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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22755 on: August 07, 2013, 12:20:13 PM »
They're doing road construction in my town which has narrowed Main St to one lane so that traffic gets to go in one direction and then the other. I totally get how frustrating it is, really I do. The guy behind me, however, just laid on his horn while the traffic was headed in the other direction and we had to wait our turn for a few minutes. Seriously, 3 minutes of a car horn going off nonstop.

I hate car horn snowflakes.  There's always one who lays on his/her horn while we are stuck in a bridge or a tunnel leaving Manhattan during rush hour.  Because you know, all the other drivers are just going to magically move aside if the driver honks his/her horn long enough.

I've been through NYC during rush hour once.  Thankfully, I was not the driver, however, unfortunately, the vehicle I was riding in was an 18-wheeler. The sorts of things passenger vehicle drivers will do to trucks just astound me. These things don't stop on a dime, even if they're only going 10mph. Thank goodness my exbf is an incredible driver, because there were a few SS's that I don't think I would have been able to avoid hitting if I'd been driving my car, and he was able to maneuver a fully loaded truck in order to avoid certain collision.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22756 on: August 07, 2013, 12:35:13 PM »
They're doing road construction in my town which has narrowed Main St to one lane so that traffic gets to go in one direction and then the other. I totally get how frustrating it is, really I do. The guy behind me, however, just laid on his horn while the traffic was headed in the other direction and we had to wait our turn for a few minutes. Seriously, 3 minutes of a car horn going off nonstop.

I hate car horn snowflakes.  There's always one who lays on his/her horn while we are stuck in a bridge or a tunnel leaving Manhattan during rush hour.  Because you know, all the other drivers are just going to magically move aside if the driver honks his/her horn long enough.

I've been through NYC during rush hour once.  Thankfully, I was not the driver, however, unfortunately, the vehicle I was riding in was an 18-wheeler. The sorts of things passenger vehicle drivers will do to trucks just astound me. These things don't stop on a dime, even if they're only going 10mph. Thank goodness my exbf is an incredible driver, because there were a few SS's that I don't think I would have been able to avoid hitting if I'd been driving my car, and he was able to maneuver a fully loaded truck in order to avoid certain collision.

This is exactly why I will not, and never have, driven into NYC> I've been a passenger, but prefer to shell out $23 for the train, and then either subway or taxi to get me where i want to go, if its too far to walk.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22757 on: August 07, 2013, 01:04:59 PM »
They're doing road construction in my town which has narrowed Main St to one lane so that traffic gets to go in one direction and then the other. I totally get how frustrating it is, really I do. The guy behind me, however, just laid on his horn while the traffic was headed in the other direction and we had to wait our turn for a few minutes. Seriously, 3 minutes of a car horn going off nonstop.

I hate car horn snowflakes.  There's always one who lays on his/her horn while we are stuck in a bridge or a tunnel leaving Manhattan during rush hour.  Because you know, all the other drivers are just going to magically move aside if the driver honks his/her horn long enough.

I've been through NYC during rush hour once.  Thankfully, I was not the driver, however, unfortunately, the vehicle I was riding in was an 18-wheeler. The sorts of things passenger vehicle drivers will do to trucks just astound me. These things don't stop on a dime, even if they're only going 10mph. Thank goodness my exbf is an incredible driver, because there were a few SS's that I don't think I would have been able to avoid hitting if I'd been driving my car, and he was able to maneuver a fully loaded truck in order to avoid certain collision.

This is exactly why I will not, and never have, driven into NYC> I've been a passenger, but prefer to shell out $23 for the train, and then either subway or taxi to get me where i want to go, if its too far to walk.

Unfortunately one of the ex's regular deliveries is in downtown Manhattan, so he has no choice but to drive his rig through there every week.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22758 on: August 07, 2013, 07:46:57 PM »
Sigh. Some people.

Ran into another traffic SS on the way back from dinner. We were turning out of the parking lot when SUV SS came roaring out of the gas station across the street, forcing Dad to slam on the brakes and still coming within mere inches of taking off our front end. Now, to be fair to SUV SS, she did have the right-of-way in this case and Dad felt very sheepish for inadvertently pulling out a little too far. That's not the SS part.

The SS part is that she locked eyes with Dad, screaming and hollering and flailing her arms and flipping him the bird because he was preventing her from cutting diagonally across four lanes of traffic to get into the right turn lane. And kept screaming, hollering, flailing and middle-fingering until she actually turned and couldn't see us anymore without causing a very severe accident.

What makes people do things like that? *sigh*
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22759 on: August 08, 2013, 12:43:24 AM »
When I was three, I drew a small face on the wallpaper in our old house.  At the time, my parents were furious.  When the time came to replace the wallpaper years later, I noticed them carefully excising that piece of wallpaper and tucking it away into a drawer.  :)

This made me smile!

Today's special snowflake.  On the way to the pharmacy, we went up a street that has a small hill and kind of an optical illusion.  As you stand at the bottom and look up, it seems like a straight uphill run.  However; at each place where a road crosses it there is a small dip before it goes uphill again.  The dip is just deep enough that if you are driving uphill you cannot see someone crossing the street on the far side of the cross street until you are cresting the hill entering the cross street.

I will try to draw it.                                                                    /
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a much gentler slope of course and longer road  - anyway because of the fact you can't see P(erson) until you have started to crest the hill, it is marked "do not cross here" and there is a crosswalk at the /> so you can be seen by the people driving uphill.

Luckily my wife is a great driver so the person talking on his phone while standing in the middle of the uphill lane didn't get hit.                       

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22760 on: August 08, 2013, 02:11:47 AM »
My parents and I have an inside joke about leaving cryptic messages for future owners of the house to find (eg, "The treasure is in the attic" or so on).

When my parents had the floor redone on the porch, they asked the workman if they could possibly put a message in the concrete before it dried and the tiles were placed on top. Sadly he advised them against it as it could prevent the tiles from sitting right. We were all rather disappointed.

I know I've told this one, but the above brought it to mind.  My mom used to do her own paint/wallpapering when I was a kid.  When she wallpapered her bedroom, she let me draw on the walls before applying the paper.  That paper remained on the wall for 40 years (it refused to die).  After Mom died, we hired someone to come in and steam off the paper and repaint, and there was my artwork.

I like to paint and semi regularly repaint the rooms in our house. Every time I do a bedroom I write a "secret message" to the child whose room I'm painting, show them, and then paint over it. If you know exactly where it is and look at the right angle you can see the message as the paint is slightly thicker there, but you'd never know otherwise.

We just got new carpet and I'm kicking myself that it didn't even occur to me to put something underneath it. Then again the carpet guys came, pulled up the old carpet, and immediately laid the new so I guess there wasn't much chance :(
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22761 on: August 08, 2013, 03:30:15 AM »
One of my friends put hardwood floors in her living room last year.  Some future homeowner is going to get a big surprise when they rip up those floorboards and find an 8-foot-tall Pinkie Pie on the cement underneath  ;D

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« Reply #22762 on: August 08, 2013, 03:42:21 AM »
Many moons ago, when we still lived in Colorado and redid the downstairs shower, I wrote The Star-Spangled Banner on the wall underneath the new wall panels. I'd love to see the face of anyone who might discover that!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22763 on: August 08, 2013, 05:56:07 AM »
One of my friends put hardwood floors in her living room last year.  Some future homeowner is going to get a big surprise when they rip up those floorboards and find an 8-foot-tall Pinkie Pie on the cement underneath  ;D


I had to look it up, I love it!

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« Reply #22764 on: August 08, 2013, 09:19:00 AM »
Many moons ago, when we still lived in Colorado and redid the downstairs shower, I wrote The Star-Spangled Banner on the wall underneath the new wall panels. I'd love to see the face of anyone who might discover that!

I'm going to be redoing my main floor flooring within the next 5 years - I might have to do something like this in each room.  I'm not artistic so writing something is a great idea!  I have 'In Flander's Fields' memorized so that might be a good one.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22765 on: August 08, 2013, 09:34:15 AM »
Maybe *hidden messages* can get it's own thread :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22766 on: August 08, 2013, 09:42:12 AM »
One of my friends put hardwood floors in her living room last year.  Some future homeowner is going to get a big surprise when they rip up those floorboards and find an 8-foot-tall Pinkie Pie on the cement underneath  ;D

My DH would LOVE that! :)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22767 on: August 08, 2013, 10:07:44 AM »
This was caused by a SS driver who cut semi driver off or drifted into his lane. The driver and his 7 or  8 y/o son were okay. There is a news story somewhere, I saw this clip first, then the story later, which I now can't find.


http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/83454000/

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22768 on: August 08, 2013, 10:15:33 AM »
This morn-

I live 1/2 mile from an elementary school, and lots of kids walk.  This summer, a 4 way stop sign was added to a former 2 way stop sign.  Three of the lanes were marked in white 'road sidewalk' pathways.  (Say, the intersection is a plus sign shape.  only one of the arms was not marked for crossing.)

The very first time DD and I saw someone walking, they chose the ONE part not marked.  huh?  Oh well.

Now this morning:

6:15, still pretty dark, heading to grocery store.  I stopped at the sign and noticed through my mirror, "something" moving behind me.  What?!?

It was a man, all in black and dark grey, slowly jogging behind me, while I was stopped at the light.  Now, just a vehicle length away are marked pathways to safely walk across!

But, No, Mr.SS decided to cross wherever he wanted, in between me and another on-coming car behind me, but thankfully slowing down because of the newly added stop sign. 

Made no sense at all.  He had to deliberately choose the calculated worst way to get to the other side. 

 ???


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wonderfullyanonymous--

OH My Stars!!   I saw that in another news video from the road below and made myself forget.  That is the stuff of nightmares!  Worst fear of driving. 

So thankful there were, miraculously!  no severe injuries!!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22769 on: August 08, 2013, 10:21:50 AM »
On the OT of hidden messages, these sandbox fossils - the best part is that someday the kids will discover it all on their own.