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#### Twik

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« Reply #26625 on: May 02, 2014, 11:21:52 AM »
Unknown person at the airport.  Not only did they leave their vehicle on attended at the curb, they left a baby in said unattended vehicle.  Even the impassive airport page operator sounded a bit shocked.
I'm surprised that they simply paged the person. I would think that would be a situation that called for the police and a possible busted window

Well, if they could get the person to return right away, it would probably be faster than getting the police there. Possibly the police were also summoned.
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« Reply #26626 on: May 02, 2014, 12:59:34 PM »
I don't know about you guys but I remember being more than capable of going to the can on my own at age 6.  I don't remember chaperones ever taking us in groups.  I'm talking the late '70's and early '80's though.

Back in the mid 1960s my brother went to the men's room in the local club on the Air Force base where my dad was stationed.  At the time Dad was elsewhere, so my brother (age 5) went in the bathroom by himself.  After 15 minutes he still hadn't come back out, so my mother approached a high-ranking officer in uniform and asked him to check the bathroom, which he did.  My brother came out crying; he hadn't been able to get the door out of the bathroom open.  (In retrospect, I'm wondering why my mother didn't just barge right in.  In later years she would have, and if there were men in there doing their business, well, she wasn't embarrassed!  I do remember that she was hugely pregnant with my little sister at the time, so that may have had something to do with it.)

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« Reply #26627 on: May 02, 2014, 01:10:58 PM »
Unknown person at the airport.  Not only did they leave their vehicle on attended at the curb, they left a baby in said unattended vehicle.  Even the impassive airport page operator sounded a bit shocked.
I'm surprised that they simply paged the person. I would think that would be a situation that called for the police and a possible busted window

Well, if they could get the person to return right away, it would probably be faster than getting the police there. Possibly the police were also summoned.

If that was in the US, I am sure they were - I believe it is illegal to leave a car unattended at the airport anyplace except the parking lots. At the very least, it's sternly frowned upon. I would imagine that airport security, at least, was already on scene, probably police, and they just wanted the driver back at their care ASAP.
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#### goldilocks

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« Reply #26628 on: May 02, 2014, 01:20:44 PM »
Can I nominate my BIL for snowflake of the day?

My BIL lives paycheck to paycheck.  He is constantly complaining of never having enough money.   Now, he never ASKS anyone to send him money, but he drops enough hints.   We ignore his hints but my FIL ususally caves in.  My DH has spoken to him about getting a 2nd job, trying to save money, etc - but there is always some reason why this won't work.

He's having car trouble.   Transmission, it sounds like.  The car is still drivable, but probably only a matter of time.   He calls DH to ask for "advice" about taking out a loan to pay for this.   DH asks how on earth he's going to pay a loan back when he never has any money.   Long rambling explanation follows - and I can't help but think he's hoping DH will say "Oh, don't worry, we'll send you the money".

DH instead tells him to keep driving the car as long as he can, and put the money he would have used to pay back the loan into savings.

This was a week ago.   DH calls BIL, and BIL is complaining non-stop about having to work overtime for the next 2 weeks - 7 days, 12 hours a day.   DH says - well, isnt that the answer to your prayers!  You needed extra money and here it is!

No, BIL is extremely upset by this.  Working 12 hours is too hard on him and he won't get to see his daughter.

#### Piratelvr1121

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« Reply #26629 on: May 02, 2014, 01:33:17 PM »
Comedian Louis C.K. does a bit in his stand up about how he was stupid enough to encourage his young daughter to approach a wild pony and she got bitten.

We camped at Assateague 4 years ago and I am wondering if it was perhaps unique to the loop we were in but the ponies, at lunchtime, made the rounds of the sites where people were eating and went right up to the tables where food was laid out and were helping themselves.

It kinda puts a person in a difficult spot, as you're told not to feed them but you're also not supposed to touch them, so what do you do if they get super close and help themselves before you can get it away from them? However when I've gone in the spring and stayed in other loops, the ponies kept their distance and didn't approach us for food so I'm wondering if perhaps those ponies were used to it.

Course that's also all the more reason to not give them food, because it does cause trouble for other campers.  We saw the ponies also trying to get into the coolers and containers people had left their food in while they went to the beach.  We kept ours in a plastic tote in the van when we weren't at our site.
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#### Goosey

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« Reply #26630 on: May 02, 2014, 01:36:35 PM »
Assateague ponies are pretty unique in their interactions with people. What with pony penning day, etc, they're not all that scared of people. But they will bite the heck out of you if you have something they want.

#### MrTango

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« Reply #26631 on: May 02, 2014, 01:48:23 PM »
*snip for brevity*
If that was in the US, I am sure they were - I believe it is illegal to leave a car unattended at the airport anyplace except the parking lots. At the very least, it's sternly frowned upon. I would imagine that airport security, at least, was already on scene, probably police, and they just wanted the driver back at their care ASAP.

Odds are, by the time the page went out, the kid would have already been taken into protective custody and the car already towed.  All that would be left would be to arrest the driver and book them into jail.

In the US, at least, airport security isn't something we mess around with, and I'm sure the child endangerment charges would be the least of the driver's legal troubles.

#### siamesecat2965

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« Reply #26632 on: May 02, 2014, 02:07:42 PM »

This was a week ago.   DH calls BIL, and BIL is complaining non-stop about having to work overtime for the next 2 weeks - 7 days, 12 hours a day.   DH says - well, isnt that the answer to your prayers!  You needed extra money and here it is!

No, BIL is extremely upset by this.  Working 12 hours is too hard on him and he won't get to see his daughter.

#### EMuir

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« Reply #26634 on: May 02, 2014, 02:40:09 PM »

It was only later that night, tucked up in bed, that I thought "Wait - how did I throw up 3 times in the space of 2 minutes without anybody asking if I was OK?  Surely I wouldn't ignore somebody in that situation?"   And in retrospect, I can recall *hearing* people react around me, kind of eeewww or 'look at that' type noises.   Being doubled over at the time I'm not 100% how many people were nearby, but it was a lot.   Some sitting, some walking.   I guess it's good ole bystander effect - everybody assumes somebody else will do something.        I'm normally a big believer in the good in the world - I encounter more nice strangers than unpleasant ones - but I am a little disappointed that people were so disinterested, and I hope I would respond differently myself were I to see that happen.   No SS's in this story, but thought it was relevant to the conversation.

My spouse cannot clean up vomit.  It will literally make her throw up as well to be that close.  So some people are indeed so squicked that they could not help.  Vomiting is also the sign of some contagious illnesses, and helping someone who is vomiting uncontrollably is a good way to get vomited on yourself.  Finally, if it's not an illness, vomiting is most often the sign of someone who was drinking too much, since most people who are sick enough to vomit stay home.  As a bystander, I'm not really wanting to deal with someone that drunk either.

Which is only to say that I don't think we can fault members of the general public for not approaching until the vomiting was clearly well and done.

#### Bexx27

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« Reply #26635 on: May 02, 2014, 03:03:27 PM »

It was only later that night, tucked up in bed, that I thought "Wait - how did I throw up 3 times in the space of 2 minutes without anybody asking if I was OK?  Surely I wouldn't ignore somebody in that situation?"   And in retrospect, I can recall *hearing* people react around me, kind of eeewww or 'look at that' type noises.   Being doubled over at the time I'm not 100% how many people were nearby, but it was a lot.   Some sitting, some walking.   I guess it's good ole bystander effect - everybody assumes somebody else will do something.        I'm normally a big believer in the good in the world - I encounter more nice strangers than unpleasant ones - but I am a little disappointed that people were so disinterested, and I hope I would respond differently myself were I to see that happen.   No SS's in this story, but thought it was relevant to the conversation.

My spouse cannot clean up vomit.  It will literally make her throw up as well to be that close.  So some people are indeed so squicked that they could not help.  Vomiting is also the sign of some contagious illnesses, and helping someone who is vomiting uncontrollably is a good way to get vomited on yourself.  Finally, if it's not an illness, vomiting is most often the sign of someone who was drinking too much, since most people who are sick enough to vomit stay home.  As a bystander, I'm not really wanting to deal with someone that drunk either.

Which is only to say that I don't think we can fault members of the general public for not approaching until the vomiting was clearly well and done.

You didn't include the part of the post where Ceallach said she was pregnant and carrying a toddler. As a bystander, I would assume that the pregnancy was causing the vomiting, not sickness or drunkenness.
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#### suekel

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« Reply #26636 on: May 02, 2014, 03:34:57 PM »
My husband is a Marketing Mgr for a Bud Distributor, and part of what he does is coordinate visits from a Clydesdale hitch for special events and such.  They come to town for a week or so and make appearances, have visiting hours etc.  I frequently attend these events, helping DH out where I can.

It is unbelievable to me how many people throw fits because they are not allowed to take their picture sitting on one of the horses.  Huge work horses who are not raised for riding.  Also, when the team is hitched up to the wagon, absolutely no one other than their professional handlers are allowed to touch them.  No petting, no getting within touching distance.  This is obviously (to me at least) a safety policy - if one of the horses were to startle or rear, it could cause them all to, and you can imagine how much 6-8 Clydesdales AND a huge wagon weighs.  Things could get ugly very fast.  But people will whine and moan about how their little snowflake is different, she just loves "horsies", she should be allowed to get up close, blah blah blah.

#### goldilocks

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« Reply #26637 on: May 02, 2014, 04:05:23 PM »
That reminds me of a Til Debt Do Us Part episode.  In case you don't know the show, it's a reality TV show about people with big money troubles.  Then, an extremely no-nonsense Canadian lady (Gail Vaz-Oxlade) steps in to sort them out.  There was one young couple that drove me mad - the wife was a substitute teacher, and Gail told her to try to get more hours to earn some extra \$.  The wife went onto the school district's website, saw that a nearby school needed a sub for that day - and said "Meh, I'm not going to bother."

I told DH, that when BIL prays for extra money - he intends that a huge bundle of it should be dropped on his front lawn.   Any other option is unacceptable.

#### 2littlemonkeys

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« Reply #26638 on: May 02, 2014, 05:22:56 PM »
I think people like that don't see animals as beings with brains. Or they're of the thought process that no animal should EVER be in public that can't handle things like a child running up to them (and in some cases I think that's true, but in most cases; it's just not realistic).

Some horses can have years of training but still not be able to deal with small things darting around. They are prey animals after all.

My best friend has a horse who has been in training for years. He's a good boy, he knows the rules. A look, a growl, a shift in my body and he knows what I want and he listens. But he's very reactive. Had that been him on that trail? He would have left and that little girl would have gotten hurt in the process. He goes out in public (shows, the vet, etc), but my friend and myself are always aware that the most random things can set him off. He may never get over that, so we are as diligent as we can be to keep him and everybody around him safe.

One of her other horses is nearly 30. He's seen it all. There's very very little that gets him wound up. Except for boats. In his little brain boats do not belong on land. They belong in the water. A boat on land is absolutely not to be trusted. He's the safest horse in the world. I would put a rank beginner on him in a heartbeat, but the last time I rode him, I nearly came off because we crossed paths with a boat on land and that just wasn't right.

I had a horse growing up who was pretty level headed.  I was out with my 4-H group on a trail ride when we encountered a rattlesnake right in the middle of the path.  Good Boy very calmly moved with the rest of the group around the snake (giving it a wide berth) and went on his merry way.

5 minutes later, we rounded a curve to head back to camp.  He saw the camp dumpster and promptly lost his mind.

I am so very tired of one of my CWs antics.  He is the Specialist of all Snowflakes.  I was doing some expenses for him and noticed that he submitted two conflicting receipts and I simply couldn't submit both. I could do one or the other.  So he decided he needed to argue with me about it but (un)surprisingly decided to drop it when I told him I'd call our Accounting department to see if they would be willing to override policy.

He's been pulling garbage like this since day one and you would think he'd figure it out by now that I pay extra special attention to his reports and I will always call him on it.  Yet, he continues to labor under the impression that I'm too dumb to notice his shenanigans.

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« Reply #26639 on: May 02, 2014, 06:32:43 PM »

This reminds me of our dog, who was a canis specialus snowflakus on us one day.

We had gone to a park that had, oddly, a buffalo herd. When we let the dog out of the car, he saw the buffalo in their paddock and decided that They Had to Go. Not sure what it was about them that set him off, but he lunged to the end of his leash, yelling things that were probably not very complimentary at the buffalo.

The buffalo, who had planned on spending the afternoon grazing quietly, started to look at each other. "What did he just call my mother?" they seemed to be asking.

The big bull of the herd began to step toward the fence. Not fast. Just - you noticed he was getting closer, rather than moving off. With an "Are you talking to ME?" expression on his face.

The dog was thrown unceremoniously back into the car, to his intense disgust, and we made a hasty departure, with the dog still yelling "I can take him! What are you doing? He'll think I'm afraid of him!" as we headed down the road.

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