Monday, May 19, 2008

Misery Loves Company

There is nothing that can snap me out of a bad mood quicker than someone ELSE in a worse mood. I don't know why this is, maybe it gives me an arcane glimpse of what I look like when I am in a pissy mood. Maybe I am evil and other people's anger amuses me, who knows. The fact is sometimes a great pick-me-up exists in someone else's bad day.

This morning, though it was a Monday morning, I woke up in a pretty good mood. It was gorgeous out. The sun was shining. The traffic was light. It was almost enough to make me feel better about the fact that I got about 4 hours of sleep last night. So I pulled into the Dunks parking lot for my Morning Mood Stabilizer and went inside. I walked towards the (ridiculously) long line and just as I was about to get there, a couple of construction workers darted in through the front door and basically rushed to get in line in front of me.

As I mentally plotted their deaths (Hello have you been behind most construction workers in line? For every one man there are usually eight orders they are placing for their buddies back at the site), I could feel my mood shift from On The Cusp Of Good to GRRRRRRR. Then about a minute later a woman plowed into me on her way out and spilled some iced coffee on my cardigan (which luckily is black!) and didn't even apologize but seemed pissed that I had chosen to stand in her path!!

The day was quickly going downhill.

Then something interesting happened. I heard a small commotion at the front of the line and when I looked up I saw that there had been a mix up. Apparently when the cashier yelled out "Next in line!" a guy started placing his order when this other woman had really been next and instead of her acting like an adult and saying "Excuse me, I was next" she started raining curses upon him under her breath and he heard her and was not amused. But he stilll went ahead with his order. Which turned out to be five specifically made coffees long and she was SO NOT HAVING IT. Words were exchanged. Eyes were rolled. People were made uncomfortable.

But at least one person was instantly in a better mood.

Hey I may have gotten four hours of sleep. And some mean men may have cut me in line. And some lady may have sloshed her latte on me, but at least my day didn't start off with a stranger yelling something rude about me involving a fist and a sexual act.


Happy Monday!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a bad morning. But I know that: when there is someone else pissed I suddenly feel a lot better.
It's the same when I have a problem and someone else is coming with his problems to me to help them fix it. I feel better in an instant about my own problems after helping them out.
Don't know why,...

Traci Anne said...

I'm the same way - misery so loves company! Even after downing a giant coffee, I'm still pretty grumpy this morning, so I'm hoping everyone else is too. Harumph.

natalie said...

we are so alike sometimes that it scares me!
i am so the same way on this one!

J said...

The line at my DD was unusually long too this morning! No drama though. And unfortunately I had more traffic than usual too!

sandy said...

That does sound like a pretty rough morning! And can I just say that I'd probably be cracking up if I heard that exchange? Yeah.

Sitcomgirl said...

Wow. I wish I had heard that exchange :)

Anonymous said...

You seem like a great cook. As a vegetarian, I was wondering if you have any good recipes I could try? I feellike most cookbooks are similiar. I have one recipe that I love, and eat all the time (I copied it from a dish the chef prepared for me at Tosca in Hingham)I am always looking for new ideas! So let me know!

Sarah said...

Hi Kate - Thanks! I do have some recipes/websites to show you. Shoot me an email at sarah . stewart @ gmail . com (without all the spaces)