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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25395 on: February 06, 2014, 02:06:38 PM »
One place that I worked would let you wear jeans on Casual Friday if you'd made a charitable donation through the United Way (didn't matter which charity and it could be the minimum - I think $24 a year - $2 a month or $1 a pay period, as we got paid the first & 15th of the month). 

I would have had to BUY jeans to wear to Casual Friday - I think that I did have a denim skirt (you couldn't wear denim to work except on Casual Friday and *if* you'd donated through the United Way, period).  But I rather liked "dressing well" for work instead of wearing jeans & a t-shirt - I wore those at home to clean house or do yard work (when I couldn't get someone else to do the yard work - I'm so allergic to air born pollen that I really hate being outside around plants and have ever since I was about eight).

But there were people who WANTED to wear jeans and a t-shirt (company logo or plain with a pocket - the dress code was spelled out but so many of the co-workers apparently couldn't tell what the words longer than four letters meant).

I guess my declaring the last Friday of every month to be "No-Pants Friday" makes me a SS. Of course, I use that excuse to wear my kilt to work.   ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25396 on: February 06, 2014, 03:13:49 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.  ::)

You're in central FL, right?  I recently moved here and am shocked and horrified by what I see around here, on the daily. Especially when the snow birds are here. *shudder*

Yes, it is very bad here. I think we are a magnet for bad drivers.

A good friend of mine dropped off his daughter at school, then was driving back home. While stopped at the light, a young man in a 4 door compact sedan rear ended friend's pickup. No damage to the pickup, but the car was not drivable.

The young man says to my friend that he was texting, but he was sorry he had hit him. My friend mentioned to him the two pedestrians immediately in front of the pickup, and that had friend not been there, he would have hit the pedestrians.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25397 on: February 06, 2014, 04:30:34 PM »
My sister was at a restaurant. The very elderly owner started having a heart attack. She told me that a tourtist starting snapping pictures of it happening  :o

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25398 on: February 06, 2014, 04:33:34 PM »
DH and I are expecting a boy, the only worries I have is if he grows up to be a teenage boy like this lot.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25399 on: February 06, 2014, 04:34:58 PM »
My sister was at a restaurant. The very elderly owner started having a heart attack. She told me that a tourtist starting snapping pictures of it happening  :o

 :o What on earth? Please tell me some sensible person called emergency services!

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« Reply #25400 on: February 06, 2014, 07:32:37 PM »
I had a rash of snowflakes yesterday at work.

It started off with a tenant who got mad at me because the intercom buttons were cold. Gee, it is 20 degrees out, the buttons are metal, Yep, going to be cold! She got even madder at me when I told her that no, I was not going to figure out how to make them warm.

Later, I had a tenant (different one) call me from the library demanding that I tell the librarian that she can print paperwork for free. I didn’t know that it is my job to make the city library’s rules. I must say that my first thought was Yarnspinner would KILL me if I did that!  For one of the rare times, my brain was working fast and I replied back to her “You want me to tell the librarian that?  I give them a plastic card, they give me books. Not gonna screw my dealer! “ I think it must have come through the phone as I heard a burst of laughter from someone who was with her.


The other fun one I had was an applicant who demanded that I evict someone so that they can have the apartment.  Sorry, I am not going to make someone homeless so that you can have their apartment. I understand that you want a place but people just don’t move once they move in here, I only get 2-3 vacancies a year. Sadly, I get that one at least once a week!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25401 on: February 06, 2014, 10:41:40 PM »
I had a rash of snowflakes yesterday at work.

It started off with a tenant who got mad at me because the intercom buttons were cold. Gee, it is 20 degrees out, the buttons are metal, Yep, going to be cold! She got even madder at me when I told her that no, I was not going to figure out how to make them warm.

Later, I had a tenant (different one) call me from the library demanding that I tell the librarian that she can print paperwork for free. I didn’t know that it is my job to make the city library’s rules. I must say that my first thought was Yarnspinner would KILL me if I did that!  For one of the rare times, my brain was working fast and I replied back to her “You want me to tell the librarian that?  I give them a plastic card, they give me books. Not gonna screw my dealer! “ I think it must have come through the phone as I heard a burst of laughter from someone who was with her.

The other fun one I had was an applicant who demanded that I evict someone so that they can have the apartment.  Sorry, I am not going to make someone homeless so that you can have their apartment. I understand that you want a place but people just don’t move once they move in here, I only get 2-3 vacancies a year. Sadly, I get that one at least once a week!


Wulfie, I would NEVER kill you...but I WILL help you hide the tenant's body.....(yeah, I had a snow day and spent most of it watching a whole bunch of murder mysteries on the DVR.)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25402 on: February 07, 2014, 07:49:50 PM »
Not sure how to describe these but if anyone wants to give a name to some of the snowflakes i've encountered lately... Specialus Snowflakus Michiganus Driverus....

**The drivers who think its fun to tailgate when the weather is bad and more stopping distance is required

**Drivers who insist on driving posting speed limits in very bad conditions (poor visibility, snow, hard rain etc) and give dirty looks to those who prefer to be cautious and/or defensively.

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« Reply #25403 on: February 07, 2014, 08:16:06 PM »
How about the lady in the parking lot at work who came out into the main driveway without looking?  I know the snow banks are big but that means that you should cautiously pull out until you can see.  And you shouldn't have a basket so big that you can't see around it on the front passenger seat!

I mean, she didn't even look and I was right there!  I gave her a very long horn blast; she stopped, I went around her and then she backed up to let the two people who were behind me go.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25404 on: February 07, 2014, 08:24:27 PM »
Not sure how to describe these but if anyone wants to give a name to some of the snowflakes i've encountered lately... Specialus Snowflakus Michiganus Driverus....

**The drivers who think its fun to tailgate when the weather is bad and more stopping distance is required

**Drivers who insist on driving posting speed limits in very bad conditions (poor visibility, snow, hard rain etc) and give dirty looks to those who prefer to be cautious and/or defensively.

The  "the postman" ....Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night ,ice  ,sleet  nor common sense nothing will stop them ....well except that ditch that did it.


 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25405 on: February 07, 2014, 09:22:01 PM »
How about the lady in the parking lot at work who came out into the main driveway without looking?  I know the snow banks are big but that means that you should cautiously pull out until you can see.  And you shouldn't have a basket so big that you can't see around it on the front passenger seat!

I mean, she didn't even look and I was right there!  I gave her a very long horn blast; she stopped, I went around her and then she backed up to let the two people who were behind me go.

Earlier this week I ran out to a store to get something while it was snowing and there was one guy going rather quickly over the wet pavement. I was so glad he was not coming towards me but did one of those pre-emptive cringes when you expect that someone's going to end up regretting their driving choices
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25406 on: February 07, 2014, 09:32:19 PM »
We've had some significant snow yesterday and today (reports say 7 to 8 inches of accumulation). I live in an area that typically gets no more than one snowfall each winter, and this is our second. Understandably, a lot of people are having trouble getting around, because the streets aren't really plowed (the city/state doesn't own an overwhelming amount of equipment, and snow has been falling pretty heavily today anyway), snow tires aren't terribly common and not everyone has chains, and a lot of people just don't really know how to drive in this kind of weather.

So there are a lot of things that could be interpreted as rather snowflakey (pun intended!) that I think most everyone is just tolerating because it's unusual circumstances, and getting out to take care of normal business (like going to work...) is not especially fun or easy in this kind of weather.

But I think the kicker for me today was the car that apparently decided it needed to both get in and then sit in a dedicated bus lane. The bus lane which is dedicated to very large and, in this weather, very crowded buses. On roads which were rather lacking in traction. The car's driver is extremely fortunate that the bus was able to stop before hitting the car, because that would not have ended well.

Fortunately, the bus did stop, the car did move after a few minutes, and we continued on our merry way without any further delays. But that could have been a really bad situation.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25407 on: February 08, 2014, 08:07:56 AM »
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!"

Love this....it's not a tuba. LOL! ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25408 on: February 09, 2014, 12:54:55 PM »
Maybe the bosses that think Jean days/passes are a reward spend a significant amount of time in elementary school staff meetings. I swear my coworkers will do anything for a Jeans Pass - and for a flip flop pass they would kill their own mothers.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25409 on: February 09, 2014, 05:32:45 PM »
A couple instances of special snowflakes seen at two different stores this afternoon.

First store, older supermarket, rather narrow entry way. Come through the outer door, grab a cart, go in through inner doors. Or rather I tried to go through the inner doors. Two special snowflakes right inside the door. One lady had a large cart parked across one side of the entry way. She and another woman were standing beside the cart blocking the other side of the door, talking to each other. There was no going around them.

I waited a couple of seconds for one of them to notice me, but no luck. I said "excuse me". Apprently, didn't hear me. I said "excuse me" again, a bit louder. Finally, one of them noticed me and they moved the cart over enough for me and my cart to squeeze through. I noticed them still in the same spot a few minutes later. 

Parking lot of second store. Lot is pretty standard in the US. Main lane in front of store with parking aisles connecting. Each parking aisle has a stop sign, because the main lane has the right of way. I was in the main lane looking for a parking aisle with open spots. I had a large SUV driving ahead of me.

Lady in one of the side aisles drove up to the stop sign and did not stop. Did not hesitate. Did not do a rolling stop.  Did not seem to see the large SUV heading her way. She kept at the same speed she had been traveling in the parking aisle and drove right across the path of the said large SUV. The SUV driver had to hit his brakes hard to avoid a collision. The aisle lady didn't even seem to register that fact since she just kept on going.