Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SOL Tuesday: What's the Worst Insult?

After the gym the other afternoon, I sat down in a vest-pocket park. A woman at a nearby table took out a styrofoam plate, which the breeze blew onto the ground in my direction. As I reached down to retrieve it, I heard a man's voice: "Do you want me to get your plate for you?" As I handed the plate to the woman, I heard him say, "Oh, granny got it."

WTF?! I looked at him, a white man, at least in his 50s, maybe 60, gray pants, gray shirt. I said, "That's not an appropriate thing to say." He looked surprised, replied, "So sue me." And as he walked away, he added, "Sue me. You won't get anything. I don't have anything."

The woman and I looked at each other, with "what is his problem?" expressions. I'd have liked to use Jack's favorite insult: "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on." But that might have provoked violence."

After I posted this on Facebook, a friend suggested I could have said, "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on, grampa."

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