Thursday, July 8, 2010

You Cannot Be Serious

A few things I'm amazed about -- not in a good way -- that have occurred lately (confirming the near-total black days of polite society).

1)The two yuppie types who breezed out in traffic in their SUV, halting both lanes of traffic as they sat there, deciding what direction to proceed in. Apparently the laws of driving do not apply to them. When someone honked, they just laughed. I dunno. Maybe they had too many beers at lunch or something.

2)The girl who 'broke up' with my nephew as soon as he drove her to his first dance at high school. As much as we assured him that he was welllll out of that relationship - and dodged a bullet -- he was still heart-broken...for as long as a teenaged heart stays broken, anyway.

3)The nurse's aide who kept complaining loudly to us how 'tired' she was while Excy was writhing in pain and we had been stuck in ICU 10 hours without food or drink.

4)A relative who called my parents to complain I wasn't calling her to let her know the situation, the last time Excy was in the hospital.

5)The ophthalmologist who told an acquaintance who had just spent $800 on new glasses when she went back after 2 weeks to complain they were hurting her nose that there was 'nothing' that could be done about the fit. Not even attempting to adjust them. No concern. The receptionist who joked to 'just put some kleenex on your nose' was fired two days later.

6)The checker at the grocery store who has never in the 13 years I've gone there, been pleasant while ringing up purchases. I have actually queried other shopper friends who go there, and she has never smiled or said 'hello' to them, either, so it's just not me. I make a point to avoid her -- not going through her line even if it's empty. Even if I have to wait.

6)The stranger in the parking lot who yelled 'What's wrong with you?!' Nothing. What's wrong with you??!

7)The property manager who told a friend fixing a flat tire on her horse trailer in a parking lot that she 'had to move' and 'couldn't do that here.' The same intrepid, sensitive soul stuck around and watched and complained that she would 'have to clean that up' referring to the horse poop, as my friend stood beside the horse, shovel in hand. (The horse had to be unloaded off the trailer so she could fix the tire in the first place).

8)The 80ish-year-old woman who shoved me aside to pay her condolences at a funeral reception. I use a cane, people. I thought of using it to trip her.

It's the end of the world as we know it...Seriously, civilization is taking a hit, anyway...

11 comments:

e said...

How about an over fifty person who breaks off with someone in an e-mail?

That's only marginally better than texting, but not by much...

And, next time, trip the old bag!

I Wonder Wye said...

Oh, groan...a friend who had dated her BF for 10 years got a break-up letter FedxEx on Christmas Eve...what's wrong with these people??! Sorrysorrysorry

Tony Single said...

I agree. It's downright disgusting. It really costs you nothing to be even just the slightest bit civil to another human being! :(

I wonder where so many of us lost the ability to get along a little better?

Ms. Anthropy said...

Sounds like you just may have had a few, less than satisfying moments, lately. Is Excy ok?

zodiblog said...

This is part of the reason that I decided to ‘take a vacation’ from society myself and live in rural Spain like a hermit.

And my hatred of humanity is slowly ebbing away…

ReformingGeek said...

I think you need Evil Twin to "help" you in these situations.

Has it been hotter than normal? I notice the behavior takes a turn for the worse when the weather is hot/cold/wet/whatever for too long.

Chris said...

I hear that manners were invented so that we wouldn't all stab each other over dinner. I may need to buy a sword.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

This is why my mantra has become I hate people.
I know it's harsh but I deal with this all damn day. Honestly it is so much easier to smile than to be full of piss and vinegar. I actually asked the sour puss at the bank who barely looks at me let alone ever be gracious and smile if she was having a bad day or was it me? That actually made her be nice to me. Can you imagine?

If I were ever in the pagent world (and I would never be) instead of Miss Congeniality I have now become Miss Misanthropic.

Doris Sturm said...

I hate to tell you, my dear, but manners are simply not in style and etiquette is out the door. I would say life's gone to the dogs, if it weren't insulting my canine friends. So, I'm sticking with my suspicions that "it's in the water we drink and the preservatives, additives (MSG) and pesticides we eat." Heck, if it can dissolve and confuse lil' ole bees, causing them all to go away and die, then why couldn't it make us nuts too?

Jayne Martin said...

Rude people should be forced to go to "Civility Rehab," which would be run by the nuns of my youth.

wendy said...

There is so much of that kinda thing "insensitivity" going around these day. Have people forgot how to be NICE and KIND and HELPFUL and COMPASSIONATE.

Thumpers rule: If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
only trouble with that is, could end up to be a pretty silent world.