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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20085 on: March 21, 2013, 10:42:50 AM »
We had a snow storm yesterday. Hubby and I went out early to shovel out our car before we went to work. We live in a town house, so our parking is a row along the side of the house. I think my neighbour who parks next to me is a teacher, because she didnt leave yesterday. So, because of this the plow couldn't plow our spot as it was too tight to where she parked (crookedly - I am a brat about this, but if you can't back up into a space straight, don't back up).  so when we got home yesterday expecting a nice clean parking lot, we could barely get into our spot. 

Her husband moved his car so his spot was clean, but apparently they didn't think it important to move hers. Maybe its just me, but if I had two cars, and hubby was unable to move his for the plow, you can bet Id be out there moving it to make life easier on everyone!






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« Reply #20086 on: March 21, 2013, 12:19:58 PM »
One of my friends is in HR at a nursing home. She is hiring people for an Alzheimer's unit and the interview process has the requirement of a tour of the secure facility. /BG


 She had two very special snowflakes come for interviews this week.  Monday she had a woman show up with a very young child - at the interview. It was known before hand that the tour would be part of the interview and she brought a kid my friend estimated to be about 18months to 2 years to this interview. When informed that they could not take the child on the tour, so the interviewed would not proceed, the mother looked at two other candidates and asked them to take care of the child for "her tour". Que stunned silence. When informed that the tour portion would be in a group and then the candidates split up to go with different interviewers, the woman asked the receptionist to watch her child!  My friend finally told her that she would not be interviewed that day and would have to "reschedule"  ( like that is going to happen).  The Job candidate was not pleased to hear that.

Wednesday, another woman brought her ride into the interview with her, because "It's too far to take a bus and she'll need to drive me." Perfectly reasonable to have to get a ride - but really, they need to come into the interview room with you?  have them go for a cup of coffee somewhere and comeback.

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« Reply #20087 on: March 21, 2013, 12:23:50 PM »
We had a snow storm yesterday. Hubby and I went out early to shovel out our car before we went to work. We live in a town house, so our parking is a row along the side of the house. I think my neighbour who parks next to me is a teacher, because she didnt leave yesterday. So, because of this the plow couldn't plow our spot as it was too tight to where she parked (crookedly - I am a brat about this, but if you can't back up into a space straight, don't back up).  so when we got home yesterday expecting a nice clean parking lot, we could barely get into our spot. 

Her husband moved his car so his spot was clean, but apparently they didn't think it important to move hers. Maybe its just me, but if I had two cars, and hubby was unable to move his for the plow, you can bet Id be out there moving it to make life easier on everyone!
Perhaps she was ill. Or her husband drove her to work. Or her car was iced over and they couldn't get into it. Or it wouldn't start.

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« Reply #20088 on: March 21, 2013, 01:06:23 PM »
We had a snow storm yesterday. Hubby and I went out early to shovel out our car before we went to work. We live in a town house, so our parking is a row along the side of the house. I think my neighbour who parks next to me is a teacher, because she didnt leave yesterday. So, because of this the plow couldn't plow our spot as it was too tight to where she parked (crookedly - I am a brat about this, but if you can't back up into a space straight, don't back up).  so when we got home yesterday expecting a nice clean parking lot, we could barely get into our spot. 

Her husband moved his car so his spot was clean, but apparently they didn't think it important to move hers. Maybe its just me, but if I had two cars, and hubby was unable to move his for the plow, you can bet Id be out there moving it to make life easier on everyone!
Perhaps she was ill. Or her husband drove her to work. Or her car was iced over and they couldn't get into it. Or it wouldn't start.

Its a pattern - and the car was gone before 7 20 this morning, with no one having touched it yesterday. His car was still there. His car was also gone when we got home yesterday. Trust me when I say that with the exception of school breaks and summer, she is always gone before us. He works from home. It seems to have just been laziness. They are the people who only shovel in front of their house even though they are in the middle. the rest of the town houses shovel the whole walk way at least partially so everyone can get out. It was just frustrating yesterday, as earlier in the week she had parked so badly/crookedly that we couldn't even get into our spot.



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« Reply #20089 on: March 21, 2013, 01:43:08 PM »
We had a snow storm yesterday. Hubby and I went out early to shovel out our car before we went to work. We live in a town house, so our parking is a row along the side of the house. I think my neighbour who parks next to me is a teacher, because she didnt leave yesterday. So, because of this the plow couldn't plow our spot as it was too tight to where she parked (crookedly - I am a brat about this, but if you can't back up into a space straight, don't back up).  so when we got home yesterday expecting a nice clean parking lot, we could barely get into our spot. 

Her husband moved his car so his spot was clean, but apparently they didn't think it important to move hers. Maybe its just me, but if I had two cars, and hubby was unable to move his for the plow, you can bet Id be out there moving it to make life easier on everyone!
Perhaps she was ill. Or her husband drove her to work. Or her car was iced over and they couldn't get into it. Or it wouldn't start.

Its a pattern - and the car was gone before 7 20 this morning, with no one having touched it yesterday. His car was still there. His car was also gone when we got home yesterday. Trust me when I say that with the exception of school breaks and summer, she is always gone before us. He works from home. It seems to have just been laziness. They are the people who only shovel in front of their house even though they are in the middle. the rest of the town houses shovel the whole walk way at least partially so everyone can get out. It was just frustrating yesterday, as earlier in the week she had parked so badly/crookedly that we couldn't even get into our spot.

Does your management corporation have rules about this stuff? If so I would start reporting them everytime their inaction impacts your access to your house/parking.

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« Reply #20090 on: March 21, 2013, 01:49:16 PM »
We had a snow storm yesterday. Hubby and I went out early to shovel out our car before we went to work. We live in a town house, so our parking is a row along the side of the house. I think my neighbour who parks next to me is a teacher, because she didnt leave yesterday. So, because of this the plow couldn't plow our spot as it was too tight to where she parked (crookedly - I am a brat about this, but if you can't back up into a space straight, don't back up).  so when we got home yesterday expecting a nice clean parking lot, we could barely get into our spot. 

Her husband moved his car so his spot was clean, but apparently they didn't think it important to move hers. Maybe its just me, but if I had two cars, and hubby was unable to move his for the plow, you can bet Id be out there moving it to make life easier on everyone!
Perhaps she was ill. Or her husband drove her to work. Or her car was iced over and they couldn't get into it. Or it wouldn't start.

Its a pattern - and the car was gone before 7 20 this morning, with no one having touched it yesterday. His car was still there. His car was also gone when we got home yesterday. Trust me when I say that with the exception of school breaks and summer, she is always gone before us. He works from home. It seems to have just been laziness. They are the people who only shovel in front of their house even though they are in the middle. the rest of the town houses shovel the whole walk way at least partially so everyone can get out. It was just frustrating yesterday, as earlier in the week she had parked so badly/crookedly that we couldn't even get into our spot.

Unless your townhouse complex has rules about tenants shoveling walkways or moving cars for the complex plow, then I am having trouble seeing her as a special snowflake just for staying in and not shoveling or moving her car.  There, it sounds like you just don't like her because she isn't "neighborly" and doesn't feel the need to "pitch in". 

The crooked parking, on the other hand... if she is regularly parking so badly that you cannot get into or out of your own (assigned, I assume) parking spot, then I would bang on her door and make her re-park every single time.  And I would complain in writing to the complex management every single time as well.  That kind of parking is definitely snowflake behavior.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20091 on: March 21, 2013, 04:46:13 PM »
One of my friends is in HR at a nursing home. She is hiring people for an Alzheimer's unit and the interview process has the requirement of a tour of the secure facility. /BG


 She had two very special snowflakes come for interviews this week.  Monday she had a woman show up with a very young child - at the interview. It was known before hand that the tour would be part of the interview and she brought a kid my friend estimated to be about 18months to 2 years to this interview. When informed that they could not take the child on the tour, so the interviewed would not proceed, the mother looked at two other candidates and asked them to take care of the child for "her tour". Que stunned silence. When informed that the tour portion would be in a group and then the candidates split up to go with different interviewers, the woman asked the receptionist to watch her child!  My friend finally told her that she would not be interviewed that day and would have to "reschedule"  ( like that is going to happen).  The Job candidate was not pleased to hear that.

Wednesday, another woman brought her ride into the interview with her, because "It's too far to take a bus and she'll need to drive me." Perfectly reasonable to have to get a ride - but really, they need to come into the interview room with you?  have them go for a cup of coffee somewhere and comeback.

And I'm betting both thought your friend was unreasonable for not giving them the job.

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« Reply #20092 on: March 21, 2013, 09:50:14 PM »
I want to avoid being an SS, but can I say something to my neighbor about how they park? 
b/g We live in a city with no driveways, so all parking is either on the street or if you are lucky enough, you have a garage and/or parking slab in the back you can access through the alley (we actually have both, so we don't park on the street as frequently as our neighbors do, which I do think may be important to this story). 

When my husband shovels our sidewalks, he will also shovel the walkway to the street and will then shovel into the street so there is a clean path to go from the street to the sidewalk.  Our neighbor across the street consistently parks and blocks this path way.  He is by himself in the car, so he isn't doing this to give a clean spot for someone to get out, I think it is just the spot directly across the street from his house, so that is where he parks, even if there is plenty of room for him to park without blocking the walkway.  This means that everytime I do park on the street and I do have to park on the street at least once a day, I have to walk through the snow and ice or walk to my neighbors walkway.

Would it be SS of me to request that they don't block the walkway?  They have the legal right to park there, but it is inconsiderate and my guess is that it has simply never occured to them. If I can't ask directly, is it okay to put up a sign showing that there is a walkway there?  I saw a cute one a few blocks away, so I can get something, but I'd prefer to not do that since there is a good chance the sign would get stolen.

I'm finally asking because my babysitter was complaining about the same thing regarding one of her neighbors, and she wants to ask them to stop doing it.  And yes, this is still relevant as we still have a lot of snow and ice on the ground.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20093 on: March 22, 2013, 09:24:08 AM »
Double check that it is legal in your city to block the walkway.  It may not be.

I don't think you'd be a SS to ask your neighbour to pull forward or back so he doesn't block the walkway, as long as it doesn't then limit the number of other cars that can park in that space.  If three cars fit by blocking the walkway and only two cars would fit if they parked to keep the walkway clear, then I think it would be an unreasonable request.  Unless, of course, your city bylaws do say it is illegal to block a walkway.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20094 on: March 22, 2013, 10:08:01 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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« Reply #20095 on: March 22, 2013, 03:50:00 PM »
My mother is having an SS tantrum right now.  There are 6 people in the house watching the UM/Pacific game right now.  When it started, she wasn't here.  We turned switched all 5 TV's in the house to the game so we could move about the house as necessary and not have to miss any of the action, though we are all watching it primarily on the largest TV in the living room.  She came home and immediately switched the living room TV to something else while ALL six of us were in the room and there was an actual play going on, then threw a tantrum when we got mad.  Now granted she usually controls the living room TV, but it's not really fair to ask all of the other six members of the house to crowd into either my parents' bedroom or the playroom (where the other two decently large tv's are located) or the office or classroom (where the even smaller tv's are), when none of those other rooms have enough seating capacity.  We're happy to give up one of the other four tv's, since maybe having the same game on 5 tv's is a tiny bit excessive*, we don't have to have it playing on all of them if she wants to watch something else.

*Three of my parents' 4 adult children plus a half dozen or so cousins have graduated and/or earned graduate degrees from UM. We're a bit rabid in the UM fandom around here.
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« Reply #20096 on: March 22, 2013, 04:19:33 PM »
In her situation, I would happily have retired somewhere away from the crowd of screaming football fans. The living room? Not unless it's in a separate building. :)
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« Reply #20097 on: March 22, 2013, 04:23:49 PM »
In her situation, I would happily have retired somewhere away from the crowd of screaming football fans. The living room? Not unless it's in a separate building. :)

Pretty sure it's basketball right now :)

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« Reply #20098 on: March 22, 2013, 04:27:34 PM »
In her situation, I would happily have retired somewhere away from the crowd of screaming football fans. The living room? Not unless it's in a separate building. :)

Pretty sure it's basketball right now :)

We can tell I'm not a sports fan, can't we? :)
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« Reply #20099 on: March 22, 2013, 04:29:30 PM »
In her situation, I would happily have retired somewhere away from the crowd of screaming football fans. The living room? Not unless it's in a separate building. :)

Pretty sure it's basketball right now :)

lol. Yup.  It's NCAA basketball.  U o Miami hasn't managed to put on a decent basketball team in years (though they've been steadily improving) and this year they have a real shot at taking the whole thing.  Plus, even when they haven't been in the tournament, I still watch.  I'm also a Wake Forest fan (I took several duel enrollment math classes there when I ran out of math classes to take at the boarding school I went to in HS), and though they've been having a rough time recently, they're historically a real contender.
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