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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18600 on: December 27, 2012, 04:35:07 PM »
I couldn't quite decide where to put this, as i think my sister was being ridiculous and a Super SS, but I don't think it merits its own thread.

Last week, on Wed or Thurs (so just a few days before Christmas) Sis said that she's organizing Christmas dinner, and is frustrated because "nobody wants to do Christmas" ie everyone already has plans ::) I talked to DH and we decided that we will come over instead of just hanging out at home with the kids.

Sis then called to invite us to spend the night on Christmas Eve so we would all wake up together. She was annoyed at Bro because he wasn't coming--he and his fiancee went to visit her folks. I said no way. I don't want to lug my family of 5 over and sleep on the floor on Christmas Eve.

Next idea was that just the kids could spend the night. Ummm, no. My kids are going to wake up in their own beds on Christmas morning. And they're sure as heck going to be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with me and their dad.**Bonus SS points because this is Baby's first Christmas. I told Sis that wasn't going to happen all 3 times she asked.

Friday I picked Niece up from school as usual, and when Sis came to pick her up, Sis asked my kids if they wanted to have a slumber party on Christmas Eve. The kids got all revved up and excited, and I got to be the Evil Dream Destroyertm. We left immediately, and as I was wrangling my kids out to the van, I let Sis have it. I may have made a comment about smacking her upside the head if she tried that male cow excrement again.

Saturday Sis and I were talking again. This time her plan was that we would bring all of our gifts over to the house and everyone would open gifts together. As in, not just our gifts for Dad, Sis and niece, but the gifts DH and I got each other and the kids as well. No, not happening. Sis was pouty again and didn't get why I don't want to do Christmas.

Monday, Christmas Eve, I get a call from Sis. It's niece calling to ask if DS, DD and baby can come over and have a sleepover. I asked her to give the phone to Sis, and told her that was a new low and that I would see her Christmas Day at 11:30, and not before.

Christmas Day, we come over and Sis asked what happened to us coming over last night. I ignored her, she sighed and muttered under her breath, and then it was done and we had a fun day. I seriously considered not coming over at all on Christmas day after all the pestering that Sis did, but I had told Dad we would be there, and if we didn't go we wouldn't have seen him. I was ok with that 2 weeks ago when our plan was to have a quiet, low key day, but once Sis started in with her plans, Dad rearranged his plans also. And Sis lives with Dad, so I couldn't really just see him without her as well.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18601 on: December 27, 2012, 04:45:18 PM »
I couldn't quite decide where to put this, as i think my sister was being ridiculous and a Super SS, but I don't think it merits its own thread.

Last week, on Wed or Thurs (so just a few days before Christmas) Sis said that she's organizing Christmas dinner, and is frustrated because "nobody wants to do Christmas" ie everyone already has plans ::) I talked to DH and we decided that we will come over instead of just hanging out at home with the kids.

Sis then called to invite us to spend the night on Christmas Eve so we would all wake up together. She was annoyed at Bro because he wasn't coming--he and his fiancee went to visit her folks. I said no way. I don't want to lug my family of 5 over and sleep on the floor on Christmas Eve.

Next idea was that just the kids could spend the night. Ummm, no. My kids are going to wake up in their own beds on Christmas morning. And they're sure as heck going to be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with me and their dad.**Bonus SS points because this is Baby's first Christmas. I told Sis that wasn't going to happen all 3 times she asked.

Friday I picked Niece up from school as usual, and when Sis came to pick her up, Sis asked my kids if they wanted to have a slumber party on Christmas Eve. The kids got all revved up and excited, and I got to be the Evil Dream Destroyertm. We left immediately, and as I was wrangling my kids out to the van, I let Sis have it. I may have made a comment about smacking her upside the head if she tried that male cow excrement again.

Saturday Sis and I were talking again. This time her plan was that we would bring all of our gifts over to the house and everyone would open gifts together. As in, not just our gifts for Dad, Sis and niece, but the gifts DH and I got each other and the kids as well. No, not happening. Sis was pouty again and didn't get why I don't want to do Christmas.

Monday, Christmas Eve, I get a call from Sis. It's niece calling to ask if DS, DD and baby can come over and have a sleepover. I asked her to give the phone to Sis, and told her that was a new low and that I would see her Christmas Day at 11:30, and not before.

Christmas Day, we come over and Sis asked what happened to us coming over last night. I ignored her, she sighed and muttered under her breath, and then it was done and we had a fun day. I seriously considered not coming over at all on Christmas day after all the pestering that Sis did, but I had told Dad we would be there, and if we didn't go we wouldn't have seen him. I was ok with that 2 weeks ago when our plan was to have a quiet, low key day, but once Sis started in with her plans, Dad rearranged his plans also. And Sis lives with Dad, so I couldn't really just see him without her as well.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18602 on: December 27, 2012, 05:04:35 PM »
Yeah twiggy, shiny steel through and through.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18603 on: December 27, 2012, 05:22:57 PM »
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18604 on: December 27, 2012, 06:09:14 PM »
     I am calling the Ushers at my mom's church SS's and the people who came LATE to Christmas eve mass - and would not be separated from each other - all six of them needed to be seated together in one of the two busiest masses of the year.
     I had gotten there early....and got a seat I wanted, only to be TOLD that I needed to move to accommodate these folks, to a seat where my mother could not sit with me. So I get out move my stuff and go to the seat I was allowed to sit in - only to have the Ushers come in and again try to move me. Because someone else who came late was more worthy of a seat than I.  This time I refused to accommodate. They could sit separately because I was not moving - so the wife sat sideways and acted like she was in her living room, elbowed me several times and her husband told me to move so their daughter could sit with them.  Again - no, I am not standing so your daughter can sit. Then the woman decided that the organist and choir were not worth listening to - on the only day when they do the Polish Carols, in Polish, she wanted to chat with me! I was singing along when they came and I was not stopping because her specialness wanted coffee hour. She did not stop talking until the Gospel reading. To me, to her husband ( about how rude I was for not moving or chatting to her) ,to the daughter standing in the aisle, no one around her could concentrate on the readings or prayers.
    You know if you want to sit together, get there early - or sit where you can, but expecting others to be displaced for you ( or displacing those who came early.) when you know this is going to be a packed house,,,, is ridiculous.   

Both the woman and her family plus the ushers are SS's.  The ushers should have not forced you to move and the woman & her family defined SS.  That is why you arrive early for Xmas Masses to get the seats/pew you want.   Too bad the ushers do not have announcements made asking parents of infants and toddlers to hold them to free up space as most of the time kids under age 3 seldom want to sit down for any period of time (at least in my experiences going to church and observing kids of that age range there).

It would be extremely awkward to kneel, stand and sing while holding a toddler.  If a family with small children arrives in time to get seats for everyone there is no reason the parents should have to give up their seats because someone else was late.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18605 on: December 27, 2012, 11:51:06 PM »
Today I met SS-The Entire Theater Belongs to ME. DH and I took the kids to see an animated movie today.  The theater was half-full and while the top "half" of the theater was crowded, there were plenty of available seats in the bottom half.  (Not just the front row "neck killer" seats, but plenty of mid-level "comfortable" seats.)  My family was seated in one of the top rows. 

DH was in the end-of-row seat.  The row looked like this:

DH - Weebleson- Weeblegirl- Weeblewobble- Empty seat- Empty seat- Empty seat- Stranger - Stranger-Stranger- Stranger-Stranger

Right after the previews ended, a woman with six kids - three in the 5 or 6 range and three in the 11 or 12 range - comes in.  Instead of heading for the multiple rows of available seats, they make a beeline for the three empty seats to my right.   So... seven people, thinking they can sit in three seats.  The three younger kids sit down, but the mom isn't happy with the idea of the little girls sitting alone, so she and the teens stood there discussing this with the seated little kids.  Several different plans were proposed, including one in which the mom could sit with two of the little girls, while the remaining younger girl could go sit with the tween kids  somewhere else in the theater. The remaining younger girl didn't like this plan and neither did the tweens.  Please keep in mind that during this prolonged, not exactly quiet, discussion, the movie had started and these people were standing directly in front of my family's seats.  So not only can we not see or hear the start of the movie, we're having to hold these awkward "letting someone by" leg maneuvers to make room for them.

I put up with it up until one of the tween boys stepped on my daughter (eight years old)'s foot for the fourth or fifth time - without apologizing - and I spoke up.  I said, "Ma'am, there are plenty of available seats.  Will you and your children please find somewhere to sit?"

The woman shushed me and glared at me, then plucked one of the younger girls from the seat right next to me and plopped down in it.  (Awesome.)  She told the other kids to go find SOMEWHERE to sit and she would find them later to bring them popcorn.  So for the rest of the movie, I was treated to her huffing and glaring at me from the next seat, while alternately getting up every twenty minutes or so to take the tweens more popcorn.

By the time the lights came up, I was pretty steamed.  Other Mom snarked to her kids to hold on and stay in their seats because she didn't think that "some people" were going to let them pass so they could catch up with the other kids.  I kept my back turned to her and helped my daughter with her coat. DH said she was shooting death glares at me the whole time.  I walked out of the theater without even looking back at her.

I swear, I'm going to just wait for the DVD release of movies from now on.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18606 on: December 28, 2012, 08:14:12 AM »
Went to the Zoo yesterday with Loren and Brett. It was in the 50's. This woman was walking up to random zoo employees wanting to know how to get a refund/why they didn't let people in for free because the animals weren't out.


She walked away. Loren looked at me and asked "Didn't she check the weather before she left."
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18607 on: December 28, 2012, 02:25:04 PM »
Went to the Zoo yesterday with Loren and Brett. It was in the 50's. This woman was walking up to random zoo employees wanting to know how to get a refund/why they didn't let people in for free because the animals weren't out.


She walked away. Loren looked at me and asked "Didn't she check the weather before she left."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18608 on: December 28, 2012, 04:34:28 PM »
Went to the Zoo yesterday with Loren and Brett. It was in the 50's. This woman was walking up to random zoo employees wanting to know how to get a refund/why they didn't let people in for free because the animals weren't out.

She walked away. Loren looked at me and asked "Didn't she check the weather before she left."
She must have been related to This person on Not Always right 

In this case, the animals were too lethargic because it was a hot day.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18609 on: December 29, 2012, 11:41:05 AM »
So, speaking of special snowflakes...here's one for you. I rather think it will speak for itself:



Yup. That's our driveway. And that's how our neighbors and their guests park every.single.day.

Anyone want to guess why we're itching to move out?  >:(
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18610 on: December 29, 2012, 11:48:40 AM »
Ooh, fun. Daily bumper cars. /eyeroll
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18611 on: December 29, 2012, 11:51:59 AM »
hummmmph. We've been trying to be patient...you know, neighborly?

But we're running out of patience. And money. Our insurance rates increased after we bumped into one of them while backing out last year.

I think a call to the fire marshal is going to be next...  >:(
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18612 on: December 29, 2012, 12:11:23 PM »
hummmmph. We've been trying to be patient...you know, neighborly?

But we're running out of patience. And money. Our insurance rates increased after we bumped into one of them while backing out last year.

I think a call to the fire marshal is going to be next...  >:(

Why don't you have them towed?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18613 on: December 29, 2012, 12:31:55 PM »
The one that actually blocks the driveway, yes, they'll come tow that. Funny how the person drives off just when they see the tow truck coming....

The other ones? The ones not technically blocking the driveway? I don't have the authority to have them towed - only the apartment manager can do that.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18614 on: December 29, 2012, 12:34:29 PM »
Where I live, police will come & ticket a car that is blocking a driveway, if it is reported. If the driveway is completely blocked, the car may be towed.

Last time I reported a completely blocked drivewayt, the police officer figured out where the car owner lived (around the corner), and both called & knocked on his door. When there was no answer, the officer called for a tow.

Another time, a neighbor kept parking a truck with a trailer so it partially blocked the driveway. I didn't know the neighbor, so I put a polite note on the windshield asking if he could be more careful in parking, because I had to drive over the lawn to get out. Never happened again.

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