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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24840 on: December 14, 2013, 03:47:07 PM »
It just infuriates me SO MUCH when people abuse emergency numbers. Someone could die trying to get through to the emergency services, while call operators are stuck dealing with idiots like this. I really hope that the people in the hash brown case also get into trouble for wasting police time. Police are busy enough as it is without SS who cannot identify what is an emergency and what isn't.
Note: this is specific to my county.  Others may have different regulations.

Not only is the 911 operator and the police dispatcher (some places they are different people) tied up with this, but the dispatcher in the family says that when someone calls and wants the police, they MUST send someone, no matter how ridiculous and trivial.  They can't say "Really? McD's didn't give you any hashbrowns?  DO NOT waste our time with nonsense like that!" 

Now in this case when the other customer and the manager called about the aggressive customer, THAT was an emergency.  He was already behind the counter and screaming at them.  If he'd gone full-on berserk, he could have caused serious injury to someone.

At one point, I heard (read in the LA Times), that the most common 911 call in Orange Co. California was for directions to Disney World. Yes, I can understand that with several small kids in the car that that can feel like an emergency, but it really isn't.

Well, it's about 3 days cross-country to Florida! 

I'd plan for a week if you wanted to stop anywhere to sightsee....three days pretty much gives you time to pull over for sleep, fuel, and grab something to eat in the car...which would make driving that distance with kids in the car asking "are we there yet?" feel like an eternity.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24841 on: December 14, 2013, 07:46:23 PM »
It just infuriates me SO MUCH when people abuse emergency numbers. Someone could die trying to get through to the emergency services, while call operators are stuck dealing with idiots like this. I really hope that the people in the hash brown case also get into trouble for wasting police time. Police are busy enough as it is without SS who cannot identify what is an emergency and what isn't.
Note: this is specific to my county.  Others may have different regulations.

Not only is the 911 operator and the police dispatcher (some places they are different people) tied up with this, but the dispatcher in the family says that when someone calls and wants the police, they MUST send someone, no matter how ridiculous and trivial.  They can't say "Really? McD's didn't give you any hashbrowns?  DO NOT waste our time with nonsense like that!" 

Now in this case when the other customer and the manager called about the aggressive customer, THAT was an emergency.  He was already behind the counter and screaming at them.  If he'd gone full-on berserk, he could have caused serious injury to someone.

At one point, I heard (read in the LA Times), that the most common 911 call in Orange Co. California was for directions to Disney World. Yes, I can understand that with several small kids in the car that that can feel like an emergency, but it really isn't.

Well, it's about 3 days cross-country to Florida! 

I'd plan for a week if you wanted to stop anywhere to sightsee....three days pretty much gives you time to pull over for sleep, fuel, and grab something to eat in the car...which would make driving that distance with kids in the car asking "are we there yet?" feel like an eternity.

Don't forget regular toilet breaks too! Especially with small kids in the car. Oh, and allow extra time for traffic, too.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24842 on: December 15, 2013, 05:10:26 AM »
The folks who refuse to merge until the last possible minute.

Really, it's not a construction thing, this is something that is just part of driving down this road, it goes from a four lane road to a two lane road. (two lanes going each way to one lane each way just before a bridge) and it's been that way the whole four years I've lived here, folks.

Which means please stop waiting till the LAST possible minute to merge? Traffic is going slow enough on that road today, we surely don't need anyone backing it up further because they're trying to get in and couldn't do it earlier!
Actually, cars are supposed to drive in the disappearing right lane until the line between them and the lane to their left changes from long to short dashes.  Then merge to the left.  From a traffic engineer's perspective, merging far in advance of the end of the lane wastes capacity, but this is only relevant in stop & go traffic.  If both lanes are free flowing, then flow on over whenever it is convenient. ;)

We have horrible traffic here in Honolulu, but usually merging is as smooth as a zipper closing: One car from the right lane, then one from the left.  Very efficient & predictable. 8)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24843 on: December 15, 2013, 09:57:31 AM »
We have horrible traffic here in Honolulu, but usually merging is as smooth as a zipper closing: One car from the right lane, then one from the left.  Very efficient & predictable. 8)
Do they still have daily accidents at the Punahou off-ramp?  Or has it been redesigned in the 40 years since I left there?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24844 on: December 15, 2013, 01:14:43 PM »


We have horrible traffic here in Honolulu, but usually merging is as smooth as a zipper closing: One car from the right lane, then one from the left.  Very efficient & predictable. 8)

That's what we encountered outside the Mall of America in Minnesota a few years back.  Also, since most people seemed to know how the system worked, there were no pushiness and jockeying for better positions.  The system seemed both safer and quicker to me.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24845 on: December 15, 2013, 03:39:53 PM »
Actually, cars are supposed to drive in the disappearing right lane until the line between them and the lane to their left changes from long to short dashes.  Then merge to the left.  From a traffic engineer's perspective, merging far in advance of the end of the lane wastes capacity, but this is only relevant in stop & go traffic.  If both lanes are free flowing, then flow on over whenever it is convenient. ;)

We have horrible traffic here in Honolulu, but usually merging is as smooth as a zipper closing: One car from the right lane, then one from the left.  Very efficient & predictable. 8)

Some time ago I read a really interesting book all about the efficiency of cars on the road:

http://www.amazon.com/Traffic-Drive-What-Says-About/dp/0307277194

It sounds like a strange subject, but Tom Vanderbilt made it fascinating. If anyone is interested, I suggest you read it!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24846 on: December 15, 2013, 05:28:01 PM »
The folks who refuse to merge until the last possible minute.

Really, it's not a construction thing, this is something that is just part of driving down this road, it goes from a four lane road to a two lane road. (two lanes going each way to one lane each way just before a bridge) and it's been that way the whole four years I've lived here, folks.

Which means please stop waiting till the LAST possible minute to merge? Traffic is going slow enough on that road today, we surely don't need anyone backing it up further because they're trying to get in and couldn't do it earlier!
Actually, cars are supposed to drive in the disappearing right lane until the line between them and the lane to their left changes from long to short dashes.  Then merge to the left.  From a traffic engineer's perspective, merging far in advance of the end of the lane wastes capacity, but this is only relevant in stop & go traffic.  If both lanes are free flowing, then flow on over whenever it is convenient. ;)

We have horrible traffic here in Honolulu, but usually merging is as smooth as a zipper closing: One car from the right lane, then one from the left.  Very efficient & predictable. 8)

What bothers me is the ones speeding up in the vanishing lane - then driving down the shoulder, honking their horns at the rest of the traffic, apparently under the delusion that they have to let in at the HEAD of the column or that someone should come to a dead stop to let them in after the merging point.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24847 on: December 16, 2013, 06:22:36 PM »
We have horrible traffic here in Honolulu, but usually merging is as smooth as a zipper closing: One car from the right lane, then one from the left.  Very efficient & predictable. 8)
Do they still have daily accidents at the Punahou off-ramp?  Or has it been redesigned in the 40 years since I left there?
Punahou off-ramp has been redesigned and reconstructed.  I haven't heard of an accident there in 20 years.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24848 on: December 16, 2013, 06:32:37 PM »
I felt like a SS last week.  They are doing a lot of highway construction which involves closing several lanes in both directions and, apparently, on every major thoroughfare so there is no route unaffected by lane closures or detours.  I drive clear across the island twice a week to see my mare.  I was driving home.  2 lanes of a 4 lane highway were closed (just in my direction).  As I merged onto the highway, I saw a construction sign saying something about using the shoulder lane, but I didn't see the whole message.  I looked at 2 lanes backed up for miles and, about half a mile ahead, I could see the brake lights of a vehicle in the shoulder lane.  I felt like a SS as I drove down the empty shoulder lane past all these cars practically parked in the 2 remaining lanes.  When I caught up to the vehicle in the shoulder lane I could see that all 3 lanes were gridlocked, including the shoulder lane, as we passed the police officers.  I surmise that driving in the shoulder lane was legal and, for some unknown reason, people chose to leave the shoulder lane open so I could slip through.  The 2 closed lanes opened up about 100 ft. later, so I wasn't delayed much at all.

I was very happy to hear on this morning's news that the highway construction work will be pausing for the holidays, so no more lane closures until December 30.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24849 on: December 16, 2013, 06:39:10 PM »
I may have been SS, but I refused to drive on campus during commencement ceremonies Friday. The roads were closed on and off from 7 AM to 9 PM. I have so much work to do during the last four days of work, I did not think it was a good use of my time.

Student SS: When applying for school, you are asked to list every college you have attended. We won't make a decision on your file until all of those transcripts are in, so don't contact us having a fit because you haven't been admitted yet. You have been sent emails (months ago) and a letter explaining it as well as it being available to you on your student access page.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24850 on: December 16, 2013, 08:01:06 PM »
Had to mail something at the post office today.  The line was literally out the door.  (Well, the first of the two doors, anyway!)  It was an interesting observational study in human behavior.

The way it's set up, there's a main window with three employee stations on the left, there's a long counter down the middle with forms and whatnot, along which the queue forms, and then there's a "store" to the right with all sorts of postal supplies and cards.  There's a cash register and a little desk in the store, but it's not usually manned the rest of the year.  Everyone was waiting in a single line down the middle of the room, along the counter.  Only two of the employee windows were open, and it was their two slowest employees (usually the staff at this post office is great), so the line wasn't going as fast as it could have, but it was still moving at a reasonable clip.

The trouble started when a third employee came to the little counter at the store.  She very clearly announced "I'll take the next person in line - if you're not picking up mail or packages, I can do everything else right here."  The latter half of the line immediately ran over to her counter.  The employee reminded them that she called for the next person in line (i.e. NOT THEM) and everyone will be gotten to shortly.  She helped the proper person, then someone from the back of the line had a quick question, and then the next time I turned around (I was pretty near the front of the line at this point) it was absolutely ridiculous.  A lady and her young son were demanding to be helped next, someone else was trying to pick up a package (something the employee had explicitly said she couldn't do), and everyone seemed determined to split into two lines, despite the employee's announcement that we should stay in one queue.  The store counter was roughly halfway back, so I can understand why everyone who was just coming in the door got confused - there was one clear line (where it normally is) and then two or three half-lines strung out around the store area.  Some people were purposely trying to stand in between the two, I guess to claim space in both.  I think the employee just gave up trying to keep order and started helping whoever came up to her counter next.

I got to the front of the line then (the regular line) and mailed my packages from one of the other two employees, so I didn't get to see if the problem was resolved, but the whole thing could have been avoided if people had just stopped and looked for a moment before getting territorial!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24851 on: December 16, 2013, 08:07:28 PM »
I avoid campus AND the major shopping/dining centers in the area during the weekend prior to classes starting and the first two days of classes, during football games, and during commencement. 

My kitten has been a bit of a snowflake lately.  If I'm not sitting in a way that provides her with a proper lap, she stomps all over me and meows at me until I sit up so she can sleep on my lap.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24852 on: December 16, 2013, 09:40:44 PM »
A whole blizzard of snowflakes at my grandson's Winter Concert this year.  We got there late and could find seats only at the back.  Heard less than half of it, because the people around us all talked constantly.  When did the rule become "I'm not interested in this part, because my kid isn't in it.  So that means I can talk with my neighbor in a normal conversational volume."? 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24853 on: December 16, 2013, 11:01:29 PM »
The folks who refuse to merge until the last possible minute.

Really, it's not a construction thing, this is something that is just part of driving down this road, it goes from a four lane road to a two lane road. (two lanes going each way to one lane each way just before a bridge) and it's been that way the whole four years I've lived here, folks.

Which means please stop waiting till the LAST possible minute to merge? Traffic is going slow enough on that road today, we surely don't need anyone backing it up further because they're trying to get in and couldn't do it earlier!
Actually, cars are supposed to drive in the disappearing right lane until the line between them and the lane to their left changes from long to short dashes.  Then merge to the left.  From a traffic engineer's perspective, merging far in advance of the end of the lane wastes capacity, but this is only relevant in stop & go traffic.  If both lanes are free flowing, then flow on over whenever it is convenient. ;)

We have horrible traffic here in Honolulu, but usually merging is as smooth as a zipper closing: One car from the right lane, then one from the left.  Very efficient & predictable. 8)

This was stop and go traffic on this particular day.  Usually it's not.  The first two times I took that route I honestly forgot about the merge and did it last minute myself but since traffic was light on those days and not many were on that road, it really wasn't that big of a deal.  Now it's a weekly thing, I get over to the right as soon as I can cause I know I'll have to be in that lane anyway.

Last week both lanes were crawling as they headed towards the bridge, though the left lane (the one that had to merge with the right) was moving a bit faster.  When I got to the merging point I found it was mostly because the people in the right were trying to shove over. 

As in not content to take turns, which would make sense, to zipper it, but more like "Oh you're letting the Honda in, well you have to let me in too now!"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24854 on: December 17, 2013, 03:14:41 AM »
I hope we haven't bachi'ed (jinxed) the "zipper" merges here.  The next time I hit this situation (likely to be day after tomorrow), I'll find everyone trying to get ahead of the other car because then they WIN!  ::)

Honestly, if people thought of how they can drive so traffic will flow smoothly and acting accordingly, we could relieve much of the rush hour frustration.  I'd be the first to admit that it is hard to change lanes here.  It seems that, when people see my directional signal, they accelerate to block my lane change.  This is especially frustrating when I only want to pass through their lane on my way to the exit and no one will let me in.  Our car has several large dings.  DH & I seem to take turns hitting concrete columns and other immovable objects.  I won't fix them because I feel it tells other drivers a message - You better let me merge; Does it look like I care? >:D
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