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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24210 on: November 01, 2013, 07:28:33 PM »
The ambulance reminded me of the crazy bus driver.

We were driving along in our city, in our little hatchback, and we went through a yellow light (because suddenly slamming on the brakes is a traffic hazard, especially when you're out of the intersection before it goes red... and three other cars *behind* you also go through...)  There was a bus on the opposite corner, still red for him when we went through.

All of a sudden we see the bus barreling up behind us.  The avenue we were on was two lane, and were in the right lane.  The bus pulls up beside us, and the driver opens the door to yell at us!  He's entirely focused on us, not even watching the road, screaminng at us how "lucky" we were that he didn't drive right through us!  I can only assume that he wanted to turn right on red, and thought that hiss wishes alo gave him the right of way over cars that were still going through.

Unfortunately, I didn't think to look at his bus ID number, or we would have called to complain, not only about his behavior, but his actually leaving the route to chase us down.  As it is, we pulled into the nearest parkinng lot, because we honestly expected him to run us off the road.

If this was recent, you might still be able to complain. When I went to leave a comment on a King County Metro bus driver a few weeks ago, the form had room not only for the bus ID number but for the route number, location and time, and anything I could give them to describe the driver ("short woman with brown hair" or "older white man" or whatever I happened to remember). Depending on the frequency of service, "route 23, Main Street and Third Street, westbound at 4 p.m. on October 30" might be enough for them to know who the driver was, even if the only thing you remembered about the driver's appearance was that he was male.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24211 on: November 01, 2013, 08:05:36 PM »
The ambulance reminded me of the crazy bus driver.

We were driving along in our city, in our little hatchback, and we went through a yellow light (because suddenly slamming on the brakes is a traffic hazard, especially when you're out of the intersection before it goes red... and three other cars *behind* you also go through...)  There was a bus on the opposite corner, still red for him when we went through.

All of a sudden we see the bus barreling up behind us.  The avenue we were on was two lane, and were in the right lane.  The bus pulls up beside us, and the driver opens the door to yell at us!  He's entirely focused on us, not even watching the road, screaminng at us how "lucky" we were that he didn't drive right through us!  I can only assume that he wanted to turn right on red, and thought that hiss wishes alo gave him the right of way over cars that were still going through.

Unfortunately, I didn't think to look at his bus ID number, or we would have called to complain, not only about his behavior, but his actually leaving the route to chase us down.  As it is, we pulled into the nearest parkinng lot, because we honestly expected him to run us off the road.

If this was recent, you might still be able to complain. When I went to leave a comment on a King County Metro bus driver a few weeks ago, the form had room not only for the bus ID number but for the route number, location and time, and anything I could give them to describe the driver ("short woman with brown hair" or "older white man" or whatever I happened to remember). Depending on the frequency of service, "route 23, Main Street and Third Street, westbound at 4 p.m. on October 30" might be enough for them to know who the driver was, even if the only thing you remembered about the driver's appearance was that he was male.

This was well over a decade, and three cars ago!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24212 on: November 01, 2013, 08:09:55 PM »
I nominate the SS in the SUV who doesn't know how rude it is to beep your horn to get people to come out. Particularly early in the morning or late at night.

Nomination also goes to the people who have loud conversations underneath our window early on weekend mornings.


When we lived in West Texas my room was in the front of the house a new neighbor with young teens moved in. They had a carpool taking them to school. I never noticed the honking till one day when I had been up all night ill. It felt like I had just gotten to sleep when I got blasted out of bed by the horn. Then it went again. It went a couple more times before I got out of the front door. I stormed over told the woman to stop honking. Went up and I admit it I banged on the door hard. Kid came out.


I don't really remember what I said - but I'm pretty sure it was blunt about not waking the whole blasted neighborhood and ringing the bell instead because there are sick people around.


Either the girl or her ride complained to the parents - which resulted girl being frog marched to our house to apologize for not being ready and causing the "ride" to blow her horn. I wasn't home for that. It didn't happen again and MOm said the girl was always on the porch waiting for her ride. The girl was always nice.


Just to note - we car pooled. MOm basically gave the kid we were picking up a minute. If they weren't out the door I got out and knocked. One time someone's older brother honked at my house - he never did it again after dealing with Mom and Dad.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24213 on: November 01, 2013, 08:11:36 PM »
TeamBhakta wrote:

"I've often thought that, if one of those got too close to hitting me, I would grab it like Godzilla, walk off and deposit the airplane somewhere the vendor couldn't find it. Or on the desk of mall management."

You can't do that.  It would be very wrong.

It was King Kong that grabbed planes.   ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24214 on: November 01, 2013, 10:37:31 PM »

I am pretty sure that spaying anything in someone's face without permission is illegal

I'm pretty sure that if you're spaying anything in the face, you're doing it wrong.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24215 on: November 01, 2013, 11:09:43 PM »

I am pretty sure that spaying anything in someone's face without permission is illegal

I'm pretty sure that if you're spaying anything in the face, you're doing it wrong.

 :o  :P


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24216 on: November 02, 2013, 04:02:58 AM »
There's a furious letter writing campaign going on in my area at the moment opposing a certain brand of supermarket that wants to set up a "local" shop (a smaller version of it's supermarket shop, think like a combo of a newsagent and off license). It's mainly being run by a group of residents who are living accross the road from the proposed site, who would apparently rather it stayed empty than gain a mini-market than most people in the area really quite want, as that area doesn't really have anything nearby that fills that purpose. The would-be investors have tried to handle any possible complaints by making sure the shop front is tasteful, unobtrusive, etc, nope, they just don't want it.

The campaign is called "Say No to Sainsburys!". Most of the residents who want the supermarket refer to it as "Say No to Snobbery".

I don't know. These places are really handy for bread and milk and late night chocolate, but they can pose a danger to the smaller local traders who can't compete on price and people feel strongly about that so I'm not sure its entirely SS not to want one there. Case in point: Tesco recently opened up an Express (or Extra, I'm not sure of the difference) in my local high street and there was much the same feeling locally (although I don't think we had a letter writing campaign!) but in this case the damage seems to have been self-limiting, because hardly anybody ever uses the place. It's most odd; it's bang in the middle of a high street, two minutes away from the station and therefore on the main route home for a lot of people but the place is almost always empty. You might get a few picking up dinner in there at rush hour, but that's about it. I went in there at 10am on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago and I was the only person in there. I'm not sure I can see it lasting if it's that underused.

I have mixed feelings about it - I'm quite glad it's there (see 'late night chocolate'!) but I'm also glad that people don't seem to be using it for every day stuff and so our very good quality independent traders like the fishmonger and the veg shop don't seem to be suffering too much and are therefore likely to stay open.

So in this case, I think the community has done the right and non-SS thing: voted with their feet and let the chips fall where they may.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24217 on: November 02, 2013, 05:33:55 AM »
There's a furious letter writing campaign going on in my area at the moment opposing a certain brand of supermarket that wants to set up a "local" shop (a smaller version of it's supermarket shop, think like a combo of a newsagent and off license). It's mainly being run by a group of residents who are living accross the road from the proposed site, who would apparently rather it stayed empty than gain a mini-market than most people in the area really quite want, as that area doesn't really have anything nearby that fills that purpose. The would-be investors have tried to handle any possible complaints by making sure the shop front is tasteful, unobtrusive, etc, nope, they just don't want it.

The campaign is called "Say No to Sainsburys!". Most of the residents who want the supermarket refer to it as "Say No to Snobbery".

I don't know. These places are really handy for bread and milk and late night chocolate, but they can pose a danger to the smaller local traders who can't compete on price and people feel strongly about that so I'm not sure its entirely SS not to want one there. Case in point: Tesco recently opened up an Express (or Extra, I'm not sure of the difference) in my local high street and there was much the same feeling locally (although I don't think we had a letter writing campaign!) but in this case the damage seems to have been self-limiting, because hardly anybody ever uses the place. It's most odd; it's bang in the middle of a high street, two minutes away from the station and therefore on the main route home for a lot of people but the place is almost always empty. You might get a few picking up dinner in there at rush hour, but that's about it. I went in there at 10am on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago and I was the only person in there. I'm not sure I can see it lasting if it's that underused.

I have mixed feelings about it - I'm quite glad it's there (see 'late night chocolate'!) but I'm also glad that people don't seem to be using it for every day stuff and so our very good quality independent traders like the fishmonger and the veg shop don't seem to be suffering too much and are therefore likely to stay open.

So in this case, I think the community has done the right and non-SS thing: voted with their feet and let the chips fall where they may.

The area that the Sainsburies wants to set up in could actually quite do with it being set up though - there's no local businesses in the area for quite a way, so it would be used. It's right in the middle of several residential areas, which is why it's rather odd that no one has proposed setting up a mimi-market before
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24218 on: November 02, 2013, 10:26:52 AM »
Wonder if "her kid" gets upset at seeing pictures of women in their underwear at clothing stores. After all, those are family stores too...

I may have posted about this a while back, but...this reminds me of the town I grew up in. The downtown used to be, when I was growing up, very picturesque, with mom and pop stores, and so on. Now, due to rising rents, etc, its basically an outdoor mall. With stores you'll find in any shopping mall.

A few years back, there was quite an uproar from some parents with small children. Not sure if one started it, and it snowballed or it was a group effort, but they were complaining about a certain women's store that sells underthings and other items of that nature. with the initials VS. And how terrible it was, and obscene, and so on, to have mannequins, dressed in their merchandise, which was QUITE skimpy. It just wasn't right for their widdle pweshuses to have to see that while they were out and about with mom and dad!  Really?

First of all, store management doens't decide what to put where, that comes from corporate, and secondly, if you take your kids to the mall, you're going to see the same thing. Third, they aren't nekkid.  It was interesting to read letters in the local paper, on both sides of the argument. Some were incensed that this was there for their kids to be exposed to, and others told them to get over themselves! I think it finally died a slow death.

But not the underwear!!! Children must not every see....UNDERWEAR!!!! Do you know what happens if a small child sees a lacy bra? Do you!? Cause, I don't so I'm just wondering if anyone actually said what would happen.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24219 on: November 02, 2013, 12:22:16 PM »
I remember there was a hearing impaired checkout operator where I used to live. I loved going in her line, she was so lovely. She had a large sign saying she was hearing impaired, she would point to the total in the screen.
I have a deaf student in one of my classes this year. I try to lecture in her direction, but sometimes I have to turn and look at other students on the other side of the room. I was going to show a film this week, and I was embarrassed when she asked if it had captions- I thought all the films from this source did, but this one didn't, and I'd forgotten to check. But then, the classroom sound system wouldn't work, so that plan was scrapped.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24220 on: November 02, 2013, 12:38:15 PM »
But not the underwear!!! Children must not every see....UNDERWEAR!!!! Do you know what happens if a small child sees a lacy bra? Do you!? Cause, I don't so I'm just wondering if anyone actually said what would happen.
Little kids can accept all sorts of things, if the adults with them respond without hysteria. 'Yes, some ladies like to wear really fancy underclothes.' 'Yes, sometimes a man falls in love with a lady, like Daddy and me, and sometimes men fall in love with men, like that couple.'

Because, honestly? Aren't your kids going to see the underwear of family members, when one does laundry? Or do you wait til kids go to bed to secretly wash all the underwear? (generic you)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24221 on: November 02, 2013, 12:52:26 PM »

As I always say, the pedestrian/biker might have the right of way, but if a pedestrian/biker and a car get in a fight, the car wins. Period.


Exactly. Which is why I pretty much always use the crossing at the traffic lights when I cross main roads... even though as an able-bodied adult, I probably could cross them by myself. But generally, these are busy main roads. So I cross at the crossing, and don't care about special snowflakes who glare at me for stopping the traffic. There used to be a time, a few years ago, when I might have faked a limp, but nowadays I don't care. Especially at junctions where the cars or whatever will be periodically stopped by traffic lights.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24222 on: November 02, 2013, 01:49:08 PM »
But not the underwear!!! Children must not every see....UNDERWEAR!!!! Do you know what happens if a small child sees a lacy bra? Do you!? Cause, I don't so I'm just wondering if anyone actually said what would happen.
Little kids can accept all sorts of things, if the adults with them respond without hysteria. 'Yes, some ladies like to wear really fancy underclothes.' 'Yes, sometimes a man falls in love with a lady, like Daddy and me, and sometimes men fall in love with men, like that couple.'

Because, honestly? Aren't your kids going to see the underwear of family members, when one does laundry? Or do you wait til kids go to bed to secretly wash all the underwear? (generic you)
I had a friend whose teenaged daughter was mortified about her mother putting underwear on the clothesline. What will the neighbors think? Her mother replied, 'They'll think we wear underwear, and we wash it occasionally. What will they think if they NEVER see underwear on the clothesline?'
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24223 on: November 02, 2013, 02:50:59 PM »
I remember reading a story about a woman living next door to an older bachelor gentleman.  Her mother was appalled that she'd hang her underwear on the line when she did laundry.  Then it was her neighbour's 50th birthday.  She hung 50 pieces of various underwear, some racier than others, on the line.  She said her neighbour thought it was hilarious.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24224 on: November 02, 2013, 03:46:02 PM »
Okay, I'll confess that when I hang laundry on the line, I tend to put the more personal laundry (underwear, diapers) on the center lines, and less personal laundry (outer clothes, sheets, towels) on the outer lines.  I don't make a big deal out of it if it's just not possible, but... yeah, I'd rather not have my bras in really plain view.
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