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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23985 on: October 21, 2013, 04:50:39 PM »
I remember being called a "spoiled brat" by some so-called friends when I was in Grade 4.  Their reasoning was that I was an only child, and therefore I must be spoiled rotten and get everything I asked for.  I laughed until I cried when I heard that - my parents were not well-off at all, and the idea of getting everything my little heart desired was ridiculous.

That happened to me too, all the time! In fact there was one family of four kids that "decided" since each of them got 25 cents allowance each week, that I MUST get a dollar because 4 x .25 = 1.00. I said, no, I get 30 cents. And I have more chores than you.

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« Reply #23986 on: October 21, 2013, 05:47:14 PM »
I was leaving the closest WalMart to head home, as I was coming up the access road, I was going to be crossing a railroad track.

Fine, plenty of time...except that the large vehicle ahead of me slowed to the speed of someone walking as they rolled across the tracks - with me behind them, the train coming close enough that the lights just started flashing, the train whistles at us, and the gates come down when I finally get off (no space to go around the SUV, as the two lanes merged to one about two car lengths ahead of his front wheels).  The pick up (UTE) behind me must have been very relieved to have me moving as fast as possible once the SUV picked up a little speed.  The gates must have come down right behind his tail pipe, I swear!
That's why I never cross a railroad track unless there is at least a car-length of open road available AFTER it.   There was a case here some years ago where several people were killed because they couldn't get off in time.
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« Reply #23987 on: October 21, 2013, 06:32:43 PM »
SS's galore on Saturday night

[b/g]We were visited by a neighbour that had free tickets to a Monster Truck Jam and my DNephew was dying to go.  As I was babysitting I bit the bullet and said "thank you" for the tickets and we went out to Sydney Olympic Park.  Unfortunately there were two big concerts going on - the truck thing and Ricky Martin - lots (and lots) of people trying to drive into the Park.  [/b/g]

SS1 (of which there were many... MANY!): Driving into the Park there are two lanes of traffic plus a bus lane (buses only - you can see where this is going).  With the number of people driving in, traffic was slower than crawling in many instances.  Cue the SS-I-can't-wait-don't-you-know-my-show's-about-to-start?'s who cruise down the bus lane while everybody else is doing the correct (legal) think of waiting in the cue and then forcing themselves back into the correct lane once they start flowing.  This of course slows down everyone who has been doing the right thing by having to brake when they merge.

SS2 (again quite a few): After the show, standing in the queue to get on the shuttle bus to take us to the carpark, our show (which DN LOVED) got out about half an hour before Ricky Martin (lets take a moment to congratulate the genius who not only thought of putting two shows on together the same night but having them start and finish within half an hour of each other).  So picture a queue of about 5,000 people patiently waiting for a bus - mainly families with small to medium sized children (DN is a medium sized at 11).  It's 10.30 at night and everyone is wanting to get home, kids are starting to lose it, others are playing happily, everyone is queueing.  Now cue the SS-the-line's-too-long-so-I'm-going-to-push-in-nobody-will-say-anything's.  The two sets of spoiled 20-something ladies that placed themselves on either side of me (behind and in front of me) were told (politely) that there was a queue.  "oh - didn't see it".  It's got approximately 5,000 people in it!  How can you not see it?!?  And of course, they still stand there, texting away, ignoring the fact that they have pushed in front of families with small children in order to get on the bus.  Grrrrrrrr!  The snide and snarky comments we got from them when we asked them to go to the back of the queue were rude and frustrating - if only Security had been monitoring the queue - I would have been very happy to flag them over.

We ended up walking back to the parking lot (only about a 2 km walk) with a family that was (originally) behind us because traffic was so bad the buses couldn't get through anyway.

Sorry - bit of a rant - selfish people like SS1's and SS2's really get my goat! >:(

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23988 on: October 21, 2013, 07:21:00 PM »
When I was in college, I lived in a residence hall where you paid 2/3 of the cost of a regular dorm by promising to do chores. The vast majority of women who lived there were able to pay the full costs, but also enjoyed living in a smaller community that emphasized scholastic achievement.
One of the women had a male friend who would come over and hang out in the reception area, visiting with whomever was around. One day, I and a couple of other women were talking about my shopping trip that afternoon; I was saying that I'd seen a ring I liked, but I didn't buy it because I wanted to make sure I REALLY liked it. If I was still thinking about it in a few days, I'd go back and get it. The man said, 'That's what I like about poor girls.' He really thought he was complimenting us, that we weren't like his rich girl friends, who bought impulsively. But the revelation that he thought of all of us as 'poor girls' was not appreciated. AND I suspect that his understanding of the exchange was 'They rejected me because they were jealous that I'm rich.'

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« Reply #23989 on: October 21, 2013, 07:27:15 PM »
Wonder if she realizes her look is about 20 years old...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_10aFhip_TXQ/SmiFfbDpzkI/AAAAAAAAAk4/pwP2ehCnu2k/s1600-h/Babysitters+Club.jpg

When I see girls wearing pantyhose under shorts, I think of this.

Almost forty years old - I did it in college...although not with black tights...black opaque hose were not that fashionable in Texas back then, not even in winter...

Apparently, this is a thing again. We were at Disneyland yesterday and I saw several women with this look. It works better on some than on others is the nicest thing that I could say.

On the topic of the SS whine, one big issue is the fact that, according to her report, the other women looked at her. Didn't say anything, just looked. I think that this was a case of the guilty fleeing where nobody was pursuing.
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« Reply #23990 on: October 21, 2013, 07:38:29 PM »
Funny thing is, guys looking at someone funny can end in punch ups.

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« Reply #23991 on: October 21, 2013, 07:42:07 PM »
Wonder if she realizes her look is about 20 years old...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_10aFhip_TXQ/SmiFfbDpzkI/AAAAAAAAAk4/pwP2ehCnu2k/s1600-h/Babysitters+Club.jpg

When I see girls wearing pantyhose under shorts, I think of this.

Almost forty years old - I did it in college...although not with black tights...black opaque hose were not that fashionable in Texas back then, not even in winter...

Apparently, this is a thing again. We were at Disneyland yesterday and I saw several women with this look. It works better on some than on others is the nicest thing that I could say.

On the topic of the SS whine, one big issue is the fact that, according to her report, the other women looked at her. Didn't say anything, just looked. I think that this was a case of the guilty fleeing where nobody was pursuing.

The fashion police don't pursue - they just publish your photo with a big black bar over your faces as a "what not to do" example.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23992 on: October 22, 2013, 07:42:40 PM »
This SS art thief is blaming the Jesus for the paintings hie stole for not putting on alarms. Well, he wouldn't have found that out if he had not stole the paintings would he now?

http://www.news.com.au/world/art-thief-radu-dogaru-wants-to-blame-kunthal-museum-for-not-protecting-masterpieces/story-fndir2ev-1226744901578

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« Reply #23993 on: October 22, 2013, 08:56:05 PM »
The Volvo that made a left turn in front of me, leaving a gas station when I was on the road going straight (they ran a stop sign) - then ran the next stop sign to make a right onto the main road, went over two lanes to make a U-turn to head back 180 degrees the other direction. 

If the Volvo had gone out the other side of the parking lot in a right turn, they would have had a left turn light to make a left turn and end up going the same direction 1/2 block further south....
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« Reply #23994 on: October 23, 2013, 09:21:11 AM »
An SS Parent in Texas has filed a "bullying" complaint after their son's high school football team was on the losing end of a 91-0 game.

The winning team's coach (who is the accused in the bullying complaint) actualy pulled all of his starters early in the game, and even the losing team's coach has come out and said that he disagrees with the complaint.

http://www.kare11.com/news/article/1043566/333/Parent-files-bullying-complaint-after-91-0-football-loss

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« Reply #23995 on: October 23, 2013, 10:56:53 AM »
Katana_geldar wrote:

"This SS art thief is blaming the Jesus for the paintings hie stole for not putting on alarms."

I fully agree that he's trying to push the blame and I hope he gets full justice levied against him, but he does make a good point, in that a museum that doesn't protect its holdings in a reasonable manner is doing its backers a real disservice.  If the art is valuable enough to warrant stealing, then they should really be looking at investing in alarms.

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« Reply #23996 on: October 23, 2013, 10:59:41 AM »
I was horrified to read that the paintings were probably *burned*.  :'(
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« Reply #23997 on: October 23, 2013, 11:15:59 AM »
An SS Parent in Texas has filed a "bullying" complaint after their son's high school football team was on the losing end of a 91-0 game.

The winning team's coach (who is the accused in the bullying complaint) actualy pulled all of his starters early in the game, and even the losing team's coach has come out and said that he disagrees with the complaint.

http://www.kare11.com/news/article/1043566/333/Parent-files-bullying-complaint-after-91-0-football-loss

I saw this on GMA this morning.  Coaches of both teams were shown and there was a discussion.  Everyone agreed that the term 'Bullying' didn't apply in this case. 

Perhaps the teams shouldn't have been playing in the same league but the coaches of the winning
team did everything they could.

  I also learned that some states have rules about stopping a game when the spread becomes impossible.  Unfortunately, Texas doesn't have that rule. 

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« Reply #23998 on: October 23, 2013, 11:16:27 AM »
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blaming the Jesus

Jeepers, that poor guy gets blamed for everything!  :)

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« Reply #23999 on: October 23, 2013, 06:36:00 PM »
She does sound like a piece of work, but I can understand the underlying sentiment.  I spent several years in elementary through middle school refusing to wear flattering-looking or even new clothes, because my school was very homogeneous middle class and I, as a doctor's daughter, got quite a few snotty comments about being the "rich girl" from my peers.  This is despite my parents taking a fantastic attitude about money (we never knew how much dad earned, we always had enough for what we needed and a smattering of what we wanted but we were by no means spoiled, and my parents were careful to make sure we learned early on to make purchasing decisions based on quality and usefulness and not advertising/peer pressure/brand names/etc.)  I learned to never talk about money, ever, and to lie about how much things cost sometimes because people would judge me for them if I didn't.  (My sister and I shared a new car in high school, for example - we did get a fantastic price because my grandfather was a VP at GM, so the cost of a new car wasn't that much more than a used car.  We paid for gas, but my parents paid for the car.  I told everyone I was putting part of my summer job money toward the car, because that's what all my friends did . . .)

So yeah, long story short, I'm not trying to apologize for her - but I don't think she should have to defend her financial circumstances, either.  I'll admit I'm not comfortable with the tone of some of the comments here, in the "poor little rich girl" vein - she chose an irritating way to express her opinion, and she may well be spoiled/bratty/etc., but bullying about one's financial situation can go both ways.

I can also understand the underlying sentiment, even if the blogger could have phrased herself a little better.

I went to a good school; an all-girls' convent school with a fancy (and expensive) uniform; a school that consistently got (gets) good exam results, and has a waiting list a mile long.  Despite what most people think, there is a lot of variety in terms of student intake. Some students come from extremely wealthy families, some from extremely poor families, and others anywhere in between.
I was raised in a comfortable, middle-class household. I speak "properly", read books, and was treated to all sorts of theatre trips, visits to museums and castles and old houses and historical sites around the UK as a child and well into my teens. But my parents didn't give everything out freely - we were frequently told "no", made to earn things, etc.

Anyway, at school, the "cool" kids were the streetwise ones, the ones with freedom to do as they wanted at home, whose mums were more like friends than parents, etc. Not only this, but the way you talked also influenced how people treated you. To be in with the "cool" kids, you were expected to use urban colloquialisms, and talk as if you were from a sink estate. I think part of it was also the rap/hip-hop etc that some of them were into; something I came to think of (in the latter years of school, due to studying Dickens' "Hard Times" in my English class) as the Josiah Bounderby complex. Basically, the idea that being brought up comfortably/middle class wasn't an achievement, and that you were supposed to have dragged yourself up from the gutter, fighting against the odds to prove yourself. Basically, a contest of who had the hardest life, or something.
As such, it wasn't uncommon to hear girls who lived in nice big houses in the green leafy suburbs, and who would be getting a car for their birthday, talking with a south-of-the-estuary accent, glottal stops and all.

Some of these "cool kids" attempted to give the impression that a comfortable, middle-class, suburban upbringing was something to be ashamed of. (I still don't understand it. Never have done.) Because if you were middle-class, you couldn't be "hard" or street-smart or whatever - the wisdom was, everything was handed to you on a plate, which made you "soft".  ::)
Conversely, doing/attending certain things, made you "posh".

But here's the thing I find interesting.
Some of the people who grow up the most deprived, do their best to ensure their own kids don't grow up the same way. They want to do well so that their kids can go to "good" schools (sometimes private or whatever), have experiences and opportunities they never had. Just look at some of the rappers who grew up in the "ghetto", or Jade Goody (whatever peoples' opinion of her).

The way I see it (the way I've always seen it, really), is that it's sad. Some people become ashamed of how they were brought up, simply because their parents had money or resources, or sent them to private school, or had a nice house. I've known people who felt they had to play down what kind of school they went to, or which area they lived in, because they felt a sense of shame that they personally hadn't had to toil for a comfortable childhood. Some people who grew up in extremely wealthy households, felt the need to distance themselves from that, even to the point of living in squats, in an effort to prove "I'm not just some spoilt rich kid!"