Do you know what I hate, what annoys me more than anything, but at times I do envy them. OBLIVIOUS PEOPLE! I can spot you a mile away, and I like to test my patients with you I guess just to piss myself off because nothing good really comes from this.
So last night we went to Five Guys for dinner, not healthy I know so just leave it. Anyway, it does not matter where I am I feel like I am always on high alert, watching, listening and paying attention to what is going on around me. Ok..so we order and of course I start scanning the room and notice only one open table. I go to open table and wait for the family to get their drinks and come sit down.
I make my way over to the pop machine and a father and son are in front of me. Lost…they are lost this is going to take a while so I look to my left at the other pop machine two twentyish girls are in front of lost too. No clue, they have their cups and a receipt, looking at both like they have never seen such a thing. I thought for one second about just barging my way through and look like a complete B****, but decided to play nice. I will be honest I almost always play nice because I really hate mean people. Be considerate and just engaged in the battle in your head.
Father and son are still working on the drinks, I know put cup here, push for ice, select pop, push, stop move the F out of the Way. Next person. Nope, I am standing patiently watching the space girls and father and son. Then it hits me. This father has no clue, none, he is not aware of anything going on around him.
Brain game on…the game I like to play here is I know you have no clue, how can I anticipate your moves. At this point I have established he is in an open self-service restaurant which is busy and has no clue I am even behind him. Let’s test that theory.
When in a busy place at the drink machine, fill cup and move out-of-the-way so that others can get their drinks. Nope not for this guy they struggled and huddled and pushed and poked for a few minutes, with no clue anyone was waiting. The girls besides them were still dazed and confused. I just do not get it, receipts, cup, pop machine smallish restaurant what is so difficult and how can you not be aware of what is going on around you.
Finally father and son complete the drink dispensing engagement turn around and I smile and move out-of-the-way. I move quickly and efficiently to complete my drink dispensing process. Next up condiments, because why would anyone other than MOMMY do this?
To get to the condiment table I must turn around and take 3 steps maybe 5. NOOOOO right in front is oblivious guy. I plan my move stay to left, get ketchup cups, plenty of space to move around if I just lean across the table, with my hip pressed slightly on top to give the proper leverage. I realize I could make my life easier at this point say excuse me, and hope he understands and moves forward. But like I said I like to aggravate myself but in reality he is not in the way much. Grab napkins, straw, cups, thought process he has no idea you are standing behind him getting ketchup. I think to myself how can you not realize I am right here, maybe catch movements out of the corner of your eye? Notice the purple blur because I am in a purple jacket? Nope nothing. Me still thinking he has no idea I am right here.
I keep pushing the lever of the ketchup…I mean my mind is still racing so many observations have taken place within my head of what is happening around us, whose number is being called, if an alien spaceship is landing at the pop machine with the two twentyish girls, how the line to order has gotten to be about 15 deep, we really did order at the perfect time. Wow no other tables are open, glad I took the one I did while the guys got their drinks, why does five guys have vinegar here, am I missing some amazing use for this with my food, they put all their orders in paper bags and never asked to go or for here. Is there a cost saving if they change how they do this? Peanuts, you can grab a small container of peanuts, or like the woman with the to go heading out the door just keep stuffing her hand in the peanuts, I mean why would I use the peanut scooper provided? Everyone wants to touch my hands right, that is not how sicknesses are spread, I wipe my nose, I stuff my hands into an open container of food, that everyone can enjoy, YUMMY! I am super hungry and excited for my burger, I hope it is good, wonder if I got enough fries or I should have order more, I always order too many. What time is it? Oh there is the woman who almost ran us over in the parking lot, she never looked up, around or at us. Do I just zone out sometimes too and not pay attention, could I be like all of these people and just not even know it or I am some strange anomaly overtly aware of her surroundings. Oh good our order should be up next. Then it happens if I could have put us in slow motion I would have taken one step back while he took his steps back but my back was partially to him in order to use my right hand to pump the ketchup and my left to hold the cup. Bump, he did not just bump into me the entire backside of his body rolled into me as I finished with the ketchup. I smiled and he said excuse me. I proceeded to get my ketchup, napkins and stuff then had to say excuse me because I could not get around him. I still have no idea how he could be so oblivious to where I was and what was going on around him, because now more people were waiting. With my hands full and another excuse me I was able to make my way around him, but barely.
What I keep asking myself is it that people are so oblivious of what is going on around?
Do they just truly not care? They will do it when they want, how they want, where they want and not care about how anything affects them?
Maybe I am just a head case?
Pretty sure in this case the guy had no clue, and there was nothing unfriendly in his demeanor, he just looked helpless.