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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23550 on: September 16, 2013, 08:22:09 PM »
A different take on SS - horror and Sci-Fi. My sister decided that sci fi was uncool. She also has the family history of night terrors. she would pitch a holy fit if I tried to watch Tomorrow People or The Third Eye on Nickelodeon after school. She always "won" with Mom I'm going to get nightmares and have to sleep with you and Dad. She admits now that these did not really scare her she just didn't like them - Land of the Lost was a different matter I still threaten her with the "Marble eyed people are coming for you" and get pillows and the like thrown at me.

Oh, The Third Eye! My mother got me Children of the Stones (which was my favorite Third Eye series) on DVD for Christmas a few years ago, saying "You'll see now how cheesy it is!"

And I do...but I still love it.  :)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23551 on: September 17, 2013, 12:00:09 PM »
Considering that the classic Dracula was released on St Valentines day and was billed as a romance, it does make me wonder at the minds of the people back then.

To continue on the derailing, well, the vampire biting humans was a symbol for scrabbling, IIRC.

Wish I had some snowflakey stories, but everyone at my university is just too nice! It's a great problem to have.

Something to remind people of when they complain about Twilight turning vampires into romances.

To be fair, Stoker was quite clear that Dracula himself was not "romantic". He was a demon (a rapist in the spiritual sense). The romance in the novel is with the men who love and wish to protect Mina and Lucy, yet fail almost every opportunity to do so.

I'd much less fault "Twilight," which created its own brand of "kindler, gentler vampires," than the so-called "Bram Stoker's Dracula" movie, which turned Dracula into a lover not a biter.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23552 on: September 17, 2013, 01:28:47 PM »
SS I've Been Deputized By The TSA!

I am at the airport now; I got here early for my flight so I could join some conference calls from the clubroom.  I am off to visit my family, and am bringing some family heirloom pieces, which are fragile, with me; I checked my bag so I could hand carry these through security.  They are packed very well by my darling husband, in a Jameson's Irish Whiskey box.

As I was going through the security screening, I did the whole routine - computer in a separate bin, shoes off, etc etc, and I placed the Jameson's Irish Whiskey box in a separate bin.  The guy behind me in line looked at me and said "you can't have that!  it's liquor (or liquid, he was kind of shouting)."  "No, sir, it's not.  It's some fragile items that are packed in that box, because it's sturdy."  "No it's not!  You have booze in there!  You can't have that! Guard!  Guard!"

(he actually started yelling "guard" like we were in the poky and I was menacing him with a shiv.)

The TSA guys started over, and SS leaned over, reached past me, and snatched the box right out of the bin.  He started waving it aloft, yelling "here it is here it is!"

Well, the TSA guy who had checked my ID and with whom I had chuckled about the box was mercifully the first one over to me.  He knew what it was.  He took it out of the man's hands, and put it back in the bin.  Then he put the bin onto the belt, and stepped back, glaring at the guy. 

I continued the process, a bit shaken.  I was patted down, I guess in response to the nutty reaction, then collected my things.  When I looked back, "my" TSA guy had Mr SS at the scanner but was waiting for me to clear security before letting him pass.

SS is not in this club....I have no idea what I would have done if he were.

 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23553 on: September 17, 2013, 01:31:31 PM »
CharlieBraun: How very strange. It's not like the TSA wouldn't have figured it out when the box went through the scanner. Some people just want to feel important, I guess.
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« Reply #23554 on: September 17, 2013, 01:42:15 PM »
CharlieBraun: How very strange. It's not like the TSA wouldn't have figured it out when the box went through the scanner. Some people just want to feel important, I guess.

Maybe he was just on edge, or didn't have faith that the TSA would detect a full bottle of liquor.  Most likely, though, he wanted to feel important.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23555 on: September 17, 2013, 01:59:19 PM »
SS I've Been Deputized By The TSA!

I am at the airport now; I got here early for my flight so I could join some conference calls from the clubroom.  I am off to visit my family, and am bringing some family heirloom pieces, which are fragile, with me; I checked my bag so I could hand carry these through security.  They are packed very well by my darling husband, in a Jameson's Irish Whiskey box.

As I was going through the security screening, I did the whole routine - computer in a separate bin, shoes off, etc etc, and I placed the Jameson's Irish Whiskey box in a separate bin.  The guy behind me in line looked at me and said "you can't have that!  it's liquor (or liquid, he was kind of shouting)."  "No, sir, it's not.  It's some fragile items that are packed in that box, because it's sturdy."  "No it's not!  You have booze in there!  You can't have that! Guard!  Guard!"

(he actually started yelling "guard" like we were in the poky and I was menacing him with a shiv.)

The TSA guys started over, and SS leaned over, reached past me, and snatched the box right out of the bin.  He started waving it aloft, yelling "here it is here it is!"

Well, the TSA guy who had checked my ID and with whom I had chuckled about the box was mercifully the first one over to me.  He knew what it was.  He took it out of the man's hands, and put it back in the bin.  Then he put the bin onto the belt, and stepped back, glaring at the guy. 

I continued the process, a bit shaken.  I was patted down, I guess in response to the nutty reaction, then collected my things.  When I looked back, "my" TSA guy had Mr SS at the scanner but was waiting for me to clear security before letting him pass.

SS is not in this club....I have no idea what I would have done if he were.

 

 ::)  This reminds me of the time we were traveling with my PIL.  A group of women I will presume were Amish by their dress walked by and my FIL Threw A Fit because "Those people aren't supposed to be allowed on airplanes!"

We tried to explain that they are certainly "allowed" do do many things and who the heck cares anyway?  Let's pretend they're FORBIDDEN by their religion to travel on airplanes.  How does that affect my FIL in any way whatsoever?  It doesn't.

He was adamant they they were breaking some rule and even mentioned it to the flight attendant, who was probably very confused because they weren't even on our flight.

Some people lose their minds when they see someone else "breaking the rules," even when it doesn't impact them at all.  My FIL is very much like this.

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« Reply #23556 on: September 17, 2013, 03:52:42 PM »
I remember a while back hearing some sort of child-rearing approach of never teaching a child the word "no".  Instead of "No, you can't have that!" say "That's for another time." or "Why don't we have this instead!"

Instead of "No hitting!",  "Hitting isn't very nice!" I'm not real sure what the big issue is with a child hearing the word "No", I think it was the thought that hearing "No" will "break their spirit."  ::)

I have no problem saying "No" to my boys, especially since a good loud "NO!" can shock a small one into listening a lot faster than trying to rephrase it, especially if you need them to stop right away.

I think it may have been less that and more than saying "no" sets up a challenge--with some kids, it becomes now something they WANT to do, if only to break the power of the "no."

It's sometimes just not as effective.

Of course, if you don't overuse "no" in other places, then when you DO use it, as you've discovered, they react quickly.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23557 on: September 17, 2013, 04:31:37 PM »
SS I've Been Deputized By The TSA!

I am at the airport now; I got here early for my flight so I could join some conference calls from the clubroom.  I am off to visit my family, and am bringing some family heirloom pieces, which are fragile, with me; I checked my bag so I could hand carry these through security.  They are packed very well by my darling husband, in a Jameson's Irish Whiskey box.

As I was going through the security screening, I did the whole routine - computer in a separate bin, shoes off, etc etc, and I placed the Jameson's Irish Whiskey box in a separate bin.  The guy behind me in line looked at me and said "you can't have that!  it's liquor (or liquid, he was kind of shouting)."  "No, sir, it's not.  It's some fragile items that are packed in that box, because it's sturdy."  "No it's not!  You have booze in there!  You can't have that! Guard!  Guard!"

(he actually started yelling "guard" like we were in the poky and I was menacing him with a shiv.)

The TSA guys started over, and SS leaned over, reached past me, and snatched the box right out of the bin.  He started waving it aloft, yelling "here it is here it is!"

Well, the TSA guy who had checked my ID and with whom I had chuckled about the box was mercifully the first one over to me.  He knew what it was.  He took it out of the man's hands, and put it back in the bin.  Then he put the bin onto the belt, and stepped back, glaring at the guy. 

I continued the process, a bit shaken.  I was patted down, I guess in response to the nutty reaction, then collected my things.  When I looked back, "my" TSA guy had Mr SS at the scanner but was waiting for me to clear security before letting him pass.

SS is not in this club....I have no idea what I would have done if he were.

 

Wow.  Given his behavior, it's almost as if he wanted to cause the TSA agents to pay undue attention to you so as to diver their attention away from something or someone else, possibly even him.   >:D

That sort of activity seems like perfectly good justification to single him out for "individual processing" in a more secured setting.  That sort of processing can sometimes take several hours, depending on how long until his flight takes to leave without him...  >:D

Wow.  I'm glad I'm not a TSA agent...I'd be really mean.  :-[

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23558 on: September 17, 2013, 05:41:37 PM »
I remember a while back hearing some sort of child-rearing approach of never teaching a child the word "no".  Instead of "No, you can't have that!" say "That's for another time." or "Why don't we have this instead!"

Instead of "No hitting!",  "Hitting isn't very nice!" I'm not real sure what the big issue is with a child hearing the word "No", I think it was the thought that hearing "No" will "break their spirit."  ::)

I have no problem saying "No" to my boys, especially since a good loud "NO!" can shock a small one into listening a lot faster than trying to rephrase it, especially if you need them to stop right away.

I think it may have been less that and more than saying "no" sets up a challenge--with some kids, it becomes now something they WANT to do, if only to break the power of the "no."

It's sometimes just not as effective.

Of course, if you don't overuse "no" in other places, then when you DO use it, as you've discovered, they react quickly.

I do remember someone telling me not to give a child an idea by way of instructing them to not do something before they've done it.  For example telling a toddler who has their feet firmly on the floor "don't stand on the chair or table" and they're thinking "Oooh, I didn't realize that was an option! That's possible? I have to try that!"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23559 on: September 17, 2013, 06:00:28 PM »
I remember a while back hearing some sort of child-rearing approach of never teaching a child the word "no".  Instead of "No, you can't have that!" say "That's for another time." or "Why don't we have this instead!"

Instead of "No hitting!",  "Hitting isn't very nice!" I'm not real sure what the big issue is with a child hearing the word "No", I think it was the thought that hearing "No" will "break their spirit."  ::)

I have no problem saying "No" to my boys, especially since a good loud "NO!" can shock a small one into listening a lot faster than trying to rephrase it, especially if you need them to stop right away.
I'm not sure if it's what those particular people were thinking, but here's why I would tell parents not to use 'don't' or 'no':
Very young children have difficulties processing negatives. So using 'don't' or 'can't' may confuse a preschooler, and all they hear is the rest of the sentence. 'Don't hit your sister' also leaves the child to wonder what their options are. Can they kick her? Pinch her? Jab her with a stick? It's much smarter to give an authoritative command that is less likely to be misunderstood, such as 'Go sit in that chair, and Sissy, you sit on the sofa.'
I've never ran into a 2 yr old who didnt understand the word "No" or "Don't" and most use it with astounding accuracy.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23560 on: September 17, 2013, 07:17:45 PM »
Came across one today who had good command of "No!" and "Mine!"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23561 on: September 17, 2013, 07:53:51 PM »
SS I've Been Deputized By The TSA!

I am at the airport now; I got here early for my flight so I could join some conference calls from the clubroom.  I am off to visit my family, and am bringing some family heirloom pieces, which are fragile, with me; I checked my bag so I could hand carry these through security.  They are packed very well by my darling husband, in a Jameson's Irish Whiskey box.

As I was going through the security screening, I did the whole routine - computer in a separate bin, shoes off, etc etc, and I placed the Jameson's Irish Whiskey box in a separate bin.  The guy behind me in line looked at me and said "you can't have that!  it's liquor (or liquid, he was kind of shouting)."  "No, sir, it's not.  It's some fragile items that are packed in that box, because it's sturdy."  "No it's not!  You have booze in there!  You can't have that! Guard!  Guard!"

(he actually started yelling "guard" like we were in the poky and I was menacing him with a shiv.)

The TSA guys started over, and SS leaned over, reached past me, and snatched the box right out of the bin.  He started waving it aloft, yelling "here it is here it is!"

Well, the TSA guy who had checked my ID and with whom I had chuckled about the box was mercifully the first one over to me.  He knew what it was.  He took it out of the man's hands, and put it back in the bin.  Then he put the bin onto the belt, and stepped back, glaring at the guy. 

I continued the process, a bit shaken.  I was patted down, I guess in response to the nutty reaction, then collected my things.  When I looked back, "my" TSA guy had Mr SS at the scanner but was waiting for me to clear security before letting him pass.

SS is not in this club....I have no idea what I would have done if he were.

 

 ::)  This reminds me of the time we were traveling with my PIL.  A group of women I will presume were Amish by their dress walked by and my FIL Threw A Fit because "Those people aren't supposed to be allowed on airplanes!"

We tried to explain that they are certainly "allowed" do do many things and who the heck cares anyway?  Let's pretend they're FORBIDDEN by their religion to travel on airplanes.  How does that affect my FIL in any way whatsoever?  It doesn't.

He was adamant they they were breaking some rule and even mentioned it to the flight attendant, who was probably very confused because they weren't even on our flight.

Some people lose their minds when they see someone else "breaking the rules," even when it doesn't impact them at all.  My FIL is very much like this.

Possibly Mennonites, who I believe are allowed to, even by their religion.  And definitely by the TSA.  :)

I do agree that somebody who causes a ruckus in accusing other people could be a cause for concern, in trying to distract TSA from the accuser.  Unlikely, of course.  But I could see TSA being suspicious.

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« Reply #23562 on: September 17, 2013, 08:04:20 PM »
SS I've Been Deputized By The TSA!

I am at the airport now; I got here early for my flight so I could join some conference calls from the clubroom.  I am off to visit my family, and am bringing some family heirloom pieces, which are fragile, with me; I checked my bag so I could hand carry these through security.  They are packed very well by my darling husband, in a Jameson's Irish Whiskey box.

As I was going through the security screening, I did the whole routine - computer in a separate bin, shoes off, etc etc, and I placed the Jameson's Irish Whiskey box in a separate bin.  The guy behind me in line looked at me and said "you can't have that!  it's liquor (or liquid, he was kind of shouting)."  "No, sir, it's not.  It's some fragile items that are packed in that box, because it's sturdy."  "No it's not!  You have booze in there!  You can't have that! Guard!  Guard!"

(he actually started yelling "guard" like we were in the poky and I was menacing him with a shiv.)

The TSA guys started over, and SS leaned over, reached past me, and snatched the box right out of the bin.  He started waving it aloft, yelling "here it is here it is!"

Well, the TSA guy who had checked my ID and with whom I had chuckled about the box was mercifully the first one over to me.  He knew what it was.  He took it out of the man's hands, and put it back in the bin.  Then he put the bin onto the belt, and stepped back, glaring at the guy. 

I continued the process, a bit shaken.  I was patted down, I guess in response to the nutty reaction, then collected my things.  When I looked back, "my" TSA guy had Mr SS at the scanner but was waiting for me to clear security before letting him pass.

SS is not in this club....I have no idea what I would have done if he were.

 

 ::)  This reminds me of the time we were traveling with my PIL.  A group of women I will presume were Amish by their dress walked by and my FIL Threw A Fit because "Those people aren't supposed to be allowed on airplanes!"

We tried to explain that they are certainly "allowed" do do many things and who the heck cares anyway?  Let's pretend they're FORBIDDEN by their religion to travel on airplanes.  How does that affect my FIL in any way whatsoever?  It doesn't.

He was adamant they they were breaking some rule and even mentioned it to the flight attendant, who was probably very confused because they weren't even on our flight.

Some people lose their minds when they see someone else "breaking the rules," even when it doesn't impact them at all.  My FIL is very much like this.

They can travel in a plane. There is no rule against it. If they are very strict Amish/Mennonite, they can't own or fly a commercial airplane - but that isn't a rule that gets broken very often. ;D
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« Reply #23563 on: September 17, 2013, 09:20:07 PM »
SS I've Been Deputized By The TSA!

I am at the airport now; I got here early for my flight so I could join some conference calls from the clubroom.  I am off to visit my family, and am bringing some family heirloom pieces, which are fragile, with me; I checked my bag so I could hand carry these through security.  They are packed very well by my darling husband, in a Jameson's Irish Whiskey box.

As I was going through the security screening, I did the whole routine - computer in a separate bin, shoes off, etc etc, and I placed the Jameson's Irish Whiskey box in a separate bin.  The guy behind me in line looked at me and said "you can't have that!  it's liquor (or liquid, he was kind of shouting)."  "No, sir, it's not.  It's some fragile items that are packed in that box, because it's sturdy."  "No it's not!  You have booze in there!  You can't have that! Guard!  Guard!"

(he actually started yelling "guard" like we were in the poky and I was menacing him with a shiv.)

The TSA guys started over, and SS leaned over, reached past me, and snatched the box right out of the bin.  He started waving it aloft, yelling "here it is here it is!"

Well, the TSA guy who had checked my ID and with whom I had chuckled about the box was mercifully the first one over to me.  He knew what it was.  He took it out of the man's hands, and put it back in the bin.  Then he put the bin onto the belt, and stepped back, glaring at the guy. 

I continued the process, a bit shaken.  I was patted down, I guess in response to the nutty reaction, then collected my things.  When I looked back, "my" TSA guy had Mr SS at the scanner but was waiting for me to clear security before letting him pass.

SS is not in this club....I have no idea what I would have done if he were.

 

 ::)  This reminds me of the time we were traveling with my PIL.  A group of women I will presume were Amish by their dress walked by and my FIL Threw A Fit because "Those people aren't supposed to be allowed on airplanes!"

We tried to explain that they are certainly "allowed" do do many things and who the heck cares anyway?  Let's pretend they're FORBIDDEN by their religion to travel on airplanes.  How does that affect my FIL in any way whatsoever?  It doesn't.

He was adamant they they were breaking some rule and even mentioned it to the flight attendant, who was probably very confused because they weren't even on our flight.

Some people lose their minds when they see someone else "breaking the rules," even when it doesn't impact them at all.  My FIL is very much like this.

They can travel in a plane. There is no rule against it. If they are very strict Amish/Mennonite, they can't own or fly a commercial airplane - but that isn't a rule that gets broken very often. ;D

According tomy grandmother who is a non-Amish from Lancaster county, the loophole is that the Amish can't USE technology, but they can take advantage of someone else using it. So as long as they are not flying the plane, driving the car, etc. there is no problem. From the way she talks, I think she has come across quite a few special snowflakes of the Amish persuasion, so I'm sure not all consider this a legit loophole.

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« Reply #23564 on: September 17, 2013, 10:12:20 PM »
It is, at least all over PA.  In my corner of Pennsylvania, they took advantage of it all of the time, even getting rides to other counties to help other communities.