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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19545 on: February 18, 2013, 11:14:21 AM »
Yeah, I should've quoted mmswm's post first!  "Nonplussed" means confused so that had me a bit confused ;D
It also means unperturbed.  I took mmswm to mean unperturbed. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19546 on: February 18, 2013, 11:20:46 AM »
Yeah, I should've quoted mmswm's post first!  "Nonplussed" means confused so that had me a bit confused ;D
It also means unperturbed.  I took mmswm to mean unperturbed.

Nonplussed is often used incorrectly to mean unperturbed, but most dictionaries won't budge and change the meaning to match how people have a tendency to use it.

On topic, there are quite a few special snowflakes on my street—they've been leaving their chairs/traffic cones/random furniture in the spots they dug out. This is legal for 48 hours after a snow emergency, but they keep claiming those spots even though most of the snow has melted... (and for reference, no, I am not in Southie :P) It's public parking; you really can't claim it for yourself! (As much as I wish I could!)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19547 on: February 18, 2013, 11:24:54 AM »
Yeah, I should've quoted mmswm's post first!  "Nonplussed" means confused so that had me a bit confused ;D
It also means unperturbed.  I took mmswm to mean unperturbed.

Hum...  Perturbed means state of confusion so it seems that unperturbed would be the complete opposite of nonplussed.  Which is also confusing.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19548 on: February 18, 2013, 12:23:50 PM »
I might be alone in being completely nonplussed about seeing anybody in their skivies.  After three high risk pregnancies with a team of 9 attendings of various specialties and what seemed like hundreds of residents and interns coming in to discuss my girl parts, I sort of lost any sense of modesty. Add to that the fact that most underpinnings show far less than the typical bikini, and I just don't see where it's a big deal.  Then again, I might be the weird one.

Nope, not alone and not weird. I'd be completely nonplussed as well, and I've had no pregnancies and no specialists or residents/interns coming in to discuss my girl parts. It's underwear, it's temporary, it's for an understandable purpose. I've got absolutely no problems with it.

I think this is a bit confusing, because in the first line you're saying that you're nonplussed/confused about seeing someone in their skivies, but then go on to explain that you're really have no problem seeing someone.

Autocorrect got me.  My apologies.  I meant to type Non-Pulsed.  Those are two completely different words/phrases.
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« Reply #19549 on: February 18, 2013, 12:26:15 PM »
Am I alone in finding the thought of unexpectedly walking in on someone in a public or work restroom in their skivvies to be...weird? I'm not particularly prudish, but I don't need to know what colour panties my boss wore to work.

It happens at my workplace often. I just avert my gaze.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19550 on: February 18, 2013, 12:28:45 PM »
Am I alone in finding the thought of unexpectedly walking in on someone in a public or work restroom in their skivvies to be...weird? I'm not particularly prudish, but I don't need to know what colour panties my boss wore to work.

I'm not a modest person - stripping off for appropriate reasons and in appropriate settings is fine by me.   But I agree with you, I do not want to see my coworkers in their underwear and would consider it very inappropriate for them to change in the public bathroom area.  It's an office restroom, not a restroom at the beach or gym.

I would expect a stall to be used for that purpose.  If the restroom is so busy that all stalls are occupied then the person changing would be equally underfoot changing outside a stall as in one - I have never worked in an office with enough space for somebody to stand in the middle changing without blocking the sinks or doors!

I do agree that using a toilet stall as a changing room would be inappropriate if the toilet is busy, they should wait or go elsewhere.

I'm the same way. I even have issues with the thought of me using the shower in our "gym" at work. even though the door locks, there's just something that i can't get over about being naked wehre i work, even though there is no chance anyone would see me. During Sandy, a lot of folks without power used the shower there; I chose to sponge bath until I could shower elsewehre, for that reason.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19551 on: February 18, 2013, 12:34:02 PM »
Am I alone in finding the thought of unexpectedly walking in on someone in a public or work restroom in their skivvies to be...weird? I'm not particularly prudish, but I don't need to know what colour panties my boss wore to work.

Yeah, that was the point I was trying to make.   Our bathroom is very rarely so busy that waiting for a stall is an issue, so my coworker standing by the sinks in her undies seems a bit unnecessary.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19552 on: February 18, 2013, 12:55:27 PM »
I'm only up to page 55 on this thread, and I'm obsessively trying to catch up.  I figure I'll get up there in a year or two.  I'm at the point where there are several posts about people going too slow on the highway and impeding traffic, which reminded me of a post I had read years ago, and was in my favorites folder. 

It took about 15 minutes to slog through all the dead links (I really need to clean out that favorites folder), but I found it.

http://researchgrrrl.livejournal.com/60084.html

My question is, does Kimberley go straight to e*hell?  Was this rude?

Rude? More like "completely stupid and too immature to have a driver's license".

I'm on the non-exec board of an organisation. Last week we had a tour round all its sites and the chief exec drove the minibus. It has a message on the back "How am I driving". One of my fellow directors rang head office to say she was driving behind this vehicle and wanted to complain. Sadly she broke down and confessed as we were longing to know what message he'd get when he got back later that day.  >:D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19553 on: February 18, 2013, 01:01:22 PM »
All the talk about people standing around in bathrooms in their underwear reminds me of something that happened decades ago when I was young.  My husband and I were at a very important dinner (hosted by the partners -- attendance mandatory) for all the other professional employees in the company.

I had to buy a real evening gown, my first ever. 

As the waiter brought food to the table, he had a tray he was holding up in the air with his left hand.  The tray had beef slices on it.  He tipped the tray just a little.  Suddenly I had a lap full of bright red and brown beef juice.

It was horrifying.  I rushed into the bathroom, stripped down to my strapless bra and pantyhose and put the dress and long half slip under running water in two of the sinks.  Suddenly the room was full of incredibly helpful women helping me rinse my clothes.  Then they helped by taking turns holding the slip and dress under the little blower hand dryers.

AMAZINGLY the juice all came out, the clothes dried wrinkle free and I returned to the dinner although everyone was pretty much finished eating by then.  Only after returning to the table did I realize that the one woman who had been the most helpful of all (and had also missed her meal) was the wife of Mr. Biggest Boss of all. 

I was impressed that the one person I would have expected to be the biggest snob turned out to be the one who was most gracious and helpful and sympathetic.  That lady had real class. 


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19554 on: February 18, 2013, 01:06:11 PM »
^^ That was wonderful!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19555 on: February 18, 2013, 02:10:38 PM »

I was impressed that the one person I would have expected to be the biggest snob turned out to be the one who was most gracious and helpful and sympathetic.  That lady had real class.

That's awesome she was so kind. Maybe something similar happened to her once and knows how it felt?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19556 on: February 18, 2013, 03:21:04 PM »
Yeah, I should've quoted mmswm's post first!  "Nonplussed" means confused so that had me a bit confused ;D
It also means unperturbed.  I took mmswm to mean unperturbed.

Hum...  Perturbed means state of confusion so it seems that unperturbed would be the complete opposite of nonplussed.  Which is also confusing.

I have never heard perturbed used in that manner.  It has always meant, IME, annoyed, unsettled, or irritated.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19557 on: February 18, 2013, 04:02:17 PM »
From Merriam-Webster

Definition of PERTURB
1
: to cause to be worried or upset : disquiet
2
: to throw into confusion : disorder

Definition of NONPLUS
: a state of bafflement or perplexity : quandary
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19558 on: February 18, 2013, 04:03:47 PM »
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19559 on: February 18, 2013, 05:57:02 PM »

I was impressed that the one person I would have expected to be the biggest snob turned out to be the one who was most gracious and helpful and sympathetic.  That lady had real class.

That's awesome she was so kind. Maybe something similar happened to her once and knows how it felt?

That is some true graciousness there. Sounds like biggest bosses wife was the other kind of special - the kind we can never have too many of :)