with us, just ask. Marie called the night before we left to ask us to bring enough breakfast food to feed 25 people each morning for the Saturday and Sunday. And some white sandals for her to wear in the ceremony.  So we got up earlier on the day we were driving to do the shopping.


It is incredible to me that you went along with this.

Bags of Rice Krispies, corn flakes, and puffed wheat (generic brands), 4 gallons of milk, 4 loaves of bread for toast and some butter.  Voila.  Breakfast.   
White flip flops from Walmart (since if they are a little big or small it won't matter)

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Yes, be quite firm with EvilGinger.   I am appalled at that breakfast -- there is no jam for the toast! 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22552 on: July 29, 2013, 04:51:21 PM »
Saw one at a restaurant yesterday. There were 3 kids playing in the video game area at a local restaurant. This area has 1 video game and 2 claw machines. Not a lot to keep kids occupied for a long time so when they had been there for a while with no adult in view, the hostess went to check on them. Turns out that their parents dropped them off to wait there while they went to pick up people at the airport about 15 minutes away!  The hostess wanted to call CPS but unfortunately, they found that it was legal for the oldest kid to ‘babysit” his siblings outside of their home. The parents had the kids order a meal so they were not loitering.   The manager was NOT happy and asked for the hostess to call him when the parents show up to pay for the meals.

If the parents really thought the oldest child was old enough to babysit the younger ones, why didn't they leave all the kids at home?

It really seems to me as though the parents didn't want the kids left home alone, but for some reason didn't want to take them to the airport, so they left them at the restaurant so that they would have some sort of adult supervision.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22553 on: July 29, 2013, 05:08:32 PM »

My partner told her sister Marie that if there was anything we could bring with us, just ask. Marie called the night before we left to ask us to bring enough breakfast food to feed 25 people each morning for the Saturday and Sunday. And some white sandals for her to wear in the ceremony.  So we got up earlier on the day we were driving to do the shopping.


It is incredible to me that you went along with this.

Bags of Rice Krispies, corn flakes, and puffed wheat (generic brands), 4 gallons of milk, 4 loaves of bread for toast and some butter.  Voila.  Breakfast.   
White flip flops from Walmart (since if they are a little big or small it won't matter)

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I wish! Actually she specified muffins, fruit, and juice.   Which was really ironic because as a diabetic who's low-carbing it (and which Marie did know), I couldn't eat any of it. The reason we did it was because Marie is my partner's only sibling. 

So we ended up with a cartload of groceries we had to stuff into our car along with the three lawnchairs and wedding presents and luggage and food for ourselves (because the remote community had no restaurants or places to get food on a weekend).

Funny you should say it, we did take her two pairs of relatively cheap sandals from Walmart that were awfully close to being flipflops because of course they had to be forgiving on size. One pair of them did fit.

And she is supposedly reimbursing us for all this. I'll believe it when I see it.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22554 on: July 29, 2013, 06:13:53 PM »
I saw this one in my MIL's Good Housekeeping magazine. 

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/etiquette/saving-seats-public-pool

Basically, someone went to her local pool, put her stuff on a chair, LEFT to run errands and was angry to find her "spot" gone when she got back 2 hours later.  There was a big blowup over the whole thing (her own admission).  And she wanted to know who was right in "The Case of The Pool Chair."

 :o
Someone tried to do that on the forward viewing area on our Alaska cruise, coming up to one of the glaciers.  We figured that it would be crowded, so we were there about 2 1/2 hours before, saving our seats with our very own personal butts.   There were two chairs next to us, with magazines spread out over them.  About an hour before we got to the glaciers, someone came in and asked very politely if those chairs were saved.  I said "I don't think so.  We've been here an hour and a half, and no one has claimed them in all that time." So the lady moved the magazines and she and her husband sat down. 

10 minutes before we got to the optimal viewing of the glaciers, a woman and her husband came in and started to look for "their" seats.  By this time there were no empty chairs at all.  She demanded to know who had stolen her seats.  I said "Nobody stole anything.  The seats were empty, so people sat down."  She had a hissy fit and said "We'll just see about that!  I'm going to find a steward and make you give back our seats!"  She went off, and the next I saw of her she was standing in the crowd well back from the windows, complaining loudly about the RUDENESS of seat-stealers.  The other couple who had taken the seats were very nice, and we had a lovely conversation while we viewed the glaciers.  And I don't think any of us wept into our pillows that night, consumed by guilt and remorse.
People "saving" seats is such a problem on cruise ships that pool attendants have started taking stuff if the chair is unattended for more than 45 minutes.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22555 on: July 29, 2013, 06:40:10 PM »
I saw this one in my MIL's Good Housekeeping magazine. 

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/etiquette/saving-seats-public-pool

Basically, someone went to her local pool, put her stuff on a chair, LEFT to run errands and was angry to find her "spot" gone when she got back 2 hours later.  There was a big blowup over the whole thing (her own admission).  And she wanted to know who was right in "The Case of The Pool Chair."

 :o
Someone tried to do that on the forward viewing area on our Alaska cruise, coming up to one of the glaciers.  We figured that it would be crowded, so we were there about 2 1/2 hours before, saving our seats with our very own personal butts.   There were two chairs next to us, with magazines spread out over them.  About an hour before we got to the glaciers, someone came in and asked very politely if those chairs were saved.  I said "I don't think so.  We've been here an hour and a half, and no one has claimed them in all that time." So the lady moved the magazines and she and her husband sat down. 

10 minutes before we got to the optimal viewing of the glaciers, a woman and her husband came in and started to look for "their" seats.  By this time there were no empty chairs at all.  She demanded to know who had stolen her seats.  I said "Nobody stole anything.  The seats were empty, so people sat down."  She had a hissy fit and said "We'll just see about that!  I'm going to find a steward and make you give back our seats!"  She went off, and the next I saw of her she was standing in the crowd well back from the windows, complaining loudly about the RUDENESS of seat-stealers.  The other couple who had taken the seats were very nice, and we had a lovely conversation while we viewed the glaciers.  And I don't think any of us wept into our pillows that night, consumed by guilt and remorse.
People "saving" seats is such a problem on cruise ships that pool attendants have started taking stuff if the chair is unattended for more than 45 minutes.
I'm not surprised.  Since no steward came bustling up and ousted us from "their" seats, I suspect that she got told "Too bad, so sad."
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22556 on: July 29, 2013, 08:10:35 PM »
According to my neighbour's visitor I'm the SS. I dare to polietly ask if her car could be moved so I could get my car out of my driveway. Said car was mostly on the neighbour's drive but the back of it was on mine, at the narrowest part where my mail box is. I could have tried to squeeze my car between her car and my mailbox but I wasn't willing to risk it, especially since it was dark. If there was enough space, it would have been by mere millimeters. She was commenting loudly to the neighbour's father than she shouldn't have to move since clearly my car would fit and I had intrupped their dinner to demand she move.

I think she's the SS for partially blocking my drive and illegally blocking the footpath.

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« Reply #22557 on: July 29, 2013, 09:05:10 PM »
According to my neighbour's visitor I'm the SS. I dare to polietly ask if her car could be moved so I could get my car out of my driveway. Said car was mostly on the neighbour's drive but the back of it was on mine, at the narrowest part where my mail box is. I could have tried to squeeze my car between her car and my mailbox but I wasn't willing to risk it, especially since it was dark. If there was enough space, it would have been by mere millimeters. She was commenting loudly to the neighbour's father than she shouldn't have to move since clearly my car would fit and I had intrupped their dinner to demand she move.

I think she's the SS for partially blocking my drive and illegally blocking the footpath.

I don't know if it's having worked around inmates for almost a year now (I highly suspect it is), but I've developed this way of speaking in a no-nonsense yet bored tone.  I would have explained in said tone, "It's either this minor inconvenience now or a major one when I called the cops.  You decide."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22558 on: July 29, 2013, 11:57:30 PM »
I took my mom to the urgent care place today as she had fallen and hurt her foot ( thankfully nothing more than a bruised bone in her foot) while I was waiting for her to come out from the examination there was a toddler wandering around unattended...as in I had no idea where his parent was. He was going from person to person trying to chat them up and touching everyone. One of the people waiting for treatment looked at him and said "Please don't touch me." and moved away. At this point the father appears from the next "room" ( they were separated by a floor to ceiling fish tank, so I have no doubt someone in their party could see the kid at all times) and says indignantly "He's just a baby and he's sick if he wants to talk to folks and get close, let him! You don't have to be rude to him!" 
   It may be that I am just a curmudgeon - but to me it seems that many people in an urgent care facility are sick too and the rude one was not the person who didn't want to be touched by a sick kid.
   

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« Reply #22559 on: July 30, 2013, 02:26:50 AM »
No good deed goes unpunished…This is what I get for listening to the after hours messages tonight

Things that DONT make you an SS:
ordering a $XXXX cake for a 1 year old bday party
specifying the hex value of the colors you want in the cake design
spending 3 hours in the shop and 15 email messages over the course of a week hammering out the design

Things that DO make you an SS:
Calling at 9pm 2 days after your party drunk and screaming that we ruined! your child's birthday because the cake is the wrong flavor and don't we know that pwecious HATES that flavor ( we have 3 emails confirming the flavor.  I should also mention that we were open this Sunday so she could have called or come in then)
Sending us a novella email accusing us getting the design wrong (we opened the box to show her the cake and she signed for it)
Threatening to call your credit card company and reverse the charges (we have her signature twice)

The owner of the bakery is going to be out of town for the next couple of days so I offered to come in early and open up the shop for her this week while she was gone.  Tuesday is going to be awesome…I can just feel it