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Friday Potpourri Vol. 5

Welcome back!

Survived Valentine’s Day, I see!

I have a couple of left over suggestions from previous pleas for ideas to fill out these weekly posts.

@lahikmajoe Asked what the first book or movie was that I was banned from having.

Well, that really never happened when I was growing up.

Reading was encouraged. And fortunately, my first job was at the main library in our town. I worked after school for a few hours every night except Fridays and all day Saturday. I had access to books that the general public couldn’t get to.  Books that were  too fragile for regular handling.  These books were kept in a sub- basement. It was musty and wonderful. If I hurried through putting the returned books back, I could explore the racks.

What that experience gave me was an opening to a wider variety of authors.

Now, growing up Catholic, there was a handy list of movies that were officially banned by the Church. A ratings system.  I believe “C” was the rating for the bad movies. (I would look it up but that is too much like work).

Honestly, I don’t think there were that many objectionable movies during the sixties despite how people remember that time. And that was the time I was going to movies with my parents. When I started going on my own in the early 70’s, I think my tastes were still fairly mainstream as far as the kind of movie I was interested in.

@debihen suggested in the comments section a post about self entitlement and rudeness would be a worthy topic.

That was in response to last Friday’s post.  Unfortunately, that sort of behavior does not stop at the movie theater.

I notice it in the retail area, because I worked in that kind of environment for a number of years.

People who don’t understand the concept of waiting in line. If all the cashiers are busy ringing up customers, you will have to wait your turn. No amount of sighing will speed things up. I am sure if the store had known how important you were and how valuable your time was compared to everyone else, they would have made special accommodations for you.

And when it is your turn, get your stuff out of the cart without telling the clerk how inconvenient this delay has been for you and yours. Because the clerk has been dreading your appearance as the next customer ever since you showed up at the end of the line.  (We KNOW)

I would cover more but my grandson is waking up from his nap and I am in charge today.

Thanks for stopping by.

P.S. @IbecameMyDad Is worth a follow because he featured a question of mine on his blog Wednesday. And he is funny.

Peace,

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Friday Potpourri Vol. 5

  1. debihen on said:

    I love the line sighers…they often do that and look at whomever they make eye contact with and roll those eyes quite dramatically. We get people like this at the hospital. Usually, they are someone we have added on because their Dr has called, stating that they are experiencing “severe” abdominal pain that requires a CT scan pronto. We always tell the offices to alert that patient of two things: 1) they are being WORKED IN, so they will be seen somewhere between already scheduled patients and ER patients. 2) have them come over. IMMEDIATELY. Usually what happens that “severe abdominal pain” will show up literally hours later, coffee in hand. When we tell them we were expecting them several hours earlier “Severe Abdominal Pain” usually answers that they stopped for lunch (remember…severe abdominal pain), went to the dry cleaners, etc. So, we remind them again that they are being worked in and we will get to them as soon as possible. These people, without exception, will come up to my desk at least 2 times whining about HOW MUCH LONGER are they going to have to wait??? UGH…self entitlement and rudeness!

    • How hard is it for people to look around a waiting room and make an educated guess about when their turn will come? You can wait on 100 people and just one idiot can ruin the day.

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