Maybe I am becoming more intolerant (see the last definition) as I age. Certainly not of race of anything else (see my last blog), but of stupidity. I am sick nigh unto death of dealing with wanton, rampant stupidity.
Don’t get me wrong, I do stupid stuff. Everyone has done something stupid. Locking car keys in the car. Trying to juggle four full glasses and open the patio door. Ye, we all somehow operate motor vehicles (for the most part) with killing our selves or anyone else.
I’m not even sure how to describe what I’m referring to here. Let me give you some examples (all happened today between the hours of 11:30A and 12:00P and within 1 mile of my home).
One of our neighbors has a single car straight driveway. So to get one car in front of another car, they have to back one vehicle out, drive the next one up, then put drive back in. No big deal. Except that one of them drives the vehicle straight out of the driveway and into the curb… then just stops. She’s blocking 3/4 of the street and the other vehicle has to carefully maneuver between the car and get into the driveway.
It gets even better. While this was going on, not one, but two cars driving down the street just drove around the car. They didn’t even slow down to consider if something was going on. Just swerved enough to avoid a collision (hopefully) and drove on. sigh.
Three blocks later, I watch a guy miss his turn onto our street. So he slams on his brakes. Shifts into reverse and drives back to where he can turn onto our street. No big deal right? Except that the street he was on was a 6 lane freeway.
Walmart in Southeast Texas (and many parts of rural America) isn’t just a store. It’s a social event. Kids go hang out in the store on Friday and Saturday nights. Older folks shoot the breeze in the mornings. Unfortunately all these groups tend to stop immediately in the aisles of the store and have the conversations. Everyone else can just go around. Have you been to Walmart lately? Good luck fitting a shopping cart through the aisles, much less maneuver around someone.
I’m sorry, I’m ranting. It’s that these things are really starting to bother me. It’s not like there aren’t stupid people everywhere… it just seems there’s a disproportionant number in Southeast Texas.