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Sunday, May 17, 2009

That's NASTY

Today was a very interesting day, in that I went to go see the movie, "Angels & Demons" and saw some interesting things on the way there.

This post is not about the movie, which was enjoyable, but more about what I saw.

This post is about people, and the nasty little habits they have. Over the day, the acts I saw got progressively worse and worse.

The day began with a walk to the O-Train (Ottawa's light rail transit system), and I saw a woman walking her dog. Her dog took a poo on someone's lawn, and she didn't pick it up. What she did was pick grass from the person's lawn and put it on top of the poo, as if to disguise it.

Next, while I was waiting for the O-Train, a woman came into the little bus shelter wearing a very bizzare set of clothing. She was wearing a pink fuzzy sweater, with a brown T-shot on top. She was also wearing a black skirt with yellow knee-highs. And she completed her outfit with pink sandals. Now, that wasn't the nasty part. The worst part were her TOES.
Her toe nails were long, yellow and dirty. Not like a little yellow or a little dirty ... but, like jaundice yellow and brown dirty. It was really, really gross. I couldn't even bring myself to look at her nails, to see if they were the same.
I take care that my nails are cut and clean, and what kind of person doesn't do that before they wear sandals? HONESTLY!

Then, within the movie theatre, there was an elderly woman sitting two rows ahead of me on the opposite side of the theatre. About 1/3 of the way into the movie, she began to cough. And it was not a muffled cough, but a full-on hacked and disgusting cough. It sounded like she was going to cough up a lung! And then, to make matters worse, she started to dry-heave. Finally, after about 20-25 minutes, she left the theatre and never came back.

And finally, on the O-Train on the way home, there was a guy sitting close to me with a handkerchief. Periodically, he would sneeze into it, and he was obviously ill. Then, once, he sneezed and did not cover his mouth and spewed it ALL over the O-Train window. He then, almost unbelievably, began to try to wipe it with his snotty handkerchief. But, as you can imagine, that only made it worse.

Honestly, it was hard not to laugh!

But, then, it went from laughable to gross in about 1.4 seconds. Because, once he realized the clean up was useless, he removed the handkerchief from the window, brought it to his mouth and proceeded to suck on whatever was in it.


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At May 18, 2009 at 2:27 PM , Anonymous Sara said...

ewwww....so gross. You did get me to LOL on the last one though!! I hate people who are rude. That's why I'm a teacher - i can tell my students to chew with their mouths closed/spit out their gum/put their feet down, etc. without getting into trouble!!


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