In Which Coffey Learns

During these stuffy sinused, work filled and busy days, I've finally had the opportunity to reflect on conversations heard whle out and circumstances I've run across. I've been taken to school, if you will. Inadvertent lessons taught to moi. As my ears pop and my nasal passages clear up, I'm suddenly awash in a brilliant sea of clarity. I've realized, in this current cult of personality, that people will simply continue to be themselves in all their loud, stank, uncouth glory. Bad, ugly, unhygenic, and overwhelmingly raunch. This much I know is true. I realize that people have no qualms about boarding the bus, early in the AM, taking their seat, and then breathing heavily... their breath reeking of jungle rot or hot garbage on a particularly humid day. I can sit here and ask the universe whether it's too much to ask or wish for certain people to floss, brush or scrape their tongue, gargle and take it to the back, perhaps pop a mint before venturing out into the world... But why bother? The answer is yes, it is too much to ask. And so I suffer silently. Fate decreed that this is the cross I must bear sans questions. I also learned while en route to the mall (on the bus of course)- this past Saturday, that a young Hispanic lass I'll call Romeo (all of maybe 16 years old) was headed in my direction to meet Lissette. Lissette, apparently, was going to meet Romeo at the mall, so that he could "fuck her." ... "Yeah," proclaims Romeo to his buddy, "Lissette's gonna meet me there so I can fuck her." To which his friend replied with a spitty chuckle/chortle combo. Ahhh, I learn something new every single day. Is this what young people do now? Do they have trysts at the mall?? Whatever happened to sitting in the dark, at the back of the theater? Or going to the park after dusk? Folks our future depends on these very same young people. In which case, I'd rather not be cryogenically frozen. I'll just go head and rot. I also learned that a mall is NOT the place to be on a Saturday afternoon, with a sinus infection. It was hot, it was extremely crowded, and I couldn't concentrate for I found myself wondering about Romeo and Lissette. I didn't want to run into them in some sort of compromising position. Speaking of young people, I also learned that in their quest for fame, they like to videotape themselves beating the living daylights out of some poor unsuspecting victim, in hopes of uploading it on YouTube. Yup, don't freeze me, just burn me and throw my ashes in the nearest ocean. Life's little lessons can be a bit overwhelming when swallowed whole sometimes. Now pardon me while I go wait for my food to digest ...

5 comments

  1. These same kids come to me want help getting jobs...really they want me to hand them a job...if I had it like that I wouldn't work here.

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  2. @Amadeo: I'm interacting with youth (ages 14-18) now, at my current job and it involves employment, and you're right. Many of these same kids are rude, apathetic, and unambitious. Not personable or receptive AT ALL. They think tney're ENTITLED to jobs and the lot. But then again, I also interact with their LOVELY parents and have been cussed out over the phone a time or two because THEY can't seem to follow directions either, and I completely understand where that behavior comes from.

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  3. It'a absolutely appalling the way they have no manners,pride or tact!! I'm embarrassed when they are on the bus or train with older adults and behaved in such a way that can only be described as unintelligent and crass. I used to be embarrassed to say anything remotely like a curse word in my father's hearing(not deliberately of course)and to this day i don't use curse word in front of adults I don't know and that includes the little old grandmother type on the bus and others. It's scary the way they behave...scary

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  4. thanks for reminding me why I'm not going to sell my car.

    Could you possibly take the express bus? No clue where you're going or where from but hey, there are alternatives if you're willing to cough up the change.

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  5. @rockaway girl: I was a teenager once, so I don't mean to sound like a grumpy old woman, because some of that ish is amusing and has me smirking, but a lot of the times, I think a lot of younger people think that kind of behavior, whether it be on the bus, train, on the street, in a restaurant or mall, is funny and edgy. They sound stupid and it reflects poorly on how they were raised.

    @gc: Ah, it's not unbearable enough for me to put up with having to drive and pay the rising cost of gas. I'm not going far out enough to take an express bus. I usually have on my ear plugs listening to my music, but every now and again, I'll eavesdrop and some of that shit and their behavior sounds ridiculous. While It's tolerable, it's still deplorable and it makes me shake my head. I don't think the "kids at the back of the bus" even realize or CARE how they sound with all that foolishness. lol.
    Makes me glad to be childless. No offense to parents ... just sayin'. I wouldn't wanna be one in this day and age.

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