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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20595 on: April 22, 2013, 07:06:42 PM »

SS#2 must have had a death wish, because I can't believe anyone would do this. The pier at this beach is actually a wharf, with a parking lot, shops and restaurants. When we went walking along the wharf, we witnessed someone driving with an iPad propped up on the steering wheel so they could use it and drive at the same time.

Well, at least they weren't trying to drive while reading a book. I had an acquaintance who once admitted to doing this. I never, ever let her drive me anywhere after that.

My dad used to drive with a newspaper spread across the steering wheel so he could read it as he went along his way.

This is probably around the same time that I would be in the passenger seat with my mom driving, and if she had to slam on the brakes, her right arm would fly out to stop me from being thrown forward. 

We all know now that there is no way on God's green earth that someone's arm could really prevent you from flying into the dashboard if the impact was strong enough...but I do know that most people my age remember a parent's right arm being used as a buffer.

The safety arm!  ;D

I still do it, and the nieces love to poke fun at me whenever I do. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20596 on: April 22, 2013, 07:23:27 PM »
In "The Blind Side," Michael Oher throws out his arm to stop the airbag from hitting his younger brother, SJ, who was really too small to be in the passenger seat of a car with an airbag.  I checked, and according to this website that contrasts the movie to the true story, http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/blindside.php, it really did happen.  Of course, that's stopping an airbag, not preventing a kid from flying into the window, but it's still a pretty stupendous feat.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20597 on: April 22, 2013, 08:32:09 PM »
In "The Blind Side," Michael Oher throws out his arm to stop the airbag from hitting his younger brother, SJ, who was really too small to be in the passenger seat of a car with an airbag.  I checked, and according to this website that contrasts the movie to the true story, http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/blindside.php, it really did happen.  Of course, that's stopping an airbag, not preventing a kid from flying into the window, but it's still a pretty stupendous feat.

It's also Michael Oher, who was amazing in his own right.  I'm not sure if what he did would really work with a regular person in real life.



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« Reply #20598 on: April 22, 2013, 08:54:47 PM »
When I was growing up, we sat close to the front (Dad was the preacher and Mom may have been the pianist, depending on the size of the church). 

If Dad had to stop preaching, the kid who caused it did a lot of praying for the rest of the service, on the way home, and until Dad got home.  If we were lucky, our prayers were answered and we got ONLY a lecture.  If we weren't lucky, well, it was the late 1960s and spankings were still one of the main ways to deal out discipline to children.

I still remember the evening service where my bored younger brother kept going for my purse to see if there was anything amusing in there.....and I was the one who got in trouble at church. 

He did get a reprimand when we got home - but the message that I took from that evening was to sit far away from him......because he got bored easily and putting it on my other side wasn't enough of a deterrent....

Looking back, he was probably hyperactive - but it was too early by ten or twenty years to get that kind of diagnosis in small towns in West Texas.

A couple of decades later the tight grip on the upper arm, complete with long fingernails (ouch!) and a hissed "You're embarrassing me" did the trick. This was a technique used widely by all my friend's mothers and it was certainly effective.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20599 on: April 22, 2013, 10:18:30 PM »
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We left one church because there was no nursery or cry room. 

Our church had a nursery, but the idea was that there would be a rotating list of trusted volunteers who'd attend the children during the service so that the parents could just leave their little ones there and know they'd be looked after.   After three consecutive weeks of the volunteers simply not showing up, we gave up.  If we wanted to sit and watch our daughters play with toys, we could do that at home without having to shower or change out of our jammies.

The last straw was one Sunday when I arrived at the nursery with our daughters, only to find that - once again - the volunteer hadn't shown up.  Just as I was standing there thinking "Not AGAIN", another mother showed up with her little girl.  She asked "Are you today's volunteer?"  I said "No, I'm just a mom.  The volunteer isn't here."  "Oh," she said, and LEFT HER DAUGHTER THERE WITH ME.   :o  I called after her "Excuse me!  I'm not the volunteer!  I wasn't even planning to stay!", to no avail.  Short of marching into the church with all three kids in tow and dragging her out by her collar, I had no choice but to stay in the nursery, looking after her little girl as well as mine.

You do have a choice, though. People in restaurants have tried that with me. They'll leave small kids behind and say "Stay at the table and be good for the nice lady. Mommy will be right back. Wave to the nice lady." I make sure to say loudly "I am not watching your kids. If you leave them, I am walking away from this table. I will not stop anyone who tries to walk off with them." It works like a charm.

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« Reply #20600 on: April 22, 2013, 10:22:53 PM »
DP and I have an ongoing debate of sorts going on this point - I say, it's better to avoid the accident than be right. She's more of a 'it's my right of way, no you can't share it, you'll get the ticket not me' on these things.


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Who died maintaining his right of way.
His right was clear, his will was strong,
But hes just as dead as if hed been wrong.

I love that :-)

One of my favorite lines that I use in the context of relationships and also at work is "would you rather be right or happy?"  'cos picking your battles is wise.

I think my grandfather had that in mind when he told me, at a very young age, that people had the right of way when crossing the road, but cars were bigger, and cars would win if they hit me, and being right wouldn't keep me alive.  I think I was about 5 years old.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20601 on: April 22, 2013, 11:00:57 PM »

SS#2 must have had a death wish, because I can't believe anyone would do this. The pier at this beach is actually a wharf, with a parking lot, shops and restaurants. When we went walking along the wharf, we witnessed someone driving with an iPad propped up on the steering wheel so they could use it and drive at the same time.

Well, at least they weren't trying to drive while reading a book. I had an acquaintance who once admitted to doing this. I never, ever let her drive me anywhere after that.

My dad used to drive with a newspaper spread across the steering wheel so he could read it as he went along his way.

This is probably around the same time that I would be in the passenger seat with my mom driving, and if she had to slam on the brakes, her right arm would fly out to stop me from being thrown forward. 

We all know now that there is no way on God's green earth that someone's arm could really prevent you from flying into the dashboard if the impact was strong enough...but I do know that most people my age remember a parent's right arm being used as a buffer.

I have a friend who used to do that to keep her purse from falling over while it was in the passenger seat.

Until one day when *I* was in the passenger seat and we got that much closer :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20602 on: April 23, 2013, 03:36:51 AM »

SS#2 must have had a death wish, because I can't believe anyone would do this. The pier at this beach is actually a wharf, with a parking lot, shops and restaurants. When we went walking along the wharf, we witnessed someone driving with an iPad propped up on the steering wheel so they could use it and drive at the same time.

Well, at least they weren't trying to drive while reading a book. I had an acquaintance who once admitted to doing this. I never, ever let her drive me anywhere after that.

Given Kindle apps and other bookreaders are pretty common on iPads, they may very well have been reading a book! (Or a webpage, or a newspaper, or...)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20603 on: April 23, 2013, 07:19:24 AM »

SS#2 must have had a death wish, because I can't believe anyone would do this. The pier at this beach is actually a wharf, with a parking lot, shops and restaurants. When we went walking along the wharf, we witnessed someone driving with an iPad propped up on the steering wheel so they could use it and drive at the same time.

Well, at least they weren't trying to drive while reading a book. I had an acquaintance who once admitted to doing this. I never, ever let her drive me anywhere after that.

My dad used to drive with a newspaper spread across the steering wheel so he could read it as he went along his way.

I will cop to walking and reading, but only on unbusy streets where you can hear cars coming three blocks away. And I look up before crossing the street!

I walk and read, also. I would never dream of DRIVING and reading.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20604 on: April 23, 2013, 07:29:24 AM »
I have to wonder, though, if he had his GPS pulled up on it and was only briefly glancing down to see how close he was to his next turn.

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« Reply #20605 on: April 23, 2013, 07:33:07 AM »
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I will cop to walking and reading, but only on unbusy streets where you can hear cars coming three blocks away. And I look up before crossing the street!

Definitely be careful walking and reading.  Years ago, my bf from high school hit an elderly man with her car and killed him.  We were in college at the time.  She wasn't charged because he was reading a newspaper and stepped right out in front of her.  There was nothing she could do, but it messed her up mentally pretty bad.

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« Reply #20606 on: April 23, 2013, 07:39:53 AM »
Along the lines of kids being just dropped off at church nurseries and the parent disappearing, I had the following happen one year at Vacation Bible School. I was the registrar and we were handling the massive influx of parents to register and fill out paperwork. Some people were pre-registered, and the registration form clearly stated to let us know if your child has an allergy.

2 kids are just hanging around the area outside the sanctuary where we are doing registration. After awhile, they ask for a particular person. Said person is supposed to be taking care of them but I haven't seen the person all morning. It turns out that she was there but just hadn't come upstairs yet. I know her, and knew she was supposed to be there, but not that she was actually there or that she was supposed to be taking care of these kids. Oh, and the boy tells me that the person is also supposed to have their snacks in the kitchen, which puzzles me until I ask him and find out the real details.

It turns out that Mom literally dropped off a 7 year old brother and 5 year old sister for VBS and drove away. She had talked to the person that they knew, and the person agreed to watch out for them, get them registered, etc. And this person was also supposed to bring in their peanut-allergy safe snacks. Which the person had done, but no one talked to anyone about it. As far as we knew there were no kids registered with peanut or other allergies. The person left the snacks in the kitchen, but they weren't marked for these particular kids. So the volunteers preparing snacks had no idea why the snacks were there and who they were for, so they could have just been tossed and the kids fed the regular snack which was not guaranteed to be allergen-free.

So 2 SS for the price of one - a Mom who has kids with allergies (peanuts for the brother and it turns out dairy for the sister) who just drops them off without connecting up with anyone and seeing that her kids would be safe, and the person she was supposed to connect with, who didn't bother to let anyone know that she was responsible for them. The chuch leaders didn't like it when I threated to call the police the next year if this happened again. The next year I was not asked to be registrar.

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« Reply #20607 on: April 23, 2013, 08:59:18 AM »
That reminds me of when my daughters used to be in Brownies.  We parents were told very explicitly that, on meeting nights, we were to walk our children into the church and make sure they were safe.  I was a bit puzzled, because I was planning to do that anyway and couldn't fathom why they felt the need to make a point of that.  It turned out that there was one parent the previous year who had a habit of just dropping off her 8-year-old daughter outside the church and driving away, and one night (unbeknownst to her) the meeting had been cancelled.  Her poor daughter, not having any way of contacting her mother, somehow found her way home in the dark and freezing cold.  :o

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20608 on: April 23, 2013, 09:00:29 AM »

SS#2 must have had a death wish, because I can't believe anyone would do this. The pier at this beach is actually a wharf, with a parking lot, shops and restaurants. When we went walking along the wharf, we witnessed someone driving with an iPad propped up on the steering wheel so they could use it and drive at the same time.

Well, at least they weren't trying to drive while reading a book. I had an acquaintance who once admitted to doing this. I never, ever let her drive me anywhere after that.

Given Kindle apps and other bookreaders are pretty common on iPads, they may very well have been reading a book! (Or a webpage, or a newspaper, or...)

I had a coworker who would proudly tell us how he worked so much he even worked while driving. By working, I mean creating an incredibly complex spreadsheet on his laptop, which was propped up on the steering wheel. Unfortunately, this was seen more as a badge of honor than as something incredibly stupid, risky and a liability to boot (today, I would seriously reprimand any of my team who was up to such shenanigans).

And I was dumb enough to remain in that company for 2 years after that incident... not a healthy environment.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20609 on: April 23, 2013, 10:04:46 AM »

SS#2 must have had a death wish, because I can't believe anyone would do this. The pier at this beach is actually a wharf, with a parking lot, shops and restaurants. When we went walking along the wharf, we witnessed someone driving with an iPad propped up on the steering wheel so they could use it and drive at the same time.

Well, at least they weren't trying to drive while reading a book. I had an acquaintance who once admitted to doing this. I never, ever let her drive me anywhere after that.

My dad used to drive with a newspaper spread across the steering wheel so he could read it as he went along his way.

This is probably around the same time that I would be in the passenger seat with my mom driving, and if she had to slam on the brakes, her right arm would fly out to stop me from being thrown forward. 

We all know now that there is no way on God's green earth that someone's arm could really prevent you from flying into the dashboard if the impact was strong enough...but I do know that most people my age remember a parent's right arm being used as a buffer.

Mine STILL does this, even though I'm 40-mumble and wearing a seatbelt.