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A Pet Peeve of Mine

14 Oct

This blog has nothing to do with fear or the process of overpowering fear. Fear causes us to experience anxiety and anger, but this really upsets me.

Several years back I was driving to meet with a client and had to cross one of the numerous bridges that span the San Francisco Bay. In this case it was the Benicia Bridge. As I was approaching mid-span traffic began slowing down, finally coming to a complete stop. As we waited an emergency helicopter landed and it became obvious that we had come upon an accident with one or more injured participants.

We sat there waiting for close to an hour while emergency crews secured the injured and cleared the roadway. Finally, traffic began moving and within several minutes I was one car away from paying my toll. The car in front of me was a Lexus driven by a woman I would guess to be in her mid to late forties. As she stopped next to the toll booth she put her car in park and leaned to her right as she began rummaging through her purse for the $5.00 toll. She looked and looked and looked until she finally found a five dollar bill and handed it to the toll collector. I sat there smiling. You see, I was taught that it is better to sit there with a smile on my face than to make obscene gestures with my hands.

Now that is the extreme. But for those who shop at Costco or any other membership store where it’s required to hand your membership card to the cashier this may have happened to you. The person in front of you empties their cart and then waits for the customer in front of them to finish their transaction. They then take a few steps forward until they’re face-to-face with the cashier who asks for their card. It is at that point that they begin rummaging through their purse or wallet in search of their card, while they mutter the words, “I know it’s here somewhere.” Did they not read the instructions? Did they get up in the morning thinking, “When I get to Costco today I wonder if they’ll ask for my membership card? They’ve always asked for it before, but maybe today will be different.” Yeah, that’s it. Today will be different. Duh?

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Michael, you always tell us to ask for what we want and the Universe will give it to us. Why didn’t you just ask for a quick check out? You’re right. I should have but I didn’t. But the delay is minor when compared to my other fear:

These people vote and breed.