Bismarck, ND had a record amount of snowfall on Sunday, April 14, 2013. They had over 17 inches of snow in less than ONE day. It was crazy. So, with the inundation of snow, the roads are not all cleared up, traffic is going slower, and things are generally just a huge mess. So, of course, I was crabby (Being a pastor does not negate the fact that I get crabby).
I went to one of the hospitals in town to do a visit. I was in town already for text study; a gathering where rostered leaders in the Church gather together to "talk about what we're going to talk about." So, I streamlined my Bismarck time to do some visits, too.
The person I wanted to visit was already discharged, which was good news. So, I went back to my car to go do some nursing home visits.
While I was walking to my car, I saw a guy walking across the parking lot with his cell phone held to his ear. I thought, "I better watch out for that guy. He will probably be here before I get reversed out." So, sure enough, this guy was soon behind my car. Now, I had ASSUMED he had seen me get into my car, but I think I assumed wrong, because...WHY? BECAUSE, when he got to my car, he stopped walking. He just was standing there, blocking me. So, I tried to wave at him a little bit, but he wasn't paying attention.
I started my car to get his attention.
I put my car into REVERSE to get his attention.
The guy KEPT STANDING THERE. Talking on his cell phone. Seriously.
Finally, the guy moved enough for me to reverse out of my parking spot. So, I reversed and put my car into DRIVE.
But guess what!?
The guy was in my way again. Standing there, talking on his cell phone. LOOKING right at me. Seriously.
I sat there about 15 seconds, and the guy moved again and I could go.
Seriously. Dude. Seriously. Move.
Everyone is a little crabby right now. We've been enduring about 6 months of winter. We want spring temperatures. We want sunshine. We want travel and exercise to be uninhibited by the snow. So it just seems to me that random dudes should not be standing behind someone's car when there is a whole parking lot full of empty cars they could stand behind.
Petty, what with the state of affairs, but we're not in the Oppression Olympics.