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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18510 on: December 20, 2012, 02:15:57 PM »
^^^^ Okay, with that last story, my eye is starting to twitch.  I might have to go and lie down awhile.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18511 on: December 20, 2012, 02:29:44 PM »
Good for you for sticking to your guns!  *Somebody* has to stand up to Grandma. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18512 on: December 20, 2012, 04:15:17 PM »
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was taken aback when DH pointed out that last year was her "last Christmas" so we made definite plans to be home this year.

Off-topic, but I'm reminded of a scene in I,Claudius:

Lentulus: (kissing Caligula's hand) Your recovery is a miracle!
Caligula: But you prayed for it, Lentulus.
Lentulus: Oh, night and day! But prayers are not always heard.
Caligula: But yours were special, so I understand. You offered your life to the Gods in place of mine. That was extremely noble!
Lentulus: (expecting a reward) It's true, I did.
Caligula: And what are you going to do about it?
Lentulus: Do about it? What do you mean?
Caligula: Well, I'm still here, and so are you. But we oughtn't both be here. Should we not give the Gods the things we promise them? You're in danger of the crime of perjury, Lentulus. Think about it. But not too long- Gods won't wait forever, that I can assure you only too well.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18513 on: December 20, 2012, 04:21:33 PM »
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was taken aback when DH pointed out that last year was her "last Christmas" so we made definite plans to be home this year.

Off-topic, but I'm reminded of a scene in I,Claudius:

Lentulus: (kissing Caligula's hand) Your recovery is a miracle!
Caligula: But you prayed for it, Lentulus.
Lentulus: Oh, night and day! But prayers are not always heard.
Caligula: But yours were special, so I understand. You offered your life to the Gods in place of mine. That was extremely noble!
Lentulus: (expecting a reward) It's true, I did.
Caligula: And what are you going to do about it?
Lentulus: Do about it? What do you mean?
Caligula: Well, I'm still here, and so are you. But we oughtn't both be here. Should we not give the Gods the things we promise them? You're in danger of the crime of perjury, Lentulus. Think about it. But not too long- Gods won't wait forever, that I can assure you only too well.



Oh yes, Caligula, quite possibly the original special snowflake!  Don't want to get off track, but my favorite scene with Caligula was John Hurt standing with the head of his young and probably consumptive cousin announcing to one and all "I have cured [kid's name] coughing!"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18514 on: December 20, 2012, 04:41:14 PM »
I wonder if all special snowflakes deep down inside actually want to live up to the example Caligula set.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18515 on: December 20, 2012, 05:03:21 PM »
  I'm trying to figure out a menu I can mostly prepare ahead of time (or things that don't take much prep time anyway), and I don't want to be stuck in the kitchen all day when I could be relaxing. 
I gift you with the menu of a party I attended last night: a barbequed brisket, sliced, in a roasting pan, meatballs from Sam's Club cooked according to the bag's instructions in a crock-pot, and a big basket of sandwich rolls, cut into 2" long slices. Assorted other things like a veggie tray, a cheese tray, olives, pickles, and some chip and dip. And an arrangement of cupcakes frosted to look like Santa. (store bought)
Everyone just raved about the brisket and meatball sandwiches.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18516 on: December 20, 2012, 10:44:11 PM »
I wonder if all special snowflakes deep down inside actually want to live up to the example Caligula set.
Funny story about Caligula.  His actual Latin name was Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus.  "Caligula" was a nickname, given to him by the soldiers that his father commanded.  Little Gaius was very proud of his footwear, miniature copies of the soldiers' caligae, the hobnailed sandal-boots that they wore.  Caligula is a diminutive of that.

Yes, children, the most feared and terrible of the Roman emperors has been immortalized as "Bootsie."
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18517 on: December 21, 2012, 04:13:14 AM »
I wonder if all special snowflakes deep down inside actually want to live up to the example Caligula set.
Funny story about Caligula.  His actual Latin name was Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus.  "Caligula" was a nickname, given to him by the soldiers that his father commanded.  Little Gaius was very proud of his footwear, miniature copies of the soldiers' caligae, the hobnailed sandal-boots that they wore.  Caligula is a diminutive of that.

Yes, children, the most feared and terrible of the Roman emperors has been immortalized as "Bootsie."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18518 on: December 21, 2012, 04:19:28 AM »
I wonder if all special snowflakes deep down inside actually want to live up to the example Caligula set.
Funny story about Caligula.  His actual Latin name was Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus.  "Caligula" was a nickname, given to him by the soldiers that his father commanded.  Little Gaius was very proud of his footwear, miniature copies of the soldiers' caligae, the hobnailed sandal-boots that they wore.  Caligula is a diminutive of that.

Yes, children, the most feared and terrible of the Roman emperors has been immortalized as "Bootsie."

*Dies laughing*

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Thanks for the laugh Elfmama!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18519 on: December 21, 2012, 05:56:05 AM »
*snerk* "Bootsie"...That reminds me of a neighbor who had a Neapolitan Mastiff named "Thor", but neighbor's wife always called the dog "Pupper-Doodle".   ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18520 on: December 21, 2012, 07:18:16 AM »
*snerk* "Bootsie"...That reminds me of a neighbor who had a Neapolitan Mastiff named "Thor", but neighbor's wife always called the dog "Pupper-Doodle".   ::)

Then there's me, with my six pound poodle I refer to as "mommy's manly man"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18521 on: December 21, 2012, 08:15:44 AM »
At the grocery (AGAIN) yesterday with my daughter, age 8.  This time it wasn't in the holiday baking aisle, at least.  I was in the dairy aisle and passed a woman with two small children.  The kids were obviously excited about Christmas and were singing and talking about Santa and presents and maybe getting snow.  They were speaking at an average conversational volume level, not obnoxious or painfully loud to be around.  I passed them, DD wished them Merry Christmas.  All was good.  A lady came around the corner of the aisle and searched for items near the kids.  They started singing again and she turned on them with this angry, irritated expression and said, "SHHHHHH."  The shushing was just as loud, if not louder, as the singing and done in this really hostile, hissing sort of way.

My jaw dropped.  She clearly didn't know this family and she was angrily shushing the kids!  The mother said, "Ma'am.  Please don't do that."

The woman snapped, "I HAVE A HEADACHE.  I don't need all that extra noise!  Tell them to shut up!"

The mother opened her mouth to respond, but glanced at her children and pushed the cart away from Headache Lady.  On the next aisle, I ran into the mom again.  The kids were much quieter and all their happy spirit seemed to be sucked out of them.  The mom and I shared this incredulous, "What the heck?" look.  DD told the kids she really liked their singing, which made them smile a little.

I didn't run into the family again, but a few aisles later I crossed paths with Headache Lady.  DD was telling me a funny story from school in a completely normal, not-loud conversational tone.  Headache Lady saw her and very clearly narrowed her eyes at my daughter.  I watched her face change to that angry, irritated expression she wore earlier when she shushed the kids. DD saw it too and stopped speaking.  Headache Lady seemed frustrated and that she no longer had a target and huffed off, muttering to herself about loud kids everywhere. DD continued her story, relatively unfazed.

It was like she was actively seeking out children to "upset her" so she could fuss at them.  If you have a headache, I sympathize, but perhaps you should stay away from a very busy, noisy grocery store until you feel better.

Normally,  I'm not a "but they're just being chiiiiiiildreeeeeen" person, but this seems petty and mean spirited and very very speshul.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18522 on: December 21, 2012, 08:20:51 AM »
Another library Special Snowflake.

A man came into the library yesterday and asked me "where the science journals are". Trying to narrow it down, I asked him which journal he was looking for.

Man: ::condescending tone:: Just the area with all the science journals.
Me: There's isn't a single area with all the science journals. The paper copies we have are shelved in with the rest of the collection.
Man: How can that be?!
Me: ...they're shelved by call number.
Man: No, they're all supposed to be in one place! That's how it was when I was a student here! [note: I work in a university library]
Me: When was that?
Man: About 10 years ago.
Me: Yeah, things have changed since then.
Man: ::sigh:: Okay, just tell me where I can find [name of science journal].
Me: ::looks it up in the catalogue:: I'm afraid we don't have a paper copy of that. Just the electronic version.
Man: That's crazy! Look up [another science journal].
Me: Same thing, I'm afraid.
Man: What, did you just throw away the paper copies?
Me: Probably. In the last 10 years, things like journals have become mostly digital. Some of them don't even print paper versions anymore. If we have access to the digitized versions, the library chose not to keep the paper copies for space reasons.
Man: ::heaving a great sigh:: Well, I'll just look at the digital versions then.
Me: Do you have a student or staff ID?
Man: No.
Me: I'm sorry, you won't be able to access our online resources. They're only available to students and members of the faculty and staff.
Man: That's completely ridiculous!
Me: Not really. Databases are expensive, and students pay for access with their tuition. Non-students don't pay tuition and so aren't given access.
Man: That's completely STUPID! Can you pull up the journals for me?
Me: No, I'm sorry.
Man: USELESS! ::walks out of library::

I mean, I get that he was frustrated that he couldn't get the journals he wanted, but that didn't give him the right to be rude to me because the library hadn't stayed exactly as it was in 2002 (his tone throughout was VERY short and annoyed). Then he verged into SS territory by getting angry that he couldn't get into the library databases (dude, it's NOT A PUBLIC LIBRARY. The rules are different!).

At least it made the day a little interesting, the library is still open even though nearly all the students have gone home for the break, and the place is absolutely dead.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18523 on: December 21, 2012, 08:51:41 AM »
Yes, children, the most feared and terrible of the Roman emperors has been immortalized as "Bootsie."

 ;D ;D ;D 

Thanks.  You provided my first out loud laugh of the day! 

Thanks for the history lesson too.  See?  Etiquette Hell, among other things, is also educational!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18524 on: December 21, 2012, 09:06:42 AM »
If you have a headache, I sympathize, but perhaps you should stay away from a very busy, noisy grocery store until you feel better.



And if you have no choice and must go to the grocery store anyway despite the headache, you simply cannot demand that children shut up. That's textbook SS behavior.


(ETA: Not just children, actually.)
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