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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25320 on: February 04, 2014, 10:49:49 AM »
Mr. Nutrax used a wheelchair. We found that he was often "invisible" to stroller pushers. I'm not sure what it was, perhaps only looking straight ahead for adults who might be in the way.  In crowded places like a museum or aquarium, he was often banged into. The offender would almost always apologize, saying "I'm sorry. I didn't see you," but it still was surprising that they didn't see him. There were also were toddlers pushing their own strollers, who could not really be expected to look around. A crowded museum is not the place to let a toddler drive alone.

Then there were the snowflakes who would push children in front of Mr. Nutrax at an exhibit, saying something like "my kids need to get in front so they can see." Didn't you notice that your kids are about as tall as someone in a wheelchair who also needs to get in front so he can see?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25321 on: February 04, 2014, 10:55:21 AM »
I walk with a stick and am frequently rammed by strollers and shopping carts. 

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« Reply #25322 on: February 04, 2014, 11:05:07 AM »
I have chronic back issues and frequently use a stick, less frequently use a wheelchair. Many people have no concept of space, and will try to squeeze a cart/stroller/their body through a few inches of space instead of waiting a few seconds.

I gave up my annual pass to Walt Disney World because it is getting worse and my tolerance for being run over is limited.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25323 on: February 04, 2014, 12:20:12 PM »
Yesterday, my region held its annual Free Museum Day. Just about every museum in the area was either free or half-price. The history museum where I volunteer was one of them. Because the crowds are so heavy, we have volunteers all over the place doing traffic control. We don't allow strollers inside on this day, so we set up an attended place outside where you can check your stroller for free. There are also some railings if you want to lock up a bike there.

My role was running a hands-on activity in front of the museum. I happened to look at the front door just as a woman walking a bicycle went right by the volunteer at the door and barged into the museum, bike and all. I got a full view of her arguing with museum staff that she couldn't leave her expensive and wonderful bike, so she absolutely positively had to take it inside the museum with her. 

I thought she had gone away, but about 5 minutes later, one of the student volunteers shyly asked me if it was OK to lock up a bike over there. Same woman. She was in the process of locking her bike to the hand rail on the disabled access ramp, effectively blocking about a third of the ramp, and, of course, blocking access to the hand rail.

She was very annoyed when I told her she absolutely could not put the bike there. She complained that her lock would not go around the fence in the stroller parking area (really? then how did those other bikes get looked up there?). She finally and huffily agreed to put her bike in the appropriate place, although she was sure I was just picking on her.

I don't get people like this: who believe their convenience trumps the safety of others. I guess as long as it doesn't affect them, they don't care. I guess that's the definitive trait of an SS: a lack of awareness that there are other people on the planet.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25324 on: February 04, 2014, 04:13:56 PM »
Yesterday I was driving along a major road at peak hour, and noticed it was even more congested than usual.  The reason why became apparent when I came upon the car stopped in the lane with its hazard lights flashing and people having to go around it.  Poor guy, what a place to break down.  The driver was talking on the phone...no worries, probably calling the breakdown service. 

But then, in my rear vision mirror, I saw the hazard lights stop flashing, and the car start driving merrily down the road like nothing had happened.

The driver had apparently blocked a lane of traffic at peak hour to take a phone call.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25325 on: February 04, 2014, 04:22:31 PM »
Then there were the snowflakes who would push children in front of Mr. Nutrax at an exhibit, saying something like "my kids need to get in front so they can see." Didn't you notice that your kids are about as tall as someone in a wheelchair who also needs to get in front so he can see?
That's stupid, if kids are that small you can hold them up.

There's an SS old lady who lives in our building. DH says an ambulance came one, and he heard them say as we were coming down the stairs to use the ambulance to call it for emergencies only.

The other day she blocked the driveway to our very small parking lot. The grounds keeping people were here and she stopped her car on the driveway and got out to talk to them, all the whole was someone directly behind her trying to get in. He had to convince her to get back into her car.

Another time I've seen her attempt to drive in while someone is coming out. There only really room for one car at a time to go in and out so her response was to drive up close and beep her horn.  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25326 on: February 04, 2014, 04:28:52 PM »
The stories about the strollers triggered these memories...

I used to play a Bb bass in a brass band.  This is an enormous instrument, bigger than a tuba.  He (his name was Arnie, after the esteemed former governor of California) lived in a hard plastic case, with two little wheels like a suitcase.  The whole shebang was about 1.5 metres long, 70cm wide and weighed nearly 20kg.  Maneuverable he was not.

Many and vivid are the memories of trying to make my way along crowded footpaths to the band mustering point, towing Arnie.  Conversations usually went something like this...

ME; Excuse me, can I get past please?
THEM; blank stare.
ME; Excuse me please?
THEM; shuffle one step to the left when I need them to move two metres to the right.
ME; Can you move over further please?  That gap is not big enough, I'll hit you if I try to get through there.
THEM; blank stare.  Move another half step.

Repeat every couple of metres.

Inside my head I was screaming, "LOOK AT WHAT I'M TOWING, YOU MORON!  Arnie and I could crush you like a bug meeting a freight train!  I am giving you three seconds to get out of my way BEFORE I MOW YOU DOWN WHERE YOU STAND!"

Fortunately etiquette won.  But it took self control.   

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25327 on: February 04, 2014, 04:38:09 PM »
I just remembered this one:  We took our little one to see the Santa Clause parade back in December.  In-laws, and DH found a spot where it was *only* 3 people deep.  :P  So they're standing there, and a family (several adults) wends their way through the crowd. 

The family didn't say "excuse me", just used their hands to gently move people out of the way.  The in-laws thought the family wanted to cross the street, so they moved back half a step to make room. Since we're in this thread, you know what happened.  The family stopped right in front of my family.  They just wanted to get as close to the front of the crowd as possible, and didn't even notice/care that they stopped in front of other people and blocked the view.  My in-laws were not impressed, and neither was my DH, who had to boost our little one onto his shoulders for the length of the parade just so she could see the floats.

 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25328 on: February 04, 2014, 04:54:29 PM »
My family camped out at the Opera house from 1pm one NYE. We were right near the railing so had good views of he fireworks. Never again, everything is so overpriced, the sun is awful and you're sleeping on concrete all day and then it's impossible to get home. But by midnight we were fighting for space with people who decided to encroach on our spit that we'd Ben guarding for 11 hours. My dad threatened to throw one guys camera into the harbour if he dared take another step.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25329 on: February 04, 2014, 04:57:02 PM »
I used to play a Bb bass in a brass band.  This is an enormous instrument, bigger than a tuba.  He (his name was Arnie, after the esteemed former governor of California) lived in a hard plastic case, with two little wheels like a suitcase.  The whole shebang was about 1.5 metres long, 70cm wide and weighed nearly 20kg.  Maneuverable he was not.

That's such a great name for a Bb bass.  Because then, if somebody is looking at it and is puzzled, and says, "Is that a tuba?" you can say, in a perfect Arnold voice, "It's not a tuba!"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25330 on: February 04, 2014, 05:07:45 PM »
On the way home tonight, I noticed the driver in the car in front of me doing something not required (or suggested) while driving.

First, applying blush/powder. Then eye shadow. Then mascara.  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25331 on: February 04, 2014, 05:46:29 PM »
I used to play a Bb bass in a brass band.  This is an enormous instrument, bigger than a tuba.  He (his name was Arnie, after the esteemed former governor of California) lived in a hard plastic case, with two little wheels like a suitcase.  The whole shebang was about 1.5 metres long, 70cm wide and weighed nearly 20kg.  Maneuverable he was not.

That's such a great name for a Bb bass.  Because then, if somebody is looking at it and is puzzled, and says, "Is that a tuba?" you can say, in a perfect Arnold voice, "It's not a tuba!"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25332 on: February 04, 2014, 05:52:42 PM »
Mr. Nutrax used a wheelchair. We found that he was often "invisible" to stroller pushers. I'm not sure what it was, perhaps only looking straight ahead for adults who might be in the way.  In crowded places like a museum or aquarium, he was often banged into. The offender would almost always apologize, saying "I'm sorry. I didn't see you," but it still was surprising that they didn't see him. There were also were toddlers pushing their own strollers, who could not really be expected to look around. A crowded museum is not the place to let a toddler drive alone.

Then there were the snowflakes who would push children in front of Mr. Nutrax at an exhibit, saying something like "my kids need to get in front so they can see." Didn't you notice that your kids are about as tall as someone in a wheelchair who also needs to get in front so he can see?

I've had people run into my massive double pram and claim they didn't see it. Not only is it massive but it's bright red! I swear some people just don't bother looking. The amount if times I've had to suddenly stop because someone had walked in front of me is amazing. Of course if I didn't stop quick enough and ran into them it would be all my fault of course.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25333 on: February 04, 2014, 06:03:45 PM »
We had someone run an extra large stop sign into our bright red car.

He claimed that because his wife had left him, he was driving fast (in a relatively undeveloped area on the edge of town with dirt roads and paved roads) and seeing everything through a haze of red.

The cop ticketed him as the vegetation had been trimmed back earlier that week (part of why it was an extra large stop sign in that location).  He sold his house and moved before we could get him to pay for the repairs to the vehicle though - no insurance and we didn't have uninsured motorist coverage at the time.  We had it in place three days later, but it was too late to cover that accident....

I have seen a lot of people who have started ignoring "red" because there is so much "red" in the environment now - it used to be rare and attention getting in a natural setting.  With fire engines, brake lights, traffic signs, traffic lights, store signs, vehicles, and the multitude of other things now that are some shade of red, it's like we just can't pick out one red object from the 50 or so vying for attention. 

Which makes it sad that red no longer works as a warning signal to our hard wiring, at least not for everyone.

Granted, some people are more easily overwhelmed than others by competing bids for attention.

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I've seen some people use flags or floating balloons tied to toddlers, strollers, and wheelchairs that take something up to where a head would be for an adult of average height, in an attempt to make the toddler, stroller, or wheelchair just a little more visible, especially in a crowd.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25334 on: February 04, 2014, 06:34:32 PM »
I admit I'm kind of cringing at the "mowing over" stories cause my 11 year old has still not quite grasped that it's not only terribly rude to push past people but could also be dangerous for either himself or someone else.   If I'm able to (as in not holding/restraining the two year old) I will hold the middle pirate back but I'm not always able to. 

We're still working on it. 
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