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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24900 on: December 26, 2013, 12:49:02 PM »
The usher next to my mom at church Christmas Eve.  Ushers are typically supposed to help people find seats until until the Gospel or so at our church.  Mainly because sometimes it's easier to find groups of empty seats once people sit down.  We came in, couldn't find 3 seats together and my mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad and I saw one seat empty and told her to sit down, we'd stand in the back with a boatload of other people.  My mom made the comment to the man sitting next to her "Wow, they need some ushers at this mass..." He said "Oh, I'm an usher tonight.....I just didn't feel like doing it.  I deserve MY Christmas too."   :o :o :o

Um, no.  Being an usher is voluntary.  If you sign up, you do it.  If you don't want to, no one is forcing you - take your name off the list.  But signing up and then not doing it....not an option.  Oy.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24901 on: December 26, 2013, 01:01:24 PM »
A few weeks ago I went to the Opry at the Ryman in Nashville with a friend. We were seated about 10' from the stage and 20' from the performers. We arrived on time and took our seats while the seats in front of us remained empty. 15 minutes into the performance a couple arrived and was seated directly in front of us. They would not stop laughing, waving or talking at full volume and even mocked the performers on stage! At one point an older lady in front of them shushed them and the female of the couple mocked her and mimed pouring beer on her. 50 minutes into the performance out of a 2 hour show their friends arrived and were only a little quieter. I was having trouble watching the show with all the commotion and so I found an usher during intermission. The usher called the head of security who said they take these things VERY seriously and would talk to them.

The group got a very stern lecture and a warning they would be tossed over one more complaint. They asked the woman in front if she had complained and she said no. My friend and I were discussing work things and the female turned around and started drunkenly interrogating us about where we were from and what we were doing. She was the kind of drunk person who is impossible to get to be quiet if they get on a roll and we just kind of looked at her quizzically. When intermission ended their behavior improved a little, but it was impossible to get out of the pew to find the usher again.

The Opry is NOT your typical rock concert where this behavior is tolerated or even condoned. Two of the performers had been Opry members for over 35 years and one group was making their debut.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24902 on: December 26, 2013, 01:34:26 PM »
The usher next to my mom at church Christmas Eve.  Ushers are typically supposed to help people find seats until until the Gospel or so at our church.  Mainly because sometimes it's easier to find groups of empty seats once people sit down.  We came in, couldn't find 3 seats together and my mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad and I saw one seat empty and told her to sit down, we'd stand in the back with a boatload of other people.  My mom made the comment to the man sitting next to her "Wow, they need some ushers at this mass..." He said "Oh, I'm an usher tonight.....I just didn't feel like doing it.  I deserve MY Christmas too."   :o :o :o

Um, no.  Being an usher is voluntary.  If you sign up, you do it.  If you don't want to, no one is forcing you - take your name off the list.  But signing up and then not doing it....not an option.  Oy.

Wow!! I agree, when one signs up to be an usher they have to understand sometimes they're going to be assigned for a holiday service!  Even when we have children serve as ushers they're more responsible than that guy!  :o
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24903 on: December 26, 2013, 03:20:33 PM »
Aloha HorseFreak;

My husband and I were in Nashville earlier this year.  I attended a professional conference and DH, who is a blues DJ, immersed himself in the Nashville music scene.  He was able to tour the Ryman and take some pictures.  He told me all about it and was only sorry that there were no concerts scheduled during our all-too-brief visit.

Based on that, I would say that the seeing country music performed live in the Ryman is a type of religious experience which should receive the same respect one would give to a church service, albeit with applause at the appropriate times.

We are looking forward to visiting Nashville again, but next time we'll plan to spend more time there.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24904 on: December 26, 2013, 05:12:18 PM »
The usher next to my mom at church Christmas Eve.  Ushers are typically supposed to help people find seats until until the Gospel or so at our church.  Mainly because sometimes it's easier to find groups of empty seats once people sit down.  We came in, couldn't find 3 seats together and my mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad and I saw one seat empty and told her to sit down, we'd stand in the back with a boatload of other people.  My mom made the comment to the man sitting next to her "Wow, they need some ushers at this mass..." He said "Oh, I'm an usher tonight.....I just didn't feel like doing it.  I deserve MY Christmas too."   :o :o :o

Um, no.  Being an usher is voluntary.  If you sign up, you do it.  If you don't want to, no one is forcing you - take your name off the list.  But signing up and then not doing it....not an option.  Oy.
No kidding!  In my parish, before the holidays, they'll put out sign up sheets for each service (door greeters, ushers, servers, readers, EMHCs).  You sign up (deliberately) for the service in which you wish according to the role that you've been trained on.  Now I suppose if we didn't have enough people for a given role sign up, a person who is known to be trained for the role who is present might be asked to do the particular duty.  Not that we've had a problem with a shortage of people signing up.  But if you really want to just enjoy "your Christmas", the answers are either a) don't sign up at all or b) sign up for one Mass and perform the duty in question and then attend another Mass to just "enjoy your Christmas".   




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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24905 on: December 26, 2013, 06:09:24 PM »
The usher next to my mom at church Christmas Eve.  Ushers are typically supposed to help people find seats until until the Gospel or so at our church.  Mainly because sometimes it's easier to find groups of empty seats once people sit down.  We came in, couldn't find 3 seats together and my mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad and I saw one seat empty and told her to sit down, we'd stand in the back with a boatload of other people.  My mom made the comment to the man sitting next to her "Wow, they need some ushers at this mass..." He said "Oh, I'm an usher tonight.....I just didn't feel like doing it.  I deserve MY Christmas too."   :o :o :o

Um, no.  Being an usher is voluntary.  If you sign up, you do it.  If you don't want to, no one is forcing you - take your name off the list.  But signing up and then not doing it....not an option.  Oy.

Wow!! I agree, when one signs up to be an usher they have to understand sometimes they're going to be assigned for a holiday service!  Even when we have children serve as ushers they're more responsible than that guy!  :o

I really can't figure out how someone can be entitled enough to think "I'm not going to do thing I voluntarily signed up for because it's my Christmas too."

If it's such an imposition, hows about you just don't sign up?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24906 on: December 26, 2013, 06:44:10 PM »
The usher next to my mom at church Christmas Eve.  Ushers are typically supposed to help people find seats until until the Gospel or so at our church.  Mainly because sometimes it's easier to find groups of empty seats once people sit down.  We came in, couldn't find 3 seats together and my mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad and I saw one seat empty and told her to sit down, we'd stand in the back with a boatload of other people.  My mom made the comment to the man sitting next to her "Wow, they need some ushers at this mass..." He said "Oh, I'm an usher tonight.....I just didn't feel like doing it.  I deserve MY Christmas too."   :o :o :o

Um, no.  Being an usher is voluntary.  If you sign up, you do it.  If you don't want to, no one is forcing you - take your name off the list.  But signing up and then not doing it....not an option.  Oy.

Wow!! I agree, when one signs up to be an usher they have to understand sometimes they're going to be assigned for a holiday service!  Even when we have children serve as ushers they're more responsible than that guy!  :o

I really can't figure out how someone can be entitled enough to think "I'm not going to do thing I voluntarily signed up for because it's my Christmas too."

If it's such an imposition, hows about you just don't sign up?

I guess there's the chance someone else signed him up, but he's an adult, he could have approached the person making the schedule and said "Look, someone volunteered me without checking with me first, could you take my name off the list?"

Or there's the chance I suppose that he got shanghai'd into it.  As in "Oops! The one who volunteered to do this got sick and isn't coming to the service, we need an usher!" and someone said "Oh he'll do it" and he didn't feel he could argue right then and there.

All guesses and none excuse the behavior, just considering possibilities other than one signing up and then refusing.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24907 on: December 26, 2013, 07:30:33 PM »
The usher next to my mom at church Christmas Eve.  Ushers are typically supposed to help people find seats until until the Gospel or so at our church.  Mainly because sometimes it's easier to find groups of empty seats once people sit down.  We came in, couldn't find 3 seats together and my mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad and I saw one seat empty and told her to sit down, we'd stand in the back with a boatload of other people.  My mom made the comment to the man sitting next to her "Wow, they need some ushers at this mass..." He said "Oh, I'm an usher tonight.....I just didn't feel like doing it.  I deserve MY Christmas too."   :o :o :o

Um, no.  Being an usher is voluntary.  If you sign up, you do it.  If you don't want to, no one is forcing you - take your name off the list.  But signing up and then not doing it....not an option.  Oy.

Wow!! I agree, when one signs up to be an usher they have to understand sometimes they're going to be assigned for a holiday service!  Even when we have children serve as ushers they're more responsible than that guy!  :o

I really can't figure out how someone can be entitled enough to think "I'm not going to do thing I voluntarily signed up for because it's my Christmas too."

If it's such an imposition, hows about you just don't sign up?

There you go introducing logic into the situation....:)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24908 on: December 27, 2013, 01:42:22 AM »
The usher next to my mom at church Christmas Eve.  Ushers are typically supposed to help people find seats until until the Gospel or so at our church.  Mainly because sometimes it's easier to find groups of empty seats once people sit down.  We came in, couldn't find 3 seats together and my mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad and I saw one seat empty and told her to sit down, we'd stand in the back with a boatload of other people.  My mom made the comment to the man sitting next to her "Wow, they need some ushers at this mass..." He said "Oh, I'm an usher tonight.....I just didn't feel like doing it.  I deserve MY Christmas too."   :o :o :o

Um, no.  Being an usher is voluntary.  If you sign up, you do it.  If you don't want to, no one is forcing you - take your name off the list.  But signing up and then not doing it....not an option.  Oy.

Wow!! I agree, when one signs up to be an usher they have to understand sometimes they're going to be assigned for a holiday service!  Even when we have children serve as ushers they're more responsible than that guy!  :o

I really can't figure out how someone can be entitled enough to think "I'm not going to do thing I voluntarily signed up for because it's my Christmas too."

If it's such an imposition, hows about you just don't sign up?

There you go introducing logic into the situation....:)

Well if he were also breaking wind a lot I might wonder if he wasn't the BIL from the "It's my Christmas too" thread in "Families and Children" in the main folder

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24909 on: December 27, 2013, 10:45:19 AM »
MissRose wrote:

"If adults are in need of help, they need to ask not steal from the collection baskets and/or purses."

The mistake you're making is thinking that those stealing from the church are people in need of help.  Sometimes they're just thieves taking advantage of the goodwill and trust often found in churches to get more.  Not everyone has the moral character to feel guilty about stealing in a church, and such people find churches to be easy pickings.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24910 on: December 27, 2013, 10:52:56 AM »
Yup.  The secretary at my parents' home church stole thousands of dollars from the church office as she had unfettered access to the safe where the collection plates were stored before the treasury committee arrived on Monday morning to count and deposit the previous day's collections. 

This was a few years ago and the same  town just had another instance where a janitor did just about the same thing to another church.

MissRose wrote:

"If adults are in need of help, they need to ask not steal from the collection baskets and/or purses."

The mistake you're making is thinking that those stealing from the church are people in need of help.  Sometimes they're just thieves taking advantage of the goodwill and trust often found in churches to get more.  Not everyone has the moral character to feel guilty about stealing in a church, and such people find churches to be easy pickings.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24911 on: December 27, 2013, 01:00:09 PM »
The usher next to my mom at church Christmas Eve.  Ushers are typically supposed to help people find seats until until the Gospel or so at our church.  Mainly because sometimes it's easier to find groups of empty seats once people sit down.  We came in, couldn't find 3 seats together and my mom wasn't feeling well, so my dad and I saw one seat empty and told her to sit down, we'd stand in the back with a boatload of other people.  My mom made the comment to the man sitting next to her "Wow, they need some ushers at this mass..." He said "Oh, I'm an usher tonight.....I just didn't feel like doing it.  I deserve MY Christmas too."   :o :o :o

Um, no.  Being an usher is voluntary.  If you sign up, you do it.  If you don't want to, no one is forcing you - take your name off the list.  But signing up and then not doing it....not an option.  Oy.

Wow!! I agree, when one signs up to be an usher they have to understand sometimes they're going to be assigned for a holiday service!  Even when we have children serve as ushers they're more responsible than that guy!  :o

I really can't figure out how someone can be entitled enough to think "I'm not going to do thing I voluntarily signed up for because it's my Christmas too."

If it's such an imposition, hows about you just don't sign up?

I guess there's the chance someone else signed him up, but he's an adult, he could have approached the person making the schedule and said "Look, someone volunteered me without checking with me first, could you take my name off the list?"


Actually, there's a pretty good chance that happened.  I know someone whose wife volunteers him for EVERYTHING at their church.  Door greeter, usher, Sunday morning coffee/donut committee, sound equipment technician, working shifts for special events, working as a server for the women's luncheons, and on and on.  She ignores his repeated requests that she stop doing this to him, so he shows up and does the worst, laziest job possible.  It's like a super-PA revenge.  She wants him to do all of these things so they look like they're "movers and shakers" in the church, but he messes that up for her by being over the top incompetent.

You might ask, why can't SHE do any of these things, instead of volunteering her husband? She says it's because she has to take care of their young children while they're at church. And no, she doesn't volunteer to work in the church nursery.  It's "too stressful."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24912 on: December 27, 2013, 05:03:19 PM »
Sounds like they end up making themselves look utterly ridiculous.

I admit I don't volunteer much in the nursery because my older two still need a bit more guidance in church etiquette.  (As in not bickering with each other and at least pretending they're paying attention to what's going on) And I don't want to shove that responsibility off on someone else.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24913 on: December 29, 2013, 11:16:14 PM »
found two special snowflakes on my way home!

I was walking in the store parking lot when i saw two cars... in the lane people use to drive in. and they were quite near the enterance/exit of the parking lot. They were parked there, talking to each other. In order to exit the parking lot from that entrance/exit, they had to swerve around the two snowflake drivers in the lanes!

I wondered where they had moved to. They used to live near me and block roads all the time as they drove along side by side talking to each other.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24914 on: December 31, 2013, 12:05:57 PM »
The lady I ran into at the bakery definitely qualifies as a special snowflake.  The bakery that I go to is in a strip mall with about 20 other stores.  The parking lot is huge.  I don't think I've ever seen it more than 1/4 full.  The parking lot has angled parking and it is clearly marked that the traffic direction is one way down each lane.  I pulled into the lane in front of the bakery.  There were a few spots open in the front and I was going to pull into one of those, but before I could do that, a woman driving in the wrong direction, starts beeping her horn and frantically pointing to those spots.  I just drove down the lane and parked a little further down.  Because of the angle of the parking spots, she had a really hard time pulling into the space.  She had to back up many, many times. 

I walked into the bakery and got on a pretty long line.  4 or 5 people walked in after me and got on line.  She walks in and starts telling the people in back of me that she should be in front of me because she was in the parking lot first and that I should have held her place.  One of the guys started laughing and told her that maybe if she drove the right way down the lanes, she would not have to spend 10 minutes trying to park her car and to get in the back of the line where she belongs.  She kept muttering loud enough for everyone to hear that she should be in front of me.  When it was my turn, she tried to call out what she wanted when I was asked what I wanted.  The person helping me smiled and asked me what I needed.  I got my order and left, as she was still muttering how we were all some very not nice things.