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siamesecat2965

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21930 on: June 26, 2013, 02:45:03 PM »
These people have made no effort to befriend me (for which Iím grateful).  Iím astounded that they think someone they barely know would give their crazy family open access to a pool.  Of course, they believe that their children are perfectly behaved little angels.

We try to avoid the woman ("Crazy Katie") who lives in the government housing across the culdesac from us for the exact same reason. We've lived in our house 7 years and only spoken to her once or twice. She has, however, "befriended" her next door neighbors, who we are friendly with.

Last winter the friendly husband called my husband to let him know/warn us that Katie had asked him for DH's phone number. She had seen DH shoveling our driveway, and wanted to call him to come do hers as well (for free, of course.) Friendly husband refused (she didn't ask him because she has asked before and been told no.) Katie told him it wasn't fair that friendly husband's wife and I had husbands who would shovel our driveways. Katie didn't have a husband. Apparently this led her to believe that she was entitled to other peoples' husbands' help.  ::)

Well then it must not be fair to me since I too have no husband, and must dig out and shovel out MY car when it snows. The complex takes care of the parking lot, but I'm on my own with the car. Oh woe is me. I also dig out my 87-year-old neighbor's car too.

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« Reply #21931 on: June 26, 2013, 02:46:54 PM »
I nominate these kids and their parents.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXg_YsPagUM


To me it is unacceptable to scream at the animals or bang on their enclosures.
There are several posts over on notalwaysright.com where SS zoogoers want the keepers to go into the enclosures and "make them do something."  Because going into the lion/tiger/bear enclosure and poking them with a stick is SUCH a good idea.  ::)

Oh it is indeed! I don't get people like that.. that's like the people who go to the national parks, like Yellowstone, and think its fun to try and feed the wild animals they are told not to. And then freak out when they come near them!

There was an incident here in NJ a couple of years ago, if I remember correctly, with a guy who thought it was cute to have his toddler son try and hold out a bagel for a black bear in one of the state parks. The bear, in taking the bagel, swiped his paw and scratched the child, and dad screamed bloody murder. Really? first of all, its illegal to feed them here, secondly, if you do something dumb like that, well then, what can I say? i don't thnk the child was injured badly, but how he thought that was a good idea is behond me.
Dollars to doughnuts there were people that wanted the poor bear put down - but the father wasn't charged with neglect/endangerment.

I tried to find an article since my memory was faulty, but couldn't. I'll have to look again. i think reactions were mixed, and mostly that the guy was an idiot. He was probably arressted for something.  Black bears are a huge problem where I am in NJ. When they're found in residential areas, they're captured, tagged and relased in a "better" area. this was IN a major state park, i think, so the bears belonged there.  I've seen them at my friend's - she had a huge 400+ lb one waddle into her yard. And waddle out faster when her dogs barked at it!

then driving home from there, I saw something lope across the road, and it was 2 cubs. While mama was on teh other side. i stopped my car to look, and she gave me such a stink eye!
Something horrific I saw mentioned several years ago, but I was never able to confirm it: a man put JAM on his child's cheek, so that he could get a picture of a bear "kissing" the child.  Sickening to think about, so I hope that bystanders prevented such idiocy. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21932 on: June 26, 2013, 02:53:57 PM »


I understand completely when it's his IBS that's giving him trouble.  (I wish he was a little more understanding about MY IBS, but oh well.)  Sickness gets a pass. 

 But if *I* go home in the middle of the day or don't come in for a few days, I am likely to get a lecture.   

You do realize that a symptom of IBS can be incessant and uncontrollable diarrhea?
The poor man may be trying to make it home before he humiliates himself at work.
I really think this trumps other stress-related ailments that might make it hard to remain at work during a stressful day.

I *do* realize that as my Doctor gave me the same diagnosis (mine is very mild, according to Dr, but I do know its problems).  Boss is very up front about telling us when he is taking sick time and why.  Today's problem was not IBS...it was simply that he was p***ed off with trouble we are having with patrons today and took vacation time.  He was equally up front about that.  Guess I should have made it clearer...I just stink at explaining stuff.

In any event, if I were to say I had had it with some of our patrons who are reality challenged I would hear "Good try."

My apologies, Yarnspinner. How I managed to quote that line, without comprehending that you did indeed understand IBS because you yourself have it, I cannot imagine.
I attribute it to...well... I'm not feeling so well today. You know why.  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21933 on: June 26, 2013, 02:58:00 PM »
Well then it must not be fair to me since I too have no husband, and must dig out and shovel out MY car when it snows. The complex takes care of the parking lot, but I'm on my own with the car. Oh woe is me. I also dig out my 87-year-old neighbor's car too.

I once had a retired neighbor who bought a snowblower, and many was the time I'd come home to find my sidewalks cleared. I always felt sort of embarrassed by having someone 50 years older than myself doing my sidewalks, but he was so proud of the snowblower he would go up and down the block doing the sidewalks of those of us who had to leave for work early in the morning.

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« Reply #21934 on: June 26, 2013, 03:06:41 PM »
I once had a retired neighbor who bought a snowblower, and many was the time I'd come home to find my sidewalks cleared. I always felt sort of embarrassed by having someone 50 years older than myself doing my sidewalks, but he was so proud of the snowblower he would go up and down the block doing the sidewalks of those of us who had to leave for work early in the morning.

Haha, my husband bought one a couple years ago, he was way upset the year we didn't get enough snow for him to use it.  This past year, he went around the entire block and did everyone's sidewalks and the driveway of anyone elderly or anyone who had little kids.  He came home with 70 bucks, cause some people refused to let him leave without paying him, and later that day another neighbor brought us some home canned pickled green beans. What do I cook those with?  Ham, maybe?

Something horrific I saw mentioned several years ago, but I was never able to confirm it: a man put JAM on his child's cheek, so that he could get a picture of a bear "kissing" the child.  Sickening to think about, so I hope that bystanders prevented such idiocy.

Elfmama, I think that's an urban legend, at least according to snopes:  http://www.snopes.com/critters/malice/bearmaul.asp
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21935 on: June 26, 2013, 03:11:12 PM »
Pickled green beans?  You just eat them like you would any pickle.  You don't need to cook them

Note to self:  must learn how to pickle.  I LOVE pickled beans and carrots and the way my garden is going, I'm going to have a lot of produce.
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« Reply #21936 on: June 26, 2013, 03:20:14 PM »
Pickled green beans?  You just eat them like you would any pickle.  You don't need to cook them

I have to say that never even occurred to me.  "Green beans" is immediately partitioned to "side dish" in my brain.  I spent all this time trying to think of an entree, and I could have been snacking the whole time.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21937 on: June 26, 2013, 03:57:15 PM »


I understand completely when it's his IBS that's giving him trouble.  (I wish he was a little more understanding about MY IBS, but oh well.)  Sickness gets a pass. 

 But if *I* go home in the middle of the day or don't come in for a few days, I am likely to get a lecture.   

You do realize that a symptom of IBS can be incessant and uncontrollable diarrhea?
The poor man may be trying to make it home before he humiliates himself at work.
I really think this trumps other stress-related ailments that might make it hard to remain at work during a stressful day.

I *do* realize that as my Doctor gave me the same diagnosis (mine is very mild, according to Dr, but I do know its problems).  Boss is very up front about telling us when he is taking sick time and why.  Today's problem was not IBS...it was simply that he was p***ed off with trouble we are having with patrons today and took vacation time.  He was equally up front about that.  Guess I should have made it clearer...I just stink at explaining stuff.

In any event, if I were to say I had had it with some of our patrons who are reality challenged I would hear "Good try."

My apologies, Yarnspinner. How I managed to quote that line, without comprehending that you did indeed understand IBS because you yourself have it, I cannot imagine.
I attribute it to...well... I'm not feeling so well today. You know why.  ::)

Gotcha!  ;-)

If I am being completely honest, I don't blame the boss for going home.  It is brutally hot here, the a/c being broken in several places, the patrons are, to be blunt, getting a little funky and the heat is making all of them more than a little crabby (it's OUR fault the heat is so high and the ac hasn't been fixed, you know) so it's probably a good idea he did go home.  He's probably being pro active and doesn't want to admit it.

And I love how there's an ad for Probiotics at the bottom of the page. 

Feel better, Jocelyn....if it gets much worse, I may be joining you!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21938 on: June 26, 2013, 04:01:01 PM »
Heck, can I nominate the whole library board?  Last year they had the roof fixed, which was nice (although it still leaks in places) except that the roofers knocked out the AC that goes to tyhe large staff office room and parts of the administrative floors.  Last year. 

They just put the replacements out to bid last month (or so I am told).  Why?  Because they liked having what looked like a surplus in the budget and didn't think we should spend the money.

They have, of course, paid for things we DON'T need in the last four months, but those pesky A/Cs and the (still only a dream) handicapped and new public bathrooms?

Nah. 

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« Reply #21939 on: June 26, 2013, 04:07:10 PM »
Pickled green beans?  You just eat them like you would any pickle.  You don't need to cook them

Note to self:  must learn how to pickle.  I LOVE pickled beans and carrots and the way my garden is going, I'm going to have a lot of produce.

I pickle green beans for DH every year. He swears they go great with beer. Pickling isn't too difficult, but I take over the kitchen when I do it.

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« Reply #21940 on: June 26, 2013, 04:22:32 PM »
I understand what everyone is saying.  If you are homesick, you are homesick...I would be, too....but I would not sit at a table full of people who had given you a job and tell them that their way of life and their country suck and that they have no idea what really good living is......If he had said "I really miss my home, it was such fun to do XYZ..."  but to say "This peach from X Farm is terrible.  Back in Mother Country We had peaches."  or to criticize (loudly and often) the economic practices that GAVE him a job....THAT grew old really, really fast......

Yes. There is an extremely large difference between "I miss my home" and "This place where I have chosen to live sucks, and here's why."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21941 on: June 26, 2013, 04:26:27 PM »
Re:  (Lightening and) thunderstorms (this is long - but I do have a point)

They are pretty common in my neck of the woods in the summer on those hot, hazy, humid days.  Growing up, I loved them.  If it was a mild one, I'd even go for a walk in the rain.  They never bothered me when I was camping or anything, unless it was right on top of us.

Then a coworker of mine was killed by a lightning strike when he was camping with his wife and another couple.  The boys had gone to re-peg down the tent; the girls were in the truck.  He was killed instantly and his buddy was also technically dead.  Coworker's wife knew he was gone but did CPR on the buddy and brought him back.  I don't know where she found the strength; her training must have just kicked in.

So now, while I still love thunderstorms, I love them from inside my house, where I'm not using any water.  (When he was a kid, my Dad's mother was at the kitchen sink and had just turned to talk to the family when lightning hit the house and the electricity was conducted through the metal pipes up through the kitchen sink drain.  Hence, no water use during storms.)

When I went to school in Pensacola, a couple special snowflakes (not from Florida) said "I don't mind the rain" and hung around the light poles in the dorm courtyard. Apparently they didn't grasp that Florida's summer thunder storms = get your butt back inside, away from the constant lightning. On a side note: Lightning hit so close to the kitchen window recently that all the kitchen dishes rattled, the cats were startled and the electricity in the bathroom was knocked out (yeah, I'm gonna need an electrician to come in)  :o

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« Reply #21942 on: June 26, 2013, 04:52:02 PM »

 On a side note: Lightning hit so close to the kitchen window recently that all the kitchen dishes rattled, the cats were startled and the electricity in the bathroom was knocked out (yeah, I'm gonna need an electrician to come in)  :o

Stupid question but I have to ask anyway. Did you check the breakers to make sure you just didn't trip the GFI?  The way some of my units are wired. 1 GFI tripping anywhere in the bathroom will shut off all of the bathroom breakers. (and for some reason, 2 outlets in the livingroom which are not on a common wall.)

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« Reply #21943 on: June 26, 2013, 05:19:23 PM »
N.J. man faces fines in bear attack.

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[He] was hiking at Worthington State Forest in Warren County with his three children late last month when he saw the black bear and tossed a bagel its way in the hope of getting a snapshot.

But the plan backfired. The bear devoured the bagel and went after Jacobs' 5-year-old son, Billy, who was left with claw marks on his arm and shoulder blade.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21944 on: June 26, 2013, 05:44:20 PM »
Pickled green beans?  You just eat them like you would any pickle.  You don't need to cook them

Note to self:  must learn how to pickle.  I LOVE pickled beans and carrots and the way my garden is going, I'm going to have a lot of produce.

I pickle green beans for DH every year. He swears they go great with beer. Pickling isn't too difficult, but I take over the kitchen when I do it.

Making dill beans is dead easy. 

Keep the brine from a jar of pickles you like. 

Blanch fresh green beans.

Let them cool and stuff them into the jar of brine. 

Adding some fresh chopped garlic and a sprig or two of fresh dill will help. 

Let sit for a week or so and enjoy.