Val has a new bee in her bonnet. An energetic, adolescent, venom-stuffed stinger-wielder that is buzzing to get out.
I was, minding my own business, my Ps and Qs, my manners, adorned by my
lovely, lace-trimmed, pastel-hued, ultra-feminine bonnet, waiting for
my turn at the pharmacy. You might recall how my pharmacy recently
changed hands. How it went from not quite a mom & pop establishment,
perhaps more of an extended family business, to one of ten bazillion
links in the largest pharmacy chain ever to dole out drugs to the
masses. I'll call it Medi-Wait Pharmacy.
put-upon workers were allowed to keep their jobs, but required to toil
for the overlord and toe the line to the nth degree. They had to
reorganize the front of the shop, placing aisles as close together as a
the walkway between the seats of a school bus. Aisles that separate
customers as they enter, like pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters in a
coin-sorter, to funnel them to the counter like cattle on the way to
slaughter. The PICK UP sign hangs over the left side of the counter, and
the DROP OFF sign hangs over the right. In between signs are a couple
of registers used for additional pickups.
The PICK UP
clerks were all taken. Two had customers with lengthy explanations and
snafus. The third was picking up medicine as fast as it was plopped on
the inner-sanctum counter by the pharmacists, and calling for customers
who had been waiting in-store for their meds. I was at the front end of
the aisle, next in line.
I browsed for last-minute purchases as they intended. On my left was a bevy of beauty products labeled as airline size.
Not for me. I am flying nowhere, except possibly into a rage in the
near future, though currently unbeknownst to myself. On my right,
various toothpicks, flosses, and dental probes. No thank you. Not an
impulse purchase item for moi.
A man came in and stood
behind me. I was the line, you see. The line waiting to pick up
medicine. A couple of women came in, saw the situation, and declared,
"Uh, yeah. That's not happening." They whooshed right back out the
self-opening sliding doors. The man remained, second in line, kept in
place by my buttocks, which closed off the aisle like a cork in a
champagne bottle. Thank goodness that heavy-sighing, toe-tapping,
dagger-staring dude did not have a saber on his sash. Probably because
he was bereft of a sash. And only because it was being dry-cleaned.
waited, if not patiently, at least captively. There was nowhere else to
go. I listened to one guy trying to pick up meds who wanted to have the
$60 mouthwash taken out of his order, because the woman he was picking
it up for has mouth sores. Believe me, that's not a picture I wanted in
my head. I was not trying to eavesdrop. It's a tiny store. The other man
being serviced was hacking and coughing about it being a new
prescription, and he could leave and get it later if need be, as long as
it would be good around the 25th, when he usually came in to get his
other refills. The utility clerk had pawned drugs off on two
store-waiters, and turned to see if any other bags had been placed for
disbursement by the pharmacists. Seeing none, she turned to call the
next customer. Who we all know was Val Thevictorian. Next in line.
guy behind me turned tail and ran back up the aisle, dashed around the
end cap by the door, and scurried up the next cattle chute to arrive in
front of the utility clerk's register. Hacker had just turned to leave.
His clerk saw my mouth drop open. She turned to look at Rude Dude and
rolled her eyes. "Did you see that?" Of course I did. Even Utility Clerk
was nodding her head at me and about to put Rude Dude in his place.
However, the EyeRoller motioned me to her prime counter real estate.
"I'll help you. That right there is something that almost started a
fight in here yesterday."
Yeah. I was about to unbonnet my bee.
Dude was obviously a long-time sufferer of Little Man Syndrome. He was
an indignant, snappish, entitled-acting fellow. The type who views the
world as his public servant. He must have been somewhere in the middle
of his 30th decade of life. This is what happens when children are
raised to think they're the center of the universe, and rewarded with
ribbons and trophies and certificates simply for being.
And this is one curmudgeon who begrudges them the oxygen they waste later in life.