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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22230 on: July 13, 2013, 12:20:45 AM »
I was willing to help him rent a small space near where he lived to have space to build up a clientele (like half the rent for a year) but I wasn't going to fund insanity.

Is there a reason why you'd even do that? It's pretty above the call of duty to fund someone else's business for half a year.

My plan was to help a friend start a business with a micro-loan - it seemed like a good idea.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22231 on: July 13, 2013, 01:04:38 AM »
Is mine the only phone that will still play preset alarms even when the sound is turned off? (I need meds at certain times.) I had to prove that to a very skeptical DH; instead I turn mine to vibrate-only if we will be in the theater at one of those times.

No, mine does, too.

I think that is quite common. There is probably a way to make it just vibrate, but that may require a call to your cell phone provider. (But if you have an Android smartphone, PM me and I may be able to help.)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22232 on: July 13, 2013, 09:15:51 AM »
I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.

I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22233 on: July 13, 2013, 11:48:26 AM »
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I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.




I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.


I watched that when I was 13.  At midnight alone in a strange house babysitting with all the lights off.  I jumped about two feet.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22234 on: July 13, 2013, 02:25:43 PM »
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Quote from: Twik on Yesterday at 01:12:25 PM

I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.




I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.


I watched that when I was 13.  At midnight alone in a strange house babysitting with all the lights off.  I jumped about two feet.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22235 on: July 13, 2013, 03:44:12 PM »
I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.

I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.


I remember  'Carrie'.  It scared the Deity out of me and I was studying film at the time. 

People were used to a 'releasing image' at the end of a disturbing film.  The car being dragged out of the swamp at the end of 'Psycho' is a good example.  'Carrie' gave the audience just the opposite. 


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22236 on: July 13, 2013, 04:32:47 PM »
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Quote from: Twik on Yesterday at 01:12:25 PM

I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.




I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.


I watched that when I was 13.  At midnight alone in a strange house babysitting with all the lights off.  I jumped about two feet.

I've always been puzzled that most people didn't see that "jump" coming WAAAAAY down the road.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22237 on: July 14, 2013, 05:07:19 AM »
I remember  'Carrie'.  It scared the Deity out of me and I was studying film at the time. 

People were used to a 'releasing image' at the end of a disturbing film.  The car being dragged out of the swamp at the end of 'Psycho' is a good example.  'Carrie' gave the audience just the opposite.

For me, a relaxing image at the end of a film automatically means a set-up for Jason to leap out of the water or something. Apparently I'm jaded.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22238 on: July 14, 2013, 06:56:59 AM »
I remember  'Carrie'.  It scared the Deity out of me and I was studying film at the time. 

People were used to a 'releasing image' at the end of a disturbing film.  The car being dragged out of the swamp at the end of 'Psycho' is a good example.  'Carrie' gave the audience just the opposite.

For me, a relaxing image at the end of a film automatically means a set-up for Jason to leap out of the water or something. Apparently I'm jaded.

Nah, just Genre Savvy.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22239 on: July 14, 2013, 07:21:04 AM »
Talking about cell phone alarms when the phone is on vibrate reminded me of one I used to have years ago. It would turn itself on to sound the alarm. I was in a meeting, of course, since it always happens that way, and my alarm went off even though I had turned the phone completely off before the meeting started. Before that, I didn't know you had to change a setting so the phone knew that "off" means "off."
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22240 on: July 14, 2013, 08:41:26 AM »
I remember  'Carrie'.  It scared the Deity out of me and I was studying film at the time. 

People were used to a 'releasing image' at the end of a disturbing film.  The car being dragged out of the swamp at the end of 'Psycho' is a good example.  'Carrie' gave the audience just the opposite.

For me, a relaxing image at the end of a film automatically means a set-up for Jason to leap out of the water or something. Apparently I'm jaded.

Nah, just Genre Savvy.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22241 on: July 14, 2013, 11:48:23 AM »
I remember  'Carrie'.  It scared the Deity out of me and I was studying film at the time. 

People were used to a 'releasing image' at the end of a disturbing film.  The car being dragged out of the swamp at the end of 'Psycho' is a good example.  'Carrie' gave the audience just the opposite.

For me, a relaxing image at the end of a film automatically means a set-up for Jason to leap out of the water or something. Apparently I'm jaded.

Carrie was one of the first movies to do that, though. Or at least the one that kicked off the trend in 70's and 80's horror flicks.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22242 on: July 14, 2013, 07:16:55 PM »
Not special snowflake as much as par for the course for this particular branch of the family . . .

Niece has a son who just turned 4 (a year younger than Babybartfast, who turns 5 in a few weeks).  She was a single teen mom when she had him and she's made some so-so life choices since and long story short, we don't see her much now that Crazy SIL has run off to California.  MIL only hears from her when she wants money (which is why we've stayed away).  She's a reasonably nice young woman, but she's done practically no parenting, so her son is one of the worst-behaved children I've ever had the misfortune to share a restaurant with.  (Followed closely by Crazy SIL, but I digress . . .)

So Niece had a birthday party for her son.  We weren't invited, but MIL and SIL2 were, and apparently Niece wasn't all that subtle about expecting some very fancy presents.  MIL "borrowed" Babybartfast for the afternoon so she and SIL2 could at least hang out with the kids at the party instead of drinking with Niece's friends the whole time.  Babybartfast picked out a modestly-priced-but-fun present and by all accounts had a good time.

But when MIL and SIL2 came to return her, SIL2 mentioned how much Niece was looking forward to Babybartfast's birthday party.

Me:  Uh . . . we're just having a small party here, for her friends.  Not really intended for a big family thing.

SIL2: Oh!  I didn't know that.  I told her I didn't know what y'all were planning but I was sure she and [Son] would be invited.

Me: Not really.  (With the unspoken suggestion "We weren't really planning for you tag along, either . . .")

So as far as I know, Niece has invited herself to Babybartfast's party.  Luckily, SIL2 didn't know where or when we're having it, so it's not like Niece can just show up, and MIL (for once) knew enough not to go formally issuing invites on our behalf.  I do expect MIL to show up, but telling her not to come would be like expecting the sun not to rise* so that's one I can live with.  If Niece bothers to ask me herself, I'll have to explain.  More likely, she'll ask MIL about the details, so I had to talk to MIL later and specifically tell her not to share the where/when.

And if all else fails, Niece will be surprised if she brings her son here and they are surrounded by the girliest "Princess party" I can throw together :-D

* Autocorrect changed that to "snot to rise."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22243 on: July 14, 2013, 11:02:39 PM »
* Autocorrect changed that to "snot to rise."

So, some kind of deer snot uprising?  ;) ;D

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« Reply #22244 on: July 14, 2013, 11:44:03 PM »
* Autocorrect changed that to "snot to rise."

So, some kind of deer snot uprising?  ;) ;D

. . . and that just made me snort so hard I required a Kleenex  ;D