Monday, April 13, 2009

Patience is a virtue (or so I've heard)

Here's a little story of how my day went when I went to fill my gas tank up this morning.

I got out and filled my van up, oblivious to the world around me. I just don't have it in me at 7:15 a.m. to care what is going on in the world around me. So I fill up and get back in my van. I slide my card back into my wallet, then grab my mp3 player. I wanted to untangle the earbuds and get it going before I got back out on the street. See, I don't like to be distracted while I am driving. I realize that all it takes is a split second for an accident to happen. I really don't believe in too much multitasking while one is driving. If I need to check myself in the mirror, I do it at a red light. If I need to apply lip gloss, same thing, I wait until my vehicle comes to a complete stop. Did you know that if you talk or text while you are driving that you have the same reflexes as a drunk driver? Neither did I until recently. It's something to think about, but I won't preach.

So back to the story. I am getting myself situated in the van and I hear a horn beeping. I glance up and see that there is a car behind me waiting to use the gas pump......and they are honking at me to move. I was livid. Have I mentioned that I don't really have my happy face on before 8 in the morning? Honestly, it didn't take me THAT long to put away my card and get my mp3 player ready. COULD YOU JUST GIVE ME A FEW MINUTES HERE!!!! My first instinct was to jump out of my car give that bit...er, witch a piece of my mind. How....freakin'......rude!!! I decided that exiting my vehicle and confronting the sea cow was not the most mature thing to do. All though, every.pore.in.my.entire.body...longed for confrontation.

As I started pulling away, I glanced around to see how busy the gas station was. To my unending fury, there were at least four gas pumps available. Yet that woman was behind me like that pump was the one shooting out gold nuggets or something. I can't believe she was honking at me.
Why is everyone in such an all-fired hurry I wonder? Is whatever you are trying to get to that important? Are you really in THAT big of a hurry to get to work? Frankly, I'm not.

While I am on my soapbox, don't you hate when you go through the drive-thru and they shove your money in your face and expect for you to just throw your money in the floorboard and move along? Can't we just have a moment to put our money away? Maybe I would like to count my change. It stands to reason that if my order is wrong consistently, that maybe my change is wrong too. I refuse to give in to this. I always calmly take my change and put it away, then move along. Well enough ranting for now, I am off to plot world domination and to figure out how to bring down the oppressive management. While I'm at it, maybe I should just pour lemon juice into my eyes

1 comment:

Mark and Emily said...

Yes I agree with you, especially about the drive thru and most checkouts, it's very annoying!! And at 7am I may not have been as nice as you!