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siamesecat2965

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23370 on: September 09, 2013, 09:46:31 AM »
The kids at concerts reminds me of an Irish Christmas concert I attended last year and billed as suitable for families.  Except the family behind us had a baby and a 2-years-old.  The toddler asked constantly, "What's that?  What's that."  Then after the break, the baby started crying.  During a quiet piece of music, the couple behind talked through the entire piece along with "What's that?"  I had had it.  I turned around and said, "Shhhhh," and the father finally took the two kids out and the couple behind shut up.  No more family concerts where people can't keep their kids quiet, not that the people behind us were any better.

Several years back, I went to see Mary Poppins on Broadway with a friend.
While I get the story is geared more towards kids, that doesn’t mean that your toddler can babble, whine and carry on throughout the entire performance! We got great seats at TKTS; but the family behind us almost ruined it. If I recall, it was mom, dad, maybe a grandparent or two, and a couple/several kids.  The older one(s) were fine, but the youngest, who was maybe two, and at that stage where sitting still and being quiet for more than 30 seconds is tough. 

Before the show even started, the mom started in on dad for playing on his phone and not “helping” with the kids. Then once the show started, small child would not sit still, or be quiet. The parents kept trying to get her to stop, which created even more of a disturbance. All of us around them were NOT happy. Intermission comes, they all go out, and the rest of us are saying how rude they’ve been. FINALLY, in the second act, after a bit, when she continued, someone took the child out, and they stayed out so we could enjoy the rest of the show. I just don’t get how you can spend that much on tickets, for someone who clearly isn’t capable of sitting through the show.

Shalamar

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23371 on: September 09, 2013, 11:13:45 AM »
I have an SS sitting close to me at work.  She has a very annoying habit of picking up her mouse and slamming it repeatedly on her desk when she's frustrated.  So, I'll be working away, then suddenly I'll hear *BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!*   (Her record, if you're curious, is 15 bangs in a row.)  Today I couldn't stand it anymore, and I said "Tanya ...!", whereupon my other co-worker said "Yeah, you're banging your mouse again, and it's bugging us."  Tanya's response?  "If you were going through what I'm going through right now, you wouldn't just be banging your mouse, you'd be throwing the entire computer out the window."

Right. Because none of us ever get frustrated or stressed at work.  >:(

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« Reply #23372 on: September 09, 2013, 11:19:25 AM »
The stories about the kids at concerts and the like made me glad that there were no kids at the Broadway show I went to, and it helped it was a weekday-school night as the musical started around 7:30pm and ended no later than 10pm.  I have no issues with kids of elementary school age (age 5/6 and older) going to shows/musicals/plays but they need to learn to behave decently and be told to do so ahead of time by the adults that are with them.

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« Reply #23373 on: September 09, 2013, 11:37:42 AM »
The problem is the SS's of the world think because it is something that may appeal to their kids, they should take their kids and everybody else is supposed to understand that they neeeeeeeed to give their kids culture and their kids are just expressing themselves.  How dare we, the public, take away their children s freedom of expression??
 I have been taking my kids to stage shows since they were 4 and only because they knew how to sit still and act in public.  I had older DD at Annie (which I paid extra for better seats than we usually got as a birthday treat) and there was a family behind us that thought they were in their own living room..noisy, whiny, couldn't sit still, eating loudly.  My dd put up with this for only so long (she was 6) and finally she turned around and gave them a very dirty look..SS mom told her to turn around.  A person behind them got up and walked out..a few minutes later along came an usher for SS mom and her kids.  They were told they would have to be quiet or they would be asked to leave and as per the announcement before the show, they were not allowed to eat in the theater.  Well, she just huffed and puffed, said her kids were enjoying the show and everyone else was bothering them.  She got a bit too pissy with the usher and for that, she was escorted out.  When we went out for intermission she was LOUDLY arguing with a manager type about the treatment of her children.  They never did come back to their seats.

siamesecat2965

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« Reply #23374 on: September 09, 2013, 11:45:24 AM »
I have an SS sitting close to me at work.  She has a very annoying habit of picking up her mouse and slamming it repeatedly on her desk when she's frustrated.  So, I'll be working away, then suddenly I'll hear *BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!*   (Her record, if you're curious, is 15 bangs in a row.)  Today I couldn't stand it anymore, and I said "Tanya ...!", whereupon my other co-worker said "Yeah, you're banging your mouse again, and it's bugging us."  Tanya's response?  "If you were going through what I'm going through right now, you wouldn't just be banging your mouse, you'd be throwing the entire computer out the window."

Right. Because none of us ever get frustrated or stressed at work.  >:(

If I didn't know any better, I'd say you worked with me. My cube neighbor does that as well. On top of talking to herself, whining to herself, and so on. There are days evilsiamesecat wants to take said mouse and bang it on CW's head, but she usually gets stuffed back into her box before she can.

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« Reply #23375 on: September 09, 2013, 11:55:27 AM »
I have an SS sitting close to me at work.  She has a very annoying habit of picking up her mouse and slamming it repeatedly on her desk when she's frustrated.  So, I'll be working away, then suddenly I'll hear *BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!*   (Her record, if you're curious, is 15 bangs in a row.)  Today I couldn't stand it anymore, and I said "Tanya ...!", whereupon my other co-worker said "Yeah, you're banging your mouse again, and it's bugging us."  Tanya's response?  "If you were going through what I'm going through right now, you wouldn't just be banging your mouse, you'd be throwing the entire computer out the window."

Right. Because none of us ever get frustrated or stressed at work.  >:(

I'd be tempted to respond with, "I am going through something much worse, actually! I have a person next to me who is making a ridiculous racket and preventing me from working! Do you know how frustrating it is when a grown adult does that??"

I would ever say it, though. But I'd really, really want to  ;).
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TootsNYC

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« Reply #23376 on: September 09, 2013, 12:02:30 PM »
Well, you could in all politeness say, "The noise you are making is stressful to me. Please stop."

I'd want to add a little lecturing, too, like "My job is stressful, actually, even if I don't make sure you know about it."

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« Reply #23377 on: September 09, 2013, 12:23:42 PM »
Why do so many of my contributions start with "I was at my local Sprawl Mart.."
Last friday I was cruising the parking lot looking for a spot when a man in a truck backed out in front of me.  He backed out at an angle, so the front of his truck was thisclose to the front of my car and then the back of the truck jutted towards the left.  Since he was thisclose, I guess he felt he couldn't back up anymore without clipping me.  I sighed and decided to try to back up but SS just drove to the right of my car and went merrily on his way.  There was no way he couldn't looked before starting to back out.   ::)
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Shalamar

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23378 on: September 09, 2013, 12:35:23 PM »
I think we all have different ways of dealing with frustration, and I tend to, well, curse under my breath when I'm having a bad day.  If someone came up to me and said "Hey, your cursing is (a) annoying and (b) offensive, please stop", I'd definitely make an effort to do so.

(Why is it that so many people with annoying habits tend to deny that they have them or put all the blame on the complainer?  "If that bothers you, it's YOUR fault, not mine.")

Hey, SiameseCat, maybe we DO work for the same company!  Stand up and yell "TRY THE BEAN DIP!", and then I'll know for sure.   ;D

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« Reply #23379 on: September 09, 2013, 01:05:29 PM »
I was walking from my car to the store front - a pickup (Ute to the Aussies - large vehicle) was coming down in front of the line of stores....and didn't slow down or brake at all until about a car length from me.....I got glared at even though I'd started walking toward the store while he was at the end of the strip mall...if he'd been going the speed limit for parking lots, we'd have been out of each other's way. 

But if you have to go the speed limit for a road instead of for a parking lot...you're going to be braking in a parking lot.

The older guy who was already on the sidewalk also looked after him & commented "what was he trying to do?" - so it wasn't just ME who was wondering what the idjit thought he was doing.
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Shalamar

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« Reply #23380 on: September 09, 2013, 01:20:55 PM »
I was once crossing the street at a well-marked pedestrian crosswalk.   There was a car that was quite some distance away when I started crossing.  He sped up, almost hit me, and honked at me.   'Kay.   ???

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« Reply #23381 on: September 09, 2013, 01:30:42 PM »


Several years back, I went to see Mary Poppins on Broadway with a friend.
While I get the story is geared more towards kids, that doesn’t mean that your toddler can babble, whine and carry on throughout the entire performance! We got great seats at TKTS; but the family behind us almost ruined it. If I recall, it was mom, dad, maybe a grandparent or two, and a couple/several kids.  The older one(s) were fine, but the youngest, who was maybe two, and at that stage where sitting still and being quiet for more than 30 seconds is tough. 

Before the show even started, the mom started in on dad for playing on his phone and not “helping” with the kids. Then once the show started, small child would not sit still, or be quiet. The parents kept trying to get her to stop, which created even more of a disturbance. All of us around them were NOT happy. Intermission comes, they all go out, and the rest of us are saying how rude they’ve been. FINALLY, in the second act, after a bit, when she continued, someone took the child out, and they stayed out so we could enjoy the rest of the show. I just don’t get how you can spend that much on tickets, for someone who clearly isn’t capable of sitting through the show.

My MIL is totally into Broadway Shows.  When Lion King came out, she took all the grandkids to see, except the two little ones, because her rule is that you have to be at least 5 to see a broadway show.  When the littlest ones were 5, she took them to see it too!

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« Reply #23382 on: September 09, 2013, 02:03:02 PM »


 As far as culture snobs: my music teacher is the worst. He teaches, actively , that fiddler players can never be as good as symphony players, even if they have a Master's in Music Performance "because if they were actually good, they would not be playing fiddle" - and that they "are always out of tune" and more.  I am telling you if there were another teacher willing to take on adults in my town, I would move, but there's only him in reasonable driving distance.
 

This person obviously has no clue.  Has he never heard of Mark O'Connor or Charlie Daniels?  Does he not hear the flawless doublestops in "The Devil Went Down to Georgia?"  Has he never heard the haunting and absolutely gut-wrenching violin lines in O'Connor's duet version of "Ashokan Farewell" with Zukerman?  The violin melody in that one is so...I don't know how to describe it...but you just want to fall down and weep uncontrollably for those Civil War widows because he plays the melody with such intense emotion that you feel like you are one of those widows.

This violin teacher is obviously not the musician he pretends to be.

(And now off my own "music snob" soap box.  Sorry, there's great music in pretty much every genre, and those who can't hear it are missing out on life.)
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« Reply #23383 on: September 09, 2013, 02:26:43 PM »
(And now off my own "music snob" soap box.  Sorry, there's great music in pretty much every genre, and those who can't hear it are missing out on life.)

So true! 

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« Reply #23384 on: September 09, 2013, 02:27:22 PM »


 As far as culture snobs: my music teacher is the worst. He teaches, actively , that fiddler players can never be as good as symphony players, even if they have a Master's in Music Performance "because if they were actually good, they would not be playing fiddle" - and that they "are always out of tune" and more.  I am telling you if there were another teacher willing to take on adults in my town, I would move, but there's only him in reasonable driving distance.
 

This person obviously has no clue.  Has he never heard of Mark O'Connor or Charlie Daniels?  Does he not hear the flawless doublestops in "The Devil Went Down to Georgia?"  Has he never heard the haunting and absolutely gut-wrenching violin lines in O'Connor's duet version of "Ashokan Farewell" with Zukerman?  The violin melody in that one is so...I don't know how to describe it...but you just want to fall down and weep uncontrollably for those Civil War widows because he plays the melody with such intense emotion that you feel like you are one of those widows.

This violin teacher is obviously not the musician he pretends to be.

(And now off my own "music snob" soap box.  Sorry, there's great music in pretty much every genre, and those who can't hear it are missing out on life.)

I love "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"!
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