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08:44 am: in which a whiner and a jerk each make me feel teh guilt
I was in Boston yesterday 'cause I had dinner with friends that evening in Newton. It was good to be in the office, but I don't ever wanna get stuck with that commute on a regular basis. Ugh.

Having arrived at 7:30 (and leaving home at 5:30 was a real treat - and no, the whiner in the subject is not me, strangely enough), I left the office early. Went to the New Balance outlet to get me some new sneakers because of the blister episode with the old ones (again, I'm not the whiner... really!) and picked up a couple of pairs for Teddy (wrong size, oops) while I was there.

I stopped at Whole Paycheck to get sushi rice, which I can't find locally (it's bound to be out here someplace, but definitely not in Longmeadow). As I bent to get a shopping basket, the guy next to me also grabbed one. The baskets were nested so tightly that he couldn't get them apart. I said "oh, let me help," and pulled down the bottom one as he held the top.

"OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!" He cut his finger (somehow, not sure how - maybe got it caught between baskets?).

I was horrified, sure that my help had in fact been quite the reverse. I apologized profusely and offered a band-aid. I didn't think he'd want it, 'cause it was more of a seeping thing than a dripping thing, but I swear he was nearly crying.

"Yes, I do need one." :sniff:

So I gave him a band-aid, apologized more, and told him I sure hoped his evening got better.

"Me too!" :sniff:

Geez. I'm sorry. I'm really, really sorry. But it's a fuckin' boo-boo, y'know? This is a man in his 40s. It was an accident. I'm not even sure it was my fault (in fact, I'm pretty sure it wasn't), but I did apologize, repeatedly and sincerely. His finger had already stopped bleeding. I know that stuff can hurt like a mofo, but get over it. Teddy, a champion whiner, gets over his boo-boos faster.

(He was the whiner I had in mind.)

Had a lovely dinner with my friends, got home in due course (construction on the Pike was fun - again, I am not the whiner here), did Teddy's bento cheese (Saturn today), went to bed, blah blah.

I drove Teddy to school (part way - we walk the rest). Caught a red light where I had to take a left turn. The last guy in a looong line of cars emphatically waved me across...

and yelled and gesticulated when I started to take the turn.

WTF? I would never, ever, ever have attempted the turn if he hadn't waved me on! HIS WHOLE ARM WAS OUT THE WINDOW TO WAVE ME ACROSS.

:grrr:

He was the jerk. And yet I felt bad for a nanosecond or so. Plus there's the lingering, seething resentment.

Fothermuckers.

I'm just glad Teddy was in the car, so I could have a mature interaction with someone.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

Comments

From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 19th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)

How-come dept.

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How come fo-mo's come in sets? Is it because there are so many of them it's mathematically unlikely that you'll encounter just one?
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From:katehaney
Date:September 19th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)

that sounds right to me

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basturds.
From:derbyhat
Date:September 19th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)

But lunch was awesome!

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Yup...that sums it up for me.
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From:katehaney
Date:September 20th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)

Re: But lunch was awesome!

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It was a most excellent lunch indeed. :)
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:September 20th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Whole Paycheck Whiner: Weird, but as I read that, I thought of some dude doing a weird pickup line on you... a distorted, effed up pickup but 'suppose if other lines haven't worked for him....? As if, "Oh, here's a band-aid..." "I do need one, owie..." "I'm so sorry, let me buy you a drink too... and then dinner... etc., etc."

Driver: would've given him the finger back... my kid is still young and rear facing :)

sorry for the crappy day, sorry for the late comments.
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From:katehaney
Date:September 20th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)

LOL!

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I don't think there's a chance in the world he was trying a pickup -- even a distorted, effed-up pickup. Even I am not *that* oblivious.

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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:September 21st, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)

Re: LOL!

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I dunno, what if he's *just that bad* at pickup lines. Or a 'always sickie' person, injured and suffering?

If that had happened to me, I'd probably have had your reaction... but reading it well after the fact and hiding behind your sensitivity, I can say I would have stomped on his toe, saying, "See, now your finger doesn't hurt so much." I just watched the Emmy's so if it were a drama, I'd have gotten sued, but if it were a comedy, there'd be Big Laughs.

Anyway....
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From:katehaney
Date:September 22nd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)

excellent point

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I'd like the big laughs, for sure.
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From:katehaney
Date:September 20th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)

no finger

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Oh, and the driver didn't give me the finger. More of a full-fisted salute. :shrug: <-- by which I mean "fothermucker."
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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:September 21st, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)

Re: no finger

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Oh, I would have given him the full fisted back, a$$hole!

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From:katehaney
Date:September 22nd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)

I wish I'd thought that quickly

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I was still kinda reeling at the time though.

Damn.
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