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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18555 on: December 22, 2012, 12:03:44 PM »
http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-73730514/

First letter.

The story is only accessible with a paid subscription.

Here is a link to Ask Amy in the Anchorage Daily News.  I started reading it there because I don't want to pay for a subscription to the Tribune.  They publish all three letters, too.

http://www.adn.com/2012/12/22/2728164/ask-amy-candy-sparks-not-so-sweet.html

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« Reply #18556 on: December 22, 2012, 12:11:47 PM »
If you go to her website, she posts all of her letters there too

http://www.amydickinson.com/

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« Reply #18557 on: December 22, 2012, 12:50:13 PM »
http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-73730514/

First letter.

The story is only accessible with a paid subscription.

I read it okay and I haven't paid anything.  Are you sure?

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« Reply #18558 on: December 22, 2012, 12:56:22 PM »
I can read it just fine. And that couple were quite snowflaky! I guess the world is supposed to revolve around them...

I have to wonder if the letter was written by the dentist in Iowa who fired an employee because she was too attractive, and thus too tempting.

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« Reply #18559 on: December 22, 2012, 12:57:58 PM »
I haven't paid either, but I can read it fine.

The gist of it, for those who can't, is that the LW's wife works has a co-worker who puts out candy. The wife is unable to say no to the candy and is gaining weight. She wants the CW to stop putting out candy and put out healthy snacks instead. CW refuses to oblige, so Wife takes it up with the office manager, who refuses to get involved. Wife tries to get other co-workers invoved, but they refuse too.

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« Reply #18560 on: December 22, 2012, 03:52:18 PM »
I haven't paid either, but I can read it fine.

The gist of it, for those who can't, is that the LW's wife works has a co-worker who puts out candy. The wife is unable to say no to the candy and is gaining weight. She wants the CW to stop putting out candy and put out healthy snacks instead. CW refuses to oblige, so Wife takes it up with the office manager, who refuses to get involved. Wife tries to get other co-workers invoved, but they refuse too.

Why doesn't LWW bring in her own healthy treats?

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« Reply #18561 on: December 22, 2012, 04:01:21 PM »
I haven't paid either, but I can read it fine.

The gist of it, for those who can't, is that the LW's wife works has a co-worker who puts out candy. The wife is unable to say no to the candy and is gaining weight. She wants the CW to stop putting out candy and put out healthy snacks instead. CW refuses to oblige, so Wife takes it up with the office manager, who refuses to get involved. Wife tries to get other co-workers invoved, but they refuse too.

Why doesn't LWW bring in her own healthy treats?

Please stop...you're making much too much sense

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« Reply #18562 on: December 22, 2012, 04:26:30 PM »
I haven't paid either, but I can read it fine.

The gist of it, for those who can't, is that the LW's wife works has a co-worker who puts out candy. The wife is unable to say no to the candy and is gaining weight. She wants the CW to stop putting out candy and put out healthy snacks instead. CW refuses to oblige, so Wife takes it up with the office manager, who refuses to get involved. Wife tries to get other co-workers invoved, but they refuse too.

Why doesn't LWW bring in her own healthy treats?

because then she (LWW) would eat the healthy snack and the candy, thus getting even chubbier  >:D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18563 on: December 22, 2012, 05:49:27 PM »
I haven't paid either, but I can read it fine.

The gist of it, for those who can't, is that the LW's wife works has a co-worker who puts out candy. The wife is unable to say no to the candy and is gaining weight. She wants the CW to stop putting out candy and put out healthy snacks instead. CW refuses to oblige, so Wife takes it up with the office manager, who refuses to get involved. Wife tries to get other co-workers invoved, but they refuse too.

Why doesn't LWW bring in her own healthy treats?

Perhaps, if asked nicely, the coworker might be prevailed upon to smack LW's wife's hand with a ruler everytime it came near the candy? I would but I'm extra nice that way.  >:D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18564 on: December 22, 2012, 06:21:47 PM »
Maybe I'm the SS here.

[BG]I work in a government office in the US.[/BG]

Our (very Catholic) clerk put up Christmas decorations in the reception area.  I don't care about the tree - Christians "borrowed" the evergreen tree symbolism from the pagans in the first place - but I objected to the angels.  Actually, my (P/A) Buddhist coworker who has to look at those angels all day long complained to me and I said I would respectfully raise the issue to the Powers That Be.  Our acting manager (still waiting for that position to be filled permanently) did not want to act unless there was a written policy.  That's fine.  I know he is uncomfortable with conflict.  I asked the division secretary if there was a policy on religious displays.  Turns out, she's Catholic too and loves angels, so she doesn't see a problem.

She said, "It is a personal preference."

I said, "No, it is a government office, not a church.  If she wants to put the angels on her desk where every visitor is not forced to see them, that is her personal preference.  Decorating a government reception area with religious symbols is a violation of federal law."

I sent the manager and the division secretary the link to the ACLU site which explains why this is a violation of federal law.

I haven't said anything to anyone else and I did not mention my objections to our clerk (who put the angel display up).

I thought I was alerting management to a problem, but it seems that I am the problem for raising the issue.  I dropped it already but I'm getting stink eye from the division secretary now.  I anticipate my travel requests will be bounced back repeatedly for insignificant reasons this coming year.  :-\

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18565 on: December 22, 2012, 07:36:25 PM »
The gist of it, for those who can't, is that the LW's wife works has a co-worker who puts out candy. The wife is unable to say no to the candy and is gaining weight. She wants the CW to stop putting out candy and put out healthy snacks instead. CW refuses to oblige, so Wife takes it up with the office manager, who refuses to get involved. Wife tries to get other co-workers invoved, but they refuse too.

I was wondering how someone gains so much weight from three pieces of candy that it can actually be attributed to the candy.  (I'm assuming these are small pieces -- Hershey's kisses, Jolly ranchers, peppermints, etc. -- and not full-sized candy bars.)  A Hershey's kiss, for example, has approximately 20 calories, so we're talking 60 calories per day.  It would take about two months of eating three per day to gain only one pound.  She could take a brisk daily walk around the block for 20 minutes and easily burn off 60 extra calories.

Sounds like the wife is eating other snacks than just the candy.

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« Reply #18566 on: December 22, 2012, 08:45:51 PM »
The gist of it, for those who can't, is that the LW's wife works has a co-worker who puts out candy. The wife is unable to say no to the candy and is gaining weight. She wants the CW to stop putting out candy and put out healthy snacks instead. CW refuses to oblige, so Wife takes it up with the office manager, who refuses to get involved. Wife tries to get other co-workers invoved, but they refuse too.

I was wondering how someone gains so much weight from three pieces of candy that it can actually be attributed to the candy.  (I'm assuming these are small pieces -- Hershey's kisses, Jolly ranchers, peppermints, etc. -- and not full-sized candy bars.)  A Hershey's kiss, for example, has approximately 20 calories, so we're talking 60 calories per day.  It would take about two months of eating three per day to gain only one pound.  She could take a brisk daily walk around the block for 20 minutes and easily burn off 60 extra calories.

Sounds like the wife is eating other snacks than just the candy.
Given that the husband is the LW, I wonder if she's directing the blame toward her CWs to keep him from suspecting that stash of Milky Way bars in her desk drawer...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18567 on: December 22, 2012, 09:40:39 PM »
The gist of it, for those who can't, is that the LW's wife works has a co-worker who puts out candy. The wife is unable to say no to the candy and is gaining weight. She wants the CW to stop putting out candy and put out healthy snacks instead. CW refuses to oblige, so Wife takes it up with the office manager, who refuses to get involved. Wife tries to get other co-workers invoved, but they refuse too.

I was wondering how someone gains so much weight from three pieces of candy that it can actually be attributed to the candy.  (I'm assuming these are small pieces -- Hershey's kisses, Jolly ranchers, peppermints, etc. -- and not full-sized candy bars.)  A Hershey's kiss, for example, has approximately 20 calories, so we're talking 60 calories per day.  It would take about two months of eating three per day to gain only one pound.  She could take a brisk daily walk around the block for 20 minutes and easily burn off 60 extra calories.

Sounds like the wife is eating other snacks than just the candy.
Given that the husband is the LW, I wonder if she's directing the blame toward her CWs to keep him from suspecting that stash of Milky Way bars in her desk drawer...

We are thinking alike here.   :)

And I rethought my calculations -- she's eating the candies on workdays (i.e., only 5 days a week, not 7).  At that rate, it would take about 11 weeks -- almost 3 months -- to gain a single pound.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18568 on: December 22, 2012, 10:05:04 PM »
I also wouldn't be surprised if she was eating a lot more than three!  She might be complaining to her husband about the temptation as a way to explain some weight gain (or a failure to lose weight), and when he asks how many she's eating, she says "three" so that it sounds like a normal, non-greedy, reasonable amount.  When really it might be 10 or something.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18569 on: December 22, 2012, 11:10:34 PM »
I strongly suspect that the LW's Wife's coworkers spend some time privately commenting on the greedy coworker that eats all the candy they buy...