Thursday, May 8, 2008

National Surplus

We may have a crushing national debt as far as money is concerned, but by my observations, we seem to have a surplus of ill-informed, opinionated loudmouths at family restaurants.

4 comments:

CrankyProf said...

....and malls, and waiting rooms, and at school...

Faith said...

"...they're every where, they're every where..." from one of Dr. Demento's songs.

Amen to your post!

Bill said...

There's a story lurking behind this cryptic post. I just know it.

GDad said...

We live about two miles from one of the heavy-hitter super-bigoted megachurches that you see on teevee, if you care to watch that sort of thing. So Sunday lunch at a family restaurant in the area is always a chancy business if your goal is to avoid those people who are pumped up with some of that insanity.

We went to a chain restaurant on Sunday that promotes its own folksy brand of home cookin' goodness. A multigenerational family sat down at a table across the aisle. The guy in his 30s was the very loud person. The elderly folks were the nodders, and the woman in her 30s was the smiler.

The loudmouth led us on a narrative journey through popular culture, politics, finance, philosophy, religion, and history for the duration of our meal. His story contained a lot of assertions of questionable truthfulness, so we were waiting for some kind of hate-filled venom to come out, but just as it sounded like he was going to talk about the [insert minority here], he would veer off into something else.

It was weird. Sort of like the experience of hearing someone recite a poem where you expect an ABAB rhyme scheme, and you get ABAC, even though you know what the second B should have been.