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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24915 on: December 31, 2013, 12:43:34 PM »
proudmama, well done on not engaging the crazy.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24916 on: January 01, 2014, 03:33:36 AM »
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.

That's standard practice in small rural towns in Australia! :)  We tend to generally have quite wide streets, so mates just pull up in the middle to yarn, and the rest of us just go around (unless one of us also pulls up for a quick g'day - not for too long - three abreast is pushing it a bit).  One of the things I love about rural life.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24917 on: January 01, 2014, 06:14:08 AM »
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.

That's standard practice in small rural towns in Australia! :)  We tend to generally have quite wide streets, so mates just pull up in the middle to yarn, and the rest of us just go around (unless one of us also pulls up for a quick g'day - not for too long - three abreast is pushing it a bit).  One of the things I love about rural life.

Yes but the beauty of it is that you *can* go around, 'cos nobody else is going that way!     Got to know your audience, and know your surroundings.   I'd never attempt it in the city.   Back home?  Yep!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24918 on: January 01, 2014, 12:50:23 PM »
I'd like to nominate the guy at the grocery store who, rather than taking his cart back to the store (which would've taken 20 seconds), decided that leaving it in one of the few handicapped parking spots was close enough.   I audibly said "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?", but he didn't even look at me.

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« Reply #24919 on: January 01, 2014, 02:14:03 PM »
Maybe I'm unusual, or (as my wife insists) contrary, but I love finding an empty cart next to (not within) the handicapped space I pull into - or else resting against the "handicapped" signpost in front of the car. Why? Because then I don't have to try to hobble over to the cart corral, or wait for another shopper to emerge so I can beg them for their empty.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24920 on: January 01, 2014, 03:02:55 PM »
Maybe I'm unusual, or (as my wife insists) contrary, but I love finding an empty cart next to (not within) the handicapped space I pull into - or else resting against the "handicapped" signpost in front of the car. Why? Because then I don't have to try to hobble over to the cart corral, or wait for another shopper to emerge so I can beg them for their empty.

I tend to try and leave my shopping cart close to the handicap spaces, for that exact reason - I've seen many many disabled people get out of their cars and be grateful that there was a cart handy to lean on.  (I used to work in a grocery store and one of the jobs I did for awhile was cart roundup in the parking lot.)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24921 on: January 01, 2014, 03:34:25 PM »
Oh yes, "close" to the handicapped spot would've been fine.   But this was right in the middle of the spot, as in a driver would've had to get out of the car first to move the cart before being able to park.

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« Reply #24922 on: January 01, 2014, 04:12:28 PM »
SS police officer and 3 store employees today...

I went to the grocery store to pick up things for dinner.  I left the store, got my little one in the car, loaded his wheelchair and my groceries in the car, got in and started the engine.

The trouble here, is that during all this time, the police officer and store employees were standing in the middle of the parking lot aisle right behind my car, chatting and having a grand old time. This wasn't a problem during the 10 minutes it took to get everything and everybody loaded, but as soon as I turned on my engine and put my car into reverse, they really should have moved.  The didn't.  I waited an additional 5 minutes and was about to get out and ask them to move when another car attempted to drive down the aisle.  They still didn't move, but the other driver laid on his horn and they moved.  I'm about to call the store and complain.
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« Reply #24923 on: January 01, 2014, 04:31:42 PM »
^Yes, they should have moved if they notice you trying of leave, but why did you wait 5 minutes?  Why wouldn't you give a small toot of your horn instead of getting out of the car?  I don't drive so perhaps I'm just missing something? ??? :P

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« Reply #24924 on: January 01, 2014, 04:38:45 PM »
I figured they'd notice that I'd just started the car and move on their own, then it took a minute to get myself ready to drive (seatbelt, making sure the kids were belted in and such), and then I got a text message so I answered it, since I wasn't moving.  When I was done with the text exchange, I was going to get out, but the other driver eliminated the need for me to do so.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24925 on: January 01, 2014, 05:41:28 PM »
The lady at walmart yesterday who pulled into the "entrance" lane to exit, blocking cars trying to get into the parking lot. Then, instead of safely backing up (plenty of room) and getting into the correct lane, she turned right in front of the car in the actual exit lane as they turned left and in front of me as I was correctly turning right. She almost hit 2 other cars as well. Just shook my head as I tried to stop my heart from pounding out of my chest

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24926 on: January 01, 2014, 07:53:50 PM »
SS Driver:

There was a fresh accident on US1 while I was heading home earlier today.  This chunk of the road is three lanes on either side.  The accident took up the middle and left hand lanes.  Most people are carefully merging (and allowing others to merge) into the right lane.  Then SS driver pulls into the far left from WAY back in the line and tries to merge over at the last possible second.  In a show of solidarity, at least 7-8 drivers (that I could tell) refused to let him in.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24927 on: January 01, 2014, 09:59:23 PM »
Doctor's office Tuesday, there are four slots in front of the building, a square two parking spaces wide or one deep where you aren't supposed to park, then five or six more slots parallel to the base of the square (90 degree angle to the other parking spaces). It's an L shape with the square where the two legs of the L come together. 

When I get there, some has parked on the inside of the square, meaning NO ONE can park on the two slots behind them or they will be unable to leave....nobody was SS or dumb enough to park next to them....so basically one car in the wrong place taking up four parking spaces (one actual space and two behind it so that they could get out and the fourth empty one where they would need to go back & forth to work their way gradually out to a point where they could leave.

There was a hedge keeping them from driving off the end of the building....or it might have been slightly easier....

It might be time to get the parking space lines repainted....
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24928 on: January 01, 2014, 10:40:07 PM »
I took the kiddos to the science museum today, and met the SS group that never ends. One of the cool things to do is lie on a bed of nails. You lie down and then push the buttons and the nails rise up under you until you're fully lying on a bed of nails. It blew my 5yo's mind :) As I said, it's very cool, and so it's very popular. When we walked up there was a family ahead of us, and a woman with 2 girls were using the bed. Both girls took their turns, but instead of letting someone else go, they called over some more kids. 2 more kids showed up. Children 3 and 4 took their turns, then girls 1 and 2 went again. Then another adult showed up and took a turn. He was calling over Boy 5 when another adult in their group finally walked up and pointed out the rest of us waiting. Baby kept running off, so I was chasing him, that's why I didn't say anything earlier.

Then there was the precious boy who "was in line." At several different stations this boy cut in front of the line. The adult with him would wander up behind and ask him, "were you here first, or were these other kids here before you?" Every time he claimed to have been there first. Every time the adult with him just kind of shrugged and asked if he was sure. Twice I piped up, "actually these guys were first. The end of the line is right there." Then I got a nasty look and "he said he was here first" from his adult.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24929 on: January 02, 2014, 02:53:46 AM »
I nominate my DH for my New Year's first SS sighting.  We were invited again this year to a lovely party at some friends' townhouse.  They have no children & no pets - and white carpets.  DH told me that our little (13 pound) dog was invited, too.  I know this party has excellent food (it's pot luck) and a lot of people.  I said I thought it might be a bit much for Honey Girl so I would be prepared to take her outside.  I took her for a nice long walk before we left so she piddled and pooped.

It was immediately clear that our hosts had not invited Honey Girl.  They were both gracious, but a bit taken aback.  DH sat down to chat with someone.  I asked him to take HG so I could fill my plate.  He took the leash, but must have let it go as soon as I turned my back because, out of the corner of my eye, I saw HG going for someone's plate of food which they had put down on the carpet.  I grabbed her leash and was temporarily at a loss for what to do next.  Then the wife said she would be more comfortable if HG went out on the patio.  I agreed with her and said I thought HG would be more comfortable there since it wasn't as crowded and I would be more comfortable with her off the white carpet.

HG has not been around that many people (30+) since we rescued her just before Memorial Day 2013.  She wanted to eat the food on the coffee tables.  She was bored sitting while I ate.  I gave her a few dog treats which I brought along for her - chicken jerky is her favorite and that refocused her away from all the food.

DH finally realizes that I'm not in the house, but am out on the patio, and he joins me.  I ask him to hold on to HG so I can get dessert.  The neighborhood cats (both more than 15 pounds each) casually strolled up to the patio entrance which set HG off barking and trying to get loose to chase the cats.  By the time I get back out to the patio, DH is walking to the car with HG.  I run after him and he says HG is being bad, so we have to leave - right now!

I run back inside, make my apologies to the host & hostess (who was hoping I would stay longer as she wanted to introduce me to someone), grab all my stuff & all HG's stuff and my plate of desserts, still untouched.  When I get to the car, DH is frustrated and taking it out on HG who is getting more distraught.  I told him (gently) to take a couple deep breaths and he snaps at me.  I said, "You know you can't calm her down until you calm down."  Eventually he got it and the rest of the ride home was uneventful.  He's still frustrated and says HG embarrassed him.  I just shrugged and said the party was too much for her and the cats were final straw (I swear one wiggled his ears and stuck his tongue out at HG).

I suspect DH knows he shouldn't have brought Honey Girl.  He shouldn't have lied to me and said she was invited when neither of our hosts had invited her.  That really disappoints me.  But the worst SS trait of all - he wanted to do what he wanted.  I guess he thought it would be easier to ask forgiveness than permission, but he didn't apologize to our hosts - or to me.
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