Tuesday, June 07, 2011

People are so rude

For the past couple of months I've had a stiff, sore shoulder. It seems to be getting better gradually, but it has required a slow, painful process of frequent exercise and stretching. (If you play poker with me and see me pull on one arm with the other while making unpleasant faces, now you'll know why.)

Because of it, yesterday while playing poker I decided to pop a couple of ibuprofen. A segmented pill case is among the many items I routinely carry in what Cardgrrl calls the Fanny Pack of Great Awesomeness. I keep with me ibuprofen, Tylenol, aspirin, some allergy pills, and one megajolt of caffeine. A couple of minutes after I had swallowed the Advil with a sip of water, the guy on my left--who had not said a word to me since joining the table--leaned over and asked, "What kind of pills you takin' there?"

I don't know about you, but that's a question I would ask only of somebody with whom I had a very close relationship. Anybody else, it's none of my business. To compound the rudeness, he waited until I was in the middle of playing a big pot to ask.

The answer was innocent enough, so I gave him the one-word brush-off answer without turning to look at him. He followed it up with, "Whatcha takin' it for?"

That one I ignored.

People's brazenness frequently astounds me.

But I'm going to be better prepared next time somebody interrogates me as to what medication I'm taking. I'm going to lean in close to him and say, "I can't remember the name, but it's something really strong for my tuberculosis [cough, cough]."


Anonymous said...

I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV but it sounds like you might have a Repetitive Strain Injury, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repetitive_strain_injury. Maybe you should try using your mouse with the left hand for a while.

zippyboy said...

I know intrusiveness like that bothers you, but that's how recreational drug users identify each other. Simple comment, and gauge the response. Same with pedophiles, homosexuals, anyone else seeking like-minded colleagues. Send up a flag, and see who salutes. Your brush-off shut him down and it was over, right? We're all just people tryin' to get by in this crazy ol' world.