You do seem to get into a lot of fraught situations Becks. That stuff would bore me rigid. All you need do is get a properly functioning trolley and avoid banging people's cars. You probably would have dented the old bat's car if the manufactures had not designed a protective strip as a pre-emptive strategy after surveying women drivers on car parks. Were either parties armed?
I do not - that's the first time that ever happened to me here. Most of the time people are really into the whole American thing- these two were like Frik and Frak - the one in the car who can't say anything to me, but she tattles on me to her friend who then starts bossing me around and scolding me like I was some little kid.
And I didn't even leave a mark. What did she want me to do - give her my insurance details because I did something that COULD have left a mark? I just didn't get it- there was no problem...
But some people enjoy that role, ' Oh you did something that I can scold you for and now I'm gonna make you pay'.
Actually a lot of teachers are like that and I think that's why they become teachers - they always want to be in that role where they can be in charge..and they have to take their misplaced insecurities out on the only people they can lord it over - kids.
Fortunately - a lot of teachers just love kids - and that's why they're where they are.
I've met both kinds.
In this situation, no one was armed (unless she was carrying concealed). I had a couple of books in my hand, but I wouldn't have hit her with them - I wouldn't even have thrown them at her-I love books too much to use them as weapons and anyway I wouldn't give her the satisfaction of calling me a 'violent American' or a 'hotheaded American'. I was just sort of perplexed by the whole thing. And I'm proud to say that she hasn't changed my views on Brits at all - still love you guys - I'd never generalize her behavior to a whole nation of people.
Funny that Jane sees being called a Christian as an insult. The other day these two ladies came in and they were having tea - it was about five- and we started talking about art and then one asked me if I went to church and I said, 'Sometimes' and she said, 'I knew it when I walked through the door- it felt so peaceful and calm and serene in here and I just got this vibe from you and I thought to myself - this woman is a Christian...'
I took that as a huge compliment.
So as Ogionik said, everyone's different.