Friday, July 5, 2013

A Week of Winners

No Butts About It

When Madelyn Sheaffer went to the Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence, Missouri on Tuesday, the last thing she expected was that her bathing suit would cause a disturbance. 

Sheaffer, 43, said after she got into the pool with her niece and nephew, two teenage employees approached her and told her to put on shorts because her bottoms were too small. 

A supervisor backed up their decree by saying she needed to cover up or leave the park. “I just felt like I was singled out,” Sheaffer told KSHB-TV. “I felt like it was both age and body discrimination and I felt like I could look around me and I could see a handful of other girls half my age, wearing the same size swimming suit and not being singled out and told to put on clothes or leave.”

Sheaffer then asked that the water park officials call the police to have her removed so that she could file a complaint against the park. On her Facebook page, she wrote that the officers who showed up sympathized with her plight: "We can't actually say anything," they said as we walked outside, (as it is a city owned park), ..but I hope from the expressions on our face you can tell how we feel," They were compassionate. They too, thought it was ridiculous.
Officials at the Adventure Oasis Water Park had no comment about the incident preferring to have the Independence, Mo., City Manager handle press inquiries since the park is on city land. The City Manager was unavailable, but an assistant said that "the facility made the call and we rely on their judgment."

I don't get the impression this swimmer is worried about covering up.

What??? Aren't exposed body parts the norm everywhere.  I think there is a right to bare arms.... and boobs and butts at the pool.

Most Devious Way to Knock Out the Competition Award

Everyone is against something.  This week there seems to be an effort in New Mexico to get people off their computers.

Officials have finally identified the culprit behind a 20-hour Internet and cellphone outage last week in northern New Mexico -an eager beaver. 

CenturyLink spokesman David Gonzales told The Associated Press on Friday that a hungry beaver chewed through the fiber line last week. He says the biting evidence was discovered by contractors who worked to repair the outage.

Officials say more than 1,800 Internet users were affected by the blackout. The number of cellphone users without service during that time is still unknown.

CenturyLink owns a fiber-optic cable that runs from Taos to Interstate 25.

 I sense a conspiracy here.  Who said it was the beaver?

Best Maid of Honor Award

Jennifer Gabrielli from Redondo Beach, Calif. boldly switched up the lyrics to Eminem’s “Without Me” to deliver a rousing speech tailor made for her sister’s wedding.

The 24-year-old bridesmaid threw a black sweatshirt over her blue bridesmaid’s gown and pumped the hood up before belting out some sweet rhymes.

“Now this looks like it’s meant to be, so everybody just toast with me. Raise your glasses if you’re thirsty, ‘cause tonight we’re here to P-PAR-TEE,” Gabrielli said while the camera panned towards a slightly shocked but smiling audience.

 “I didn’t want to get up there and get nervous and forget everything or start to cry,” the Maid of Honor told ABC News.

Gabrielli works as an administrative assistant at a California university, but she’s been memorizing, playing, and writing songs since her school days. So when her sister Nicole decided to tie the knot with her fiance Blake, Gabrielli wanted to get personal.
“All I intended to do was to write about stuff that matters to us,” she said. “Towards the end I say, ‘I love you bigger than the sky,’ that’s something my parents and sister and I always say to each other.”

And when her moment came, Gabrielli walked right into it without any reservations, earning a standing ovation from the 200 guests.


I am not a fan of rap but I followed enough of this to determine that this little sister is clever and sweet....OH and very brave.


Just Keepin' It Real Folks said...

OK, the toast made me cry. So sweet!!! Now, I really can't imagine why Ms. Shaeffer was asked to leave that water park. She has her own personal flotation devices strapped to her chest. Could have come in handy!

lisleman said...

very good maid of honor toast.

swimming in briefs - I suspect there was some age discrimination. She should contact Cher for supporting her cause.
telecom beavers - they were just chewing for a better connection.

Cheryl P. said...

Yah and not one mention of too much boobage showing. The issue seemed to be with the bottom of her suit and none of the pictures show that. Still...even if her ass was hanging out, you just know that there were worse examples of exposed body parts at that park. I have to think there was some ageism involved.

Cheryl P. said...

That has to take the prize for the most unique wedding toast. I thought she was very clever.

Yep, I think the two "young" pool employees were making some judgements that wouldn't of been applied to a 16 year old.

Or maybe the beavers were checking out if fiber optic really has fiber in it.

Chubby Chatterbox said...

I live in Beaverton, Oregon, and I'll be screwed id beavers gnaw through my computer cables, not that I've ever seen a beaver here.

AletaObrien said...

Age discrimination, I'd say she has a case. I'd tell her to get the information out there and let it affect their business. Ugh.

I'm not for rap either, but it takes guts to do something like that. Lol

Cheryl P. said...

Chatterbox..Hope you aren't getting two replies as I got an error message when I answered you the first time. What is Blogger's problem as of late???

As I was saying...We don't have beavers here in Kansas City but I have had my U-Verse cable gnawed through 5 times..yes FIVE times by my neighbors cable hating little mutt. Normally I like dogs but not dogs that eat cable lines and knock out my Internet, phone and TV.

Cheryl P. said...

I agree, Aleta. This would of never happened to a young person with a young body. Since this is a city owned waterpark, I suspect nothing will come out of it. You can't fight city hall in most instances.

I think that little sister is so funny. I don't have a sister but I would be thrilled to have one go to that length to give me a wedding toast. Unfortunately, if I would of had a relative rap at my wedding...that just means they are drunk.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Beavers are Canada's national symbol. They are our initial invasion force against the USA. We have not forgotten the War of 1812.

Jo-Anne said...

I saw about that woman being kicked out of the water park on the news and thought how bloody rude, I hope she can sue then and win because the pricks had no bloody right to kick her about trying to make a woman feel less about herself

Riot Kitty said...

I am still laughing over the beavers! Regarding the water park, wtf? If she was 20 would they have done that? For that matter did they make all of the men without washboard stomachs cover up? Bastards. I hope she does sue.

Cheryl P. said...

Sheesh, you guys really hold a grudge. Actually, I think the beavers are pretty cute as unfortunately endowed with an over-bite rodents go but I wouldn't want the little boogers to be knocking my cable out.

Cheryl P. said...

I heard on the local news that the city can make the determination on who is dress appropriately or not...but that doesn't mean she can't sue them in civil court. The story is getting a lot of local pun intended.

Cheryl P. said...

Because that happened here in KC. (Independence is one of the suburbs) we have been hearing a lot about this. I am curious as well if there is going to be some sort of legal fall out. This morning she said on the news that several references were made about her "full" figure.

RK, you and I just think a lot of the same thoughts. I was talking to hubby about all the men that show too much at the pool and no one would think of saying something.

babs (beetle) said...

Love that toast! As for the bathing suit, it sounds like ageism to me too.

Cheryl P. said...

What a cute little sister to come up with that, huh?

Yes, ageism seems to be alive and rampant. While a lot of people wear inappropriate clothing, I can't believe that this woman was the only skimpily clad person as the waterpark that day.

Jewells said...

I LOVE Eminem, but that was the BEST toast EVAH!! LOLOL

Katherine Murray said...

OH MANNNNN! I wanna see her from behind!!!! The swim suit lady! i think she was brave wearing a two piece.... too bad she was singled out!

Cheryl P. said...

Oh JewellS!!!! I am so happy to see you here!!!!!

I bet this girl is a great little sis. How fun is she that she would stand up and rap a toast in front of 200 friends and family. I agree that is the best toast EVAH!

Cheryl P. said...

I, too would of liked to see a picture that indicated the problem...but still...I agree that she was singled out. There is no way that others didn't have questionable choices in their swimwear as well. Over exposure is the norm these days.

meleahrebeccah said...

Hmm -- I think it's a shame Madelyn Sheaffer was asked to leave the park because of her bathing suit. And I am sure there were other girls, younger than her, wearing much less. And quite frankly, good for her, for embracing her body enough to wear a bikini!

Wow - who knew a beaver could shut down the internet and cell service?!

I totally LOVE the video of the MOH! Totally creative and funny and awesome!!

Dexter Klemperer said...

I'm trying to imagine myself as a teenager approaching anyone and telling her to cover up or get out of the park. I wonder if they were wearing an FBI badge (Female Breast Inspector) that seemed so funny at that age. How does a teenager do that without snickering like Beavis and/or Butthead?

We once had a squirrel slowly gnaw through our cable tv cable. The tv picture slowly deterioated over 3 months until it finally went out completely. Beavers are so much more industrious.

abeerfortheshower said...

That rap was so white I just got the urge to buy a cardigan and take up badminton. But God bless her for trying.

Cheryl P. said...

Yes, especially if this was a age related judgement and I suspect it was. The thing about water parks is that there is a boat load of poor clothing choices and usually they aren't pointed out by the staff.

That little eager-beaver managed to irritate 1800 households.

I thought the MOH was really cute and clever. She clearly cares about her big sister.

Cheryl P. said...

You make a good point. The article said the two employees were young males. I, too think that would of been awkward.

Animals and cables just don't mix. After the neighbors dog chewed through ours 5 times, AT&T encased it in PVC.

Cheryl P. said...

Oh sure...very white version but I thought she was brave to come up with it. Plus it was just funny. What a sweet little sister. If she wanted it to be more authentic she would need to use some racial slurs and this would be a bad week to try to pull that off.

meleahrebeccah said...

Truly one of the best videos I've ever seen!