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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22125 on: July 08, 2013, 09:29:22 AM »
I witnessed a pack of SS kids while at Gettysburg this past week.  We were walking up to the Pennsylvania Memorial, and there were about five kids sitting on one part of it.  As we walked up, one guy hawked and spit towards one of the girls, who screamed.  That seemed to inspire all five of them to start shrieking, pushing at each other, and getting into everyone else's way who was at the memorial.  I was watching them and one kid caught my eye and figured out that I wasn't happy with them.  They all calmed down a bit (although the girl who initially screamed seemed to be having fun making faces at me), until the Union reenactors who were demonstrating how to load and fire muskets set off the first round.  Every round that was fired was greeted with piercing, terrifying shrieks from all five of them, and laughter in between.  They seemed to think it was really fun to see who would come over to see if they were okay every time a shriek was heard.  >:(

And this is why I visit Gettysburg during the off season.  The last time I was there during a reenactment was on Memorial Day the year Sarah Palin was scheduled to show up in her bus.  My walking stick almost became an agent of evil and my camera a weapon of mass desctruction

This is good to know.  DH would like to take a day and visit both Antietam and Gettysburg the next time my bff comes out and I know we'd both rather not have to deal with that kind of thing.

Antietam is pretty good.  It never gets really too too busy.  I do a 9 mile lariat which knits together most of the trails in the park.  With Gettysburg, I highly recommend going during the week rather than the weekend.  I usually walk the battlefield rather than drive from place to place as the parking areas are pretty small on the battlefield.  I do a 9 mile loop, starting on the Northern side and ending with following Pickett's charge across the field to the High Water Mark.

I highly recommend a battlefield guide if you can swing it, especially at Gettysburg.  PM me if you would like a link to my trail maps

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22126 on: July 08, 2013, 09:53:52 AM »
Would you mind starting a thread on it?  I regularly spend my weekends glued to CSPAN3/American History TV.

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« Reply #22127 on: July 08, 2013, 10:21:13 AM »
Would you mind starting a thread on it?  I regularly spend my weekends glued to CSPAN3/American History TV.

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On Gettysburg and Antietam?  Or hiking national parks and battlefields?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22128 on: July 08, 2013, 10:26:03 AM »
Either or both.  I'd love to do those tours while I'm still ambulatory.  :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22129 on: July 08, 2013, 06:44:02 PM »
Friday afternoon, I stopped at Whole Foods market to get some items. I needed to get a bunch of flowers replaced, since they had dropped all their petals two days after purchase, and while I was waiting my turn at customer service, a woman came up to complain about a particular shopper who brings her dog into the store. This is a small dog, with no harness or collar that identifies the dog as a service or therapy animal.

The manager finally locates the shopper with the dog, asks her to leave and to never bring the dog in again. I finished my shopping (and sampling) and was heading out the door when another shopper came in with a dog! It is posted on the entrance and exit that only service animals are permitted, no pets. It is against health laws in my state to have non-service animals in a grocery store or restaurant.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22130 on: July 08, 2013, 09:23:29 PM »
A little Whole Foods Snowflake humor... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UFc1pr2yUU
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22131 on: July 08, 2013, 11:06:54 PM »
My daughter, now 20, could not be left in the toy section of any store, because she insisted on putting everything in its place, and organizing it. Unfortunately, that tendency did not (and does not now) extend to her room at home.

Apparently when I was a toddler, I wandered over to a shoe store and began straightening all the shoes on display.

Yeah, my kids did that too.

I still do it in book stores.  I'll be looking at a table of bargain books and find myself neatening the
piles.  I suppose it's the librarian gene coming out.

We hit up a church-sale last weekend and over and over again I heard, "Oh, you can stay as long as you'd like", or "You can come back anytime!". I asked the first lady why she said that, and she replied, "You're the only person who folded anything back up!"

Retail, baby.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22132 on: July 09, 2013, 12:51:29 AM »
Friday afternoon, I stopped at Whole Foods market to get some items. I needed to get a bunch of flowers replaced, since they had dropped all their petals two days after purchase, and while I was waiting my turn at customer service, a woman came up to complain about a particular shopper who brings her dog into the store. This is a small dog, with no harness or collar that identifies the dog as a service or therapy animal.

The manager finally locates the shopper with the dog, asks her to leave and to never bring the dog in again. I finished my shopping (and sampling) and was heading out the door when another shopper came in with a dog! It is posted on the entrance and exit that only service animals are permitted, no pets. It is against health laws in my state to have non-service animals in a grocery store or restaurant.

So, so inappropriate.  I don't know why people think their dogs are welcome anywhere.  I only bring mine to the park, the vet's, the pet store and other animal-related places.  They're not service dogs and I would DEFINITELY never bring them into a grocery or restaurant.  No no no.  This really gets under my skin, it makes all us dog owners look like clueless SS's. (essesses?)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22133 on: July 09, 2013, 12:54:26 AM »
Friday afternoon, I stopped at Whole Foods market to get some items. I needed to get a bunch of flowers replaced, since they had dropped all their petals two days after purchase, and while I was waiting my turn at customer service, a woman came up to complain about a particular shopper who brings her dog into the store. This is a small dog, with no harness or collar that identifies the dog as a service or therapy animal.

The manager finally locates the shopper with the dog, asks her to leave and to never bring the dog in again. I finished my shopping (and sampling) and was heading out the door when another shopper came in with a dog! It is posted on the entrance and exit that only service animals are permitted, no pets. It is against health laws in my state to have non-service animals in a grocery store or restaurant.

So, so inappropriate.  I don't know why people think their dogs are welcome anywhere.  I only bring mine to the park, the vet's, the pet store and other animal-related places.  They're not service dogs and I would DEFINITELY never bring them into a grocery or restaurant.  No no no.  This really gets under my skin, it makes all us dog owners look like clueless SS's. (essesses?)
And then, over at People of Walmart, you can see a rainbow of species of creatures that someone will bring into Walmart.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22134 on: July 09, 2013, 01:45:59 AM »
Friday afternoon, I stopped at Whole Foods market to get some items. I needed to get a bunch of flowers replaced, since they had dropped all their petals two days after purchase, and while I was waiting my turn at customer service, a woman came up to complain about a particular shopper who brings her dog into the store. This is a small dog, with no harness or collar that identifies the dog as a service or therapy animal.

The manager finally locates the shopper with the dog, asks her to leave and to never bring the dog in again. I finished my shopping (and sampling) and was heading out the door when another shopper came in with a dog! It is posted on the entrance and exit that only service animals are permitted, no pets. It is against health laws in my state to have non-service animals in a grocery store or restaurant.

So, so inappropriate.  I don't know why people think their dogs are welcome anywhere.  I only bring mine to the park, the vet's, the pet store and other animal-related places.  They're not service dogs and I would DEFINITELY never bring them into a grocery or restaurant.  No no no.  This really gets under my skin, it makes all us dog owners look like clueless SS's. (essesses?)

This is a huge pet peeve of mine.  In my area, people take advantage of the law and every dog apparently is a "service dog".  When I see them in Macy's, it bugs me, but I can ignore it.  But when I see people walking their dogs in the grocery store, YUCK!  And yes, I'm 99% sure most of these dogs are not service dogs. I have worked with dog trainers and rescue groups.  I can spot a well-trained dog.

I had to stop going to my favorite cafe because there was an older woman who decided it was okay for her to come into the cafe with her chihuahua in a baby bjorn.  Even though there was a big sign on the door indicating that it was a food service area and no pets were allowed (except service dogs), it was never enforced.  Anyhow, this woman would sit with another woman in the cafe and the dog, since she was wearing it on her chest, would be at just table height. And yes, this dog would be scratching at the table with its paws and licking the table. Why the employees there did not ask her to leave I'll never know.   After seeing this woman several times, I started going somewhere else for my morning coffee.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22135 on: July 09, 2013, 07:47:06 AM »
Last night at a book signing, there were quite a few SS's around. 

First, I thought the bookstore that arranged the signing was a bit SS.  They gave almost no details about the actual signing out, so most of the people I talked to didn't realize that they had to buy a copy of the book at one particular bookstore, but that the signing would be in a different city (granted, the cities are both part of the greater metro area, but still...it's a weird detail to leave out!).  When I tried asking the staff at the bookstore for some more information, I was given a piece of paper with the comment, "Here's everything you need to know!" and the salesperson walked off. 

Second, the details that we were given said something to the effect of "the author will sign all copies of *book that just came out* and one other item".  Apparently this was a challenge and some people were showing up with stacks of 8-12 copies of the book that just came out!  After seeing some of the stacks, I wasn't surprised when the author mentioned he'd been up until 3 am at the last signing. 

The last SS I saw before leaving actually was heard before I saw it.  Throughout the author's reading and Q&A session, there was what sounded like a husky talking in the theater.  The author had mentioned that his dog was backstage, so that's what I assumed was the noise.  Turned out someone had the worst trained "service dog" ever at the signing.  It was a husky, wearing a service vest.  The husky talked, tried to make friends with people by shoving its nose into their faces, and was barely leash trained, since it was towing the owner down the aisle!  The guy holding the husky's leash didn't apologize to anyone for his ill-trained dog.  Someone said something (I was a few rows away and didn't hear what) and the guy responded by flipping the other person off. 

That was the point at which I left.  I really wanted to meet the author, but I really didn't want to spend the time needed (or deal with the SS people!).  They had stacks of signed books out front that you could exchange your book for, and I ended up doing that. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22136 on: July 09, 2013, 08:29:13 AM »
We had a SS-service-animalus on our recent trip. DP has a legitimate service animal, well trained (how many dogs will sit still on a lap while their human is getting communion? Or sit at a table while their human is eating lunch and never move? Our dog. Good boy!) and he wears a vest with a photo ID (from our vet's office) that has his shot records, identifying info, etc. We haven't had any problems traveling with him, and he is welcome (and a little fawned over) most everywhere we take him. Enter the SS people. They had a 'service animal' with them on this church conference trip. No vest. Wouldn't sit still. Lifted a leg on a chair DURING WORSHIP. Barked at the ushers, and forget communion - his owner had to remove him. Then they had the audacity to complain to the hotel staff that our dog was allowed to stay and they were asked to leave with him on day 2 - after he'd kept half a floor up all night barking every time someone moved outside the room (they were near the elevators, with traffic past the door all night). They apparently decamped to a more 'animal friendly' hotel nearby, but kept shooting us dirty looks all week.

The kicker? At the first day's 'accessibility needs' seminar, where we were encouraged to ask questions related to accessibility needs, the owner of said 'service animal' stated that the dog was a 'companion animal'; in other words - a pet. No owner disability as far as they stated - didn't ask for interpreters, no visible disability, didn't ask to be seated in the special needs section, didn't ask for a key to the 'decompression' room they set up for people with panic disorders, nothing. I think they just didn't want to board their pet.

I was very proud of our non-SS service dog, though. Not every service dog can get calm about people coming up to him and petting him without warning - but apparently, a six pound poodle in a shirt, even if he's wearing a service vest and sitting in the lap of someone in a wheelchair, is fair game for all sorts of attention. He was just as you'd hope - calm, accepting of whatever happened, no growling or biting, and totally ignored everyone when he could.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22137 on: July 09, 2013, 09:49:25 AM »
I realize that it would be invasive, but Sometimes i do wish there was a central licensing agency for service dogs.

Every summer I attend a convention that has a highly attended auction. It is actually held in a place that well behaved pet dogs could attend. But Last summer, someone sitting in the front row had a small dog wearing a service animal vest that was not well behaved at all. It barked throughtout and kept lunging up toward the stage, running all over the area between the front row of seats and the stage. the Auction spotters had to stay away from this dog as it was in their way and would have tripped them. It was very distracting to me because of the barking. I wonder how much the auctioneer was distracted, too. I never saw any one say anything to the woman who was holding the leash of the dog, but other wise made no visible move to control him. If the dog hadn't been wearing a vest, I might had asked her to remove or controll the dog. But since he  did wear a vest, I didn't feel comfortable saying anything.


The reason I didn't feel comfortable, is that the dog may have really been a service dog that was just overstimulated by the auction. My late grandfather had a seeing eye dog that was very well trained, except the first time they attended one of my brother's basketball games. The dog just went nuts, wanting to go out on the court. However, my grandfather controlled the dog, holding him in place in the stands. Grandpa continued to calm and quiet his dog until he was able to behave at that game, and never acted up at any other basketball games, either.

The owner of this dog was a SS because the dog was still badly behaving at the end of the auction.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22138 on: July 09, 2013, 09:55:47 AM »
My daughter, now 20, could not be left in the toy section of any store, because she insisted on putting everything in its place, and organizing it. Unfortunately, that tendency did not (and does not now) extend to her room at home.

Apparently when I was a toddler, I wandered over to a shoe store and began straightening all the shoes on display.

Yeah, my kids did that too.

I still do it in book stores.  I'll be looking at a table of bargain books and find myself neatening the
piles.  I suppose it's the librarian gene coming out.

We hit up a church-sale last weekend and over and over again I heard, "Oh, you can stay as long as you'd like", or "You can come back anytime!". I asked the first lady why she said that, and she replied, "You're the only person who folded anything back up!"

Retail, baby.

I've been offered a job in more than one store as I carefully folded or rehung all the clothes I tried on that didn't fit and then put them back where they belonged.  (If I can't remember where they belong, I go back and hang them on the rack at the changeroom.)


ETA:  And I've never worked retail.  For the benefit of everyone, not just myself.  I do not have the temperment to work retail.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22139 on: July 09, 2013, 10:39:13 AM »
Came across 2 of the biggest snowflakes in history last night. My best friend went into labor with her first child last night. Her niece (16yo) had previously asked BF if she could be at the hospital when the baby was born and BF said yes to her but not to any of the younger nieces/nephews. DN walks into the hospital room last night with her 2 friends, her younger sister (13yo) and brother (12yo). Their mom did not come in. She dropped these 5 kids off to stay the night with BF in labor while she went home to sleep. When BF's twin sister called and told her to come back and get the kids, she pitched a major fit saying she was too tired to drive back up there and get the kids. The kids started arguing and it was agitating BF so I kicked them all out of the room. BF sighed a big Thank You. When I went back this morning to check on BF before work, the kids were back in the room, asleep on the couches, floor and window sill - their mom still had not shown up to get the kids.

The other snowflake was the 13yo DN demanding to be allowed to stay in the room during delivery. BF's DH finally lost his temper and told her "You weren't there when we made this baby, you won't be there when she's born!!" A few more foot stomps and arguments but she finally left to pout in the waiting room.

BF is begging for a C-section just so it will be over and everybody will go home.  :-\


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