Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Shorty

So, I was trying to find the Kiltrunner blog post to reference, but its umm, gone? Either way, she posted about how some people at wallgreens were being rude and how the city has a pretty angry demeaner.

I was driving to Mayfair on my Friday Me day. I'm on the right lane, of 3, and someone is even with me on the left lane. We did that thing where you both start pulling into the middle lane at the same time. I happened to be in an excellent mood because I was on my way to pick up new video games, topperstix, and mt. dew. Treats I try to limit myself on. So, I am the happiest camper in the world. Anyway, we both start in, a we both check our blind spots as we cross the line and only make it a foot or 2 before we both realize that we were about to hit each other. I had my blinker on, and for arguements sake I'll assume she had her's on too. We were FAR from actually colliding or anything serious like that. We pull back into our respective lanes. So I just start chuckling, smile like the biggest dork, and wave spasmatically over to the person in the car next to me like it's a long lost friend. I did it quickly, then focused my attention on the road... It was as I was turning my head back forward that I realized she had the biggest scowl on the planet and was actually mad at me. The old grandma lady of 65+ had looked at me like I was the scum of the earth. I had done my goofy "OMGZ! HAI! HEART YOU!!" wave so fast that I didn't really even register her until I was turning forward again. Kinda like when you see someone you know in the hallway, and as soon as you look away you see them start the nod, or start to say hello. It's already too late and when you turn back (if you do) it's just awkward from that point on. So, my first response to her scowl is to turn and give the "Hey, umm, sorry, see me, being apologetic". So I turn back to give her some sort of "Sorry, whoops" face, and now shes the happiest Granny in the world, smiling ear to ear, like she wants to pinch the hell out of my cheeks. This had all happened so fast. My assumption is that her first instinct was to get pissed. Then she saw me being a gleeful spaz, and it must have just made her day. I think she actually waved back.

So that lasted only moments. I then took the middle lane and started on my way again. I looked in my rear view and I swear she was still laughing to herself.

It kind of angered me that someone's first reaction to something as innocent as 2 people turning into a lane at the same time, would be to be angry. I guess its an easy defense in a big city, just assume everyone else is in the wrong and you will never get hurt.

Either way, the moral of the story is if you show some affection, or a smile, you can turn someone's attitude right around.

Listening to: Send the Pain Below by Chevelle

5 comments:

Gregor said...

I can picture you doing that "OMZ HAI HEART YOU" face while waving super fast and with a supreme anime face, like so:
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn302/animecomments2008/smile/006.gif

Assailant.9 said...

The old lady is clearly in the wrong. She should be driving her hover-round rather than a car.

kiltrunner said...

Such a flirt with the old ladies.

kiltrunner said...

Oh, and it's under my Eargasm post. Random, yes.

MrB said...

This is one of the things I'm most afraid of when driving. I tend to make lane switches dry and fast and in a couple of occasions I've had people honk at me because of this...