Thursday, March 25, 2010

What the..???

Yesterday, I was sitting at the Under55 Cafeteria having a little lunch.

I was also reading a great book at the same time, 'The Perks of Being A WallFlower' by Stephen Chbosky, so I was pretty focused on that.

All the while, my jacket was on the back of my chair.

When I was finished and was getting up to leave, I put my jacket on, zipped it up, and put my hands in my pockets.

Except...something was in there. 

I pulled my hand back out, and someone had placed an empty 'Twix' candy bar wrapper in my jacket pocket!

WHAT THE...????

Ok, as much as I would have LOVED to have been the one to devour that delicious chocolate bar, I didn't.

So clearly, someone thought it would be really cute to put garbage in my pocket as I was sitting there.  How rude!

And I didn't even realize it!  I must've been so into that book that I wasn't paying attention. 

It's a good thing I didn't leave my phone or wallet in my jacket pocket while I was having lunch!

What is wrong with people?

I mean, this wasn't really a big deal.  Someone was being stupid, but nobody got hurt here.

However, This incident reminds me of a time many, many years ago when I was in elementary school.  I was in 5th grade.

We had all filed into the gymnasium for a school assembly.  We had to sit indian-style on the floor, with the kindergarteners in the front and the big 6th graders in the back.

I was sitting there in the last line of the 5th grade row, with the 6th graders right behind me. 

All of a sudden, I felt this tug on the back of my pants, as if someone was pulling on my belt loop.  Weird...but I didn't turn around or do anything.

Later, after the assembly, I realized that whoever was behind me had cut my belt loop!  With a knife or something equally sharp!

I was so sad.  Those were my favorite pants!!!  I actually cried because my favorite jeans were ruined!!

I don't know what made me angrier:  The fact that someone had the nerve to cut my belt loop, or the fact that I was too chicken to turn around and say anything while it was happening.

If it happened today, things would be MUCH different, as I would probably beat his ass!

My mom did ask me about my jeans when she was doing laundry. I didn't tell her the truth because I KNEW she would've called the school immediately and opened up a can of WHOOP-ASS on my principal!

Look...I have no idea why the Twix incident brought up this memory, but it did.

The difference here is that in elementary school, kids do things that they shouldn't but we chalk it up to 'being a child.'  From what happened yesterday, that is just plain immaturity and stupidity!

At least they could've put the Twix wrapper in my pocket with one of the bars still a gift for me!  I mean...that would be the polite thing to do, right?


  1. Some people will always be jerks no matter what. It's like they were raised with no morals. Sorry to hear about your jeans, even though it was years ago. :)

  2. I can't picture you ever being sad. You always seem so happy. Dumb idiots!

  3. Maybe the person who did it is reading your blog and they will put a full candy bar in your pocket next time!! (but seriously don't keep stuff in your pockets if you are reading something you are going to get lost in!)

  4. Here I thought you were going to pull a note with a phone number out of your pocket. How ODD for someone to do that. Easily entertained. I'm glad it takes more than that to keep me happy!

  5. Wow, now I'm thinking how this is linked to the cafeteria being the "equalizer." Haha. It's like we're all back in school. Wonder if they were sitting there watching you. An old John Lithgow, waiting to see how you'd react, to determine if you'll be wearing pajamas and playing with a train soon. (Dexter reference). Awe, I totally miniturized you as a kid and saw like faded "American Idol" gray memories of balloons and pants being cut. Sorry Paul, hope you have a better day today!!! Thanks for the distraction.
    Oh, and this is probably really weird and crossing the line of blog commenting. But, I saw a status once where you said, "Is it OK to say that you're sad on facebook?" Well, after that, I had a dream and you were buying groceries in a line, and I walked by and said, "Feel better Paul." In sum, if you want to scare someone who konws you, but not too well... 1) comment on a lot of the great things they write 2) reference Dexter 3) tell them you dream about them... I think that covers it! :)

  6. Michael, a phone number would've been better! Geesh...

    Matt, I love you! I love your comments. I love that you follow my blog regularly, as well as my fbook statuses. I love trying to read your mind and figure you out! :)

  7. Dude, that sucks. It's a good thing you didn't know who did it cuz i can picture you handing it right back to him. 'i think you forgot something.'

  8. I at first thought it was going to have a number on it, ya know some guy thinking you were cute but to affraid to say anything, but then I kept reading, and thought Gawd people are just dumb.....the pants thing made me sad, I kept picturing your 5th grade self being sad:(

  9. It was probably just a kid which keeps it funny rather than an adult which makes it creepy but at least you got a good post out of it.

  10. I've never really seen you mad, so I can't picture you getting up to beat someone's ass. I know how tough you are though, so I won't take the chance of pissing you off. LOL!

  11. That's just odd.
    And stupid.

  12. One, good book! Two, how ridiculous! It would have been quicker to throw the wrapper out than to sneak it into your pocket. Maybe the person was trying to sneak their phone number on a piece of paper in your pocket and got nervous and accidentally put the wrapper in? :-)

  13. Excellent book! I can see how you were so focused and didn't realize something was placed in your pocket. I've read it a few times. I think I may read it again now, thanks!

  14. If I were you, I'd seriously think about going back to the same cafe and sit in the same seat or general area, and at the same time. Why? Because you may be on the same schedule/routine as the person who put the wrapper in your pocket.

    Which leads me to the next delectable point - this time, put a couple wooden mousetraps in your pockets, and sit back and wait.

    (But don't forget later that the traps are in your pocket!)

  15. I would be pissed off! It's stupid people like this that make this world such a terrible place to live in. You can bet that if someone did this to me and I knew who it was, I would beat them down.

  16. I love this! I also thought that you were going to say that someone put their number in your pocket, so when you said it was a twix wrapper I busted out laughing! Sorry, but that's pretty funny

  17. Twix is mad-delicious. That's all that needs to be said!

  18. When I was in high school my girlfriend had my locker combo, and told a few of her close friends so that they could decorate my locker. After that, I had things stolen out of my locker all the time, that I eventually had to get the combination changed. It was awful. I have no idea why your blog reminded me of this, but yet people can be very cruel sometimes.

  19. I thought the Craigslist guy had secretly put his number in your pocket, mmm another disappointment! ;)

  20. Okay that is just weird... so this person doesnt want to throw the litter on the floor -- and not of course do the right thing and dispose of it properly -- so they sneak it into your pocket? That is just bizarre...

  21. this is funny and disturbing at the same time...the twix wrapper, not the belt loop cutting. set up the same scenario but leave something like a mouse trap in your pocket!! extremely cruel? buahahahaha

  22. Don't we all just live vicariously through you? :)

    I thought you were going to pull out a phone number too.

    Sad, how people are so rude.

  23. That is very weird - a phone number - a condom - a biz card - even a bottle of poppers have been deposited into my pockets - but a Twix wrapper - meh - go figure...

    Meanwhile can I tell you how adorable you look in that pic with the finger in your mouth *swoon* :)

  24. How rude. Someone apparently thinking they were being funny. Unless of course you did devour one but blocked it out of memory!

  25. The nerve of them, Paul!

    I had a rough time in school myself. I think it's what caused me to become quiet as an adult. Unfortunately a lot of that still sticks with me.

    It's not about being "chicken" but rather handling the situation in the only way you knew how at the time.

    As far as the Twix incident. Well, I'm sure that place is PACKED during lunch-time, no? Perhaps someone sitting too close put the candy bar wrapper in your jacket instead of theirs by mistake?

    If not, they were being an ass and it'll catch up with them one of these days!

    Next time have some mousetraps set in your pockets. That'll show them!


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  27. Paul, you can never tell what events in life will pull forth a memory from long ago.

    The Twixx wrapper incident is rude, immature, and disgusting.

  28. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is actually my favorite book!

  29. Great post. Reminds me of a time when my dining partner thought it would be "funny" to take the anchovy off his Caesar salad and hide it in the sugar bowl on our table at the restaurant. Thrill seeker? perhaps. Idiot? Certainly. I'm glad it was just an empty Twix wrapper -- and not an anchovy -- in your pocket. Love the blog.