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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25830 on: March 14, 2014, 04:23:59 AM »
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.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25831 on: March 14, 2014, 07:09:08 AM »
I'm going to nominate a few of the other parents of a play participant.  Last night, the twins had play practice until 8, and I went up to the school to get them.  I had parked in a parking spot (they are marked and perpendicular to the area intended for driving).  The lot has a clearly marked entrance and exit (signs that read "exit only" and "enter here".  So there is one SS parent who feels that the fact that it isn't school hours means that they can drive in via the exit (nearly head on hitting people who are driving the correct way into the lot).  The really aggravating one, though--this lot is not big, and there end up being quite a few cars (it's pretty near full), so I will nominate the parent who felt that getting there early (I followed them in, I got there about 15 minutes before practice was scheduled to end) meant that they could park crossways (i.e., same way that they had been traveling, just pulled over across the marked spots) to occupy three parking spots (plus no one would have felt ok about taking the spots next to him, so really 5 spots occupied by one vehicle). 

I get it, truly I do--it's very annoying because the lot is small and there's just so many people there at the same time (and if there's a ball game still going on, I have been known to text the twins to let them know I'm on the street a block down just so I don't have to mess with it) ... but park correctly, and follow the traffic flow established by the signs.  All those other cars in the lot?  They should be evidence that your* child is not the only one who needs to be picked up after play practice, and following the rules just makes it a lot easier and safer for all of us.

*"your" meant for the other parents who aren't following the established parking lot rules

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25832 on: March 14, 2014, 11:41:40 AM »
I'm not sure if this is SS, or just annoying.

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.

Sort of an attitude of "If I can't have the best, I don't want any".

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25833 on: March 14, 2014, 11:45:18 AM »
The special parking guest at the hospital last week...

The driver in the corner spot that parked over 3 feet from the left yellow line - across my yellow line so I had to squeeze into my car while banging my door repeatedly against the side of their vehicle.  There was no one on the other side of them because it was the last spot on the row - they were just STUPID.  I walked off the footage so I would not be exaggerating. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25834 on: March 14, 2014, 11:46:28 AM »
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 #25835 on: March 14, 2014, 11:55:19 AM »
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. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25836 on: March 14, 2014, 12:18:06 PM »
Sometimes, the 'better' seats aren't all that much better. 

A former BF and I had a subscription to the NY Philarmonic.  Our seats were in the uppermost tier. We loved the elevator operator.  He'd take the people who paid more to the boxes, the loges or the dress circle with perfect politeness.   When there were only the people in the 'cheap seats' left on the elevator he'd happily announce, 'MUSIC LOVERS' FLOOR!'.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25837 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 #25838 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 #25839 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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25840 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 #25841 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 #25842 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 #25843 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 #25844 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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