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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1650 on: July 23, 2015, 06:00:55 AM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

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« Reply #1651 on: July 23, 2015, 06:09:07 AM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1652 on: July 23, 2015, 06:12:04 AM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?


I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.

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« Reply #1653 on: July 23, 2015, 06:26:01 AM »
And I was probably being a bit harsh, sorry Heather. You're certainly not the first person to think it, since I've noticed a recent campaign on the Tube about rushing = danger. They have also started announcements to look up from your phone on the platform when a train is approaching. Seriously, all this hand-holding, the world is dangerous BS really annoys me. We only have time to be worried about these things because we live in such a privileged bubble.

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« Reply #1654 on: July 23, 2015, 06:39:04 AM »
I've switched off my 'want' impulses so many times my mother has started asking me now what I want for my birthday (three months away) so I have some time to come up with something equally pleasing and practical.

I started a note for it in my phone. So far the list is:
  • new tea-towels
  • a second homemade wheatbag

I keep a running list for this specific purpose. It includes things like wool dryer balls (my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).

I'm also now keeping a list of clothing items for when mine wear out. I'm on a no-spend challenge for the year re: clothing, but when I do begin to replace pieces, I have specific (slow fashion, quality, versatile pieces for my increasingly minimalist wardrobe) that I want to replace.

Same. lol.
My birthday is next week and all i asked for was a new Wahl beard trimmer, costing 15$. My parents and GF are always frustrated by how little I want.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1655 on: July 23, 2015, 06:54:28 AM »
Leaving traditional employment in a couple weeks and I find myself wondering how not bringing leftovers home from the catered lunches and gizmos tossed out as unrepairable from production/repair depot are going to affect my spending!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1656 on: July 23, 2015, 07:13:29 AM »
(my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).


I wish I could figure out how to get people in my life to do this.  My Mom rejects my Christmas list yearly until it has something frivolous enough on it.

My MIL requests a list, and then just ignores it entirely and buys me junk.

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« Reply #1657 on: July 23, 2015, 07:17:10 AM »
(my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).


I wish I could figure out how to get people in my life to do this.  My Mom rejects my Christmas list yearly until it has something frivolous enough on it.

My MIL requests a list, and then just ignores it entirely and buys me junk.

My GF's mom just took me to TJ Maxx and told me to pick something out. I picked out a pound of ground coffee and metal measuring spoons. She was NOT happy, lol.
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1658 on: July 23, 2015, 07:17:34 AM »
(my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).


I wish I could figure out how to get people in my life to do this.  My Mom rejects my Christmas list yearly until it has something frivolous enough on it.

My MIL requests a list, and then just ignores it entirely and buys me junk.

My mom gets me the same shit every year:

Silver dollar Proof
Proof set of year's coins
Something silly
Money

My birthday falls right around x-mas so everything gets combined into one.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1659 on: July 23, 2015, 07:49:55 AM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?


I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.

That's probably entirely true. Here in the Michigan/Ohio areas of the US you can even find signs next to escalators asking people not to walk on them. It's been like this all my life. I find it quite interesting that there are places where walking on them is seen as acceptable/normal.

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« Reply #1660 on: July 23, 2015, 07:57:43 AM »
New mustachian person problem: a salesman dropped off a load of biscuits (cookies) at the office. Since I have no desire to eat sugary artificially flavoured biscuits, off to the foodbank they go, where they won't be wasted. Except... the drop off point is at my local shopping centre, and we all know how often mustachians visit shopping centres.

I'm going to have to make special trip to get rid of biscuits I didn't even want!

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1661 on: July 23, 2015, 08:23:32 AM »
I've never heard someone say not to walk on an escalator.  That would drive me batty if it weren't allowed.  Escalators help you get up stairs faster; if you just wanted a ride, that's what an elevator is for.


theadvicist- are you the only person in the office? Could someone else take the biscuits? Would a neighbor want them, that way you don't have to make a special trip? What about the office next door?

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« Reply #1662 on: July 23, 2015, 11:29:02 AM »
Now that library cards are free here and I work half a block from the library and I keep seeing recommendations on this forum for awesome books to check out I have a library book addiction. I keep putting books on hold and they are coming in faster than I can keep up!

Too many books, not enough time.


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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1663 on: July 23, 2015, 11:46:11 AM »
How is walking on an escalator unsafe?  They are stairs that move very slowly.  I've walked up actual stairs next to an escalator and get to the top before riders do.

I guess that's why I get so pissed about people blocking the way up an escalator or on a moving sidewalk.  Why do I want to take a slower method to get up a flight of stairs?  Outta my way, jerkass!  /Homer


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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1664 on: July 23, 2015, 11:52:04 AM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?


I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.

That's probably entirely true. Here in the Michigan/Ohio areas of the US you can even find signs next to escalators asking people not to walk on them. It's been like this all my life. I find it quite interesting that there are places where walking on them is seen as acceptable/normal.

This is great. In the Seattle area we walk up them all the time, and I have the same frustration when there aren't any stairs and people don't stand on the right.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1665 on: July 23, 2015, 12:05:47 PM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?


I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.

That's probably entirely true. Here in the Michigan/Ohio areas of the US you can even find signs next to escalators asking people not to walk on them. It's been like this all my life. I find it quite interesting that there are places where walking on them is seen as acceptable/normal.


I walk up/down them wherever in the world I happen to be. I always check if they're backed up, in which case I take the stairs. When I'm feeling well, I'm a very active type, and don't like to be slowed down.

This is great. In the Seattle area we walk up them all the time, and I have the same frustration when there aren't any stairs and people don't stand on the right.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1666 on: July 23, 2015, 01:54:43 PM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?


I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.

That's probably entirely true. Here in the Michigan/Ohio areas of the US you can even find signs next to escalators asking people not to walk on them. It's been like this all my life. I find it quite interesting that there are places where walking on them is seen as acceptable/normal.


I walk up/down them wherever in the world I happen to be. I always check if they're backed up, in which case I take the stairs. When I'm feeling well, I'm a very active type, and don't like to be slowed down.

This is great. In the Seattle area we walk up them all the time, and I have the same frustration when there aren't any stairs and people don't stand on the right.

I listen to a message about this every day from speakers next to the escalator... and no one cares. "Please do not walk or run on the escalator" it says... and everyone ignores the crap out of that message and walks up it. I always thought of them as speed enhancers.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1667 on: July 23, 2015, 02:10:28 PM »
How is walking on an escalator unsafe? 
Moving (lose control and fall down) and moving parts. The bit in the middle isnt the problem, the main problem is where the steps hight changes and especially when you step on/off. Another sort of problem is when parts of your clothing and/or hair get caught by the machinery. People have actually been choked to death by escalators.
Of course, driving a car is still a lot more dangerous. But if you dont have the time to stand on an escalator, you should have started earlier, simple as that. 

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1668 on: July 23, 2015, 02:15:32 PM »
I've been injured twice* while standing on an escalator, both times by other people who were also standing**. No escalator-walker has ever harmed me. Therefore, walking on an escalator is infinitely safer than standing. Anecdotally. ;-)


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** and losing control of their heavy suitcases
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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1669 on: July 23, 2015, 03:39:13 PM »
I listen to a message about this every day from speakers next to the escalator... and no one cares. "Please do not walk or run on the escalator" it says... and everyone ignores the crap out of that message and walks up it. I always thought of them as speed enhancers.

How is it unsafe to walk on an escalator? What about the ones in public transit systems?
Growing up in Moscow, walking on an escalator in the Metro is encouraged. You stand on the right side, walk on the left. Very convenient since the escalators to reach the deepest stations can last 4 minutes. In St Petersburg, where stations are up to 100m deep because of swampland, an escalator ride can last 9-10 minutes. Damn straight I'm walking that. Unless it's rush hour, then noone's walking :)

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« Reply #1670 on: July 23, 2015, 04:30:13 PM »
Damn straight I'm walking that. Unless it's rush hour, then noone's walking :)
It's funny that no one walks during rush hour. 

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« Reply #1671 on: July 23, 2015, 05:00:33 PM »
(my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).


I wish I could figure out how to get people in my life to do this.  My Mom rejects my Christmas list yearly until it has something frivolous enough on it.

My MIL requests a list, and then just ignores it entirely and buys me junk.

A friend of mine is brutal with unwanted gifts. Last Christmas they unwrapped gifts with family and she sorted them into gift bags of keep and toss as they opened them. She dropped them off at a charity shop on their way home from Christmas lunch.

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« Reply #1672 on: July 23, 2015, 05:33:37 PM »
It never would have occurred to me that walking on an escalator would be considered dangerous. It's not exactly a thrill ride. I can see how the owner of the escalator would be worried about liability for injuries if a warning wasn't posted, though.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1673 on: July 23, 2015, 05:35:32 PM »
(my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).


I wish I could figure out how to get people in my life to do this.  My Mom rejects my Christmas list yearly until it has something frivolous enough on it.

My MIL requests a list, and then just ignores it entirely and buys me junk.

A friend of mine is brutal with unwanted gifts. Last Christmas they unwrapped gifts with family and she sorted them into gift bags of keep and toss as they opened them. She dropped them off at a charity shop on their way home from Christmas lunch.

That is brutal. Did it work as a deterrent against future unwanted gifts?

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« Reply #1674 on: July 23, 2015, 05:53:14 PM »
(my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).


I wish I could figure out how to get people in my life to do this.  My Mom rejects my Christmas list yearly until it has something frivolous enough on it.

My MIL requests a list, and then just ignores it entirely and buys me junk.

A friend of mine is brutal with unwanted gifts. Last Christmas they unwrapped gifts with family and she sorted them into gift bags of keep and toss as they opened them. She dropped them off at a charity shop on their way home from Christmas lunch.

That is brutal. Did it work as a deterrent against future unwanted gifts?

No, because she didn't actually talk to them about it. (They didn't know the reason behind the sorting.)

She has a large family with a tradition of over-the-top gifts for any occasion but precious little thought about what people actually want/need.

After years of similar things with my in-laws, last Christmas I managed to convince them to scale back Christmas after repeated assurances that we would not be offended.

We agreed just to exchange a nice bottle of booze (champagne for them, spirits for us). They ended up buying us some extra things at the last minute, but we're working on it again for this Christmas.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1675 on: July 23, 2015, 08:23:26 PM »
(my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).


I wish I could figure out how to get people in my life to do this.  My Mom rejects my Christmas list yearly until it has something frivolous enough on it.

My MIL requests a list, and then just ignores it entirely and buys me junk.

My mom gets me the same shit every year:

Silver dollar Proof
Proof set of year's coins
Something silly
Money

My birthday falls right around x-mas so everything gets combined into one.

My birthday is 21 days before Christmas. My parents always made sure to have enough saved to keep my birthday separate from Christmas. My second kiddo, born last year, was born Dec 11, and I intend to do the same. I can't imagine the disappointment I'd have felt if my sister, born months before Christmas, got more than I did.

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« Reply #1676 on: July 23, 2015, 08:35:42 PM »
This past Christmas my list included chocolate, coffee, tea, and wine

I got a huge 180 piece whitmans sampler box of chocolates in our family name pool. And a smaller box from someone else... And bags of pepermint patties from my grandpa.  Mom commented "that will teach you not to ask for chocolate!"  No. It was perfect. I still have a bit of that candy left.  I shared it with coworkers And thoroughly enjoyed myself.




(my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).


I wish I could figure out how to get people in my life to do this.  My Mom rejects my Christmas list yearly until it has something frivolous enough on it.

My MIL requests a list, and then just ignores it entirely and buys me junk.

A friend of mine is brutal with unwanted gifts. Last Christmas they unwrapped gifts with family and she sorted them into gift bags of keep and toss as they opened them. She dropped them off at a charity shop on their way home from Christmas lunch.

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« Reply #1677 on: July 23, 2015, 08:41:59 PM »
This past Christmas my list included chocolate, coffee, tea, and wine

I got a huge 180 piece whitmans sampler box of chocolates in our family name pool. And a smaller box from someone else... And bags of pepermint patties from my grandpa.  Mom commented "that will teach you not to ask for chocolate!"  No. It was perfect. I still have a bit of that candy left.  I shared it with coworkers And thoroughly enjoyed myself.

I don't understand... she wanted to spite you with your own Christmas present?

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« Reply #1678 on: July 24, 2015, 12:59:20 AM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?


I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.

That's probably entirely true. Here in the Michigan/Ohio areas of the US you can even find signs next to escalators asking people not to walk on them. It's been like this all my life. I find it quite interesting that there are places where walking on them is seen as acceptable/normal.

This is great. In the Seattle area we walk up them all the time, and I have the same frustration when there aren't any stairs and people don't stand on the right.

This is why "big city folk" (e.g., NYC, SF, Seattle) hate tourists.  They just stand there in the middle of the escalator/sidewalk/subwaydoors playing their fucking banjo.  Sure, it's a cultural thing, and you should try to adapt to the culture of any place you visit.

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« Reply #1679 on: July 24, 2015, 03:28:11 AM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?


I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.

That's probably entirely true. Here in the Michigan/Ohio areas of the US you can even find signs next to escalators asking people not to walk on them. It's been like this all my life. I find it quite interesting that there are places where walking on them is seen as acceptable/normal.

This is great. In the Seattle area we walk up them all the time, and I have the same frustration when there aren't any stairs and people don't stand on the right.

This is why "big city folk" (e.g., NYC, SF, Seattle) hate tourists.  They just stand there in the middle of the escalator/sidewalk/subwaydoors playing their fucking banjo.  Sure, it's a cultural thing, and you should try to adapt to the culture of any place you visit.


Okay, totally taking my banjo (or, okay, dulcimer since I have one) next trip to NYC/SF/Seattle. Does Houston count?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #1680 on: July 24, 2015, 04:00:57 AM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?

I have walked very quickly up an escalator on the tube but it makes me cringe when I see somebody run down very quickly as it looks so dangerous, especially when they are not holding onto the hand rail. I expect to see them trip and fall all the way down. Lol.

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« Reply #1681 on: July 24, 2015, 04:22:10 AM »
I'm noticing a trend with this escalator thing... It sounds like most of the people who walk on escalators are from big cities with subway stations where people are in a hurry to catch a train. My primary experience with escalators is in department stores and malls because that's about the only place you'll find them around here (no subways to begin with). Someone mentioned 4+ minute long escalators in Moscow... I've never seen one that lasted longer than like 30 seconds (I've never actually timed them) or spanned more than a single building floor.

I also wonder if escalators in those places are also much wider than ours, because if you tried to walk past people on any escalator I've used you'd risk bumping into them and one of you could easily fall, especially if you were walking quickly. They're only about 1.5 people wide at the widest I've ever seen one and so would never accommodate multiple lanes of people each walking or standing.

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« Reply #1682 on: July 24, 2015, 04:29:41 AM »
I can tell you from experience, the escalators in Moscow are long. 4 Minutes sounds exaggerated though.
People in big cities are just used to standing on the right hand side of the escalator, in order to let people who are in a hurry walk up on the right hand side. You will always be able to tell the non locals who stand on the left with impatient people piling up behind them. xD


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« Reply #1683 on: July 24, 2015, 04:35:04 AM »
(my mom will roll her eyes at the utilitarian nature of my list, and then proceed to stick to it because she loves me).


I wish I could figure out how to get people in my life to do this.  My Mom rejects my Christmas list yearly until it has something frivolous enough on it.

My MIL requests a list, and then just ignores it entirely and buys me junk.

My mom gets me the same shit every year:

Silver dollar Proof
Proof set of year's coins
Something silly
Money

My birthday falls right around x-mas so everything gets combined into one.

My birthday is 21 days before Christmas. My parents always made sure to have enough saved to keep my birthday separate from Christmas. My second kiddo, born last year, was born Dec 11, and I intend to do the same. I can't imagine the disappointment I'd have felt if my sister, born months before Christmas, got more than I did.

A few weeks before is easier than 4 days. It runs together.

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« Reply #1684 on: July 24, 2015, 06:13:19 AM »
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« Reply #1685 on: July 24, 2015, 07:02:30 AM »
I can tell you from experience, the escalators in Moscow are long. 4 Minutes sounds exaggerated though.
People in big cities are just used to standing on the right hand side of the escalator, in order to let people who are in a hurry walk up on the right hand side. You will always be able to tell the non locals who stand on the left with impatient people piling up behind them. xD

Typical morning rush hour in NYC (escalators of WTC PATH):


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« Reply #1686 on: July 24, 2015, 07:07:00 AM »
A few weeks before is easier than 4 days. It runs together.
Try the 29th.
Just when everyone is stuffed up from christmas eatings you have birtday and nobody wants anything to eat. Its also the day they start selling fireworks, so its even fuller then "normal" between-holidays if you go buy somehting and it gets really noisy outside.

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« Reply #1687 on: July 24, 2015, 07:29:05 AM »
A few weeks before is easier than 4 days. It runs together.
Try the 29th.
Just when everyone is stuffed up from christmas eatings you have birtday and nobody wants anything to eat. Its also the day they start selling fireworks, so its even fuller then "normal" between-holidays if you go buy somehting and it gets really noisy outside.
Mine's the 29th and I much prefer 4 days after to 4 days before. My parents were always really good at having all Christmas stuff put away by my birthday so they didn't run together as bad but they probably wouldn't have waited until 3 days before Christmas to put the stuff up since we normally started decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Bonus; school was always out for my birthday but not always 4 days before, and in all my jobs the week between Christmas and New Years is sssllllooowwww so it's either very relaxed or very easy to take off. Pooperman, you have my condolences

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« Reply #1688 on: July 24, 2015, 07:46:32 AM »
A few weeks before is easier than 4 days. It runs together.
Try the 29th.
Just when everyone is stuffed up from christmas eatings you have birtday and nobody wants anything to eat. Its also the day they start selling fireworks, so its even fuller then "normal" between-holidays if you go buy somehting and it gets really noisy outside.
Mine's the 29th and I much prefer 4 days after to 4 days before. My parents were always really good at having all Christmas stuff put away by my birthday so they didn't run together as bad but they probably wouldn't have waited until 3 days before Christmas to put the stuff up since we normally started decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Bonus; school was always out for my birthday but not always 4 days before, and in all my jobs the week between Christmas and New Years is sssllllooowwww so it's either very relaxed or very easy to take off. Pooperman, you have my condolences

It always felt like kids who were born in the summer (or really any other time than December) ended up with two normal sized x-mases a year in terms of gifts. Those of us unlucky enough to be born near or on x-mas (I knew a guy, felt bad for him) ended up with a slightly larger than average x-mas and nothing the rest of the year. So much packed into one week. Now, my mom's Jewish, so there's chanukkah too. A couple years growing up all three overlapped (i.e. chanukkah started on the 19th, birthday on the 21st, x-mas on the 25th, chanukkah ended on the 26th). I mean, epic week, but I always wanted them spread out haha.

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« Reply #1689 on: July 24, 2015, 07:57:31 AM »


Okay, totally taking my banjo (or, okay, dulcimer since I have one) next trip to NYC/SF/Seattle. Does Houston count?

No, no, no, you HAVE to take it to DC! At least in NYC/SF (don't know about Seattle), people play music in the subways. In DC, everyone is stoic and quiet and rushing to their verrrrry important government/lobbyist jobs. You'd be way more disruptive there!
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« Reply #1690 on: July 24, 2015, 09:02:20 AM »
I can tell you from experience, the escalators in Moscow are long. 4 Minutes sounds exaggerated though.
People in big cities are just used to standing on the right hand side of the escalator, in order to let people who are in a hurry walk up on the right hand side. You will always be able to tell the non locals who stand on the left with impatient people piling up behind them. xD



I lived in Korea and spent a lot of time in Seoul. Go to Seoul Station and you'll see that four minutes is neither an exaggeration nor all that long.
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« Reply #1691 on: July 24, 2015, 09:07:06 AM »
Escalator rides need more high fives.

http://improveverywhere.com/2009/02/09/high-five-escalator/

Yes, on escalators that crowded, there is no way you could walk (the stairs are for walking.)


But in non-commuting situations, escalators are not that crowded.  Like in airports.
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« Reply #1692 on: July 24, 2015, 09:31:30 AM »

Ha! When I first got with my SO, I spent a fair amount getting her jewelry. Once I got into decluttering and a more minimalist approach to my surroundings, I noticed that she almost never wore them. Kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me. ...

I bought my wife some fancy lingerie.  She seldom wears it and then not for long.   But I do think it serves its purpose...

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« Reply #1693 on: July 24, 2015, 10:04:42 AM »

Ha! When I first got with my SO, I spent a fair amount getting her jewelry. Once I got into decluttering and a more minimalist approach to my surroundings, I noticed that she almost never wore them. Kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me. ...

I bought my wife some fancy lingerie.  She seldom wears it and then not for long.   But I do think it serves its purpose...
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« Reply #1694 on: July 24, 2015, 10:07:34 AM »
A few weeks before is easier than 4 days. It runs together.
Try the 29th.
Just when everyone is stuffed up from christmas eatings you have birtday and nobody wants anything to eat. Its also the day they start selling fireworks, so its even fuller then "normal" between-holidays if you go buy somehting and it gets really noisy outside.
Mine's the 29th and I much prefer 4 days after to 4 days before. My parents were always really good at having all Christmas stuff put away by my birthday so they didn't run together as bad but they probably wouldn't have waited until 3 days before Christmas to put the stuff up since we normally started decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Bonus; school was always out for my birthday but not always 4 days before, and in all my jobs the week between Christmas and New Years is sssllllooowwww so it's either very relaxed or very easy to take off. Pooperman, you have my condolences

It always felt like kids who were born in the summer (or really any other time than December) ended up with two normal sized x-mases a year in terms of gifts. Those of us unlucky enough to be born near or on x-mas (I knew a guy, felt bad for him) ended up with a slightly larger than average x-mas and nothing the rest of the year. So much packed into one week. Now, my mom's Jewish, so there's chanukkah too. A couple years growing up all three overlapped (i.e. chanukkah started on the 19th, birthday on the 21st, x-mas on the 25th, chanukkah ended on the 26th). I mean, epic week, but I always wanted them spread out haha.

I have a cousin who is a christmas baby. We celebrate his Bday mid-summer on his great-gpa's birthday (exactly 6 months offset). This was amusing when he turned 21- he had already been legally going to bars for 6 months.
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« Reply #1695 on: July 24, 2015, 12:16:18 PM »
Small rant: getting REALLY*, irrationally annoyed by people who don't walk up/down escalators. Or who don't at least get "stand right/walk left".

This is the first I've ever heard of such a thing. When I walked up escalators as a kid my parents would tell me to stop because it's dangerous, so I've always been firmly taught that you stand still on an escalator until you get to the end. I don't think I've ever seen an adult walk on an escalator in my life.

Ha ha ha what? You've obviously never been on the Tube in London. STAND ON THE RIGHT. That way people who actually have somewhere to get can run / walk / skip past you.

It probably is 'dangerous' but, since we're on MMM, we know safety is a fallacy, right?

I have walked very quickly up an escalator on the tube but it makes me cringe when I see somebody run down very quickly as it looks so dangerous, especially when they are not holding onto the hand rail. I expect to see them trip and fall all the way down. Lol.

I think one could actually make a pretty compelling argument that walking on an escalator is actually safer than standing.  I'm no expert, but from my understanding, most accidents happen from shoes & shoe laces getting caught in the grating of the steps & becomes an issue at the very end of the escalator.  If you're walking up the escalator, it seems you would have the opportunity to notice a lace caught in the stair & fix it before it becomes a problem. 

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« Reply #1696 on: July 24, 2015, 01:13:24 PM »
I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.
Yep.  In Japan, the norms are to stand left and pass right.  Except in Osaka.  This is a thing.  Really. 
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« Reply #1697 on: July 24, 2015, 01:47:15 PM »
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« Reply #1698 on: July 24, 2015, 01:51:57 PM »
I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.
Yep.  In Japan, the norms are to stand left and pass right.  Except in Osaka.  This is a thing.  Really.

I was scurying down the moving walkway as fast as my injury-won't-let-my-legs-runs body (hence the need for the walkways, I would have never made it without the boost) would let me to catch a plane with the worlds tightest connection (no- I did not book it that tight, a fire changed all of our travel plans). This was Miami International terminal, so I was peppering my excuse me, I'm so sorry, with pardon, and lo sientos, and it seemed to work.  But EVERY standing group I came upon, when standing in the middle, would step to the left- where I was prepared to pass. Only ONE person on what seemed like a mile of moving walkways (seriously- worst terminal ever to have to run for a flight) stepped to the right so I could pass left.

I was SO annoyed.  Until I realized the bulk of people in that terminal are not from the US.  (The only reason I was in there was because the international flight on American couldn't take me, so I was flying LAN).  Then I realized maybe I was the person trying to pass on the wrong side, and their cultural norm was to pass on the right.

Thankfully, I didn't run into anyone, nor hit anyone with my backpack.  And I made the flight- last person onto the plane.

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« Reply #1699 on: July 24, 2015, 02:38:07 PM »
I've noticed escalator norms are regional/ cultural.
Yep.  In Japan, the norms are to stand left and pass right.  Except in Osaka.  This is a thing.  Really.

I was scurying down the moving walkway as fast as my injury-won't-let-my-legs-runs body (hence the need for the walkways, I would have never made it without the boost) would let me to catch a plane with the worlds tightest connection (no- I did not book it that tight, a fire changed all of our travel plans). This was Miami International terminal, so I was peppering my excuse me, I'm so sorry, with pardon, and lo sientos, and it seemed to work.  But EVERY standing group I came upon, when standing in the middle, would step to the left- where I was prepared to pass. Only ONE person on what seemed like a mile of moving walkways (seriously- worst terminal ever to have to run for a flight) stepped to the right so I could pass left.

I was SO annoyed.  Until I realized the bulk of people in that terminal are not from the US.  (The only reason I was in there was because the international flight on American couldn't take me, so I was flying LAN).  Then I realized maybe I was the person trying to pass on the wrong side, and their cultural norm was to pass on the right.

Thankfully, I didn't run into anyone, nor hit anyone with my backpack.  And I made the flight- last person onto the plane.
Interesting.  I do believe it is local customs.
When my kids were in middle school hallways were all over the map but HS halls, the students generally moved right/passed left.  I think drivers education just somehow got internalized along the way and became the norm.