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Sundae 11-09-2008 07:21 PM

Just found out that the General Manager of the White House really is called Randy Bumgardener.

You have no idea how funny I find that name.
If I heard someone was called Mistress Fanny Cum-Hair Schlocomb it would not be any funnier (although it would be odd as it was a fictional character me and a friend made up who spoke in innuendo).

Pie 11-10-2008 06:52 PM

This comment made me laugh. I found it on MeFi, in an article about queuing.
Quote:

Except in pubs, people seem to form queues spontaneously at shops, cash machines (ATMs) or anywhere else they have to wait.

There's generally a queue in the pub as well, its just an invisible one in everyone's head.

Queuing is definitely part of the national psyche here. People moan about kids not being brought up badly and not queuing properly but that's just kids being kids and it's always happened.

I can't fucking stand queue jumpers though. In fact, the only time I can remember even coming close to being involved in physical violence in recent years was over some queue jumping.

The story is a bit long, but it probably helps build a picture of attitudes to queueing here in the UK:

If you ever want to see British queuing at its best, go to Victoria Station in London during the rush hour and watch the people filter out of the station and queue for the buses - long snaking queues stretching patiently across the concourse, some with gaps in to allow buses (and people) to go through.

Except, that is, when the Underground Train drivers are on strike. When that happens, every single Tube commuter tries to use the buses instead, and a significant portion seem to decide that the queues obviously don't apply to them because their journey is far more important and must be completed RIGHT NOW!!!11ONEONE.

In other words, they become queue jumpers.

Queue jumpers are generally a weasily and cowardly lot who like to pick on the weak. In contrast, I'm a big stocky bloke with a shaven head. It doesn't matter that on the inside I'm a nerdy bloke who generally wouldn't hurt a fly, when John McQueuejump skulks into view he generally scurries quickly past me avoiding my gaze and looks for better prey.

This was exactly what happened one day, when I found myself part of the aforementioned queuing at Victoria during a Tube Strike.

A suited, and obviously late, business man bustled up from the closed tube entrance, took one look at the queue and then sighed. I was ten feet away from him virtually at the front of the queue, and from that moment I knew he was going to queuejump.

And queue jump he did. He walked to the front, carried on walking past the various blokes and was about to push in ahead of a lady with a push chair who was two people in front of me when he suddenly realised I was looking straight at him with that most dreaded of English expressions - RAISED EYEBROWS (dun dun dun!).

He changed his mind, lowered his gaze and walked quickly past me before cutting back in line ahead of the old lady directly behind me.

I turned round and said, politely, that there was a queue here and that perhaps he'd missed it.

"I'm in a Hurry." He said.

I pointed out that a lot of people in the queue were in a hurry but they seemed to recognise the need to queue, so maybe he should consider heading to the back of it.

"Mind your own fucking business." He said.

Well obviously I did the only sensible thing a man can do in that situation.

I turned to the old lady behind him, smiled sweetly at her and said:

"Would you like to go in front of me madam?"

And she did, the queuejumper being forced to shuffle back as I did to let her in.

Then i turned to the bloke who had been behind her, and said to him:

"Want to go in front of me mate?"

And he did as well.

In fact, the next sixty or seventy or so people all replied in the affirmative as well, and slowly but surely I (and the queuejumper) shuffled further and further back the line until we reached the end of the line and the end of our strange comedic queue-based dance, me holding eye contact with him the whole time.

By the time we got there he was furious, but was still unwilling to risk saying something to me.

Then as the bus finally pulled up, from the front, came a shout. It was the old lady who I'd first let in front of me.

"Young man! Do you want to go in front of me?!"

"That would be lovelly - thanks!" I shouted back, still holding eye contact with the queuejumper. I shot him my warmest (and smuggest) smile...

...and suddenly he snapped.

With a roar of primaeval anger he lunged at me, fist swinging. Luckily I'm quicker than I look and managed to sidestep just in time. His swing whistled past my nose, missing by milimetres. Overbalanced and unable to stop, he tumbled arse-over-tit onto the ground as everyone looked on in a mixture of shock and amusement.

As he fell I felt a strong but firm hand on my shoulder and turned to see a member of the London Constabulary there with a huge grin on his face. Him and his partner had been watching amused from a distance as the whole scene had unfolded.

"You want to press charges?" He said, laughing.

"Nah." I replied, "Not fucking worth it."

"Fair enough," He said, "You better go get your bus. Don't worry about tosspot here - we'll make sure he won't forget today in a hurry anyway."

"I fucking HATE queue jumpers" His partner muttered, as he held the guy down on the ground. "Should be a law against it..."

lumberjim 11-10-2008 07:04 PM

sounds like something lookout123 would do. (the protagonist's part, i mean)

ZenGum 11-10-2008 08:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sundae Girl (Post 502750)
Just found out that the General Manager of the White House really is called Randy Bumgardener.

You have no idea how funny I find that name.


Yes I do.


:lol2:

Do you have a link for that?

Pie ... :lol2: 2

xoxoxoBruce 11-10-2008 11:20 PM

That's Sheldon's alias. ;)

Cicero 11-11-2008 09:39 AM

lol! I love the queue jump story! I am never rude in public until someone does it to me. The last person that did that in a grocery store line had me and my best friend behind him. An event he will probably never forget. Not the two ladies to cut in front of I assure you.....lol! We don't even have to discuss it, we can go straight from polite and friendly, to make your day fucked, in two seconds. That guy got a report on why it wouldn't be important, for him specifically, to get anywhere...We let him go ahead, but the kicker was, he had to hear us the whoooole time....Things in that grocery line got quite loud, and despite his half attentive excuses, things just got louder.


Anyway. What I'm happy about today? I have the day off, and my test results for the blood work that was done came back normal. The chances of my lump being, non-cancerous are good, so yea!! I think I'm going to end up with a clean bill of health! Yea!!!

lookout123 11-11-2008 10:00 AM

We won our championship game last night. A bunch of us 30++ weekend warriors battled our asses off against a local college team and came away with a 1 point victory. I didn't get my usual goal and 2 assists in this game as I was tasked with last man duties the whole game, but my body held together and I did my job. :D

Pie 11-11-2008 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cicero (Post 503100)
...my test results for the blood work that was done came back normal. The chances of my lump being, non-cancerous are good, so yea!! I think I'm going to end up with a clean bill of health! Yea!!!

:jig: I'm so happy to hear it, Cic!

limey 11-11-2008 04:39 PM

WOOT Cic!

DanaC 11-11-2008 05:36 PM

*smiles* good stuff. Cic.


Two things are making me happy today:

a) I have recovered from a very nasty stomach bug that started on sunday evening. Approx. 26 hours of vomiting (and I mean about 1 to 3 times an hour with a couple of breaks of an hour or two, for the entire 26 hours.) followed by a day recovering. I now feel pretty groovy and have eaten yet more soup! (God bless Heinz tomato soup, verily it is the miracle soup).

b) Perry's MA. I am really happy about that.

Juniper 11-11-2008 08:16 PM

Oh, poor Dana. I know quite well what that bug does to you. So glad it's over for you.

Sundae 11-11-2008 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZenGum (Post 503001)
Do you have a link for that?

Here - well it's good enough evidence for me anyway.

Cicero that's great news, very happy for you.

Dana - I've just got over gastro-enteritis myself, although mine was in the opposite direction. Good news is I lost 10lbs, I doubt that would be a bonus for you though! Bad news is I still can't break wind with any confidence. Something I think Diz is pleased about though.

Shawnee123 11-12-2008 07:41 AM

Sooooo glad to hear your good news, Cicero! :)

Juniper 11-12-2008 02:13 PM

Free at last... :)

I took my final exam in British Lit today. No more "hot Yorkshire guy" as Bri referred to him. Or something like that. :) I can live without him, thanks. So our test covered Othello, King Lear, and some Sidney/Surrey/Spencer sonnets. <---ooh, alliteration! I dunno how I did, but I wrote a lot. :)

I'm to the point in that class where I figure I haven't got much to lose. Either I'll totally ace the thing and get an A for the term, or do not-so-hot and end up with a B. So I decided to have fun with it and compared Edgar in King Lear with Bart Simpson.

Yup, that's right. Edgar said something like....oh, how'd it go... "the worst is not, so long as we can say, "This is the worst." I figure what this means is, as long as I'm not dead, there's always the potential for something even worse than this to happen. (What a bright and sunny philosophy, hm?)

There's this scene in the Simpsons Movie where Bart is standing in the middle of town naked and people are laughing at him. Bart says, "this is the worst day of my life." Homer adds: "Worst day of your life so far."

I hope Mr. Yorkshire Dude has seen the Simpsons. :)

Well, it was fun anyway. And I'm DONE whoo hoo.

Two more exams to go. History and Poetry.

Got another bit of happy news. Had a chat with my history teacher, discussing my concerns for the final (I'm right on that line between an A and a B...) The final is at 8:30 a.m. and I had no idea how I was going to make it there, seeing as how my kid doesn't even get on the bus till 8:20 on a normal day, and on that day they're going in an hour late! But he said, no problem, just show up at 10:30 instead. Yippee!

I am going to be SO glad when this quarter is over.

Adding a "doh" to this... (Simpsons reference, LOL) I got back a short paper I'd written for Brit Lit and I can't believe that I wrote that a sonnet has 4 quatrains. Good grief, I knew better than that. Must've been one of those 2 a.m. projects. I gotta stop doing that, or at least drink less while I'm doing it!

Trilby 11-12-2008 02:19 PM

ah, so long hot Yorkshire guy. And, mama, he IS hot. Sounds like he's on your nerves, though. Yeah, even hot guys get on the nerves, don't they? Somewhere somebody has to put up with his shit.

I have my last poetry class with that guy and he is gonna bring wine. I'm coming fortified with cheese and cake and...and...a starbucks, prolly. No vino for this bambino. DAMMIT!

Juniper 11-12-2008 02:24 PM

Yeah, but you'll bring the whine.

Just kidding. ;)

Trilby 11-12-2008 02:26 PM

I'm no party pooper, Missy. He took a vote and I said, sure! Bring it! coz i don't rain on nobodys but nobodys parade.

am saint, that way. :blush:

DanaC 11-12-2008 03:03 PM

@ Lookout: oh I just read about your glorious victory! Sorry i missed that when I read the page earlier. Congrats to youse:)

Aliantha 11-12-2008 03:26 PM

I'm happy that my boys seem so contented to be home. They bring with them so much joy. I'm a lucky woman.

Cicero 11-12-2008 06:35 PM

Heh.

I'm just here to scowl at the happy. ;)

No srsly, glad things are awesome everyone. Thanks for the support you have shown lately!! You guys are neat-o!!

DanaC 11-12-2008 06:56 PM

Don't scowl....noooo....happy happy joy joy only here please :)

sweetwater 11-12-2008 08:13 PM

I watched a large group of riders working their cutting horses today. All those athletic and agile animals working the cattle, and I enjoyed every one of them - horses and cowboys. :)

HungLikeJesus 11-12-2008 08:48 PM

You're going to be sore tomorrow.

Sundae 11-13-2008 12:25 AM

I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here starts Sunday.
And a new series of the IT Crowd.

And Diz is curled up around my foot (about to be disturbed as I need to go for a wee, hence posting this first)

Shawnee123 11-13-2008 08:24 AM

Almost end of my 4th week here.

I LOVE IT HERE. I really do. It's a whole other world.

I hear they hired my replacement, hope that works out for them.

I LOVE IT HERE AND I GET PAID AGAIN TOMORROW.

Wait, I'm too happy...let's see, how can I eff this up? ;)

Cicero 11-13-2008 09:07 AM

Awesome! Shaw!

That's just awesome! I remember when the last people (job) almost made you cry. That pissed me off. Glad to see things changing for the beettter!! Woo-hoo!

Shawnee123 11-13-2008 09:43 AM

Thanks!

I hear they're like rats leaving the sinking ship there now. I feel badly for them but I'm glad I was among the first of the rats.

Yeah, that job was killing me and I cried A LOT! :blush: I do miss my buddies, though.

skysidhe 11-13-2008 09:49 AM

I am happy for you! For your new job.

Shawnee123 11-13-2008 09:52 AM

Thanks sky! :)

Sundae 11-13-2008 10:27 AM

Glad everything is going well for you.
It seems all the other news I'm reading is doom and gloom - nice that you're bucking the trend.

Pie 11-13-2008 11:05 AM

Well, we signed the contract on the house last week. The inspection was on Monday, and nothing earth-shattering came up. If all continues to go well, we should be take possession before Christmas.
This is the third house we made an offer on. We got outbid the first time (in this market, can you believe it?) and the second time, the seller got cold feet and withdrew from the market.

:luv:This house was my favorite of the lot. I had to make sure my husband could cope with the slightly smaller back yard. It's in Ibby's old neighborhood, if you can believe it.

glatt 11-13-2008 11:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pie (Post 503851)
I had to make sure my husband could cope with the slightly smaller back yard.

Hey, it's less to mow, and fewer leaves to rake.

LabRat 11-13-2008 11:23 AM

Congratulations!!!!

Pie 11-13-2008 11:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by glatt (Post 503857)
Hey, it's less to mow, and fewer leaves to rake.

I tried that logic on him; it didn't work. :rolleyes:

Sundae 11-13-2008 12:12 PM

I'll get my payoff from EEA by the end of next week.
It's a decent amount of money.
Not enough to make me secure here, but enough to do something special if I move home.

Someone please tell me how naughty I am for even considering it.
But I've been looking at the cost of flights. I could go to Philly and back for approx 350 inc taxes. 5 days trip, a couple of Dwellars to put me up, 150 for food & expenses.

I know, I know. SO irresponsible.
But heck, when would I ever get it together to do otherwise?

Let me dream a while.
Then smack me back into reality.
(then I'll look at flights to Kenya and not tell you :p)

DanaC 11-13-2008 12:26 PM

Hev you finished dreaming yet? Am I allowed to smack you back into reality?

Sundae 11-13-2008 12:27 PM

Not yet, not yet...

classicman 11-13-2008 12:38 PM

must have a slow internet connection

DanaC 11-13-2008 12:47 PM

Ok...let me know tho right?

Sundae 11-13-2008 01:02 PM

About the same to go to kenya.
Would make an ex-pat very very happy...
Just saying.

Trilby 11-13-2008 01:44 PM

Come to America! Come to America! It would be SO freaking COOL!

DanaC 11-13-2008 01:56 PM

......happy ex-pat, less happy bank balance just as you need it....

DanaC 11-13-2008 01:57 PM

I probably shouldn't be mingy about this....but I've been having a similar conversation with J :P

Undertoad 11-13-2008 02:27 PM

We here in Philly refuse to put you up, for making such an irresponsible choice.

Sundae 11-13-2008 02:40 PM

Ah. Okay. Finished dreaming now then.

Shawnee123 11-13-2008 03:13 PM

I don't know what an ex-pat is.

SG...I know I and everyone else would love to see you but I think that those (who are infinitely more responsible than I) are concerned about the choice.

Treasenuak 11-13-2008 04:43 PM

ex-pat = ex-patriot, or one who was once from aforesaid country, in this case Kenya.

Juniper 11-13-2008 05:25 PM

Someone in Dayton might. ;)

DanaC 11-13-2008 06:03 PM

And then someone in Dayton might get a slap from someone in Yorkshire:P Don't tempt her!

*grins*

I jest.

sweetwater 11-14-2008 05:42 AM

The moon has a ring around it this morning, or did about 4 AM. It's a Saturn wannabe but still very pretty.

HungLikeJesus 11-14-2008 08:42 AM

Ring? I thought that was Uranus.

Trilby 11-14-2008 08:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DanaC (Post 503995)
And then someone in Dayton might get a slap from someone in Yorkshire...

Oh! Oh! Can it be that way hot Prof we have from Yorkshire? If he hit me, it would feel like a kiss!*





*girl band :girlband:

Shawnee123 11-14-2008 08:47 AM

From left to right:

Juniper, Shawnee, Brianna, and SG.

We'd be better than the Bangles!

Now where's Flint? I gotta learn drums real quick-like.

monster 11-14-2008 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Treasenuak (Post 503971)
ex-pat = ex-patriot, or one who was once from aforesaid country, in this case Kenya.

not ex-patriot, expatriate. there's a difference, a big one.

:rolleyes:

Sundae 11-14-2008 01:48 PM

Oops, and I should add that the ex-pat that would be happy would be my BFF, Emma, who moved from England to Kenya. Not me being a Kenyan ex-pat going home (English born and bred).

Juniper 11-14-2008 02:24 PM

OK. Mr. Yorkshire Dude gave me a B on my final exam, but told me I'll get an A for the quarter. Yippee!

Two down, two to go.

classicman 11-14-2008 03:38 PM

WTG - Congrats!

Treasenuak 11-14-2008 04:46 PM

-blushes deep red- oops... My apologies for the misinformation... -yanks foot back out of mouth-

footfootfoot 11-14-2008 05:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Treasenuak (Post 504415)
-blushes deep red- oops... My apologies for the misinformation... -yanks foot back out of mouth-

Floss. Please.

footfootfoot 11-14-2008 05:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Juniper (Post 504326)
OK. Mr. Yorkshire Dude gave me a B on my final exam, but told me I'll get an A for the quarter.

D'oh! Imagine what you could have gotten for a dollar!


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