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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22500 on: July 25, 2013, 08:53:27 PM »
Wow - 1500 pages of special snowflakes.  The entire "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is only somewhere around 1200 . . . we're well on our way to "Wheel of Time" length . . .

Oh, I think to be fair you'd have to subtract a few hundred pages for tangents and threadjack posts...like this one.  ;D
Considering the tangents and grandiose descriptions Tolkien wrote, I don't think we do.  ;)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22501 on: July 26, 2013, 03:02:17 AM »
Poor pooch!

At first we were really worried because their own dog rarely makes a sound and we thought he must have hurt himself. Then we actually went over to check and saw the extra dog so realised what it was. THEN we spent a few hours saying "Oh, poor puppy, he must feel so lonely  :(" But now, twenty four hours later, it's hard to think anything other than "Can you please just BE QUIET for five minutes!!!!"

If our own dog didn't have territorial tendencies we would seriously consider leaving a note on the door and bringing the dog over here.
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« Reply #22502 on: July 26, 2013, 07:18:24 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..."

Some of them I can hear clearly, some just make the little hairs in my ears buzz or I can just hear the edge of them.  The ones set up in parking lots to deter birds I can hear quite clearly (I also think it's funny when they are set up in fake owls or other birds of prey).
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22503 on: July 26, 2013, 08:02:53 AM »
This morning I'm feeling like my ordinarily wonderful neighbours are SS. They have a friend's dog in their yard and it has been crying non stop since it got there. Thankfully it feel asleep from exhaustion last night or I'd have had no sleep. It's started up again this morning, though. Now the neighbourhood dogs are joining the chorus.

They are such good neighbours though, that I would forgive them without hesitation if not for the fact that THEY went away and didn't have to suffer with the rest of us :(

Wait - your neighbors have a dog, and they took in a friend's dog, and put them both in the backyard and LEFT? As in, not at home and not coming back for days? Do they have someone taking care of these dogs or did they just load up food and water and then left the dogs alone? If I had neighbors who did that, I'd be on the phone to animal control ASAP.

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« Reply #22504 on: July 26, 2013, 08:08:58 AM »
(Long post, sorry!)

When I was still at school, we used to have Physical Education for 2 hours first thing on a Monday (which we all LOVED, I'm sure you can imagine). Our lockers weren't very big, so most people couldn't fit their PE kits into them and left them either on top of or below the lockers, out of the way. As it was a small school, and had security doors and gates, we thought there wouldn't be an issue.

After our other morning lessons, we come into the locker room to get our lunches, and people begin to notice their PE bags weren't where they left them earlier. I spot mine right on the other side of the room, and open it. My PE kit, which had only been washed the day before, and had been relatively unmarked after our indoor PE, is now CAKED in mud. It honestly looked like someone had dug up handfuls of mud and smeared them over the jogging bottoms. I was furious, and so were the other girls, whose kits had received similar treatment. We went to the head of our year, who quickly worked out that there had only been one other PE class between us leaving our kits and returning for lunch.

That class were dragged in, and quickly the innocent girls pointed out the ones who had entered without kits and upon being sent to find replacements (the school had a few spare kits, but they weren't very nice) had reappeared wearing surprisingly good kits. The PE teacher felt awful - she thought the group had tried to get out of the lesson by hiding their kits, and then gone to fetch them when it didn't work.

Our head of year made every one of the guilty girls confess to which kit she'd stolen. When the girl who took mine walked up to me, she could barely meet my eye. I took out my filthy kit and asked her if she let her own kit get that muddy, or if she'd thought that since it didn't belong to her, she didn't need to treat it with any respect.

The girls who'd stolen the kits were sent home with them that night and letters to their parents informing them of what the girls had done, and if the kit wasn't brought to school sparkling clean the next day, the girl would have a week's detention. My thief came back with a written apology from both her and her mother, addressed to me and mine.

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« Reply #22505 on: July 26, 2013, 08:21:14 AM »
Wow! The sheer nerve.

My DH was SS last night. He was playing a game on the desktop, in the corner of our living area, with headphones on and oblivious to everything else. It started raining outside, so I asked him if his windows were up because it was raining. He was annoyed, and replied that only the rear lift was open. I didn't pursue it further.

An hour later, he is off of his game, and then asked me if I knew it was raining. I confirmed that I did and that I had asked him if his truck was open because of it. He had left his front windows down to air it out.  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22506 on: July 27, 2013, 07:27:51 AM »
This morning I'm feeling like my ordinarily wonderful neighbours are SS. They have a friend's dog in their yard and it has been crying non stop since it got there. Thankfully it feel asleep from exhaustion last night or I'd have had no sleep. It's started up again this morning, though. Now the neighbourhood dogs are joining the chorus.

They are such good neighbours though, that I would forgive them without hesitation if not for the fact that THEY went away and didn't have to suffer with the rest of us :(

Wait - your neighbors have a dog, and they took in a friend's dog, and put them both in the backyard and LEFT? As in, not at home and not coming back for days? Do they have someone taking care of these dogs or did they just load up food and water and then left the dogs alone? If I had neighbors who did that, I'd be on the phone to animal control ASAP.

I'm sure they haven't done that, but they may have someone looking after them in a "stop by every day to walk and feed them" sort of way. Adequate (just) in the short term but not much fun for the neighbours. We weren't'the only ones checking either - the neighbours three doors up were over checking because it had kept them awake too! 

Things have quietened down now, though, so I think someone has picked up the dogs which will be better for them I'm sure.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22507 on: July 27, 2013, 03:26:51 PM »
Here is a snowflake that maybe got the wind taken out of her sails.  This occured last night.  I was in need of something at the grocery store which was closing in about ten minutes from when I arrived.  I got my items, got in line, to discover that there was the person being cashed out, a barrier, two or three items, and then me.  I was kind of being in my own world, so I was not too concerned - I was just happy that I had made it to the store in time.

Anyway, the first person finished and went on thier way, and it looked like the cashier was about to remove the second set of goods when the shopper came screaming up with another item.  She actually turned to me and apologized.  I made her mouth/jaw drop. All I simply said was that it's ok, the world was not going to end if I had to wait a minute or two.  The cashier looked kind of gobsmacked as well.  The customer said something along the lines of "Oh, I am glad you said that".  Yeah, whatever.

But what makes me suspect that this customer was a snowflake in the first degree, was that after she left, the cashier mentioned that this was the third time she had been in in the space of an hour, demonstrating the same behavior (load items on belt, wander off to retreive something else...) She did not seem out of it or under any influence.

Now of course, if I had been on my game, and in my usual hurry, I would have had no problem moving my items up in front of possible Snowflakewoman.  This encounter might have had much different results.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22508 on: July 27, 2013, 04:50:08 PM »
Y'know, some people really need a list when shopping....
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« Reply #22509 on: July 27, 2013, 05:07:25 PM »
Y'know, some people really need a list when shopping....
My aunt used to do this on purpose.  She'd get a few things and then stand behind someone with a bunch of stuff.  Once she got to the belt, she would unload everything and then go off and do the rest of her shopping leaving one of the kids behind to keep her place.  She's dead now, so it doesn't happen anymore, but it got to the point where no one wanted to let her babysit their kids. 

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« Reply #22510 on: July 27, 2013, 06:16:04 PM »
I was approached by a SS at work today. This woman brought me a refrigerated spray can of whipped cream, minus the cap. She was very concerned because "I found this in the trash. Someone threw this out  :-[ I can't believe someone would do that. It must've been by mistake." Our store's trash cans are deep and have heavy lids; so she must've taken a lid off and dug through lots of garbage  :o My co-workers and I had to butter her up to get the spray can away from her, because it seemed very obvious she wanted us to produce a cap and let her put it back in the refrigerator case. "Oh, I'm sorry. We can't put it back out for sale. Health department rules, you know...The person who threw it out could've tampered with it. You wouldn't want someone to get sick from it, right ?....Thank you so much for understanding our policy. I'll throw that out for you." :P

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« Reply #22511 on: July 27, 2013, 06:16:17 PM »
Y'know, some people really need a list when shopping....
My aunt used to do this on purpose.  She'd get a few things and then stand behind someone with a bunch of stuff.  Once she got to the belt, she would unload everything and then go off and do the rest of her shopping leaving one of the kids behind to keep her place.  She's dead now, so it doesn't happen anymore, but it got to the point where no one wanted to let her babysit their kids.

Why on earth would she do that though? Like what was the point?

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« Reply #22512 on: July 27, 2013, 06:23:10 PM »
Y'know, some people really need a list when shopping....
My aunt used to do this on purpose.  She'd get a few things and then stand behind someone with a bunch of stuff.  Once she got to the belt, she would unload everything and then go off and do the rest of her shopping leaving one of the kids behind to keep her place.  She's dead now, so it doesn't happen anymore, but it got to the point where no one wanted to let her babysit their kids.

Why on earth would she do that though? Like what was the point?

I'd assume so she could shop without her kids bugging her the whole time, but without having to actually arrange for childcare.

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« Reply #22513 on: July 27, 2013, 06:27:09 PM »
I was approached by a SS at work today. This woman brought me a refrigerated spray can of whipped cream, minus the cap. She was very concerned because "I found this in the trash. Someone threw this out  :-[ I can't believe someone would do that. It must've been by mistake." Our store's trash cans are deep and have heavy lids; so she must've taken a lid off and dug through lots of garbage  :o My co-workers and I had to butter her up to get the spray can away from her, because it seemed very obvious she wanted us to produce a cap and let her put it back in the refrigerator case. "Oh, I'm sorry. We can't put it back out for sale. Health department rules, you know...The person who threw it out could've tampered with it. You wouldn't want someone to get sick from it, right ?....Thank you so much for understanding our policy. I'll throw that out for you." :P

And what was the point of her even bringing it up? Unless I'm missing something?

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« Reply #22514 on: July 27, 2013, 07:42:17 PM »
Y'know, some people really need a list when shopping....
My aunt used to do this on purpose.  She'd get a few things and then stand behind someone with a bunch of stuff.  Once she got to the belt, she would unload everything and then go off and do the rest of her shopping leaving one of the kids behind to keep her place.  She's dead now, so it doesn't happen anymore, but it got to the point where no one wanted to let her babysit their kids.

Why on earth would she do that though? Like what was the point?

So she wouldn't have to wait in line later possibly behind lots of other people. She was essentially saving her spot in line.
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