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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26205 on: April 07, 2014, 09:49:16 PM »
When Nan and Pop moved into a new place a few years ago they had neighbours like that, and Pop started to leave the windows open (the windows the balls were hitting were in the back bedrooms - nothing breakable in there except the lamps which he removed) and keeping the balls - telling the kids to get their parents to come and ask for them back so he could talk to them.

Apparently the kids made up stories about 'losing' the balls elsewhere for a while and Pop got quite a collection going before the parents realised where all the balls were going and started to get shirty about them not being returned... until Pop pointed out that he could have just left the windows closed and waited until they were smashed and charged them for replacements.

Suddenly - no more balls coming over the fence and the kids were playing in the park at the end of the street instead.
And Pop had a dozen soccer balls that he gave to his own grandkids - because the parents were so embarrassed by their kids' behaviour that they never actually asked for them back.
Like the idea - but this is Houston and already getting to hot to have the windows open. Also it isn't the kids that are the problem but adult men who are playing between 10 - 12 at night.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26206 on: April 08, 2014, 06:45:26 AM »
There was a  time when college students mailed their laundry home for Mom to do. It was cheaper than taking them to a laundry (coin machines didn't exist).



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When MIL was in college here in the US she'd send her laundry home to China. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26207 on: April 08, 2014, 06:47:42 AM »
There was a  time when college students mailed their laundry home for Mom to do. It was cheaper than taking them to a laundry (coin machines didn't exist).



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When MIL was in college here in the US she'd send her laundry home to China.

Didn't that take a long time? How many clothes did she have?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26208 on: April 08, 2014, 06:57:02 AM »
When I started college in 1980, the upperclassmen were disgruntled because laundry service had been discontinued that year.  Up until then, you put your laundry in a school-issued bag and dropped it down a chute to the basement, where school workers collected it, washed it, and returned it to your dorm.  This was a women's university in the south.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26209 on: April 08, 2014, 06:58:48 AM »
When I started college in 1980, the upperclassmen were disgruntled because laundry service had been discontinued that year.  Up until then, you put your laundry in a school-issued bag and dropped it down a chute to the basement, where school workers collected it, washed it, and returned it to your dorm.  This was a women's university in the south.

I'd have been disgruntled too! That's a nice service. There's nothing snowflakey about not wanting to do your own laundry--as long as you're willing to pay for it.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26210 on: April 08, 2014, 07:02:11 AM »
Well the article I had read about helicopter parents made it sound like this woman was expecting the school to figure out some solution to the fact her child didn't know how to do laundry.   I don't even know if it was a matter of the kid not wanting to, they just said she was upset they didn't have anything on campus. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26211 on: April 08, 2014, 07:05:36 AM »
On the subject of helicopter parents and college, I read an article where a mother called in demanding to know what the university offered for laundry services because her son didn't know how to do laundry.

The man who took her call suggested she take the two remaining weeks until term started to teach him.

Heck, I made a small fortune by doing laundry or teaching people how to do laundry my freshman year.  I charged $20-$30 per person (depending on how much laundry they had) and would take 5 or 6 loads at a time to the coin laundry.  It might have cost me my Saturday morning and $15-20 to do all of it, but I came out ahead by sometimes as much as $150 for half days worth of work.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26212 on: April 08, 2014, 07:26:06 AM »
I admit that I did sometimes take laundry home when I was a student, but that wasn't because I didn't know how to do it - it was because the student hall facilities were a nightmare. You had to sit around for hours to get a machine and people would dump your wet clothes out of the dryer.

My mother quite liked doing my laundry for me - I think it made her feel needed. My dad was less keen, primarily because on more than one occasion my red underwear turned his shirts pink.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26213 on: April 08, 2014, 07:42:25 AM »
Oh yes, our laundry rooms in our dorms were rife with SS but oddly I usually liked laundry day.  I'd pack up a few books, enough change for the machines and snacks, start a load and park myself on top of the machine or in front of it so I could lean back against it (I did move if someone wanted to get past me) and it was an excuse just to have some down time. :)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26214 on: April 08, 2014, 08:21:20 AM »
I nominate the young woman who was driving in front of me and styling her hair with both hands, but only when the car was moving. At the lights, she would text.

Not okay.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26215 on: April 08, 2014, 08:24:05 AM »
Well the article I had read about helicopter parents made it sound like this woman was expecting the school to figure out some solution to the fact her child didn't know how to do laundry.   I don't even know if it was a matter of the kid not wanting to, they just said she was upset they didn't have anything on campus.

Oh, I think *that* woman was a bit of a snowflake, especially the "calling the administration."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26216 on: April 08, 2014, 08:50:49 AM »
I nominate the young woman who was driving in front of me and styling her hair with both hands, but only when the car was moving. At the lights, she would text.

Not okay.

How on earth is that even possible?!??!?! (mind you this is coming from a person who runs a brush through it and calls it a day)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26217 on: April 08, 2014, 08:55:09 AM »
From behind, I could see both arms and hands arched over her head, so I guess she might have been steering with her knee? She kept her hands in her hair for two minutes straight. I finally passed her, because I was not confident in her abilities to stop if the traffic in front of her did.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26218 on: April 08, 2014, 09:51:27 AM »
In the girls dorm I lived in you had to watch your laundry like a hawk.  People would take your laundry out of the washer to use it, mid cycle or not.  We also had a couple of dryer sharks who would watch and wait until someone put laundry in the dryer and promptly come and take it out so that they could dry their.  Didn't take long for them to get caught as our RA staked out the laundry room after enough complaints.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26219 on: April 08, 2014, 01:08:41 PM »
The second year I lived in the dorm, I started a job that had me working until 1:00 am or so on Saturday nights. One of my friends was a real night owl, so I'd call her when I got back to my room; we'd both grab our laundry and head for the laundry room.

The laundry room was away from the dorm rooms, and didn't have posted hours. We almost always had the place to ourselves, so we'd sit down there, play a board game or study, etc. We got our laundry done, I got some time to wind down after work, my friend liked being up late, so it worked out fine.