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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20400 on: April 08, 2013, 02:21:26 PM »
USians isn't a familiar term to me either, but the meaning was immediately apparent.  Probably preferable to 'Yanks'. ;D

I've heard the term but it isn't preferable to 'Yanks'. 'USians' carries the connotation of being users.  It says that we use the rest of the world and contribute nothing. That isn't true and I don't like it.  No one here uses that term to describe their country of birth or residence.

Where did that interpretation come from? I've never heard that connotation before you wrote it here.

Perhaps the PP thinks it's pronounced 'usians', as it's written, when the capitals should make it fairly clear that it's prounounced 'You-Ess-ians'.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20401 on: April 08, 2013, 02:22:54 PM »
USians isn't a familiar term to me either, but the meaning was immediately apparent.  Probably preferable to 'Yanks'. ;D

I've heard the term but it isn't preferable to 'Yanks'. 'USians' carries the connotation of being users.  It says that we use the rest of the world and contribute nothing. That isn't true and I don't like it.  No one here uses that term to describe their country of birth or residence.

I live in the American west and have never had a problem with 'Yank'.

I never read it like Usians, but like You-Ess-ians.  On the other hand, I do dislike "Yanks", but maybe that's because I'm from the northern states and have heard it used in a derogatory way by some from the southern US.

And while I don't say "I'm a USian", I do say "I'm from the US", rather than "I'm an American".

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20402 on: April 08, 2013, 02:31:12 PM »
hey guys. We were asked to take the USians converstaion to another thread. Lets not get this one shut down also for people going off topic.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20403 on: April 08, 2013, 03:37:58 PM »
I'm sure that DS's teacher thought I was a SS today.

DS missed most of last week as he was being treated for whooping cough and what we thought was pink eye. But the preschool program is separate from the school, so I'm  not even sure that his teacher got the message I tried to leave with attendance. With 3 sick kids, I didn't put a lot of extra effort into hunting down the preschool teacher individually.

Today he went back to class, and the aide told me that DS wasn't feeling well, he's been coughing a lot and I might want to have his eye looked at. I had written a note this morning explaining that he's finished his treatment but that the cough will persist for a while, and that the eye goop isn't actually pink eye. So while he looks terrible, he's not contagious at all. Except DS left his backpack, with the note, in DH's car this morning.

So it looked to the teacher like I sent a very sick boy to school to get everyone else sick  :(
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« Reply #20404 on: April 08, 2013, 04:10:15 PM »
I'm not sure who was the SS here, my neighbour or me ...

This is going back a few years when we were having a very cold day where I live, and the battery in my car was being temperamental.   My car refused to start one morning, and I didn't know what to do.  I saw that my neighbour was getting ready to leave for work, so I went up to him.  (Sidenote:  we'd never met or spoken to each other up to that point.) 

I said "Excuse me - do you have jumper cables?"  He looked startled and said "... Yes."  "Would you mind giving me a boost?  My car won't start."

His response:  "No, because then I'll be late for work."

Now - I realize that he didn't know me (although he saw me walking across the back lane, so he knew I lived close by).  I also realize that I was asking him to do a favour for a stranger, and that doing said favour would have taken a few minutes.  But it would only have been five minutes, tops - probably not even that. 

Because he refused to help me, I had to call the auto club where I live, and the upshot was that I was late for work - about three hours late.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20405 on: April 08, 2013, 04:12:51 PM »
I'm not sure who was the SS here, my neighbour or me ...

This is going back a few years when we were having a very cold day where I live, and the battery in my car was being temperamental.   My car refused to start one morning, and I didn't know what to do.  I saw that my neighbour was getting ready to leave for work, so I went up to him.  (Sidenote:  we'd never met or spoken to each other up to that point.) 

I said "Excuse me - do you have jumper cables?"  He looked startled and said "... Yes."  "Would you mind giving me a boost?  My car won't start."

His response:  "No, because then I'll be late for work."

Now - I realize that he didn't know me (although he saw me walking across the back lane, so he knew I lived close by).  I also realize that I was asking him to do a favour for a stranger, and that doing said favour would have taken a few minutes.  But it would only have been five minutes, tops - probably not even that. 

Because he refused to help me, I had to call the auto club where I live, and the upshot was that I was late for work - about three hours late.

I don't think either of you were.  For all you know, he could have already been running behind.  Would it have been kind of him to sacrifice being on time for work for a stranger?  Sure, but it wasn't rude of him not to do so.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20406 on: April 08, 2013, 04:35:05 PM »
I'm not sure who was the SS here, my neighbour or me ...

This is going back a few years when we were having a very cold day where I live, and the battery in my car was being temperamental.   My car refused to start one morning, and I didn't know what to do.  I saw that my neighbour was getting ready to leave for work, so I went up to him.  (Sidenote:  we'd never met or spoken to each other up to that point.) 

I said "Excuse me - do you have jumper cables?"  He looked startled and said "... Yes."  "Would you mind giving me a boost?  My car won't start."

His response:  "No, because then I'll be late for work."

Now - I realize that he didn't know me (although he saw me walking across the back lane, so he knew I lived close by).  I also realize that I was asking him to do a favour for a stranger, and that doing said favour would have taken a few minutes.  But it would only have been five minutes, tops - probably not even that. 

Because he refused to help me, I had to call the auto club where I live, and the upshot was that I was late for work - about three hours late.
The only way either of you was, was if you were upset with him. Some people have workplaces where being 5 minutes late isn't an issue. Some people need to be there on time.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20407 on: April 08, 2013, 04:57:43 PM »
I'm not sure who was the SS here, my neighbour or me ...

This is going back a few years when we were having a very cold day where I live, and the battery in my car was being temperamental.   My car refused to start one morning, and I didn't know what to do.  I saw that my neighbour was getting ready to leave for work, so I went up to him.  (Sidenote:  we'd never met or spoken to each other up to that point.) 

I said "Excuse me - do you have jumper cables?"  He looked startled and said "... Yes."  "Would you mind giving me a boost?  My car won't start."

His response:  "No, because then I'll be late for work."

Now - I realize that he didn't know me (although he saw me walking across the back lane, so he knew I lived close by).  I also realize that I was asking him to do a favour for a stranger, and that doing said favour would have taken a few minutes.  But it would only have been five minutes, tops - probably not even that. 

Because he refused to help me, I had to call the auto club where I live, and the upshot was that I was late for work - about three hours late.
The only way either of you was, was if you were upset with him. Some people have workplaces where being 5 minutes late isn't an issue. Some people need to be there on time.

Yeah, this.  I've worked places where being five minutes late could be a firing offense--yes, even the first time.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20408 on: April 08, 2013, 05:38:25 PM »
I'm not sure who was the SS here, my neighbour or me ...

This is going back a few years when we were having a very cold day where I live, and the battery in my car was being temperamental.   My car refused to start one morning, and I didn't know what to do.  I saw that my neighbour was getting ready to leave for work, so I went up to him.  (Sidenote:  we'd never met or spoken to each other up to that point.) 

I said "Excuse me - do you have jumper cables?"  He looked startled and said "... Yes."  "Would you mind giving me a boost?  My car won't start."

His response:  "No, because then I'll be late for work."

Now - I realize that he didn't know me (although he saw me walking across the back lane, so he knew I lived close by).  I also realize that I was asking him to do a favour for a stranger, and that doing said favour would have taken a few minutes.  But it would only have been five minutes, tops - probably not even that. 

Because he refused to help me, I had to call the auto club where I live, and the upshot was that I was late for work - about three hours late.
The only way either of you was, was if you were upset with him. Some people have workplaces where being 5 minutes late isn't an issue. Some people need to be there on time.

Yeah, this.  I've worked places where being five minutes late could be a firing offense--yes, even the first time.

I have to say, there would be a lot of mornings where I'd be sitting in the parking lot reading for 15 minutes, thanks to schedule padding.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20409 on: April 08, 2013, 05:49:26 PM »
It's OK to ask for a favor, it's OK to decline to perform the favor.
He may have had a job where being late has bad consequences (an attorney showing up late for court?) or he may have been told there'd be consequences if he showed up late one more time.

My father gave me jumper cables as a college grad present; he said, 'You can always find a helpful person, but you can't always find a helpful person with jumper cables.' I have definitely found that philosophy to be true, over the years. And now they make a little portable jump box that you can keep in your trunk, so you can jump your own car when necessary!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20410 on: April 08, 2013, 06:49:25 PM »
And sometimes when you loan out the jumper cables, they don't get returned.

Now I have one of those portable jump boxes in the hallway, charging.

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SS on the way back from picking VorSon up after his college classes.

We are trying to merge from an entrance ramp into two lanes of traffic on an overpass at highway speeds (60 mph).  There is a white car "ahead" of where I will be merging and another (larger) black vehicle behind where I will be merging in the lane that I *must* merge to.  The other lane is not occupied for several car lengths ahead of and behind both vehicles (totally empty). 

I am trying to adjust my speed to merge between the two vehicles because there is another vehicle behind me (entry ramp to get to highway speeds is one lane wide and rises from ground level to overpass level very quickly - there is literally nowhere to dodge to.

So the black vehicle speeds up when I speed up, slows down when I slow down, and generally adjusts its speed so that the two of us will either slam into each other's sides or I will have to come to a complete halt on the ramp and get rear ended........

At the last possible moment, the black vehicle speeds up enough that I can slide in behind him, missing him by approximately a meter/three feet....and the vehicle behind me is swerving into the far lane (still empty) in a successful attempt not to hit either my gray vehicle or the black vehicle that I am now right behind (it slowed down) so I am having to brake to avoid running up its tail pipe.

VorSon is not used to me using Snarky's and Evil's vocabulary......which is somewhat more colorful.....but since I would have been the one injured or killed, he is quite understanding about my angst.

The vehicle behind me got smart and hit their gas pedal to get away from the black and gray vehicles.  I couldn't get out from behind him until the next lane of merging vehicles (another ramp about ten or twelve car lengths ahead of where we barely missed each other) got out of the way (overpass goes back to ground level and the access road merges with the traffic on the overpass.....by a stadium and a regional airport (Hwy 6 between University and Alt 90, for the Houston area people). 

It took until the light to get away from that pickup......never did get a look at who was driving - deeply tinted windows.....
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20411 on: April 08, 2013, 07:09:24 PM »
Speaking of traffic SS's...

Yesterday was gorgeous.  72 degrees, a bit windy, but awesome.  So of course I had to take the motorcycle out for a spin.  First time out since last October.  Tons of fun, even though I only went around the block a few times.

I'm approaching my street, there's a pickup about three car lengths in front of me.  I turn on my turn signal, downshift to second and slow down.  The pickup passes my street and I start to make my turn. Then another car that was on my street at the stop sign PULLS OUT TO TURN LEFT!  I was already leaning and turning, so the car almost hit me.  I was swerving to get out of the way, and since I was already leaning, the bike almost went out from under me.  I managed to correct it and rev it so I shot past, coming within four inches of the corner curb, and I looked over my shoulder at the car, and the driver was leaning out of the window SCREAMING at me, and then she honked her horn.  I couldn't hear what she was screaming over the sound of my bike, but from the look on her face, she wasn't complimenting me on my riding boots.

While there is a chance she could have missed seeing me if she wasn't paying close attention (I was wearing bright red, with a red scarf in my hair), there is NO way she couldn't hear my bike.  It's a Harley, and it growls pretty loud.  Hubby says he can hear me coming from two blocks away.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20412 on: April 08, 2013, 07:33:24 PM »
I was driving back from my Dad's place this morning on a 4 lane highway.  At one point, there is bridge work being done and it goes from 4 lanes to 2 over one bridge.  The speed limit is 70 km/hr.  I slow right down to the speed limit in construction zones.  A pick up was tailgating me right through the construction zone.  Once I came out of the zone, I moved to the right lane and started accelerating up to the speed I would normally drive, according to the speed limit.  Truck remained in the left lane and passed me.  As I came around the corner, still in the right lane, suddenly, the truck was trying to occupy the same space I was in!  Fortunately, I was able to swerve into the on-ramp lane and truck finally realized I was there.  He pulled in behind me and stayed behind me until he exited.  I was never so glad to see someone exit because I was worried if he did pass me, he'd fail to check his blind spot again.  Bacon-fed-knave...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20413 on: April 08, 2013, 11:08:15 PM »
Thanks for the info, I'm American and haven't heard that term.  Honestly, it seems dismissive to call a group of people something they don't call themselves.
I've heard and seen plenty of people from the US use the term--I have.

That surprises me.  I have never ever heard it (or even seen it written) until today.

FWIW, I've only seen it used here on these boards, over the past year or so.  I think it's a useful shorthand for non-Americans to use for us, it doesn't seem pejorative or dismissive, and it distinguishes us from other residents of the New World -  so I'm OK with it.  I can see that for people who live elsewhere than 'here', it can get long winded and confusing to distinguish us from other residents of North or South America.  I'll never use it, and I think it's a bit odd, but, meh?  Doesn't bother me at all.  Better intentions behind it than call us all Effing Americans, right?    ;D
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« Reply #20414 on: April 08, 2013, 11:13:38 PM »
USians isn't a familiar term to me either, but the meaning was immediately apparent.  Probably preferable to 'Yanks'. ;D

I've heard the term but it isn't preferable to 'Yanks'. 'USians' carries the connotation of being users.  It says that we use the rest of the world and contribute nothing. That isn't true and I don't like it.  No one here uses that term to describe their country of birth or residence.

Why?  Are you reading it as Useians and that's why it offends you?  Because that's not at all how I read it! (Not saying my way is better, just REALLY different than that)  I read it as You Ess ians - something of a portmanteau word where you say the initials and then tack a real suffix on it.  As completely short hand to avoid typing out United States ians, which, being lazy in typing myself, I completely understand and do, when emailing back and forth with my bestie.
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