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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17910 on: November 08, 2012, 11:24:14 AM »
An acquaintance posted on FB today "Seriously considering telling people who ask me to baby or petsit to f--- off." Another person posted "I think you just did :) "

I turned to DH and said "I am so glad we've never asked her to baby or dog sit." He agreed with me. It's one thing to post "I just want to let everyone know that I can't watch your wards," it's another to curse at your (general) friend and family list because someone asked you to watch a single house trained dog.

Ah well, at least I've been warned!

I think some people would even be offended by that.
Yeah, but at least it's polite, so then they would be the special person.  :D Up until today I didn't even know that she doesn't pet/kid sit, this is the first I've heard of it. A few polite words is a much better way to let people know than dropping the f bomb.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17911 on: November 08, 2012, 12:06:16 PM »
Saw someone in a black Lexus with handicapped tags this morning.....running three stop signs, including a left turn across three lanes of traffic to get into the center turn lane - it seems that when they were about to get to the stop sign, there was a gap in traffic and they just couldn't WAIT long enough to observe that STOP at the STOP sign or they'd miss their turn.....

Sadly, they apparently live in my neighborhood - so I might be running into them again.....I just hope that they don't run into ME!
Maybe that's how they got that handicapped plate...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17912 on: November 08, 2012, 12:54:14 PM »
Addy wrote:

"No kidding, that job sounds awesome, especially as I lost my job last March. I would kill for that job!"

If you'd kill for a job, there are better paying positions than mail handling.  Look into trash jobs in New Jersey.  >:D

Anyway, on a more serious note, deadbody wrote:

"honestly this one doesn't bother me that much.  It's not like a train can sneak up on you.  They make a lot of noise and vibration coming, and you have more than sufficent time to get out of the way."

Firstly, you'd be very surprised how a train can come up behind you and you don't notice until it's close by.  It seems counterintuitive but I've seen it happen (and had it happen to me in my youth) more than once.  But more to the point, she had five children in tow, and when you need to get five young kids to do anything, you can easily lose track of one or more for a few seconds, and that's all it takes to end up in a position where some of the kids are on one side of a moving train and some on the other.  While you'd think it's not a big deal, a lot of sober people get killed walking on train tracks every year, so I agree that this is one for the police.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17913 on: November 08, 2012, 01:08:49 PM »
POD Virg, as usual.

DH's storefront is directly in front of a major RR track that runs from the Tampa Bay to Jacksonville. They have "incidents" on a monthly basis of people in the way of the train. The train will always win. Not to mention it is SS behavior to allow one's children to be near the tracks as it is not public property.

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« Reply #17914 on: November 08, 2012, 01:21:53 PM »
Mr. Sirius says that practically every day while he's driving his school bus he sees people, usually on bikes or on foot, cutting across the tracks of the local Metro train when there's a train coming down the tracks.  Considering that these trains are 4 cars long or at the most 6, this strikes me as really stupid.  Can't they wait 2 minutes?

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« Reply #17915 on: November 08, 2012, 01:37:12 PM »
...   Where do you think this woman has her 5 kids, most who look under 10 walk?  Directly down the railroad tracks! :o If it matters, the right side of the road with a sidewalk is easily accessible with a crosswalk and a traffic light.

I would call the police about this one.  That's not just Darwinish.  That's incredibly dangerous!!  :o

honestly this one doesn't bother me that much.  It's not like a train can sneak up on you.  They make a lot of noise and vibration coming, and you have more than sufficent time to get out of the way.  Unless there is no way to cross the street, and no way to leave the tracks on the other side (like maybe it's a railroad bridge) I think this is a non-issue.

Sadly, there are lots of tragic examples that say you're entirely wrong. People can misjudge even when they know the train is there. Over 100 people have been killed in accidents along the Los Angeles Metro Rail Blue Line since 1990, many of them trying to cross the tracks when a train is coming. Many of the adults with supposedly superior reasoning capacity. Five kids about 10yo on the tracks is a formula for disaster.

Trains and humans don't mix. The US is unusual in that the right-of-way often isn't fenced and we have lots of level crossings. The UK is generally better, in that they have route separation. If someone gets hit by a train in the UK, more often than not, they were trying to get hit.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17916 on: November 08, 2012, 01:50:08 PM »
...   Where do you think this woman has her 5 kids, most who look under 10 walk?  Directly down the railroad tracks! :o If it matters, the right side of the road with a sidewalk is easily accessible with a crosswalk and a traffic light.

I would call the police about this one.  That's not just Darwinish.  That's incredibly dangerous!!  :o

honestly this one doesn't bother me that much.  It's not like a train can sneak up on you.  They make a lot of noise and vibration coming, and you have more than sufficent time to get out of the way.  Unless there is no way to cross the street, and no way to leave the tracks on the other side (like maybe it's a railroad bridge) I think this is a non-issue.
In the town near me, at least 5 people have been killed in the last few years while walking on the railroad tracks. I believe they were on a trestle at the time, but railroad tracks are no place for pedestrians.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17917 on: November 08, 2012, 03:00:17 PM »
...   Where do you think this woman has her 5 kids, most who look under 10 walk?  Directly down the railroad tracks! :o If it matters, the right side of the road with a sidewalk is easily accessible with a crosswalk and a traffic light.

I would call the police about this one.  That's not just Darwinish.  That's incredibly dangerous!!  :o

honestly this one doesn't bother me that much.  It's not like a train can sneak up on you.  They make a lot of noise and vibration coming, and you have more than sufficent time to get out of the way.  Unless there is no way to cross the street, and no way to leave the tracks on the other side (like maybe it's a railroad bridge) I think this is a non-issue.

I used to work with coroner's inquest reports.  In Alleghany County, getting hit by a train was so common during the period 1900-1950 they had a special FORM to fill out when it happened.  And that was back in the days when they were using steam engines.  Trains today are surprisingly quiet, particularly if they are passenger trains.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17918 on: November 08, 2012, 03:32:04 PM »
An acquaintance posted on FB today "Seriously considering telling people who ask me to baby or petsit to f--- off." Another person posted "I think you just did :) "

I turned to DH and said "I am so glad we've never asked her to baby or dog sit." He agreed with me. It's one thing to post "I just want to let everyone know that I can't watch your wards," it's another to curse at your (general) friend and family list because someone asked you to watch a single house trained dog.

Ah well, at least I've been warned!

I think some people would even be offended by that.
Yeah, but at least it's polite, so then they would be the special person.  :D Up until today I didn't even know that she doesn't pet/kid sit, this is the first I've heard of it. A few polite words is a much better way to let people know than dropping the f bomb.

Yeah, I mean what's wrong with, say, "No." ?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17919 on: November 08, 2012, 03:47:47 PM »
An acquaintance posted on FB today "Seriously considering telling people who ask me to baby or petsit to f--- off." Another person posted "I think you just did :) "

I turned to DH and said "I am so glad we've never asked her to baby or dog sit." He agreed with me. It's one thing to post "I just want to let everyone know that I can't watch your wards," it's another to curse at your (general) friend and family list because someone asked you to watch a single house trained dog.

Ah well, at least I've been warned!

I think some people would even be offended by that.
Yeah, but at least it's polite, so then they would be the special person.  :D Up until today I didn't even know that she doesn't pet/kid sit, this is the first I've heard of it. A few polite words is a much better way to let people know than dropping the f bomb.

Yeah, I mean what's wrong with, say, "No." ?

You'd be surprised. I know for one that one of my aunts takes it as a personal insult if you can't babysit her demon spawn* - even if you have a legitimate excuse. She's been known to go around to the rest of the family/other neighbours viciously complaining about certain people (me, my cousin, another aunt, the teenage girl next door, the daughter of a family friend) when they refuse to babysit.

If you have a particularly bad experience, it can be enough to make you have a seemingly exaggerated response to these sorts of things.


(*Exaggeration. They can be lovely, but they can be holy terrors!)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17920 on: November 08, 2012, 06:01:19 PM »
So people were asking her what was up with the anti-sitting post and apparently, she is dog-sitting one of her relative's dogs, and it didn't come when she called it in for dinner.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17921 on: November 08, 2012, 06:52:38 PM »
When my mom was young, cars were not very reliable and would stall at the worst time, such as across a train track. my grandfather would send one girl one way and the other the other way, to give an engineer a heads up about a car on the tracks, if a train came along before said car was going again.


In the last few months, a few teens in the surrounding areas have been hit by trains, because they walk on the tracks with head phones on.

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« Reply #17922 on: November 08, 2012, 08:04:43 PM »
I finally caught up so I could post this one:

I was driving down a major road with 3 lanes in each direction and no median.  I was behind Car A and we are cruising because the traffic lights are all green.  With no warning, a young man comes running down the driveway from the shopping center and into the street.  He crashed into the front of Car A, who slammed on their brakes, leaving some black skid marks.  I was able to stop without skidding.  As I glanced to the right, I saw 3 shopping center security guards standing at the bottom of the driveway.  Our young shoplifter made it over the property line and the security guards are not following him.  Shoplifter holds up both arms in victory, giving the security guards the middle fingers of both hands, and saunters across the other 5 lanes, stopping traffic as he proceeds across the street midblock with nary a crosswalk in the vicinity.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17923 on: November 08, 2012, 08:31:02 PM »
This was more  ::) than  >:( but it was snowflakey anyway.  I was out at my local Wal-Mart alternative this evening, late enough that even though the first dozen or so spots closest to the store were mostly taken, almost everything past that was free.  I lucked into seeing that one of the spots at the end of the row closest to the store was empty.  The car in the next spot (second from the store) was pulling out, so I waited to turn into that lane.  When the car finished pulling out and before I could turn into that lane, an SUV coming from the other side of him came and parked at a diagonal so he took up both spaces  :-\

I only had to walk an extra 20 feet or so, but still!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17924 on: November 08, 2012, 10:42:30 PM »
 

Firstly, you'd be very surprised how a train can come up behind you and you don't notice until it's close by.  It seems counterintuitive but I've seen it happen (and had it happen to me in my youth) more than once.  But more to the point, she had five children in tow, and when you need to get five young kids to do anything, you can easily lose track of one or more for a few seconds, and that's all it takes to end up in a position where some of the kids are on one side of a moving train and some on the other.  While you'd think it's not a big deal, a lot of sober people get killed walking on train tracks every year, so I agree that this is one for the police.

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I developed a fear of trains in 5th grade after the Santa Fe came to our school and made a presentation about how dangerous they were and how we should stay away from them (the SF tracks ran the length of the town, 1 block off Main Street, and right down the middle of a street in the business district. Their trestle was the quickest way for kids from my part of town to cross the river to get to the town pool.) I figure the SFRR wouldn't have gone to the bother of making a film, sending staff out to show it in school assemblies, and creating a truly terrifying comic book illustrating the many ways people are killed by trains. Took me a LONG time not to be frightened by trains after looking at that comic book.