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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18630 on: December 30, 2012, 01:18:10 PM »
My uncle and his son, my cousin, were both total snowflakes over Christmas.  ::)  Apparently my uncle had lent some money to my cousin, and texted him, on Christmas Day, to ask him about setting up a payment plan to repay the money (because that's always a good time to ask about things like that, right?).  My cousin bean dipped him about paying the money back, and then made a strange comment about "and anyway, I'm going to see MY family today".  My uncle texted back and said, "what do you mean?", and it came out that cousin believes that our family as a whole likes him and considers him more of a family member than we do my uncle. 

So there's my cousin's Special Snowflake moment; who thinks it's okay to tell your father that nobody in the family likes him or thinks he's part of the family?  Then my uncle turned into a Special Snowflake, and asked my mom, who was hosting everyone for Christmas dinner, to uninvite my cousin.  She caved, and uninvited my cousin, and my uncle still decided to not come and pout about how no one likes him.  ::) ::) 

I love my uncle and my cousin, but my goodness...we almost had a blizzard Christmas morning!  And because they're both being "Special", neither of them gave any consideration to how it would affect everyone else.  I didn't get to see either of them while I was home, which makes me very sad.  Of course, after the whole drama, I might have tried to knock some sense into them if I had seen them...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18631 on: December 30, 2012, 01:36:47 PM »
Then my uncle ... asked my mom, who was hosting everyone for Christmas dinner, to uninvite my cousin.  She caved, and uninvited my cousin, and my uncle still decided to not come ...

Oh good grief!!  How old is your Uncle?  Five? 

How nice that he talked your Mom into uninviting his son and then didn't show up himself anyway.  Wish your Mom hadn't done that, but I suspect she does too at this point! 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18632 on: December 30, 2012, 04:43:18 PM »
Day after Christmas:   I was running errands.  I pulled into a parking place - only to be almost hit by someone pulling through from the other direction.  Who then gave me a one-finger salute.  The parking lot was busy, although there were plenty of places farther out where someone who didn't want to back up could pull through, but they insisted on doing this in the first row back from the store fronts. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18633 on: December 30, 2012, 05:16:34 PM »
I took my large, well-behaved dog shopping today.  We went to two different pet stores that allow you to bring your pets in. At one of the stores, another customer decided that I was a horrible person because she was afraid of dogs and I should not have brought my dog out.  My dog only barks when he's lonely or he thinks you're going to hurt my kids.  At the time, he was sitting quietly while I looked at new collars for him (he came with a choke collar, and I hate those). I realize that some people are afraid of dogs, but I went to that store specifically because he was welcome there. The store employees wound up telling her that she was welcome to leave, but my dog had as much of a right to be there as she did.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18634 on: December 30, 2012, 05:22:16 PM »
We were in a fast food drive through today, second in line behind the car at the window.  A truck with a HUGE boat/trailer pulls up beside the drive through line and parks in a such a way - angling his cab slightly in front of the car at the front of the line - that the car  can't pull forward, effectively trapping us all in the drive through lane. (We can't pull out sideways, again, because the truck and boat trailer are parked parallel to us.) And blocking in anyone parked in the parking spots opposite the drive-through lane. The truck/boat driver gets out of his truck and goes inside the restaurant!

The employee at the window called out to him that he couldn't leave the truck parked there, but he waved her off.  It took almost ten minutes for the man to come back out of the restaurant, holding a bag of food.  He flipped the drive-through line the middle finger and drove off in a huff.  The poor baffled employee at the drive through window apologized profusely and said the man had actually ordered a meal and sat down to eat it before she got a manager to go out to the dining area to ask him to move.  And he initially refused to do it! 

"I've been working here for four years and I've never seen anything like it!" the lady said, as the manager added several extra goodies to our bags to make up for the wait.  (Apple slices and cookies.)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18635 on: December 30, 2012, 05:26:01 PM »
I took my large, well-behaved dog shopping today.  We went to two different pet stores that allow you to bring your pets in. At one of the stores, another customer decided that I was a horrible person because she was afraid of dogs and I should not have brought my dog out.  My dog only barks when he's lonely or he thinks you're going to hurt my kids.  At the time, he was sitting quietly while I looked at new collars for him (he came with a choke collar, and I hate those). I realize that some people are afraid of dogs, but I went to that store specifically because he was welcome there. The store employees wound up telling her that she was welcome to leave, but my dog had as much of a right to be there as she did.

Good for them! Good for you, too, for not leaving just because of her.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18636 on: December 30, 2012, 05:56:34 PM »
Can a business be a special snowflake?  Because Redbook magazine seems pretty darn close.

(Summary for those who don't like to click links - one of the pages from the latest issue has a bunch of "do-it-yourself ideas" which incidentally happen to be several popular posts on Pinterest.  They don't give credit to the authors, or even to finding them on Pinterest at all.  The illustrations are drawn rather than the photos from the popular pins, but they're pretty obviously drawn from those exact photos.  Jen Yates, who writes www.cakewrecks.com and www.epbot.com, was the originator of one of those ideas.)

Unluckily for Redbook, Jen has over a million Twitter followers and they're all pretty mad about this stunt.  I suspect if this follows other internet flare-ups, there will be some impressive drama and then an abject apology within the next 48 hours or so.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18637 on: December 30, 2012, 06:30:34 PM »
Can a business be a special snowflake?  Because Redbook magazine seems pretty darn close.

(Summary for those who don't like to click links - one of the pages from the latest issue has a bunch of "do-it-yourself ideas" which incidentally happen to be several popular posts on Pinterest.  They don't give credit to the authors, or even to finding them on Pinterest at all.  The illustrations are drawn rather than the photos from the popular pins, but they're pretty obviously drawn from those exact photos.  Jen Yates, who writes www.cakewrecks.com and www.epbot.com, was the originator of one of those ideas.)

Unluckily for Redbook, Jen has over a million Twitter followers and they're all pretty mad about this stunt.  I suspect if this follows other internet flare-ups, there will be some impressive drama and then an abject apology within the next 48 hours or so.
Since print magazines generally start with a 6-month lead time, Redbook would have been working on this article last summer. When did Jen publish her ideas? It's possible that both Jen and the Redbook staff came up with their ideas without having seen each other's work. My nephew once submitted an essay for class, only to have National Geographic publish, in its issue that came out 2 weeks later, an article that made the exact same point.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18638 on: December 30, 2012, 06:39:22 PM »
Shame on Redbook.   >:(


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18639 on: December 30, 2012, 06:45:27 PM »
My mother, the one-woman Christmas Blizzard:

We always celebrate Christmas Eve at my Grandparent's house.  When my fiance and I got there, Mom was already there and moping on the couch.  Everyone's attempts to draw her into conversation were meant with silence or one word answers.  Then, at dinner, she refused to eat saying that she's allergic to all of it. (She's not.  She's mildly allergic to beans, which were kept completely away from the numerous other dishes that she can eat and has eaten in the past.)

After dinner, we were opening presents.  Mom was silent until she opened her presents (we open them from youngest to oldest).  She then started throwing tantrums about the Visa gift card she got (despite having given them and using them in the past, she suddenly didn't know what they're for), trying to give the box of chocolates she received from my sister back to my sister, etc.  Basically acting like an ungrateful 5 year old.

We finally moved on from her turn, though she kept up the commentary about it while my uncles opened their gifts.  When we got to my Grandma, Mom hit her low of the night.  Grandma opened a $100.00 giftcard that my brother and sister had worked hard to be able to get her.  It's my sister's first Christmas with a full time job and the first Christmas in awhile that my brother has been able to do much due to his finances.  Everyone recognized it as a very thoughtful and well meant gift - except Mom who cut into the thank you saying "Yeah, well their dad helps out on it."

That reduced my sister to the bathroom in tears for the next 15 minutes or so.  My uncle tried to calm her down, to no avail, and she left in a huff telling us all to keep our stupid gifts.

The next day, she called to accuse my uncle of restraining her (he didn't) and of stealing her gifts.  When he hung up on her, she called my other uncle to whine about the gifts and he reminded her that she'd left, telling us to keep them, and had even thrown the treats from my grandmother into his bag.  Then she had her friend send me a facebook message (mom doesn't have Facebook) and leave me a note saying that it's our fault as a family that we gave her alcohol when we know she's mentally unstable (she was not given alcohol and did not have access to it during this time.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18640 on: December 30, 2012, 06:45:27 PM »
Day after Christmas:   I was running errands.  I pulled into a parking place - only to be almost hit by someone pulling through from the other direction.  Who then gave me a one-finger salute.  The parking lot was busy, although there were plenty of places farther out where someone who didn't want to back up could pull through, but they insisted on doing this in the first row back from the store fronts.

I was turning left at a intersection where only one direction has to stop. The driver that had to stop had his car in front of the white stop line with a few feet extra. So, as I am making my left, I was within a few feet of his vehicle. He both honked his horn and gave a one-finger salute. What a SS!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18641 on: December 30, 2012, 07:04:39 PM »
My mother, the one-woman Christmas Blizzard:

We always celebrate Christmas Eve at my Grandparent's house.  When my fiance and I got there, Mom was already there and moping on the couch.  Everyone's attempts to draw her into conversation were meant with silence or one word answers.  Then, at dinner, she refused to eat saying that she's allergic to all of it. (She's not.  She's mildly allergic to beans, which were kept completely away from the numerous other dishes that she can eat and has eaten in the past.)

After dinner, we were opening presents.  Mom was silent until she opened her presents (we open them from youngest to oldest).  She then started throwing tantrums about the Visa gift card she got (despite having given them and using them in the past, she suddenly didn't know what they're for), trying to give the box of chocolates she received from my sister back to my sister, etc.  Basically acting like an ungrateful 5 year old.

We finally moved on from her turn, though she kept up the commentary about it while my uncles opened their gifts.  When we got to my Grandma, Mom hit her low of the night.  Grandma opened a $100.00 giftcard that my brother and sister had worked hard to be able to get her.  It's my sister's first Christmas with a full time job and the first Christmas in awhile that my brother has been able to do much due to his finances.  Everyone recognized it as a very thoughtful and well meant gift - except Mom who cut into the thank you saying "Yeah, well their dad helps out on it."

That reduced my sister to the bathroom in tears for the next 15 minutes or so.  My uncle tried to calm her down, to no avail, and she left in a huff telling us all to keep our stupid gifts.

The next day, she called to accuse my uncle of restraining her (he didn't) and of stealing her gifts.  When he hung up on her, she called my other uncle to whine about the gifts and he reminded her that she'd left, telling us to keep them, and had even thrown the treats from my grandmother into his bag.  Then she had her friend send me a facebook message (mom doesn't have Facebook) and leave me a note saying that it's our fault as a family that we gave her alcohol when we know she's mentally unstable (she was not given alcohol and did not have access to it during this time.

Wow...that goes beyond blizzard to SuperStorm or Whiteout

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18642 on: December 30, 2012, 07:12:16 PM »
My mother, the one-woman Christmas Blizzard:

Wow...that goes beyond blizzard to SuperStorm or Whiteout

Agreed, that is just crazy. Why adults can't be, you know, "adult", and mature and gracious about receiving gifts, is beyond me.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18643 on: December 30, 2012, 07:30:45 PM »
...   Then she had her friend send me a facebook message (mom doesn't have Facebook) and leave me a note saying that it's our fault as a family that we gave her alcohol when we know she's mentally unstable (she was not given alcohol and did not have access to it during this time.   ...

Very seriously here, it sounds like at least part of her Facebook friend's statement may actually be true. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18644 on: December 30, 2012, 07:34:27 PM »
Can a business be a special snowflake?  Because Redbook magazine seems pretty darn close.

(Summary for those who don't like to click links - one of the pages from the latest issue has a bunch of "do-it-yourself ideas" which incidentally happen to be several popular posts on Pinterest.  They don't give credit to the authors, or even to finding them on Pinterest at all.  The illustrations are drawn rather than the photos from the popular pins, but they're pretty obviously drawn from those exact photos.  Jen Yates, who writes www.cakewrecks.com and www.epbot.com, was the originator of one of those ideas.)

Unluckily for Redbook, Jen has over a million Twitter followers and they're all pretty mad about this stunt.  I suspect if this follows other internet flare-ups, there will be some impressive drama and then an abject apology within the next 48 hours or so.
Since print magazines generally start with a 6-month lead time, Redbook would have been working on this article last summer. When did Jen publish her ideas? It's possible that both Jen and the Redbook staff came up with their ideas without having seen each other's work. My nephew once submitted an essay for class, only to have National Geographic publish, in its issue that came out 2 weeks later, an article that made the exact same point.

I'd believe that more if the article's artist hadn't drawn Jen's shoes in the picture.