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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25335 on: February 04, 2014, 06:46:29 PM »
I used to play a Bb bass in a brass band.  This is an enormous instrument, bigger than a tuba.  He (his name was Arnie, after the esteemed former governor of California) lived in a hard plastic case, with two little wheels like a suitcase.  The whole shebang was about 1.5 metres long, 70cm wide and weighed nearly 20kg.  Maneuverable he was not.

That's such a great name for a Bb bass.  Because then, if somebody is looking at it and is puzzled, and says, "Is that a tuba?" you can say, in a perfect Arnold voice, "It's not a tuba!"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25336 on: February 04, 2014, 06:52:42 PM »
Mr. Nutrax used a wheelchair. We found that he was often "invisible" to stroller pushers. I'm not sure what it was, perhaps only looking straight ahead for adults who might be in the way.  In crowded places like a museum or aquarium, he was often banged into. The offender would almost always apologize, saying "I'm sorry. I didn't see you," but it still was surprising that they didn't see him. There were also were toddlers pushing their own strollers, who could not really be expected to look around. A crowded museum is not the place to let a toddler drive alone.

Then there were the snowflakes who would push children in front of Mr. Nutrax at an exhibit, saying something like "my kids need to get in front so they can see." Didn't you notice that your kids are about as tall as someone in a wheelchair who also needs to get in front so he can see?

I've had people run into my massive double pram and claim they didn't see it. Not only is it massive but it's bright red! I swear some people just don't bother looking. The amount if times I've had to suddenly stop because someone had walked in front of me is amazing. Of course if I didn't stop quick enough and ran into them it would be all my fault of course.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25337 on: February 04, 2014, 07:03:45 PM »
We had someone run an extra large stop sign into our bright red car.

He claimed that because his wife had left him, he was driving fast (in a relatively undeveloped area on the edge of town with dirt roads and paved roads) and seeing everything through a haze of red.

The cop ticketed him as the vegetation had been trimmed back earlier that week (part of why it was an extra large stop sign in that location).  He sold his house and moved before we could get him to pay for the repairs to the vehicle though - no insurance and we didn't have uninsured motorist coverage at the time.  We had it in place three days later, but it was too late to cover that accident....

I have seen a lot of people who have started ignoring "red" because there is so much "red" in the environment now - it used to be rare and attention getting in a natural setting.  With fire engines, brake lights, traffic signs, traffic lights, store signs, vehicles, and the multitude of other things now that are some shade of red, it's like we just can't pick out one red object from the 50 or so vying for attention. 

Which makes it sad that red no longer works as a warning signal to our hard wiring, at least not for everyone.

Granted, some people are more easily overwhelmed than others by competing bids for attention.

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I've seen some people use flags or floating balloons tied to toddlers, strollers, and wheelchairs that take something up to where a head would be for an adult of average height, in an attempt to make the toddler, stroller, or wheelchair just a little more visible, especially in a crowd.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25338 on: February 04, 2014, 07:34:32 PM »
I admit I'm kind of cringing at the "mowing over" stories cause my 11 year old has still not quite grasped that it's not only terribly rude to push past people but could also be dangerous for either himself or someone else.   If I'm able to (as in not holding/restraining the two year old) I will hold the middle pirate back but I'm not always able to. 

We're still working on it. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25339 on: February 04, 2014, 07:36:22 PM »
Not sure if SS or just basically rude.  I'm taking classes at the University and one student is always late.  He will come in from the left door, walk in front of the teacher while she's lecturing and go sit on the right side of the room.  There are available sitting spaces on the left side or he could use the right door. It really annoys me, but unless the teacher says something, I don't think I can comment. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25340 on: February 04, 2014, 09:09:14 PM »
Not sure if SS or just basically rude.  I'm taking classes at the University and one student is always late.  He will come in from the left door, walk in front of the teacher while she's lecturing and go sit on the right side of the room.  There are available sitting spaces on the left side or he could use the right door. It really annoys me, but unless the teacher says something, I don't think I can comment.
Comment to the instructor. I had this happen last semester, and I debated about saying anything to the student, because I didn't want it coming off as being petty on my part. It would have been nice to know if it were bothering other students; in that case, I would have felt like it wasn't just my issue, but a class management issue. I may tolerate things that feel rude to ME, but if they're interfering with the learning environment, I'll say something.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25341 on: February 04, 2014, 09:13:31 PM »
On the way home tonight, I noticed the driver in the car in front of me doing something not required (or suggested) while driving.

First, applying blush/powder. Then eye shadow. Then mascara.  ::)

You're in central FL, right?  I recently moved here and am shocked and horrified by what I see around here, on the daily. Especially when the snow birds are here. *shudder*

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25342 on: February 04, 2014, 09:21:22 PM »
I admit I'm kind of cringing at the "mowing over" stories cause my 11 year old has still not quite grasped that it's not only terribly rude to push past people but could also be dangerous for either himself or someone else.   If I'm able to (as in not holding/restraining the two year old) I will hold the middle pirate back but I'm not always able to. 

We're still working on it.

Yeah, "mowing over" doesn't exactly work on me.  One of the big lessons I learned in lifeguard training is to always know where my center of balance is.  Because of that (along with my mass, which is more than I would care to admit), people who try to shove their way past me often find the experience rather akin to running into a brick wall.

Because of my size, I find that I have to be careful in crowds to avoid knocking others over.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25343 on: February 04, 2014, 09:27:14 PM »
Not sure if SS or just basically rude.  I'm taking classes at the University and one student is always late.  He will come in from the left door, walk in front of the teacher while she's lecturing and go sit on the right side of the room.  There are available sitting spaces on the left side or he could use the right door. It really annoys me, but unless the teacher says something, I don't think I can comment.
Comment to the instructor. I had this happen last semester, and I debated about saying anything to the student, because I didn't want it coming off as being petty on my part. It would have been nice to know if it were bothering other students; in that case, I would have felt like it wasn't just my issue, but a class management issue. I may tolerate things that feel rude to ME, but if they're interfering with the learning environment, I'll say something.

Agreed. It may be easier for the instructor to address if students officially find it disruptive.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25344 on: February 04, 2014, 09:30:01 PM »
Inside my head I was screaming, "LOOK AT WHAT I'M TOWING, YOU MORON!  Arnie and I could crush you like a bug meeting a freight train!  I am giving you three seconds to get out of my way BEFORE I MOW YOU DOWN WHERE YOU STAND!"

Fortunately etiquette won.  But it took self control.

I volunteer at a local ren faire. One of my occasional jobs is escorting the knights on horseback during our parade. We walk beside the horses during the parade, mostly to make sure small children and drunk idiots don't jump out to pet the pretty horsies. After parade, we head back at a pretty fair clip to make sure the knights make it back for their next joust. That's the hardest part because you don't have a whole parade to clear the path in front of you. We'll shout "Make way for the horses!" "Make a hole!" and things like that, but some people will just stand there, staring blankly, right in front of two big, heavy horses carrying knights in armor. That's the one task we have where we have full permission to grab patrons and MOVE them if need be. ;)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25345 on: February 04, 2014, 09:43:09 PM »
I'm sorry to say there is more than one parent who stops their vehicle directly in front of the no stopping here sign to send their kids across the road to school in the morning. The reason the signs are there? So that kids don't cross the road there in the morning and get hit by vehicles. Distance to the crosswalk? Twenty metres.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25346 on: February 04, 2014, 09:46:37 PM »
Yeah - because those big heavy horses with the big heavy loads of metal and man are so going to tiptoe daintily around the widdle kiddies wif their wooden swords & shields...NOT. 

People seem to think that real life is like reel life, they will get up and walk away (whether like a steam rolled flat cartoon character or an actor who shows up in show C after dying messily in movie B and show C and is an angel in D while a vampire in E).

I've heard of idiots trying to cross in front of a parade where the floats were being pulled along a planned route (planned to be cleared) by vehicles with slits for the driver to "see" through that were NOT large enough to see to one side - so the idjit would be in front of the vehicle (no brakes good enough to stop vehicle & float and the vehicles & floats behind it would also keep coming - causing a LOT more injuries to riders on the floats, much less damage to the floats, worse injuries if anyone fell off the float & landed under one of them...but I digress).  They hollered when the employee more or less grabbed them by the shirt collars & yanked them back...in time for one of their souvenirs to get dropped & run over...

Whatever they had dropped was NOT in good shape after the parade was over.  But the only injury to the human was being told "no" and his pride stung a lot, he was hollering like a hungry tired six month old & taking the explanation that it was NOT POSSIBLE for him to dash across to join his family on the other side of the road AFTER the parade started...I think the six month old would have quieted down more quickly...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25347 on: February 04, 2014, 10:51:08 PM »
So, Tuesday morning starts bright and early and ICE-Y as all get out.  The hardest part is getting out of my driveway, but I figured it would be clear and smooth sailing after that....until I got to one of the main streets.  Usually I take a road that goes from my small side street straight out to the Main Drag.  One look at it this morning, a gleam in the early morning sun, suggested that climbing the hill in my little car would not be fun and would likely make me late for work.

So I went past the turn and out to the larger secondary road, made the right hand turn onto the secondary road which has two lanes for going right and left at the light.  I am going to be going right, so I pulled up behind the drivers waiting in the right hand lane.  I should have noticed there was something odd going on:  not one of those three people had their brake lights on, but you never know.

Took me, the car ahead of me and the car behind me a good ten minutes to realize the reason we are not moving is because all the special snowflakes had pulled their cars out of their driveways and parked right in the right turning lane. 

Yup, I was late for work.  Also felt really stupid that I didn't notice these guys weren't going anywhere.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25348 on: February 04, 2014, 11:57:27 PM »
Ok Yarnspinner. That actually was funny.
sounds like something I would do.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25349 on: February 05, 2014, 12:56:21 AM »
I would have honked after three.  And then since I'm stopped, might as well call the police and tell them to come tow these dingdangety cars... Those are some hefty tickets for obstructing traffic.