I was driving home from watching the Super Bowl last night when I heard this announcement type thing on the radio. It was a news tease, or some type of PSA, or I don’t know, but the woman said, “A study shows if you use the 5-second rule you may be putting yourself at risk. Germs can attach to the surface of food in under five seconds.” I nearly drove off the road. You are telling me there are enough people out there who believe the 5-second rule is a real thing that an announcement becomes necessary. For me it would have been tantamount to hearing, “stepping on cracks doesn’t break your mother’s back.” Who are these people out there thinking, oh, the food’s good. It was only four seconds. It makes me a little sad to think about them.
And, I have this reaction every once in a while. People are just so clueless sometimes, you want to give them a little nudge. They’re almost endearing in their idiocy. Another example, I have a link on this page to a Fred Couples fan site. There is a forum, it’s completely fan run, has nothing to do with Fred Couples personally. All of this is fairly obvious if you look around for about ten seconds. Despite this, someone will wander into the forum every once in a while, and write, “Dear, Fred…”. Like this is Fred’s personal blog, and he’ll be getting right back to them. Are they disappointed when he doesn’t respond? Makes me sad.
Another thing, people who cannot communicate with ear phones in. You know how many people walk around with guy pods in their ears now, and there’s always someone who can’t master their own volume. They’re screaming at you, or constantly fiddling with their “ear buds”. There’s nothing more depressing than seeing someone who clearly never had a Walkman growing up wrestle with some headphones. I know you made a sweet mix, but you’re still in public. Makes me sad.
I once encountered this little fella at a golf course. He had way too many clubs in his bag, and he loaded them in a way that made the bag too top-heavy. There’s a way to put clubs in a golf bag, and if you don’t know what it is, yes it makes a bit sad for you, but if you are open to help…well, then we can get somewhere. This guy wasn’t open. He put the bag on his shoulder, and all the clubs slid out, because it was too top-heavy. I tried to tell him this. Put the longer clubs in the back of the bag. No, he didn’t like that idea. He was just going to put a cover on his bag so the clubs didn’t fall out. Great. So, the little guy loads up his bag again, snaps his cover on, and throws his bag over his shoulder. The clubs can’t fall out of the bag this time, but the weight is still completely unbalanced, and the guy tipped himself over. Honest to god, it happened. So, now, I have to stand there and not burst into laughter because this guy is an idiot. He rights himself, and says, “You might be right.” No sh*t. Baffling how many people won’t listen to reason. Makes me sad.
Feel free to share your own examples.