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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17355 on: September 28, 2012, 09:41:24 AM »
Nutra, quick thing - I'm deaf, and my best friend in high school was also deaf.  We did talk while driving, but only because a) I can sign one-handed, and b) I have excellent peripheral vision plus I do mirror checks so my eyes did occasionally slide over to the passenger side (to check the mirror) more frequently.  It was slightly awkward for us but we could still converse reasonably, although my friend did keep an eye on the road just in case. She never had to warn me to brake or anything like that.  Dangerous? Yes, which was why we tried to limit such conversation to important topics that couldn't wait until we got to where we were going.  So it's perhaps not quite as bad as you think... But then we were reasonable, skilled signers... Anything beyond that gets shaky and I agree, scary to watch.

Just saying that no, you do not strictly have to be facing the person you are speaking to, nor do you have to use both hands.

I'm nowhere near an authority on deafness, of course, but I'd have to think that given that you have no audio cues to pick up on, you'd be naturally more visually observant than a person with hearing.  Meaning that I would expect that this wouldn't be as dangerous as a non-deaf driver frequently looking at the passenger.  Of course, that's just my opinion, and I could be wrong about it.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17356 on: September 28, 2012, 10:43:40 AM »
Someone left a bunch of fast food trash in the corner of the parking lot where I park my car.  There's a Dumpster not 100 feet away and a trash can about the same distance away in a different direction.  We have maintenance people that will come and pick it up, but I think that leaving the trash there was SS behavior since there were disposal receptacles so close by.

Ugh. We live across the street from a place that sells food and I can't tell you how many styrofoam cups, drink containers, and other refuse we've found in our backyard along the fence.  We live right next to an alley that runs from our street to the  next street up so people tend to walk along it to get to the store rather than walking around the block, which makes sense. 

We are going to get a higher fence someday, hopefully that will be a good deterrent.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17357 on: September 28, 2012, 11:05:22 AM »
Someone left a bunch of fast food trash in the corner of the parking lot where I park my car.  There's a Dumpster not 100 feet away and a trash can about the same distance away in a different direction.  We have maintenance people that will come and pick it up, but I think that leaving the trash there was SS behavior since there were disposal receptacles so close by.

Ugh. We live across the street from a place that sells food and I can't tell you how many styrofoam cups, drink containers, and other refuse we've found in our backyard along the fence.  We live right next to an alley that runs from our street to the  next street up so people tend to walk along it to get to the store rather than walking around the block, which makes sense. 

We are going to get a higher fence someday, hopefully that will be a good deterrent.

Make it an electric fence and you might have a chance.   >:D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17358 on: September 28, 2012, 11:12:49 AM »
Someone left a bunch of fast food trash in the corner of the parking lot where I park my car.  There's a Dumpster not 100 feet away and a trash can about the same distance away in a different direction.  We have maintenance people that will come and pick it up, but I think that leaving the trash there was SS behavior since there were disposal receptacles so close by.

Ugh. We live across the street from a place that sells food and I can't tell you how many styrofoam cups, drink containers, and other refuse we've found in our backyard along the fence.  We live right next to an alley that runs from our street to the  next street up so people tend to walk along it to get to the store rather than walking around the block, which makes sense. 

We are going to get a higher fence someday, hopefully that will be a good deterrent.

DH and I had a small pickup for about 6 years. We had to get rid of it, and not for the reasons one might think.

1. We would come out of a shopping center or store and find people sitting in the back of the pickup, eating. (This happened 3 separate times)
2. We would find someone had deposited trash/unwanted food/etc in the back. (This happened on a weekly basis)

It was so bizarre to me, I couldn't fathom a person who found it reasonable to open someone's pickup's tailgate, then make themselves cozy in the back. Just so strange! We had to call the police twice, because the people wouldn't get out of the back!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17359 on: September 28, 2012, 12:04:36 PM »
Last night I came home from an emergency at work at 11:30 pm to find the drunk and rowdy college students who live next door tailgating in the parking lot of the condo complex! This wouldn't be so bad if they hadn't completely blocked one of the prime parking spaces with their camp chairs and opened their truck doors to keep anyone from parking there. They also blocked the sidewalk. There is plenty of lawn to camp out on, no need to try to get flattened by tired people coming home in a relatively dark parking lot.

I'm pretty sure this is the same group of hoodlums who got drunk during a football game and removed and smashed my CFL bulb in my outside fixture, then the next week partially tore and twisted the fixture off the wall. They keep leaving beer bottles and cigarette butts out and it's driving me crazy.

The management company doesn't care whatsoever (and might not be able to do anything; every unit is privately owned and I don't know if they own or rent or who they rent from). As an example some young man has parked his broken down old car with a completely flat tire in the lot for at least 6 months at this point. It's had one notice that it needs to be removed, but that was taken off a month ago and nothing has happened since. I'm also fairly certain that he moved out some time ago since his new car hasn't been seen since before summer.

I can't wait to move.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17360 on: September 28, 2012, 12:22:35 PM »
Someone left a bunch of fast food trash in the corner of the parking lot where I park my car.  There's a Dumpster not 100 feet away and a trash can about the same distance away in a different direction.  We have maintenance people that will come and pick it up, but I think that leaving the trash there was SS behavior since there were disposal receptacles so close by.

Ugh. We live across the street from a place that sells food and I can't tell you how many styrofoam cups, drink containers, and other refuse we've found in our backyard along the fence.  We live right next to an alley that runs from our street to the  next street up so people tend to walk along it to get to the store rather than walking around the block, which makes sense. 

We are going to get a higher fence someday, hopefully that will be a good deterrent.

DH and I had a small pickup for about 6 years. We had to get rid of it, and not for the reasons one might think.

1. We would come out of a shopping center or store and find people sitting in the back of the pickup, eating. (This happened 3 separate times)
2. We would find someone had deposited trash/unwanted food/etc in the back. (This happened on a weekly basis)

It was so bizarre to me, I couldn't fathom a person who found it reasonable to open someone's pickup's tailgate, then make themselves cozy in the back. Just so strange! We had to call the police twice, because the people wouldn't get out of the back!

EvilTraska suggests getting in, starting the car up, and backing up as if to pull out of said spot until they make noise about it.  Then tell them they can get out here, or on the highway at 60 MPH.  (Not that you'd actually drive with them, but hey, they're crazy enough to get in, they'd probably believe you're crazy enough to actually do it.)

I need to develop a spine when it comes to EvilTraska.  On the other hand, she's fun.  :D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17361 on: September 28, 2012, 12:56:24 PM »
Someone left a bunch of fast food trash in the corner of the parking lot where I park my car.  There's a Dumpster not 100 feet away and a trash can about the same distance away in a different direction.  We have maintenance people that will come and pick it up, but I think that leaving the trash there was SS behavior since there were disposal receptacles so close by.

Ugh. We live across the street from a place that sells food and I can't tell you how many styrofoam cups, drink containers, and other refuse we've found in our backyard along the fence.  We live right next to an alley that runs from our street to the  next street up so people tend to walk along it to get to the store rather than walking around the block, which makes sense. 

We are going to get a higher fence someday, hopefully that will be a good deterrent.

DH and I had a small pickup for about 6 years. We had to get rid of it, and not for the reasons one might think.

1. We would come out of a shopping center or store and find people sitting in the back of the pickup, eating. (This happened 3 separate times)
2. We would find someone had deposited trash/unwanted food/etc in the back. (This happened on a weekly basis)

It was so bizarre to me, I couldn't fathom a person who found it reasonable to open someone's pickup's tailgate, then make themselves cozy in the back. Just so strange! We had to call the police twice, because the people wouldn't get out of the back!

Several families I know that have pickup trucks had a lid on the trunk part. Would that have helped? (I'm guessing not, since we're talking about real snowflakes here)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17362 on: September 28, 2012, 01:43:46 PM »
DH and I had a small pickup for about 6 years. We had to get rid of it, and not for the reasons one might think.

1. We would come out of a shopping center or store and find people sitting in the back of the pickup, eating. (This happened 3 separate times)
2. We would find someone had deposited trash/unwanted food/etc in the back. (This happened on a weekly basis)

It was so bizarre to me, I couldn't fathom a person who found it reasonable to open someone's pickup's tailgate, then make themselves cozy in the back. Just so strange! We had to call the police twice, because the people wouldn't get out of the back!

EvilTraska suggests getting in, starting the car up, and backing up as if to pull out of said spot until they make noise about it.  Then tell them they can get out here, or on the highway at 60 MPH.  (Not that you'd actually drive with them, but hey, they're crazy enough to get in, they'd probably believe you're crazy enough to actually do it.)

I need to develop a spine when it comes to EvilTraska.  On the other hand, she's fun.  :D

Move over, Evil Traska.  You've got company.  I would consider strongly doing exactly that. 

Just pretend you didn't notice that there were people eating in your trunk.  Just ignore them altogether.  Get in your vehicle and take off.  If there's no one directly behind you, I'd go as fast as possible and then brake pretty suddenly too.  That should get their attention in case they hadn't noticed that their picnic table of choice was moving!   ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17363 on: September 28, 2012, 01:57:58 PM »
Someone left a bunch of fast food trash in the corner of the parking lot where I park my car.  There's a Dumpster not 100 feet away and a trash can about the same distance away in a different direction.  We have maintenance people that will come and pick it up, but I think that leaving the trash there was SS behavior since there were disposal receptacles so close by.

Ugh. We live across the street from a place that sells food and I can't tell you how many styrofoam cups, drink containers, and other refuse we've found in our backyard along the fence.  We live right next to an alley that runs from our street to the  next street up so people tend to walk along it to get to the store rather than walking around the block, which makes sense. 

We are going to get a higher fence someday, hopefully that will be a good deterrent.

DH and I had a small pickup for about 6 years. We had to get rid of it, and not for the reasons one might think.

1. We would come out of a shopping center or store and find people sitting in the back of the pickup, eating. (This happened 3 separate times)
2. We would find someone had deposited trash/unwanted food/etc in the back. (This happened on a weekly basis)

It was so bizarre to me, I couldn't fathom a person who found it reasonable to open someone's pickup's tailgate, then make themselves cozy in the back. Just so strange! We had to call the police twice, because the people wouldn't get out of the back!

Several families I know that have pickup trucks had a lid on the trunk part. Would that have helped? (I'm guessing not, since we're talking about real snowflakes here)

Probably only if it was able to be locked. My last truck had one and there were numerous times that I found strange things in the back when the lid wasn't locked or came out to find people in it.

When it was locked I didn't have that problem. (Though I did have one special snowflake try to open it to dump trash in it as I was walking through the parking lot toward it and then get snippy with me about it being locked.)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17364 on: September 28, 2012, 01:59:05 PM »
Ladyknight1, did they ever give you a bunch of static about having to get up and move, or did they do it immediately?  I'm just curious.  :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17365 on: September 28, 2012, 02:04:05 PM »
Someone left a bunch of fast food trash in the corner of the parking lot where I park my car.  There's a Dumpster not 100 feet away and a trash can about the same distance away in a different direction.  We have maintenance people that will come and pick it up, but I think that leaving the trash there was SS behavior since there were disposal receptacles so close by.

Ugh. We live across the street from a place that sells food and I can't tell you how many styrofoam cups, drink containers, and other refuse we've found in our backyard along the fence.  We live right next to an alley that runs from our street to the  next street up so people tend to walk along it to get to the store rather than walking around the block, which makes sense. 

We are going to get a higher fence someday, hopefully that will be a good deterrent.

DH and I had a small pickup for about 6 years. We had to get rid of it, and not for the reasons one might think.

1. We would come out of a shopping center or store and find people sitting in the back of the pickup, eating. (This happened 3 separate times)
2. We would find someone had deposited trash/unwanted food/etc in the back. (This happened on a weekly basis)

It was so bizarre to me, I couldn't fathom a person who found it reasonable to open someone's pickup's tailgate, then make themselves cozy in the back. Just so strange! We had to call the police twice, because the people wouldn't get out of the back!

I just cannot imagine making myself comfortable in the back of a stranger's truck.  Only thing I could see is if they had the exact same make, model and color and thought it was theirs.  But even still, that's still odd!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17366 on: September 28, 2012, 02:32:54 PM »
DH and I had a small pickup for about 6 years. We had to get rid of it, and not for the reasons one might think.

1. We would come out of a shopping center or store and find people sitting in the back of the pickup, eating. (This happened 3 separate times)
2. We would find someone had deposited trash/unwanted food/etc in the back. (This happened on a weekly basis)

It was so bizarre to me, I couldn't fathom a person who found it reasonable to open someone's pickup's tailgate, then make themselves cozy in the back. Just so strange! We had to call the police twice, because the people wouldn't get out of the back!

EvilTraska suggests getting in, starting the car up, and backing up as if to pull out of said spot until they make noise about it.  Then tell them they can get out here, or on the highway at 60 MPH.  (Not that you'd actually drive with them, but hey, they're crazy enough to get in, they'd probably believe you're crazy enough to actually do it.)

I need to develop a spine when it comes to EvilTraska.  On the other hand, she's fun.  :D

Move over, Evil Traska.  You've got company.  I would consider strongly doing exactly that. 

Just pretend you didn't notice that there were people eating in your trunk.  Just ignore them altogether.  Get in your vehicle and take off.  If there's no one directly behind you, I'd go as fast as possible and then brake pretty suddenly too.  That should get their attention in case they hadn't noticed that their picnic table of choice was moving!   ;D

Alternative:  Husband looks to wife: "See, I *told* you that manure just comes right out of this truck bed, but noooo, you said it'd stink!"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17367 on: September 28, 2012, 02:44:21 PM »
Ladyknight1, did they ever give you a bunch of static about having to get up and move, or did they do it immediately?  I'm just curious.  :)

The first time, they acted all offended before packing up their stuff and moving on. Seems pickup truck beds make great picnic areas. The second and third times, we had to call the police.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17368 on: September 28, 2012, 02:46:08 PM »
An addendum to the truck bed story: This was a Ford Ranger Splash in a vibrant red-orange paint, so very distinctive and not easily mistaken for someone's own vehicle.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17369 on: September 28, 2012, 04:16:46 PM »
Ladyknight1, did they ever give you a bunch of static about having to get up and move, or did they do it immediately?  I'm just curious.  :)

The first time, they acted all offended before packing up their stuff and moving on. Seems pickup truck beds make great picnic areas. The second and third times, we had to call the police.

Wait a minute...you were forced to call the police because the Speshul Snowflakes refused to get out of your truck bed?!