Senior HTF Member
- Oct 31, 1997
I think we are just now realizing that a significant percentage of people are either not nice, or very selfish. Or both.The other day, with my mask on, I was at the counter of our local convenience store and paying for my goods. At that moment, this guy who’s been acquainted with me for years; and wearing a loosely fitted half-assed bandana on his face; gets right up and into me face - and I mean within a no personal space of three inches - to show me his winning scratch ticket.
“I just won 509 bucks, man”.
This behavior of his in the days of pre-Covid would’ve been somewhat expected by the regulars who know of him, but I found it to be way, way out of bounds in today’s new world.
Without missing a beat, I replied, “Six feet, guy, ya gotta get six feet back”.
Not happy with my urgent reminder, he replied, “Oh you’re one of those. Why don’t you just move out of town?”
I answered, “It’s gonna be the same deal wherever you go in this country”.
“No it’s not”, he said.
I just looked at him in worn-out disbelief and left.
Of all people that I have locally encountered, one would think that Our Man of 500 Bucks fame would’ve been amongst those most concerned; as he is 64 and has had two major life-saving surgeries, just a couple of years back.
Why, even now, is our country still divided by those who believe in the seriousness of this pandemic and those who still walk around thinking that Covid isn’t that big of a deal? What’s not to get?
The popular saying is that adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. We are learning a lot about the character of our fellow humans right now.