Recently I tried writing about something I’d seen on YouTube: http://arts-attic.com/blog/?p=1056 and there was one part I didn’t understand. The Hasidim driving the offending van appeared to be either smiling or sucking on his teeth and I couldn’t figure out what he was doing until I had it done to me.
We shop at the Market Basket in Hooksett, NH mostly because we can buy gasoline nearby with enough room to maneuver and it’s also easy for us to get in and out of this MB with our home and trailer. When we leave I always trundle past the front of the store and make the left turn to head down the hill toward the road because the other exit is close to the intersection and I don’t want to be in the way of an automobile speeding around the corner. That day as I was rolling our considerable weight along the front of the store a car swung out in front of me and stopped. NO problem, that’s why I was rolling slowly. And began loading groceries. The elderly couple was in no hurry but I chose to toot our home’s horn to attract attention since I was now blocking the fire exit and the fire lane at the same time and also because I wasn’t the one blocking traffic. Cute little tweets from our city horns. Not big ugly blares from the highway horns. Eventually the gentleman came over and tried to put me in my place and during our conversation he reared back and made the eyes and teeth thing at me like some Jewish caricature. And I realized what the thing with the teeth is: a snarl. Give me a break. I am literally driving around in my home. If I want to sit there and wait I’ll go back and have a cup of tea. I was tooting my home’s horn to draw attention to bad behaviour. I mean, if you need help at Market Basket all you need to do is ask and the staff will load your car for you. But blocking the fire lane? Naw. That’s just bad manners. You were being a self centered asshole. And I call you on it.