Do you ever have one of those days when you say something, and the way people react makes you wonder if you're speaking another language and not realizing it?
The scene: The pricey grocery store
The players: Me, checkout guy, woman behind me
The situation: We are all standing there waiting; the bag of apples I had picked out had a bad one, and a produce guy was getting me another one.
Checkout guy (to woman behind me): Sorry, it's going to take just a second.
Woman: That's OK; I just spent a bunch of time waiting, coming up I-35.
Guy: Oh yeah, I heard there was a big accident. When I came by it totally looked like someone had come down the ramp the wrong way and hit a bunch of cars.
Woman: Actually, I don't know what it was, but it looked like something had fallen off one of the roadways and hit something.
Me: Well, I work at the paper, and I've been overseeing the story and what happened is a road scraper fell off a tractor-trailer that seemed to be taking a turn too quickly; it fell off Piedmont, hit 35, and then landed on the ground.
Woman: Yeah, I don't know if anyone's hurt or what.
Me: Well, the police said that four people were hurt.
Both look at me.
Woman: Well, I don't know what happened, but it sure looks like it was bad.
Me: The road scraper fell off a tractor-trailer that seemed to be speeding, and it fell off, and hit the ground.
Women: Yeah, I just don't know what happened.
Me: Are you ignoring me, or just trying to be a dumbass?
I didn't really say that, but I thought it really, really hard at her. Especially because later in the day, someone listened to what I said, then said, "What are you TALKING about?" in the most insulting way possible, and I thought "Are you ignoring me, or are you just trying to be a dumbass?" really hard at this particular person. What was it about today? Sheesh.