December 27, 2004

Is it January yet?

I'm only asking because that's when the kids go back to school and life will be somewhat less stressful. The sad thing is, it's not just the unsupervised children that create problems. The other day there were some grade-school aged girls shoving each other in the lobby, and when one pushed another into the concessions counter hard enough to knock over a trash can I asked them to settle down. A minute later a woman starts yelling at me for speaking to her children! She seemed to think that I should have first asked every adult in the concession line if those were their brats darlings instead of putting a stop to the roughhousing. I believe I mentioned something about the little angels having no manners or respect for other people's property, but I suspect it went right over her head.

I'll just have to take out my memory of the mother who had her little boys write us an apology for knocking the masking off the bottom of the screen in one of the theaters, even though there was no real damage done, as a reminder that there is still hope for civilization....

And there is hope. One time there was a boy who wanted to buy candy but was twenty-five cents short so I gave him a quarter out of my pocket. A week later he came up to me and repaid the quarter. It took me a minute to realize who he was and why he was giving me money, but occasions like that (even though they are few and far-between) tend to make up for the rudeness, thoughtlessness and vandalism we encounter daily.

Completely off-topic, everyone should read Michael Crichton's latest book, State of Fear. I just hope if he sells the movie rights he retains script approval, otherwise Hollywood is going to twist his message 180°...

Posted by Susie at December 27, 2004 10:31 AM

Paid you back the quarter?

I think you just found your new assistant manager :-)

And I've heard a lot of good things about that new Crichton novel.

Posted by: Harvey at December 27, 2004 11:53 PM

"I'm sorry, but I don't think I like you talking to my child in that manner...!"

"Lady, I'm just trying to teach your child a little something about Life. So, why don't you be a good Santa's Little Helper and SHUT YER FREAKIN' CAKE HOLE!?"

Posted by: Tuning Spork at December 28, 2004 12:08 AM

I read the novel in one sitting and I spent most of my time in full Puppy Blender mode, going "Heh" after each and every citation of a scientific article that killed another enviro-wacko sacred cow. Moooo- ::BANG::, I say.

Posted by: physics geek at December 28, 2004 04:16 PM

"Moooo- ::BANG::"

I need that on a coffee cup or a T-shirt :-D

Posted by: Harvey at December 29, 2004 12:28 AM

All I need is someone good with graphics to design the logo with an (in)appropriate image:

"Moooo- ::BANG::"

When a cow just needs killin'.

Posted by: physics geek at December 29, 2004 12:16 PM