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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20310 on: April 03, 2013, 09:40:31 AM »
Peacocks...we used to have a neighbor who kept them.   The would yell in March and that was pretty much it for noise.  They would escape every now and then and come to visit.   That could be pretty much any time of the year.

We had one dog who would get hysterical at them as long as they were on the ground.  Once on the roof or in a tree, however, he  was fine.  We found out that peacocks/peahens fly better than you would think they could.

They also love dry cat food.  At the time, we had some outdoor cats and we had a metal pan in the carport for them.  The carport is beside the bedroom  Early on Saturday mornings, we would hear this horrendous rattling outside the bedroom window which turned out to be a group of peacocks/peahens surrounding the cat pan and scarfing down kittykibble as fast as they could.

(We did find out from another peacock fancier that they use the kittykibble for peacock treats, so we weren't too worried about poisoning them)
I am convinced that they must put heroin or something else addictive in cat food.  EVERY critter seems to love the stuff. When we'd feed the cats every animal would try and get to their feeder. Dogs, peafowl, chickens, geese, possums, bunnies and even ponies were caught at one time or another trying to access the cat food. And yes, everybody else was getting their proper food.

For the record, hissing cockroaches love it too!  ;D

Not rats. I bought some as (what I thought would be) a treat for my rats.
They looked at it like, "This for cats. Please bring us something more to our status."


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20311 on: April 03, 2013, 09:55:06 AM »
What museum is this?  My oldest has been fascinated with Greek and Roman history as he's learned about both in Social Studies and has been reading the Percy Jackson series.


Have  you seen these ? http://www.touregypt.net/museum/ 

http://www.villa-rustica.de/tour/toure.html

I found them while doing course work and thought of your post.

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« Reply #20312 on: April 03, 2013, 10:24:22 AM »
Re microwaves:  my peeve is when someone is microwaving a frozen meal and follows the directions to the absolute letter, even when there's a long lineup behind her.  "Microwave three minutes, pause, stir, rotate, microwave two more minutes, let sit for a minute, microwave 30 more seconds."  Really?  We're not talking cordon bleu cuisine here.  Your meal will be just fine if you give it slightly less time.

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« Reply #20313 on: April 03, 2013, 10:26:07 AM »
What museum is this?  My oldest has been fascinated with Greek and Roman history as he's learned about both in Social Studies and has been reading the Percy Jackson series.


Have  you seen these ? http://www.touregypt.net/museum/ 

http://www.villa-rustica.de/tour/toure.html

I found them while doing course work and thought of your post.

Ooh thanks, he'll enjoy those sites, I'm sure! :)

As for cat food, I'm surprised my toddler hasn't even tried it yet.  He's 17 months now and has yet to taste it.  It's partly because the way our gates are set up he can't get into the kitchen unless we let him and when he is in the kitchen he's usually otherwise occupied. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20314 on: April 03, 2013, 10:28:11 AM »
Re microwaves:  my peeve is when someone is microwaving a frozen meal and follows the directions to the absolute letter, even when there's a long lineup behind her.  "Microwave three minutes, pause, stir, rotate, microwave two more minutes, let sit for a minute, microwave 30 more seconds."  Really?  We're not talking cordon bleu cuisine here.  Your meal will be just fine if you give it slightly less time.

This reminds me of a microwave SS in my office.  She was done heating up her food and stepped away to a side table, then I put mine in the microwave and pressed the number of minutes.  My food was heating up when she went to the microwave, stopped the time, and was about to take the food out before I was able to scrape my jaw off the floor to to ask her what she was doing.  She said that her food wasn't hot enough so she needed more time.  I told her that she needed to wait until my food was done.  She got upset because she was there first.  Well, yes, but she was done!  It was not my fault her food wasn't hot enough and she needed to heat it up more. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20315 on: April 03, 2013, 10:35:07 AM »
Re microwaves:  my peeve is when someone is microwaving a frozen meal and follows the directions to the absolute letter, even when there's a long lineup behind her.  "Microwave three minutes, pause, stir, rotate, microwave two more minutes, let sit for a minute, microwave 30 more seconds."  Really?  We're not talking cordon bleu cuisine here.  Your meal will be just fine if you give it slightly less time.

I'd sooner they followed all the instructions than risk food poisoning or eating a meal that is only partially thawed/cooked. The last three frozen dinners I nuked ended up taking more time than the instructions referred to.

That said, if I'd got something complicated to nuke and the person behind me only had a mug of soup, I'd suggest they go first...

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« Reply #20316 on: April 03, 2013, 10:42:08 AM »
That's another thing, the instructions for frozen dinners.  Especially on boxes that say "Do not turn over: instructions on the bottom." Er...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20317 on: April 03, 2013, 11:08:52 AM »
Re microwaves:  my peeve is when someone is microwaving a frozen meal and follows the directions to the absolute letter, even when there's a long lineup behind her.  "Microwave three minutes, pause, stir, rotate, microwave two more minutes, let sit for a minute, microwave 30 more seconds."  Really?  We're not talking cordon bleu cuisine here.  Your meal will be just fine if you give it slightly less time.

With my powerful home microwave, I would agree. However, the donated microwave we have at work is not very powerful and takes forever to heat something up.

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« Reply #20318 on: April 03, 2013, 12:42:59 PM »
Good point, ladyknight.  Our microwaves at work aren't the best or the newest, true.

We used to have someone at our office who microwaved a certain meal at least once a week, and it smelled HORRIBLE.  The closest I can come to describing it was "ammonia".  I have no idea what it was, but ye gods, it was vile.  I was glad when she left for another job.  :)

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« Reply #20319 on: April 03, 2013, 12:48:16 PM »
Good point, ladyknight.  Our microwaves at work aren't the best or the newest, true.

We used to have someone at our office who microwaved a certain meal at least once a week, and it smelled HORRIBLE.  The closest I can come to describing it was "ammonia".  I have no idea what it was, but ye gods, it was vile.  I was glad when she left for another job.  :)

I've noticed that some people can be really sensitive to inexpensive corn products.  Microwave popcorn or tortillas will smell like ammonia.  We were given some popcorn by a friend, and when we microwaved it I spent half an hour walking around the house trying to figure out where the dog peed.  Some people can smell it, some can't.
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« Reply #20320 on: April 03, 2013, 01:09:23 PM »
We only have one microwave at work as well, and some days you could spend half of your lunch hour just waiting to use it.  I got this for Christmas and it is wonderful for leftovers and soups.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crock-Pot-20-Ounce-Lunch-Crock-Food-Warmer/19699710

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« Reply #20321 on: April 03, 2013, 01:16:36 PM »
Once during a job I got quite addicted to Marie Callender's chicken pot pies and the small ones would still take about 5 minutes to cook so I'd go in early so I wouldn't be taking up the microwave for 5 minutes while people were waiting around but then the smell would permeate the office.  No one complained but I always heard "What is that delicious smell?" Every single day, and it was the same smell, and comment was coming from the same woman.   I told her every time "Chicken pot pie"

Once she asked and didn't even stick around to hear the answer. I couldn't help myself and started singing softly to myself "It's priest...try a little priest..."
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« Reply #20322 on: April 03, 2013, 01:32:12 PM »
I am convinced that they must put heroin or something else addictive in cat food.  EVERY critter seems to love the stuff. When we'd feed the cats every animal would try and get to their feeder. Dogs, peafowl, chickens, geese, possums, bunnies and even ponies were caught at one time or another trying to access the cat food. And yes, everybody else was getting their proper food.

From http://www.catinfo.org/:
"One reason that cats like dry food so much is because the pet food companies do not play fair when manufacturing this sub-optimal food source. They coat the kibble with extremely enticing animal digest sprays which are very pleasing to a cat - making a poor quality diet very desirable to the target animal."

Very pleasing to cats and a whole bunch of other critters.

Some friends of mine put a dish of dry food outside their door in the hopes of catching and taming a stray cat. They heard someone eating the dry in the middle of the night and opened the door to see a giant, fat Colorado River toad downing the stuff like there was no tomorrow.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20323 on: April 03, 2013, 01:33:25 PM »
Once during a job I got quite addicted to Marie Callender's chicken pot pies and the small ones would still take about 5 minutes to cook so I'd go in early so I wouldn't be taking up the microwave for 5 minutes while people were waiting around but then the smell would permeate the office.  No one complained but I always heard "What is that delicious smell?" Every single day, and it was the same smell, and comment was coming from the same woman.   I told her every time "Chicken pot pie"

Once she asked and didn't even stick around to hear the answer. I couldn't help myself and started singing softly to myself "It's priest...try a little priest..."

*snort*

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« Reply #20324 on: April 03, 2013, 01:34:12 PM »
I trend toward the assertive and some of these stories just get my blood boiling!  In the circumstance of the shopping cart, I understand wanted to avoid an altercation, but depending on logistics I would have physically moved her cart out of the way with a smile.  "No thanks, I'll just move this for you."

Which is exactly what I did, minus the smile. I'm a desert dweller. My tolerance for snowflakes is nonexistent.
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