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Miss Tickle

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20340 on: April 04, 2013, 08:02:20 PM »
I nominate Carnival Cruise's CEO Micky Arison. He was asked by Sen. Jay Rockefeller is the company intended to reimburse the Navy and Coast Guard the US $4.2 million expended during rescue operations on various cruises, notably the Triumph "Poop" Cruise and the Splendor incident.

He cited the "Maritime Tradition" of rescuing a stranded vessel as his reason for declining to pay any of the costs for the rescue.

Except it seems he forgets the crew of the Star Princess declined to stop for a similar "vessel in distress" situation and not only did the passengers on the cruiseship notify the crew, the crew acknowledged they saw the fishing boat, but didn't stop. There are even photos of the three crewmen waving.

I think you know where this is going: Two men died. The other is suing, of course.

So, lucky for him, it's just a "tradition" and not a "rule".

I will never set foot on one of his ships.

Mental Magpie

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20341 on: April 04, 2013, 08:13:44 PM »
Me either.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20342 on: April 04, 2013, 09:11:35 PM »
I will not either. I have been distinctly unimpressed by Carnival since cruising a competitor's ship and witnessing the behavior of their staff at the port. Never in a million years would I give that company a dime.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20343 on: April 04, 2013, 09:31:15 PM »
What did the staff do?  I've cruised with Carnival and was far less impressed than with other lines, but their staff didn't really stand out to me.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20344 on: April 04, 2013, 10:10:10 PM »
They were less than courteous or respectful to their own passengers (we had friends on that ship). Also, our line for boarding the ship was handled by 6-8 crew members, facilitating quick boarding. The Carnival staff weren't focused on the guests, a lot of bad attitudes.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20345 on: April 04, 2013, 10:25:32 PM »

The rest of the way was uneventful and I'm celebrating my not dying with a Death by Chocolate cupcake.  I thought it was appropriate.

I hope it's decorated with little snowflakes.

Nope, white chocolate shavings.  Still awesome.  :)


Those look like snowflakes!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20346 on: April 07, 2013, 07:45:42 PM »
I am nominating one of my professors. 

She has us writing our paper piecemeal.  Write the Introduction: get it aproved. Write the transition sentences that are to go between paragraphs: get those approved. Write the conclusion: get it approved, then go on write the rest of the papers.

I struggled with this format.  I made the teacher aware ( at her suggestion that we let her know what issues we are having - in each and every piece of correspondence we get from her. ) that I was struggling with this in January.  Easter Sunday she wrote me a note and said I could have written it as a whole had I wanted to- after the bits and pieces were all done.

The assignment due today was to post about our challenges in writing the bits and pieces and I stated what I had told her, that I found it difficult to do it this way but that I had gotten through it with help from the teacher I got through it, but that I had no suggestions for others, other than to go to the teacher if they needed help working around this project. I put up my post late last night.

So, today I get an email about how she expects more professionalism and how she could not believe that I was still stating that writing in this manner was my greatest challenge in this assignment, especially since I had gotten full credit ( 25/25) for the assignment.

She then went on to shut down the student interaction forums and bar students from communicating with each other about the assignments. 

OK, so you ask students what they find challenging and then have a temper tantrum when they answer honestly.   Really?  And then the student is unprofessional?   

   I am so not understanding the "logic" here.  But I am calling SS here.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20347 on: April 08, 2013, 01:27:53 AM »
I had another driving special snowflake this morning, Mr MLackOfDrivingSkillsIsYourFault.

On my route to work is a mini-roundabout. As you approach the roundabout the road splits into 2 lanes, both VERY clearly marked (road signs plus arrows on the tarmac) The left lane is for turning left ONLY (I'm in the UK, so equivalent to a right turn for you USians) The right lane is for right turns and going straight on.

Approching the roundabout I was in the right lane to go straight on. Mr SS decided to come yup the left lane and then to turn right. He didn't bother to indicate. I sounded my horn to alert him to the fact that I was there and he was about to drive into the side of my car  (given that he was about to turn into me, and I had nowhere to go to get out of his way, that fact that it was my right of way and he was in the wrong lane and cutting me up was the least of my worries)

Cue lots of rude gestures and (I surmise, my windows were closed) shouting! Presumably I should have levitated my car to get out of his way. Or maybe I should have magically divined that he was planning to pull across, and should have waited til he had done it...!

What makes it worse is that the left turn is into a car park, so it would have been really easy to turn in the car park. Or if he had stopped and indicated right someone would probably have let him in.

I'm not familiar with the bolded term - is that a reference to the United States?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20348 on: April 08, 2013, 01:38:50 AM »
I had another driving special snowflake this morning, Mr MLackOfDrivingSkillsIsYourFault.

On my route to work is a mini-roundabout. As you approach the roundabout the road splits into 2 lanes, both VERY clearly marked (road signs plus arrows on the tarmac) The left lane is for turning left ONLY (I'm in the UK, so equivalent to a right turn for you USians) The right lane is for right turns and going straight on.

Approching the roundabout I was in the right lane to go straight on. Mr SS decided to come yup the left lane and then to turn right. He didn't bother to indicate. I sounded my horn to alert him to the fact that I was there and he was about to drive into the side of my car  (given that he was about to turn into me, and I had nowhere to go to get out of his way, that fact that it was my right of way and he was in the wrong lane and cutting me up was the least of my worries)

Cue lots of rude gestures and (I surmise, my windows were closed) shouting! Presumably I should have levitated my car to get out of his way. Or maybe I should have magically divined that he was planning to pull across, and should have waited til he had done it...!

What makes it worse is that the left turn is into a car park, so it would have been really easy to turn in the car park. Or if he had stopped and indicated right someone would probably have let him in.

I'm not familiar with the bolded term - is that a reference to the United States?

It's a shorter way to say Americans.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20349 on: April 08, 2013, 01:51:54 AM »
I nominate Carnival Cruise's CEO Micky Arison. He was asked by Sen. Jay Rockefeller is the company intended to reimburse the Navy and Coast Guard the US $4.2 million expended during rescue operations on various cruises, notably the Triumph "Poop" Cruise and the Splendor incident.

He cited the "Maritime Tradition" of rescuing a stranded vessel as his reason for declining to pay any of the costs for the rescue.

Except it seems he forgets the crew of the Star Princess declined to stop for a similar "vessel in distress" situation and not only did the passengers on the cruiseship notify the crew, the crew acknowledged they saw the fishing boat, but didn't stop. There are even photos of the three crewmen waving.

I think you know where this is going: Two men died. The other is suing, of course.

So, lucky for him, it's just a "tradition" and not a "rule".

I will never set foot on one of his ships.
It is not just a tradition, it is actualy a rule. It is simple maritime law that you hvae to respond if you receive any kind of distress call.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20350 on: April 08, 2013, 01:58:28 AM »
I had another driving special snowflake this morning, Mr MLackOfDrivingSkillsIsYourFault.

On my route to work is a mini-roundabout. As you approach the roundabout the road splits into 2 lanes, both VERY clearly marked (road signs plus arrows on the tarmac) The left lane is for turning left ONLY (I'm in the UK, so equivalent to a right turn for you USians) The right lane is for right turns and going straight on.

Approching the roundabout I was in the right lane to go straight on. Mr SS decided to come yup the left lane and then to turn right. He didn't bother to indicate. I sounded my horn to alert him to the fact that I was there and he was about to drive into the side of my car  (given that he was about to turn into me, and I had nowhere to go to get out of his way, that fact that it was my right of way and he was in the wrong lane and cutting me up was the least of my worries)

Cue lots of rude gestures and (I surmise, my windows were closed) shouting! Presumably I should have levitated my car to get out of his way. Or maybe I should have magically divined that he was planning to pull across, and should have waited til he had done it...!

What makes it worse is that the left turn is into a car park, so it would have been really easy to turn in the car park. Or if he had stopped and indicated right someone would probably have let him in.

I'm not familiar with the bolded term - is that a reference to the United States?

It's a shorter way to say Americans.

Not to mention that in some languages "Americans" covers everybody from the Americas - or at the very least everybody from North America. So it seems more precise and is quicker to type than "People from the US".
 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20351 on: April 08, 2013, 06:11:08 AM »
I also encountered a flurry of SSs on the roads recently...

I was driving down a fairly narrow two-lane country road with a speed-limit of 50 mph. The road winds rather a lot, so I tend to drive fairly slowly (up to 45 in the straight bits, down to 40 where visibility is bad). This was obviously annoying the driver behind me who was tailgating me (SS no. 1).

I came round a bend, fairly slowly, because there was a side-turning just past it on my side of the road. As I came round the corner, I saw a SUV coming the other way, quite fast, and a woman on my side of the road walking in the road towards me. There was a wide grassy verge, but she was walking in the road-way (SS no. 2). Unfortunately, the SUV and I were going to pass each other exactly at the point where the woman was walking. Eeeek.
 
So I braked as much as I could, given the tailgater behind me, then moved out as far into the road as I could without running into the SUV, and managed to get past the woman in the road. She moved all of 6 inches over towards the verge, stopped in her tracks, and swore a blue streak at me as I passed her.  ::)

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NyaChan

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20352 on: April 08, 2013, 07:17:24 AM »
I am nominating one of my professors. 

She has us writing our paper piecemeal.  Write the Introduction: get it aproved. Write the transition sentences that are to go between paragraphs: get those approved. Write the conclusion: get it approved, then go on write the rest of the papers.

I struggled with this format.  I made the teacher aware ( at her suggestion that we let her know what issues we are having - in each and every piece of correspondence we get from her. ) that I was struggling with this in January.  Easter Sunday she wrote me a note and said I could have written it as a whole had I wanted to- after the bits and pieces were all done.

The assignment due today was to post about our challenges in writing the bits and pieces and I stated what I had told her, that I found it difficult to do it this way but that I had gotten through it with help from the teacher I got through it, but that I had no suggestions for others, other than to go to the teacher if they needed help working around this project. I put up my post late last night.

So, today I get an email about how she expects more professionalism and how she could not believe that I was still stating that writing in this manner was my greatest challenge in this assignment, especially since I had gotten full credit ( 25/25) for the assignment.

She then went on to shut down the student interaction forums and bar students from communicating with each other about the assignments. 

OK, so you ask students what they find challenging and then have a temper tantrum when they answer honestly.   Really?  And then the student is unprofessional?   

   I am so not understanding the "logic" here.  But I am calling SS here.

I think you are in a class with someone who learned their teaching style with my HS English teacher.  She did the exact same thing only effectively SHE chose our Topic Sentences & transitions and thesis - we'd just get to fill in the blanks and god help you if you changed a word of what she had chosen.  Every paper's thesis for every student was Because [Insert Character] became [insert more/less] [adjective], he/she was able to achieve more/less happiness.  >:(

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20353 on: April 08, 2013, 08:32:04 AM »
I had another driving special snowflake this morning, Mr MLackOfDrivingSkillsIsYourFault.

On my route to work is a mini-roundabout. As you approach the roundabout the road splits into 2 lanes, both VERY clearly marked (road signs plus arrows on the tarmac) The left lane is for turning left ONLY (I'm in the UK, so equivalent to a right turn for you USians) The right lane is for right turns and going straight on.

Approching the roundabout I was in the right lane to go straight on. Mr SS decided to come yup the left lane and then to turn right. He didn't bother to indicate. I sounded my horn to alert him to the fact that I was there and he was about to drive into the side of my car  (given that he was about to turn into me, and I had nowhere to go to get out of his way, that fact that it was my right of way and he was in the wrong lane and cutting me up was the least of my worries)

Cue lots of rude gestures and (I surmise, my windows were closed) shouting! Presumably I should have levitated my car to get out of his way. Or maybe I should have magically divined that he was planning to pull across, and should have waited til he had done it...!

What makes it worse is that the left turn is into a car park, so it would have been really easy to turn in the car park. Or if he had stopped and indicated right someone would probably have let him in.

I'm not familiar with the bolded term - is that a reference to the United States?

It's a shorter way to say Americans.

Not to mention that in some languages "Americans" covers everybody from the Americas - or at the very least everybody from North America. So it seems more precise and is quicker to type than "People from the US".

Except I've never heard an American refer to Americans that way.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20354 on: April 08, 2013, 08:42:58 AM »
Guy on one of those zippy little motorcycles on my way to work this morning. He was VERY lucky I had had my coffee and therefore was able to react. He zoomed up at full speed between two lanes of traffic, and shot over in front of me, causing me to slam on my brakes. Had I not been as quick, he would have gone "splat" on the road. I then saw him up ahead, in the lane next to me, weaving to and fro, but in his lane.