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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19440 on: February 11, 2013, 04:21:28 PM »
A couple years ago, I was an accidental parking Special Snowflake.  I don't live in a town, but the family members I was babysitting for do.  I didn't know about street cleaning day, and that you could only park on one side of the street during those days.  I was just happy to find a parking spot.  I came out and found a parking ticket under my windshield wiper.  Whoops.  :-[ 

I felt pretty stupid, but I paid the ticket and took the lesson.  Some people in town are repeat offenders, though.  I've seen the same car get ticketed three times for the same offense.  Actually, I was surprised to never see that car being hauled off by a tow truck, but as I said before, I don't know much about how things are done there.
Our town has an ordinance forbidding any vehicle or trailer from being parked on a street for longer than 48 hours. There are three people on our street alone who get tickets at least once every two weeks because they leave their items on the street for days. In addition, they often end up with their vehicles towed because there is a limit on how many tickets you can get before they start towing you. And then... the cars come back in the same exact spot. I don't know if they're actually SS, stupid, or if they figure the cost of the ticket/tow  is worth it for the convenience of parking in front of their home.

Do they have driveways?  If not, I don't understand such a rule.  I routinely leave my car parked outside my house for days because I don't use it every day.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19441 on: February 11, 2013, 04:30:09 PM »
A couple years ago, I was an accidental parking Special Snowflake.  I don't live in a town, but the family members I was babysitting for do.  I didn't know about street cleaning day, and that you could only park on one side of the street during those days.  I was just happy to find a parking spot.  I came out and found a parking ticket under my windshield wiper.  Whoops.  :-[ 

I felt pretty stupid, but I paid the ticket and took the lesson.  Some people in town are repeat offenders, though.  I've seen the same car get ticketed three times for the same offense.  Actually, I was surprised to never see that car being hauled off by a tow truck, but as I said before, I don't know much about how things are done there.
Our town has an ordinance forbidding any vehicle or trailer from being parked on a street for longer than 48 hours. There are three people on our street alone who get tickets at least once every two weeks because they leave their items on the street for days. In addition, they often end up with their vehicles towed because there is a limit on how many tickets you can get before they start towing you. And then... the cars come back in the same exact spot. I don't know if they're actually SS, stupid, or if they figure the cost of the ticket/tow  is worth it for the convenience of parking in front of their home.

Do they have driveways?  If not, I don't understand such a rule.  I routinely leave my car parked outside my house for days because I don't use it every day.
Yes, we all have driveways -- it's a requirement in the town.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19442 on: February 11, 2013, 10:10:53 PM »
**hands Yarnspinner a nice cup of hot tea**

I was on a condo board once.   Just once.  I so know what you mean!

Me, too.  Never again.  Yarnspinner, here are some lovely cookies to go with that tea.  ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19443 on: February 12, 2013, 07:21:01 PM »
WE made Thief a member of the newly formed Friends of the Library Committee because THAT would give Thief perspective on stealing.
With friends like Thief, who needs enemies? >:D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19444 on: February 13, 2013, 08:56:28 AM »
WE made Thief a member of the newly formed Friends of the Library Committee because THAT would give Thief perspective on stealing.
With friends like Thief, who needs enemies? >:D

This seems to me as a "It's better to have him on the inside of the tent, peeing out, than the outside peeing in" situation.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19445 on: February 13, 2013, 10:40:28 AM »

This seems to me as a "It's better to have him on the inside of the tent, peeing out, than the outside peeing in" situation.

LOL!  Now that's a phrase I've never heard before, but I love it and will have to tuck it away for the future.  I'm reasonably sure that there will be things that come up where the concept will apply.   ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19446 on: February 13, 2013, 11:17:26 AM »
Having just come from the trendy expressions thread, all I can say is "ermegard, you guyz!  Stahp!!!!"

1) Condo area is much cleaner and people are complaining less about snow today, thank the powers that be.

2) Thief is still sore about being branded a thief, but he still comes in to use our sole remaining typewriter to...you won't believe it...sit with the books he used to steal and, yes, COPY THEM OUT.  He goes through reams of his own paper and all of our typewriter ribbons...and it's getting harder to find the ones that work with that particular make.  (rolls eyes and prepares to go back to work after really much needed five day break due to blizzard.....)

p.s.  emwithmee, I plan on using your tent expression at the next possible opportunity. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19447 on: February 13, 2013, 03:30:27 PM »
I can never understand traffic stories without diagrams, so I made a diagram. I'm in the green car in the second of the double left-turn lanes. Mr. Must Be First In Line is in the yellow car, labeled with an S for Snowflake.

We were all waiting patiently for a chance to turn left - except Mr. MBFIL wasn't so patient. He abruptly cut out of his place in line, nearly clipped my bumper as he squeezed between the two rows of cars, and pulled in front of the blue car, nearly hitting her also. He won himself one whole car length with that maneuver and wound up much further out into the intersection than he should have been, causing problems for oncoming traffic.

Two lights later I saw him stopped at a red right beside me, so it seems the line-cutting didn't save him much time.  ::)


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19448 on: February 13, 2013, 04:32:51 PM »
^ That is a very impressive diagram!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19449 on: February 13, 2013, 04:39:19 PM »
**hands Yarnspinner a nice cup of hot tea**

I was on a condo board once.   Just once.  I so know what you mean!

Me, too.  Never again.  Yarnspinner, here are some lovely cookies to go with that tea.  ;D

Agreed.  I served on the board of my community band for 4 years.  Never again.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19450 on: February 13, 2013, 08:06:38 PM »
Sigh. I just joined a board (or should I say, I was volunteered for a board and accepted the chair position because nobody else would...) It's a sub-board to fundraise for a nonprofit organization. I've been trying to think of fundraising ideas and have been shooting e-mails off to the other members. Two of the four other members of the board have e-mailed me back, telling me they don't have time to sell tickets/other fundraising things, and don't want to ask people for money. I just...ahh.  Why would you join a fundraising board then??

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19451 on: February 13, 2013, 09:05:06 PM »
I was walking my dogs tonight when a motorcycle drove past us and pulled up to a driveway a few feet in front of us. Except instead of parking in the (empty) driveway, he keeps pulling forward until he's on the sidewalk just beyond the driveway. And he's parked at an angle so he takes up the entire sidewalk. I can't get buy him without walking on the lawn. So I called out "Could you move off the sidewalk please?" He turns off the bike and says "Huh?", so I said, "I asked if you could get off the sidewalk." He mutters something under his breath and then says, "A little kindness goes a long way." I was already walking by him at this point, so I just rolled my eyes and said, "I agree completely."

I'm not sure why I'm the mean one for politely asking him to move when he pulled up in front of me, parked on a sidewalk instead of a driveway (which is illegal anyway!), and blocked the whole thing.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19452 on: February 13, 2013, 09:47:13 PM »
I was walking my dogs tonight when a motorcycle drove past us and pulled up to a driveway a few feet in front of us. Except instead of parking in the (empty) driveway, he keeps pulling forward until he's on the sidewalk just beyond the driveway. And he's parked at an angle so he takes up the entire sidewalk. I can't get buy him without walking on the lawn. So I called out "Could you move off the sidewalk please?" He turns off the bike and says "Huh?", so I said, "I asked if you could get off the sidewalk." He mutters something under his breath and then says, "A little kindness goes a long way." I was already walking by him at this point, so I just rolled my eyes and said, "I agree completely."

I'm not sure why I'm the mean one for politely asking him to move when he pulled up in front of me, parked on a sidewalk instead of a driveway (which is illegal anyway!), and blocked the whole thing.

I'm not saying he wasn't wrong, but I would like to know why you couldn't just walk around him?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19453 on: February 13, 2013, 10:10:47 PM »
Being sane biker types, my husband and all our friends park their bikes in actual parking spaces.  We even share parking spaces, although with sidecar rigs, that is a little more difficult.

That said, I have seen bikers park their bikes (2-wheelers) in their hotel rooms when traveling.  A little extreme for me, but I guess they are concerned about theft and/or damage.

Of course, a Russian sidecar bike would be 1) very visible - you don't see sidecar rigs every day; 2) is kind of on the slower side so it would be really easy to catch.  The places that scare me are ones with large concentrations of kids who like to climb.  I never let the bike out of my sight at custard stands or any place with high concentrations of kids with sugar highs.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19454 on: February 13, 2013, 10:44:53 PM »
I was walking my dogs tonight when a motorcycle drove past us and pulled up to a driveway a few feet in front of us. Except instead of parking in the (empty) driveway, he keeps pulling forward until he's on the sidewalk just beyond the driveway. And he's parked at an angle so he takes up the entire sidewalk. I can't get buy him without walking on the lawn. So I called out "Could you move off the sidewalk please?" He turns off the bike and says "Huh?", so I said, "I asked if you could get off the sidewalk." He mutters something under his breath and then says, "A little kindness goes a long way." I was already walking by him at this point, so I just rolled my eyes and said, "I agree completely."

I'm not sure why I'm the mean one for politely asking him to move when he pulled up in front of me, parked on a sidewalk instead of a driveway (which is illegal anyway!), and blocked the whole thing.

I'm not saying he wasn't wrong, but I would like to know why you couldn't just walk around him?

I did, because he never moved. I called out as I was approaching, and when he didn't move I just kept walking. I just think it's rude to walk on someone's lawn and won't do it if I can avoid it.

Edit: And I mean the entire conversation occurred while I was walking. He was calling out the "kindness" comment as I was already past him.
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