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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19680 on: February 23, 2013, 06:31:41 PM »
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19681 on: February 23, 2013, 07:00:20 PM »
SSS: AF Edition.

Had weekend duty today. No one likes weekend duty, but we aren't paid by the hour, and are technically "on duty" 24/7, so weekends happen. The guy that was supposed to be on my crew today didn't answer his phone when called repeatedly, was quite rude on the phone when told we had to come in, and was complaining that he shouldn't have to work the duty because he was a midshift person. That'd be a valid excuse if he'd worked the shift prior, but he had been off since Friday morning, and he knew he had to work. Apparently he thought that he was a Super Special snowflake and didn't have to do what everyone else had to.

As much as I hate paperwork, I'm going to make an exception for this kid. I'm pretty easygoing, but I really dislike whiners who think that rules shouldn't apply to him.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19682 on: February 23, 2013, 07:08:29 PM »
SSS: AF Edition.

As much as I hate paperwork, I'm going to make an exception for this kid. I'm pretty easygoing, but I really dislike whiners who think that rules shouldn't apply to him.

Good!  And thank you.  People like you (and my Dad - 20 year AF Veteran) give me faith in our military.  People like him need need to remember what he signed up for.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19683 on: February 23, 2013, 07:18:05 PM »
one of my coworkers was an SS after work the other day -


I'm driving away and she's walking towards the parking lot.  Her route goes right in front of me - she makes eye contact with me and walks out in front of me - I had to slam on the breaks to keep from hitting her  :o 

Who does that?


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« Reply #19684 on: February 23, 2013, 07:23:25 PM »
one of my coworkers was an SS after work the other day -


I'm driving away and she's walking towards the parking lot.  Her route goes right in front of me - she makes eye contact with me and walks out in front of me - I had to slam on the breaks to keep from hitting her  :o 

Who does that?

Maybe the eye contact was to make sure you saw her before she crossed in front of your car.  Are you in a "pedestrians in crosswalk have right of way" area?  She may have thought she was doing the right thing *shrug*

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19685 on: February 23, 2013, 07:37:04 PM »
We had a double booking at an SCA camping event with the Hells Angels! Quite an interesting day with them revving engines and making rude comments to a lot of the ladies.  The SS behavior stopped short when a bunch of the fighters took the field. I seem to think that 1 or 2 of them challenged the fighters to a “real fight” until they saw that not only did they NOT pull blows but that rattan leaves really pretty marks behind even through armor

Oh, was that July Coronation in '96? That was the Outlaws, not the HAs.

Yeah, things were really tense for a while, but once everyone decided we were cool, they came through merchant's row like a swarm of locusts. Every blade and leather merchant was sold out...

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« Reply #19686 on: February 23, 2013, 08:53:18 PM »
I am so enjoying this thread because some days I just feel like I am in a blizzard!  The best story of a SS was when my YDD had heart surgery.  She was 19 months at the time and had major heart surgery to correct a birth defect.  Well, within a few weeks she developed a serious complication (you would have never known,,,she was the happiest baby even with her chest glued together.  she ended up having an emergency procedure to drain dangerous levels of fluid from around her heart.  We were told she would be in the hospital maybe 24-48 hrs after procedure.  So we are taken to our room, where I planned on living the next 2 days with her.  Our first room mate was a 1 month old girl with the same condition and specialist as my daughter and the parents were lovely.  They were moved to CICU after a day due to surgery and in comes the Snowflake family.  I had the window side, and the bathroom was on my side.  Now, I am stressed as we are facing another complication, we aren't getting out anytime soon, I have to arrange for extended childcare for older DD, her dad was stuck out of town because of bad weather, ect and now we have the new patient, a little girl of 3 who is being brought to our step down ICU unit but is pretty much out of it and just moans and cried loudly for stretches,  her lovely parents, who don't seem to like each other much, except when they berate Dr's & nurses to tell them they are suing because their daughter might be brain damaged from stopping breathing in ICU (won't reveal their personal info, but it was their fault kid was in that condition..not abuse, but from what I heard of the heated conversations, stupidity or lack of concern), and their boy who was 2 and LOVED to come over to our side of the room (divided by the curtain) to stand on the chair and look out the window because we were below the helipad so when the weather let up, there were lots of flights.  He tried to grab my food and drinks, he yelled, he ran around my DD's crib and dingdangity near got tangled in her IV and moniter wires and every time I would walk him back, they said to him "it's ok you can go over and look out the window".  Why were they not watching him?  Because instead, they managed to unhook the tv remote thing so you could hear it through the tv and not just the remote thing and they were watching Jerry Springer LOUDLY.  When I asked that it be turned down, they said no, if they had to sit there all ******* day, they were going to enjoy it.  Our main nurse, who was dealing with an emergency in another room, finally came in after an hour and fixed the tv, told them they were not allowed past the curtain, the bathroom was only mine  >:D and to get the little boy out.  Thankfully the next day they transferred her to another room!  I did find out from my sister's friend, who is a patient liaison that they got a lawyer to sue for emotional distress because of being told not only in my room but the next room they were in that it was not their house and they either followed the rules or they would have to leave.  I know sick kids will stress you out, but they honestly felt that their comfort was of the utmost concern.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19687 on: February 24, 2013, 01:14:42 AM »
one of my coworkers was an SS after work the other day -


I'm driving away and she's walking towards the parking lot.  Her route goes right in front of me - she makes eye contact with me and walks out in front of me - I had to slam on the breaks to keep from hitting her  :o 

Who does that?

Maybe the eye contact was to make sure you saw her before she crossed in front of your car.  Are you in a "pedestrians in crosswalk have right of way" area?  She may have thought she was doing the right thing *shrug*

No ... but it was really odd
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19688 on: February 24, 2013, 01:22:49 AM »
one of my coworkers was an SS after work the other day -

I'm driving away and she's walking towards the parking lot.  Her route goes right in front of me - she makes eye contact with me and walks out in front of me - I had to slam on the breaks to keep from hitting her  :o 

Who does that?

Maybe the eye contact was to make sure you saw her before she crossed in front of your car.  Are you in a "pedestrians in crosswalk have right of way" area?  She may have thought she was doing the right thing *shrug*

I have a hard time seeing a plan that relies on "Surely they'll slam on the brakes before killing me" as the right thing. And yet I encounter people who think it's a great idea all the time.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19689 on: February 24, 2013, 01:51:01 AM »
SSS: AF Edition.

Had weekend duty today. No one likes weekend duty, but we aren't paid by the hour, and are technically "on duty" 24/7, so weekends happen. The guy that was supposed to be on my crew today didn't answer his phone when called repeatedly, was quite rude on the phone when told we had to come in, and was complaining that he shouldn't have to work the duty because he was a midshift person. That'd be a valid excuse if he'd worked the shift prior, but he had been off since Friday morning, and he knew he had to work. Apparently he thought that he was a Super Special snowflake and didn't have to do what everyone else had to.

As much as I hate paperwork, I'm going to make an exception for this kid. I'm pretty easygoing, but I really dislike whiners who think that rules shouldn't apply to him.
That reminds me, back in my Navy days, I had just transferred to shore duty where I was the LPO* for my division, and as such, had to take muster. Everyone was present, except this one kid, who had told his roommate that he didn't feel good, so was not coming to work.  That's not how it works in the military, and this kid knew it.  I did not have any problem writing him up for being UA**.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19690 on: February 24, 2013, 04:00:14 AM »
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"Yup, my own mother told me I should have just trusted that the other soups weren't made near any tomato products, and god would have protected me."

God did protect you, by giving you the good sense to avoid eating soups of unknown provenance.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19691 on: February 24, 2013, 08:50:18 AM »
one of my coworkers was an SS after work the other day -

I'm driving away and she's walking towards the parking lot.  Her route goes right in front of me - she makes eye contact with me and walks out in front of me - I had to slam on the breaks to keep from hitting her  :o 

Who does that?

Maybe the eye contact was to make sure you saw her before she crossed in front of your car.  Are you in a "pedestrians in crosswalk have right of way" area?  She may have thought she was doing the right thing *shrug*

I have a hard time seeing a plan that relies on "Surely they'll slam on the brakes before killing me" as the right thing. And yet I encounter people who think it's a great idea all the time.


Haha, I meant right thing as in I'll make eye contact with the driver so I know they've seen me.  What she should have done was waited until the driver gave her a signal to go ahead and cross the street.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19692 on: February 24, 2013, 09:15:45 AM »
one of my coworkers was an SS after work the other day -

I'm driving away and she's walking towards the parking lot.  Her route goes right in front of me - she makes eye contact with me and walks out in front of me - I had to slam on the breaks to keep from hitting her  :o 

Who does that?

Maybe the eye contact was to make sure you saw her before she crossed in front of your car.  Are you in a "pedestrians in crosswalk have right of way" area?  She may have thought she was doing the right thing *shrug*

I have a hard time seeing a plan that relies on "Surely they'll slam on the brakes before killing me" as the right thing. And yet I encounter people who think it's a great idea all the time.

A friend of mine was telling one of her cw's how dangerous it is to just walk out in front of cars as they usually weigh a lot  and cannot always stops on a dime.  She has seen her several times just dart of in front of cars in their work parking lot and nearly get creamed.

CW: Well, pedestrians have the right of way.  Cars HAVE to stop.

Friend: CW, cars can't always stop that quickly.  You've complained about almost being hit twice this week.  The safest thing is for you to stop and wait for them to pass.

CW:  I HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.

Friend: You can be right or you can be dead, your choice.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19693 on: February 24, 2013, 09:27:21 AM »
one of my coworkers was an SS after work the other day -

I'm driving away and she's walking towards the parking lot.  Her route goes right in front of me - she makes eye contact with me and walks out in front of me - I had to slam on the breaks to keep from hitting her  :o 

Who does that?

Maybe the eye contact was to make sure you saw her before she crossed in front of your car.  Are you in a "pedestrians in crosswalk have right of way" area?  She may have thought she was doing the right thing *shrug*

I have a hard time seeing a plan that relies on "Surely they'll slam on the brakes before killing me" as the right thing. And yet I encounter people who think it's a great idea all the time.

A friend of mine was telling one of her cw's how dangerous it is to just walk out in front of cars as they usually weigh a lot  and cannot always stops on a dime.  She has seen her several times just dart of in front of cars in their work parking lot and nearly get creamed.

CW: Well, pedestrians have the right of way.  Cars HAVE to stop.

Friend: CW, cars can't always stop that quickly.  You've complained about almost being hit twice this week.  The safest thing is for you to stop and wait for them to pass.

CW:  I HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.

Friend: You can be right or you can be dead, your choice.

We were walking into Wal-Mart yesterday and my son almost walked out in front of a car. My husband pulled him back and asked him what he was thinking. He said "they have to stop!" My husband informed him that he wasn't in a crosswalk, and even if he was cars can't stop when someone walks out a few feet in front of them. (Although honestly, parking lot speed limit is 5; you should be able to stop fairly quickly. But no one in that lot follows that.)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19694 on: February 24, 2013, 09:48:50 AM »
Another thing about parking lots is there area so many things for the drivers to look out for. Cars backing out, carts rolling across the lot, kids darting out from cars, pedestrians not paying attention - while looking for a place to park.
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