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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23370 on: September 08, 2013, 09:42:05 PM »
Regarding culture, I often see on fbook people who live in the area whining that there's no culture in this town.   In fact before I moved I contacted a college aquaintance to let her know I was moving to her hometown and she said "I ought to let you know, there's a shortage of the culture in that town that you've probably gotten used to having there..."
You're not that far from either Baltimore or DC, too.  What, an hour's drive? Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Across America, Walters Art Museum, the Smithsonian museums....

We're about an hour and a half from Baltimore, and maybe about the same, hour and a half, two hours from DC, depending on traffic.  It's really not that far at all.  Inconvenient perhaps if someone doesn't drive or doesn't have a lot of money but one of the things I like about my town is that most of the activities around here can be done for very little $ for people on a budget.

The W. MD Blues Fest for one, is held over a weekend and while there are events you need to buy a ticket for, they always have a free day on Sunday in the park and it's good music (if you like Blues, which I do enjoy)  The art museums in the park ask for a donation but there's no entrance fee.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23371 on: September 08, 2013, 11:42:21 PM »
I detest culture snobs and ran into them all the time at work. 

It was assumed by many visitors that, if you didn't have an MFA, you couldn't posssibly know anything about art or culture.  If you weren't a working artist, you had no right to have an opinion about art. 

It drove me nuts.

DH's boss and wife are like this. It blows their minds any time I see them and know San artist or musician they're talking about.  Last time I asked them if they'd seen a specific permanent exhibit of their "favorite artist" they didn't know existed!  Plus I played violin from 3rd grade to 12 so I'm not the total redneck they think we are. (hubby got em good when he told them he took me tom see "Phantom" when it came to town)

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« Reply #23372 on: September 08, 2013, 11:59:27 PM »
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.

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« Reply #23373 on: September 09, 2013, 01:25:02 AM »
Regarding culture, I often see on fbook people who live in the area whining that there's no culture in this town.   In fact before I moved I contacted a college aquaintance to let her know I was moving to her hometown and she said "I ought to let you know, there's a shortage of the culture in that town that you've probably gotten used to having there..."
You're not that far from either Baltimore or DC, too.  What, an hour's drive? Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Across America, Walters Art Museum, the Smithsonian museums....

We're about an hour and a half from Baltimore, and maybe about the same, hour and a half, two hours from DC, depending on traffic.  It's really not that far at all.  Inconvenient perhaps if someone doesn't drive or doesn't have a lot of money but one of the things I like about my town is that most of the activities around here can be done for very little $ for people on a budget.

The W. MD Blues Fest for one, is held over a weekend and while there are events you need to buy a ticket for, they always have a free day on Sunday in the park and it's good music (if you like Blues, which I do enjoy)  The art museums in the park ask for a donation but there's no entrance fee.

OT. Have you attended the Renaissance Fair outside Annapolis yet? It runs every weekend thru most of October. It is family friendly and has a lot of arts, plays, music and even the hidden history gem as well as real jousting. Until DH and I moved west it was one of our yearly splurges.

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« Reply #23374 on: September 09, 2013, 06:47:38 AM »
Regarding culture, I often see on fbook people who live in the area whining that there's no culture in this town.   In fact before I moved I contacted a college aquaintance to let her know I was moving to her hometown and she said "I ought to let you know, there's a shortage of the culture in that town that you've probably gotten used to having there..."
You're not that far from either Baltimore or DC, too.  What, an hour's drive? Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Across America, Walters Art Museum, the Smithsonian museums....

We're about an hour and a half from Baltimore, and maybe about the same, hour and a half, two hours from DC, depending on traffic.  It's really not that far at all.  Inconvenient perhaps if someone doesn't drive or doesn't have a lot of money but one of the things I like about my town is that most of the activities around here can be done for very little $ for people on a budget.

The W. MD Blues Fest for one, is held over a weekend and while there are events you need to buy a ticket for, they always have a free day on Sunday in the park and it's good music (if you like Blues, which I do enjoy)  The art museums in the park ask for a donation but there's no entrance fee.

OT. Have you attended the Renaissance Fair outside Annapolis yet? It runs every weekend thru most of October. It is family friendly and has a lot of arts, plays, music and even the hidden history gem as well as real jousting. Until DH and I moved west it was one of our yearly splurges.

I used to go more often when I lived closer, I even worked there back in '09 at one of the food vendors. It was awesome, and they called me the next year to ask if I'd come back, but with the drive (about an hour and 45 minutes) and what they were going to pay me (min wage) I politely declined, as the pay wouldn't even cover the gas it took to get there.  We've been saying we'd like to go though for a day.
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« Reply #23375 on: September 09, 2013, 10:46:31 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.

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« Reply #23376 on: September 09, 2013, 12:13:45 PM »
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 #23377 on: September 09, 2013, 12:19:25 PM »
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 #23378 on: September 09, 2013, 12:37:42 PM »
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.

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« Reply #23379 on: September 09, 2013, 12:45:24 PM »
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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23380 on: September 09, 2013, 12:55:27 PM »
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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23381 on: September 09, 2013, 01:02:30 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 #23382 on: September 09, 2013, 01:23:42 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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« Reply #23383 on: September 09, 2013, 01:35:23 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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23384 on: September 09, 2013, 02:05:29 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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