- those guys who take their wives to the Try 'n' Shop and then stand in the parking lot doing their auto maintenance. Gladys goes in the store, up goes the hood, and they do everything short of overhauling their transmissions right on the lot. I also see this at work, when men who bring their wives in for meetings or counseling or whatever are out there. Betcha if someone left a hose out there, a lot of the cars would get washed, too.
- that mom behind me in line at the grocery store. She was with her high-school age daughter. She told the cashier, loudly, "I'm going to the rest room and leaving my daughter here with the groceries! I can't wait! I have to go now!" This told the world that a) she must feel that her daughter needs help purchasing groceries and b) she feels that we all need to know about her frequency of bathroom use. Ma'am, you embarrassed your daughter in public. Please don't do that any more.
- those married couples who can sit and eat an entire meal in a restaurant without so much as a word to each other. Come on now; you must have something to say to her, mister! Even if it's only about how firm your grits are. And madam, I know it's an unappealing view you are being offered, the top of his head as she shovels peas into his maw, but you could say something! Right?
- those Bluetooth-equipped people who can't go anywhere in public without making a phone call, topic: nothing. We don't need to know that your brother-in-law didn't come home until 5 in the morning, or that you couldn't get your meringue to rise for the pie.
- those people who say they don't like the holidays and then try to wreck yours with their reasons!
- people who are proud of not knowing things, of not reading, of being willfully uninformed.
- people who turn 60 and decide they are over the hill and might as well just get measured for the final blue suit and the casket this week
- people who turn 60 and decide this is the time to dress like they're 20 and act like they're 30.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Saturday rerun: People I'd rather not be
Everyone doing their own thing, that's what we like to see. But there are people that I see doing their own things, and while I give them as wide a berth as they need to do so, I can't be like: