I was dropping stuff off earlier in the week, at an office building. As I emerged from the front doors of the building, I saw a woman standing directly in front of the door area, out in the parking lot, she was texting. She struck me as strange at the time. She was very well dressed, quite pretty, walking back and forth with her cell phone, long jet-black hair, thicker than I’d ever seen on a human being, makeup, she looked a bit out of place and odd, pacing in the parking lot.
I proceeded to my nearby car, unlocked the door, and as I opened the door and was about to get into the car, she came around the back of the vehicle that was parked between my passenger side and the door to the building, and in an agitated way said to me, “did you see that!”
“No”, I said.
“That guy almost hit me.” she said.
I thought, what guy, I didn’t see any moving vehicles?
“He didn’t even care,” she said, “and he said to me, “what’s wrong with the sidewalk.”
I thought, I heard no voices, and you were less than twenty feet away from me.
Then she proceeded to express her disapproval of people using cell phones while driving, and described an accident she had a year ago. When I expressed the opinion that you can’t be too careful, she excitedly explained that the accident was the the other driver’s fault, there was nothing she could do, and that she was still receiving physical therapy at the hospital. I apologized for “implying that she hadn’t done the right thing” during her accident, although that had not been the meaning of my words. I offered the concept that it might be best if cell phones ceased to work while car motors were running. Then she thanked me for being so affirming, told me that I was standing next to her car, and that she had to get going, she was parked next to me, and where I was standing while she talked at me was in front of her driver’s door. I told her I hoped her day got better. As I got into my car, she very, very quickly got into her car and sped away.
The whole experience was bizarre. I don’t know what reality she is living in, but I wish her luck with it, it sounds horrid.
Date: 10:32 AM EDT Wednesday 17 July 2019
Pressure: 101.3 kPa
Dew point: 22.2°C
Wind: WSW 4 km/h
Visibility: 3 km
“The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.”
Hubert H. Humphrey
1911 – 1978