Diatribe: What The @&^# Were These People Thinking?!
Last weekend, either I must have been in a particularly observant/grumpy mood or I encountered an awful lot of “peculiar”. Do you ever notice people doing, saying, wearing or just generally being strange, stupid or unusual and wonder to yourself “What the @&^# were they thinking?!”
Saturday was our first really cold day so far this fall. The afternoon temperatures were in the mid-thirties and it was quite windy. The television weather personalities (we used to call them “the weather man”) were using all their Doppler stuff to scare the children and old people into staying indoors. Saturday’s “feels like” temperature (we used to call it “wind chill”) was only in the teens so it really was quite cold. Yet, I encountered a young mother pushing a stroller with a shoeless, hatless and coatless toddler riding inside. What the @&^# was she thinking?!
Just the day before I had been driving along a quiet, two-lane country road, travelling at the posted speed limit of forty-five miles per hour, not another car in sight when, suddenly, a man in a small pick-up truck pulled out of a driveway and right in front of me to travel in the same direction. There was no traffic behind me yet he felt the need to pull out in front of me, forcing me to hit my brakes, so that he wouldn’t have to follow me. Needless to say, his top speed going forward was forty-four miles per hour. What the @&^# was he thinking?!
Later that night I saw two middle-aged women dressed in footie pajamas buying flavored vodka in a liquor store. What the @&^# were they thinking?
Sunday night, during the live broadcast of the American Music Awards, Miley Cyrus performed her hit song “Wrecking Ball” dressed in a skimpy cat bikini and standing in front of a giant floating video kitten that lip-synched along with her. What the @&^# was she thinking?!
This morning I made a quick stop at the grocery store. I needed toothpaste and a couple cans of dog food. The place was a madhouse because snow was in the forecast and Thanksgiving is just days away. I took my toothpaste and dog food to the Ten-Items-Or-Less checkout lane where I found myself behind a woman who had unloaded onto the conveyor belt enough food to serve a feast to a family of twelve. What the @&^# was she thinking?!
I realize that it takes all kinds. Some folks really do march to the beat of a different drummer (I imagine the pajama-clad vodka buyers might fit into this category), others might be absent-minded or forgetful (maybe freezing baby’s mama hadn’t seen a weather forecast in weeks) and there will always be folks who are just outright rude and inconsiderate (Ten-Items-Or-Less you ignorant twit! Toothpaste + Dog Food = 2 items … Not your hoard!).
Pay attention today and count the number of “What the @&^# were they thinking?” moments that you encounter. I’m certain that you’ll be surprised at how many times each day you can ask yourself that question when you really pay attention.
PS: I cannot for the life of me imagine what the @&^# Miley Cyrus was thinking.
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