You encounter them everywhere you go. They are those who cut you off on the freeway, yet their lane is free and clear; they are the people who at fireworks shows have their selfie sticks right in your view or jostle position next to you with their elbows because they need a better shot; they are even the people at work who want to one up you because they feel they can do a better job than you when all you want to do is get your job done efficiently and effectively. These people have no boundaries. They are overbearing, time consuming, and most of all annoying.
I bring this up as I’ve experienced lately a couple ridiculous individuals. Let me explain…
1.) As I was running yesterday trying to get my training miles in, this woman and her partner came past me. Now I was cruising along down a hill at a nice pace, minding my own business on the sidewalk on the right side as I should be to let those coming up the path pass, however this “lovely” woman comes up from behind and throws out her elbows and almost pushes me into the bushes as she passes coming down the hill. Now let me just say…there was no one coming up the hill and she had plenty of room to pass. She also did not use proper running etiquette and say, “excuse me”. Yes she was “lovely”. The partner just ran past and didn’t look back and here is the reason why, as they got to the bottom of the hill and he stopped to stretch for a couple seconds, she screamed at him. Boy did she scream at him. I could hear her through my headphones and see her tortured face as it contorted into a mass of evil because he stopped. Definitely something wrong with this person and I do hope that karma comes and deals her a hand of something.
2.) Selfie stickers. I’m glad Disney has banned them, but they need to do a better job of checking people’s bags (including stroller bags, diaper bags, and backpacks). These two individuals at the fireworks were obnoxious. The woman and man were both pushy with their selfie sticks and the stroller in a crowd of people. So we were hit with the stroller and their arms with selfie sticks because they we’re jockeying for position. All we wanted was to be away from them, their harsh words, and stroller, but they continued to push with their stroller into our legs as we moved forward slowly. When we finally did get ahead of them because there was a break and their stroller couldn’t get through, we landed near more selfie stickers that were also obnoxious and obviously guilty because they knew they shouldn’t have had them in the park. I made a comment to my husband about the other people and the little man who had his selfie stick in front of us got his panties all bundled. Oh my! Really people??? Relax. Abide by the rules or get out. Of course they continued to use their stick throughout the fireworks in front of us but being that they were vertically challenged it didn’t really matter to us.
3.) The traffic hogs need to relax. You are all going the same place. Everyone is on the freeway for the same reason-we have somewhere to go. Just be patient. Cutting someone off just to be in that lane when your lane is perfectly fine is ridiculous. This guy did this last night. Found it pointless. Jumped in our lane cut whole lane off when he had nothing in front of him for like 6-car lengths. Then cruises down for a while and jumps back over to the lane he came from. Why? There was no exit nearby, no fasttrak lane, no express lane, nothing. Maybe we’ll just chalk it up to idiot driver. Agree?
4.) The one-uppers need to relax. We all go in to do our own work. No one is there to do anything else than make the company move forward, well some may micromanage but the rest of us are there to move the company forward. There are those that try repeatedly to one-up though. There has to be something else for them to do. Maybe give them a task with some crayons and big pieces of blank paper to draw out their vision like kindergarten and then toss it in the garbage can because one-upping is a time-suck for everyone. Collaboration is more productive. Be productive people, move forward not backwards.
That is my soapbox for today. Thanks for stopping by.