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Shalamar

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18285 on: December 05, 2012, 11:12:57 AM »
Speaking of parents recording their kids' concerts, I can't remember if I've told this story before - it happened at my daughter's choir performance a couple of years ago.  There was a guy sitting in front of me who recorded the whole thing, which was very annoying, because his camera was right at my eye-level.  Then - while the concert was still happening - he decided to review his footage with the sound turned on.   We all glared at him, to no avail.

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the parents of each group would, for the most part, sneak out the back (pretending to be quiet, but really not quiet at all).

I confess to doing this once during a Christmas concert at which my older daughter had performed, but in my defense, my younger daughter (who was two at the time) was getting very tired and fretful.   So, as soon as Daughter #1 had finished her bit, my husband and I scooped up Daughter #2 and left as quietly as possible.  What killed us was that, when we arrived at the classroom to see if Daughter #1 was ready to go, the teacher physically pushed us out of the room, saying "No, no!  Go see the rest of the concert!"  We said (between gritted teeth) "We'd love to, but Daughter #2 has other ideas."  Luckily, Daughter #1 was tired as well and was more than happy to leave.

(In hindsight, we should have gotten a babysitter.)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18286 on: December 05, 2012, 11:40:42 AM »
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"We bailed about 20 minutes later than our reservation time and informed the hostess. The wait by then had grown to 2 HOURS."

Honestly, I can see why they're gone.  I understand having problems when it's busy, but having group after group with reservations having to sit because there are no tables available is bad management.  If they have that kind of problem with table control they should have simply declined to take reservations at all.

Shalamar wrote:

"I confess to doing this once during a Christmas concert at which my older daughter had performed, but in my defense, my younger daughter (who was two at the time) was getting very tired and fretful."

I think this excuses leaving early.  You didn't bail out because your child was done and you had no interest in the rest of the show, you left because your other child was about to become a problem for the other audience members, so it's more polite to leave in your case.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18287 on: December 05, 2012, 12:42:52 PM »
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If they have that kind of problem with table control they should have simply declined to take reservations at all.

I agree!  I think that the manager should have gone up to the slowpokes and said politely "I'm sorry to rush you, but we have other people waiting for this table."

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« Reply #18288 on: December 05, 2012, 12:44:41 PM »
Our school concert finishes with a piece performed by the whole ensemble. So everyone has to stay.

Mine did that too.

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« Reply #18289 on: December 05, 2012, 12:50:06 PM »
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If they have that kind of problem with table control they should have simply declined to take reservations at all.

I agree!  I think that the manager should have gone up to the slowpokes and said politely "I'm sorry to rush you, but we have other people waiting for this table."

That wasn't what caused them to close - we'd been there on other Fridays/Saturdays during holiday season and things ran fine. It was just that one night. What caused them to close years later is that first they had a catastrophic fire. They rebuilt and used their current employees as the labor (trained them in carpentry and such). But the problem was that that took a long, long time and then they just quietly reopened. They did not make a big fanfare for the reopening, so most people thought they were still closed, and they did not get enough business, so they closed again for good.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18290 on: December 05, 2012, 01:07:44 PM »
I've left early from a child's concert exactly once.  During a break between groups, my oldest son was goofing around and fell.  It looked really nasty, so I went to the back, explained the situation, and got my middle son, who was the one performing.  Thankfully, he had already done his part, so he didn't have to miss performing.  I dropped my oldest and youngest off at a neighbor's house, then took the oldest to the ER.  He'd managed to break his hand.

I'm with the rest of you on the SS behavior of so many parents at these concerts. It's obnoxious and keeps others from being able to enjoy their own child's performance.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18291 on: December 05, 2012, 03:48:26 PM »
We are working on a project to reseal a parking lot, and are doing the project in sections.  This is at a mixed use center with some retail tenants.  We phased the project so there would always be available parking near the sections that were closed for resealing.

One gentleman came to the center this weekend, and decided he did not want to drive around the building to the available parking spaces nearest to the shop he was visiting.  Despite being asked not to, he removed the barricades and drove through the fresh asphalt sealer, got out of his car and tracked tar all over the sidewalk.

I have no idea why he thought parking directly in front of the shop was more important than not ruining part of an expensive resealing project.

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« Reply #18292 on: December 05, 2012, 03:59:43 PM »
We are working on a project to reseal a parking lot, and are doing the project in sections.  This is at a mixed use center with some retail tenants.  We phased the project so there would always be available parking near the sections that were closed for resealing.

One gentleman came to the center this weekend, and decided he did not want to drive around the building to the available parking spaces nearest to the shop he was visiting.  Despite being asked not to, he removed the barricades and drove through the fresh asphalt sealer, got out of his car and tracked tar all over the sidewalk.

I have no idea why he thought parking directly in front of the shop was more important than not ruining part of an expensive resealing project.

*jaw drop*

Not to mention, damage to his car, right?  Could you find out who it is and charge him for the repair?

I'd also put gentleman in quotes  ;). I'm pretty sure he's anything but a gentleman.

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« Reply #18293 on: December 05, 2012, 04:11:58 PM »
She also felt that all sopranos only sang high because they didn't practice enough to sing properly.  She would say, "Well this will be motivation for you to REALLY practice."  I've been singing in choirs since was was 10.  I had private lessons in high school/college.  By that point (I was mid-20s) I was pretty dang sure I'm made that way.  Don't get me wrong, I love to sing the harmony because it makes being a soprano more interesting but I still can't dip below the treble clef any easier than an alto can belt a high F.

Heh, I used to run into the opposite sometimes. There are no altos, I've been told, only lazy sopranos. If I just worked hard enough, I could sing up in the stratosphere.  ::)

(Um, no.)

I sing second alto/first tenor, and it's not because I'm lazy.  You wouldn't want me to try hitting soprano notes; I'd sound like someone dropped an anvil on my foot.

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« Reply #18294 on: December 05, 2012, 05:24:59 PM »
Our school concert finishes with a piece performed by the whole ensemble. So everyone has to stay.

In my sons school they have 2 songs to sing.  they sing 1 song going by grades and then the next one going in the same order. It ends with a silly song by all the teachers.

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« Reply #18295 on: December 05, 2012, 06:56:02 PM »
There was a woman in front of me in line at TJ Maxx today. She had her four children with her, and was letting them pretty much run wild in the line. The line to the register is sort of blocked in by display shelves with lots of cheap impulse buy type things like nailpolish, candles, books, socks, candy, and so on. The kids were yanking socks off the shelves and tossing them, opened a pot of glitter and dumped it onto the floor, ripped a hole in the packaging of a gingerbread house, and were just being unruly in general. The mom would make the occasional halfhearted effort to stop them, but mostly just let them do whatever they wanted. She did apologize when one of the kids launched a pack of dishcloths at another customer in line, but made no effort to clean up after them or otherwise control them. I think everyone in line breathed a huge sigh of relief when they finally got to the register and left.

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« Reply #18296 on: December 05, 2012, 09:03:23 PM »
okay back to topic: Thinking about kids and musical instruments reminded me of the SS parents you have to deal with in school productions (especially Christmas pageants) who are convinced their child(ren) are stars (even if they're in a chorus of 30 other kids) and set up movie-grade recording equipment blocking the aisle or rush down to stand in front of the seated audience and record their little darling's shining moment. Do they really think they'll be giving the footage to producers of "Biography" or "Behind the Music" years from now? Ah yes we can say we knew the little tots before they became Oscar winning superstars... ::) No, your child is not in fact special and his rendition of "Frosty the Snowman" will not get him a record contract!


I used to do the recordings of events at school. I gave up after I had to trash an entire performance recording because of the parent cursing the choir director the whole time.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18297 on: December 05, 2012, 09:46:12 PM »
SS at a charity shop

A friend and I went to a few charity shops yesterday and ran into 2 SS situations

First Charity Shop.
Some idiot thought charity shop meant dump broken household stuff. They dumped TWO trailer loads of broken, useless household gear, fridges, dining tables, broken tv units, broken dishes, the works on the front porch of the shop at 3am. From talking to the sales girl they just didn't want to pay the 60$ it would be to dump this rubbish at the dump. Jokes on them though. Not only were they caught on camera (there ar 6 HUGE signs stating they have security cameras) they left important identifying paperwork in one of the bags of rubbish and this charity shop is Government owned and run and on Council land. Idiots are in serious trouble. As we left some higher ups in the Council drove up and they did not look happy. Ha.

Second Charity Shop.
I spotted a paticular style of 'thumper' handheld back massager for $5 and I know these start at 150$ if you are lucky and my friend needed one badly so I snapped it up and gave it to her. As we had our stuff next to the register to pay this woman came up insiting that the workers find another thumper for her and they must have more in back so go find it. Err no, the saleswoman did an excellently calm job of explaining to the demanding woman that this is a charity shop, not a department store and what they sell is what they have out and no there was no more in back. It did take the saleswoman five minutes to explain it to her and she did leave in a huff muttering under her breath and giving my friend quite a glare as she did. Its a charity shop, first come first served.
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« Reply #18298 on: December 05, 2012, 09:59:03 PM »
DH and I just returned from Disney World.

I used to live in Florida and went to Disney on occasion. I particularly loved Epcot Center. One year, I made the mistake of going during the spring break season. This is the time when large groups of high school kids descend on the park.

My party and I were making our way around one side of Spaceship Earth (big silver globe). Right outside one of the bathrooms, a large group of kids (probably 40-50) were milling around. I swear almost all of them were wearing backpacks. So, besides their bodies, they had something on their backs that stuck out behind them a good few inches. But, the kids didn't seem to remember the extra space taken by the backpacks. I saw more than one person going behind a kid getting hit with a backpack when the kid turned suddenly. A couple of kids got hit in the face.

The kids were mainly clueless, not SS. But, I vowed never to go back when large groups of kids would be going.

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« Reply #18299 on: December 05, 2012, 10:04:25 PM »
Had one of those SS backpack wearers land on the seat next to me on the shuttle bus a couple of days ago.  I'm not sure what he had in the backpack, but it was full to the point where the backpack was thicker than the guy was - and it was heavy, a fact which I can attest to as he landed it on me.  Another passenger noticed my "oof" noise and told the guy that he'd just hit me with his backpack. The guy turned a bit, apologized, and then turned back around - putting the bag right back in my lap!  I told him he was still hitting me with the bag and he kind of scooted out into the aisle...but that guy was seriously lacking in self-awareness.