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Recriminations
I should have said, "If you don't want a seat when it's offered, you've got no call giving him this much of a hard time for not offering it to you." But then the cranky lady would have been yelling at me instead of him. He seemed self-confident and polite and well-spoken, so he didn't really need my help, but still. Everyone sits in the seats-for-old-people-and-handicapped-people when the train is full, not just this guy. And yes, people sitting there should be watching for old people and handicapped people, but so should everyone else. "Excuse me" is the right way to solve the problem, not "...people like this asshole, who probably can't even read." But I was a coward and let him get bitched at by the old lady with a cane who didn't want a seat, all by himself.

And then on Mass Ave, there was the guy running for the bus. He caught up to it after it shut its doors, while it was still sitting there at a red light. It sat there, and sat there, while he knocked on the doors. And then it drove off. There wasn't really anything I could have done about that, but the guy looked a little like the previous guy, so he had been having a really bad transportation day.

And now the air conditioning at work is out, again. It was at 50% yesterday, and then got fixed, and then shorted out overnight, according to the informative mail in my box.

Maybe if I took a nap I could pretend I was starting the day over.
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arcanology From: arcanology Date: August 1st, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, if it's as hot as I thought it was heading for, you basically should all leave work and nap anyway.
chenoameg From: chenoameg Date: August 1st, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yikes. People get really cranky when it gets hot. I'm very happy to live in the age of air conditioning.
From: treptoplax Date: August 1st, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Scott Adams elaborates:

During the several days that it was 112 degrees and I had no AC, all I wanted to do was build an IED and kill the AC guy who kept driving right past my office and helping other people. In fact, I wanted to kill everyone who didn’t agree with me on just about any point whatsoever.

And I realized that the problem with the Middle East is insufficient AC.
mijven From: mijven Date: August 1st, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Such insight!

Just to counter the heat=crotchety argument, there was only ONE obviously grumpy person at the DMV today, which is nigh miraculous. Sadly she was the one taking my picture, and thus we were close to the end of the process when the boys were at their worst (not very bad, but still...) so she almost soured the whole experience.

But seriously, it's probably a better picture than my last one. Of course short of a disfiguring car accident, it would be hard to be worse.
izmirian From: izmirian Date: August 1st, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
So is everything reasonable in the Middle East in the winter, or is there carryover from the lack of AC during the summer?
countertorque From: countertorque Date: August 1st, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
We all need to get yelled at by cranky old ladies from time to time. Just look forward to the day when it will be you armed with the cane and the swearing and everyone else being too scared to intervene.
arcanology From: arcanology Date: August 1st, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

We do?

Oh, well, you can have mine.
countertorque From: countertorque Date: August 1st, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure. Where else can you find so much life experience coupled with so much bluntness? Plus, we're all headed there, if we're lucky enough to last that long.
From: tirinian Date: August 2nd, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think life experience is frequently highly corrolated with bluntness. :-)
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