Archive for May, 2008

Anger Management

May 7, 2008

I have an anger issue.  I can be a hot head.  My Irish blood can boil like a bowl of potato soup.

Anyway, I’ll get to the point.  Yesterday, after a long work day that included about 60 miles of extra driving I met my wife and kid at the park.  She had walked there earlier so I went home, changed into shorts and hopped on my MTB.  The ride is less then a 1/4 of a mile, so it’s an easy one.

We had a good time and then had some BK for dinner.  I really need to lay off of the fast food.  Seriously.

Well, on the way home, wife is pushing the kid in her stroller, I’m riding next to them.  I decide to go ahead a little bit and wait on the side of the road in front of the lake trail.  Some idiot blew the stop sign and ran my wife and kid off the road almost hitting them.  My wife was very shaken, and asked if I’d seen it.  Yes.  I saw it clearly.

I pulled around on my bike and sped for the jerk.  He was stuck in traffic as I came up yelling at him.  “Hey, you almost ran over my daughter!”

“No, I didn’t, your wife was in the middle of the road”.

“If you think the middle of the road is on the neighbor’s lawn, then I’ll concede that fact”.

“I was going slow!”

“Sure you were, this is why my wife had to jump out of your way pulling the stroller with her.”

“But I couldn’t see her.”

“Yes, because you were hugging the corner on a residential street.”

Then came some name calling and four letter words.  Yes, I have a tongue of silver.  Heh.  I finished by telling him to “Get outta here”.

I admit, I should have acted gracefully.  I probably should have left well enough alone.  But when I feel someone has threatened the safety of my family, I have a duty to protect them.  So, there is a gray line here.  Maybe this fellow will think twice the next time he drives through my neighborhood.  Maybe he’ll drive like a normal human being and yield to pregnant ladies pushing toddlers in their strollers.

My one regret is that he had his son in the passenger side witnessing two grown men acting like apes.

Weekend Recap

May 5, 2008

Friday –

– Went out to eat with the wife and kid, I think.  At this point, Friday is already blurring.  I hardly remember ye.

Saturday –

– This is sad.  I hardly remember Saturday too.  Oh wait.  Now I remember.  Wife and I drove around eventually ending up in Madison, NJ.  We stopped at the newish Stop & Shop (grand opening for the recent expansion).  Had some lunch from the deli, it was good.  She had some kind of chicken sandwich thingy with strange topping, I had a ham salad sandwich and lived to regret it.  Kirsten just wanted a roll with cheese.  She is on this cheese kick lately.  She got a balloon tied to look like a flower.  It lasted about an hour, and I think she hated the clown.

After which, we went over to my sister’s.  She made us some nice lasagna (my favorite Italian dish).  We brought the salad.  I tried a gross banana 99 proof drink.  Yuck.  Root beer was better.  Or, Diet Dr. Thunder.  That’s right!  We drink the Walmart sodas!  We watched ET.  It was on the tube, and we were all feeling nostalgic.  Drew Barrymore was still cute then.  Boy did she sure lose it growing up.

Sunday –

Went to church and I arrived 15 minutes late for parking lot duty.  I got a sorta lecture from one of the other guy, who I’m sure passed it on from up top (or close enough to the top).  He’s right.  I’m lazy sometimes, and with only one car, it is hard to get everyone going in the morning.  The sermon was ok, but I honestly don’t remember most of it.  I think the key point was that we should not be so focused on seeking out signs and wonders.  More stuff about the couple that died because they mislead the church about their givings, and a good joke about “Henny Binn”.

I came home from church and took a long nap.  So long, in fact, that I missed the Celtics shut the door on those poor Hawks.  Those poor little wittle Hawks.  Go home!

With the good news in my head, I felt inspired.  We rented a tiller and with the help of my brother inlaw, we turned my wife’s garden.  Yes, my neck and shoulders were very sore, but I was able to get the rototiller back in time (this morning at 7 am) to avoid the 24 hour fee.

Now here I am at work.  Soon to leave for home.  Maybe I’ll study for my exams.  I should.  I probably won’t.

110 – 85

May 1, 2008

Silencing the critics…again.