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29 Delivery Drivers Share The Weirdest Things That Happened With Their Orders In This Viral Thread

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Eating in is the new dining out. Just scroll through your bank statement of the last month and see how those delish treats reign the balance. But who doesn’t like their hot and steamy food delivered straight to the comfort of their home?
With a pandemic changing the ways we live, food deliveries have become a key part of our new reality. It’s now predicted that US restaurant delivery sales will rise an average of 12% a year to $76 billion in the next four years. So not only will we be eating in way more, we will also have more workers getting on board the delivery business.

And with that comes some very weird and funny real-time stories where food orders meet crazy, hangry, and sometimes, super nice customers. Let’s see some of the best stories from food delivery employees themselves who shared ‘what is the strangest scenario you have had with an order?’ in this viral thread.

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#1

I got one! That one time a followed a weird middle aged guy into his basement for a life affirming surprise….

Delivering pizzas my attitude is that nothing can really go that wrong so long as I drive carefully, avoid muggings, and never enter a customer’s home. When I was younger and hadn’t yet adopted that last rule I delivered a proper stack of pizzas to a really nice house in a very wealthy neighborhood where I was greeted by a classic mid 50’s suburbanite guy. I had like 50lbs of pizzas and he’ was just vibrating with excitement like a little kid asking me if I wanted to see something amazing in his basement where the pizzas were going anyway.

Yeah it sounds like a lot of red flag, but from his vibe and the amount of pizza he’d ordered I figured he was having some kind of game night with his buddies and was eager to show off his layout, entertainment system, bar, etc… Wealthy guys love showing the sweet toys they worked for to broke younger folks, and when you’re working for tips sometimes an «oooh» or an «aaah» at a car or in-home luxury you don’t care about is worth an extra $10. So I followed him into his huge house, preparing myself to express amazement at his whatever.

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We get down to the basement and it was a puppy party. A true and actual puppy party, some sort of adoption event he’d set up for his kids b-day. Exactly as I’d expected, there was a classic rich guy basement with a full bar and pool table and wall sized entertainment center and huge sectional couch and recliners. What I didn’t expect was a gaggle of 8th grade girls playing with DOZENS of puppies being supervised by handlers. Every kind of puppy I could imagine. I set the pizzas down on the bar and just sat on the floor and squealed and giggled while puppies tried to eat the smell of pizza off of me, succeeding only in devouring my heart through my face.

After a few minutes I stood up all teary eyed and flushed with happiness and the guy just grinned his understanding at me, gave me an envelope of cash, and sent me on my way. The hit of oxytocin and seratonin from those puppies still warms me years later… F**kin puppy party, man. My life is fuller knowing that can even happen.

#2

Took a big pizza order to a college dorm. It was like just under $200. When I go there I knew the code to get in because I had been a dorm head in the same building a few years earlier and there was one door with a code instead of swipe card.

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I knew exactly where the room was so I knocked and the guy opened it and said «hold on» and closed the door. I heard an alarming amount of movement in the tiny dorm. And about 2 minutes later they opened the door with no lights on. In the dorm was around 15 dudes all in cloaks and holding lightsabers. One addressed me as Master Jedi of the zaa technique. I was laughing so hard I almost dropped their drinks. They tipped like 100 bucks and said I could join their club anytime.

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#3

I worked for a delivery company about 6 years ago.. I got an order for a single cigar. Total cost of goods about $3. Delivery fee $13.50 (he lived way the hell out in the boonies.) He also tipped my like $10. Turns out he was drunk and «delivery fee is less than a DUI»

#4

I once had a delivery for 10 bacon cheeseburgers, but literally just as I parked in front of the address Skipthedishes called me and said the order had been cancelled. However the guy at the delivery address was sitting on his porch and saw me and he just goes «Skipthedishes?» so I say «yeah but they let me know the order’s cancelled». He says «yeah you’re the fifth delivery I’ve had, but this is the first time it’s been cancelled.»

Turns out he had gotten into a disagreement with a woman down the block and her way of getting back at him was by setting up a fake account for him and just delivery bombing him with ridiculous food orders (this was pre-pandemic when choosing cash payment was still allowed, so she didn’t have to pay anything up front to do this). Skipthedishes must’ve been in the process of blocking the account just as I pulled up.

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Anyway he and I laugh at how petty the whole thing is and then I accept my next order and start heading to the next restaurant. Except I am now in possession of 10 bacon cheeseburgers (good burgers too, if you’ve ever had a burger from 5 guys & fries they were very similar to that).

Anyway I eat one, but obviously I can’t eat 10 burgers so for the rest of my shift I got to be a hero by giving the gift of burger. Each time I would go to a restaurant to pick up my order I would give the restaurant worker a free meal. I also counter-offered burger to a homeless person that came up to my car to ask for money; he seemed surprised but he accepted.

Eventually once I was onto my last delivery at Montana’s I still had 2 burgers left so I gave them to a server working there and she just kinda melted, like she was seriously so touched, it was adorable. She was like «really?.. you’re just gonna give me free bacon cheeseburgers? Oh my god thank you so much.» I think she must’ve been due for meal break or something cause it was so sincere.

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More than one restaurant worker insisted on giving me something in return so I ended up with a stash of drinks in my car by the end.

#5

The delivery instructions were to «Beat on the door like you’re the cops, and then rawr like a T-Rex to scare my kids» I did this but a small extremely confused lady answered the door. Apparently the husband had written those instructions for a prior delivery and had not realized delivery instructions copy over to the next delivery if not.

#6

Drop-off instructions said «Text me when you arrive, and come to the side of the house. I broke my leg and I can’t come downstairs, but I’ll lower a backpack down to you on a rope. Your tip is in the loop on the back. Thanks!» I thought it was a setup, but turned out to be legit. I thought it was amusing!

#7

I delivered a pizza to a sketchy house. The guy who answered looked like a typical Alan Moore style weirdo. He asked if I liked cats. I said yes, ready to be murdered. He pulled out a baby bengal cat that literally had 6-8 toes PER PAW. It’s feet were so big with toes that it kind of looked like lynx feet. 10/10.

Also one time I got hit by a car right outside the house I was delivering to. My customer-first dumb ass still knocked on their door, scraped and bleeding, crying my eyes out, apologizing that their pizza got crushed as I fell down the hill. The lady said, «The pizza is not my concern right now.» And I was like ??? I learned a very valuable lesson. You can care too much about customer service. 2/10.

#8

I used to deliver for Dominos and was delivering during a night with freezing rain so it was very slick. I get to this one house with a steep driveway way with no way I could drive up. I tried multiple ways to walk up the driveway and even on the grass but would only make it a few feet. So I call the customer and explain the issue and they come out with a rope and I tie the pizza bag to it. So they pull it up the driveway take the pizza and put the cash in the bag with a .

#9

This is one of my favorite random interactions from my time as a delivery driver for a Japanese restuarant.

I was sent to this house with an order of a steak hibachi and a couple of sushi rolls that added up to something like $19.60. I liked to call before I got to a place, just to give people a bit of a head’s up, so by the time I got to the door it was already open. In the doorway stood a chubby kid, about 9 or 10 years old that reminded me a lot of the kid from Bad Santa, but without the curly hair.

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I tell him the total as I pass off his food. He hands me a $20 bill and with a straight face he smugly says, «Keep the change, pal.» Immediately after, he closes the door and I stood there for a second trying to process what just happened. When I got back to my car I noticed the time and realized it was way too early for that kid to be home from school. I couldn’t help but laugh at the whole situation.

I wasn’t even mad at getting a 40 cent tip because this kid probably faked being sick so he could stay from school and was probably in there watching TV or playing video games while eating sushi and feeling like a big shot. I know I would’ve at that age.

#10

I work for UberEats on top of my part time job. About two months ago, I was dropping off a Chick-fil-A order to a house not too far away from where I live. It was a pretty standard meet at door delivery. As soon as I pull up to the house, I hear my customer yelling «Nala, no!» This giant pitt bull, who I can only assume was Nala, comes barreling towards me as I’m taking the food out of the delivery bag in the backseat of my car. I thought the dog was just coming to say hello to me, and I like dogs, so I didn’t really mind. My own dog is excitable, too. But no. This giant dog leaps into the backseat of my car, looking around, jumping, doing all sorts of dog stuff. The customer and I spent the next few minutes coaxing the dog out of my backseat. He apologized profusely and increased the tip in app. I wasn’t mad about it, it’s my favorite delivery story to tell by far.

#11

A few years ago I was working for Doordash. I got a order for 27 slices of bacon from Waffle House. I thought it was a mistake so I text the customer and they was like «yeah man that’s what I want.»

Get the order and drive to their place. I knocked on the door. When he opens the door, smoke comes pouring out of the house. So much smoke I thought the Undertaker was there.

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There stood a man that was high as a kite. He goes «Mannnn….I’m so glad your here…I’m starving…..

I was like oh I noticed. I gave him the food and started walking away and hear him yelling » Your a hero mannnnn!»

#12

I used to deliver pizzas, and one time I arrived at a house at the same time as a driver from another pizza place. We looked at each other confused for a sec before we went to the door. Turns out they had some people over and one of the people there really liked one restaurant over the other, so much so that they ordered a separate pizza.

#13

I worked at a pizzeria making deliveries and one night someone ordered 10 boxes of pizza. So I go to the house and theres 1 car in the driveway. I ring the doorbell, someone answers and and sure as s**t the ENTIRE house was being hot boxed. This dude was higher than the car Elon Musk shot into space. So it’s just him and his wife in the house and the the total was about $205 and this man hands me $300. As I’m getting ready to give him change he goes «naaahhhh man I’m too high to do math right now, here take a slice for the road» and then proceeded to hand me 4

#14

I deliver for UberEats and last week I was delivering some wings to a dude. Simple delivery, leave at door, no contact. I compete the delivery and a couple minutes later my phone rings and I could tell it was coming from the customer through Uber. I thought something was wrong with the food, no, he called to thank me for delivering his food, cool, no problem, dude. Then my phone rings again, same number, and I ignored it, so he calls again, ignore. Dude calls AGAIN so I finally answer and he asked if he could have my number for future orders and I told him I didn’t think that would be appropriate and ended the call. I did a couple more deliveries after his and when I finally got home I get on Facebook and this dude tracked me down and sent me a friend request. F**king creepy. Deny. Block. Reported to Uber.

#15

Delivered a pizza to a guy, he grabbed it and went back inside to set it down and grab some cash for a tip. Left me standing there with the door open. I just waited on his porch until he got back. Then a little toddler, prolly 3 or 4 years old, walked up to the door, I smiled and waved, the girl said, “*sshole” and closed the door.

The man I delivered it to witnessed the whole thing, as he was walking back to the door. It was his granddaughter. We both laughed hysterically for like 3 minutes.

#16

About 10 years ago I was a driver for a certain red shirted a**hat’s chain. On one of my shifts I get an order for one of our regulars I had never delivered to yet. Part of his order is a cinnamon bread thing with frosting, he orders it with EXTRA frosting. So I make up the order and after I add extra frosting, my best friend that also worked there saw the food and was like NO DUDE, when that dude says extra he means absolutely bury that thing in frosting. So I drive to the address and the guy invites me in and has a quick conversation and I mention that a coworker straight up saved me because I didn’t realize how much frosting he wanted. Mind you this guy is probably a solid 350, no judgement just an observation, he’s also probably the nicest man on earth. Anyway he says «oh yeah the missus likes it that way» I’m thinking he’s referring to his wife. Nope, the man opens the box puts in on the floor and exclaims » Here’s your food fatass» I’m like oh no I want out of here before the missus comes out. Instead the until now unnoticed absolute unit of a cat appears and demolishes this thing. This cat was an easy 50lbs, by far the fattest cat I have or probably will ever see. Totally caught me off guard. The guy tipped me like $20 and I was on my way.

#17

I saw a woman give birth. I was delivering for a pizza place at the time, and we delivered to a large children’s hospital about a mile from the store. I pulled up to where we normally delivered (the valet loop), and a blue F150 comes flying in as I’m walking away. The driver jumps out of the truck screaming that his wife is giving birth, and out of the passenger side I can see plain as day a few mm of dilation staring me dead in the eye.

#18

I am a door dash driver, and ill never forget my weirdest drop off experience. It was a couple pizzas from Little Caesar’s, and it was in a location I’d never been before. I get there, and it is this sketchy ass rundown apartment building. It was dark outside and I was a single woman, so I was already on edge. The apartment I had to go to was in the basement of this building – oh great. So I get down there, and I knock on the door and I hear music from inside, death metal music. This guy opens the door and I can see into the dimly lit apartment, and seated on the ground is 5-6 people all sitting cross cross apple sauce in a circle, and they ALL turned to look at me when he opened the door. No one had eyebrows. NONE OF THEM. Not even the guy that opened the door. Needless to say, I swiftly gave him the pizzas and speed-walked back to my car. I don’t know what in the hell was going on in there, but I was not about to be part of it!!!

#19

Delivering for Pizza Hut in a s***ty part of town. I arrive to a run down house late at night. It’s dark. Nobody answers the door. I’m walking back to my car and several cars pull up. Large group of Hispanic dudes get out. One of them walks up to me and starts f**king with me. “What’s that pizza man? What you got huh? What you doing in this neighborhood hood?”. I’m about to piss myself. He starts laughing and slaps $60 in my hand for a $20 order and tells me to get outta there. Best tip I got working at that location. Quit soon after.

#20

A grown man who insisted that I refer to him as “Snow White”. He tipped pretty good though. I’d take the money and say “thanks Snow White” and get back in my car.

#21

Already a pizza on the porch. I was delivering Coldstone. It was a Sunday at 2pm. The guy open the door. The essence of weed hit me strong. His eyes blood shot. Classic rock on the radio. Guy in a plush robe. A girl dancing in the middle of the room. He said thank you. I picked up the pizza for him. He giggled. And I turned around laughing.

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Man was high on life and I was jealous of him in that moment

#22

I drive for Uber Eats and one time someone ordered Freshii (a healthy food/vegan place) and I saw that the order was: 8 small bags of chips. Not even anything off their menu, just 8 bags of chips.

Then while I was on my way to deliver it they messaged me twice in the app, the first time they said «Please» and the second message was «Be Careful»

To this day I have no idea what was going on, or why they didn’t go buy chips from the convenience store near their

#23

My boyfriend and I used to do grocery delivery. One time I had a woman order 33 oranges. Another time, he had someone order 24 jars of vanilla frosting. The store didn’t even have enough vanilla frosting in stock to complete the order. Then one week later, we saw that the same man placed another order for 20 more jars of vanilla frosting.

#24

Recently did a weird one. 14 bags of various chips, two 24packs of mountain dew, 12 cans of frozen juice, lots of bulk stuff like that.

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i ended up pulling up to an amish horse farm. the hell are these amish people drinking mountain dew for. They were very nice and the horses were beautiful

#25

I made a delivery to a dude with dreads wearing a NASA shirt. The dude said, «I think you forgot my honey mustard». He said this after only glancing in the bag… I told him that I would check in my car for another bag. No other bag. So I apologized and said that they never gave them to me, and that he’s going to have to call support. He thanked me and I left.

After a few more deliveries, I went back to pick up my last orders of the night. And I was told, «there’s some honey mustard off to the side here that you forgot, if you can drop these off with your other delivers, that would be great.. etc» I went to get those honey mustards. Fifty of them. It was fifty. Fifty dipping sauce cups of honey mustard. What?

#26

A guy I worked with had a delivery where the customer said to knock on the door and say “Food’s here b**ch” or no tip.

A couple weeks ago I had a customer pay in change. No big deal, happens sometimes. The weird part is that all the change wasn’t in a bag, an envelope, nope, it was a vinyl glove. There was also a silver dollar in the change too

#27

Many years ago I was a driver for Pizza Hut. We had someone place an order, their home address was saved to our system but in the notes it said to deliver it to a hotel literally down the road from said home address. So I go to the hotel, knock on the door and a dude answers in his boxers with a girl in bed peeking around to see who was at the door. 99% sure I walked into an affair encounter.

#28

I delivered pizzas for years. There was this one house that I just dreaded going to. It was a tiny little house, and they had a tiny little dog, and the dog s**t all over the floor. It was just everywhere. The woman who lived there was absolutely nuts. She shouted at the kid on the phone who took her order, she shouted at me, and I’d hand her the pizza and she’d shout that I probably f**ked it up. It’d be right and she’d say «well, okay then» and she’d give me a $15 tip.

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Come to find out, I was the only one who would go there. None of the other pizza places in town would deliver to her, and none of the other people at my Hungry Howies would deliver there.

That’s when I learned that my price for allowing myself to be shouted at was $15.

After I had been there a year, she stopped calling. Then the house was bulldozed. Now there’s a pizza place where she used to live. And it’s s**tty.

#29

I once had a woman curse at me, call me a lying c*nt, and slam her door in my face because there weren’t napkins in her meal bag. I delivered to her apartment.

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57 cosas molestas específicas que son tan irritantes que nadie puede soportarlas

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Si conoces a alguien y le gustan los mismos músicos que a ti, probablemente ustedes dos tengan una agradable conversación. Pero si resulta que desprecian a los que tú tampoco puedes soportar, probablemente hayas encontrado un nuevo amigo. Nada une más a las personas que la antipatía compartida.

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Hace apenas unos días, Redditor u / turrxxr decidió descubrir qué nos ayuda a relacionarnos entre nosotros y formuló la siguiente pregunta: «¿Qué es algo que todas las personas odian universalmente?» Y todos inmediatamente comenzaron a enviar sus respuestas. Desde el tráfico hasta los calcetines mojados, ¡aquí están los que tienen más votos a favor!

# 1

Intentando hacer clic en x en un anuncio, pero en realidad haciendo clic en el anuncio y te redirige a Play Store.

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# 2

Cuando te despiertas en medio de la noche y quieres volver a dormirte pero tienes que orinar

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# 3

tener sueño, meterse en la cama y luego estar despierto

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# 4

Morderse la mejilla mientras come arruina incluso la mejor comida.

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# 5

Ese momento en el que algo está atascado entre tus dientes y tu lengua puede localizarlo bien, pero tus dedos o un palillo no pueden …

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# 6

Mosquitos

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# 7

Políticos corruptos saliéndose con la suya

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# 8

Los dos anuncios en YouTube que son lo suficientemente largos como para ser molestos, pero no lo suficiente como para omitirlos.

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# 9

Cáncer

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# 10

La historia de la vida antes de la receta en los sitios web de recetas.

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# 11

Agua que corre por su manga cuando lava los platos, luego se para sobre el agua con los calcetines puestos

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# 12

Cuando su bolsillo o cinturón se engancha en la manija de la puerta.

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# 13

Cuando tienes ese pedacito de piel colgando de tu dedo, terminas arrancándolo hasta el codo.

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# 14

Pegatinas que se despegan fácilmente en un 80% del camino, pero dejan un 20% que se adhieren a la superficie del objeto de por vida.

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#15

Que te pidan que te levantes para algo en el momento en que te sientas.

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Los anuncios que se reproducen automáticamente en el lateral de las páginas web, especialmente cuando tienen sonido automáticamente

# 17

Que le digan «Tenemos que hablar más tarde»

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¿Por qué me diste la notificación? Ahora estaré plagado de ansiedad hasta que hablemos. Podrías no haber dicho nada.

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# 18

El sonido de niños gritando.

# 19

Dolor de muelas

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# 20

Mirando su teléfono celular en la cama y luego dejándolo caer en su cara.

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# 21

Pasando por Alzheimer / demencia. Tiene que ser uno de los caminos más tristes por recorrer

# 22

Cuando arrancas una toalla de papel y esa pequeña esquina no viene y se queda en la siguiente toalla de papel.

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Creo que todos podemos estar de acuerdo en que odiamos eso.

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# 23

El casi estornudo.

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# 24

Cuando giras el cuello de una manera extraña y comienza a doler

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# 25

Tráfico

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# 26

Las personas que conducen lentamente en el carril rápido y luego no cambian de carril cuando pueden

# 27

Cuando te duchas y la cortina de la ducha se mueve y se pega a tu cuerpo.

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# 28

Puntos fríos en los alimentos después de calentarlos durante cuatro minutos.

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# 29

Un asiento de inodoro mojado.

# 30

COVID-19

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# 31

Cuando crees que la bebida caliente se ha enfriado lo suficiente como para beber, pero luego te das cuenta de que estabas equivocado, muy mal.

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# 32

internet de baja velocidad

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# 33

Mini piedras que se meten en los zapatos

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# 34

Subir las escaleras y olvidar por qué subiste allí y, de repente, recordar tan pronto como te hayas sentado de nuevo en la sala de estar.

# 35

Tener un pelo en la boca y ser imposible de localizar

# 36

Cuando alguien te pide que hagas algo que ya estás haciendo.

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# 37

Girar sin usar las luces de señalización

# 38

Usar calcetines mojados.

Odio legítimamente toda mi existencia si me atrapan bajo la lluvia y me mojo los zapatos y los calcetines.

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# 39

Infecciones de los senos

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# 40

Garrapatas Pequeños bastardos chupadores de sangre, la cadena alimenticia no los necesita

# 41

Entrevistas de trabajo. Todo el proceso de búsqueda de empleo en general.

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# 42

Respirar agua accidentalmente por la nariz

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# 43

Gente que entra a tu habitación y luego deja la puerta abierta

# 44

Cuando su dispositivo está conectado a la red wifi pero cuando abre un sitio web y dice que no tiene conexión a Internet.

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# 45

Golpearse el dedo del pie / golpearse la espinilla

# 46

Cucarachas

# 47

Moscas en la casa. Hace que todos se sientan felices.

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# 48

Recibir un golpe en el tobillo con un carrito de compras

# 49

los lunes por la mañana

# 50

Diarrea.

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# 51

«Hemos estado tratando de comunicarnos con usted con respecto a la extensión de la garantía de su automóvil».

# 52

Batería baja en su teléfono

# 53

La mancha que aparece en tu cara que aparece justo a tiempo para tu gran noche de fiesta, y es una de esas que no se pone de cabeza, simplemente se sienta allí luciendo roja y enojada.

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# 54

Cabello en la comida

# 55

El sonido de un despertador, incluso durante el día, me da las mismas vibraciones de «5 minutos más».

# 56

Todas las llamadas spam y multas de tráfico

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# 57

Cuando le respondes a tu mamá desde arriba y ella procede a gritar tu nombre una y otra vez

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Will Liverman (centro) como Charles en Terence Blanchard Fuego encerrado en mis huesos.

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Will Liverman (centro) como Charles en Terence Blanchard Fuego encerrado en mis huesos.

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Esta noche se está haciendo historia en el Metropolitan Opera de Nueva York: por primera vez en 138 años, la eminente compañía presentará una ópera de un compositor negro. Después de 18 meses de actuaciones canceladas por la pandemia, la principal casa de ópera del país abrirá su nueva temporada con Fuego encerrado en mis huesos compuesta por Terence Blanchard.

Como trompetista, Blanchard ha tocado con leyendas del jazz como Lionel Hampton y Art Blakey. Ha sido nominado a dos premios de la Academia por sus bandas sonoras y ha ganado cinco premios Grammy por sus discos de jazz. Pero en un ensayo reciente de Metropolitan Opera para Fuego encerrado en mis huesos Blanchard se sintió honrado por la escala de la producción.

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Terence Blanchard, un célebre trompetista de jazz y compositor de cine, hace historia cuando se abre la temporada de Metropolitan Opera.

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Terence Blanchard, un célebre trompetista de jazz y compositor de cine, hace historia cuando se abre la temporada de Metropolitan Opera.

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«Nunca pensé que estaría en una situación como esta, caminar en una habitación y hay como 40 cantantes cantando algo que yo escribí, y lo están ensayando», dijo. «Y luego, en la sala de al lado, hay 16 bailarines coreografiando una pieza musical que yo escribí. Y luego, en la otra sala, los cantantes principales están bloqueando, sigo esperando para despertar».

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Blanchard es un compositor de jazz, pero dice Fuego, cállate en mis huesos no es una ópera de jazz. Más bien, lo llama «una ópera de jazz». Lo que pretende hacer, explicó, es similar a lo que hizo Stravinsky al llevar la música folclórica al ámbito clásico. «Estoy tratando de tomar el folclore estadounidense que conozco, que he experimentado, que es el jazz», explicó, «y llevarlo al mundo de la ópera, pero no usar toda la pieza para hacer una declaración sobre el jazz». «

Hay un cuarteto de jazz integrado en la Met Orchestra para la ópera, pero gran parte de la música se parece más al trabajo de Blanchard en Hollywood, donde ha escrito la música de más de 40 películas.

Sin embargo, Blanchard dice que la ópera presenta un desafío único. «La voz operística es tan única, cada voz. No es como escribir para una orquesta o escribir para una banda. Cuando escribes para un quinteto, dices: ‘Está bien, sé lo que hace el tenor, sé lo que hace la trompeta lo hace, el bajo. Lo tienes. Esto, no: un barítono es muy diferente del siguiente barítono, un tenor es diferente a otro. Por lo tanto, siempre tienes que afinar las cosas para los vocalistas con los que estás trabajando «.

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Fuego, cállate en mis huesos se basa en las memorias del mismo título de Charles M. Blow. Se trata de un niño negro que crece en una zona rural de Louisiana, donde se eleva por encima de la pobreza, la violencia y el abuso sexual para convertirse en un escritor exitoso.

El espectáculo fue presentado por primera vez hace dos años por el Teatro de la Ópera de St. Louis. Para la producción del Met, se agregaron nuevas escenas, junto con un coro y un grupo de bailarines. Terence Blanchard dice que la ópera, con su elenco totalmente negro y su equipo creativo mayoritariamente negro, es mucho más que su música.

Terrence Blanchard (centro) se dirige a los miembros de la Metropolitan Opera Orchestra en el ensayo, con el director musical Yannick Nézet-Séguin mirando.

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Terrence Blanchard (centro) se dirige a los miembros de la Metropolitan Opera Orchestra en el ensayo, con el director musical Yannick Nézet-Séguin mirando.

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«Es algo interesante por lo que significa para la sociedad», dice. «No se trata solo de que yo sea un compositor. Estas personas entienden que esta producción va a hacer una declaración sobre nuestra comunidad, y cómo nuestra comunidad ha sido pasada por alto en el mundo de la ópera. No hay un alma en esta producción que no entienda eso.»

El barítono Will Liverman protagoniza el papel de Charles. «Es algo colectivo y todos queremos hacerlo bien. Y contar esta historia. Y solo para mostrar una negrura auténtica y real en el escenario, dolor negro, alegría negra, esta pieza lo tiene todo. Es un honor y un privilegio poder para cantar este papel «.

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Gran parte del libreto de la ópera gira en torno a la lucha de Charles por aceptar su bisexualidad; está obsesionado por su atracción por los hombres. El segundo acto comienza con un ballet que presenta a una docena de bailarines fantasmales formando parejas en abrazos del mismo sexo.

La codirectora y coreógrafa Camille A. Brown (izquierda) dirige a los miembros del conjunto de Fuego, cállate en mis huesos en un taller de movimiento.

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La codirectora y coreógrafa Camille A. Brown (izquierda) dirige a los miembros del conjunto de Fuego, cállate en mis huesos en un taller de movimiento.

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La coreógrafa Camille A. Brown codirigió el espectáculo. Ella es la primera mujer negra en dirigir una ópera en el Met. «Traté de pensar cuál era mi punto de entrada al trabajo», dice. «Y comencé a pensar en muchas de las luchas por las que han pasado algunos de mis amigos más queridos que son hombres homosexuales negros, y cómo fue para ellos crecer, encontrar su sexualidad y sentirse cómodos con su sexualidad».

Blow, el tema de la vida real de Fuego encerrado en mis huesos » ahora trabaja como redactor y columnista de opinión para Los New York Times. Hablando desde su casa en Atlanta, Blow dijo que hay que considerar la importancia de la producción del Met de dos maneras. «Creo que hay que aplaudir a Terence por ser el primero», dijo. «Y luego, al mismo tiempo, tienes que decir, ¿por qué? ¿Hay escasez de talento? ¿O escasez de oportunidades y aceptación?»

La nueva temporada de Metropolitan Opera incluye obras de Verdi, Mozart, Wagner, Stravinsky y Puccini. Blanchard dice que aún no se ha respondido a la medida de su trabajo.

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«Esa es una pregunta graciosa», dice, «porque es gracioso escucharte nombrar todos esos nombres: Verdi, todos esos tipos, luego dices Blanchard … espera un minuto, ¿quién es ese tipo? Realmente no lo sé». porque siento, como Charles, mi historia aún no se ha contado. Estoy disfrutando este momento por lo que está trayendo a mi vida, porque nunca lo vi venir. Nunca. Nunca en un millón de años pude ver venir esto «.

Blanchard dice que no le preocupa por qué la Metropolitan Opera tardó tanto en presentar la obra de un compositor negro. Dice que la pregunta clave es: ¿qué pasa después?

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45 antiguas casas de campo que parecen imágenes de un cuento de hadas capturadas por este fotógrafo ruso

Si toma fotografías solo por diversión y para preservar los recuerdos, su colección de fotos incluiría tantos lugares, rostros y fondos diferentes. Sin embargo, los fotógrafos profesionales suelen tener un nicho en el que se especializan, como los fotógrafos de naturaleza o algunos fotógrafos a los que solo les gusta fotografiar puestas de sol o personas.

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El fotógrafo ruso Fyodor Savintsev también tiene un interés particular que muestra en su Instagram. Realmente se centra en las antiguas casas de campo de las zonas rurales de Rusia y las impresionantes fotos ya han acumulado 122.000 seguidores.

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Fyodor Savintsev tiene experiencia en fotoperiodismo y ha trabajado con agencias como Agence France Press, Associated Press, TIME, New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Forbes, Newsweek, GEO Rusia, Russian Reporter, Esquire. También fue el fotógrafo jefe de ITAR-TASS, la agencia de noticias rusa más grande y una de las agencias de noticias más grandes del mundo.

Desde 2011, está más enfocado en sus propios proyectos que en trabajar para alguien y uno de ellos es capturar viejas dachas en Rusia. Fyodor le dijo al European Heritage Tribune (EHT) cómo comenzó todo. En realidad, no es un proyecto antiguo. Debido a la pandemia, Fyodor se mudó temporalmente a la dacha de sus padres y la nostalgia de la infancia lo llevó a investigar la arquitectura de la dacha.

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Panda aburrido se acercó a Fyodor y nos contó cómo creó el proyecto: “Al principio, hice un gran proyecto sobre la arquitectura vernácula de las casas de jardín» 6 acres «en la región de Arkhangelsk. Me inspiré en el proceso de pintar casas inusuales. Al regresar a la región de Moscú, comencé a explorar los antiguos pueblos del campo y encontré muchas casas con una arquitectura inusual, comencé a catalogarlas, se incluyeron en el proyecto «Kratovsky dachas», que se exhibió a fines del verano. en el Museo Estatal de Arquitectura de Shchusev «.

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También teníamos curiosidad por saber cómo encuentra las dachas y resulta que simplemente viaja mucho y durante esos viajes se encuentra con muchas cabañas antiguas. Las que más le atraen son “las arquitecturas prerrevolucionarias que son casas elegantes con una distribución y estética de decoración bien pensadas”.

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Le preguntamos si tiene una dacha que sea su favorita y respondió que realmente le gustan todas las cabañas que fotografía. Pero si tuviera que elegir, dijo que “hay una casa de Arkhangelsk que evoca sentimientos muy abstractos, y hay otra dacha antigua que fue diseñada por el arquitecto Vashkov, fue alumno del artista Vasnetsov, hay muchos símbolos y letreros en la casa. Una mezcla de estilo moderno y ruso «.

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¿Qué tienen de fascinante las casas antiguas en las zonas rurales? Para Fyodor, lo más sorprendente de ver esas hermosas cabañas que pueden tener hasta un siglo de antigüedad es que “ha pasado muy poco tiempo, unos 100 años, pero la gente ha perdido el sentido de la belleza, ha dejado de decorar sus casas, aunque ha siempre ha sido habitual. La arquitectura ha pasado de la elegancia al utilitarismo ”.

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La gente puede tomar de estas fotos lo que quiera, pero los artistas a menudo tienen sus propias intenciones y Fyodor explicó cuáles son las suyas: “Realmente quiero que la gente comience a inspirarse, he recopilado una gran colección de casas para ellos. Estos son ejemplos a seguir porque muchas personas viven en sus hogares toda su vida, entonces, ¿por qué no se puede hacer de manera hermosa? También conozco muchos ejemplos en los que mis fotos e historias inspiraron a la gente a comprar casas antiguas y restaurarlas «.

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¿Cuál fue tu primera reacción cuando viste estas fotos? Comenta en cuál de estas te encantaría vivir y dale un voto positivo a las fotos que te hicieron apreciar realmente la belleza de la arquitectura. Y si desea ver más fotografías similares o ver qué otras cosas está haciendo Fyodor, puede seguirlo en Instagram @fsavintsev.

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