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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19365 on: February 04, 2013, 01:12:43 PM »
I believe that a large part f the appeal of conspiracy theories is that you can feel so much smarter than those people who just believe what they see. "Ha! You think Beyonce has a real baby! You steeple!"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19366 on: February 04, 2013, 01:20:16 PM »
My DH has an employee that is a major conspiracy theorist. This man sees conspiracies everywhere! I understand the ones about the moon landing, the world trade center, and the JFK assassination to an extent, but the pharmaceutical and medical epidemic conspiracy theories astound me. The most recent are concerning influenza and AIDS. Those that perpetuate these theories make my brain hurt.

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« Reply #19367 on: February 04, 2013, 01:28:01 PM »
Take the conspiracy talk to a new thread please.  Get back on SS.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19368 on: February 04, 2013, 01:29:23 PM »
Saw one during my morning trip to the physical therapist.

It's rush hour, so El space is at a premium.  I'm waiting on the platform, and the train arrives.  The doors part, revealing a tightly packed commute and, getting off the train as the doors open, a woman with a lit cigarette dangling from her mouth.

1) No smoking on public transit.
2) The train jostles quite a bit, so the dangling thing means that it's unsecured.
3) The train was packed, so that means that there were any number of opportunities for said cigarette to burn someone just from them brushing against her.

Who does that?!

(Side note:  I really need to get the heck out of this city!)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19369 on: February 04, 2013, 02:07:19 PM »
Saw one during my morning trip to the physical therapist.

It's rush hour, so El space is at a premium.  I'm waiting on the platform, and the train arrives.  The doors part, revealing a tightly packed commute and, getting off the train as the doors open, a woman with a lit cigarette dangling from her mouth.

1) No smoking on public transit.
2) The train jostles quite a bit, so the dangling thing means that it's unsecured.
3) The train was packed, so that means that there were any number of opportunities for said cigarette to burn someone just from them brushing against her.

Who does that?!

(Side note:  I really need to get the heck out of this city!)

Maybe it's a good way to discourage gropers?  ???

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19370 on: February 04, 2013, 02:40:37 PM »
Saw one during my morning trip to the physical therapist.

It's rush hour, so El space is at a premium.  I'm waiting on the platform, and the train arrives.  The doors part, revealing a tightly packed commute and, getting off the train as the doors open, a woman with a lit cigarette dangling from her mouth.

1) No smoking on public transit.
2) The train jostles quite a bit, so the dangling thing means that it's unsecured.
3) The train was packed, so that means that there were any number of opportunities for said cigarette to burn someone just from them brushing against her.

Who does that?!

(Side note:  I really need to get the heck out of this city!)

Maybe it's a good way to discourage gropers?  ???

With the train as packed as it was, just the normal movement of the train had us swaying into each other.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19371 on: February 04, 2013, 02:53:31 PM »
*I* considered this person to be an SS.
It also hurt my brain and left me profoundly annoyed.

Saw a vanity licensce plate this weekend (so someone requested this and paid extra for it) which read:
14DROAD (One for the road).

Now, I suppose there is a small possibility that the driver means he/she really loves driving and is "one that loves the road", but really, the interpretation of that phrase "one for the road" means "one last drink before we start out."
So...let's drink and drive.  >:(

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19372 on: February 04, 2013, 02:56:22 PM »
Saw one during my morning trip to the physical therapist.

It's rush hour, so El space is at a premium.  I'm waiting on the platform, and the train arrives.  The doors part, revealing a tightly packed commute and, getting off the train as the doors open, a woman with a lit cigarette dangling from her mouth.

1) No smoking on public transit.
2) The train jostles quite a bit, so the dangling thing means that it's unsecured.
3) The train was packed, so that means that there were any number of opportunities for said cigarette to burn someone just from them brushing against her.

Who does that?!

(Side note:  I really need to get the heck out of this city!)

Maybe it's a good way to discourage gropers?  ???

 Ehell approved or not I would grab the nearest bottle of water, cup of coffee or other liquid and pour it on that cigarette immediately

With the train as packed as it was, just the normal movement of the train had us swaying into each other.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19373 on: February 04, 2013, 03:03:59 PM »
Saw one during my morning trip to the physical therapist.

It's rush hour, so El space is at a premium.  I'm waiting on the platform, and the train arrives.  The doors part, revealing a tightly packed commute and, getting off the train as the doors open, a woman with a lit cigarette dangling from her mouth.

1) No smoking on public transit.
2) The train jostles quite a bit, so the dangling thing means that it's unsecured.
3) The train was packed, so that means that there were any number of opportunities for said cigarette to burn someone just from them brushing against her.

Who does that?!

(Side note:  I really need to get the heck out of this city!)

Maybe it's a good way to discourage gropers?  ???

 Ehell approved or not I would grab the nearest bottle of water, cup of coffee or other liquid and pour it on that cigarette immediately

With the train as packed as it was, just the normal movement of the train had us swaying into each other.

Luckily she was getting off as I was getting on, but yeesh, that one left me gobsmacked.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19374 on: February 04, 2013, 03:09:11 PM »
Saw one during my morning trip to the physical therapist.

It's rush hour, so El space is at a premium.  I'm waiting on the platform, and the train arrives.  The doors part, revealing a tightly packed commute and, getting off the train as the doors open, a woman with a lit cigarette dangling from her mouth.

1) No smoking on public transit.
2) The train jostles quite a bit, so the dangling thing means that it's unsecured.
3) The train was packed, so that means that there were any number of opportunities for said cigarette to burn someone just from them brushing against her.

Who does that?!

(Side note:  I really need to get the heck out of this city!)

Maybe it's a good way to discourage gropers?  ???

With the train as packed as it was, just the normal movement of the train had us swaying into each other.

Then I got nothin'

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19375 on: February 04, 2013, 05:01:24 PM »
The "sing along" concert posts reminded me of a concert I attended at the end of last year.  The artist was Joe Bonamassa, a blues guitar slinger extraordinaire.  My husband is a Blues DJ and he's been buying everything Mr. Bonamassa put out since he was in his early 20s.  Much of the music is just a bit too *busy* for me.  Joe Bonamassa has fast hands/fingers and the music comes to me in a flurry of notes: Really rapid, but not well defined.

This concert was like a Blue Guitar Primer.  At one point, he was alone on the stage, playing individual notes clearly and exploring the silence between the notes.  I was enthralled.  Except there was one person in the audience who screamed out during those moments of silence separating the notes.  Mr. Bonamassa tried looking out at the audience member with a frown on his face, but there was no shaming them into silence.  After a couple more notes, Mr. Bonamassa gave up with the slow stuff and exploded with a flurry of fast licks.

Before ehell, I would have yelled at that audience member to be quiet and let us enjoy the music. :-[ I have learned to be quiet, but I'm seething inside, which does my blood pressure no favors.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19376 on: February 04, 2013, 05:07:25 PM »
A while back, Prince performed in my city.  After the "big" concert, he visited a very small club to hang out, and he decided to take to the stage just for the fun of it.  Now, for anyone who doesn't know, His Royal Purpleness absolutely hates having his picture taken while he's performing - the flash really bothers his eyes.  Before he started playing, he announced this and said "So, please, no photos."  Naturally, several people chose to ignore his request. 

Now, it's a matter of opinion as to who was the SS here - Prince or the fans who took his picture without his permission.  Me, I'm on Prince's side - he very politely asked people not to use their cameras, and they did so anyway.  The worst part, however, is that one of those people managed to make some money by selling the picture to the local newspaper the next day.

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« Reply #19377 on: February 05, 2013, 04:08:48 AM »
I've just remembered this one - why I didn't think of it before is a mystery.  Biggest SS I've ever met -

Woman across the aisle from us on a flight from UK to Germany.  She looked middle-aged, her son was about one-year-old. 

Our flight was delayed by about half an hour.  When we finally started to move, she seriously asked the stewardess if the pilot could wait a bit longer as the noise was interfering with her son's nap time.  Jaw hit floor.  AND she was ratty when the stewardess said it wouldn't be possible.
 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19378 on: February 05, 2013, 09:40:34 AM »
The "sing along" concert posts reminded me of a concert I attended at the end of last year.  The artist was Joe Bonamassa, a blues guitar slinger extraordinaire.  My husband is a Blues DJ and he's been buying everything Mr. Bonamassa put out since he was in his early 20s.  Much of the music is just a bit too *busy* for me.  Joe Bonamassa has fast hands/fingers and the music comes to me in a flurry of notes: Really rapid, but not well defined.

This concert was like a Blue Guitar Primer.  At one point, he was alone on the stage, playing individual notes clearly and exploring the silence between the notes.  I was enthralled.  Except there was one person in the audience who screamed out during those moments of silence separating the notes.  Mr. Bonamassa tried looking out at the audience member with a frown on his face, but there was no shaming them into silence.  After a couple more notes, Mr. Bonamassa gave up with the slow stuff and exploded with a flurry of fast licks.

Before ehell, I would have yelled at that audience member to be quiet and let us enjoy the music. :-[ I have learned to be quiet, but I'm seething inside, which does my blood pressure no favors.

I agree that yelling at them would have been rude, but I think a quiet, polite request not to shout out would have been fine (if you were close enough to say something)

What a shame.

I'm not sure if it would have been e-hell approved but I did once speak to some people who were disrupting a concert I went to -  it was Tori Amos, the SSs were a group of about 4 young women sitting immediately behind us (it was a big venue, with assigned seating) The opneing band came on and they carried on chatting away, mostly about thwir love lives, at full volume, even raising their voices to be heard over the music. I saw several people giving them angry looks, shushing them etc but they carried on. I turned round and said (very polite tone of voice) "I don't know whether you've noticed, but there are people singing up on the stage, we'd really like to be able to hear them. Perhaps you could tell us all about your recent date with Jamie during the interval, instead?" 
They gave me a filthy look but they did shut up.  Although they did then decide to sing alone, very out-of-tune and loud to several of Tori's unaccompanied songs later in the evening. An extremely large gentleman several rows back came down and 'asked' them to stop doing that. He was considerably less polite than I had been and they did then, thankfully, shut up for the rest of the night.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19379 on: February 05, 2013, 05:38:31 PM »
Today, a student attempted to walk out of the library with a book cart. No explanation, no asking "Hey, I've got a ton of books, can I take this?" (answer: no, but at least you asked!). This in full view of the library assistant on desk duty. Assistant stopped him and told him he can't just walk off with a book cart. Student was indignant and insisted that he NEEDED it. I was enlisted to explain to the student that the cart is library property, we have no way of knowing where it's gone if it leaves the library, and yes, I know you say you'll bring it back but I don't know you from Adam and there is no way I'm letting you wander off with our stuff.

Student pouted and whined about how was he supposed to get all  the heavy, heavy books he'd checked out home? I suggested that he take some of our free bags (nice, reusable bags) to carry them, or in future not check out more books than he can reasonably carry. Student whined some more, I explained that walking out the door with non-checked-out library property was stealing. Student was indignant, but finally left, grumbling about our unreasonable policies.


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