I’m going to write about something useless. The other day I had hunger pangs for a McFlurry. Can’t explain it, I just did. So on the way home my mom and I stopped at McDonald’s to get me my ice cream.
The parking lot at this McDonald’s is shaped a bit oddly, so that if there are more than 2 cars in line at the drivethru the third car ends up blocking one of the laneways to get in and out of the parking lot. Which is obviously a bit inconvenient, so instead of blocking the road, my mom left enough room so that cars could drive between us and the car in front. This little gesture is where the trouble started.
All of a sudden some woman behind us in line drives on our side (by the way, there was even a guy behind her) then gets in front of us, which is quite a tight squeeze. My mom blared the horn at her. I mean really, she went kind of crazy with the horn. She’d had a lot of trouble that day at the stores she went to, so she wasn’t in the grandest of moods. Oh, and you can also blame the menopause, which has recently taken its grip on her. Her hormones are crazy right now. Back to the lady in line: she doesn’t move even with all of the honking, she stays where she is. My mom gets out of the car to go talk to her…and she’s looking scary….
Let me explain a few things about my mom. She’s very unconfrontational, to the point that I have huge arguments with her where I tell her she needs to start sticking up for herself. She doesn’t do this sort of thing…ever. Which is why I know it’s her hormones…. Generally I tend to be the one who gets in peoples’ faces, but on that day I was not in the mood after having gotten up early and taken a final exam: I wanted nothing to do with any of it, I just wanted my goddamned McFlurry.
My mom goes over to the car, yelling at the driver’s side window (it was a bit…disconcerting…), and after I see her face lose the angry lines I realize that there was some sort of misunderstanding, and when she even smiles I’m beggining to think that I must have just entered bipolar land. What the hell? So she gets in the car after the guy behind us gives us a thumbs up, and explains to me that the lady thought that we were parked and talking or something. Apparently mom just told her to go ahead and stay where she was. But wait, it gets better.
Finally after about 5 more minutes mom starts ordering, and I turn back in my seat after hearing honking. An Explorer is trying to get in between two of the cars behind us. It’s such a narrow space that only the front end of the SUV can get into it, leaving the back end sticking out onto the road. How dumb can people be? After getting hit with a hail of honking, and realizing that their SUV wasn’t supposed to be there, the driver reverses and somehow manages pull into a parkingspace, away from the drivethru lane.
I eventually get my McFlurry, and see, as we’re pulling out, that the line is now blocking that one exit. Such nice, considerate people, don’t you think? Needless to say, we drove around and went the other way. It’s sort of incredible how when we did it everybody followed our lead and left the space open, then once those people got their orders new people came and did it their way. Which of course made other people follow their example, and block off the exit. Such sheep. Nice example of conformity.
I knew we should have just gone inside.