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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25830 on: March 14, 2014, 12:23:57 PM »
SS of the gas station:

I waited a bit, figuring maybe he hadn't noticed there was another car behind him, but then he got out and pulled out his card to start pumping his gas. I rolled down the window and asked if he could please pull up to the other pump so I could get in too (any other way to the other pump was pretty well blocked by other cars, so I couldn't go around and back in). The guy glanced at me and in the most dismissive tone imaginable said, "No." and went back to the pump.


His not pulling forward to the other pump was rude, but he wasn't rude to say no to your request to move because he'd already started pumping fuel.  You can't stop in the middle of that and move to another pump.

But apparently he hadn't started pumping yet.  According to the OP he'd only gotten out of his car and taken out his card.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25831 on: March 14, 2014, 12:39:58 PM »
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She said that after being in the suite, she realized how awful regular seating was and it just wasn't fun anymore.

Heh.  I'm not a fan of baseball - at all - and the only game I've ever attended was in one of the suites.  After that I was offered the chance to enter a raffle to win two tickets in the regular seating, and I said "Sorry, no, I'm spoiled.  If I'm not going to be given free food and drinks, I ain't going."

That's as a non-fan, though.  If I loved the game, I wouldn't care where I sat.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25832 on: March 14, 2014, 12:44:28 PM »
A few years ago I belonged to a group that would attend ball games several times during the summer.   We had pretty good seats, in the open seating area between home and 3rd plate.  Not too far up.   I thought we were pretty lucky to have such good seats, and we all had a good time.

One of our group was invited as part of another event to attend a ball game, in one of the private suites.  These are usually owned by corporations.  The private suites are very nice - TV's, bars, free food and drinks, etc.

After this, the group member no longer wanted to attend ball games at all.   She said that after being in the suite, she realized how awful regular seating was and it just wasn't fun anymore.   Since she didn't have access to a private suite, she just dropped out and didn't come anymore.

I'd MUCH rather sit in the regular seats.  I find the private suites too far away from the action in a lot of venues.  Sure, they're great if you are there to party but if you are there to watch the game?  I'd much rather sit in the seats you describe.
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We would do it every Saturday and Sunday during rodeo for years. Only one time did we have to get our parents before the end of the show. A drunk tripped and sent Sis down the stairs. Security gave her first aid, but had to talk to our parents before they could let us go back to our seats. (Sis had spectacular bruises that were already technicolor, I get their concern.) I still remember the first show they allowed us to do this - Shaun Cassidy was the headliner.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25833 on: March 14, 2014, 02:13:29 PM »
Oh don't get me wrong - I love the suite.   But I'm not rich and that's not something I have access to all the time, so I have a good time in the other seats.

I love to go to our local theatre, and my favorite seats are in the mezzanine, and they are the most expensive.  Same price as floor seats, but I don't like to sit on the floor.   Most of the time they are about $100 after taxes and all.  Usually it's just myself and my daughter or GD going, so DH doesn't say anything (about 3 shows a year we attend).

last year I wanted to go to 2 shows in the same month.   DH is a bit of a cheapskate.   He said I could go to one show and sit in the mezz, or go to both shows and sit in the balcony (about $20).   I chose both shows and the balcony and had a great time.   I did NOT sit there thinking - oh I wish I was in the mezz.   I did get lucky though - no one really big and tall sat in front of me.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25834 on: March 14, 2014, 03:06:44 PM »
I know there are plenty of SS driving stories, but I have another one.

A fuel truck was turning into a gas station.
This was a full fuel tanker plus the fuel trailer - so twice as long.
The trucker was as far over as he could go in the right lane and had to make a sharp - 90 degree - left turn.
The truck swung wide right and then the driver cranked the cab over.

Before he could complete the turn, he had to wait for traffic in the oncoming lane to clear (this was a parking lot, not a main road). Truck was in the entrance lane, he was waiting for traffic to clear the exit lane.
So he sat and patiently waited so he could cross.

Then*3* SS drivers wanted to turn into the parking lot.
Option # 1 was drive another 50 yards and take the second entrance.
Option # 2 was wait for the truck to clear (not a good plan as they were in traffic)

And the SS option?
Turn into the exit lane and cut *in front of* the double size fuel truck so they could get into the parking lot.
On the wrong side of the road.
In front of a huge truck full of gasoline.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25835 on: March 14, 2014, 05:07:34 PM »
A few years ago I belonged to a group that would attend ball games several times during the summer.   We had pretty good seats, in the open seating area between home and 3rd plate.  Not too far up.   I thought we were pretty lucky to have such good seats, and we all had a good time.

One of our group was invited as part of another event to attend a ball game, in one of the private suites.  These are usually owned by corporations.  The private suites are very nice - TV's, bars, free food and drinks, etc.

After this, the group member no longer wanted to attend ball games at all.   She said that after being in the suite, she realized how awful regular seating was and it just wasn't fun anymore.   Since she didn't have access to a private suite, she just dropped out and didn't come anymore.

I'd MUCH rather sit in the regular seats.  I find the private suites too far away from the action in a lot of venues.  Sure, they're great if you are there to party but if you are there to watch the game?  I'd much rather sit in the seats you describe.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25836 on: March 14, 2014, 05:40:15 PM »
I'll sit by you.  First round of garlic fries is on me.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25837 on: March 14, 2014, 06:01:45 PM »
SS of the gas station:

I stopped to get gas on the way home from work today, and unusually the pumps were all occupied and there was another car ahead of me. I waited behind the other car for a few minutes until both of the cars at two side-by-side pumps (the kind where one car pulls in behind another) left at the same time. The car in front of me pulled up, but instead of going to the farthest pump, allowing me to use the other one, the driver stopped at the first pump. I waited a bit, figuring maybe he hadn't noticed there was another car behind him, but then he got out and pulled out his card to start pumping his gas. I rolled down the window and asked if he could please pull up to the other pump so I could get in too (any other way to the other pump was pretty well blocked by other cars, so I couldn't go around and back in). The guy glanced at me and in the most dismissive tone imaginable said, "No." and went back to the pump.

Fortunately another pump opened up a couple minutes later so I didn't wait long. But what was so special about that one pump that he had to block access to the one other open one at a busy gas station?

I've had that happen to me! Around here it's usually because the nearest pump is shadier. Look, I get that it's hot and the sun sucks but come on! Don't be a jerk!

This happens to my poor BF all the time, except he's the one blocking. Most service stations around here have the premium petrol only on the back pumps so he has to stop there and hence he looks like a jerk, gets dirty looks and even people swearing at him about it. But it really isn't his fault that not all pumps have all fuel types.

Well, if that had been the case here, and the guy explained, I wouldn't have been annoyed. But at this station, all the pumps are exactly the same, so that couldn't have been it, plus he was quite rude in his response. Maybe he was enjoying some sort of minor power play, who knows.

His not pulling forward to the other pump was rude, but he wasn't rude to say no to your request to move because he'd already started pumping fuel.  You can't stop in the middle of that and move to another pump.

He hadn't started pumping. He'd only just gotten out of his car.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25838 on: March 14, 2014, 06:41:06 PM »
I just think it's rather sad to not be able to enjoy events because you are so envious of the people in the "better" seats.

This so much. One of my favorite actors is a baseball fan. He'll become all sappy talking about being in the stands, really get into the game, etc. And if he gets invited to the suites, he'll just post something like "got invited up to the private suites at (whichever game). Partying with so-and-so + free food is fun ha ha"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25839 on: March 15, 2014, 04:02:43 AM »
DH and I will be seeing the MLB season opener next weekend, Dodgers vs Diamondbacks. Apparently the Dodgers aren't that keen on coming down under for the gene and consider it a waste of time.

We are looking forward to it though, the tickets were my Christmas present to him.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25840 on: March 15, 2014, 02:56:25 PM »
SS of the gas station:

I waited a bit, figuring maybe he hadn't noticed there was another car behind him, but then he got out and pulled out his card to start pumping his gas. I rolled down the window and asked if he could please pull up to the other pump so I could get in too (any other way to the other pump was pretty well blocked by other cars, so I couldn't go around and back in). The guy glanced at me and in the most dismissive tone imaginable said, "No." and went back to the pump.


His not pulling forward to the other pump was rude, but he wasn't rude to say no to your request to move because he'd already started pumping fuel.  You can't stop in the middle of that and move to another pump.

But apparently he hadn't started pumping yet.  According to the OP he'd only gotten out of his car and taken out his card.

Apologies, I misread.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25841 on: March 16, 2014, 05:08:27 PM »
Footballer gives away his headgear after a match to a child...only to have an SS woman snatch it off the kid.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/young-johnathan-thurston-fan-devastated-by-callous-woman/story-fnihsrf2-1226856376480

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25842 on: March 16, 2014, 06:51:03 PM »
Not that she should be riding on the sidewalk (she shouldn't), but the shoulder of a road--no matter how wide it is--is not a good place to ride a bike.

If it's a proper shoulder, it's slanted, which makes balancing hard (and tiring). Debris ends up there.

Not to mention, that there are a few SS individuals that choose a certain spot to "crowd" out the bicyclists.  In those areas, it's safer for the bicyclist to ride on the sidewalk.

There is a major road near here where there seems to be a car vs. cyclist incident at least once every year, including some very severe lifelong permanent injuries caused on occasions.    This weekend a car driven by a SS plowed through a pack and sent 7 cyclists to hospital.    One guy was thrown 20 metres off his bike.    According to witnesses the driver got out and started yelling that they'd been in the "wrong lane" (utter nonsense!  It's a multi-lane highway and there's no "wrong lane" as long as they're not blocking the road!).   That to me is the stupidest part - I understand being annoyed on a 1 lane road if a cyclist or pack of cyclists are blocking your path, but when it's a multi-lane road all you have to do is change lanes.  That simple.   I've driven past the pack before and I admit it makes me a bit nervous that I'll clip somebody, but honestly it's not that hard to just drive in the other lane until I've passed them. The thing is, the pack is respectful, they keep to one lane, and they ride together so they are very visible!  I honestly don't understand how a car can hit them - it's clearly a case of cruising on the highway and not paying any attention, so I hope they throw the book at him.    I actually had relatives who were in this very cycle club until recently, but I always said to DH I didn't want him going on these particular rides, just way too dangerous.   Even the best, safest cyclists can't protect themselves from idiot speeding drivers. 

Ironically, my husband as well as being a cyclist is also a mad car enthusiast who owns his own race car so he's not anti-driver, in fact bad/rude/dangerous cyclists annoy him more than anybody as he knows they give them all a bad reputation.   That's why I loathe the driver vs. cyclist debates because most cyclists are also drivers, so it's not as if they don't understand! 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25843 on: March 16, 2014, 08:15:15 PM »
 
I just think it's rather sad to not be able to enjoy events because you are so envious of the people in the "better" seats.

I guess it depends upon how much you enjoyed the event in the first place. For example, I would never attend a baseball game by myself; I take little enjoyment in watching baseball. I will, upon occasion, go to baseball games if a group of friends are going. Many years ago, I went with friends, and our seats were in the sun. I got seriously sick from the heat, and sunburned. Since that time I've refused to attend with any group unless I could confirm that the seats were in the shade. I'd love to have seats in AC if the day were very hot. If everyone wants to get cheap seats in the sun, I'm not going. I hope people aren't concluding that I'm jealous of those who have the higher-price seats.  It's just that I don't enjoy baseball enough to take away the misery of heatstroke and sunburn.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25844 on: March 16, 2014, 08:40:51 PM »
Footballer gives away his headgear after a match to a child...only to have an SS woman snatch it off the kid.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/young-johnathan-thurston-fan-devastated-by-callous-woman/story-fnihsrf2-1226856376480
I'm actually surprised someone didn't stop her from leaving and call security. I hope that they track her down and charge her valuing the gear as collectibles.
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