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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23415 on: September 10, 2013, 02:49:51 PM »
SS Drivers:

In the past few days I have been subjected to numerous people ignoring the right-turn-only lanes in town. The first happened on the way into work, when I needed to make a right turn on red, only to be stuck behind someone who intended to go straight from the right-turn-only lane. Cars were backed up 10-deep because of this one person. But, I guess their desire to be at the head of the line trumped our desire to keep traffic moving through an already congested area. I was already annoyed because I had to try to make a left turn onto that road, since the road I normally take is closed, so having traffic grind to a halt unnecessarily half a block later was sort of annoying.

Then last night, on the way to pick up my son, I witnessed;

1. People completely ignoring the right turn lane, and turning right from the straight-only lane, cutting across the right-turn lane! I even double-checked when I got up to the light to see if they had removed that lane, but it was still clearly marked as a right-turn lane.
2. While proceeding through an intersection with a right-turn-only lane, the person in the right-turn-only lane sped up around me and continued straight through, cutting me off!

I'm not even going to get started on the number of people I have seen lately riding bikes or walking through road construction areas... Or the bus stop that has remained open while the road in that area is down to one lane (causing a magnificent traffic backup during rush hour). It's just been an interesting summer...

If this happens regularly at a particular intersection, you can call your local police and ask that they can have a car stationed near there to ticket some of the offenders. That's really dangerous!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23416 on: September 10, 2013, 03:21:45 PM »
SS Drivers:

In the past few days I have been subjected to numerous people ignoring the right-turn-only lanes in town. The first happened on the way into work, when I needed to make a right turn on red, only to be stuck behind someone who intended to go straight from the right-turn-only lane. Cars were backed up 10-deep because of this one person. But, I guess their desire to be at the head of the line trumped our desire to keep traffic moving through an already congested area. I was already annoyed because I had to try to make a left turn onto that road, since the road I normally take is closed, so having traffic grind to a halt unnecessarily half a block later was sort of annoying.

Then last night, on the way to pick up my son, I witnessed;

1. People completely ignoring the right turn lane, and turning right from the straight-only lane, cutting across the right-turn lane! I even double-checked when I got up to the light to see if they had removed that lane, but it was still clearly marked as a right-turn lane.
2. While proceeding through an intersection with a right-turn-only lane, the person in the right-turn-only lane sped up around me and continued straight through, cutting me off!

I'm not even going to get started on the number of people I have seen lately riding bikes or walking through road construction areas... Or the bus stop that has remained open while the road in that area is down to one lane (causing a magnificent traffic backup during rush hour). It's just been an interesting summer...

I've found leaning on the horn works.  Eventually they get so tired of hearing the horn, they make the turn and then find a way to get back to the direction they were going.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23417 on: September 10, 2013, 03:34:19 PM »
I used to volunteer as an usher at a performing arts center.  Bob Saget, who was starring in a family friendly sit-com, came to do his stand-up act.  The show was advertised as adults only, all of the advertising had a banner across it that said "adult content, not appropriate for children".  When people ordered their tickets, the CS reps were instructed to tell them that the material was not appropriate for children.  The day of the show comes, and there are at least a hundred young kids in the audience, probably a lot more.  The show started and parents were outraged.  They were calling over ushers and wanted the theater manager to force the comedian to tone down his act.  When they were informed that that was never going to happen, they wanted refunds.  They were informed that there are no refunds once the show starts, a fact that was printed on the tickets, just below "Not Suitable for Children".  I couldn't believe the number of enraged parents who thought that just because their little darling wanted to see Michelle's daddy from TV that taking them to a stand-up performace was a good idea.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23418 on: September 10, 2013, 04:08:07 PM »
I used to volunteer as an usher at a performing arts center.  Bob Saget, who was starring in a family friendly sit-com, came to do his stand-up act.  The show was advertised as adults only, all of the advertising had a banner across it that said "adult content, not appropriate for children".  When people ordered their tickets, the CS reps were instructed to tell them that the material was not appropriate for children.  The day of the show comes, and there are at least a hundred young kids in the audience, probably a lot more.  The show started and parents were outraged.  They were calling over ushers and wanted the theater manager to force the comedian to tone down his act.  When they were informed that that was never going to happen, they wanted refunds.  They were informed that there are no refunds once the show starts, a fact that was printed on the tickets, just below "Not Suitable for Children".  I couldn't believe the number of enraged parents who thought that just because their little darling wanted to see Michelle's daddy from TV that taking them to a stand-up performace was a good idea.

Wow...'not suitable for children' is about the mildest thing you can say about Bob Saget standup.  He is really, really, filthy when he sets out to be.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23419 on: September 10, 2013, 05:09:05 PM »
I used to volunteer as an usher at a performing arts center.  Bob Saget, who was starring in a family friendly sit-com, came to do his stand-up act.  The show was advertised as adults only, all of the advertising had a banner across it that said "adult content, not appropriate for children".  When people ordered their tickets, the CS reps were instructed to tell them that the material was not appropriate for children.  The day of the show comes, and there are at least a hundred young kids in the audience, probably a lot more.  The show started and parents were outraged.  They were calling over ushers and wanted the theater manager to force the comedian to tone down his act.  When they were informed that that was never going to happen, they wanted refunds.  They were informed that there are no refunds once the show starts, a fact that was printed on the tickets, just below "Not Suitable for Children".  I couldn't believe the number of enraged parents who thought that just because their little darling wanted to see Michelle's daddy from TV that taking them to a stand-up performace was a good idea.

Wow...'not suitable for children' is about the mildest thing you can say about Bob Saget standup.  He is really, really, filthy when he sets out to be.

Ooooohhhh...Bob Saget makes me blush and I can be truly filthy myself.  No way would I want anyone under the age of, oh, 30, in the audience.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23420 on: September 10, 2013, 05:51:13 PM »
Thirty-five - my oldest is still too young for that.....
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23421 on: September 10, 2013, 06:23:47 PM »
I used to volunteer as an usher at a performing arts center.  Bob Saget, who was starring in a family friendly sit-com, came to do his stand-up act.  The show was advertised as adults only, all of the advertising had a banner across it that said "adult content, not appropriate for children".  When people ordered their tickets, the CS reps were instructed to tell them that the material was not appropriate for children.  The day of the show comes, and there are at least a hundred young kids in the audience, probably a lot more.  The show started and parents were outraged.  They were calling over ushers and wanted the theater manager to force the comedian to tone down his act.  When they were informed that that was never going to happen, they wanted refunds.  They were informed that there are no refunds once the show starts, a fact that was printed on the tickets, just below "Not Suitable for Children".  I couldn't believe the number of enraged parents who thought that just because their little darling wanted to see Michelle's daddy from TV that taking them to a stand-up performace was a good idea.


My friends and I went to see the Gremlins. We were high school kids and aware that TPTB were talking about a new rating level because this wasn't an R movie but wasn't for small kids. I told them how my aunt in Canada was outraged that I suggested taking her youngest at the time to ET - because it had an age restricted rating on PEI (I want to say either 11 or 12.) and Kate was 9.


When the Gremlins get going - this woman behind us starts demanding a manager and covering her kid's eyes and he his screaming in fear. Manager comes in and she pitches a fit because this is a kids movie. My Friend had enough and told her something like - "Lady this movie has been all over the news. They might even have a new rating because of it." She stormed out


The manager came in at the end of the movie - gave everyone free passes because of the disruption. Gave everyone in our group 2 because friend speaking up.


I will sometimes give subtle spoilers if someone mentions planning on taking their kid to a movie that knowing the kid might be inappropriate. Example One of Sis's inlaws mentioned taking her son to Bridge of Terabethia (SP). The boy has issues with deaths (They are from New Orleans they evacuated early but knew people that perished.)


From what I over heard the mom saying she thought it was all light and fairies. I said something like I guess you never read the book. Mom said no is there something I should know. I gave her the highlights - they went and saw something else. That one I blame the advertisers though.
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mmswm

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23422 on: September 10, 2013, 06:30:20 PM »
SS Drivers:

In the past few days I have been subjected to numerous people ignoring the right-turn-only lanes in town. The first happened on the way into work, when I needed to make a right turn on red, only to be stuck behind someone who intended to go straight from the right-turn-only lane. Cars were backed up 10-deep because of this one person. But, I guess their desire to be at the head of the line trumped our desire to keep traffic moving through an already congested area. I was already annoyed because I had to try to make a left turn onto that road, since the road I normally take is closed, so having traffic grind to a halt unnecessarily half a block later was sort of annoying.

Then last night, on the way to pick up my son, I witnessed;

1. People completely ignoring the right turn lane, and turning right from the straight-only lane, cutting across the right-turn lane! I even double-checked when I got up to the light to see if they had removed that lane, but it was still clearly marked as a right-turn lane.
2. While proceeding through an intersection with a right-turn-only lane, the person in the right-turn-only lane sped up around me and continued straight through, cutting me off!

I'm not even going to get started on the number of people I have seen lately riding bikes or walking through road construction areas... Or the bus stop that has remained open while the road in that area is down to one lane (causing a magnificent traffic backup during rush hour). It's just been an interesting summer...

I've found leaning on the horn works.  Eventually they get so tired of hearing the horn, they make the turn and then find a way to get back to the direction they were going.

I know somebody who thinks the same way.  The trouble with him is that he's a truck driver, and the air horn on his truck is one of the louder ones I've ever heard. City horn?  No way!  Need the air horn for those people.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23423 on: September 10, 2013, 06:39:02 PM »
If I could find a way to up my horn volume I would
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23424 on: September 10, 2013, 06:42:08 PM »
http://www.rallysportdirect.com/Hella-Supertone-Horn-Kit-Pair

I considered these or a truck horn when the horn on my mini died, but my budget was tight at the time.

daisy1679

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23425 on: September 10, 2013, 06:42:51 PM »
I used to volunteer as an usher at a performing arts center.  Bob Saget, who was starring in a family friendly sit-com, came to do his stand-up act.  The show was advertised as adults only, all of the advertising had a banner across it that said "adult content, not appropriate for children".  When people ordered their tickets, the CS reps were instructed to tell them that the material was not appropriate for children.  The day of the show comes, and there are at least a hundred young kids in the audience, probably a lot more.  The show started and parents were outraged.  They were calling over ushers and wanted the theater manager to force the comedian to tone down his act.  When they were informed that that was never going to happen, they wanted refunds.  They were informed that there are no refunds once the show starts, a fact that was printed on the tickets, just below "Not Suitable for Children".  I couldn't believe the number of enraged parents who thought that just because their little darling wanted to see Michelle's daddy from TV that taking them to a stand-up performace was a good idea.

This sadly doesn't surprise me. I used to work for the classified department of a local paper, and the number of phone calls and letters (which were printed in the to the editor section) we got regarding the new Christmas movie that had just been released from appalled parents who were "just horrified" at what their precious little kindergartners were exposed to (a 5-year-old was mentioned in one letter), and they couldn't believe that anyone would consider this movie appropriate for young children. I kept yelling at the paper "Hey idiot, just because the word Santa is in the title doesn't mean it's a kids movie!". Seriously, it was rated R for crying out loud, and it earned every bit of that rating. Sorry, I'm not feeling any sympathy for someone who took their kids to see Bad Santa (yeah, you read that right) thinking it was a kids movie  >:D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23426 on: September 10, 2013, 06:47:35 PM »
Good gawd, I couldn't even sit through more than half an hour of that movie!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23427 on: September 10, 2013, 07:00:28 PM »
I used to volunteer as an usher at a performing arts center.  Bob Saget, who was starring in a family friendly sit-com, came to do his stand-up act.  The show was advertised as adults only, all of the advertising had a banner across it that said "adult content, not appropriate for children".  When people ordered their tickets, the CS reps were instructed to tell them that the material was not appropriate for children.  The day of the show comes, and there are at least a hundred young kids in the audience, probably a lot more.  The show started and parents were outraged.  They were calling over ushers and wanted the theater manager to force the comedian to tone down his act.  When they were informed that that was never going to happen, they wanted refunds.  They were informed that there are no refunds once the show starts, a fact that was printed on the tickets, just below "Not Suitable for Children".  I couldn't believe the number of enraged parents who thought that just because their little darling wanted to see Michelle's daddy from TV that taking them to a stand-up performace was a good idea.


My friends and I went to see the Gremlins. We were high school kids and aware that TPTB were talking about a new rating level because this wasn't an R movie but wasn't for small kids. I told them how my aunt in Canada was outraged that I suggested taking her youngest at the time to ET - because it had an age restricted rating on PEI (I want to say either 11 or 12.) and Kate was 9.


When the Gremlins get going - this woman behind us starts demanding a manager and covering her kid's eyes and he his screaming in fear. Manager comes in and she pitches a fit because this is a kids movie. My Friend had enough and told her something like - "Lady this movie has been all over the news. They might even have a new rating because of it." She stormed out


The manager came in at the end of the movie - gave everyone free passes because of the disruption. Gave everyone in our group 2 because friend speaking up.


I will sometimes give subtle spoilers if someone mentions planning on taking their kid to a movie that knowing the kid might be inappropriate. Example One of Sis's inlaws mentioned taking her son to Bridge of Terabethia (SP). The boy has issues with deaths (They are from New Orleans they evacuated early but knew people that perished.)


From what I over heard the mom saying she thought it was all light and fairies. I said something like I guess you never read the book. Mom said no is there something I should know. I gave her the highlights - they went and saw something else. That one I blame the advertisers though.

Lil Sis was going through a rough patch - friends wanted to take her out to something "light" and picked the same movie - I mentioned that if she didn't want to see something like "My Girl" - then she didn't want to see BTT, because according to the interview with the author's son in that morning's paper...it was not a "light, happy fantasy" - which was what the advertising sure made it look like.

It was a "coming of age" for the young boy who grew up to become the young man in the interview - and it mentioned that he still missed his friend...which didn't sound too light & happy to me...
Let sleeping dragons be.......morning breath......need I explain?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23428 on: September 10, 2013, 07:13:33 PM »
We were on a plane stuck on the tarmac for hours, and they decied to ease our boredom by showing Bridge to Terebithia. There was a moment when I looked around, and literally 90% of the passengers were in tears. I'd opted out because I'd read the book when I was a kid, and I hate crying in public.

Despite what the trailers told you, it's not Narnia 2!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23429 on: September 10, 2013, 07:20:04 PM »
If I could find a way to up my horn volume I would

Until recently, I was unaware that semis had both air horns and "city" horns.  The city horns are just like what 4 wheelers have and then, of course they have the air horns that most people associate with 18 wheelers. If they can have both, I see no reason why you can't either. Though maybe it would be a bit evil.
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