Angry man on phone

After being at work for an hour or so this morning, I walked across the street to the convenience store for a coke. I rarely drink cokes (or “soda” as some refer to it) because 1) I’m not really a caffeine junky and 2) I try hard to maintain my stick-like physique.

As I approached the facade of the store, I heard a man screaming. I couldn’t make out from where the tantrum was coming and it stopped as I got closer to the store. I bought my coke and headed back toward the office. I heard the screaming again. I turned around and saw the man at the pay phone. He was livid. He was screaming at the person on the other end of the conversation. He screamed and screamed and slammed the phone against its base multiple times. If I had to guess, I’d say his knuckles were probably busted due to his violent outrage. It was an amazing scene. People are weird.

As I continued my trek back to work, I wondered what it could have been that made this man so mad. Was is a cheating girlfriend? An out of stock crack dealer? Corrupt stock broker? Whatever it was, I’m glad that I’m not that dude. My only gripes are that my wife works so much that we rarely get to spend much time together and I’m getting gray hair. I wouldn’t abuse a public pay phone over those things.

In hindsight, I should have stopped in my tracks and danced. That’s what I should have done. I would have performed the hammer and the cabbage patch. I really should have. Life isn’t that bad. Perhaps that angry man would have turned around, seen me dancing and laughed. People driving in their cars would have laughed too. Oh well, hindsight’s 20/20. I just went back to my office and had a coke and a smile.

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