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Positive Feedback Is Just As Valuable As Negative

, , , , | Friendly | June 6, 2022

I was once in a children’s museum with my niece. There was some kind of climbing structure she was old enough for, but her little legs were so short that she had trouble navigating. A sweet boy a couple of years older helped her through and disappeared before I could thank him.

I saw him again later with his family in a different part of the museum and went over to his mom. 

Me: “Your son was so…”

She got this look on her face like her son was frequently a troublemaker and she was used to getting complaints. When I continued to explain how sweet and helpful he had been, she was so relieved and then grateful that I had come over to thank them.

It doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day.

What We Would Give To See That Cosplay!

, , , , | Friendly | June 3, 2022

A few years back, I purchased a shoulder dragon plush from a convention vendor and almost immediately lost it. I retraced my steps and still couldn’t find it.

I finally went back to the vendor to explain what happened with little to no hope that they would be able to do anything.

Vendor: “Can you describe it?”

When I did, they whipped it out from behind their counter.

Vendor: “Someone dressed up as a Deadpool Eternal Sailor Moon cross-play turned it in to us in hopes that the owner would come back!”

Of course, I thanked the vendors profusely. I looked everywhere for the Eternal Sailor Moon Deadpool but never found them to give my thanks.

When You Don’t Even Know What You Don’t Know

, , , , , | Friendly | June 1, 2022

We are at university. My friend is hoping to arrange an industrial placement, but the start of the academic year is looming.

Me: “Have you arranged where you’ll be staying next year?”

Friend: “No, not yet.”

Me: “What about [Landlord]?”

Friend: “No, I can’t speak to them yet as I don’t know yet.”

Me: “What about when you do know?”

Friend: “Well, I don’t know when I’ll know, so I can’t say whether or not I’ll know.”

Me: “That’s a lot of ignorance.”

Friend: “There’s not a lot I can do about that.”

Me: “I know.”

Friend: “I don’t.”

Me: “I know.”

Friend: “Wah!”

A few months later

Me: “I mentioned that conversation about ‘That’s a lot of ignorance’ to [His Housemate]. He said it was very like you.”

Friend: “Well, yes, that’s because it was me.”

This Is How You End Up With Steve-O’s Steve-O Tattoo

, , , , | Friendly Right | June 1, 2022

I’m designing a tattoo for a friend and she gives me a small illustration as an example of what she wants.

Me: “What do you like about this example and what don’t you like? How should I make it different?”

Client: “I don’t know. Just make it [Client]!”

A New Spin On Man Versus Machine

, , , , , | Friendly | May 31, 2022

Many years ago, while moving from Texas to Florida, my family and I pulled into a gas station for a break. We were driving a twenty-eight-foot moving truck, so getting in and out of places was very hard. As we tried to pull out of the gas station and rejoin traffic, no one would let us in.

Finally, a man on a motorcycle sped in front of us, stopped, and got off his bike, holding out both arms to stop traffic so that we could get out.

It was like something out of a movie, and it was a very cool move on his part!