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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20835 on: May 03, 2013, 10:09:36 AM »
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I have to wonder where they're from, if an elevator is the most exciting thing they can think of to see while on their field trip!
I've mentioned before that I volunteer at a small museum where I do programs for schoolchildren. We have an old & creaky elevator that is rarely used, but every program involves riding an escalator. We get a lot of students from very small towns, for whom the escalator is one of the highlights of the visit. If we didn't monitor the escalator ride heavily (and drop serious hints to chaperones), we'd have similar problems.

My husband works for an elevator company. When we went on our honeymoon to Las Vegas, they had just finished building the Hooters hotel. He asked if we could stop there. I said, "Why...." thinking I was going to get the chicken wings justification. Oh no. He just wanted to see the elevators, because he had worked on them. It always amuses me that I have the only husband on the planet who would rather go to a Hooters-themed hotel to look at...the elevators.  ;D

Also, the escalator story made me think of this: http://www.darcyflynn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/stuck-on-an-escalator.png

DH is a locksmith, so when we go near a place where he has done a specialty project, we have to go look at it.  ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20836 on: May 03, 2013, 10:15:05 AM »
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I have to wonder where they're from, if an elevator is the most exciting thing they can think of to see while on their field trip!
I've mentioned before that I volunteer at a small museum where I do programs for schoolchildren. We have an old & creaky elevator that is rarely used, but every program involves riding an escalator. We get a lot of students from very small towns, for whom the escalator is one of the highlights of the visit. If we didn't monitor the escalator ride heavily (and drop serious hints to chaperones), we'd have similar problems.

My husband works for an elevator company. When we went on our honeymoon to Las Vegas, they had just finished building the Hooters hotel. He asked if we could stop there. I said, "Why...." thinking I was going to get the chicken wings justification. Oh no. He just wanted to see the elevators, because he had worked on them. It always amuses me that I have the only husband on the planet who would rather go to a Hooters-themed hotel to look at...the elevators.  ;D

Also, the escalator story made me think of this: http://www.darcyflynn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/stuck-on-an-escalator.png

DH is a locksmith, so when we go near a place where he has done a specialty project, we have to go look at it.  ;D

Many years ago I worked in a facilities management department.  Our lead elevator mechanic went to Vegas for a conference; when he got back, the only sight he could remember seeing was the special elevator they have in the Luxor (a casino shaped like a pyramid).

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20837 on: May 03, 2013, 10:24:44 AM »
DS had one yesterday.  He manages a day spa that provides a lot of expensive services.  Yesterday, a customer came in and had $400 worth of Botox.  When she was finished, she threw $100 on the counter and walked out.  The person running the front desk was in the middle of checking out another customer and didn't process what had happened until it was too late to chase her.  They tried calling her cell phone several times and left several messages.  When she hadn't returned any calls after about 2 hours, they called the police and filed a theft of services report.  An hour or so later, the customer is on the phone screaming and swearing...how dare they call the cops on her, she had to pick up her f'ing kids, she didn't have time to stand in their f'ing line, she was going to come back in and finish paying, etc.  DS asked her what she thought would happen if she pulled a similar stunt in a retail store, and no, they couldn't take her credit card over the phone; given the circumstances, they'd need to see cash within 24 hours or they'd proceed with the theft charges.

Wow, I hope they refuse to schedule any further treatments with her!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20838 on: May 03, 2013, 10:27:31 AM »
I nominate this couple from today's Carolyn Hax column:

http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/columnists/carolyn-hax/20130502-new-husbands-refusal-to-let-affair-go-raises-red-flags.ece

Recap:

They bought a vacation home a few years ago, now they don't see why their friends don't understand why they don't return phone calls when they are home (they're just too busy trying to catch up, their friends should understand, but can't understand why less and less people are showing up to their home when they have get togethers) Informed a friend they are on the B list for their son's wedding, and can't understand why her friend doesn't want to help cater the shower she wants to throw her son.  She doesn't see where she has done anything wrong and just wants her friends to understand that things have changed for them, but it's nothing personal.

This letter almost sounds like it was actually written by the friends -- you know, the ones whose phone calls, emails, etc are being ignored and the B-list friend asked to help with the shower for the wedding she may or may not be invited to attend.  Maybe the friends wrote it just to point out how truly obnoxious the vacation home couple are being and how totally unrealistic their expectations are right now. 

The only surprising thing is that they ever had that many friends in the first place.  They seem heinously self centered!!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20839 on: May 03, 2013, 10:36:41 AM »
The last name of the couple wouldn't be Ostrich, would it?  They seem to totally have their heads in the sand. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20840 on: May 03, 2013, 11:01:39 AM »
I nominate this couple from today's Carolyn Hax column:

http://www.dallasnews.com/lifestyles/columnists/carolyn-hax/20130502-new-husbands-refusal-to-let-affair-go-raises-red-flags.ece

Recap:

They bought a vacation home a few years ago, now they don't see why their friends don't understand why they don't return phone calls when they are home (they're just too busy trying to catch up, their friends should understand, but can't understand why less and less people are showing up to their home when they have get togethers) Informed a friend they are on the B list for their son's wedding, and can't understand why her friend doesn't want to help cater the shower she wants to throw her son.  She doesn't see where she has done anything wrong and just wants her friends to understand that things have changed for them, but it's nothing personal.

Dude... is she for real? That letter sounds so far out as to be almost unbelievable. I mean... how can she seriously not get what's happening?

Wow...

Carolyn Hax herself expressed doubts about the authenticity of the letter, but answered it anyway in case it was real.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20841 on: May 03, 2013, 11:05:31 AM »
I was also thinking it was written by a friend.

Here's another SS and a jerk.  A man with an expired coupon went for ice cream.  When the cashier tried to get payment, he punched her in the face several times.
http://www.longislandpress.com/2013/05/02/valley-stream-man-charged-with-ice-cream-robbery/

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20842 on: May 03, 2013, 11:08:09 AM »
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I have to wonder where they're from, if an elevator is the most exciting thing they can think of to see while on their field trip!
I've mentioned before that I volunteer at a small museum where I do programs for schoolchildren. We have an old & creaky elevator that is rarely used, but every program involves riding an escalator. We get a lot of students from very small towns, for whom the escalator is one of the highlights of the visit. If we didn't monitor the escalator ride heavily (and drop serious hints to chaperones), we'd have similar problems.

My husband works for an elevator company. When we went on our honeymoon to Las Vegas, they had just finished building the Hooters hotel. He asked if we could stop there. I said, "Why...." thinking I was going to get the chicken wings justification. Oh no. He just wanted to see the elevators, because he had worked on them. It always amuses me that I have the only husband on the planet who would rather go to a Hooters-themed hotel to look at...the elevators.  ;D

Also, the escalator story made me think of this: http://www.darcyflynn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/stuck-on-an-escalator.png

My late cousin did the stone walls in the Bellagio flower garden.  I go there every year to see his initials in the mortar and look at the flowers.  He did beautiful work.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20843 on: May 03, 2013, 12:09:18 PM »
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I have to wonder where they're from, if an elevator is the most exciting thing they can think of to see while on their field trip!
I've mentioned before that I volunteer at a small museum where I do programs for schoolchildren. We have an old & creaky elevator that is rarely used, but every program involves riding an escalator. We get a lot of students from very small towns, for whom the escalator is one of the highlights of the visit. If we didn't monitor the escalator ride heavily (and drop serious hints to chaperones), we'd have similar problems.

My husband works for an elevator company. When we went on our honeymoon to Las Vegas, they had just finished building the Hooters hotel. He asked if we could stop there. I said, "Why...." thinking I was going to get the chicken wings justification. Oh no. He just wanted to see the elevators, because he had worked on them. It always amuses me that I have the only husband on the planet who would rather go to a Hooters-themed hotel to look at...the elevators.  ;D

Also, the escalator story made me think of this: http://www.darcyflynn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/stuck-on-an-escalator.png

My late cousin did the stone walls in the Bellagio flower garden.  I go there every year to see his initials in the mortar and look at the flowers.  He did beautiful work.

Every time I go to Vegas I check out what's changed in the flower garden...it's beautiful.    And I recently found out that my great-grandfather did the rock-work in the gardens at the Beverly Hills hotel.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20844 on: May 03, 2013, 12:13:18 PM »
He was so proud of getting that job.  All those <redacted> pretty weeds make my allergies go completely crazy, though.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20845 on: May 03, 2013, 02:14:44 PM »
My dad bricked a water ride at the local theme park. It was always a point of pride when I visited there.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20846 on: May 03, 2013, 03:13:03 PM »
I had a broken escalator experience yesterday.  I was at a store and it was stopped for whatever reason.  Directly to the right was the elevator and pretty clearly marked (I thought).

Two women mounted the stairs ahead of me and complained the entire time about how AWFUL it was that they had to WALK up the STAIRS and how they were elderly and shouldn't HAVE to DO that.

Uh...you didn't?


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20847 on: May 03, 2013, 08:42:06 PM »
I was also thinking it was written by a friend.

Here's another SS and a jerk.  A man with an expired coupon went for ice cream.  When the cashier tried to get payment, he punched her in the face several times.
http://www.longislandpress.com/2013/05/02/valley-stream-man-charged-with-ice-cream-robbery/
He was charged with stealing the ice cream and resisting arrest- why the heck wasn't he charged with assault and battery on the ice cream store employee???

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20848 on: May 03, 2013, 09:24:07 PM »
I was also thinking it was written by a friend.

Here's another SS and a jerk.  A man with an expired coupon went for ice cream.  When the cashier tried to get payment, he punched her in the face several times.
http://www.longislandpress.com/2013/05/02/valley-stream-man-charged-with-ice-cream-robbery/

If I'd read that on NotAlwaysRight, I'd have assumed it was made up. *shakes head sadly for the state of humankind*
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20849 on: May 03, 2013, 10:23:23 PM »
Thanks guys.  Sometimes, when one is dealing with these things, it's hard to separate real snowflakey behavior from the unwarranted insults that get thrown one's way.  I was told I needed to be less selfish when I got upset when my mother left to go get Ana and take her to the airport.  If that had been the only reason she gave today for not taking me, then I wouldn't be so upset.  I'd be a little bit upset, because Ana had other options for getting there, including the bus/train, which at this hour of the day, and considering construction on two of the major highways along the route to the airport, would probably be 30-45 minutes faster than driving anyway.

You are not alone in your boat.  I - gore alert - abraded a large hole in my hand between the index finger knuckle and the 2nd finger knuckle.  Scarey to see, due to lack of blood. Actually managed to abrade the knuckle bones too, per the ER doctor! I told Mom I needed to go to the ER and get it washed out and stitched.  She said no, she had to go get the cat at the vet.  I said drop me off on the way there, please, I can't ride my bike over there, my hand is damaged and not working well. She didn't want to do that, she'd be late to pick up the cat and be charged more money.  I had to scream at her that I ought to be more important to her than the 'expletive deleted' cat, and would she JUST drop me OFF on the outer edge of the 'expletive deleted' parking lot and I would 'expletive deleted' WALK IN alone.  Got stitched up, and had to use a desk phone to call her to come and get me, because she wasn't willing to wait for me after she picked up the cat because he wouldn't like waiting in the car, nor was she willing to drop him at home and come back and wait for me to be ready to leave the 'expletive deleted' ER.

There were many reasons we were not close after I became an adult, and I NEVER thought I'd say I'm grateful to the dementia that has made her a nicer and easier person to be around! 

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