Wednesday, July 22, 2015

253 – Hey Douchebag…Move Your Damn Bags…and I am not Referring to Your Old Lady…OR Hypocrisy…it’s What’s for Breakfast.

So I am all around not happy today. The weather is both cold AND rainy…which sucks and blows at the same time. I had to come in early today for a marathon meeting…so I had to be ON the bus at 7:10 in order to get in by 8. No problem, except the train pulled OUT of the station just as I got to the platform so I had an extra 10 minutes to wait…in the cold and the rain. Yay me!

After 10 minutes of a frosty facial and having to move to get some peace and quiet, the train showed up…and when I boarded I discovered a dude and two ladies who had taken up THREE seats with their luggage. I am not sure if he had two girlfriends; if one was a wife and one was his daughter.

And frankly, I didn’t care. What I did care about were the three seats Sir Douche bag took out of commission during RUSH HOUR.

Kudos to the lady who moved their stuff to take the aisle seat in one of the rows they occupied.

Apparently it’s their World and the rest of us just live in it.

Talk about rude. Which leads me to…The Loud and Constant Talker.

And those of you that know me know a) I do tend to talk a lot and b) I am not always the quietest person. However, I’d like to think I “know my audience” and so I tailor my behavior to fit the situation and circumstance of the moment. So, if this guy got my attention you know it was bad.

For real, I moved away from him and his, I mean listener, while on the platform as I waited for the train. I just couldn’t deal with him at 7:30 AM.

Somehow he still ended up in my train car and from across the aisle I managed to discover: 1 - this man had a twin (not identical) 2 – where he went to high school 3 – he was raised Catholic and had an Orthodox Jewish girl in his high school graduating class who wouldn’t speak to him (not that she could have gotten a word in edgewise had she even been inclined to try...) 4 – The book 23 Minutes in Hell changed his life and 5 – He thinks the 2012 prediction about the end of the World is fairly accurate.

Mind you, I garnered all of this while trying to read my own book and minding my own business. Imagine what I could have found out if I had actually been paying attention!

Clearly this dude was pretty spiritual. Which was great..until the other shoe dropped. And this particular shoe was in the form of a slam against Seventh Day Adventists.

Sir, you can state you are a Christian once a day and twice on Sunday but when you refer to another faith as “pure crazy” you kind of miss the whole mantra of actually being a Christian.

In all fairness, I know very little about the Seventh Day Adventists…however I wouldn’t ever disparage their beliefs..or anyone else’s for that matter.

It has been my experience that it’s not the religion that is “crazy”…it tends to be zealots and extremists out there that make it seem “crazy.”

So sir, it might do you well to remember these words as you forge ahead, “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message that is love, compassion and forgiveness are the important things and they should be part of our daily lives.” It was the Dalai Lama who said that.

Smart guy, that Lama.

And all this before 8AM...Yikes.