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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22755 on: August 07, 2013, 11:43:24 PM »
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 #22756 on: August 08, 2013, 01:11:47 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 #22757 on: August 08, 2013, 02:30:15 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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22758 on: August 08, 2013, 02:42:21 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 #22759 on: August 08, 2013, 04:56:07 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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22760 on: August 08, 2013, 08:19:00 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 #22761 on: August 08, 2013, 08:34:15 AM »
Maybe *hidden messages* can get it's own thread :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22762 on: August 08, 2013, 08:42:12 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 #22763 on: August 08, 2013, 09:07:44 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 #22764 on: August 08, 2013, 09:15:33 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 #22765 on: August 08, 2013, 09:21:50 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.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22766 on: August 08, 2013, 09:27:30 AM »
Many years ago, on the 401, which is one of the busiest highways in North America, a driver realized she'd missed her exit.  Did she:  1)  Continue on to the next exit, get off and circle back around? or 2) Pull over to the shoulder and proceed to back up to get to her exit? or 3) Put her car in reverse in a live travel lane and proceed to back up to get to her exit?

The unbelievable answer is 3).  A transport was driving in that lane.  He did everything he possible could to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful.  He was later praised for managing to only take out the lady who caused the whole thing.  She, unfortunately, didn't make it.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22767 on: August 08, 2013, 09:33:33 AM »
I've worked for my employer over 20 years.

The last time I was in a vehicle with him was when he drove to a meeting he wanted me to attend about 2 weeks after I started.

And that's the last time I got into a vehicle  he was driving.

He BACKED UP the freeway entrance ramp!!!!!!!

He saw absolutely nothing wrong with doing it.




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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22768 on: August 08, 2013, 11:48:46 AM »
I have a coworker who is heading into Professional Darwinism but decided to veer into a total SS yesterday.

We have a resource here at the office that is in high demand.  Unfortunately, there are only two and one is vastly superior to the other.  It's pretty much first come, first serve unless you can demonstrate a need that trumps the needs of the first person there.

Last week, one of the guys on my team had reserved a time slot to use the resource.  For simplicity, let's say its a projector.   PDSS comes along and informs me that my guy will have to give up his slot to use the good projector because she needs it.  I told her that wasn't possible because my guy ALSO needs it and he signed up first. 

It turned into this huge back and forth thing where it was eventually discovered that PDSS didn't really need the projector at THAT immediate moment, it was just the most convenient time for her.  So she was asked by her super to schedule another time to use it or use the one that's just okay.  The people on my team were very turned off by this whole thing.

So this morning, PDSS approached another coworker who had reserved the projector and told her that she "needed to give it to her because she needed it for a meeting."  CW said she couldn't do that as she was expected to give a presentation to clients.  PDSS said "Well, so do I, so you need to give it to me."   :o

Uh.  No.  So once again, the supers had to get involved and PDSS was asked to use the other projector.   And now she's walking around complaining about it to anyone who will listen.

I get that it would be nice if we could get a few more of the really good projectors since they're in such high demand but going around demanding other people give it up when they got it first is a little much.  She's not impressing anyone lately.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22769 on: August 08, 2013, 12:39:56 PM »
When I stopped to get a sandwich at lunch today, I parked directly in front, in a marked space two spaces away from the intersection. When I was getting ready to pull out, I saw the green car passing behind me and waited for them to pass, looked both ways and started to back out because I was clear. I hear honking and look again to see a vehicle had just pulled through the space behind me and was gesturing wildly, however she could not move, since the green car was still in front of her and there was enough space for me to get out. She saluted with both hands as I drove past. SS parking lot drivers! I will never park in that space again.