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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23385 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.)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23386 on: September 09, 2013, 03:35:23 PM »
A group of SS teenagers stepped into 4 lanes of busy oncoming traffic today and somehow managed to slowly walk to the median without getting killed. Then they tried to hop off the median into 3 full lanes of trafffic :o I thought we were all going to crash into each other from the sudden brake slamming they caused

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23387 on: September 09, 2013, 06:44:03 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.
 

If we're linking appropriate cartoons, here's Owl Jolson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytR7-wT0Qqw
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« Reply #23388 on: September 09, 2013, 07:03:55 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.
 

If we're linking appropriate cartoons, here's Owl Jolson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytR7-wT0Qqw

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23389 on: September 09, 2013, 07:15:04 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.
 

If we're linking appropriate cartoons, here's Owl Jolson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytR7-wT0Qqw

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« Reply #23390 on: September 09, 2013, 07:19:21 PM »
SS Coworker sighting.

We are on the phones but still in training. So we do have a lot of help. so a coworker is having trouble and instead of raising her hand or standing up like we were taught to do, she yells out "TRAINERNAME!!!!!" really really loud. There are people all around (all of them fellow students!) who are trying to take calls and listen through their headsets. Clueless? Maybe... but this is what tossed her into Special Snowflake range for me.

A coworker heard it and commented that it wasn't professional in a half joking voice.

"I know!" SS Coworker said.

Yeah... well if you know, then why did you do it? *twitches* I am sure I will have more for you during this week...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23391 on: September 09, 2013, 07:24:29 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 have one of those CWirkers as well.  She she directly next to me.  When she gets frustrated she bangs her mouse, slams her fists on the desk, and/or starts cursing.  It is ridiculous that anyone would act this way, let alone a grown woman.  Constantly startles me.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23392 on: September 09, 2013, 07:47:41 PM »
SS Coworker sighting.

We are on the phones but still in training. So we do have a lot of help. so a coworker is having trouble and instead of raising her hand or standing up like we were taught to do, she yells out "TRAINERNAME!!!!!" really really loud. There are people all around (all of them fellow students!) who are trying to take calls and listen through their headsets. Clueless? Maybe... but this is what tossed her into Special Snowflake range for me.

A coworker heard it and commented that it wasn't professional in a half joking voice.

"I know!" SS Coworker said.

Yeah... well if you know, then why did you do it? *twitches* I am sure I will have more for you during this week...

I think it depends on how she said "I know!".  I've said it out of embarrassment before, knowing full well I shouldn't have done something but having done it regardless purely accidentally and in the moment.  However, if she said it like she knew and just didn't care, definitely SS!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23393 on: September 09, 2013, 09:20:26 PM »
WARNING: Family funeral mentioned....



BG: Today was my FIL's funeral. The viewing was in NJ and the burial in Queens, NYC.
BIL is a high level realtor. /BG

The SS, new, low level interviewer for a national sports channel who is BIL's client.  She called today and he explained he was on the way to the cemetery and why.  She calls back multiple times.

1. SS wants him to arrange for a BMW or Mercedes dealer to giver a free car.  She will do one weekend appearance.  BIL says sorry, not his area.
2. SS calls again and he explains that she will have to talk to his assistant.
3. SS calls his HQ and tries to lodge a complaint against BIL because the apartment she wanted to rent the owner wouldn't agree to renting for $700 below the rental price.  Also, BIL isn't returning het calls.
4. We get to the cemetery and BIL's assistant is there to pay his respects.  He also shares that SS has called 15 times to complain that BIL won't take her calls.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23394 on: September 09, 2013, 09:31:26 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.)

And there is Alfie Boe's opinion - there are only two kinds of music - good music and bad music.

 I <3 Alfie!!!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23395 on: September 09, 2013, 09:40:42 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.)

And there is Alfie Boe's opinion - there are only two kinds of music - good music and bad music.

 I <3 Alfie!!!

Charlie Daniels song "Talk to me, Fiddle" is an amazing piece, detailing the "history" of his fiddle, from Jewish melodies, to Cajun, to bluegrass. He does 5 or 6 different types of music in one song.
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« Reply #23396 on: September 09, 2013, 09:53:29 PM »
I have a new one today... I bring you SuperSS! .mil edition.

We are going on a Happy Fun Trip here eventually to a far away land. As we all live together on Happy Fun Trips, they have compiled a roommate list for both male and females. It is broken down by rank and gender.

E1-E6 males: 6-7 people in a room with bunks.

E-7s and above: 2 to a room, normal beds

Females: 2 to a room, normal beds

There aren't a lot of females where I work. I didn't get a choice of roommates, as there are only 2of us going. My SSS roommate got informed that there were roommates when she asked what the living situation was (she was at training the past few weeks). It went down something like this.

SSS:  So what is the living like?
AFB: 2 to a room.

SSS: Really? I have a roommate?
AFB: Yeah. Me.

SSS: (exasperated sigh) Ugh. I don't like people. Why do we have to have roommates?
AFB:  ....... (I was silent, because not nice things were running through my head, and all our supervision was nearby  >:D )

Awesome Flight Chief stepped in at this point.

AFC: Well SSS, I can always put you with (male name here) or (male name here). Would 5 other roommates be better? Or maybe MY roommate would be willing to swap.

SSS: (pouts)

AFB: laughs like a loon ;D ;D ;D


In what universe does a new E-5 (new noncommisioned officer) think that they deserve preference over E-8/E-9s and officers? That's the civilian equivalent of an Assistant Manager getting whiny that they don't have the same office as the CEO!  She is going to be highly displeased when I pull rank and take the good half of the room >:D  Don't worry, if things get too annoying, I'll just move into a bunker and install some shag carpeting and a disco ball. Club AFB!


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23397 on: September 09, 2013, 10:20:03 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.)

And there is Alfie Boe's opinion - there are only two kinds of music - good music and bad music.

 I <3 Alfie!!!
yay, another alfie fan!  i get to see him again in february in anaheim <3

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23398 on: September 09, 2013, 10:32:14 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.)

Yes, he's familiar with them, along with Natalie MacMaster, the Leahy's and the Barra MacNeils. They are still not as good as Symphony/Orchestra members. He has openly said that the man who inspired me to learn to play is "not a good player and out of tune." The man is the one I spoke of above with a Master's degree in violin performance, he just prefers to make a living playing fiddle.  It got so bad that I have shared the recordings of my lessons and his comments with a friend who teaches at Crane Music School, just in case I was misinterpreting. I'm not the guy is just a snob.  But he is a fantastic musician when it comes to the Genre he prefers, that I do have to give him.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23399 on: September 09, 2013, 11:13:21 PM »
WARNING: Family funeral mentioned....



BG: Today was my FIL's funeral. The viewing was in NJ and the burial in Queens, NYC.
BIL is a high level realtor. /BG

The SS, new, low level interviewer for a national sports channel who is BIL's client.  She called today and he explained he was on the way to the cemetery and why.  She calls back multiple times.

1. SS wants him to arrange for a BMW or Mercedes dealer to giver a free car.  She will do one weekend appearance.  BIL says sorry, not his area.
2. SS calls again and he explains that she will have to talk to his assistant.
3. SS calls his HQ and tries to lodge a complaint against BIL because the apartment she wanted to rent the owner wouldn't agree to renting for $700 below the rental price.  Also, BIL isn't returning het calls.
4. We get to the cemetery and BIL's assistant is there to pay his respects.  He also shares that SS has called 15 times to complain that BIL won't take her calls.

I won't feel any sympathy if, oh let's say, an errant football sails in the direction of SS and dings her Marcia Brady style