Have you ever been in a situation where someone is being a loud-mouth jerk and you want to say something but what you’re thinking of saying would likely make matters worse? I was in such a situation last Thursday, but fortunately, another man wanted to say something and came up with the right thing.
If you read Saturday’s post, you can skip this paragraph. If you didn’t read it, or if you don’t remember, here’s the backstory in a nutshell. AMTRAK was having issues. It was snowing, and it was cold. Almost 200 passengers were waiting on the platform in New Haven, CT for a train that the station announcer had said we should be boarding but which was not at the platform.
As will happen in situations like this, there was one guy who simply couldn’t keep his mouth shut. “How can four inches of snow stop a train?” “I was supposed to be in Hartford at nine o’clock.” And, of course, “This is what’s wrong with America.”
This guy had arrived on the latest train from New York. About 75 people had arrived an hour earlier and another 75, me included, had arrived an hour before that – on a train that was itself an hour late. We were in no mood.
Just as the buffoon was expounding on the state of mass transit in America and why our tax dollars would be better spent adding more lanes to the impossibly crowded I-95, a large man walked over to him. The large man looked at the buffoon and said:
“YOU are NOT helping!”
That was all he said, but it was enough. Loudmouth Lester sulked over behind the soda machines and remained quiet.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.
Today’s gallery has a few pictures of the recent garage project progress and a few of the usual suspects.