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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20055 on: March 15, 2013, 10:46:31 AM »
My iPad keeps autocorrecting "well" to "we'll", even for a sentence like "She did very well in her exam".  I don't get that.

Speaking of hotels, one time my husband and I were having a second honeymoon in the nicest hotel in town.  We'd ordered room service, and while we were waiting, we decided to - ahem - pass the time.  The very second that we were done, there was a discreet knock and a "Room Service!" at the door.   I can only assume that the guy was waiting patiently outside for us to conclude matters.  Boy, was I embarrassed! 

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« Reply #20056 on: March 15, 2013, 10:55:26 AM »
I am imagining a still escalator, waiting for someone to step on it.  Say the first person is at the bottom.  When they step on the escalator, it starts moving up.  What if there is someone at the top who wants to go down?  Do they wait until everyone at the bottom rides to the top and then, when the escalator is empty, the people at the top can step on the top step and the escalator will go down?

What happens when it is very busy?  I am imagining people at the top waiting and waiting for all the people to get off so they can go down.

Exactly that :) it's as asinine as it sounds.

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« Reply #20057 on: March 15, 2013, 11:02:22 AM »
My iPad keeps autocorrecting "well" to "we'll", even for a sentence like "She did very well in her exam".  I don't get that.


I vaguely recall reading about some way of customizing your autocorrect setup - there might be a way of having it autocorrect "*well" into "well." It might avoid the well-to-we'll problem. However, I haven't used an Apple product since the Apple IIe, so I have no experience with iPads.

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« Reply #20058 on: March 15, 2013, 11:26:40 AM »
For amusement on that front, I suggest the website Da(m)n you Autocorrect, which is hilarious but oh so very much not e-Hell compliant.

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I always wonder how Autocorrect learned that kind of language in the first place.   >:D

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« Reply #20059 on: March 15, 2013, 01:41:01 PM »
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Speaking of hotels, one time my husband and I were having a second honeymoon in the nicest hotel in town.  We'd ordered room service, and while we were waiting, we decided to - ahem - pass the time.  The very second that we were done, there was a discreet knock and a "Room Service!" at the door.   I can only assume that the guy was waiting patiently outside for us to conclude matters.  Boy, was I embarrassed!

Maybe. Maybe not. Was the food still hot or had it cooled off?  >:D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20060 on: March 15, 2013, 03:05:14 PM »
Hee.  It was on the warm-ish side, so hard to say one way or t'other.

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« Reply #20061 on: March 15, 2013, 06:47:32 PM »
I went to pick up Housemate at the airport once.  I sent her a message because I couldn't find her (at our tiny wee airport), and got the response that she was at the 'pickle packing' area. 

Yeah, auto correct was at it again.  It was supposed to be 'passenger pickup'.

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« Reply #20062 on: March 15, 2013, 07:01:52 PM »
But pickle packing is pretty funny!

We don't have auto correct on our phones, so I'm not sure how this came about, but once DH texted me to say our son (middle) tried to set the house on fire. I asked how and DH said "He was trying to heat a slice of people in the microwave." 

I quipped "I didn't realize soylent green came in slices" but alas, dh didn't get the joke because he's never seen that movie or heard the classic line "Soylent green...is PEOPLE!!"

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« Reply #20063 on: March 15, 2013, 08:22:26 PM »
Passenger pickup proactively permutated to pickle packing?  Prior to passenger pickup, or post pathfinding pilgrimage? 
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« Reply #20064 on: March 15, 2013, 10:28:19 PM »
The other day DH and I were talking about, of all things, asbestos removal, and he told me about an SS he once knew who thought rules were there to be broken. He was renovating his house, ripped out a lot of asbestos wearing just a dust mask (no suit or respiration) and then threw it on his lawn. Then, when he took it to the tip (dump) complained that the operators rightly wouldn't accept it as it was asbestos.

He told DH that he ought that paying someone to specially take it away and dispose of it was a waste of money and time.

I hope, that when he removed it that he was the only one there! Asbestos dust can sit for years in your lungs before it comes back to kill you.

When we needed some asbestos removed a LOT of people advised us to save money by taking it to the tip hidden underneath other rubbish. I suppose tip workers and other people dumping their rubbish can just go to heck as far as these people were concerned. It really changed how I thought of them.

I was once reading a blog about a couple renovating an older home. They had a room with asbestos tile floor and they wanted to dispose of it the right way. They packaged it up as per the regulations, but they were having a heck of a time finding a place that would take it. Finally they found a dump a significant distance away that would take asbestos. So they went out, paid $125 to dispose of their hazardous waste, and...it went into the regular dump.

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« Reply #20065 on: March 16, 2013, 03:07:13 PM »
I suspect that our neighbors aren't being SS so much as just inconsiderate, and that we're actually the SS for being annoyed at the situation, but here goes anyhow.

DF and I rent a home in a townhome community. There are only 9 parking spots in front of our cluster of 5 units, and parking is not assigned, although every unit has one spot directly in front of the walkway to that unit's front door. There is additional parking diagonally across the little street that runs through the community, in front of the communal fields and ponds. DF and I have 2 cars, but he rarely drives his car, so we park it in one of the spaces in front of the fields, to leave the spots in front of our cluster available for the residents. Our neighbors immediately adjacent to us have a minimum of 3 cars parked in front of the cluster at any given time though, and this means that I also usually end up parking in front of the fields as well since all the parking directly in front of our unit is occupied by the neighbors' vehicles. While I don't love that, I recognize it as part of not having assigned parking. What bothers me more is that they pull their vehicle so far back that it is overlapping our walkway, forcing me to cut across the grass, usually in high heels, to get to my front door. And it isn't just one particular vehicle parked like this, it appears to be every single driver that lives at or visits that particular home. DF actually talked to them about that, which I probably would not have done and may have made him a SS, but nothing has changed anyhow.

What really irked me though was what happened today. I was gone for the morning, and came home to find that our neighbors had 5 vehicles present today, and had parked them in front of and blocking our walkway, their own walkway, and 2 other neighbors' walkways. So I thought that was fairly inconsiderate, since 3 sets of residents now had to cut across the grass to get to their home because of the vehicles parked too far back into the parking space and hanging over onto the walkways.

THEN, not too long after I got home I heard people talking outside my front window and saw that the neighbors looked like they might be getting ready to leave. So I watched them a bit, because if they moved one of the cars near our unit I wanted to repark my car as I had some things to unload that I didn't feel like carrying from where I had had to park in front of the fields. A couple people got into one of the vehicles, a large pickup truck, and backed out of the parking space. Then they stopped, now perpendicular to and directly across the narrow street through our community, fully blocking the road to travel. A few other people came up to the trucked, and conversed through the open window with the truck's occupants. Then the passenger got out, and went into the home for something. Then the driver got out, and two other people came up to the driver, and they all lit up their cigarettes and stood around and chatted a bit... They did leave before anyone actually came driving along the street.

So, to summarize:
(1) Neighbors consistently park in such a way as to block the walkway to our front door,
(2) Neighbors today parked 5 vehicles in such a way as to block the walkway to our front door, their front door, and two other neighbors' front doors, and
(3) Neighbors unparked one vehicle then left it to idle completely blocking the street through our townhome community while they chatted and enjoyed a cigarette



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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20066 on: March 16, 2013, 05:10:20 PM »
Norrina check your local codes and the townhouse rules. If the walkways are along a public blocking the sidewalk with your car might be be something that gets you a ticket.


If it is a walk way along the private drive/road belonging to the townhouses they might have rules about blocking the sidewalk.


I don't think your being an SS for wanting to be able to walk on a level surface to your house. My sister's neighbors were another issue.


It is both illegal to block the sidewalk where sis lives and almost impossible to park anything bigger than a compact in your drive way and not be in the sidewalk's space as it crosses your driveway.


So Sis had a neighbor that complained about Mom's SUV being in Sis's drive because the bumper was in the sidewalk's path (you could walk around on the apron of the driveway without stepping into the street). Cop came by told sis it was illegal. So they parked the SUV in the street. Same neighbor complained that it was a hazard. It was fine. Same neighbor screamed at sis and Mom's home help aid because they pulled it into the drive for 10 minutes to load our mother who was using a wheelchair at that point. She reduced my MOm to tears.


Mom passed away. There was some stuff at Sis's that belonged to me. I pulled my car into her drive way. My bumper was above the sidewalks space but horror of horrors I put the boxes down on the ground and "blocked" the sidewalk just as she was walking by (Sis said she patroled the  neighborhood walking around and around all day). She screamed at me and I told her fine call a cop. Put the boxes in my trunk. Sis stays outside. Lady walks on. Next door neighbor comes out. I go inside to get the last thing. I walk out and next door neighbor sees me and starts screaming blood murder that she is going to call the cops.


Please remember I live in Texas - it is perfectly legal for me to have my (formally my Dad's) 22 rifle in the yard especially since it is unloaded, pointed down not at anyone, and I'm putting it in my car to take home. Also I've had gun safety drilled into my head since I as born. I'm always careful. 


That weekend next door neighbor's husband talks to my BIL asking what type of gun it was. BIL tells him a 22 and it was unloaded. Neighbor's husband starts laughing. Said by the time his wife got into the house it had turned into a high calibar automatic rifle in her head. She was convinced that I should have been holding it over my shoulder - like in the movies. We all went to school together. Honestly I doubt she knows anything about guns not learned from CSI or Law and Order. Neighbor's husband had to talk her down from calling the cops.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20067 on: March 16, 2013, 11:55:17 PM »
Norrina check your local codes and the townhouse rules. If the walkways are along a public blocking the sidewalk with your car might be be something that gets you a ticket.


If it is a walk way along the private drive/road belonging to the townhouses they might have rules about blocking the sidewalk.

Thank you kherbert. We don't have public sidewalks, or even private sidewalks. It's just individual concrete block walkways leading from the parking spaces to the front doors of the town homes. Like so (|p| = parking space, \ = walkway, H = house (front door)):

    STREET

|p|p|p|p|p|p|
  \     \  \     \
   H    H H    H

I will definitely look into whether the rental office has a position on blocking the walkways. I know our lease is silent on the matter though. If all else fails, I may consider placing a 6x6 or a couple cement blocks as a makeshift parking block to make it more difficult to pull forward far enough to block the walkway.



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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20068 on: March 17, 2013, 12:13:41 AM »
Same neighbors have now decided to START their partying at 12:02am (hey, it's officially St. Patty's Day, right?). In the backyard area that is directly below all the master bedrooms in our unit. There's a fire pit going, so I guess they plan to be out there for a while, and since they're outside they clearly see no reason to use their inside voices.



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« Reply #20069 on: March 17, 2013, 12:16:06 AM »
Same neighbors have now decided to START their partying at 12:02am (hey, it's officially St. Patty's Day, right?). In the backyard area that is directly below all the master bedrooms in our unit. There's a fire pit going, so I guess they plan to be out there for a while, and since they're outside they clearly see no reason to use their inside voices.

I would be very surprised if there aren't any noise ordinances in your city/county that would address this situation.  Maybe a call to the non-emergency line would be helpful.  >:D