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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19380 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 #19381 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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19382 on: February 05, 2013, 06:10:00 PM »
You should have called him a taxi to deliver him and his books to his home.
And sent along that library aide to help him carry them.  >:D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19383 on: February 06, 2013, 01:06:17 PM »
Poor woman, I think I'd be in tears as well.

I would be too, but they'd be tears of frustration and anger.

I am curious though as to how he got her keys (and her car) in the first place if he was her brother.  And I would also like to know in what universe his brain lives in where it is his sister's responsibility to either drive him around or provide him with her car?  ???

Simply just taken a spare set when he visited. Sadly, depending on the police officer, your car cannot be considered stolen if the driver had the keys and is known to the owner of the car even if the keys are stolen and they did not have permission to use the car. Yes I've seen it happen, more often than I'd like.

Entitlement comes from all sorts. I've had family breaking into my old apartment to take some of my stuff because they needed it more or deserved it more and do even more illegal things because the are so special and wonderful and 2 year olds.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19384 on: February 06, 2013, 02:05:18 PM »
A Special Snowflake vandal had attacked the bathroom in a comic book themed bar (mostly they just have a lot of comic books to read and host related events, it's a nice relaxed place) I went to today. They've had (sort of) famous artists draw things on their walls and one bathroom stall door had a drawing by one of the most famous Finnish comic strip artists (I found a picture of the door here. The vandal had written with marker on top of the drawing, I guess that they felt that their political message was so important that it didn't matter if it ruined the drawing.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19385 on: February 06, 2013, 02:16:16 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.

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.

Did you ever see the video of Adam Lambert telling a concert goer to get off her phone? (Bill O'Reilly named him the patriot of the week or some such for doing it.) I knew people who were at the concert -- which was very intimate (you had to win tickets to it) and the girl in question was less than 10 feet away from him. The people around her were just agog at not only that she was talking during this very special performance, but how loudlly she was talking, especially since she was so close to the performer.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19386 on: February 06, 2013, 02:19:59 PM »
The people around her were just agog at not only that she was talking during this very special performance, but how loudlly she was talking, especially since she was so close to the performer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsfcP6OOwL4

Well, of course she had to talk loudly. How else could she be heard over the music?  ;)
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« Reply #19387 on: February 06, 2013, 02:39:37 PM »
^ I once spoke up in a movie theatre.

It was a small theatre and a large group of young teens came in during the previews and sat in the front couple of rows.  Then they proceeded to get up and go get snacks, coming back in after the movie had started.  And continued to talk and move around.  I finally had enough and said, 'Would you children please sit down and shut up or get out?  The rest of us are here to watch this movie.'

There was dead silence for a few seconds then a very quiet, 'Sorry' from the front row.  And then a round of applause from behind me.

I think if I'd said 'Be quiet' rather than 'Shut up', I'd be in the clear, etiquette wise.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19388 on: February 06, 2013, 03:54:10 PM »
A Special Snowflake vandal had attacked the bathroom in a comic book themed bar (mostly they just have a lot of comic books to read and host related events, it's a nice relaxed place) I went to today. They've had (sort of) famous artists draw things on their walls and one bathroom stall door had a drawing by one of the most famous Finnish comic strip artists (I found a picture of the door here. The vandal had written with marker on top of the drawing, I guess that they felt that their political message was so important that it didn't matter if it ruined the drawing.

The bathroom stall M was using yesterday was defaced as well.  Someone drew a swastika on it.

EDIT: Sorry, need to amend.  The bathroom stall at M's work, which is NOT open to the public in any way.
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« Reply #19389 on: February 06, 2013, 06:36:53 PM »
I almost ran into an SS today!  My neighborhood doesn't have any sidewalks, and so pedestrians are often found walking in the road.  Unfortunately, this turns some of the pedestrians into major SS's who are convinced that they are the ones who belong on the road, and all of us driving cars need to find somewhere else to go. 

There's a bus stop right outside my cul de sac, where junior high or high school kids get picked up.  In the mornings, they sprawl over the entire road.  I almost hit an SS guy who refused to move while I was turning.  He just stood there and gave me a look like he was daring me to try and make him move.  Then, this afternoon as I was driving down the road, a lady tried to cross to the other side of the road directly in front of me.  She did not look to see if any cars were coming, just started walking diagonally.  I slammed on the brakes and she stopped with a very surprised look on her face, like "Where did you come from?". 

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« Reply #19390 on: February 06, 2013, 09:16:27 PM »
I almost ran into an SS today!  My neighborhood doesn't have any sidewalks, and so pedestrians are often found walking in the road.  Unfortunately, this turns some of the pedestrians into major SS's who are convinced that they are the ones who belong on the road, and all of us driving cars need to find somewhere else to go. 

There's a bus stop right outside my cul de sac, where junior high or high school kids get picked up.  In the mornings, they sprawl over the entire road.  I almost hit an SS guy who refused to move while I was turning.  He just stood there and gave me a look like he was daring me to try and make him move.  Then, this afternoon as I was driving down the road, a lady tried to cross to the other side of the road directly in front of me.  She did not look to see if any cars were coming, just started walking diagonally.  I slammed on the brakes and she stopped with a very surprised look on her face, like "Where did you come from?". 
About the kids - can you call the local district and inform them about the dangerous behavior? In my district the bus stop is considered school property in a way and students can be held accountable for their actions at that location.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19391 on: February 06, 2013, 10:27:36 PM »
On the way from my office building across the street to my car, I checked to make sure there weren't any cars close. One was to my left at least 250 feet back, but this is a parking lot with stop signs at every intersection, and I felt safe to cross. I cross in the marked crosswalk and notice the car is accelerating, then the driver screeches the brakes. Our office manager (the driver) rolls her window down and says to me, "it's a good thing I slowed down".  :-X

People cross there all the time, I don't think I needed to wait for a car that far back. I will mention it to my boss in the morning, but that is very strange and SS to me.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19392 on: February 07, 2013, 04:06:53 PM »
My DH and I were at a historical photo exhibition yesterday and at the end was a short video presentation of how the glass photo plates were found, preserved, printed etc. It was on a continuous loop so you could watch from where you came in to where you came in without having to wait for it to stop and start. So people were coming and going, some left not long after we got there. We were the only two at one stage when three people came and sat down. It was at a point where it was showing a series of the photos printed from the restored plates, set to a quiet music sound track. Mr SS decided that his conversation on his smart phone was more interesting, fair enough but please turn off (of if he couldn't, then leave the area) the clicking sound of the keyboard. It was very distracting. We didn't have to watch much more until we were at where we came in so we were able to escape.

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« Reply #19393 on: February 07, 2013, 06:49:39 PM »
I'm nominating my thirteen year old daughter.

My office has a drink fridge that is kept stocked with all kinds of tasty beverages from which we can help ourselves. What can I say...it's a perk.  As long as we don't abuse it, the office manager looks the other way if we grab one for the road.

Every single day for the last week, DD has called me at about 4 PM and asked me if I can bring her a Mountain Dew.

Also, she loves my iPad and has so much trouble keeping her hands off it I finally had to lock it to prevent her from using it without my permission.  Last week she got it in her head that she HAD to watch some video. She didn't want to use her own laptop (poor deprived child). So she texted me at work over and over asking for the code to unlock the iPad. Her last text before I stopped answering her: "Just give me the code and stop arguing with me".

Yeeeeaaaah, like that's gonna work.

ETA: DH works at home, so these exchanges happen when she gets home from school, DH is there, and I'm finishing up my day at the office.

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« Reply #19394 on: February 07, 2013, 07:57:42 PM »
I'm nominating my thirteen year old daughter.

My office has a drink fridge that is kept stocked with all kinds of tasty beverages from which we can help ourselves. What can I say...it's a perk.  As long as we don't abuse it, the office manager looks the other way if we grab one for the road.

Every single day for the last week, DD has called me at about 4 PM and asked me if I can bring her a Mountain Dew.

Also, she loves my iPad and has so much trouble keeping her hands off it I finally had to lock it to prevent her from using it without my permission.  Last week she got it in her head that she HAD to watch some video. She didn't want to use her own laptop (poor deprived child). So she texted me at work over and over asking for the code to unlock the iPad. Her last text before I stopped answering her: "Just give me the code and stop arguing with me".

Yeeeeaaaah, like that's gonna work.

ETA: DH works at home, so these exchanges happen when she gets home from school, DH is there, and I'm finishing up my day at the office.

At this point, I'd bar her from using her own computer, too...
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