A guy pulled up to my neighbor's house in a pickup truck. There is a
refrigerator and dolly in the bed. He's standing around looking like he
What's the best thing for me to do...close my shades and curtains...or
is simply pulling my shades "good enough?"
I don't want to be rude.
Well, I almost did something like that in a way.
I once pull the dead motor out of my old Sears Kenmore washing machine.
I took it with me to a poetry reading and did a spoof poem on the
famous Shakespeare soliloquy by Hamlet.
Instead of saying "Alas poor Yorick"
well you get the idea...
Since it's Milwaukee, the guy could be a recovering alcoholic, and
someone put a refrigerator FULL OF BEER in his house to get him OFF THE
WAGON. After all, isn't there a law that EVERYONE must drink beer in
Milwaukee. (The beer that made Milwaukee Famous)! *Which beer is that?*
yep, my wife and I went shopping and when I returned home I wrote this
Grocery Line Queue
Let's face it, I'm a ruthless asshole and we are all ruthless assholes.
Some of us simply know how to behave in public. Most of us try.
So here I am in the grocery store and we all hate that experience.
Standing in line behind some “jerk” who has too many groceries who
remembers...after the sale...his coupons. Even Guru Raghavendra is
cursing “that moron” and the cashier who is “not the brightest bulb” in
the economy pack of 100 watters.
And time's a wastin'.
Here we are in a country where any possible food we could want is at our
fingertips 24 hours a day and affordable. Half the earth's people will
never have this luxury and it may take weeks or months of grueling hard
labor just to eke out a few crumbs of sustenance.
“Sorry I'm late dear, it was horrible. I had to stand in line for 15
goddamned minutes! I'll never go to that store again! Disgusting!”
Yesterday, like a million other days was one of the above.
As I finally got my goods on the conveyor, the blank-looking woman asked
me the same required and generic question she's been saying by rote 500
times a day for the last 500 years, “Did you find everything all right?”
I was so utterly disgusted by the whole ordeal that I said sarcastically
to my wife, “ Did we find everything all right?” Then sarcastically say
to the cashier, “How nice of you to ask.”
Weird. As soon as the words “how nice” came out of my mouth the sarcasm
melted, fell through a crack in the floor and vanished. Really? Oh my, I
really meant it by the time my sentence was completed!
As the groceries were being tabulated, my wife efficiently bagged them
and the cashier and I chatted about everything under the sun. She closed
her line and told the man approaching she was going “on break.”
When everything was bagged, carted and paid for we continued talking for
quite some time. When we bid each other adieu and parted good friends, I
saw her running towards the bathroom.
On Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:43:14 AM UTC-4, philo wrote:
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While my 4 kids were growing up, I coached and/or assisted with various tea
in multiple sports. I always informed the parents of my players of the "24
"If you get upset by something you see on the field, on the benches or in t
stands, and assuming that the situation is not safety related, I ask that y
wait 24 hours before bringing the situation up with a coach, an umpire, you
child, another parent, etc. If after 24 hours you are still upset by the
situation, then by all means contact whoever you think is appropriate."
While it was not a rule that I could actually enforce, it did plant the see
for parents to think about a "cooling off" period before confronting someon
while in a state of anger. I have been told by many parents that it worked
them not only in the "sports world" but in other situations also. During th
"delay" they either had a chance to think about both sides of the situation
realized that the issue wasn't as important as they originally thought.
I often find myself using the 24 rule in my own life. "OK, I'm pissed. Does
this have to be dealt with right now or should I calm down first?" Most tim
I calm down and then I can deal with the situation more rationally or even
not deal with it at all.
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