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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18900 on: January 14, 2013, 02:37:39 PM »
NOpe you were fine. I was also grocery shopping yesterday and encountered my own SS's. Several couples who felt the need to park their cart, and then one would stand next to it, blocking the aisle, discussing in minute details what they needed to buy, and why. Also, those who feel the need to park their carts parallel to differnt areas, freezer cases, and so on. i get that you might need to peruse the selections, but pelase don't block it all for the rest of us!

We were behind a woman yesterday who drove me nuts. I was trying very hard to keep my temper, because my wife was in a bad mood and nothing good comes when we're both  mad at the supermarket. Usually I'm the mad one and she stays calm, so when she gets annoyed I try extra hard to keep calm, since I figure she deserves the chance to let it out.

Anyway, we only had to deal with this woman in one aisle but but she really hit all the classics in the short time we were together. Parking her cart badly on one side of an aisle and then taking up the entire other side while she looked for her item. Stopping next to someone else who's already stopped, so no one can get through from either direction. Pushing her cart very slowly and erratically to make it hard for anyone to get by. The works. This woman really had her routine down. Even the East German judges would've given her a perfect score.

The best part, though, was when she pulled out a move I've never seen before. Towards the end of the aisle and sweet, sweet freedom she stopped standing behind the cart to push it like a normal human being and instead pulled it against her hip and walked alongside it. This had the dual effect of both essentially doubling the amount of space she took up AND slowing her down to a snail's pace. It was truly a masterful move.

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« Reply #18901 on: January 14, 2013, 02:44:35 PM »
Yesterday DH, the kids and I were on our way home from my mom's house. We were driving down the highway going about 50 mph. We were coming up to an intersection, but since it wasn't a stale green light DH didn't slow down. There were a few cars on the right side of the intersection waiting to turn right onto the highway. The highway in front of us was clear, so if any one of the cars had wanted to turn they had had ample opportunity to do so. I'm sure you all know where this is going--just as we entered the intersection a car waiting to turn zipped out directly in front of us. Thankfully she floored it and thankfully DH was able to move into the next lane, so we didn't rear end her. (When we pulled up next to the car at the next light, we saw it was a young late teens/early twenties woman, so I know it was a her.) I said "I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she's got an emergency and is going to the hospital or something, even though I know she's not going to the hospital because it's back the way she came."

The next set of lights was in front of a large shopping center. It was red for us and for the right turn lane she was in, but she zoomed down into the center in front of several other cars turning from the other direction and ran the first red light inside the shopping center. At that point it was 3:55, so we figured that she had almost caused at least a few serious accidents so she wouldn't be late to work. I hope she didn't drive the way she did just to go shopping.

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« Reply #18902 on: January 14, 2013, 04:45:45 PM »
JadeAngel's story reminded me of going out for dinner with our friends, John and Jane, and Jane's brother Cheapskate.   My husband and I ordered an appetizer for the two of us to share, and before we'd even taken one bite, Cheapskate asked "Are you going to finish that?"   ???

I call him Cheapskate instead of, say, SS because his cheapness is legendary.   That bit of behaviour I described is typical - he'll deliberately order a very small meal to save money, assuming that other people at the table won't be able to finish their food.  If and when that happens, he swoops in and eats the leftovers off people's plates (without asking if they'd planned to have them boxed up to take home).
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« Reply #18903 on: January 14, 2013, 04:53:46 PM »
Recently, when I was in the lineup at the grocery store checkout, the lady behind me kept hitting me with her cart.  Not hard enough to hurt; just hard enough to be annoying.  She'd pushed it so that it was far too close to me, so every time she made the slightest motion, it banged into me.

I'll probably go to EHell for this, but my passive-agressive response was to hip-check it slightly so that it bumped very gently into her.
I turn around and say "I'm sorry, but banging your cart into me is NOT going to make this line go any faster!"

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« Reply #18904 on: January 14, 2013, 04:54:35 PM »
Oh, yeah, but there's a difference between people offering you the food they can't finish and Cheapskate assuming that he somehow has the right to take everyone's leftovers.

I have another example of his parsimony - a group of us visited the Dominical Republic one January.  Cheapskate is an avid golfer and brought his clubs, talking excitedly about how he couldn't wait to hit the links.  (We live in a very cold climate, and usually the earliest he'd be able to golf is April.)  When we arrived at the resort, Cheapskate asked the front desk clerk about using the golf course.  The clerk told him where he had to go, then added "It costs ten dollars per day."  Cheapskate's expression was a sight to behold.  He sputtered "It's not INCLUDED?"  "Well ... no."  That was it.  He didn't golf.

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« Reply #18905 on: January 14, 2013, 05:06:52 PM »
Another gross out at Wegman's [McKinley store] over the weekend.

A woman beside  me was selecting from the bouquets of fresh herbs.  Apparently sniffing for freshness is the thing to do, but she buried her nose and about half of her face in each bunch of herbs before selecting one.  She took long breaths of the scent of each the way one might do with a Valentine's bouquet.  Those she rejected were put back on the shelf.

I would have been annoyed even if NY wasn't in the midst of a flu epidemic.  I think that she knew that her behavior was unappealing. She glared at me after I was momentarily mesmerized by the spectacle and peeked at her longer than I normally would. 

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« Reply #18906 on: January 14, 2013, 05:09:19 PM »
Oh, yeah, but there's a difference between people offering you the food they can't finish and Cheapskate assuming that he somehow has the right to take everyone's leftovers.

I have another example of his parsimony - a group of us visited the Dominical Republic one January.  Cheapskate is an avid golfer and brought his clubs, talking excitedly about how he couldn't wait to hit the links.  (We live in a very cold climate, and usually the earliest he'd be able to golf is April.)  When we arrived at the resort, Cheapskate asked the front desk clerk about using the golf course.  The clerk told him where he had to go, then added "It costs ten dollars per day."  Cheapskate's expression was a sight to behold.  He sputtered "It's not INCLUDED?"  "Well ... no."  That was it.  He didn't golf.

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« Reply #18907 on: January 14, 2013, 05:13:47 PM »
Another gross out at Wegman's [McKinley store] over the weekend.

A woman beside  me was selecting from the bouquets of fresh herbs.  Apparently sniffing for freshness is the thing to do, but she buried her nose and about half of her face in each bunch of herbs before selecting one.  She took long breaths of the scent of each the way one might do with a Valentine's bouquet.  Those she rejected were put back on the shelf.

I would have been annoyed even if NY wasn't in the midst of a flu epidemic.  I think that she knew that her behavior was unappealing. She glared at me after I was momentarily mesmerized by the spectacle and peeked at her longer than I normally would.

If it's any comfort, she is putting herself at risk too, from anyone else who similarly stuck their noses way into the herbs. Those of us who select our herbs mostly by eye, and take them home and wash them before we use them, are much less likely to be infected.
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« Reply #18908 on: January 14, 2013, 05:16:25 PM »
Oh, yeah, but there's a difference between people offering you the food they can't finish and Cheapskate assuming that he somehow has the right to take everyone's leftovers.

I have another example of his parsimony - a group of us visited the Dominical Republic one January.  Cheapskate is an avid golfer and brought his clubs, talking excitedly about how he couldn't wait to hit the links.  (We live in a very cold climate, and usually the earliest he'd be able to golf is April.)  When we arrived at the resort, Cheapskate asked the front desk clerk about using the golf course.  The clerk told him where he had to go, then added "It costs ten dollars per day."  Cheapskate's expression was a sight to behold.  He sputtered "It's not INCLUDED?"  "Well ... no."  That was it.  He didn't golf.

Don't you love it when a person's behavior is its own punishment?

I don't know, most people I know who behaved like this ended up paying off their mortgage faster that anyone else and had really comfortable later lives. I occasionally think I should emulate them but then realise I could never keep it up for longer than about 14 seconds.
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« Reply #18909 on: January 14, 2013, 05:19:55 PM »
Oh, yeah, but there's a difference between people offering you the food they can't finish and Cheapskate assuming that he somehow has the right to take everyone's leftovers.

I have another example of his parsimony - a group of us visited the Dominical Republic one January.  Cheapskate is an avid golfer and brought his clubs, talking excitedly about how he couldn't wait to hit the links.  (We live in a very cold climate, and usually the earliest he'd be able to golf is April.)  When we arrived at the resort, Cheapskate asked the front desk clerk about using the golf course.  The clerk told him where he had to go, then added "It costs ten dollars per day."  Cheapskate's expression was a sight to behold.  He sputtered "It's not INCLUDED?"  "Well ... no."  That was it.  He didn't golf.

Don't you love it when a person's behavior is its own punishment?

I don't know, most people I know who behaved like this ended up paying off their mortgage faster that anyone else and had really comfortable later lives. I occasionally think I should emulate them but then realise I could never keep it up for longer than about 14 seconds.

I've declined to participate in an activity I enjoy because it wasn't included in a package deal.  I don't make a big deal about it, I just don't spend the extra money.  I think though, there's a line between "cheapskate" and "SS Cheapskate" in these cases.  I won't go on and on about something not being included, though I might express a momentary disappointment.
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« Reply #18910 on: January 14, 2013, 05:23:37 PM »
Oh, yeah, but there's a difference between people offering you the food they can't finish and Cheapskate assuming that he somehow has the right to take everyone's leftovers.

I have another example of his parsimony - a group of us visited the Dominical Republic one January.  Cheapskate is an avid golfer and brought his clubs, talking excitedly about how he couldn't wait to hit the links.  (We live in a very cold climate, and usually the earliest he'd be able to golf is April.)  When we arrived at the resort, Cheapskate asked the front desk clerk about using the golf course.  The clerk told him where he had to go, then added "It costs ten dollars per day."  Cheapskate's expression was a sight to behold.  He sputtered "It's not INCLUDED?"  "Well ... no."  That was it.  He didn't golf.

Don't you love it when a person's behavior is its own punishment?

I don't know, most people I know who behaved like this ended up paying off their mortgage faster that anyone else and had really comfortable later lives. I occasionally think I should emulate them but then realise I could never keep it up for longer than about 14 seconds.

I've declined to participate in an activity I enjoy because it wasn't included in a package deal.  I don't make a big deal about it, I just don't spend the extra money.  I think though, there's a line between "cheapskate" and "SS Cheapskate" in these cases.  I won't go on and on about something not being included, though I might express a momentary disappointment.

This guy lugged a bag of clubs off his home continent and was excited about the golfing, though.  That easily sounds like "I'd pay extra for that" territory to me.
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« Reply #18911 on: January 14, 2013, 05:24:17 PM »
Recently, when I was in the lineup at the grocery store checkout, the lady behind me kept hitting me with her cart.  Not hard enough to hurt; just hard enough to be annoying.  She'd pushed it so that it was far too close to me, so every time she made the slightest motion, it banged into me.

Oh, my goodness. A few weeks ago I was in line at the grocery store. I thought I was pushing my cart up against the barrier...turns out I was pushing it against the man in front of me! I apologized profusely, and thankfully he was unharmed.
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« Reply #18912 on: January 14, 2013, 05:36:56 PM »
Oh, yeah, but there's a difference between people offering you the food they can't finish and Cheapskate assuming that he somehow has the right to take everyone's leftovers.

I have another example of his parsimony - a group of us visited the Dominical Republic one January.  Cheapskate is an avid golfer and brought his clubs, talking excitedly about how he couldn't wait to hit the links.  (We live in a very cold climate, and usually the earliest he'd be able to golf is April.)  When we arrived at the resort, Cheapskate asked the front desk clerk about using the golf course.  The clerk told him where he had to go, then added "It costs ten dollars per day."  Cheapskate's expression was a sight to behold.  He sputtered "It's not INCLUDED?"  "Well ... no."  That was it.  He didn't golf.

Don't you love it when a person's behavior is its own punishment?

I don't know, most people I know who behaved like this ended up paying off their mortgage faster that anyone else and had really comfortable later lives. I occasionally think I should emulate them but then realise I could never keep it up for longer than about 14 seconds.

I've declined to participate in an activity I enjoy because it wasn't included in a package deal.  I don't make a big deal about it, I just don't spend the extra money.  I think though, there's a line between "cheapskate" and "SS Cheapskate" in these cases.  I won't go on and on about something not being included, though I might express a momentary disappointment.

This guy lugged a bag of clubs off his home continent and was excited about the golfing, though.  That easily sounds like "I'd pay extra for that" territory to me.

True.  I have to admit that I would have checked about what's included before I left home, dragging a bag of clubs half way around the world.  Though, for me it would be cross country skis and clothing.
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« Reply #18913 on: January 14, 2013, 06:05:35 PM »
     The weight/Cardio area at my Y is 10 and up.  I was there today working on the stationary bike and in the middle of my workout.  Some woman walked up and tapped my shoulder interrupting me and I just looked at her, said "yes?" while continuing to cycle. She replied "I need three bikes together, you'll need move to the other end." I replied that I was in the middle of a work out and she and her kids would either need to  break up or find something else to do and went back to my work out. She tapped me again and said that splitting up won't do - the kids are too young and biking is what she was there for, so I needed to move. NOW.
 because she had kids there. And then she showed me the kids. One was about 3 and the other even younger- no where near old enough to be there or tall enough to be able to sit on the bikes safely. I refused again and went back to my work out. She then shut the bike off and I stood up and called over to my personal trainer to get me some help. Sarah left her client went to the desk and got Andy who is another employee there and he came over.  I told him what was going on and he told her that I did not have to move, she then said she did not want to be that far away from her kids - who were running around like only a toddler can and he said "Oh are those yours? We we just going to page the parent and tell them to remove them, they are not allowed up here, you'll have to get them downstairs" At which point she told the employee what she though about that policy- discriminating, yada, yada, turned around and told me "See what you've done this means I can't work out because of your selfishness."  She shoved one kid and grabbed the other so hard she yanked her off her feet and then carried the little girl by one arm all the way across the first floor.
  The employee asked how much of a disturbance she had been and I told him she had interrupted me 3 times and that the last time she had shut the bike off entirely. He replied with - just start over as if you had just started, and go for the entire time the bike will allow ( 30 min)
    Really no one is going to look askance at an 8 or 9 year up there - but toddlers are a problem, because they are a danger to themselves and others because of their need to be moving all the time. 
   This is not the first time I have seen parents break the rules, but she was the most insistent I have seen in a long time.

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« Reply #18914 on: January 14, 2013, 06:14:11 PM »
     The weight/Cardio area at my Y is 10 and up.  I was there today working on the stationary bike and in the middle of my workout.  Some woman walked up and tapped my shoulder interrupting me and I just looked at her, said "yes?" while continuing to cycle. She replied "I need three bikes together, you'll need move to the other end." I replied that I was in the middle of a work out and she and her kids would either need to  break up or find something else to do and went back to my work out. She tapped me again and said that splitting up won't do - the kids are too young and biking is what she was there for, so I needed to move. NOW.
 because she had kids there. And then she showed me the kids. One was about 3 and the other even younger- no where near old enough to be there or tall enough to be able to sit on the bikes safely. I refused again and went back to my work out. She then shut the bike off and I stood up and called over to my personal trainer to get me some help. Sarah left her client went to the desk and got Andy who is another employee there and he came over.  I told him what was going on and he told her that I did not have to move, she then said she did not want to be that far away from her kids - who were running around like only a toddler can and he said "Oh are those yours? We we just going to page the parent and tell them to remove them, they are not allowed up here, you'll have to get them downstairs" At which point she told the employee what she though about that policy- discriminating, yada, yada, turned around and told me "See what you've done this means I can't work out because of your selfishness."  She shoved one kid and grabbed the other so hard she yanked her off her feet and then carried the little girl by one arm all the way across the first floor.
  The employee asked how much of a disturbance she had been and I told him she had interrupted me 3 times and that the last time she had shut the bike off entirely. He replied with - just start over as if you had just started, and go for the entire time the bike will allow ( 30 min)
    Really no one is going to look askance at an 8 or 9 year up there - but toddlers are a problem, because they are a danger to themselves and others because of their need to be moving all the time. 
   This is not the first time I have seen parents break the rules, but she was the most insistent I have seen in a long time.

I'd be most annoyed with her because I had to do extra bike time. Better than extra elliptical time, I guess.