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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22425 on: July 23, 2013, 08:40:40 PM »
I grew up that way, minus the sheepdog. And we aren't talking about toddlers here, but boys 8+ years old, perfectly capable of walking to school alone or crossing the street to a friend's house; much more dangerous really, but socially acceptable.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22426 on: July 23, 2013, 09:10:40 PM »
The amazing thing here is that we're talking about five acres!  Five! 

Five acres isn't going to have rampaging bulls or dangerous, large scale farming equipment zooming around to be avoided.  There's a creek running through the property, not a raging river.  It's probably less dangerous than your neighbor's swimming pool.

If you lived in the suburbs and you and all your neighbors had 1/2 acre lots, that would be your yard, the two yards on either side of you and the five yards behind you.  Good grief.  Even city kids a lot younger than eight play relatively unsupervised in that small of an area. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22427 on: July 23, 2013, 09:20:09 PM »
<snip> Something about the way they design their stores puts my teeth on edge. I don't have panic attacks or anxiety issues - except when I set foot in their stores. Sis thought maybe they used peanut oil in their food prep areas and the smell was setting my radar off. But they don't . It is is the weirdest thing. I don't have the problem in any other brand of store - just theirs.

I've had something similar happen in three different stores and I think I finally solved the mystery...each store uses some type of high-end sonic alarm.  Every time I went in there, sometimes just in the door, I would start getting nervous, jittery, sweaty, nauseated, heart racing, short of breath...it was bizarre.

Interesting - I'll have to ask hubby if he knows anything about that.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22428 on: July 23, 2013, 09:48:03 PM »
Sigh. I remember growing up when kids were shoved out the door in the morning to roam the neighbourhood until lunch, without our parents watching our every move.
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« Reply #22429 on: July 23, 2013, 10:13:10 PM »
Sigh. I remember growing up when kids were shoved out the door in the morning to roam the neighbourhood until lunch, without our parents watching our every move.
Me too and I grew up first in the inner city and then in the suburbs.

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« Reply #22430 on: July 23, 2013, 10:20:15 PM »
"Another mother, Jane, recently brought her sons over to play and left for a while.   When she returned, she asked where the kids were."

This is the special snowflake, not Sarah. Anyone else remember, "Come home when it gets dark."?

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The grocery across the street reopened last week so a friend and I checked it out. The entrance was kind of confusing, I guess, so met met an SS:-

You enter the store from the street and are faced with the entrance to the parking lot. To the right is a large display of stuff, to the near left you are faced with the down escalator, and a down escalator for carts. To the far left is a hall, and if you step into the hall you can see the up escalator. The problem was people couldn't see the "up" side, so they took their carts to the "down" side and hovered, hoping for miracles.

We, being adventurous and cartless, explored the nether regions of the hallway and discovered the "up" side. We could see the people with carts behind us eyeing us nervously, like we were the first baby seals to test the ocean, and when we didn't flee back they followed. SS leading the pack.

SS cut to the inside, and rushed past us to shove his cart into the cart escalator and then stood in the entrance of the people escalator until his cart was halfway up. We met up with him as he got to the gates, so we thought he'd just let us up, but he stood in the way, holding up the rest of the people that followed as well.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22431 on: July 23, 2013, 10:34:06 PM »
Apparently this happened at Mom's church recently:

Woman (walks in with tennis racket + water bottle): Is there a preacher here ?
Pastor: Yes, I'm the pastor. What can I do for you ?
Woman: I need you to bless the tennis game I'm playing in today.
Pastor: I'm sorry, I'm afraid that isn't something we do here. The service is starting in a few minutes, though. Would you like to sit in for it ?
Woman: No, I don't have time for things like that! Can't you just do it anyway ? This is a really important game!
Pastor: I'm sorry, I can't.
Woman: Fine, I'll just keep driving around until I find a place that will do it! *stomps off*

Keep in mind this church is out in the boonies. Any tennis courts are a couple miles away, unless you climb over a fence into the local high school's tennis court. I think there's also one tennis court in the nearest park, but it's not high quality as far I know.
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« Reply #22432 on: July 23, 2013, 10:38:45 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 honestly think if Jane is particular about how her kids are watched when she's not around she would do well to ask before leaving her kids. It doesn't sound like Sarah secretly left the kids alone, she had no problem telling Jane the kids were alone when she returned. If you drop off your kids without asking what they'll be up to, then get mad about what they got up to, you're  the Special Snowflake. I'm voting Jane to be the SS one.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22433 on: July 23, 2013, 10:52:59 PM »
Sigh. I remember growing up when kids were shoved out the door in the morning to roam the neighbourhood until lunch, without our parents watching our every move.
Me too and I grew up first in the inner city and then in the suburbs.

Yeah, and now if you so much as let your kid walk a few blocks by himself you have CPS threaten to take the kid away.  And this when crime is way down and the risk of kidnapping or being hit by a car is far less than the risk of obesity by being locked in your house all day.
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« Reply #22434 on: July 24, 2013, 02:52:08 AM »
<snip> Something about the way they design their stores puts my teeth on edge. I don't have panic attacks or anxiety issues - except when I set foot in their stores. Sis thought maybe they used peanut oil in their food prep areas and the smell was setting my radar off. But they don't . It is is the weirdest thing. I don't have the problem in any other brand of store - just theirs.

I've had something similar happen in three different stores and I think I finally solved the mystery...each store uses some type of high-end sonic alarm.  Every time I went in there, sometimes just in the door, I would start getting nervous, jittery, sweaty, nauseated, heart racing, short of breath...it was bizarre.

Interesting - I'll have to ask hubby if he knows anything about that.

I hear the horrible, intense, high-pitched eeeeee in a lot of places. DH can't, but I can, and it makes my head ring and I start sweating as my heart races from the strong irritation. I didn't know this happened to people who can't hear it. My local library is unfortunately a big culprit here: I have to sit far away from the entrance where the alarm thing is, or I can't concentrate enough to even read a paragraph.

I was at a nursery (garden place, not baby place) once and their bug deterrent was a gizmo that emitted a similar noise. I couldn't look at half the plants because the sound was too strong. I don't know if it worked on insects, but it certainly worked on me. I asked the lady at the counter and she was unaware that the sound was audible. "Although, now that you mention it, a lot of kids complain about the noise, but we always thought they were making it up..."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22435 on: July 24, 2013, 04:32:31 AM »
I'd say "newly decided" rather than "newly diagnosed," given her history  :P but it's good to know that about gluten hiding in otherwise-safe-looking dishes.  ((snip))

Oh boy, does it ever! Sausages, meat patties, processed deli foods, a LOT of frozen foods including chips (fries to those from the U.S.A., I gather) - they tend to get wheat added as an anti-caking agent, which is one reason why gluten-free frozen foods are usually stuck together in one solid lump in the bag - and a surprising number of canned foods and sauces that you wouldn't expect to have wheat anywhere near them.

I'm not gluten-intolerant, but I do have to keep wheat out of my diet at the moment, along with a whole shopping list worth of other items. You would not believe the number of things that have wheat in them (and the ones that don't have wheat usually have soy, and the ones that don't have wheat OR soy have corn, and the ones that don't have wheat OR soy OR corn have onion, and and and...).

I'm so, so glad that the latest results from my elimination diet and testing indicate that wheat and soy aren't among the things I'm going to have to avoid permanently, because of the insane number of things they're in. :-\
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22436 on: July 24, 2013, 05:26:18 AM »
Neither Jane nor Sarah are SS, they just have incompatible parenting styles.

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« Reply #22437 on: July 24, 2013, 05:35:45 AM »
Sigh. I remember growing up when kids were shoved out the door in the morning to roam the neighbourhood until lunch, without our parents watching our every move.

This was my mother's philosophy to the point that she never met either of my best friend's (friends since sixth grade) parents. She would pick me up or drop me offwithout coming in.  My father only met her father once- when we were college aged- and it was an accidental meeting and her mother never.
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« Reply #22438 on: July 24, 2013, 06:00:31 AM »
<snip> Something about the way they design their stores puts my teeth on edge. I don't have panic attacks or anxiety issues - except when I set foot in their stores. Sis thought maybe they used peanut oil in their food prep areas and the smell was setting my radar off. But they don't . It is is the weirdest thing. I don't have the problem in any other brand of store - just theirs.

I've had something similar happen in three different stores and I think I finally solved the mystery...each store uses some type of high-end sonic alarm.  Every time I went in there, sometimes just in the door, I would start getting nervous, jittery, sweaty, nauseated, heart racing, short of breath...it was bizarre.

Interesting - I'll have to ask hubby if he knows anything about that.

I hear the horrible, intense, high-pitched eeeeee in a lot of places. DH can't, but I can, and it makes my head ring and I start sweating as my heart races from the strong irritation.

I get this too, one of the many reasons I love my noise-cancelling headphones especially when people at work thought it was "funny" to repeatedly set off that mosquito ringtone just to see who could hear it.

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« Reply #22439 on: July 24, 2013, 06:57:05 AM »
<snip> Something about the way they design their stores puts my teeth on edge. I don't have panic attacks or anxiety issues - except when I set foot in their stores. Sis thought maybe they used peanut oil in their food prep areas and the smell was setting my radar off. But they don't . It is is the weirdest thing. I don't have the problem in any other brand of store - just theirs.

I've had something similar happen in three different stores and I think I finally solved the mystery...each store uses some type of high-end sonic alarm.  Every time I went in there, sometimes just in the door, I would start getting nervous, jittery, sweaty, nauseated, heart racing, short of breath...it was bizarre.

Interesting - I'll have to ask hubby if he knows anything about that.

I hear the horrible, intense, high-pitched eeeeee in a lot of places. DH can't, but I can, and it makes my head ring and I start sweating as my heart races from the strong irritation.

I get this too, one of the many reasons I love my noise-cancelling headphones especially when people at work thought it was "funny" to repeatedly set off that mosquito ringtone just to see who could hear it.

That reminds me, there's a series of ringtones marketed at teenagers which apparently adults can't hear which are basically made up of this painful noise. At the last school I worked at, the students were very unhappy to discover they couldn't covertly text each other in class using this. Although from the way they acted (they'd all go quiet and look guilty all of a sudden) it was pretty obvious. Teenagers aren't nearly as subtle as they like to think.