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April 24, 2009

Cats, dogs, or people?

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 7:39 pm

You know how people ask, “Are you a cat or a dog person?” (I’m a dog person, with a soft spot for cats.)

I think the question should be, “Are you a dog or a people person?” (Again, I’m a DOG person.)

This was driven home to me when I took the car for inspection yesterday. (If you live in an area where they don’t have “inspection” here’s the deal: every couple of years you sit on line, then a scary looking guy tells you to get out, and he takes your car thru a battery of tests (lights, blinkers, brakes, emissions, etc). You hold your breath hoping you PASS because otherwise you’ve got to go pay a mechanic to fix whatever’s broken and then you have to go back and sit on the re-inspection line and go thru the whole thing all over again. If you don’t go thru inspection and get a shiny, new sticker slapped on your windshield, the police can, and will, ticket you.)

So anyway I’m standing in the little plexiglass booth where you’re supposed to wait along with everyone else (there were five lines open, so there were six or seven of us crammed in, but it was freaking cold and windy so no one wanted to wait outside) and I’m watching the guy in my car. He’s talking non-stop. To himself. (no, he wasn’t having a phone conversation)  He’s actually yelling loudly enough that those of us in the booth can hear him.

“Is that your car?” the woman standing beside me asks nervously.

“Of course it is,” I muttered. Because that’s my luck.

When he reached the end of the line, he pointed at me, and waved me out.

USUALLY they’re a little bit insane about the car owners NOT stepping out until they’ve stuck that new PASS or FAIL sticker on. But no, this guy wanted to talk while he ran the emissions test (a period of time that felt like hours but was probably only a few minutes). He went on, and on, and on with his long-winded rant about how stupid people are. Apparently the guy in line behind me had asked why there was no line and that had set off Mr. Angry.

And I stood there, nodding and smiling like an idiot, trying not to piss him off any further, and thinking about how much I like dogs better than people.


1 Comment »

  1. Oh man. I’m definitely not a PEOPLE person. I’m also not an ‘inspection station’ person. That’s just scary no matter how you slice it.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — April 25, 2009 @ 5:22 am | Reply

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