Apparently this Zen Audreya thing isn't working for you guys. Truth be told, it is kind of boring. Ranting, on the other hand, seems to be a real crowd pleaser. Well, good, because I've got another one. And it's kind of in "stream of consciousness" format, so that should be fun. Okay, here's where it started:
I tried to do a little Twitter venting to get over the infraction, but after
5 minutes a reasonable amount of time, I was still annoyed. And I was afraid people would think I was exaggerating. Not that I ever do that.
So I took a picture as proof. And I labeled it
because I think putting unnecessary arrows on pictures is fun for you convenience.
I'm not ranting about how gross I find the idea of dipping. I mean, if you want to put something in your mouth that looks like poop and may cause you to lose half your face to cancer, that is your choice. But, for crying out loud, don't just throw a big wad of spitty tobacco in the middle of the sidewalk. Especially IN FRONT OF A TRASH CAN!!
This is not the first time I've had to side-step chew to walk into my office. I guess it's a hazard of living in the South. But, in the South, aren't we known for being mannerly? Spitting in general isn't very mannerly, but spitting piles of goo onto a public sidewalk? Come on! Unless you are being cared for at a medical facility or are a small child, someone else should not have to clean up anything that has previously been in your body.
Plus, I think we all know that this is part of a larger issue. Somewhere along the way, it seems we forgot other people have to share space with us. It's not just chewing tobacco. It's litter in general. It's the person who can't be bothered to walk 10 feet and put their cart in the cart corral. It's leaving your empty food and drink containers in the movie theater or the stadium because someone else will clean it up. It's not flushing a public toilet. (Okay, yeah, sometimes those things really do have flushing issues. But we can all tell when you didn't even try.)
Sure, I've haphazardly disposed of gum before. I've not chased a paper down after it flew out of my car. No one is perfect. But basically, don't be gross. It's really not that hard. It's common courtesy, not rocket science.
So yeah, if you spit out a wad of dip on a sidewalk, three feet from a trash can, I do think you're one of the ten worst people on the planet.
Probably somewhere between Kim Jong-il and Ke$ha.