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Yesterday I was taking my after work walk. I was on the north end of Broadway, where it turns into 10th, by the gas station. I was on the East side of the street and crossing E Roy Street (kind of a side street) and stepped right in front of an orange PT Cruiser. Whoops! Now whereas last week when I was all depressed this might have been a welcomed meeting with the front end of a vehicle, this time I was actually not paying attention because I was in a really good mood. My head was in the clouds, I  was walking in quick pace to New Order on my head phones and, honestly, I was looking to my right instead of my left because something shiny caught my eye. Suddenly I saw a car in my peripherals and by the time I turned my head, the bumper of the car is but a foot away from my knees and I saw the driver making the “what the fuck” gesture with his hands. I cringed and put my arms up in a way of saying “whoops, sorry” gesture but continued.

As I was walking away, he rolled his window down and shouted at me; “Ma’am, why don’t you look where you’re fucking going.”

Something about that sentence just seemed wrong to me. It’s SO Seattle. Even for shouting at someone, it’s too polite. I can take responsibility for being in the wrong and admit I deserved to be yelled at for it. I just would have preferred to be properly yelled at, you know. “Ma’am, why don’t you...” I mean, it sounds like he was trying to bestow some kind of wisdom upon me, or something. I guess it’s mostly the ‘Ma’am’ that gets to me. Why use such a formal word when you’re chastising someone? Perhaps, I just have a problem with being called “ma’am” as I don’t ever feel or think of myself as old or mature enough for the title so it weirds me out. Honestly, I would have rather been called a moron, an idiot, a bitch, a twat, even a cunt, over “ma’am.” I longed for a proper insult like “pay attention, ya dumb bitch” (in New York accent) than “Ma’am, why don’t you watch where you’re fucking going.” At least he worked in an obscenity in there. Even aggressive Seattle is passive aggressive, I suppose.


Then again, who am I to talk? If I had been properly bitched out, even knowing I was in the wrong, I would have flipped him off and gone my way. That seems to me how that social dialogue should play out. But this is Seattle so instead I just shrugged and went on my way. Talk about passive.



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Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
New Order ROCKS!!!
Check out "Elegia" if you haven't yet. It's my fave song of all time by them. If you can manage to get the 17 minute version, it's the best. I lost that one when I had a HD crash about a year ago and I haven't found it yet. Check it out -

(headphones highly recommended here for full effect)

Part 1 (because youtube sucks now) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVNivk0_3_c

Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mI2i2Z3US1M&feature=user

About your post....

I think people don't give proper "fuck off's" anymore because they're afraid of their own shadows. Shit. How do they know you aren't some escaped whacko fuckhead just out on the town after a fabu field trip to the the fair?
Sep. 23rd, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Re: New Order ROCKS!!!
bawhahahahaha @ that last bit. :P

I have to warn you my New Order collection is quite limited (like a best of) and I think it was Blue Monday that came on on shuffle of my mp3 player. However I think Christine gave me an album and a best of so I'm getting started. Actually I'm getting more into 80's music as of late. I'm just slowly progessing through the decades i guess.
Sep. 25th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
watch out, that gas station has a taste for blood. Martha from the wildrose was almost killed there.

I wish he had just called you a retard, then you'd be able to have the appropriate responese of "oh fuck I was being dumbass".
Sep. 25th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
definition of Responese
Responese- (N) A response from a Japanese person
Sep. 25th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
It's also the gas station that exploded that one time, or a car plowed into someone whatever that story was a summer or two ago.

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