Crop Nightmare Stories
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Posted: 8/23/2007 9:18:26 PM
We have a group that meets twice a month at a public meeting room which we reserve in advance. A few of us take turns picking up the key and opening the doors and "hosting." It's totally free of charge.

Sometimes there are upwards of 20 women, but sometimes only 5 or 6 can make it. We don't RSVP -- it's just an open invitation for everyone to come if they can. One time when it was my turn to host, I hauled all my stuff there, opened the doors at the appointed hour, an no one showed. At 10:00pm I gave up and went home. It was one of those rainy, blustery days when no one wants to venture out with all their stuff.

I got a lot done, but I sure was lonely!



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Posted: 8/23/2007 9:59:39 PM
hansli--You aren't talking about the Cowlitz County PUD building are you? If so, I've been with a group that used to scrap there!


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Posted: 8/23/2007 11:29:36 PM
Loved this thread - & never post - just lurk.

Here's one to make you smile.

Went to CKU Orlando 2 years ago. Loved it. At the crop the sponsors go crazy with contests. Quickutz had several signs posted on the walls - presumably as advertisements. During the crop a Quickutz rep got up and announced that they had hidden logos all around the room. Lo & Behold I was standing right next to one eating a slice of pizza. I turned - grabbed the sign and then got body slammed against the wall by an overly competitive cropper. She ripped the sign out of my hand by tearing it in half... stomped on the inside of my foot bringing me to tears and left my pizza sliding down the wall of the conf. room. Despite the assualt, I limped up to the stage and handed in my 1/2 of the sign. The girl running the event refused to decide who was the rightful owner of the ticket (reminds me now of a bible story & 2 women with one baby).

I gracefully backed out of the contest since the other cropper refused to budge from the competition and essentially stared me down. Somewhat stunned by the whole ordeal I hobbled out to the restroom and had a good cry. The lady who trampled me won a full Quickutz Alphabet and NEVER appologized. I was so upset that she would treat me so unkindly - not that I lost a prize - that I didn't scrapbook at all the rest of the night. Fortunately, I had wonderful friends who rallied behind me and reminded of what really matters - good friends and memories! In hindsight, this was an amusing memory.

As an afterthought, I complained to the Quickutz rep and said that she should rethink the competition for future events. It led to injuries and excluded people in the room who may have been elderly or in wheelchairs. She offered me an "I love Quickutz" EXCLUSIVE die as an appology - which I found ironic. Because of this "incident" I chose to boycott Quickutz in favor of other tools. I do not LOVE Quickutz! But I do have a "story" to tell now. LOL

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Posted: 8/23/2007 11:37:03 PM
Wow! I don't know how I would react in that situation. Sorry about the foot stompping thing. What a mean lady. I would say I would've done such and such, but I probably won't know how to react also, until later on.



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Posted: 8/23/2007 11:46:22 PM
Crying Crop!

About 6 months after my mom died from cancer a friend talked me into signing up for a Hawaaiian crop sponsored by my LSS as a way to lift my spirits. ($65)

All went well until after lunch. The owner got up with the microphone and started sharing all of her problems: Trials with her kids, problems at the store.... She went on to talk about her battle with breast cancer and people she'd lost and so on - for about 40 minutes or so. So depressing and rambling in a tone of voice that makes people run from buildings as if they are on fire!

Eventually, I couldn't take it anymore and I ran to the bathroom and sobbed for about an hour. Just couldn't stop crying - because I missed my mother and this lady just reminded me that I was SAD. I came to the crop to cheer up. I know that crops are supposed to bring people together so they can share life experiences and build friendships etc. But this woman had no off switch! As much as I tried to tune her depressing comments off she just droned on & on.

The only saving grace was that my friend won the grand prize at the end - and came home w/ a brand new rolling tote. - I came home with a headache & an empty wallet.

Gratefully, years later, we have a good laugh anytime she brings up "The Crying Crop." Isn't it great how time can put all things into perspective?

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Posted: 8/23/2007 11:52:15 PM
Crying Crop!

About 6 months after my mom died from cancer a friend talked me into signing up for a Hawaaiian crop sponsored by my LSS as a way to lift my spirits. ($65)

All went well until after lunch. The owner got up with the microphone and started sharing all of her problems: Trials with her kids, problems at the store.... She went on to talk about her battle with breast cancer and people she'd lost and so on - for about 40 minutes or so. So depressing and rambling in a tone of voice that makes people run from buildings as if they are on fire!

Eventually, I couldn't take it anymore and I ran to the bathroom and sobbed for about an hour. Just couldn't stop crying - because I missed my mother and this lady just reminded me that I was SAD. I came to the crop to cheer up. I know that crops are supposed to bring people together so they can share life experiences and build friendships etc. But this woman had no off switch! As much as I tried to tune her depressing comments off she just droned on & on.

The only saving grace was that my friend won the grand prize at the end - and came home w/ a brand new rolling tote. - I came home with a headache & an empty wallet.

Gratefully, years later, we have a good laugh anytime she brings up "The Crying Crop." Isn't it great how time can put all things into perspective?

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Posted: 8/23/2007 11:56:30 PM
I don't like to go out to crops because I never get much done!

My first experience with scrapbooking was when a friend of mine was hosting for a CMC (2000). She wanted the hostess gift and someone backed out a few days before hand. She needed to have 5 people to get that gift. My son was under 6 months old and I told her I was interested but my hubby had to work and I had no one to look after my son. She said to bring the playpen and that it was fine. I didn't know much about scrapbooking at the time. She had shown me her CM albums and I wanted to start for sure. This was one of those parties where you bring a bunch of pictures and the CMC introduces you to all her stuff and get to do a 2 page layout. At the time our car needed some repairs done so I only had the $15 fee and a little bit to buy something cheap. My friend told me I didn't have to buy a thing. So I went and didn't expected the CMC to snub me. My son was no problem at all. He played quietly in his playpen ( I would NOT be able to do that with my daughter, she's a ball of energy!). The ladies there didn't even notice him.
So I get two pages to do my layout on. I brought of course baby pictures of my son. CMC gave me 4 triangles of paper, a sheet of baby theme stickers and I was able to use the pens provided. Easy enough. Then when we were done, came the sales pitch. Want to buy anything? I think the problem was the ladies there were buying around $400 worth of product EACH! They were my friend's mom's friends. Grandmas with money to spend and were buying some albums. I was thinking of buying some pens or stickers. So I'm last. CMC gets to me and wants to know what kind of albums I'd like. I was so embarrassed because she was acting likes he assumed I'd be like those grandmas with lots of money. I thought I'd just be upfront and told her that I really liked all the product but didn't have much to spend now. She threw a fit. She had my pages in her hands and just thrust them back at me. She didn't even seem to want to know what I'd like to buy so I just squeaked out if I could have my free scissors. I did get them and got some weird thing about her being pregnant and needing to make more money. My friend was horrified this lady was so rude to me. My friend and her mom had bought a lot off of her.
And then later I got this call from the CMC asking me if I wanted to become a CMC! Sure, be rude to me and then want me to join your team.

Anyway, I still have those scissors. I recently got one of the corner rounders because my hubby has a co-worker who is a CMC. She found out I scrapbooked and asked him if I wanted anything. I said only the corner rounder but if it was too much trouble being a small order that was okay. She gladly got me my corner rounder.


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Posted: 8/24/2007 7:40:58 AM

I turned - grabbed the sign and then got body slammed against the wall by an overly competitive cropper. She ripped the sign out of my hand by tearing it in half... stomped on the inside of my foot bringing me to tears and left my pizza sliding down the wall of the conf. room.

All I can say is...


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Posted: 8/24/2007 9:34:39 AM
For a long time I scrapped at a church with a bunch of uber religous ladies. I was respectful of their beliefs and they mine. I have always had a lot of fun but this one time this lady got on my nerves.

So one crop night it was only going to be me, my bff, and one other lady. The crop organizer couldn't be there and called the other lady and told her to mind her p's and q's because there was a "non" Christian there. (I hear about this after the fact.)

So she comes in and immediately turns the radio station because she doesn't like any of that country and western stuff. It's just horrible. Turns it to a Christian station.

Then she turns to us while she's getting out her stuff... "So and So told me that there was a non-Christian going to be here. Which one of you is it?"

My friend and I just looked at each other and didn't answer her. Then after a while and her commentary... we started in talking about the horror movie coming out.. The Omen and how it was coming out on 6/6/06.. we were cracking up. Passive Agressive? Sure but it was entertaining.



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Posted: 8/24/2007 12:13:17 PM
About 5 years ago I went to a scrapbook camp run by a church. The bathrooms are dormitory style with a row of about 8 sinks with mirrors and the showers are directly across with plenty of privacy. It is a really nice facility.

I ended up being one of the last two to take our morning shower. The other person was in her shower already when I got to the bathroom. After I got out of the shower, toweled off and put my robe on in private, I was stopped dead in my tracks. There was the other scrapper, just out of the shower, drying her long gray hair, in all of her "large-ness" (very big woman).....................................BUCK NAKED! I mean--BUCK NAKED!!!!! She was a very chatty person and immediately starts to talk it up with no qualms of the situation. Keep in mind she is about 65 years old.

Then when I tried diverting my eyes, I got the back view of her from the mirrors over the sink. I'M BLIND--I'M BLIND or at least I thought I was going to be. I am a big woman as well, but I saw a sight that I just never thought I would see in a life time. The whole time she was engaging me in conversation.

I gotta say I was shaken up the rest of the weekend :>

And if the horror wasnt enough that weekend....a couple of weeks later, my daughter and I were in Target and we spot the lady ---my daughter then informs me "There is my subsitute teacher over there"..."I'm gonna go say HI". I quickly "REMEMBER" I left my checkbook at home and we high tail it out of there.

At another crop.....

I got a very last minute invite from one of the women from my church for small crop at her home. I accept and then remember that I had already offered to take another "friend 2" around to some lss (she was a new scrapbooker). I called and explained the situation and the church friend 1 said "well bring her along". This was very nice of my church friend 1 to offer as she knows what a pain this woman can be.

Luckily, we drove seperate cars and arrive at the crop at the same time. We settle in and my "friend 2" immediately starts dominating the conversation. Then she begins to tell of some orthopedic problems her son is having...."He's walks like a gimp"...."he looks like a RETARD"...."no one will want to be his friend walking like that!" She is saying it in a loud voice hoping to have an audience in all of us.

I was speechless and words just wouldnt come out of my mouth. Not only is it just not politically correct to say such stuff but the worst part was one of the other scrappers there HAS A MENTALLY RETARDED SON WITH A MULTITUDE OF PROBLEMS! Oh, it was aweful. And the whole time she was doing all these motions to mimic handicalpped people. Finally I squeeked out a "that is a horrible thing to say". We had been there about an hour and I made an executive desicion to leave knowing that she would not stay without me there.

A couple of weeks later "friend 2" calls me to scrapbook. I tell her I am still upset about what she said even though I know she did not know the woman had a mentally retarded son. She then starts getting all this attitude and saying "Those women barely know me and they don't even know who I am or what I meant by saying those things...blah....blah...blah and other non sense. She said that they shouldn't be so judgemental of HER! Oh good grief! And no, we are no longer friends.


And yet at ANOTHER crop...

A small group (3) of us decided to go on a scrapbook retreat and rented out a home. We extended the invitation to another gal--a person that we only know casually and she accepted.

We got settled in and had been happily scrapping when the gal said "I can't really get going until I jam out to my CD music--and I want you all to join me".

Wellll.....I knew this was not something I was going to be comfortable with. We are all a bunch of God fearing, church going women, but our friend had "just found the Lord" and was what most would describe as holy roller. Our few hours of scrapping had been pepper with spontaeous prayers, shouts of praise and other surprising behaviors.

As she is putting the cd on to play "head banging Christian rock music", we all look at each other as to what to do. I finally said "I am just not comfortable doing that--you all go right ahead without me". The other 2 women concur with me and our friend goes right ahead dancing, bopping her head, flailing her arms and screeching along with the song. All the while we just continure to scrapbook with her gyrating inches away from us.

I'm sure I have some other stories......

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Posted: 8/25/2007 4:29:06 PM
these are awesome..
any canadian tragedies?



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Posted: 8/25/2007 9:24:06 PM
I forgot about my one bad crop...I've been very fortunate obviously.

It was a CM crop. We paid for our meals and for the crop. we got our lunch and the CM lady had her entire family come and gobble up the food that we paid for so we couldn't even go get more food. We never got invited back to her crops though she speaks to me whenever she sees me I still think she heard my friends grumbling about how we paid to feed her family.

My sister went to her one and only crop at a CM crop. One of her friends had an album that wasn't CM and the demonstrator told her that she was not allowed to crop because it wasn't CM. The friend just had to sit there the rest of the evening because she wasn't allowed to work on her stuff...I'm assuming she rode with someone. Can you imagine? I would have called someone to come get me and take me home.

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Posted: 8/26/2007 10:23:22 AM
I would have told that CMC: "No, this is the album that I brought to work in, and I'm going to use it, right here and now."

CMCs don't have any right to dictate what product anyone uses -- even at their crops.

I know. I am a CMC.

Here's the deal: Yes, a CMC is a business person, and would like to make a buck if you buy their CM products. But, if you are paying to attend a crop, no matter who hosts it, you have every right to bring whatever supplies you already own and use them. Think about it: When you crop at your LSS, is everything that you bring with you in your bags from that LSS? Does that LSS make you use only the products that they carry? NO! Then how could it be any different for a CMC?

It's time to stand up to these militant CMCs so they quit giving the rest of us normal CMCs a bad name!


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Posted: 8/26/2007 11:00:26 AM

The Gumby story cracked me up!!! I can just picture the guy all upset because of the missing Gumby, and then his surprise when Gumby returned with all his souvenirs!!! I probably wouldn't ever take a teddy bear on a cruise, but it sounds kind of cute


While I would have no problems bringing my bear (see my avatar) on a cruise, he'd stay in my room. With a magazine. And the TV on. hehehe.

The whole Gumby thing ended up being quite a story at work. We have an intranet site and it was posted on that along with some of the pictures from his trip. I went to his office to see the scrapbook in person, along with the box with the beer can attached. hehehe. It was great.

I had forwarded that story to the friend that I do the traveling DBs with and it turns out she has a Gumby. When I went to Washington a couple of years ago she sent him along as a surprise. Here is a picture of Gumby and Giggler (her DB) on the observation deck at the Space Needle. And for the record, her mom is the one responsible for the sweater. hehehe


And here's a shot of 'the gang' at the Canada-US border waiting to return to the US.


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Posted: 8/26/2007 11:21:14 AM
too funny, did gumby and friends declare anything at the border?



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Posted: 8/26/2007 11:35:54 AM

too funny, did gumby and friends declare anything at the border?


They tried to, but the agent wasn't interested. They even tried showing their receipts and their pretty Canadian money but all he did was look at our documents and wish us a nice day.

I must say, it was easier getting back into the US than it was going into Canada. heh


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Posted: 8/26/2007 2:43:12 PM
"I turned - grabbed the sign and then got body slammed against the wall by an overly competitive cropper. She ripped the sign out of my hand by tearing it in half... stomped on the inside of my foot bringing me to tears and left my pizza sliding down the wall of the conf. room. "

So I was teaching at the CTMH convention in 2005 at the Mirage in Las vegas. I hadn't really partaked in anything extra cause I had been so busy dealing with my display boards and other requirements. So, I get to the part of the convention where they are showing us all the new products and introducing the new style of stamp pad. I was 2 feet from the lady in the center aisle who was giving away some free ones so she opened the bag and I reached in, some cow comes behind me, steps on my foot, grabs my hand that is holding the stamp pad and proceeds to squeeze the life out of my hand. I took my other hand and dug my nails as hard as I could into her hand. PSYCHO! I seriously thought she broke my hand. I ended up getting my black stamp pad. I almost socked her cause I was sooo angry.


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Posted: 8/26/2007 3:09:06 PM

some cow comes behind me, steps on my foot, grabs my hand that is holding the stamp pad and proceeds to squeeze the life out of my hand]


WTF is wrong with these people? That just disgusts me that women would resort to violence to get something for free. It's sickening.


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Posted: 8/26/2007 10:06:25 PM
that's too cute smurf... canadian customs can be pricks at times..



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Posted: 8/26/2007 10:20:31 PM
Loving this thread! More please?!!!


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Posted: 8/28/2007 9:35:55 PM
Hey, folks, I'm going into Nightmare withdrawal....

Keep them coming please.

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Posted: 8/28/2007 11:25:52 PM
This entire thread is the BEST EVER!! Keep it going!



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Posted: 8/29/2007 12:00:09 AM
ok, i laughed out loud a few times. the naked guy? i'm still laughing & i would have wet my pants if it happend to me. thank u ladies for making me laugh & for making me realize how lucky i am. never been to a weird crop. my cmc is totally cool & she thinks i'm nuts w/ all my embellies & stuff but she never makes me feel bad about it. i love crops altho i'm getting to the point where it's hard to transport all my junk so i have to be very, very organized & power layout myself.


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Posted: 8/30/2007 12:13:41 AM
This was not at a crop... but at an expo.

The expo had a contest with numbers on the ground. They will tell you when it was time and will call out a number. The first person who stand on the number that they called out wins a prize. Well... I seen a lot of running and pushing and arguing who was there first. All in all, I thought it was pretty interesting. But I was more into the make and takes and shopping.


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Posted: 8/30/2007 8:40:41 PM
Mine isn't as horrid as some (that baby barf one wins that award), but here goes:

A friend and I went to one of those crop getaway weekends. She knew the lady organizing it, and there was room for 10 people. Nine spaces were taken. Then the crop company that runs the events called and said they had one woman who was by herself and wanted to join us and would come up Saturday. Fine. Well, this woman had a big time drinking problem. She started on the Margueritas, in these giant glasses, early in the evening and was pretty tipsy by around 10:00. For some reason the alcohol acted as a stimulant, and she was up most of the night. By morning she was so hung over we couldn't get her out of bed to leave. The hostess had to stay until she was alert enough to drive home.

Then there was the food thing. We were all supposed to chip in for food, but a couple of the women decided to bring there own. We picked up the food on the way over, but when we got there we found that the 'Bring Your Own Food' women had hogged almost the entire fridge with their stuff. Worst part is, they mostly ate our food and snacks all weekend. I even overheard one of them on the phone talking about how they'd brought all this food and hadn't needed to use much of it. Leaches.


My other, much shorter story happened at a CKU. I live in Orange County, CA, and am a big Angels baseball fan. I went to CKU Anaheim the same week that the Angels were in the World Series finals, so I wore my baseball hat and shirt. Well, San Francisco was winning the game at that point and these women at another table, obviously from up north, started making nasty remarks to me about the game. I don't mean smack talk, which is fun, but just rude stuff. They were drinking, and were pretty loud and obnoxious. I guess the joke ended up being on them, since my Angels took the series.

Lovin' this thread!


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Posted: 8/30/2007 11:07:59 PM
This thread is hysterical.

I don't have any real nightmares but a few isolated incidents when:

- someone wouldn't stop singing for HOURS
- humming incessantly
- a Tarzan call
- someone standing over me for HOURS talking while I am trying to scrap but feeling rude because I feel I have to look up at them while they are speaking to me. I ended up just going to bed because I couldn't stand it anymore.
- someone sitting and continuing to scrap while my friends and I pack up tables & clean when the crop is over
- early on (1997) at a crop and I go to the bathroom and someone takes the liberty to "crop" my photos for me to "show" me how to do it. Before digital. I was not happy.
- Not having enough room (this makes me crazy)
- someone asking every few minutes to borrow a supply (and making me dig around for it). I don't mind but after awhile if their gonna keep coming back, just take it. They know I'm gonna say ok.

All that being said, I LOVE to crop with my friends (especially Michele, Renee, & Jane) None of these comments are regarding you guys but you probably know who almost all of them are about! I also would hate to hurt anyone's feelings. That's one of the fun things about crops - all the people watching and fun conversations.

I do draw the line at the baby puke in my stuff though.




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Posted: 8/30/2007 11:34:22 PM
This is exactly why I don't go to crops! Keep 'em coming ladies...



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Posted: 8/31/2007 12:52:33 AM
Mine isn't as good as the others, but I crop with a group of ladies. There was one woman (I'll call her Dora) who would show up and talk nonstop. Her conversation was of absolutely no interest to anyone but herself. Mostly minute details about her kids lives, as she apparently had no life of her own. It eventually got so we'd all try to arrive early so we wouldn't have to sit with her. Even the normally extremely tolerant nice ladies (not me!) couldn't take it. It got to the point where we would look at each other and get the giggles. Then of course, she would want to know what we were laughing about.

She always talked about how poor she was so she couldn't afford all the stuff we had, but she had a new car, and lots of materials. She of course could never hostess for various reasons. I think she was just too cheap to supply the snacks that each person always provided.

"Dora" would talk so much she wouldn't finish anything. When the time came to go, she never failed to borrow somebody's supplies, and frantically work on a project, making the unfortunate supply owner (and hostess) wait for her to finish-I think I waited 45 minutes one time. Of course she would continue with her nonstop talk even while people were waiting for her.

Finally people just quit inviting her. I think she has a good heart, but nobody could take her nonstop yakking. One day I saw her talking the ear off a saleswoman at one of my LSS. I actually hid so she wouldn't see me! I just kept track of where she was by keeping an ear open for her and was thankfully able to avoid her.

I have loved reading these stories!


Cheers-
Nancy

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Posted: 8/31/2007 2:15:33 AM
Okay, these stories are funny. I am sorry for so many of you for paying for such horrible experiences, but the stories really are funny. Mine doesn't come close to your bad experiences, but here it is anyway.

I haven't been to a crop in years, but the last one I went to was because friends wanted me to come and another friend, a CMC, was hosting it. They all knew I used mostly non-CM supplies and told me it was fine. They ended up having a prize for the most completed pages. All night the ladies, CMC included, were looking at my pages and asking about the supplies, etc. I ended up finishing the most pages. When it was time to give out the prize, the CMC told everyone that I had completed the most pages, and they were very nice, but since I used non-CM supplies on them I couldn't win the prize. She gave it to someone else.

It wasn't a big deal to me not to get the prize because I had a great time with my friends, the reason I went in the first place, but hey, why did she keep commenting to me all night that I was finishing the most pages and would probably win the contest?


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Posted: 8/31/2007 7:23:20 AM
This isn't exactly a crop story, but it was a nightmare so I'll share -- I'm a CTMH consultant, and a woman asked me to do a party that was 30 miles away. She said it would be a mother-daughter party for about 20 people -- moms and their 11-year old daughters. We communicated several times in the 2 weeks leading up to this -- "How many RSVP's do you have?" Blah, blah, blah. Everything is great! "Oh they're all really excited!" she says. Now I had only met this person at another party, so I didn't really know anything about her, other than she lived in a "townhome" as she told me.

I drive the 30 miles, and no, it's not a townhome, it's low-income apartments in a seedy part of town. I'm thinking -- I don't feel good about this. I get in the lobby and the first smell I smell is -- urine. I get to the door, and there are about 6 girls there, but NO MOMS. Hostess tells me some of the moms backed out at the last minute, but some are coming. I then realize, this is not a mother-daughter party, this is her daughter's slumber party. A couple more girls show up, no moms of course. My blood is boiling, but I'm keeping my cool, as I realize this woman totally duped me and I am now the free birthday entertainment for her daughter's party. Mind you, when I do a gathering, I cut and prepare projects for the amount of people the hostess has told me are RSVP'ing. Under my breath, I quietly mention to Mom that this is not anything like what she told me it was going to be. She casually says, "I can't help it -- I can't force people to come."

So I have all these smiley, active little girls all ready to do a CRAFT!!! Rather than waste my projects, I pull out the blank card out of each project and give them some stamps, ink and a white card. They have a blast. In 15 minutes 3 of my stamp pads are ruined even though I explained several times how to clean a stamp. One little girl pulls a $5 out of her pocket and says, "My mom told me I could buy something with this." I told her "that's ok Hon, you don't have to buy anything." So after about 20 minutes, I say, "OK, we're all done now", quickly clean up the mess and tell Mom, "I'll be leaving now." She says, "I'll call you with some outside orders". Yeah, right. Needless to say, I didn't expect her to call back, nor did I ever want to lay eyes on her again.

At the very least, some little girls had fun for a few minutes, that's about the only redeeming thing to this whole thing. It happened over 4 years ago, and I still feel pissed when I think about it!!!




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Posted: 8/31/2007 8:01:46 AM
Really only one situation that was more of an annoyance about a conversation intruder, than a nightmare. My friend and I were having a private conversation about being working moms. My oldest is three and her daughter is just over one, so our kids are young. Anyways, we're talking about how we're happy with our positions at work, and not really wanting to advance much more at this point in our lives. Well, this woman, who had been adding her 2 cents to our conversations all night and who has no kids of her own, proceeds to tell us that she doesn't understand women like that and that she could never do that. And continues to go on.


Really, I don't expect to have a conversation at a crop and not have it be overheard, but if you're going to force yourself into the conversation as a complete stranger, at least have some tact!


~Stacy




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Posted: 8/31/2007 2:14:38 PM
Geez, that reminds me of a time an eavesdropper butted in on a conversation I was having. It wasn't at a crop, it was at a local Perkin's restaurant. My cousin and I were having a piece of pie and catching up on some family issues. We weren't talking loudly, just normal conversation to one another. We were talking about my sister, and how her marriage is going. When we moved on to another topic, some guy from another table (eating alone), asks us to go back to the previous topic because he wanted to know more about my sister!

I was floored! I actually gave him a piece of my mind - but then my cousin was embarrassed, so we just left.

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Posted: 8/31/2007 7:17:49 PM
I have some scrappin' friends, and we try and get together most every year for the last 10 years or so. We met online and finally decided to get together and meet in Texas. We live in all different parts of the country. I think at that time there were about 12 or 13 of us. Something came up in our daily emails and one gal got ticked off. To this day I can't remember what it was. She said she wasn't going on the trip with any of us. We were all very FINE with that! She was showing her psycho side towards that ending point anyway. Well, I came from CA, and others came from MI, OK, and FL. I got to the hotel with one of the TX gals and we went to check in and all our rooms were cancelled!!!!!!! Our other TX gal got onto the checkin people about why would we cancel our rooms at the last minute....It was amusing! We tease her to this day about how she can tell it like it is in the middle of a hotel lobby! I think for that part ot be funny, you had to be there. Anyway, come to find out, psycho loopie called and cancelled our rooms. I have to add that it was a home game for the MLB team that plays right there by the hotel. (can't remember which team), so the hotel was BOOKED! I have to give credit to Marriott who found us rooms at another one of their hotels nearby, and got us moved back the next night when the rooms opened up. Just watching the bellboy moving 9 womens scrapping supplies and suitcases TWICE was kinda funny. We tipped him big time! We found out later that psycho loopie got into one of our other loopies email account and found out where we were staying, so that is how she was able to cancel. She had all our info. It turned out to be a fun weekend anyway despite her.

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Posted: 8/31/2007 11:46:37 PM
Oh my gosh JackySue, psycho is right -- I hope you all never told her about it, she was probably dying to hear how it all played out. That's awful!




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Posted: 9/1/2007 2:44:01 AM
Oh, I have a story.

My sister in law, Anita, is a TALKER. Talk talk talk talk talk. Nice as the day is long, but is adult attention deprived. She was very pregnant with her second child; had a 4 year old at home. (Christopher) Her husband, my brother in law Ryan, JUMPED at the opprotunity for Anita to come with me to a saturday crop. I invited her to come becuase I felt sorry for her that she never goes out anywhere, and her husband was always going out. And with this second baby almost here, the odds of getting out for her after the birth were slim to none. So we're going to a woman's house whom I knew by association. I knew about a third of the women there. Everyone was totally nice, no problems. Well, the problem had come with ME. Girls, Anita talked NON STOP from the second we got there. "Oh, my cousin has this style house!" "Hey, I painted MY living room this color too! Did you go to home depot?" "I am so glad to get out! My husband tells me, go out! go out! but with Christopher at home I just can't get out, he hates to be away from me" blah blah flippin BLAH. But she was just getting warmed up! Oh my Lord, she talked the WHOLE time. Then when women on the OTHER side of the room graciously started their own conversations at a normal tone of voice, Anita SPOKE LOUDER, thinking they couldn't hear her! She kept people's gazes in her stare. So our CMC gets there to show us new product, etc, and I run outside. I'm like "OMG YOU HAVE TO HELP ME! ANITA WONT SHUT UP!" (She and I are friends) So she was great, she took on the bulk of anita talking and showed her the basics, becuase, btw, Anita CANNOT SCRAP. IT LOOKS LIKE CRAP. So as the cmc and I go back into the house, Anita's voice is filling the house and she's telling everyone about her alocholic brother!! HOW did this come up, I'm thinking. Well luckily Anita couldn't stand to be away from her 4 year old and left after only I think 2 hours. I carried her stuff out to her van with her (remember,she's 8 months pregnant) and I walk back into the house. It's quiet. Silent. I walk back to my seat and sit down. I said "Oh my God, I am soooooo sorry." And every BUSTS UP LAUGHING. I appologized for like 10 minutes. "I had NO IDEA it would be like this! She never gets out, and I guess I don't have to tell you that! I swear I'll never bring her to another crop club again!" and on and on. Everyone laughed, just glad she was gone. They said "Oh man, I don't think she took a single breath!" "I finally had to look away, and she didn't miss a beat." Oh, it was terrible. TERRIBLE. Thank God all the girls laughed it off. Oh, and at one point anita was talking about her birth with christopher. . .in detail. *shaking my head*


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Posted: 9/1/2007 3:16:05 AM
LOL!
At least you admit to bringing the nightmare.



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Posted: 9/2/2007 3:23:26 PM
This isn't a nightmare so much but a post earlier reminded me of when I was the nightmare once.

I went to a crop when I was about 8.5 months pregnant with my second child, and I was HUGE. Seriously, I look back at pictures now and am shocked at how large I was.

Anyway, I had braxton hicks contractions throughout my pregnancy starting at around 28 weeks. I was sitting in a really uncomfortable office chair type thing and since I was uncomfortable, my braxton hicks were getting stronger. It was about 4 hours into the crop when I got a really strong contraction, and I gasped and grabbed my belly. All of a sudden I hear silence and I look up and every single person in the room is staring at me. I was SO embarrased and I just mumbled sorry and said something about the braxton hicks.

I felt like such an idiot though because apparently everyone thought I was going to go in labor at any minute. I didn't even gasp that loud but apparently it was loud enough to scare the crap out of everyone.

So yeah apparently I was the nightmare at that crop!!


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Posted: 9/2/2007 3:40:42 PM

canadian customs can be pricks at times..


Actually, Nazzylimpea, the agent going back into the US was an American customs agent. The one who sent me to immigration earlier that morning was the Canadian one. And the one who didn't want to see the gangs' purchases and receipts was quite yummy looking and very nice.


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Posted: 9/2/2007 9:53:44 PM
My crop nightmare story isn't very funny, but it was a nightmare to me. I went to a crop and I couldn't scrap anything. I had some kind of mental block and couldn't do a single page. I tried flipping through magazines, but it didn't work. I still had fun hanging out with my mom and sisters, but I was so dissapointed that I didn't scrap anything.

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Posted: 9/2/2007 10:23:55 PM

but I was so dissapointed that I didn't scrap anything.



I feel for you -- I was kinda the same way at my last crop last month -- too many stressful things going on and not enough time to calmly plan what to bring. It was awful -- I got two pages 1/2 done because I forgot so much stuff. I made a couple of cards. 12+ hours, 2 cards, 2 incomplete pages. It sucked! I've never done that before.




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Posted: 9/3/2007 2:35:48 AM
OMGosh - these stories are GREAT! I've been reading them all evening while I've been printing pictures to work on at the big 3 day crop I'm going to next weekend. I've got a few crop stories for ya!

I go to a huge crop every year. A few years ago I signed up to do the Secret Pal thing. I bought my secret pal several little gifts (a pack of eyelets, brads, candy bar, soft drink, etc) thinking that is what normal people would do.

Well the woman who had drawn my name bombarded me with gifts all weekend. Every time I left my seat I would return to find a gift bag FULL of scrapping stuff. At first it was really cool. But then it got annoying. I could tell that the giver was someone sitting near me because everyone at a nearby table would stop and watch when I found a gift in my chair. So I had to oooh and ahhh over everything so I wouldn't hurt the giver's feelings - whoever it was - I couldn't tell exactly who it was - not one of my friends that I went to the crop with. This went on for 3 days. By the 3rd day I wanted to throw the bags in the garbage. The giver was generous, but the stuff she was giving me wasn't my style - I would never use any of it - and it was stressing me out and taking me away from doing my pages. When I got home all the stuff she gave me completely covered my kitchen table. Also it made me feel really self-conscious about the crappy gifts I'd given my secret pal.

Another year at the big crop one of my buddies had forgotten her paper trimmer so she used mine the whole 3 day weekend. I will gladly share anything but my paper trimmer! When I got home I was telling DH about it and he said, "Why didn't you just buy another one?". Duh! I should have. I think she should have bought another one - there were vendors there.

The same friend who forgot the paper trimmer has to go to church on Sunday - even if we are at the yearly 3 day crop. One year she rode to the event with me and then on Sunday she HAD to go to church and had no way to get there. I know she was waiting on me to offer to take her, but I wouldn't do it - I wouldn't offer. She ended up getting a taxi. It put a damper on my day because I felt guilty for not taking her because I know that would've been the right thing to do. But I felt like she knew in advance that she wanted to go to church and would need transportation - she should have driven her own car. She drives her own car now.

There is a woman who goes to this same crop with us - she's not my friend - she's the friend of a friend but we all do everything together at the crop. Well, this woman is extremely hyper and LOUD! I remember the first time I met her (at the crop) she had a broken arm and she couldn't scrap without help. Guess who ended up helping her all the time? Yep - me!

Gosh, I shouldn't be thinking about this right now - I'm going to end up dreading this year's crop and its in a few days!

Cindy



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Posted: 9/4/2007 10:07:31 PM
I need more Oy Veys to liven my days.....


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Posted: 9/4/2007 10:34:46 PM
huh?



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Posted: 9/5/2007 6:42:56 AM
Oy vey! or Oy veh, (Yiddish: &#1488;&#1521; &#1520;&#1522 is an exclamation of dismay or exasperation meaning "woe is me" or "oh, no". This exclamation was borrowed from Yiddish. A related exclamation is "vey iz mir" (&#1520;&#1522;'&#1494; &#1502;&#1497;&#1512 — "woe is me" or "oy vey iz mir" (Yiddish: &#1488;&#1521; &#1520;&#1522;'&#1494; &#1502;&#1497;&#1512. Sometimes, Oy is just used by itself.

Keep those Oy Vey and Vey iz mir stories coming - there must be more.

Otherwise, I'm going on a crop next month after a long absence - perhaps I'll have a story tell. I hope not!




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Posted: 9/5/2007 6:51:34 AM
OOPS - guess 2Ps doesn't have the capability to print in Hebrew - my bad - (can somebody tell me how to delete that post that looks like alphabet soup?) -

Here's what I was trying to post:

Oy vey! is an exclamation of dismay or exasperation meaning "woe is me" or "oh, no". This exclamation was borrowed from Yiddish. A related exclamation is "vey iz mir" "woe is me" or "oy vey iz mir"
Sometimes, Oy is just used by itself.



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Posted: 9/5/2007 6:19:36 PM
Wow! These are scary/hysterical!
I'm grateful I have NO stories to add. I scrap with a good friend mostly and sometimes a great group from church. Thanks to all my great scrappin buddies I have no tales of horror to share.
But don't let that stop the rest of you. I've been highly entertained!



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Posted: 9/5/2007 7:59:40 PM
I have been without my scrap community for 3 months now, and I CRAVE a crop! I'd even appreciate a "nightmare crop", just to have one.



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Posted: 9/5/2007 9:24:14 PM
Got quite a few....

at a sleepaway crop with 52 women and 1 creepy man who was married to a cropper. He was spent the whole weekend wearing a mu-mu and hitting on the young girls in the room. One mother had a enough and got in his face when he started touching the 16yr old (shoulder and arms). His wife never said a thing, we actually never figured out who he belonged to.

Same group of woman different crop in a hotel..one woman made it her mission to sleep with as many men as she could that weekend. SHE LET US ALL KNOW WHAT SHE WAS DOING and bragged about it. Most of us were disgusted with her behavior and put her on ignore. Her table treated her like a queen. WTF is wrong with people.

A year later, a friend of the above ho invited her new boyfriend to stay in the hotel room but didn't tell or ask her roommates. dumbass, she just assumed they'd be okay with it. ya, 4 woman and 1 male stranger. They ended up having sex in his car in broad daylight with a lg group of stranger watching . Wooohooo we have some winners amongst us.

Another crop...crop started at 2pm friday, woman sets herself up and proceeds to crop thru friday night, saturday and goes to bed at 6am Sunday. At 11am Sunday, the 'awards' are given out and she wins "completing the most pages" basket. Her roomates, her friends and other croppers try to wake her up so she can claim her prize. She is out cold, nothing will wake her up. I even seen her with my own eyes, she didn't move or wiggle when prodded/yelled/coldpacks applied to back. Finally around 3pm she shows up pi$$ed that "we" let her sleep through the ceremony. She screamed into the crop room that we were all losers and she was going home. WTH. she packed her stuff up by throwing it all into bags and stormed out.


Stacey S_O

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Posted: 9/6/2007 12:32:35 AM
I went to a weekend crop in another town once with a friend. When we got their they said since we were "skinny" we could sit at the back table ( you know the one way in the back without decent lighting.) The table was actually two smaller tables - so a big crack down the middle. It also happened to have two different sizes so you couldn't put the page in front of you cause of the difference in table heights. But we decide to make the best of it and get comfy, we have a table for 4 so my friend and I sit next to each other and this nice gal comes and sits down too. Then another two scrappers come to join us - they both made several trips in with all there things. They of course were supposed to be at the same table and so now we have 5 of us in the dark little table. If we werent feeling claustraphobic enough the other scrappers start setting up --they haul out these 3 foot high wooden tool displays that pretty much block us off from any glimpse of life ANd of course they set them up to maximize their own space --which greatly affected ours. What they didnt have on the table piled up to heaven they put in the aisle so on occasion would get up to get something out of these totes. Each time they stood up they pushed the table a little bit in an effort to get up - unfortunatly we had a solid wall and were getting sandwiched in between it and the table. My friend was a smoker so every time she needed to go out - the three of us had to stand up and scoot into the remaining aisle so she could get up and smoke. Air got a bit hot and stuffy too as we had no ventilation. The rest of the room all knew each other and sounded like they were having fun - but we couldnt see over "the wall" to know for sure. We came to realize that the gal who was running the crop just wanted to squeeze in this extra table to keep her costs down. Funny thing was there was a NICE BIG table for their swap stuff that only got looked at a few times.
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