We're Living In A Society!!
Whoooo, what a day!!! It was "go time" from the time I got into work. Friday is a big deadline day with lots of incompetence surrounding me. All I could think about ALL day was some beer and time on my bike tomorrow.
Then this happened...
The following story has little, OK, NOTHING! To do with cycling except that I was in my car which has a bike rack on it. I went to the GetGo gas station down the street from where I work this afternoon. GetGo and the Giant Eagle super market are one in the same, and they have some sort of scam going that for ever $50 or whatever dollars you spend in the store you get so many cents off per gallon of gas at GetGo. Anyway, I was up to 50¢ off per gallon and I was on empty so I REALLY wanted to take advantage of the supposed savings.
When I pulled in the lot the pumps were filled, but not too bad. So I pulled up to the side I needed to wait. I noticed that there was no one pumping OR in the car in front of me. I figured that they must be inside the store paying. In the mean time I became blocked in. Cars behind me waiting, cars beside me waiting and ME getting a tad uneasy. After 5 minutes (for real, I counted) of patiently waiting, and not being able to leave (being that I was blocked in) I went inside to see what was up.
When I entered the store there was a line of folks getting checked out. I asked "Is anybody here driving that Honda CRV out by the pump? A 50-ish year old woman at the head of the line said "yeah, that's me, why?" I said "Well, I'm waiting to pump and I'm blocked in." She gets all pissy and says "Well I'm waiting for HIM!" pointing to the cashier. I say, "OK, OK, there's just a lot of folks waiting!"
I head back to the Soob thinking that I at LEAST I got my point across that folks were waiting. Once back in the Soob I waited ANOTHER 5 minutes!!! (I kid you not!) What THE f*ck???? So I go BACK in the store to find this chick. She's not there! I look around and THERE SHE IS! She's at the deli counter buying a sandwich!!! She sees me and I ask from across the store "Lady, what the heck are you doing???" She says "Getting a sandwich, WHY??" I say "I've been waiting for 10 minutes for you and there's a line of folks behind me!!" I ask if she could at least move her car until she's done ordering her sandwich. She says "NO! I still have to pump my gas!!" WHAT????? You HAVE to be joking!! I say "HOW rude are you???? For God's sake!!" She mumbles a bunch of shit that I ignore. I look up and see about 7 people in line just staring at me like I'M the freak. I look at them with my hands outstretched and say "WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY DO WE LIVE IN???" They all just sort of stared at me like I was a mental patient and then I walked out. This was just one in a multitude of "Curb Moments" I've had in my life. I guess I'm a younger, non bald, non Jewish, non talented, east coast version of Larry David. Great! I'm TRULY blessed. Thanks God.
When I got back in the Soob I see the guy beside me had got tired of waiting and left, so I now had room to say "F*ck the gas!" I just want out. As I'm leaving the rude ass woman is NOW coming out! Grrrr!! I'd like to say that I didn't stop, wind my window down, and call her things that as my dad once said "aren't worth a sheep's asshole" (don't ask what that means, I have NO idea!) but I did. Even though I know SHE was the inconsiderate jerk I'm THE ONE who felt like a jerk in the end!! Grrrrrr.
So in the end I spent 10+ minutes of my life waiting for something I didn't really want to blow coin on, but needed, had to deal with a jerk lady, and I left feeling like an asshole! Damn that was a kick in the junk. All I kept thinking as I drove back to work was "Dirt in the mountains. Dirt in the mountains. Dirt in the mountains...."
Yeah, the above pic, sums up my day. Doing things you have to do, f*cking it up, and feeling embarrassed. I look to multiple hours of dirt in the mountains tomorrow to cleans me of my asshole-ity.
I ask again "WHAT KIND OF SOCIETY DO WE LIVE IN???"