Monday, November 28, 2005

The Curious Incident of the Gas Station in Night-time, or How I Got Called Racist

So, on the way home from class this evening, I stopped at the gas station right down the street from my apartment.

I needed to pick up some type of beverage to mix with my vodka when I got home, so that I could enjoy a tasty adult-beverage while I did my homework.

Because while I strongly advocate drinking while doing your homework, even I don't drink vodka straight. At least not under normal circumstances.

I also decided to get a sandwich from Subway while I was there, so I wouldn't have to cook when I got home. But alas, we shall not discuss whether or not it is a good idea to eat food that is prepared at a gas station.

Instead, we will discuss what happened as I tried to choose a beverage.

There are a lot of beverages to choose from--many of which taste good with vodka--so I was looking around for a good bit. I'm sometimes quite indecisive.
However, I am not at all indecisive about letting strange men get into my car--especially at night--which is why I said no when a young man in a very over-sized furry hooded jacket asked me if I would drive him to Walmart.*

This is how it happened:

me: looking ponderously into beverage cooler, thinking 'diet vernors'? 'diet squirt'? 'what am I in the mood for'? then notice that a strange man I don't know has walked up very close to me--much closer than people you don't know normally get.

strange man I don't know: hey, are you going across the bridge?

me: what?
me (inwardly):what bridge? who is this person? why is he talking to me?

strange man I don't know: the bridge over the high-way. I need a ride to Walmart.

me: oh--I'm going the other way. Sorry.

strange man I don't know: come on, it's only five minutes out of your way.

me: I'm sorry, but I'm really in a big hurry. But if it makes you feel any better, I once ran out of gas right near the Walmart, and it only took me about 10 minutes to walk here.

I smile and start to walk away.

strange man I don't know, not enough under his breath: It must suck to be so racist.

end of encounter.

Oh, did I forget to tell you that I'm a white girl and it was a black man that was asking me for a ride?
Maybe that's because it doesn't matter, or at least I didn't think it did.
I mean, come on people.
This problem has nothing to to with color. At all.
I don't care if you're a white man, a black man, a neon-green man, or even a man who is made entirely of diamonds.

You. Are. Not. Getting. In. My. Car. With. Me. Ever.

Because I Am Not An Idiot.

I may make an exception if you were dying on the side of the road, but even then I would be wary.
Because the world is not a safe place and you aren't supposed to let strangers into your car, for the love of all that is holy.

This may mean I am a cautious person.
This may even mean that I am a bitchy person.

But it certainly doesn't make me a racist person.
And it also helps to keep me from being a person who gets chopped into a million tiny pieces and dumped on the side of the road.

I think it basically makes me a person who remembers the things her mom taught her--like say please and thank-you, wash your hands, and for heaven's sake don't pick up hitch-hikers.

Now please excuse me while I go have a tasty adult-beverage.

*also, I don't like Walmart. Walmart is a cheap sexist bastard, and you shouldn't go there. So really, I think I did the world a favor by not driving the strange man to the evil Walmart.
So there.

6 Comments:

Blogger Lady Strathconn said...

You thoughts about the 'Mart aside, I totally agree with you. I don't think I would let a strange woman in my car either. and I live in a really small town.

We always get our Subway at the local gas station, and they aren't so bad.

6:24 PM  
Blogger dferd said...

oh heeeeelllll no....I dont blame you for not giving him a ride. Crazy wacko man, black or not. :)

3:54 AM  
Anonymous Shogun Assassin said...

poop on crazy hitchhikers, especially in a blizzard or hurricane. i think hitchhiking in a blizard is a horrible idea and a practice that should never be practiced without the writtin permission of the NFL.

12:22 AM  
Blogger tiffany said...

thank-you, very drunk boyfriend, for your very astute ideas about picking up hitch-hikers.

i shall keep them in mind next time i can't remember how to spell.

love you, though.

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Rumplebutt said...

Hey, Shogun - easy now, one time I hitched in a blizzard. Happy to say no one pooped on me... but I was offered some strange illegal substance!

4:39 AM  
Blogger mw said...

bless you for hating walmart

10:05 AM  

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