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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26670 on: May 05, 2014, 12:06:00 PM »
DH was telling me about this yesterday, as I had been at church with the kids and sometimes if he has things to do he'll drop us off and go take care of errands while we're in church.

Anyway, he had gone to Target and Lowe's and as per usual, when he buys stuff for the backyard he will drive down the alley and briefly park the car there cause the gate for the backyard is at the side of the house and it's easier than carrying heavy bags of mulch and such from the front of the house.

It took him maybe 5 minutes to unload, tops.  Apparently our neighbors got rather testy with him for doing this. Mind you, these people are frequently blocking the alley with their own cars, or their friends will do so, or they'll honk loud and long for someone to come out or just for fun, without a care as to whether or not someone else might want to drive down the alley.  But heaven forbid anyone else use the alley for five minutes to unload a vehicle.  ::)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26671 on: May 05, 2014, 12:28:19 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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26672 on: May 05, 2014, 12:32:48 PM »
I was talking about how I'd lost a lot of weight and gotten fitter recently and a woman said "Oh yeah? I'm flabby because I brought a beautiful life into the world. Where has your toned body gotten you?"

If there was ever a time I wanted to be catty, it was this one. But I avoided it. Barely.

"Well, it's proved to me that I am able to keep my mouth shut around the crazy."

Evil Lil wants to say "Lady, if you raise that beautiful life to behave like YOU, the world is already a less beautiful place."

Why was that even necessary for her to say?  I am guessing someone has green eyes.....

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« Reply #26673 on: May 05, 2014, 12:46:47 PM »
I was talking about how I'd lost a lot of weight and gotten fitter recently and a woman said "Oh yeah? I'm flabby because I brought a beautiful life into the world. Where has your toned body gotten you?"

If there was ever a time I wanted to be catty, it was this one. But I avoided it. Barely.

"Well, it's proved to me that I am able to keep my mouth shut around the crazy."

Evil Lil wants to say "Lady, if you raise that beautiful life to behave like YOU, the world is already a less beautiful place."

Why was that even necessary for her to say?  I am guessing someone has green eyes.....

I have no idea. And since I'm acutely aware of what a sensitive topic this is, I go out of my way to be way more politically-correct than is probably necessary. I can honestly say that it was definitely her own extrapolation of what I'd said that led to this-there was no passive-aggressiveness, no "Everyone should X, Y, Z" or anything in my tone to suggest that I thought the same thing that applied to me should apply to everyone else. Not even a lament like "I miss chocolate cake" or something that would have provided an "opening" for someone to retort with something like "That's why I don't deprive myself".

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« Reply #26674 on: May 05, 2014, 01:08:01 PM »
^ Maybe not eHell approved but I think I would have burst into (crocodile) tears and wail, 'Thanks for reminding me that I can never have children.'  Whether that was true or not.  And turn around and walk away.  While dabbing my eyes with my sleeve.

See, I can think of all these great comebacks when I have time to mull it over.  But I'm quite sure, in the moment, all I'd manage is the turn around and walk away part.
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« Reply #26675 on: May 05, 2014, 02:29:56 PM »
^ Maybe not eHell approved but I think I would have burst into (crocodile) tears and wail, 'Thanks for reminding me that I can never have children.'  Whether that was true or not.  And turn around and walk away.  While dabbing my eyes with my sleeve.

See, I can think of all these great comebacks when I have time to mull it over.  But I'm quite sure, in the moment, all I'd manage is the turn around and walk away part.

Definitely not ehell approved, but, oh, girl, you should be writing for television....

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26676 on: May 05, 2014, 02:55:11 PM »
That would depend what they're complaining about, though from the circumstances I doubt they're complaining at you going 100 miles an hour down twisting country roads.

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You're going too fast or too slow, why don't you go X route instead of Y, why did you stop there, why aren't you passing that car, etc.

Nothing useful or acceptable in my opinion.
What about gasping and clutching the door handle when they think you can't stop in time to keep from rear-ending someone?  Is that acceptable? 
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« Reply #26677 on: May 05, 2014, 02:59:18 PM »
I had a passenger tell me I was shifting to the highest gear too early.  I told him to look in the manual in the glove compartment and see what it said, because that's when I was shifting.  And that if he had any further comments, he was welcome to walk.

Since we were an hour from home, he shut up.  After looking in the manual.  He was quite surprised to find that I was correct.   ;D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26678 on: May 05, 2014, 03:03:16 PM »
That would depend what they're complaining about, though from the circumstances I doubt they're complaining at you going 100 miles an hour down twisting country roads.

Rob

You're going too fast or too slow, why don't you go X route instead of Y, why did you stop there, why aren't you passing that car, etc.

Nothing useful or acceptable in my opinion.
What about gasping and clutching the door handle when they think you can't stop in time to keep from rear-ending someone?  Is that acceptable?

My favorite is when my passenger stomps down on that imaginary brake pedal....  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26679 on: May 05, 2014, 03:23:08 PM »
^^^^ I see my mother has ridden with you.

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« Reply #26680 on: May 05, 2014, 03:25:03 PM »
I remember learning to drive and my mother would tell me "Oh you're doing fine, don't worry!" And I'd retort "Then why are you acting like you're bracing for impact?" She'd just say "Oh. Right."

Course I guarantee you in about 3 years that's  going to be me. Yikes.
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« Reply #26681 on: May 05, 2014, 03:42:38 PM »
Oh, yes.  I drive (no pun intended) my 17-year-old daughter nuts because I can't stop hitting the imaginary brake when she's driving.  Now that she has her license, I never have to drive with her again if I don't want to, and that suits me.  The silly thing is, she's actually a very good driver - I just HATE not being the one in control.

Funnily enough, I drove her somewhere recently, and she kept saying "Mum, slow down" and "Mum, you're too close to that car" - while hitting the imaginary brake.  :)

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« Reply #26682 on: May 05, 2014, 04:23:01 PM »
I try to keep my use of the passenger side brake pedal to a minimum.  Sometimes though, bracing for impact is involuntary.  I went with a friend to work one week.  He's a truck driver.  There was this one incident where I was sure there was no way he could avoid impact.  A guy in a  delivery van cut him off on a downhill mountain grade then brake checked my friend. We were in a fully loaded semi.  In the less than a second I had to think I was sure there was no way to avoid an impact.  I was wrong.  My friend is a very, very good driver and handles that truck better than most people can handle a small car.  Impact was avoided, but instinct still kicked in and I couldn't help gasping and bracing for the worst.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26683 on: May 05, 2014, 04:48:02 PM »
When I was learning to drive, my mother used what I called her "air brakes". That sharp intake of air between her teeth.  ;)

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« Reply #26684 on: May 05, 2014, 05:59:12 PM »
This is about my sibling's coworker, but I know her too. She is a real mooch. The latest is that a fast food place is giving out a free small coffee. She ordered two and the cashier told her it was one per customer and she'll have to pay for the second cup. She threw a fit and then continued to complain to her coworkers at work all morning. It doesn't help explaining that if customers can have more than one for free, there's nothing to stop everyone from ordering 20 small coffees and they'll lose money. She doesn't care because that won't affect her. She has such zero empathy that it's a bit scary.