To the Residents of Gold Mine Road
(and planet earth)
Again this morning, Sadie dog had trouble crossing the road. She is old and deaf as a post. Her owners have long suspected brain damage, now compounded by the creeping mental fog of dementia. When she sees a car barreling down on her she freezes.
Sadie was two feet onto the road when a car doing 20 miles over the speed limit raced around the blind curve, screeched to a jarring halt and laid on the horn.
THIS WAS UNNECESSARY. It showed arrogance and a mind that downloads at dial up speed.
I thought it over and responded with a resounding FUCK YOU! Which brought even more honking as the car sped away.
I don’t care if you are running late. There is a posted speed limit and I expect you to observe it. I could hope for even more. Your reaction lacked basic common sense or the patience that you (obviously) require from others. It spoke of selfish irritation that YOU were being inconvenienced. It articulated your need to control. If Sadie had been spilled firewood you would have slowed and driven around. There was no oncoming traffic. There was 25 feet of empty road available. Because she was a living thing you made the decision to MAKE her move. Letting me know you were being inconvenienced added 20 more seconds to that inconvenience. Making a scene mattered more to you than the look of fear and befuddlement on that frozen old dog’s face.
Nor do I apologize for my language. People who observe the niceties of the niceness rules rarely are. My policy is to run, when I see “nice” folks coming. They often have memorized the rules but are mystified by the heart behind them.
Some folks need to be slapped.
I realize that this message betrays my own anger and smallness of spirit. I TIRE of playing grownup to your puerility. If you wish my respect and accommodation, offer me (and mine) the same.
If decency won’t work for you, how about fear? I have heard that the old guy with the cane and the dog pack is mentally unbalanced, unpredictable, and has nothing left to lose. He is probably dangerous.
Let’s not find out.