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Friday, December 12, 2014

WAIT FOR IT…WAIT FOR IT


WAIT FOR IT…WAIT FOR IT



During my Thanksgiving visit to Disney World this past week I encountered strange behavior in many people.  Most people can deal with unexpected delays.  They can wait for long periods of time, patient, no complaints, pleasant even, but when the gates are open, when a jam-up clears, when the wait time is over, these same people turn into elbow throwing, pushing, snarling, assholes.

On our way to the airport, we were in a traffic jam due to heavy rain and the local high school traffic.  Everyone creeped along without complaint until we reached the final stoplight at the high school.  There was finally clear sailing ahead when that light turned green.  That is when three assholes behind us leaned on their horns because Mrs. Cranky did not step on the gas and peal out and leave rubber when the light turned green.  Thirty-five minutes of stop and go patience, and when traffic appeared to turn normal, that is when drivers decided to get nasty and obnoxious.

Soon after we boarded our plane to Orlando, the rain turned to snow.  Our flight was delayed two hours as the plane waited in line for the wings to be de-iced, and then we waited some more for our turn to hit the runway.  No one complained during this delay, everyone was polite during the two and a half hour flight.  After 4 ½ hours of a normal 2 ½ hour trip passengers turned ugly when the deplaning process started.

I waited for those passengers in front of me to get their overhead bags out.  When my turn came to step into the aisle and get my bags out, two passengers elbowed their way past me, not allowing me in the aisle.  A third passenger finally let me in the aisle, but only after I forced my body out and audibly voiced my disbelief at everyone’s haste.  It took flailing elbows and a “WTF?” to take my rightful turn at leaving the plane.

In line for a ride at “The Happiest Place on Earth” I was unable to take a single step without the person behind bumping into me or stepping on my heal after we had waited 45 minutes for a three minute ride.  I turned around and asked “Excuse me, but if you want to get ahead of me just ask.  I don’t mind waiting an extra 8 seconds if it will keep you from bumping and stomping on me.”  I was told by that asshole that I was rude and not in the “Disney” spirit.  The asshole did at least give me some space.

What is it about human nature that allows us to be calm and polite during a delay that is beyond our control, yet turn into annoying douchbags the moment that annoying wait finally goes away?     

16 comments:

  1. Is that what's going on. I never put cause and effect together.

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  2. hurry up and wait in the worst way!

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  3. I find that people are more angry than ever. I can't tell you why, but it's happening. I have my ideas, but I'll keep them to myself.

    Have a fabulous asshole free day. ☺

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  4. In India this is a daily affair, but somehow they manage to untangle themselves.

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  5. I don't know--but would you get out of my way??!!!

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  6. Mefirstmefirstmefirstmefirst... I gotta get mine!!!

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  7. No one ever tries to push me out of the way. People scatter when I come barreling through. Maybe you're too skinny?

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  8. Luckily I have been spared the angry ones but your accounts are compelling reasons to stay home if only to keep my record intact.

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  9. Amazon should invent online trips to Disney World so we could do EVERYTHING from home and never have to mingle with the rude, unwashed masses again. Bought everything except groceries online for Christmas this year, making my house "the happiest place on earth!"

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  10. You are so right! I hadn't thought about it that way.

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  11. I avoid crowds if I can. Actually I avoid other people.

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  12. You must practice THE LOOK. If you stand in line and someone is getting impatient, just give them THE LOOK. Someone trying to get in front of you? Just give them THE LOOK. Need something from someone? Just give them THE LOOK. I've been told even my emails sometimes have THE LOOK.

    Next time you're in Orlando, we'll meet for lunch and I'll teach you THE LOOK.

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  13. I am really not a fan of people. And can you believe it? People don't seem to be fans of me!

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  14. You did pose an interesting question and I absolutely have no answer to it. That's why I think I prefer not to get out and about and enjoy staying a home, safer that way.

    betty

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  15. Human psychology can be so amusing. Though it would seem that there's always an asshole behind you....

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  16. Disney can test anyone's patience but I have noticed that many more people have zero patience and are way more angry in today's world. You need to take control in order to get anywhere and do anything these days.

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