Just Plane Stupid

, , , , | Learning | June 28, 2017

One time in Physics I got bored and made a paper plane out of a page from my notebook. I then asked the teacher in the middle of class whether he’d let me fly it through a Bunsen burner flame. I can’t remember why I thought it was even remotely a good idea to ask, especially given that the closest thing I had to a justification was “I wonder if it’ll catch fire mid-air.”

He let me do it after the class was finished. He justified it afterwards as a demonstration of how convection worked, despite that we’d done convection two months or so previously.

It didn’t catch fire, by the way.

Hot Portion Of Warmth

, , , , | Hopeless | June 17, 2017

(My friends and I, along with my one-year-old daughter, meet for lunch at the same time every week in this particular restaurant. We always sit near the doors since the tables there are the easiest to fit the three adults, a highchair, and a buggy around without disrupting staff or other customers too much. This time, a staff member cleans down the table and highchair for us as soon as she spots us arranging ourselves.)

Cashier: *cleaning other tables and comes by to take some rubbish away, notices my food sitting as I feed the baby and checks the temperature of the packaging* “Oh, these chips are cold. I’ll get you some fresh ones.”

Me: *surprised* “Oh, there’s no need. I appreciate it but I don’t mind them cold.”

Cashier: “It’s no problem; I’ll just grab them now.”

(She comes back with a fresh-from-the-fryer portion of chips. My friend then tells me that she’d been given a discount on her order from this cashier as well, seemingly for no reason other than being polite. I know we do our best to be good customers but this was a shock for me — the staff are generally friendly but never quite this level. Then as we are leaving…)

Cashier: *runs out after us, indicates baby* “I just realised we never gave her anything. These are probably a bit old for her but she’ll grow into them soon!”

(She gave me a board book and magnet set that they usually give out with kid’s meals. I’m still shocked by how kind she was since I never order food for the baby, but it’s one reason why we go there every week without fail.)

But The Chocolate Bars Would Have Been Bigger

, , , , | Working | June 16, 2017

(I am paying for fuel and snacks. A lot of credit/debit card machines allow you to tap to pay, but some still require the pin. I’m not certain what the limit is for tap and pay on my card so I usually try it and see if it asks for a pin.)

Me: “Can I tap it or do I need to put in the pin?”

Cashier: “No, it’s chip and pin. We haven’t got the new machines yet. Old school.”

Me: *jokingly, as I put in my pin* “What is this, the 20th century?”

Cashier: “Yeah, it’s like being in the ‘80s, haha.”

Me: *looks around at the pristine shop filled with well lit displays of convenience foods, the coffee machine, and the ATM in the corner* “Clearly you don’t remember the ‘80s.”

Cashier: *handing me my receipt* “Well, I wasn’t born then. Why, what would this have been like in the 80s?”

Me: “You would have been in a little shack with maybe a few chocolate bars and a toilet if you were lucky.”

Cashier: *looks genuinely shocked*