I decided on a whim today to take the kids to the farmer’s market. Next to the farmer’s market is a fun little cafe with bubble tea that Rowan loves and coffee which I love (and had a coupon for a freebie from the parade last weekend). A friend of mine was hanging out at a nearby children’s clothing store which I wanted to also check out and someone justify the purchase of a new pair of shoes for Aurora while I was there.
But that all got blown by rude people.
Look, I understand parking is hard to find at the farmer’s market. I get it. I expect that. I’m very good-natured and laugh about pretty much everything. Heck, I’ve even laughed when a rock broke my windshield because it was the best reaction I could have instead of crying.
But today just made me upset. After driving around for 30 minutes, I found one open spot I couldn’t get into because of the old lady parked in the way talking to some other guy who was parking his motorcycle in a full-sized spot. I drove around her but couldn’t angle to into the spot she was next to so I went around. After I went around her and was driving up the other side, some guy gets out of his car and screamed “Move your f&!*ing car!” He had a smaller car than I do – he could have gone around.
So I spend another 20 minutes driving in circles, seeing an open spot and being beaten there, and find some people getting ready to leave, so I got behind them, turned on my blinker and waited. Someone pulled in behind me and honked. I figured he was trying to leave so I would just go around really quickly and wait again. My bad. I circled around and was now waiting behind the guy who’d just honked at me – who was now waiting for the spot I’d been waiting for. Really? REALLY? That’s just not cool. I was pretty upset at this point, having been in the car for 30 minute and running out of time and saw one last spot and as I turned on my blinker, someone cut me off.
“Screw this.” I went and got coffee and went home. I’ll take my kids somewhere else instead. It takes a lot for me to just give up, but not only were things not going well for me, but I’m really affected by the attitudes of those around me, and today people were just mean.
So to you, dude who yelled cuss words at an old lady when you could have rolled your eyes and gone around, lots of kids heard you. Are you proud of yourself?
Dude who made me move so he could take the spot I was waiting for, may you miss an airplane flight because you can’t find a parking spot.
Guy who cut me off in the very last spot, may a conservative in a Hummer park so close you can’t get in your car.
Seriously, I know I’m not an important person and everyone else deserves the right to a parking spot as well. However, it’s completely obvious when someone is waiting for a parking spot. If it’s not, chances are you’re driving too fast and not paying enough attention in the first place. You never need to get OUT of your car to cuss at people – it’s seriously not worth it and just makes YOU look like a jerk.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to open our new bubble machine (the second one I bought after I discovered you – meaning me – had to hold the handle down on the first to keep it going – no thanks!), put my kids in their new swimsuits and have fun somewhere where raging adults aren’t being incredibly rude to each other, all in quest of local cheese or kettle corn.