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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23805 on: October 11, 2013, 11:02:19 PM »
I would like to nominate the people we came into contact with on our vacation over the weekend. 

At the amusement park:

-My family and I stood in line for about 15 minutes to buy bottled drinks in a concession stand. My mom was standing behind us with her purchase.  A little girl about 8-9 walked up the counter, in front of my mom, and plopped her purchase in front of the cashier. The cashier very politely told her that she needed to go to the back of the line.  The girl said, No, she didn't want to wait.  The cashier went back to waiting on my mom, but the girl kept nudging in front of my mom, trying to put her drink in the cashier's hand to be scanned, and at one point took my mom's money out of the cashier's hand, put it on the counter and handed the cashier her money. Mom told her, "Step away and do not touch my money again." in a very firm voice, and the girl started to stomp and cry.  Mom finished her transaction and walked away as quickly as possible before the girl's angry looking mother could make it to the counter.


Reminds me of the little snowflakes that come to my sample cart
"Can I have a cup of coffee ?"
"Sorry, I can only give hot coffee to adults."
"But my mom lets me drink coffee."
"Sorry, it's the store rules. We can't give hot coffee to kids. I can only give one to your parents."
"But my mom said I could come and take a coffee. My mom is in the ice cream aisle and she lets me drink coffee all the time."

This reminds me of one I had to deal with earlier this year at the science fiction convention DH and I help run. I suppose he was 13 or so? And to his credit, he was volunteering at the time, so he does get points for that.

But the part that was making me want to muzzle him was that he kept whining about two things for pretty much the entire 90 minutes.

The first was that he wanted to play in a certain game in the LAN Gaming area, but wouldn't be able to because that particular session was during the adults only hours. (This was not due to the content of the game, but the convention designates about three hours a night as adult only time in that area, mostly to give the adults a chance to play, as otherwise it tends to be dominated by kids and teens.)

The second was that there is a card game called "Cards Against Humanity." (NOTE: This game is VERY, VERY NSFW. Do NOT Google it at work, or if you do, don't blame me!  ;D) Game play is similar to "Apples to Apples," but the content of the cards is really, really not for kids. A couple of the rooms for Gaming are, again, adults only after a certain time of night (not all of the rooms, but some of them) and this game was being played in one of those adults-only rooms. Anyway, the kid in question was going on and on and ON about how his parents wouldn't care, would totally allow him to play the game, etc. My response was that his parents could make whatever rules they wanted at home; the convention could also make and enforce rules. After that, I pretty much tuned him out, but it was still annoying.

Luckily I could and did get up and walk the floor once in awhile and get away from where he was volunteering for a few minutes...especially when I caught myself eying the roll of duct tape speculatively...

I recently play Cards Against Humanity.  It's a blast.  But I don't think I'd want my kids to be in the same building while its being played. :)

I did let my 15 year old play with us this summer on a disc golf weekend, but there may have been drinking involved in that decision making.

That being said if you find generally offensive humor to be amusing, this is the game for you.  I have never laughed so hard or so long as playing this game with like minded friends.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23806 on: October 11, 2013, 11:39:17 PM »
I don't care about where the cotton came from, I care about the thread count. You can get 100 count Egyptian cotton sheets. 

I'm a big fan of microfiber sheets and I just found some comfy jersey sheets at HomeGoods.

Oh, jersey sheets are awesome! Like sleeping wrapped up in an old, comfy t-shirt.

The only sheets we buy are jersey. They can be difficult to find in King, but Target is a reliable source.

I've found them reliably at BB&B and occasionally at HomeGoods.  I don't visit HG as much, but I always check to see if they have any there.  the cotton quality seems to be a bit better

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23807 on: October 12, 2013, 09:57:31 AM »
BB&B had the Pima and Supima cotton sateen - the thread count is between 600 and 750, just right to "breath" at night.  They're sold separate spout the Egyptian Pima sateen is pretty good too, comes in sets and fits a tighter budget. If you're looking for something specific PM me and I'll see what I can find (I work for them)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23808 on: October 12, 2013, 11:53:45 AM »
I would like to nominate the people we came into contact with on our vacation over the weekend. 

At the amusement park:

-My family and I stood in line for about 15 minutes to buy bottled drinks in a concession stand. My mom was standing behind us with her purchase.  A little girl about 8-9 walked up the counter, in front of my mom, and plopped her purchase in front of the cashier. The cashier very politely told her that she needed to go to the back of the line.  The girl said, No, she didn't want to wait.  The cashier went back to waiting on my mom, but the girl kept nudging in front of my mom, trying to put her drink in the cashier's hand to be scanned, and at one point took my mom's money out of the cashier's hand, put it on the counter and handed the cashier her money. Mom told her, "Step away and do not touch my money again." in a very firm voice, and the girl started to stomp and cry.  Mom finished her transaction and walked away as quickly as possible before the girl's angry looking mother could make it to the counter.


Reminds me of the little snowflakes that come to my sample cart
"Can I have a cup of coffee ?"
"Sorry, I can only give hot coffee to adults."
"But my mom lets me drink coffee."
"Sorry, it's the store rules. We can't give hot coffee to kids. I can only give one to your parents."
"But my mom said I could come and take a coffee. My mom is in the ice cream aisle and she lets me drink coffee all the time."

This reminds me of one I had to deal with earlier this year at the science fiction convention DH and I help run. I suppose he was 13 or so? And to his credit, he was volunteering at the time, so he does get points for that.

But the part that was making me want to muzzle him was that he kept whining about two things for pretty much the entire 90 minutes.

The first was that he wanted to play in a certain game in the LAN Gaming area, but wouldn't be able to because that particular session was during the adults only hours. (This was not due to the content of the game, but the convention designates about three hours a night as adult only time in that area, mostly to give the adults a chance to play, as otherwise it tends to be dominated by kids and teens.)

The second was that there is a card game called "Cards Against Humanity." (NOTE: This game is VERY, VERY NSFW. Do NOT Google it at work, or if you do, don't blame me!  ;D) Game play is similar to "Apples to Apples," but the content of the cards is really, really not for kids. A couple of the rooms for Gaming are, again, adults only after a certain time of night (not all of the rooms, but some of them) and this game was being played in one of those adults-only rooms. Anyway, the kid in question was going on and on and ON about how his parents wouldn't care, would totally allow him to play the game, etc. My response was that his parents could make whatever rules they wanted at home; the convention could also make and enforce rules. After that, I pretty much tuned him out, but it was still annoying.

Luckily I could and did get up and walk the floor once in awhile and get away from where he was volunteering for a few minutes...especially when I caught myself eying the roll of duct tape speculatively...

I recently play Cards Against Humanity.  It's a blast.  But I don't think I'd want my kids to be in the same building while its being played. :)

I did let my 15 year old play with us this summer on a disc golf weekend, but there may have been drinking involved in that decision making.

That being said if you find generally offensive humor to be amusing, this is the game for you.  I have never laughed so hard or so long as playing this game with like minded friends.

LOL - yeah, the game is a blast to play with the right group of people, but it's definitely not for kids! At the convention, it was being played in a room that's away from the main convention traffic, and during a time when only adults were allowed in that room, with the doors closed to minimize people accidental overhearing. It actually worked out pretty well...the only complaint I know of was from the kid I mentioned above. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23809 on: October 12, 2013, 04:56:02 PM »
I don't care about where the cotton came from, I care about the thread count. You can get 100 count Egyptian cotton sheets. 

I'm a big fan of microfiber sheets and I just found some comfy jersey sheets at HomeGoods.

Oh, jersey sheets are awesome! Like sleeping wrapped up in an old, comfy t-shirt.

Jersey sheets make me overheat which is really unlike me as normally I'm an ice cube. I kept waking up in a sweat feeling smothered.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23810 on: October 12, 2013, 05:15:05 PM »
I am telling on myself as a special snowflake today.

My wife bought some Egyptian cotton sheets a few years ago.  She assures me that they become more comfortable the more you use them.

I hate them.  They feel like sleeping on 120 grit sandpaper while you are slowly sliding downhill.  It's not relaxing.  I toss and turn all night long.

I try, however, to remember that sometime in the future they will become as comfortable as other sheets are right after you buy them and that in order for that to happen we have to use them.

This morning, I was trying to say: "Oh, are those the Egyptian cotton sheets on the bed?"

Unfortunately, what came out was: "Oh, are those the sheets that might get comfortable in a few more years?"  I blame the lack of sleep and coffee.

I don't think you're being a special snowflake. I love nice sheets and there's no way I'd put up with bad ones for years without saying anything. You may want to work on your early morning tact, though  :D

I really don't think it should take *years* for cotton to soften up!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23811 on: October 12, 2013, 05:17:59 PM »
Special snowflake honorable mention: I don't care how close to finalized your divorce is; having enthusiastic sex with your girlfriend WHILE YOUR WIFE IS IN THE NEXT ROOM is not going to make your wife suddenly realize what she's missing.

(The wife in this scenario is a friend of mine, who can't WAIT to get out of there.)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23812 on: October 12, 2013, 05:26:48 PM »
Special snowflake honorable mention: I don't care how close to finalized your divorce is; having enthusiastic sex with your girlfriend WHILE YOUR WIFE IS IN THE NEXT ROOM is not going to make your wife suddenly realize what she's missing.

(The wife in this scenario is a friend of mine, who can't WAIT to get out of there.)

Yikes!  The girlfriend must be a real work of art too!  I can't think of much of anything LESS romantic than getting it on with your boyfriend while his wife is in the next room.   :o

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23813 on: October 12, 2013, 08:28:27 PM »
Ew. Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew.

Did I mention ew? Because ew.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23814 on: October 12, 2013, 10:44:16 PM »
Ew. Ew ew ew ew ew ew ew.

Did I mention ew? Because ew.

You said it all. Just...ew.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23815 on: October 13, 2013, 12:16:21 AM »
Special snowflake honorable mention: I don't care how close to finalized your divorce is; having enthusiastic sex with your girlfriend WHILE YOUR WIFE IS IN THE NEXT ROOM is not going to make your wife suddenly realize what she's missing.

(The wife in this scenario is a friend of mine, who can't WAIT to get out of there.)

now if I was his wife I'd use my intimate knowledge of him to embarrass him a touch.   (that was a bit quicker than usual honey)

or speak loudly thru the wall about his mother or something equally off putting

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23816 on: October 13, 2013, 07:46:46 AM »
I am telling on myself as a special snowflake today.

My wife bought some Egyptian cotton sheets a few years ago.  She assures me that they become more comfortable the more you use them.

I hate them.  They feel like sleeping on 120 grit sandpaper while you are slowly sliding downhill.  It's not relaxing.  I toss and turn all night long.

I try, however, to remember that sometime in the future they will become as comfortable as other sheets are right after you buy them and that in order for that to happen we have to use them.

This morning, I was trying to say: "Oh, are those the Egyptian cotton sheets on the bed?"

Unfortunately, what came out was: "Oh, are those the sheets that might get comfortable in a few more years?"  I blame the lack of sleep and coffee.

I don't think you're being a special snowflake. I love nice sheets and there's no way I'd put up with bad ones for years without saying anything. You may want to work on your early morning tact, though  :D

I really don't think it should take *years* for cotton to soften up!

I typically buy 1200 count or better Egyptian cotton sheets.  They are easy to soften if you know how. Some manufacturers coat them with stain resistant gunk and lots of starch to make them look pretty in the package...the extra stiffness can also be because they are vat dyed.

Wash them in cool or warm water if you must, do not use hot as it can actually burn the fiber tips.  Use a very small amount of detergent (maybe 1/4 of what you normally would), 1 cup of baking soda and NO fabric softener and NO bleach (bleach will damage the fibers and fabric softener/dryer sheets CLOG the fibers them making them hot and uncomfortable).  Use a full cup of white vinegar in the rinse.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23817 on: October 13, 2013, 03:02:55 PM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23818 on: October 13, 2013, 10:32:07 PM »
Special snowflake honorable mention: I don't care how close to finalized your divorce is; having enthusiastic sex with your girlfriend WHILE YOUR WIFE IS IN THE NEXT ROOM is not going to make your wife suddenly realize what she's missing.

(The wife in this scenario is a friend of mine, who can't WAIT to get out of there.)

now if I was his wife I'd use my intimate knowledge of him to embarrass him a touch.   (that was a bit quicker than usual honey)

or speak loudly thru the wall about his mother or something equally off putting

Or if she (the gf) is being particularly loud in her vocalizations, hinting that she's faking it would be tempting too.  >:D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23819 on: October 14, 2013, 05:14:22 AM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...
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