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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19545 on: February 18, 2013, 11:55:27 AM »
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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« Reply #19546 on: February 18, 2013, 12:01:22 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 #19547 on: February 18, 2013, 12:06:11 PM »
^^ That was wonderful!
I assume you heard the way she spoke to me at dinner.
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« Reply #19548 on: February 18, 2013, 01:10:38 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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« Reply #19549 on: February 18, 2013, 02:21:04 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 #19550 on: February 18, 2013, 03:02:17 PM »
From Merriam-Webster

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

Definition of NONPLUS
: a state of bafflement or perplexity : quandary
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19551 on: February 18, 2013, 03:03:47 PM »
<insert generic request for spin-off thread>
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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« Reply #19552 on: February 18, 2013, 04:57:02 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 :)

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« Reply #19553 on: February 18, 2013, 05:05:13 PM »
I went to Savannah this past weekend for my anniversary and I saw a minor SS. My husband and I were on a horse-drawn carriage tour of some of the streets with the old houses. We were passing by one of the more famous ones, and the driver stopped our carriage to tell us a little bit about it, and was waving cars to go around her. One car stopped right next to our carriage, with about five cars waiting behind it. The passenger rolled down her window and started to ask questions about the house to our carriage driver.

Our driver must have had this happen before, because she politely told them that they needed to buy a tour to get those questions answered. They then sped off with a line of cars following behind.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19554 on: February 18, 2013, 11:11:54 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's such a nice story.

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« Reply #19555 on: February 19, 2013, 06:24:42 AM »
That's a true lady for you.  One of the nicest, most ladylike women I ever knew was the head of my Brownie troupe when I was a kid.   Her husband was rich, and they owned a huge house in the best part of town - she could've spent her days ordering around servants and shopping, but she didn't.   She had two teenage daughters who showed every indication of being just as nice.

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« Reply #19556 on: February 19, 2013, 06:34:34 AM »
Yes. A true lady or gentleman is someone who feels good enough about herself or himself to not feel the need to put others down, nor to take delight in their misfortune, and who wants others to feel good about themselves too and therefore steps up to the occasion if they see others in distress.

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« Reply #19557 on: February 19, 2013, 07:04:01 AM »
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.
Autocorrect got you again unless you meant dead! LOL

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« Reply #19558 on: February 19, 2013, 09:09:50 AM »
It often happens that the higher people are on the social scale, the nicer they are. 

When I was a teenager, I worked as an usher at a summer theater.  Helen Hayes took a great interest in the place. She would drop by and was the model of a true lady.  She seemed to take a genuine interest in everyone, including the ushers.  Anyone could feel perfectly at ease around her. 

At the museum, Brooke Astor would drop in from time to time.  She was exactly the same way. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19559 on: February 19, 2013, 09:31:03 AM »
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.
Autocorrect got you again unless you meant dead! LOL

No. Not dead, but "not affected enough to raise the pulse", which is a common usage of the phrase.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=non-pulsed

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