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Natter 72: We Were Unprepared for This  

Off-topic discussion. Wanna talk about corsets, duct tape, or physics? This is the place. Detailed discussion of any current-season TV must be whitefonted.

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-t - Jun 16, 2014 9:43:15 am PDT #29991 of 30000
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Just Trying To Do Her Job Mammal is my normal mode. And if my job includes trying to keep customers happy (as it often has), I'm going to be trying to do that whether said customer is hovering nearby smiling benevolently or not (it occurs to me that benevolence implies power, no?)

Aren't brontosauri sort of mythical at this point?

meara - Jun 16, 2014 9:49:30 am PDT #29992 of 30000

Hey shrift I just realized that Ecuador will be playing France while we're in Quito.

That is awesome! Um, hopefully. :)

Sophia Brooks - Jun 16, 2014 9:53:56 am PDT #29993 of 30000
Cats to become a rabbit should gather immediately now here

Instead, I make eye contact back, smile, and walk away.

I had a boss/director/costume designer who did that whenever people asked her questions that she did not want to answer. Including somewhat important ones. I remember she did that to a male friend of mine who is over 6' small women's tights to wear, and he was telling her that he could not get them on his body. She just looked at him, said "Hmmm" and walked away leaving him puzzled. I think he finally ripped out the crotch and fashioned some sort of garter belt.

meara - Jun 16, 2014 9:56:09 am PDT #29994 of 30000

Also, while I have occasionally done the "I'm going to stand here so you don't forget about me even though I know you've got other things to do" bit, the Kindly Brontosaurus as she describes it is just obnoxious. I mean, seriously--why do you deserve to get past the 1000 people in line for a book signing? (If she means she wanted in to the place to buy some other book and not wait in line because she wasn't there for the signing, that's a different issue). And I feel like there's a difference between like "Hey, I want to get into the bookstore to buy a cookbook, not get Clinton's signature--would I be able to do that, or should I go?" and the guard says "yeah, but let me deal with these people in line first"...then yes, stand there and wait so he doesn't forget. But that's when basically you got TOLD to wait--not "No, you can't, but if you stand here acting all special for long enough near me I'll give in"!!

dcp - Jun 16, 2014 10:01:50 am PDT #29995 of 30000
Lo que será, será.

What's the most desirous way to respond to a Kindly Brontosaurus? Blithe and Clueless Ankylosaurus?

Condescending Crustacean might be fun.

These responses have come to mind:

  • "Was 'No' too complicated an answer for you?"
  • "Standing there, your feet must be itching like crazy."

§ ita § - Jun 16, 2014 10:11:29 am PDT #29996 of 30000
Well not canonically, no, but this is transformative fiction.

Aren't brontosauri sort of mythical at this point?

Noted in article, cited as strength for the term.

Typo Boy - Jun 16, 2014 10:33:51 am PDT #29997 of 30000
Calli: My people have a saying. A man who trusts can never be betrayed, only mistaken.Avon: Life expectancy among your people must be extremely short.

Cali, don't know anything about the board, but as noted, live in Olympia and can give a lot of info. My smartass version of what Plei said is to describe Olympia as a "redneck cobbler with granola sprinkles". My profile addy is good.

-t - Jun 16, 2014 10:36:11 am PDT #29998 of 30000
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

Huh. OK then.

Condescending Crustacean is a good band name.

Laura - Jun 16, 2014 10:41:28 am PDT #29999 of 30000
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

I didn't read the article, I'm assuming Kindly Brontosauruses are those people who don't make a fuss but just stand there, a little too close, and watch you, until you give in, right? Those persons irritate me and I am unlikely to do anything for them that I wasn't going to do anyway and/or I do not absolutely have to do. You can stand there all day, buddy. Being stared at does not faze me. I've been stared at naked.

This is me. Basically I can't be bothered to try and change my natural behavior. Your behavior is only going to make a difference if you are obnoxious, then you get ignored.

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Dana - Jun 16, 2014 10:43:35 am PDT #30000 of 30000
"I'm useless alone." // "We're all useless alone. It's a good thing you're not alone."

I think it's time for Chuck Norris.

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