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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20175 on: March 25, 2013, 11:18:22 AM »
"That's why we Lutherans use grape kool-aid for the blood of Christ!" - one of my favorite lines from Drop Dead Gorgeous, a fantastically funny movie you should all see  ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20176 on: March 25, 2013, 11:24:13 AM »
We live across from the elementary school, and the streets get crowded in the morning and afternoon with parents dropping their kids off at school and picking them up from school.  I nominate for SS:

- The parent who decided to park in the middle of the street and then mosey over to take her kids to school.  She was not happy when the security officer made her move the car.

- The parent who parked in our driveway and cursed up a storm when we told him to move.  He thought we were being unreasonable because it would only take him a second to take his child to school.  Never mind that it's our driveway and we were about to get into our car to go to work.  It would be a problem for him to park in our driveway even if we weren't there, but at least he wouldn't be blocking us in.

- The parent who double-parked to wait for her child.  She was in the car, but the way she was double-parked made it impossible for anyone behind her to pass without waiting for the other lane to clear. 

- The parents who decided to stop at the end of our driveway to talk to each other, and then glared and made rude gestures when we asked them to move so we can get our car out.

I will love having the elementary school so close when DS is old enough to go to school, but right now it's really a pain. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20177 on: March 25, 2013, 11:33:57 AM »
"That's why we Lutherans use grape kool-aid for the blood of Christ!" - one of my favorite lines from Drop Dead Gorgeous, a fantastically funny movie you should all see  ;D
Geez, if you're going for blood, you could at least use Hawaiian Punch!  ;D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20178 on: March 25, 2013, 12:22:47 PM »
bansidhe wrote:

"Fortunately, I didn't have to learn that the hard way. I was really late to work one day, however, because there was a Brahma bull the size of a VW Bus standing right in front of the gate to my property. (It's open range where I live.) He'd found a nice patch of grass right there and no amount of horn honking, shouting, dogs barking, or poking with a stick through the fence could induce him to move until he was good and ready. I just had to sit in the car and wait until he decided to mosey on down the road."

Call me crazy, but isn't this sort of thing the specific reason why cattle prods exist?  If I lived in open range territory, I'd invest in one.  A REALLY long one.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20179 on: March 25, 2013, 12:44:22 PM »
We live across from the elementary school, and the streets get crowded in the morning and afternoon with parents dropping their kids off at school and picking them up from school.  I nominate for SS:

- The parent who decided to park in the middle of the street and then mosey over to take her kids to school.  She was not happy when the security officer made her move the car.

- The parent who parked in our driveway and cursed up a storm when we told him to move.  He thought we were being unreasonable because it would only take him a second to take his child to school.  Never mind that it's our driveway and we were about to get into our car to go to work.  It would be a problem for him to park in our driveway even if we weren't there, but at least he wouldn't be blocking us in.

- The parent who double-parked to wait for her child.  She was in the car, but the way she was double-parked made it impossible for anyone behind her to pass without waiting for the other lane to clear. 

- The parents who decided to stop at the end of our driveway to talk to each other, and then glared and made rude gestures when we asked them to move so we can get our car out.

I will love having the elementary school so close when DS is old enough to go to school, but right now it's really a pain.

Do we live on the same street, Stuffed Grape Leaves?  ;)

My house is right next to a school, on a one-way L-shaped side street that happens to be where the main drop-off door is located.

I have pretty much seen all of the above (although now that our driveway is nothing but a mud pit, as it sorely needs more gravel, we havenít seen any more driveway parkers). My personal favorite is the parent who parks on the wrong side of the street, in the bend of the street, right in front of both a no-parking sign and a fire hydrant. Every day, twice a day. Iím surprised they havenít yet received a citation.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20180 on: March 25, 2013, 01:02:41 PM »
Family in row 23 ahead of me on my flight last week.

1. Took someone else's seat so they could sit together;
2.  Paid for two seats, occupied three, with four people (two children no longer eligible for lap baby status but flying as such).

Topper?  Mommy pulled down the tray tables and changed toddler's muddy diapers on said tray tables.

"We ate the pies."

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« Reply #20181 on: March 25, 2013, 01:11:27 PM »
Family in row 23 ahead of me on my flight last week.

1. Took someone else's seat so they could sit together;
2.  Paid for two seats, occupied three, with four people (two children no longer eligible for lap baby status but flying as such).

Topper?  Mommy pulled down the tray tables and changed toddler's muddy diapers on said tray tables.
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How did the flight attendants let them get away with stealing seats and occupying more seats than they had paid for?  It must not have been a full flight if they used 3 seats when they'd only paid for two.  And I would think safety regulations would prohibit a child too large for lap baby status from sitting on someone's lap.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20182 on: March 25, 2013, 01:42:36 PM »
How did the flight attendants let them get away with stealing seats and occupying more seats than they had paid for?  It must not have been a full flight if they used 3 seats when they'd only paid for two.  And I would think safety regulations would prohibit a child too large for lap baby status from sitting on someone's lap.

Gate agents are responsible for getting the flights out on time, and it's often interesting to watch the interplay between the gate agents and the flight attendants on matters like this.  The flight was plenty full; what this family did was essentially demand that others move around to accommodate them and by the time someone said they wouldn't move (triggering the challenge by the FAs for boarding slips), the gate agents were in the "hurry up, we gotta close the door and shove back from the gate" mode.  The mommy was traveling with her own dad and mom, and the father had taken the aisle seat and "shamed" anyone wanting their own assigned seat by saying "you don't want to sit next to two kids, so go to another row."

The mommy compounded the fun during the flight by repeatedly trying to slam her seat back (she was right in front of me) and could not, so she'd glare at me as though I were denying her the sprawl.  Hey, I was in an exit row, which mean that her seat wouldn't recline - by law.  The passenger next to me told me that the family originally tried to occupy our exit row, but the flight attendants had them move - since you can't have children in an exit row, especially not lap "babies."  According to my seatmate, mommy was crabby about that because she wanted one or more of her babies to be able to lay down in the additional legroom area that exit rows feature.

Oh, they were special to the max.

They had gotten on our flight early (and staked out their special seats) because "gramma" needed a wheelchair for boarding.  Well, as often happens on flights to vacation destinations, mine was a "Miracle Flight."  Miraculous, because the very same people who have to be carted on board via wheelchair and thusly gain early boarding (along with their entourage,) miraculously become spry and agile upon landing - as was the case with gramma, who charged out of her seat two rows behind me right before the seat belt sign went off at the gate after landing, to start flipping up the four different overhead bins where their stuff was stashed.
"We ate the pies."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20183 on: March 25, 2013, 02:05:18 PM »
"That's why we Lutherans use grape kool-aid for the blood of Christ!" - one of my favorite lines from Drop Dead Gorgeous, a fantastically funny movie you should all see  ;D

One of the most hysterically funny movies I've ever seen! Love it!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20184 on: March 25, 2013, 02:21:56 PM »
"That's why we Lutherans use grape kool-aid for the blood of Christ!" - one of my favorite lines from Drop Dead Gorgeous, a fantastically funny movie you should all see  ;D

One of the most hysterically funny movies I've ever seen! Love it!

Must agree. A tour de force for all involved.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20185 on: March 25, 2013, 02:25:48 PM »
"That's why we Lutherans use grape kool-aid for the blood of Christ!" - one of my favorite lines from Drop Dead Gorgeous, a fantastically funny movie you should all see  ;D

One of the most hysterically funny movies I've ever seen! Love it!

Must agree. A tour de force for all involved.

That movie actually ruined West Wing for me, since the same actress who plays the trailer-trash-type friend also plays CJ on West Wing.  Every time I see an episode of West Wing where she's all polished and put together now, I picture her cackling in the auditorium at the beauty pageant.  She's a seriously talented actress, because she pulls off both roles so well, but there's really no similarity between the two  :P

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20186 on: March 25, 2013, 02:40:00 PM »
My mom used to set up communion for the local church with the little glasses of grape juice.  Only one time she accidentally used prune juice.  Good thing they were small cups. :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20187 on: March 25, 2013, 03:27:54 PM »
Speaking of SS's on planes, I remember when the guy sitting in front of me finished his meal in record time and then abruptly reclined his seat all the way - thus spilling my food and drink everywhere.  Why the airline doesn't design the seats so that that can't happen, I have no idea.

Then there was the girl who took the window seat and proceeded to need the bathroom no fewer than five times during a 2-hour flight.  I have nothing but sympathy for folks who have, ahem, digestive issues - I have them myself - but she had requested that window seat.  The kicker was when we were served our meals, and my husband and I were just about to eat when she said plaintively "I have to go to the baaaaathroooom."    That required us to somehow wiggle our way out of our seats around our trays, pick up our meals, and elevate the trays - all while trying not to get in the way of the flight attendants.  One of whom, by the way, then berated me, saying condescendingly "I know you're trying to help, but please, just let me clean up your trays for you."  Gah.  I guess he thought that I'd finished my meal (I hadn't even touched it) and was trying to give him my dishes.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20188 on: March 25, 2013, 03:44:18 PM »
Ooooh! All the talk of flying, I completely forgot about this- DF(all 6'8") of him and I were flying from Italy to NYC. It was a rather empty overnight flight and we had four seats between the two of us. Given his leg length, despite the extra seats DF sat on the aisle, extending his legs into in whenever feasible. When we first got on the plane, we had asked the man in the row ahead of us (4 seats, one man) if he wouldn't mind switching, as his had two aisle seats with nothing in front of him. He declined, and we sat as assigned.

45 minutes or so into our 6 hour flight, the man in front of us decided to sleep. He systematically went down his row putting the seat backs down, until he got to the seat right in front of DF, which he tried to put back, but was not able to due to the fact that even with his legs into the aisle, DF's legs literally took up all of the space behind the seat.

Physics were at play now, with the man in front of us pushing back with all his might, jostling the seat and bouncing in it, while DF sat there, his knees getting bumped and bruised, but still not magically disappearing. Finally the man stood up and proceeded to berate DF in Italian (DF speaks none of it, I was laughing too hard at the man calling him things like a goat legged mule head to be very helpful with translations)  Finally the flight attendants came over and nicely explained to the man that it was physically impossible for DF to move his legs, and as the man had a row to himself, perhaps he could sit in another seat. The man was having none of this, and it was only when threatened with intervention from several service members on board, did his begrudgingly sit down.

The kicker was that when he lay across the seats, the tips of his toes touched the edge of the seat in front of DF that he so badly wanted to recline...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20189 on: March 25, 2013, 04:06:57 PM »
"That's why we Lutherans use grape kool-aid for the blood of Christ!" - one of my favorite lines from Drop Dead Gorgeous, a fantastically funny movie you should all see  ;D

One of the most hysterically funny movies I've ever seen! Love it!

Must agree. A tour de force for all involved.

That movie actually ruined West Wing for me, since the same actress who plays the trailer-trash-type friend also plays CJ on West Wing.  Every time I see an episode of West Wing where she's all polished and put together now, I picture her cackling in the auditorium at the beauty pageant.  She's a seriously talented actress, because she pulls off both roles so well, but there's really no similarity between the two  :P

Agreed. Allison Janney was the bomb in that movie and although I never watched West Wing I was fascinated by clips of her in the show acting so different.

She has a very small but memorable role in 10 Things I Hate About You that is also hilarious.

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