Saturday, December 02, 2006

Endless Patience

Patience.

Yeah. I've decided it's certainly not one of my strong suits. Confirmed that fact today when I found myself getting progressively grumpier as I drove in monotonous circles around the dark, dank interiors of a suburban shopping mall in search of that elusive parking space. Seems like everyone and their sainted mother was going mall-hopping today and I'd gotten caught in that particular sticky web of traffic ( since obviously generic family minivans tend to operate at a snails pace ).

Compounded by the fact that I'd gotten little to no sleep during my oncall the night before, I was literally gritting my teeth, just bare inches from reaching out of the car to violently manhandle the nearest unfortunate driver to release my pent-up frustrations. Or perhaps to throttle and bitchslap the next blithering idiot wandering aimlessly in search of their vehicle only to find it in the next lane - or the next floor!

Fortunately Charming Calvin was at hand to soothe the beast.

YAH!
Yeah. I need to cool down!

Still that waste of my half hour searching had me zipping off in a huff at the end - in search of greener, less populated pastures.

Those who know me would probably say that I'm characterized by a near jittery maniacal intensity, akin to the eternally vibrating Sonic the Hedgehog, influencing all my deeds and actions. Unfortunately living in that particularly high energy, permanently high-velocity speed makes me sometimes slightly impatient... when it comes to work. When it comes to leisure. When it comes to life sometimes.

Perhaps I hate to be left waiting twiddling my thumbs. Perhaps it's all due to the fact that my time is precious and sorely limited - hemmed in by the impossible constraints of the job. Perhaps it's because I'm part of a fast-moving, mobile generation that demands speedy near-immediate satisfaction where the simple word patience has become almost a taboo.

Or perhaps it's plain genetics - and I'm just a plain impatient kinda guy.

13 comments:

strapping.shane said...

Same here. I always have the urge to slap people who waste my time. Especially incompetent cashiers - but that's another blog story.

Lanky Lance said...

Oooh, impatient doc. 'Eternally vibrating Sonic the Hedgehog' though gives me wrong images. >.<

Anonymous said...

i way worst. i hate crowds. you'll have to pay me to be seen in a mall on weekends... well unless i have class or event to attend... otherwise... NO way i'll ever wanna enter any mall... OK unless some emergency... then perhaps i shall... park at valet. and BANG everyone in the mall. LOL.
FARK. i damn hate dropping comments with the new beta crap. have to log in so many times!!! URGH!!!

Anonymous said...

Sonic the Hedgehog is cute~

charm.calvin said...

Cool down, my dear. It's just parking. If here is full, we'll go another place. No need to frust. Cool.

Anonymous said...

Ack! Can't stand parking in malls at Christmas time. I buy online.

maxius said...

I used to get annoyed trying to find parks too. The people mill about carparks like they're goddamn cattle in a paddock.

Now, I stalk people from the exit right to their car. It works much better. For. Me.

Anonymous said...

I too have a lack of patience for parking lots on a weekend, hence, I never patronize these places unless forced to...

nyonyapenang said...

it's not uncommon to see normally sane men/women turn into hulks when they are fighting for the precious parking lot.
guess, you're 'normal' after all. :)

Anonymous said...

still going for the Christmas shopping? I still haven't started yet!!

Las montaƱas said...

Its ok to getting charming calvin go down next time (instead of soothing you in the car) to hunt for a lot and call you over the mobile when he locates a free one.

Anonymous said...

Nowadays, have start looking for parking at 10:00am. By 11:00am, already crowded! Parked at MV Valet yesterday, RM10 for 4 hours... shit.

savante said...

How violent. Ooh, sexy, shane.

That's the right image, I guess, lance :P

Butw hat else can I do on free weekends, daniel!

He is cute, ikanbilis.

Calvin, we should have left dammit!

But it's expensive to ship them over here, sue.

Cattle in a paddock.. bwahahaha, maxius.

But I like stalking these places unfortunately, coolgardy. Try to go early tho.

Then again, I'm not all that sane, nyonya.

I'm already finished Christmas shopping, bry.

But I hate boys who run around parking lots to reserve them.. almost ran one down yesterday, las montanas.

Damn forgot about the valet, william!

Paul