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Chronicles of the pathologically courteous, Part XCVIII

[Originally published at the now defunct group blog explananda.com]


Posted on April 30, 2007
Tags: anecdotes

Walking along Lexington Ave. the other day, I passed a woman smoking a cigarette. At the very moment that I walked by her, she carelessly swung her arm out wide from her body and in one quick accidental motion ended up grinding her cigarette out on my hand. I felt a little sting, and looked down to see the grey streak of ashes on my hand. Without thinking, following an impulse ingrained in me by years and years of practice, I turned to her and blurted out: “Sorry!”

Comments


Author: upyernoz
Date: 2007-04-30

i think this is definitive proof that you’re still more of a canadian than a new yorker.

then again, i’m not either and i can imagine doing the same thing. i think sometimes “sorry” doesn’t actually mean you’re sorry for anything. it’s just comes out when it seems like you should say something but you haven’t reflected on what is the appropriate thing to say.



Author: alif sikkiin
Date: 2007-04-30

Beauty.

I, meanwhile, am assimilating apace. Yesterday I was on the F train and when I went to get out at W4th, a number of people were crowding around on the other side of the doors – standing right in front of the doors at not at the sides like civilized people. So as soon as the doors opened I said “EXCUSE ME!” in a pissed-off tone.

I need to live in Montana or something.



Author: Chris
Date: 2007-04-30

Man, I fucking hate it when people block the doors that way.

Actually, I’m not always polite. A few weeks ago I glared at someone rather aggressively after they almost ran Yoon and I down at an intersection.



Author: alif sikkiin
Date: 2007-04-30

“I glared at someone rather aggressively after they almost ran Yoon and I down at an intersection.”

I think you over-reacted there.



Author: Chris
Date: 2007-04-30

SORRY!!!



Author: Anne
Date: 2007-04-30

Wah ha ha ha ha! Wow. Sorry for accidentally getting my tender flesh on your burning cigarette, ma’am. (Did she apologize, afterward?)



Author: Chris
Date: 2007-04-30

Actually, she did apologize. But it was too late. I had already accepted responsibility for my burn.



Author: DC
Date: 2007-04-30

Only the burning truthfulness of the hangover-state would prevent me from reacting likewise.