Friday, September 26, 2008

Bully Thugs and a Meme

So, I feel compelled to tell you about something that happened to me yesterday. Remember I told you that my Bible Study last week was about Patience? And remember I told you that satan must have known about it because he made sure my patience was tested every day in every possible way??? Yeah, well this week is about kindness/goodness. After last week, when I looked ahead at the subject matter, my first thought was 'this could get ugly'. And so it did.

I spent most of yesterday working at the new house loading trash and scraps of lumber to be hauled off (seriously, we could build a house with the waste leftover from this one!! What up wit dat?). Fortunately, I had to quit at 2:15 to go pick Lake up from school - saved by the bell literally. After picking Lake up, I headed to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things and to give big oil execs every dime I had get gas. I paid for my items and pointed my gas-guzzler toward the pumps. I pulled into pump #6 then waited for about 10 minutes until I finally realized that the person in the car in front of me was not coming back. So, I back up and pull behind the car at pump #4 . When I put my car in park to wait for the woman to finish pumping her gas, I noticed a car full of high school age thugs boys turning their car around to get into the same line as me (only they were in facing the front of her car and I was in line behind).

I noticed that they did not look like upstanding young men (there were cigarettes, tattoos, and just a general look of not niceness about them - I bet they have not been to Sunday School in years). So, when the lady in front of me moved out, I pulled up because I was next in line. The problem was that so did the punks boys in the other car - their beat up and dented Cavalier was heading right for the front of my car. I had to make a command decision - stop and give up my rightful place in the gas line OR keep going and stand up to the bullies. Well, not being one to back down (and it HAS gotten me into more than a little trouble at times) I kept going all the while hoping my airbag would not deploy when we hit (those airbags can cause you to have black eyes or worse -who needs that kind of trauma? Paying $100 for a tank of gas is trauma enough for anyone!)

When I finally came to a stop, I realized the boys had backed up, but the confrontation was far from over because driver boy was getting out and quickly stomping toward me . He was yelling every curse word, throwing his hands around like a nut, and calling me every name in the book (where are the real men who are willing to defend a lady when something like this happens -- I assume the real men must buy their gas elsewhere because there were none around while this boy threatened to kill me and everyone around watched). While he is railing at me, I continue to pump my gas and I politely tell him that I was there first. He got in my face and told me he was going to ram my ____ ____ ______car. The he said I will kill you _______. Lake was in the car listening to words he had never heard before (remember? 'fat', 'hate', 'stupid' and 'butt' are bad words at our house).

I have to admit that I was afraid that thug boy WOULD make good on his promise to ram my car with Lake in it - so there was more than a little anxiety on my part. But, he made me mad, and I threw my Bible study notes out the window --- I looked him in the eye and I said, "Are you threatening me? Are YOU THREATENING ME?????? I certainly hope you ARE threatening me, because I am calling the police" (as many of you know I have a THP Lieutenant on voice command speed dial ;-). I proceeded to get my cell phone out and the blowhard bully coward boy left (all the while yelling "I will get you ____"). Sure hope I don't meet up with him again, because I think he really would like to hurt me.

I was relaying the message to hubs when I got home and it occurred to me that I made a huge mistake (I mean a mistake other than replying to him with goodness and kindness). If I had it to do over again, when he came toward me cursing, I would have opened my eyes as wide as saucers, rushed toward him and said "I rebuke you satan, in the name of JESUS" --- I think that might have stumped him......maybe next time.

So Heidi has tagged me for a meme where I have to tell 6 random things about myself........Which isn't easy since I have told ya'll everything about me here , here, and here not to mention the complete randomness that is a day in the life of this blog, but I will try to come up with some new goes:

#1. One time I paid $80 to have a lady wrap my whole body in wet rags that were supposed to make you lose inches in an hour. I went there in good faith that I would come out skinny, but I only came out wet and poor. The funny part is that after she got all the miracle rags pinned on my body, she told my I had to keep moving the whole hour or it wouldn't work. She turned on a TV and told me to keep moving. I stood in that room in front of a TV flailing my arms and legs around for an hour. I expected Alan Funt to come out and announce that I was on Candid Camera, but he never came -- a television appearance would have made the experience worthwhile, unfortunately, no Alan and no weight loss - and I was extremely tired from all the movement while being laden with heavy wet cloths.........yeah, fun times.

#2. When I visited the Statue of Liberty, I was coming down the steps from the very top of the torch and the very large man in front of me got stuck. His hips were too wide for the small staircase - I will never understand how he got up there in the first place! Anyway, I started getting claustrophobic because the people behind me were freaking out, so after about 30 minutes of being trapped behind him, I asked if he could sit down and let me climb over him...........he did and I am sure he finally made it out --- we would have heard about him on the news if he didn't. He was a very nice man - you get to know people when you are in a crisis together.

#3. When I was little and people would ask what I wanted to be when I grow up, I would always say "Cocktail Waitress".

#4. I never take a bath. I always take a shower. There is something kind of gross to me about soaking in a tub of my own filth. I prefer to stand and have my body dirt go directly down the drain rather than laying in a pool of it.......and for those of you who were wondering....No, I would never get into a public hot tub (float in a pool of other people's sweat - are you kidding me?) and I actually do have a slight problem with public pools. If I don't like to swim in my own filth, you can only imagine how much I despise swimming in the filth/possible disease of others.

#5. Yesterday I had to use the "Jobsite Johnny" that we have at our new house......or as I like to call it, "The $80 per Month Outhouse". I have a fear of Porta-Johns. I am always afraid of a snake being down in the bottom. I only use them when it is a complete necessity. So, yesterday, after drinking a large sweet tea from Pal's, I walked into it, opened the lid, held my breath - (see next random thing for explanation) and looked into the dark hole. I would rather die than sit on the seat of a portable/public toilet, so I tried to stand up and do what needed to be done. Sadly, a minute and a half later, as I walked out of that scary lavatory, I noticed that my socks were wet. The moral of this story? Go ahead and sit on the seat of a porta potty or you will end up peeing in your own socks..............hey!! the meme asks for random things about yourself -- it doesn't get any more random (or real) than that!!!! I should at least get some points for honesty.

#6. When I smell something bad I hold my nose and blow air out my mouth for fear that the bad smell will enter my body through one orifice or another. I have done it since I was little and cannot seem to stop this odd behavior even in my old age.........speaking of old age, one of the young guys (he's 22) that is working on our house paid me a compliment the other day (kinda). I met he and his girlfriend while I was working at our car wash and a few days later he told me that his girlfriend said that she hoped she looks as good as me when she is up in her thirties........(ie. She thinks I look good for an elderly woman) .....My husband is 42 and I am 35, so I always joke with him about being old.....when he heard what she said, I thought he would fall over laughing ----- and he will not let me live it down -- EVER!

Okay, I'm off to work on being Good and Kind!!! Hopefully I will be a quick learner on this one - I can't take many more "life lessons" like I have had lately ;-)~

Okay Heidi, are you happy, you have made me scrape the bottom of the barrel to come up with 6 random things about myself and now I have completely embarrassed myself and ruined my good/kind reputation in the blogging community.....if my readership declines, it will be all your fault!!! hhahahahahaa


Fran said...

First of all...I am stunned over the gas thing yesterday! I would have been so scared. time catch him with the whole Satan thing...that will totally freak him out. Poor baby in the car.

Your randomness kills me. KILLS ME! How in the world do you pull this stuff out of your head??? #3 made me laugh at my computer.

Hugs my sweet friend. Have a great day in your hard labor. Remember...for his glory! :)


donnaj said...

As your Mother, I want to say, I wish I had been at Walmart with you and Lake. I would have beaten those boys up right in front of everyone! As your student in the Wednesday night class, I want to say, pray for forgiveness, ask for an extra measure of kindness and patience (lesson from last week), and move ahead! As to your confessions of oddieties (not sure of that spelling) about yourself - some of those were more than even your Mother wanted to know!

Earen said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! I just can't believe people some times. I'm sorry you had to deal with that & I probably would have handled it the same way. It would have probably blown him away if you rebuked him in the name of Jesus. Next time...You did the right thing though too.

Sandi Hixson said...

oh my word! crack me up so much......well....i mean.......just me, not the face, as reported on Heidi's blog mask today.....but let me tell ya......i really lolled today! absolutely everything.....and i am positive you have MORE!
i think i have finally figured out how to get to your site and to the comment section without trying it a million times......

Heidi Zawisza said...

YEP!! We were DEFINITELY separated at birth! When is your birthday anyways? Mine's case you have forgotten already.
I soooooooo would have done the same thing as you at the gas pump. I think, okay I KNOW my temper would have gotten the best of me. I probably would have rammed my car into theirs!!!
And the porta potty thing?? Uh uh...NO way....not a chance in this lifetime will I EVER go in one of those. The last time I did, I was in ninth grade.......and lets just say that experience sealed the NO PORTA POTTY deal for life for me. Then again, I don't even like to use gas station restrooms when we are traveling. I have been known to hold it for an entire trip from Iowa to Pennysylvania when I was younger.....more than once!........yeah, then I started getting kidney stones due to always holding it.........
Oh, and if you lose your leadership position, just call me, I'll take over!!

Greg P. said...

With threats like that you should have gotten his license plate number and given it to the THP LT. on your speed dial, just to get a little more info on who this guy was.

I'm sorry you had to go through that. I know it's easy for me to say, but, try to be careful getting into arguements with irrational people, especially with your little ones nearby. Glad you're alright.

Kelly S. said...

LOL at the Statue of Liberty crisis. I would have done the same thing.
As for the freaky bully at the gas pump.....well, at least this week wasn't gentleness or self-control! :) JK

{patty} said...

Beth, I so love reading your blog posts!

The thing at the gas pump would only happen to you.....LOL I can't wait to hear you retell that story in SS this Sunday. :)

Oh and about the left over stuff from your house, is there anything that I could take to a client to do some home repairs??? Call me!

Alana said...

Maybe the kid at the gas station is a distant relative to my neighbor? I'm just guessing...they seem to speak the same language.

Also, the compliment? So funny, but I would definitely take it!

Mari said...

I would have backed down and then been mad for a while! I like the rebuking idea.
I laughed at #4 because that is exactly what my hubby says. "Who would want to sit in their own filth!" I always shower too but it's because I have things to do, people to see, places to go and can't waste my time laying in the tub!

Heather said...

This is scary! I really hate the way young people (and sometimes even adult people) act towards others- that is just crazy! I am just so thankful you weren't hurt!

Cassie said...

You are AWESOME!!! Nothing like a little confrontation with a teenager to make our day complete. I hate that your little guy was in the car...Good for you to stand up for yourself...I am a proud friend...

Have a great weekend....friend...=)

Cassie said...

I used the word friend too many times in my post..Oh well..I am working nights tonight...lack of brain cells...Ha ha ha

alliekat said...

Forget the patience...I so think your Escalade could have driven right over top of that Cavalier!!! You should have at least pinned him between the two....! I would have given a million dollars if Steve had been in the backseat and come out of the car when this was going on. Anyway, you definitely should have gotten their tag number and had someone make a visit later. All is wishful thinking I know! I won't even pretend that Jesus or kindness would have been my first thought.

LynnSC said...

Oh my golly!!! I would have been terrified at the gas pump... and I am sure I would have given up my right to be first... and let him have the pump. And... my luck, he would have drained it dry. I don't know about where you live... but we are out of gas in our area. If you find a pump that has gas in it, it also has a line a mile long... with that thought, maybe I wouldn't have given up my right to be first.

Love the random thoughts. The wet socks are toooo funny.

Mommyluann said...

Oh my Beth...your life is so not boring! BE careful!!!!!!!!

I'm Tara. said...

Okay - I don't even know where to start. Other than your gas post reminded me of Fried Green Tomatoes where Kathy Bates rams the young chick's car yelling "Tawanda!!!" You be careful...sometimes that's where those young punks snap just to prove how strong and cool and better they are!

As for the meme -- I was literally giggling out loud. "Wet and poor" caused the first giggle. Asking the guy to sit down so you could climb over was the 2nd. It went on from there. :) Try to find a Bible study about chocolate...just a thought.

Anonymous said...


Seriously, I need one of those porta-pots right now!! And I am so with you on the bathtub thing--just SO GROSS!!

thanks for the laughs!
Kim from PA

Staceystace said...

I ALWAYS think of sharing the love of Jesus with punks such as these. I think of their precious souls and how I may extend grace to them. Uh huh. Right after I introduce them to very foul rebukes and speed off in a huff.

Bless you!

KrisinTN said...

Thanks for the laugh! Funny stories. My mom had a similar problem in a mall parking lot. It was just with another woman though. She told them that Jesus loved them, and that they needed Joy in their life. They were so bumfuzzled that they just walked away.