By Gustavo Arellano
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By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
You were the big knuckle-dragging oaf in line the other day at the Panda Express with an obvious distaste for children. I was a couple of people behind you, but close enough to see your Bauer cap, which made me wonder if you might be a hockey fan or even a player. I had my Ducks shirt on, and I do play, so I'm always interested in meeting others who love the game. I had every intention of making eye contact and maybe starting with a "Hey, I like your hat," but then you opened your mouth. After nearly stepping on one of the kids behind you, who was admittedly too close, you said, "Sorry, I didn't see you there since you're so short." Very calmly, her dad said, "They're just kids," at which point you reeled around and said, "Oh, no, I was apologizing because I couldn't see her there, and that's what adults do." You delivered all of this with an alpha male stare that burned holes through this poor guy's head. He and his wife looked at each other, completely puzzled, while you proceeded with your order consisting mainly of massive quantities of Angus beef. You need to eat some veggies, do some light stretches and calm the fuck down.
I'm no fan of "knuckle dragging oafs" but this story was puzzling until it occurred to me that when the father said "they're just kids" (after the child received an apology from someone who otherwise had "an obvious distaste for children"), it could have been interpreted as "what are you apologizing for? They are 'just kids.'" In which case the "dumb puck" was actually justifying that adults apologize for their mistakes. "They're just kids" is often the refrain of someone who misinterprets any gesture (including a simple apology to the child) as defensive, and an act of hostility. In either case maybe it's the writer who needs to chill the fuck out.
Actually I see his point!
I'm a shrimp at 5'8" and have literally been in the same scenario more than once.Nowadays if you even so much as look cross eyed at someone's kid in that situation, they get in your face and want to step outside.
I'd have to have been there I guess.
@GusanoAmarilloI'm with you. The writer needs to take chill pill. The dude apologized and the dad seems to have been offended by that. I would take a wild guess and say the writer doesn't like alpha males and isn't one.