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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22875 on: August 15, 2013, 07:26:20 PM »
My strange friend informed me today that she had invented the idea of putting bottled water into the freezer so that she'd have cold drinking water for a long time on a hot day.  She was actually a bit incensed that so many people were copying her idea.  I just kept my mouth shut.
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« Reply #22876 on: August 15, 2013, 08:15:30 PM »
My strange friend informed me today that she had invented the idea of putting bottled water into the freezer so that she'd have cold drinking water for a long time on a hot day.  She was actually a bit incensed that so many people were copying her idea.  I just kept my mouth shut.

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« Reply #22877 on: August 15, 2013, 08:25:14 PM »
My strange friend informed me today that she had invented the idea of putting bottled water into the freezer so that she'd have cold drinking water for a long time on a hot day.  She was actually a bit incensed that so many people were copying her idea.  I just kept my mouth shut.

I'm having a flash back to the original Star Trek, with Chekov saying something about water bottles being frozen for cold water having been inwented in Roosia - and if there was no freezer, in winter you just put them outside on the window sill...

What can I say - I really liked that schtick!
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« Reply #22878 on: August 15, 2013, 09:32:05 PM »
All this week I have had the same woman behind me on my drive home from work. She tailgates me the entire time and as soon as an opening in the right lane opens up she zips over to pass me. She also makes sure to look over and glare at me as she does it. I'm well aware that as the slower car I should move over but don't get mad at me when you don't give me time to actually move!

Today was fun though. She was tailgating me and then a truck started tailgating her. I moved over to the right lane as soon as possible so the speed demon had the open road to speed on. However, she drove under the speed limit for over five miles which trapped the truck behind her. So I guess she is so special that only she is allowed to harass other drivers.

All this summer there have been a ton of cops on this part of the highway too and everyday I hope there will be one to pull this woman over because she is going to cause an accident at some point.

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« Reply #22879 on: August 15, 2013, 09:44:10 PM »
My strange friend informed me today that she had invented the idea of putting bottled water into the freezer so that she'd have cold drinking water for a long time on a hot day.  She was actually a bit incensed that so many people were copying her idea.  I just kept my mouth shut.

Tell her I expect a $5 royalty fee every time she does that, as I've been doing it since high school. Dibs!
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« Reply #22880 on: August 15, 2013, 09:57:56 PM »
There is a very Special Snowflake who bought a townhouse across the street from a wastewater treatment plant.  The plant is on the shoreline.  We're in Hawaii, so shoreline property is very desirable.  Although the plant was there before the townhouse, and long before SS bought her unit, Ms. SS repeatedly complains about the odors and demands that they move the plant.  The plant discharges effluent through an ocean outfall.  They can't move the plant.

Of course, if the plant wasn't there, her property would be very valuable shoreline property.  That would be a bonanza for her since she bought it at lower than market value because there is a wastewater treatment plant across the street.  So if the city isn't going to move that stinking plant, she thinks they owe her for the difference between what her property is worth now and what it would be worth if there were no plant across the street.

Evil me would tell your friend "Oh well, at least DoWiSeTrePla is shut down on the weekends" >:D

*In this article, they suggest title dropping to increase chances of a hotel upgrade  ::)
http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advisor/what-you-should-really-say-to-score-a-hotel-upgrade/story-e6frfqfr-1226697585855
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« Reply #22881 on: August 15, 2013, 11:57:38 PM »
I volunteered for the registration and packet pick up for a Major running race that will take place on Saturday. The registration and pick up was Thursday ( 8-15-13). There are well over 4,000 runners registered and many of them were there Thursday for the first day of pick ups ( they will be able to pick up Friday and Saturday before the race.)
  I was there handing out race t-shirt ( that you pay for through your registration fees) and Volunteers were given shirts, also. /bg
   
  I had several folks ask for free t-shirts and packets for their kids. while most of them accepted a "they belong to the people who registered for the race" I had one woman who when I handed her, the packet that went with the one registration she had paid for, raided her voice to me and stated "WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS!!!". I asked what she meant and she said they wanted shirts and packets.   The 3 kids were not registered and she had no intention of registering them ( so they could get their own race shirts/packets) yet wanted to have them get the same things that the people who had paid for them - meaning 3 people who did pay would not have had the correct sizes ( and possibly nothing at all).
  I had to redirect her to the race's paid staff, to take up the matter with them - she was not pleased at all when the  staff members she talked to told her the same thing I told her.
  When I left 35 minutes later - she was still trying to find a way to get her kids race shirts. ( She could have bought similar shirts in the store for the kids, but wanted the same ones as the racers.
 

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« Reply #22882 on: August 16, 2013, 07:22:39 AM »
What we call the 'Stroller Wars' have been going on in our neighborhood for years. 

There are lots and lots of children here. 


Your neighborhood sounds like Park Slope (Brooklyn).  :)

*chokes on coffee laughing* I was thinking the same thing

That's the place.  MIL has been pushing us to move to the country. Why would we want to do that when living here is so entertaining?

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« Reply #22883 on: August 16, 2013, 09:16:13 AM »
What we call the 'Stroller Wars' have been going on in our neighborhood for years. 

There are lots and lots of children here. 

Most of the businesses are in 19th and early 20th century buildings.  Retail spaces and restaurants are not large. 

Many families favor the style of stroller that can be described as 'Baby's First Hummer'.  There simply isn't room for them in many places. 



If you live in the suburbs, you can drive your car to a restaurant and carry baby in.
If you live in the city, you use your stroller and walk/subway/bus to where you are going.  Then what do you do with the stroller once you get there?  I would hope you could fold it up and stow it out of the way.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22884 on: August 16, 2013, 09:17:00 AM »
All this week I have had the same woman behind me on my drive home from work. She tailgates me the entire time and as soon as an opening in the right lane opens up she zips over to pass me. She also makes sure to look over and glare at me as she does it. I'm well aware that as the slower car I should move over but don't get mad at me when you don't give me time to actually move!

Today was fun though. She was tailgating me and then a truck started tailgating her. I moved over to the right lane as soon as possible so the speed demon had the open road to speed on. However, she drove under the speed limit for over five miles which trapped the truck behind her. So I guess she is so special that only she is allowed to harass other drivers.

All this summer there have been a ton of cops on this part of the highway too and everyday I hope there will be one to pull this woman over because she is going to cause an accident at some point.

Do you take the same route I do? I have one of those as well. I haven't seen her in a while, but in addition to aggressively tailgating, she cuts in and out of lanes, cutting people off. I have never once seen a cop, but I would cheer if I saw her pulled over.

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« Reply #22885 on: August 16, 2013, 09:37:28 AM »
My ex-mother in law was a slightly nervous flyer.  When my ex graduated college she took him on a tour of the far East, and the visited Hong Kong, flying into the old airport, the one in the centre of the city that you had to dodge tower blocks to fly into.  She said as they were on final approach, she looked out of the window, into an apartment block window, and saw someone doing their ironing.  This was not made any easier by the news that the best pilots got to choose their routes, and never chose Hong Kong as it was so tricky.  So the trickiest landing was being done by the worst pilots!

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« Reply #22886 on: August 16, 2013, 09:43:11 AM »
What we call the 'Stroller Wars' have been going on in our neighborhood for years. 

There are lots and lots of children here. 

Most of the businesses are in 19th and early 20th century buildings.  Retail spaces and restaurants are not large. 

Many families favor the style of stroller that can be described as 'Baby's First Hummer'.  There simply isn't room for them in many places. 



If you live in the suburbs, you can drive your car to a restaurant and carry baby in.
If you live in the city, you use your stroller and walk/subway/bus to where you are going.  Then what do you do with the stroller once you get there?  I would hope you could fold it up and stow it out of the way.

I'm in Baltimore/DC other places may vary.

When you walk to places you can either take the stroller inside with the baby in it.  Fold up the stroller and pick the baby up.  Leave the stroller outside in the stroller parking area.

On the subway, most people with strollers go into the aisle so they don't block the doors

On the bus, the stroller is usually folded up and put under the seat.  Sometimes if it's crowded the parent will pick up the whole thing baby and all to carry it further into the bus.

Most people who use public transit on a regular basis have a basic no frills stroller that is really easy to fold up and carry. 
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« Reply #22887 on: August 16, 2013, 09:52:55 AM »
Driving SS story from a friend of mine who works in road construction:

Woman drives her car around the barricades and barrels into the construction zone in order to get past the traffic that was backed up due to the lane closures.

At 60 mph, she drives off the end of the pavement into the area where the road is being rebuilt.  From the pictures my friend sent me, it looks like the front end of her car is pretty much toast.

That story reminds me of something a friend witnessed.

'Gee, the road's closed.  I guess that means I have to drive on the sidewalk'. 

Yeah, right. 

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« Reply #22888 on: August 16, 2013, 10:34:02 AM »
What we call the 'Stroller Wars' have been going on in our neighborhood for years. 

There are lots and lots of children here. 

Most of the businesses are in 19th and early 20th century buildings.  Retail spaces and restaurants are not large. 

Many families favor the style of stroller that can be described as 'Baby's First Hummer'.  There simply isn't room for them in many places. 



If you live in the suburbs, you can drive your car to a restaurant and carry baby in.
If you live in the city, you use your stroller and walk/subway/bus to where you are going.  Then what do you do with the stroller once you get there?  I would hope you could fold it up and stow it out of the way.
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And that is the reason I always had one of those umbrella style strollers that can be folded up really small in addition to a larger more roomy one. I do think it is SS to assume that every place you go to can accomodate your desire to have a massive sized stroller.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22889 on: August 16, 2013, 11:08:03 AM »
What we call the 'Stroller Wars' have been going on in our neighborhood for years. 

There are lots and lots of children here. 

Most of the businesses are in 19th and early 20th century buildings.  Retail spaces and restaurants are not large. 

Many families favor the style of stroller that can be described as 'Baby's First Hummer'.  There simply isn't room for them in many places. 



If you live in the suburbs, you can drive your car to a restaurant and carry baby in.
If you live in the city, you use your stroller and walk/subway/bus to where you are going.  Then what do you do with the stroller once you get there?  I would hope you could fold it up and stow it out of the way.
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And that is the reason I always had one of those umbrella style strollers that can be folded up really small in addition to a larger more roomy one. I do think it is SS to assume that every place you go to can accomodate your desire to have a massive sized stroller.

This reminds me of something that happened a couple years ago, in a store in my hometown. Details are fuzzy, but a customer had gone in, with her double-wide stroller, and was asked to leave, as the store (independently owned, not a chain) had a policy that didn't allow strollers. THe store sells arts and crafts, and other things of that nature, many of which are fragile. Customer then wrote in to the local paper, essentially crying discrimination and so on, simply because the stroller wasn't allowed an she was asked to leave.  It turned into a huge bruhaha, I thought the owner was reasonable in his explanation, and stroller mom a bit of an SS.