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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19080 on: January 23, 2013, 12:54:38 PM »
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"So, here I am, living in Paradise and complaining that we have no Amish around to repair my shoes, purses, and tack."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19081 on: January 23, 2013, 07:51:22 PM »
Midnight Kitty wrote:

"So, here I am, living in Paradise and complaining that we have no Amish around to repair my shoes, purses, and tack."

This sounds like a business opportunity in the making.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19082 on: January 23, 2013, 08:43:10 PM »
As I limped out of my krav maga class, I made my way to the only spot where I had a chance to put my shoes back on-no shoes are allowed in most of the dojo. There's a bench by the entrance, which was the only conceivable spot to sit down, as there were classes going on and I wasn't going to disturb a class just to put shoes on. The bench was occupied by a very large woman who was jabbering quite loudly on her cell phone. She was turned slightly to the side with one arm draped over the back of the bench and she was chomping pretzels as she talked. I'm sure the class nearest the entrance could hear her chew and/or talk on the phone. The woman was complaining about having to take her kids to karate practice an how "violent" it all was on her phone. When she saw me approaching (again, I'm limping, have a leg brace, and I'm starting to get a black eye) she turned further to the side, adjusted her gut so that it took up more of the bench, and swept the pretzel crumbs off of her shirt onto said bench. She then gave me The Look. I ended up propping my feet on the edge of the bench as I put my boots on.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19083 on: January 23, 2013, 09:06:11 PM »
Special-Snowflake-Late-for-a-Dateus...........

Our section of western NY is undergoing days of lake effect snow, in addition to the bone cold temperatures and winds.  Most people are driving very prudently, because the visibility on many roads is poor due to the blowing snow.

A very special snowflake was driving on a major divided highway, and got caught behind a snowplow.  He was disgruntled because he was late to meet someone for a skiing engagement.  It can be iffy to pass these plows on a two lane sometimes, because the plow blade is so long that it can intrude a bit into the left hand lane.

Using reasoning known only to special snowflakes, snowflake decided that it would be a good idea to use the wide shoulder of the road to pass the snowplow on the right.  Apparently there was so much blowing snow that he didn't realize that not only was the plow clearing the road with the front blade, but the side blade was down to clear the shoulder.

Snowflake hit the side plow blade, spun out and around, and was then hit by the front blade of the plow as the operator was frantically braking and slowing down.

The snowflake and the plow operator were unhurt, as was the plow.  The snowflake's car was totaled.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19084 on: January 23, 2013, 09:11:14 PM »
And this is why you never pass a snowplow.

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« Reply #19085 on: January 24, 2013, 07:56:20 AM »
And this is why you never pass a snowplow.

I wouldn't want to pass a snowplow. Being behind plows and salt trucks is a good thing when the roads are bad. I always feel safer driving behind them.

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« Reply #19086 on: January 24, 2013, 08:02:55 AM »
  Marcel wrote :  " I followed him with my camera, and I saw 2 almost accidents, where both he and the oncomming car had to make an emergency stop."

In all, it took him a few minutes to get back there, then he would have to get to the tunnel to go under th channel, etc. Which takes a few more minutes. My estimate is that he will have saved at most 2/3 minutes by this highly illegal action that endangered both himself and the oncoming motorists.
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Ack!  With all the motorists reporting this .. words escape me, hopefully his license to   behave idiotically has been revoked.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19087 on: January 24, 2013, 09:54:43 AM »

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« Reply #19088 on: January 24, 2013, 09:55:47 AM »
I am going to go against the grain...I think that doctors/dentists have found that kids do better when their parents AREN"T there in general.
Likw how kids act better at school or the babysitter or at friends houses but save all their whining and annoying behavior for you.
One does have to make sure about safety, but for example at our dentist there is a big room with lots of people in it but parents are not allowed in.  Worked great for my kids and I am sure there would have been some clinginess otherwise.
Now for kids with special needs accommodations should be made but for a typical kid it works better.

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« Reply #19089 on: January 24, 2013, 10:14:31 AM »
I am going to go against the grain...I think that doctors/dentists have found that kids do better when their parents AREN"T there in general.
Likw how kids act better at school or the babysitter or at friends houses but save all their whining and annoying behavior for you.
One does have to make sure about safety, but for example at our dentist there is a big room with lots of people in it but parents are not allowed in.  Worked great for my kids and I am sure there would have been some clinginess otherwise.
Now for kids with special needs accommodations should be made but for a typical kid it works better.

When DS was about 7 he took gymnastics classes, and the other mothers thought that I was a horrible, uncaring parent because I didn't sit in the observation room cheering him on.  If I was there, he spent all his time looking at me, but when I left, he focused on the instructor and the class.  So I would either sit in my car and read, or sit in a far corner where he couldn't see me.  There was one mom in particular who made a big point of cheering for DS every time he walked across the room, all the time giving me dirty looks and shaking her head. 

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« Reply #19090 on: January 24, 2013, 10:32:48 AM »
The dentist that I was taking the kids to had individual rooms and also a big group room.  My youngest kids (3 and younger) at the time would be seen in the private room with me.  I sometimes had to hold them, and the littlest ones would be held down across my lap, with their head on the dentist's lap, to be checked.  Older kids would be seen in the big group room, so they were independent of their parents but also weren't in a private room with a dentist and no witnesses.  It worked fairly well, and my oldest loved being independent.  I'm assuming that if the kid needed more than a cleaning and tooth check, they'd have it done in a private room though (for filling cavities, root canals, etc.).

My daughters take gymnastics, and the lessons are in rooms that only the child can enter (unless it's a Mommy and me class for the littles).  The rooms have big windows to the main hall where everybody waits.  The only problem is that the kids can see their parents through the windows.  Sometimes this isn't an issue, especially with older kids, but younger kids are apt to show off when they see their parents watching, or just be distracted.  My husband thinks, for the insane price we're paying for gymnastics instruction, that it would be nice if they'd put one of those one-sided films on the window so that the parents can see in but the kids can't see out.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19091 on: January 24, 2013, 01:18:50 PM »
Special snowflake icantbebotheredtogetthesnowoffmycarius: http://metro.co.uk/2013/01/21/snow-covered-audi-a3-pictured-driving-along-m4-motorway-in-south-wales-3359877/

I live in Michigan and we see similar people far more often than we ought to - i.e. they've cleared just the front windshield and nothing else. That driver, however, takes the cake - just one little hole to see out of??? Yikes!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19092 on: January 24, 2013, 01:27:17 PM »
Special snowflake icantbebotheredtogetthesnowoffmycarius: http://metro.co.uk/2013/01/21/snow-covered-audi-a3-pictured-driving-along-m4-motorway-in-south-wales-3359877/

I live in Michigan and we see similar people far more often than we ought to - i.e. they've cleared just the front windshield and nothing else. That driver, however, takes the cake - just one little hole to see out of??? Yikes!
 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19093 on: January 24, 2013, 03:37:46 PM »
I've just stopped pounding my head on the desk after this little exchange.  Couldn't decide whether to put it here or the conversations that drive you crazy thread...then figured that this patron is a major snowflake (she's the one that wanted me to zip up her coat) so here she is again.

She trotted over and showed me some new electrical gadget (looked like a phone, but not really) and said "Do you have a card for this that's maybe lying around in lost and found and you can give it to me so I can use this?"

And I said "If we had a card for that in lost and found, it would mean someone else lost it and it belonged to THEM."

Snowflake stares at me.

"But see, it NEEDS a card."

"And we don't have any of those."

"But I could buy one."

"Yes, but we don't carry them.  Library, not computer store."

She contemplates this a while, then says "How many days until February 2nd?"

I give her the number of days until Saturday, February 2.  (9).

She continues "Oh, that's such a long time.  This month has been so long.  Why is it taking this month so long to go by?  Is the month usually this long?  Does it take a month this long to go by?"

"Well," I said "when you are waiting for something, it can make the month seem a lot longer than it is. "

Finally she wandered off and my coworker said "Kind of like that conversation probably seemed to take a lot longer than the five minutes it was."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19094 on: January 24, 2013, 03:54:48 PM »
Yarnspinner, please tell me this was not an adult, or even a teenager.  :-\
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