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Diane AKA Traska

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19710 on: February 25, 2013, 10:32:42 AM »
The laws of physics always trump the laws of man.

Or, as one of our fellow E-Hellions has said (can't remember who, sorry!) "Physics always wins."

My friend forgot this law when she was driving us all home from a party and decided to try and race. a. bus. :o We could only watch as the side of the bus kept getting bigger and bigger on our field of vision to the left of us... I'm here to type about it, but it was a close call. We all looked at her like "what the ehell?!?!" she looked back like "what?"  ::) She was driving the B-day girl's car. B-day girl was NOT happy.

It's like rock-paper-scissors: car trumps pedestrian, bus trumps car...semi trumps everyone! So get out of the way!

Ahem.  Train.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19711 on: February 25, 2013, 10:51:55 AM »
The laws of physics always trump the laws of man.

Or, as one of our fellow E-Hellions has said (can't remember who, sorry!) "Physics always wins."

My friend forgot this law when she was driving us all home from a party and decided to try and race. a. bus. :o We could only watch as the side of the bus kept getting bigger and bigger on our field of vision to the left of us... I'm here to type about it, but it was a close call. We all looked at her like "what the ehell?!?!" she looked back like "what?"  ::) She was driving the B-day girl's car. B-day girl was NOT happy.

It's like rock-paper-scissors: car trumps pedestrian, bus trumps car...semi trumps everyone! So get out of the way!

Ahem.  Train.

Nope; I can attest that semis will trump trains. Especially if said train HITS said semi...

Diane AKA Traska

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19712 on: February 25, 2013, 11:00:37 AM »
The laws of physics always trump the laws of man.

Or, as one of our fellow E-Hellions has said (can't remember who, sorry!) "Physics always wins."

My friend forgot this law when she was driving us all home from a party and decided to try and race. a. bus. :o We could only watch as the side of the bus kept getting bigger and bigger on our field of vision to the left of us... I'm here to type about it, but it was a close call. We all looked at her like "what the ehell?!?!" she looked back like "what?"  ::) She was driving the B-day girl's car. B-day girl was NOT happy.

It's like rock-paper-scissors: car trumps pedestrian, bus trumps car...semi trumps everyone! So get out of the way!

Ahem.  Train.

Nope; I can attest that semis will trump trains. Especially if said train HITS said semi...

I've seen exactly the reverse... semi stalled on tracks, train couldn't stop in time, they needed dump trucks to haul the debris away so the train could resume its journey.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19713 on: February 25, 2013, 11:01:53 AM »
The laws of physics always trump the laws of man.

Or, as one of our fellow E-Hellions has said (can't remember who, sorry!) "Physics always wins."

My friend forgot this law when she was driving us all home from a party and decided to try and race. a. bus. :o We could only watch as the side of the bus kept getting bigger and bigger on our field of vision to the left of us... I'm here to type about it, but it was a close call. We all looked at her like "what the ehell?!?!" she looked back like "what?"  ::) She was driving the B-day girl's car. B-day girl was NOT happy.

It's like rock-paper-scissors: car trumps pedestrian, bus trumps car...semi trumps everyone! So get out of the way!

Ahem.  Train.

Nope; I can attest that semis will trump trains. Especially if said train HITS said semi...

I have to disagree.  My father's plant was in an industrial part of town with train tracks running in front of the entrance.  Many semis tried to play chicken with the train on those tracks.  They all lost.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19714 on: February 25, 2013, 11:05:39 AM »
I've posted this before, but it seems appropriate here...

At the Williamsburg Pottery, there are train tracks running through it, dividing up the new and old sections.  There was a small sign next to them.  "Maybe you can beat the train.  And maybe you're DEAD WRONG."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19715 on: February 25, 2013, 11:08:02 AM »
We had two people try to beat a train overnight. They lost.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19716 on: February 25, 2013, 11:14:16 AM »
Our town is lousy with train tracks. I love it, but at the same time, ever since I saw Fried Green Tomatoes, I am very careful around tracks that are still in use.  There is one railroad bridge that runs over the sidewalk my middle child takes to school.   There's no way for kids to get hurt so long as they don't try to climb up the hill onto the tracks. 

I was walking with both older boys before the eldest started middle school, maybe about 2 years ago or so.  In front of us was a woman walking with her two kids and the boy, perhaps about 6th grade, skittered up the hill and onto the train tracks and instead of climbing right back down, he started walking around up there.  The mother just kept on walking, completely ignoring him and not even bothering to tell him to get down. 

I knew this mother enough to know that if her child was hurt, she'd be blaming it on the train, not her son who shouldn't have been goofing off on the RR bridge in the first place.

Granted there was no train coming but this kid had walked to a place where there would be no safe way to get out of a train's way if it was coming through.  Dh said "Well any train coming through town HAS to go slower than it would out in the open so it's unlikely he'd be killed." I still tell my children that trains and their tracks are nothing to play around with.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19717 on: February 25, 2013, 01:48:01 PM »
From Customers Suck.
http://www.customerssuck.com/board/showthread.php?t=96950
Last story in the OP.

Group books 2 tables in a pub for a birthday celebration, on Saturday night, when the place is usually packed. On arrival, Birthday Girl demands that the pub keep adjacent tables vacant and not allow other customers to stand near her table "I donít want anyone disturbing my special night! I WILL NOT have anyone sitting near my party! I will not allow it!" When the pub refuses to comply, Birthday Girl calls Daddy to have him make the pub obey her. She orders the waiter to talk to Daddy. "You have to do as I say!" No, they don't and they didn't.

I don't see any major language issues in the OP, but won't vouch for the rest of the thread.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19718 on: February 25, 2013, 01:51:53 PM »
I've posted this before, but it seems appropriate here...

At the Williamsburg Pottery, there are train tracks running through it, dividing up the new and old sections.  There was a small sign next to them.  "Maybe you can beat the train.  And maybe you're DEAD WRONG."

Ages ago I was listening to the radio while getting ready for school. The news was on and I heard the announcer say, "A group of people in a car decided to race a freight train to the crossing. It was a tie."

It was funny in a horrible way and has stuck with me all this time.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19719 on: February 25, 2013, 02:14:57 PM »
From Customers Suck.
http://www.customerssuck.com/board/showthread.php?t=96950
Last story in the OP.

Group books 2 tables in a pub for a birthday celebration, on Saturday night, when the place is usually packed. On arrival, Birthday Girl demands that the pub keep adjacent tables vacant and not allow other customers to stand near her table "I donít want anyone disturbing my special night! I WILL NOT have anyone sitting near my party! I will not allow it!" When the pub refuses to comply, Birthday Girl calls Daddy to have him make the pub obey her. She orders the waiter to talk to Daddy. "You have to do as I say!" No, they don't and they didn't.

I don't see any major language issues in the OP, but won't vouch for the rest of the thread.
:o :o :o :o Consider this gast completely flabbered. What was she, 21 going on 12? No, make that 2 - that's the age for ridiculous tantrums! What universe did she live in that she thought they would care who her Dad was, or that he could exert any control over them? Unless he owned the pub or was a senator or a millionaire - in which case she wouldn't just be having a little party at a local pub and they would have been spared having to deal with her in the first place. ::) She booked two tables in a business open to the public, what did she think...
sorry, I have to stop thinking about this or my brain is just going to shut down...
UN-believable!!
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jedikaiti

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19720 on: February 25, 2013, 02:22:51 PM »
I am thinking it would be totally doable for a reasonable fee. Just figure how many people they could get at each table, bank on them having a full dinner (incl. appetizer & dessert) plus drinks, not to mention the people who would stand in that area and what all they would consume. Then add in turnover, and a healthy tip. Payable in advance. Oh yes, and a fee for being at the last minute. And a Snowflake Surcharge.
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ladyknight1

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19721 on: February 25, 2013, 02:39:26 PM »
Evil LK can think of so many applications for the Snowflake Surcharge.  >:D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19722 on: February 25, 2013, 02:58:20 PM »
I've posted this before, but it seems appropriate here...

At the Williamsburg Pottery, there are train tracks running through it, dividing up the new and old sections.  There was a small sign next to them.  "Maybe you can beat the train.  And maybe you're DEAD WRONG."

There's a four-way stop here that goes over some train tracks. The number of people who try to beat the train is stupidly high. You'd think they would notice all of the little crosses stuck in the grass next to the track trains. I know I've come up on more than one car-vs-train accident over the years on those tracks. It's never pretty. The driver always ends up dead.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19723 on: February 25, 2013, 03:02:03 PM »
I've posted this before, but it seems appropriate here...

At the Williamsburg Pottery, there are train tracks running through it, dividing up the new and old sections.  There was a small sign next to them.  "Maybe you can beat the train.  And maybe you're DEAD WRONG."

There's a four-way stop here that goes over some train tracks. The number of people who try to beat the train is stupidly high. You'd think they would notice all of the little crosses stuck in the grass next to the track trains. I know I've come up on more than one car-vs-train accident over the years on those tracks. It's never pretty. The driver always ends up dead.

On this front (no one died, disclaimer :)...one of my uncles was much to special to stop at the stop-sign railroad crossings in his area (rural area, no gates, just stop signs)
He memorized the train schedule, he barely slowed down/looked half the time.

Until the time they ran a 'special'.
He lived.  The people driving the train all lived.  the train lived.  his car, not so much.
He's gotten smarter and a little less (snow)flakey.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19724 on: February 25, 2013, 03:45:10 PM »
Here's a Special Snowflake story from my work.

<BG> I work at a school.  Many of the teachers we've hired for permanent positions started out on our substitute list.  SS in this story used to be a full-time teacher but was on our sub list at the time. </BG>

A few years ago, when I was just getting started in Human Resources, we were recruiting for an assistant teacher for one of our preschool classrooms.  SS applied for the job.  She showed up to the interview in overly-tight sweats (you could clearly see every roll and crease of flesh), spent most of the interview talking about how much experience she already had here without really answering most of the questions, and was rude and abrupt with members of the interview panel ("Are we done yet?").  The panelists, which included a parent from the school, were NOT impressed--and it was decided we would offer the job to someone else.

She was very unhappy with me when I had to tell her she didn't get the job.  That wasn't unusual at all; I'd say it's about par for the course actually.  Most job candidates, when they get a thanks-but-no-thanks letter, are disappointed.  Often I'll get a reply to the standard thanks-but-no-thanks email saying something like, "I'm sorry I wasn't selected, hope you find someone."  Once or twice I have been asked for feedback from candidates on what they could have done differently.  Fair enough.

Where this job candidate crossed the border into the land of Special Snowflakia, IMHO, was with the way she expressed her displeasure.  If I'd had the spine then that I have now, I would have hung up on her after thirty seconds, maximum!  But noooooo... I listened to her scream at me on the phone for ten minutes about how her work experience should count for something, how incompetent I was, and how she was going to call Very Important Person and have me fired!  By the time the "conversation" ended, I was in tears.   :'(

SS got a talking-to from my then-boss later, with a warning that she'd be taken off the sub list if it happened again, but she remains on the list to this day--because in those ten minutes, her chances of ever getting a full-time job here again went down to somewhere between Snowball in H3ll and Pigs in Flight!
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