Brianna
 member, 2023 posts
Mon 30 Nov 2015
at 20:40
Too Many Possibilities!
In reply to Palomino (msg # 220):

Take a look at available games to see if one of your choices is already well covered?  Perhaps at games that are active but full for a trend where players might want more?  Ask a few of your friends what they might like?  As in, look for one of your concepts that is most likely to attract players.  Doesn't matter how wonderful your concept if no one currently wants to play in it.
Eggy
 member, 653 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 03:04
Grr!
People who try to pass their pets off as Service Animals! Sir, your piglet is eating the merchandise and peeing on the floor. GTFO.

No, I can't always spot a service animal at a glance. But if someone is having trouble wrangling their animal and they're "just about to get the proof from the car," then I get annoyed.
praguepride
 member, 1052 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 03:13
Grr!
First of all 'emotional support" animals do not count.

Second of all, at least in the US, service animals MUST be a dog (or a miniature horse...don't know how that works)

Third, the condition that the dog cannot be denied is conditional that is must be in control at all times.

There is no proof or special harness, in fact you cannot actually ask that however the condition is that the dog is under control and barking/pooping/getting away from the owner are signs that it is not in control and can be removed.


Chances are if they threaten to sue just laugh it off because people think they can 'cheat the system' by 'self training' their dogs for a 'disability' but the courts won't buy any of that garbage. Their internet "id" doesn't mean anything to anyone but the scammer that ripped them off.


http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html
Evil Empryss
 member, 1387 posts
 Because knowing
 is half the battle!
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 04:15
Grr!
In reply to Eggy (msg # 223):

As someone with a service dog AND an emotional support dog (SD for me, an ED for my daughter), this is a hot issue for me.  I am constantly having to fight these kinds of experiences when I go places because I don't "look disabled" and the facility had a bad experience with someone trying to pass some ill-trained curr off as a service or support animal.  I trained my dogs myself and I'm in the process of training my old dog's replacement so old Goldie can retire (having liver cancer, it's not right to keep her on duty any longer).

First, a brief primer on the difference between a service dog and an emotional support dog.  Service dogs are trained to perform an active "trick" or set of tasks, some task they perform under very particular circumstances or on command.  This can be as obvious as a seeing eye dog in full harness or as innocuous as a smaller mutt trained to alert to the handler's low blood sugar or epileptic seizures.  An emotional support animal's only job is to be present: their passive presence is enough to alleviate emotional distress.  It is the active component that addresses a medically-recognized and documented disability that is the main difference between service and emotional support animals.

Let me assure you that Praguepride is absolutely right as far as service animals go: Any animal in public must be under 100% control of the handler, no excuses.  The ONLY exception is intelligent disobedience: when an animal is trained to disobey when the handler is doing or about to do something dangerous, it will refuse to follow instructions in order to prevent the handler from being harmed.  An example is when a seeing eye dog stops the handler from walking off a curb into the path of a car.  Under NO circumstances is a service animal permitted to show any signs of aggression, and not making messes inside a building is one of the most basic of training standards.

Emotional support animals do NOT have all the protections of the ADA laws protecting service animals, but they are protected in certain situations (the Fair Housing Act specifically permits them in housing where animals would not otherwise be allowed).  A properly trained ED can make a big difference in someone's life.  Regardless, if the animal is not behaving properly and is causing damage to a facility, the facility (public or private) has the right to insist the handler and the animal leave immediately.

Anyone saying they have "proof" that they have a "certified" service or emotional support animal is full of strawberries.  While there are organizations that train service animals, there is no legal requirement to get your animals from them.  For that matter, some of those organizations have cropped up in the last few years and are churning out very poorly-trained dogs, leaving truly disabled people at risk of lawsuits or injury.  There are also a bunch of fly-by-night "registries" that will send you a service vest, a dog tag, and an official looking document with your and your animal's names on it to "Certify" its status.  They aren't affiliated with any state or federal agency, no matter how official they sound.

If you want to know if someone has a "real" service animal, there are only three questions you can ask them:

1.  Are you disabled?
2.  Is that a service animal?
3.  Is it trained to assist you with your disability?

That's IT.  You can't ask exactly what the dog does or what their disability is because that violates their privacy (tho I and many other proud SD owners will happily rattle on about how our dogs make our lives better with what they do, some people have social anxiety and would rather flee than have to explain).  This also means that while my dog is a service animal, if my husband has her alone he can't take her into a restaurant without me because she's not his service dog.  Only when she's with me does she get protected status.  Even then, if she's acting up I am required to remove her from the situation or I can be forcibly removed by the owners.  I'm also liable for any damage she causes if she should act up.  Being disabled and having a service dog doesn't shield me from litigation if I or my dog is a jerk.

I also agree that if someone with a poorly-behaving animal in public threatens to sue, they probably don't have a "real" service dog.  Offer to call the ADA yourself to help them file their claim and watch them run.  While I have been challenged in the past and told to leave because they didn't believe me that Goldie was my service dog, I have found that speaking calmly and rationally with the management was able to resolve the issue without having to resort to threats of lawsuits.

/rant
Time to settle my blood pressure and breathe.

PS:
If someone says they have a "therapy dog", that's a different kettle of fish.  I have one of those, too.  ^_^

Therapy animals are those that go to hospitals or schools or other places to provide support to those who might be suffering some emotional trauma.  Therapy animals do -- in general -- have minimum training standards that they can be asked to prove.  In the case of dogs, it's the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test, a list of training standards that show the dog can act properly in public without showing aggression or being a hazard to the handler or anyone else.  A therapy dog has NO protection under the law and you can ask the handler to remove it from the premises for any or no reason.
Eggy
 member, 654 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 04:38
Grr!
In reply to Evil Empryss (msg # 225):

Thank you! I wasn't an employee in that scenario, but the barista seemed at a loss and I didn't know what to say, either.
praguepride
 member, 1054 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 17:09
Grr!
In reply to Evil Empryss (msg # 225):

Speaking of vents. My mom and sister are blind but they get so much crud because "they don't look blind."

Sorry, Joe Schmoe but how should a blind person look? Should they have mandatory dark sunglasses or always have to carry a cane even in places like cramped restaurants where a cane is more hassle then it's worth?

My sister is allergic to dogs but should she suffer through it just so she can "look" disabled to you?


I've been with them when people were challenging them on their blindness. My first thought was "frankenberry you, buddy" and my next was "What do you care? It's not like we're asking for a free meal just a seat close to the entrance so she doesn't bump and trip all over the place getting seated."

Never tell someone that they don't "look" disabled.

On the flipside I've found that most people with a "real" disability try not to make a big deal about it. When you live with it all your life it's hardly a big deal and telling people about it gets old fast so they try not to make a big deal about it until it comes up as an issue. HOWEVER then you have these people who loudly complain and have to tell the world their "terrible tragedy" which grinds my gears. I just stew and think "you think that's a tough life? You have no clue what it's like..."

Grrrrr....
Palomino
 member, 2 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 23:21
Grr!
In reply to Evil Empryss (msg # 225):

Thanks for posting that! I didn't know there wasn't some sort of registry or "official documents" involved. I had no idea about a lot of that, and I'm guessing I'm not the only one here who didn't.
Evil Empryss
 member, 1389 posts
 Because knowing
 is half the battle!
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 23:48
Grr!
I've been challenged when parking in handicapped spots with my disabled veteran license plates because I don't "look disabled".  They don't see that some days I have to choose between using that spot with the powered buggy in the stores or not being able to stand to make dinner.  Some people are nosey jerks.

As for the service dog stuff, I'm happy to share what I know because the public's ignorance is what allows the frauds to get away with their bad behavior.  I not only have a service dog, I have what's termed an "owner-trained" service dog, and I feel that it's my responsibility to ensure that I don't dork things up for the rest of the owner-trained teams out there by presenting an ill-trained animal to the public.  I have enough trouble to deal with, I don't want to be a problem to the next generation and I'd thank others to show me the same consideration.

By the way, I carry a card with a short version of the ADA information on a laminated card.  Showing people that card usually puts them at ease and answers their questions.
TCArknight
 member, 29 posts
Tue 1 Dec 2015
at 23:53
Grr!
In reply to Evil Empryss (msg # 229):

I was going to write out a whole long post, but it can be summed up in five words.....

Thank You For Your Service!
praguepride
 member, 1059 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 14:15
Grr!

This message was deleted by a moderator, as it was against the forum rules, at 17:58, Wed 02 Dec 2015.

Eur512
 member, 714 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 16:05
Grr!

This message was deleted by a moderator, as it was against the forum rules, at 17:58, Wed 02 Dec 2015.

praguepride
 member, 1061 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 16:27
Grr!

This message was deleted by a moderator, as it was moot, at 17:57, Wed 02 Dec 2015.

Tyr Hawk
 member, 122 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 17:37
Re: Grr!

This message was deleted by a moderator, as it was against the forum rules, at 17:57, Wed 02 Dec 2015.

Townsend
 member, 11 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 18:38
Re: Grr!
So it's December and I'd usually be starting on my holiday baking by now, especially since most of my holiday gifts are baked. However, I've been fighting gastroenteritis for two and a half weeks now, and it's not right to be baking gifts while I'm sick, even if half the time I feel fine.

...But even before that, I was fretting over my holiday baking this year. I've been allergic to wheat (among other foods) all my life, but since my allergy is mild, I've mostly ignored it since my early teens. Living wheat-free is a PITA. And pricey. (Tried it for ~3 years in my 30s; had only one noticeable benefit, amid my fleet of food and environmental allergies. Not really worth the trouble and expense.) Unfortunately, changing metabolism, or something, has caught up with me, and now, eating wheat causes excessive burping.

(Doesn't sound so bad until you've lived with it -- can't bend over to tie your shoes, or go horizontal, without feeling like the alien's fixing to explode out of your chest. And you flat can't sleep, even sitting up, if you're literally burping every minute. Or more often.)

Now that I've tracked down the cause, I've been unhappily shifting over to a wheat-free diet. But the idea of trying to do my holiday baking without nibbling my way through it as normal sounds horribly frustrating, and might just take the fun out of it entirely. :(
Brianna
 member, 2024 posts
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 22:18
Re: Grr!
In reply to Townsend (msg # 235):

And how can you know if things taste right if you don't try them?  :-(
praguepride
 member, 1062 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 23:48
Re: Grr!
....


KHAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!!!!!!


That is all...
ShadoPrism
 member, 881 posts
 OCGD-Obsessive-Compulsive
 Gamer-Disorder
Wed 2 Dec 2015
at 23:58
Re: Grr!
In reply to Townsend (msg # 235):

The gas moving in to other places is bad to. I get gas bubbles all over my torso region as well as stomach. I press the spots and then burp. My allergy is not to wheat (thankfully) but I have several food allergies that tend to combine in strange ways to make my life difficult. (Can't eat Saccharine for example, which is found in most toothpaste, mouthwashes and chewable medicines).
So you have my utmost sympathy for your allergy, wish I could think of a way to help you around your baking difficulties. (I don't bake any more cause of the desire to nibble on my stuff to, and I am diabetic on top of it, which makes it harder due to the temptations involved - ie cakes, pies, cupcakes, etc.)
praguepride
 member, 1063 posts
 "Hugs for the Hugs God!"
 - Warhammer Fluffy-K
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 01:20
Re: Grr!
Ugh...


So I go to the gym and row a couple kilometers in a very manly display. I feel super pumped and I feel like I'm the manliest man that ever managed to be a man*

Afterwards my back is sore though but no mind, I'm a manly man and no pain will impair me.


The next day I life my pillow off my bed, twist my back the wrong way and throw it out. Over a pillow. My wife just mocks me for the rest of the day.

"Oh...couldn't life a pillow huh?"

-_-

I don't know what hurts more. My back or my pride :(
Evil Empryss
 member, 1391 posts
 Because knowing
 is half the battle!
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 01:24
Re: Grr!
In reply to praguepride (msg # 239):

"Do you even lift?"

Apparently not.  :p
Wyrm
 member, 601 posts
Thu 3 Dec 2015
at 01:38
Re: Grr!
In reply to Evil Empryss (msg # 240):

That Prague-pride is definitely  in pain.
Eggy
 member, 656 posts
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 19:47
Re: Grr!
A moment ago I was walking to the restroom. As soon as I got to the door, someone called my name.

Eggy: Can you give me a minute?

Messenger: Sure.

One minute and a handwash later.


Eggy: Sorry about that. What's the message?

Messenger:
*reading note* Please report to the lab and provide a urine sample. *pause* Oh. Sorry.

u_u
Bebo8096
 member, 44 posts
 Hey, hey you...
 Wanna buy a chinchilla?
Fri 4 Dec 2015
at 20:59
Re: Grr!
In reply to Eggy (msg # 242):

*Slow clap* Well played sir, well played...
V_V
 member, 507 posts
Wed 9 Dec 2015
at 06:16
Re: Grr!

This message was deleted by the user at 06:36, Wed 09 Dec 2015.

~Jaguar
 member, 3274 posts
 The Hiding Amaranth...
 http://midnightquills.net
Sat 12 Dec 2015
at 14:08
Re: Grr!
My brother sucks monkey strudel.

I'm showing off the stuff I'm designing to build myself a shipping container home, and he decides to show me this log cabin website that he's using for inspiration on what he wants to build.

Now, suddenly, my huge house is too small and doesn't have a great room, which it obviously needs, along with a wine cellar and games room and... Well... Everything.

Stupid brother. :P
Townsend
 member, 13 posts
Tue 15 Dec 2015
at 16:17
Re: Grr!
So this morning was our first hard freeze of winter. I started up the car, turned on the defrost, and left it running while I scraped the windows. Got in, and started creeping for the driveway. About the time I reached the driveway, the cold engine light is still on, but the bottom edge of the windshield has enough cleared that I can see out of it if I lean down and peer over the steering wheel. Good enough for the driveway. But I heard this odd noise then, and my best guess was the dash had just cracked. Grumble.

Wasn't until I reached the city, and the sky had lightened as dawn neared, that I could see the bright, shiny line of a brand new crack running across the bottom my windshield from the left frame almost all the way to the right. It was stopped only by hitting the vertical origin of the long crack that's been meandering its random way around my windshield for the past year or so.

I bought the car used ~3 years ago, and it had a badly sealed chip down about 2" above the frame on the window. The new crack goes right through that chip -- or more likely, it fractured in both directions outward from that chip.

I just replaced the windshield wipers all the way round, and replaced the battery, on Sunday. Guess I'm getting a new windshield next. Those two tires had better hold out till January....