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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22395 on: July 23, 2013, 11:37:23 AM »
If I had neighbours like that, it wouldn't take me long to plant a bamboo hedge!
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« Reply #22396 on: July 23, 2013, 11:58:53 AM »
If I had neighbours like that, it wouldn't take me long to plant a bamboo hedge!

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« Reply #22397 on: July 23, 2013, 12:28:52 PM »
And the bunny from Monty Python.

My driving pet peeve is when people will drive down a residential road, see someone they know coming the opposite direction and just stop their cars and carry on a conversation in the middle of the road. And not a short "Hey how ya doin', see ya later" No it's more like those conversations that are probably delving into how the fishing is, the health of the family, last movie they saw, and updates on EVERYONE from church. 

Pull over people if you're going to go into that much detail with your catching up!!
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« Reply #22398 on: July 23, 2013, 12:37:33 PM »
And the bunny from Monty Python.

My driving pet peeve is when people will drive down a residential road, see someone they know coming the opposite direction and just stop their cars and carry on a conversation in the middle of the road. And not a short "Hey how ya doin', see ya later" No it's more like those conversations that are probably delving into how the fishing is, the health of the family, last movie they saw, and updates on EVERYONE from church. 

Pull over people if you're going to go into that much detail with your catching up!!

Oh so very much THIS!  I was coming home the other day and stopped at the intersection just before my home was a vehicle, which had made no effort to pull to the side of the road, right at the STOP sign, and two pedestrians standing in the road leaning into the car conversing with the couple in the car.  I stopped behind the car, expecting them to move on through, but one of the pedestrians stood and waved me around.  There was a parking lot directly across the street this bunch could have pulled into but they chose to block the intersection instead.  I had to pull into the oncoming lane to do an awkward right turn around them.

Also, the neighbors staring at the Smiths in their own back yard are super creepy! If I were the Smiths I'd be building the tallest fence allowed, along with plants/trees to obscure the view, and if the neighbors continued to complain I might mention them to local law enforcement.

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« Reply #22399 on: July 23, 2013, 01:00:56 PM »
Alamo Drafthouse will kick you out for using your cell phone period

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« Reply #22400 on: July 23, 2013, 02:15:44 PM »
I frequently have to ask other customers to reach something for me.  I'm not exactly short, I'm 5'4" and I have long arms, but with my back problems, I can't stretch to reach things on higher shelves, or bend over to get things off lower shelves.

I can't imagine helping someone when they're as rude as some of the people mentioned. 

I usually say something like "Excuse me, may I borrow your height for a moment?", or "You look very strong.  Betcha can't lift that bag of dog food into my cart."  I'm probably not being nearly as clever as I think I am, but if it makes them smile and they help me, I count it as a win.  Of course, effusive thanks are always offered.

So is that rude on my part?  Should I only ask for help in a formal way?  Or is asking for help with a joke ok?

It would really depend on who you are asking.  If you were asking me I would prefer that you ask me directly.  I would actually be a bit offended by the second one and might just walk away.  I would not feel inclined to help you.  If you want my help ask in a way that acknowledges that you are interrupting me and asking a favor.
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« Reply #22401 on: July 23, 2013, 02:27:48 PM »
Went to a restaurant where you bus your own table.  Prices for wonderful fresh food stay low and you don't tip.  I saw several tables that not only left their plates and trays on the table, but left a mess of food, napkins, wrappers, and crumbs all over the table and floor.  Gross.

To be fair, it's sometimes hard to tell at counter service restaurants whether you're supposed to bus your own table or not.  I wouldn't be surprised if I've left stuff on the table in places I shouldn't have, just because I looked around and didn't see a trash can and made an assumption which may have been incorrect.

It's very obvious you're suppose to bus yourself, but even if you don't do it, the mess I saw today was very extreme and disgusting.  Never saw such a mess at fast food or full-service.

You may think that there is a requirement to bus a table but in many cases its just not true.  A few years ago there was a story on the news where a teenaged worker at McDonalds told a man that he should clear the mess at his table.  The man complained to corporate, McDonalds sent out a press release stating that clearing your own table is not required at the Golden Arches. 

I bus my own table to be polite, but unless there is a sign stating that it is a requirement, it is not.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22402 on: July 23, 2013, 02:46:32 PM »
That is one I would place under personal responsibility. It is my responsibility to not make a mess or be a burden to others.

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« Reply #22403 on: July 23, 2013, 03:24:46 PM »
I usually say something like "Excuse me, may I borrow your height for a moment?", or "You look very strong.  Betcha can't lift that bag of dog food into my cart."  I'm probably not being nearly as clever as I think I am, but if it makes them smile and they help me, I count it as a win.  Of course, effusive thanks are always offered.

So is that rude on my part?  Should I only ask for help in a formal way?  Or is asking for help with a joke ok?

The first is fine, IMO.  My oldest nephew is 6'4" and may still be growing.  I quite often call, 'Hey, Tall Boy!  Can you get this down for me?'  It is a bit of a joke - and I'm the shortest one in the immediate family, even though I'm 5'5".

The second one I definitely wouldn't use with an adult.  It seems a little patronising.  But said with a smile to a kid in the 10-15 age range, it might be OK.  I think it would be better to ask directly, though.  'You look strong!  Would you lift this bag of dog food into my cart for me, please?'  I'd leave off the 'You look strong!' with an adult.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22404 on: July 23, 2013, 03:28:24 PM »
I frequently have to ask other customers to reach something for me.  I'm not exactly short, I'm 5'4" and I have long arms, but with my back problems, I can't stretch to reach things on higher shelves, or bend over to get things off lower shelves.

I can't imagine helping someone when they're as rude as some of the people mentioned. 

I usually say something like "Excuse me, may I borrow your height for a moment?", or "You look very strong.  Betcha can't lift that bag of dog food into my cart."  I'm probably not being nearly as clever as I think I am, but if it makes them smile and they help me, I count it as a win.  Of course, effusive thanks are always offered.

So is that rude on my part?  Should I only ask for help in a formal way?  Or is asking for help with a joke ok?

The second one bothers me. I would probably do it but roll my eyes at you while doing it. Also you run the risk of shaming someone with the same issue you have - they look fine but can't lift anything heavy or bend.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22405 on: July 23, 2013, 03:35:55 PM »
Today as we were going to the dentist, my wife and I saw a special snowflake!

At the bottom of the hill we live on is a road - it has 5 lanes.  Two for traffic going in each direction and a middle lane for left-hand turns (there are a number of businesses in this area).  Special snowflake had parked his car in the left-hand turn lane, gotten out of the car and crossed 2 lanes of traffic.  Just to buy a paper

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« Reply #22406 on: July 23, 2013, 03:57:27 PM »
A bit of special snowflake karma in action.

I was on a merge ramp today that has two lanes. I was in the left lane. In the right lane next to me was a pick-up truck. Behind the pick-up truck was a small black honda civic. The driver of the civic decided the truck was going too slow, so he suddenly darted out in front of me, narrowly missing the back end of the truck and the front end of my car. Then he cut across the merge lane before it was clear to merge and zipped across four lanes of traffic, nearly sideswiping another car in the process, and took off going way over the speed limit.

About a mile down, the expressway kind of curves a bit. Cops like to hang out on the shoulder around the curve, because you can't see them until you're right on top of them. I round the curve, and there's the honda civic pulled over with a cop writing a ticket. Ha. 

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« Reply #22407 on: July 23, 2013, 04:50:51 PM »
My teenaged son was driving yesterday -- he's a new driver, just with a permit. We passed through an intersection only to have to stop a little bit in to let a woman and her two children jaywalk back to their car. My son hates confrontation, so for his sake I avoided asking them why they didn't use the crosswalk that was a whopping 20 feet away. There's no reason to put yourself and your children at risk simply to save an extra 40 feet and a cycle of the light.
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« Reply #22408 on: July 23, 2013, 04:56:40 PM »
Trying to decide if my friend Sarah is an SS.

Background:  Sarah lives on a five-acre farm.  She bought a sheepdog, not because she has sheep, but to help watch her two young sons (ten and eight).   Spot is an excellent sheepdog and is very good at shepherding the boys away from potential danger, such as the creek that runs through their property.    Another mother, Jane, recently brought her sons over to play and left for a while.   When she returned, she asked where the kids were.   Sarah said "Not sure, but I hear Spot barking, so they're not far."   Jane, appalled, said "YOU'RE not watching them?"   "No - Spot is.  She's very good at it.   The kids will be fine."    They WERE fine, but Jane gave Sarah heck and left, vowing never to let her kids play there again.    Sarah was alternately amused and indignant, saying that Jane was being ridiculous.

Thing is:   I'm kind of on Jane's side.   I'm sure Spot is amazing, but I wouldn't have been too happy if MY kids were roaming around a five-acre farm without an adult close by.   What do you think?

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« Reply #22409 on: July 23, 2013, 05:02:51 PM »
Trying to decide if my friend Sarah is an SS.

Background:  Sarah lives on a five-acre farm.  She bought a sheepdog, not because she has sheep, but to help watch her two young sons (ten and eight).   Spot is an excellent sheepdog and is very good at shepherding the boys away from potential danger, such as the creek that runs through their property.    Another mother, Jane, recently brought her sons over to play and left for a while.   When she returned, she asked where the kids were.   Sarah said "Not sure, but I hear Spot barking, so they're not far."   Jane, appalled, said "YOU'RE not watching them?"   "No - Spot is.  She's very good at it.   The kids will be fine."    They WERE fine, but Jane gave Sarah heck and left, vowing never to let her kids play there again.    Sarah was alternately amused and indignant, saying that Jane was being ridiculous.

Thing is:   I'm kind of on Jane's side.   I'm sure Spot is amazing, but I wouldn't have been too happy if MY kids were roaming around a five-acre farm without an adult close by.   What do you think?

I think it sounds like a pretty awesome life for those boys.  Jane just isn't used to her kids having so much freedom to roam.  I guess I can understand her concern, but when in Rome....