I have absolutely no illusions concerning my own lack of patience when people act stupid. I do not suffer fools gladly, if ever, except for maybe trying to keep from throttling them by making fun of them. I’m not trying to be blasphemous when I say Jesus loves the people we (rightfully or wrongfully) assume to be assholes. I’m just saying that He has a whole lot more patience than I ever could have. He is God, I’m not, and that is a very fortunate thing for both the chronically and situationally stupid.
Speaking of the situationally stupid, Jerry enjoyed his Monday night beer and bitch session with Bob last night. I’ve found that it’s a lot easier for me to endure those bitch sessions if I take the DS and play Freecell or Bookworm or Scrabble while Jerry whines and cries to Bob about how stupid his illustrious co-workers are. I hope Bob finds it amusing. I think he and Debbie are just happy to have company- even if said company does whine and cry, fill up the ashtrays, piss on the toilet seat, and leave empty beer cans. It must suck to be old if that’s the best kind of company you get. Jerry’s B&B sessions at Bob’s (for me at least) are usually an hour and a half of listening to the pot call the kettle black. It gets more outrageous and whiny and paranoid the drunker he gets. It’s painful to observe. I am one of those annoying people who always has to be doing something- call it a nervous habit. I like to watch TV and read at the same time, or troll on-line and watch TV, or play the DS while I’m watching TV. Maybe I’m just hard wired to multitask all the time.
It’s been way too long since I’ve had an evening of intelligent conversation, one on one with a friend. It’s been so long that said conversation included a drink or two and not a few chain-smoked cigarettes. I don’t regret for one moment being set free of the cigarette vice – which I will always attribute to the grace of God- but for a time reference only, it’s been eight and a half years since I’ve lit one up and even longer since I had an evening out somewhere nice with a friend. I don’t think I would know how to behave. Jerry’s idea of “dinner out” is either Waffle House or the pizza joint (one of the few places where he doesn’t bitch) or sending me to the Chinese joint for takeout. While the pizza joint is good, and I do adore good Chinese food, it would be fun to actually dress nice and go somewhere nice and be treated like a lady for a change. However, I am sure that those in hell might welcome a snowball fight, and I’m not seeing that happening anytime soon either.
Some women are treated to candlelight dinners and intelligent conversation from time to time. I am treated to Captain Wastoid passed out on the bathroom floor, whitey-tighties hanging from the bed post (??? ’cause I was sober and I know I didn’t bother to take them off of him) and if it’s a really special occasion, really bad country music blaring from the stereo just to complete the ambience. I was lucky last night to be spared the country music, but he managed to scare the living daylights out of Clara, which really pissed me off.
Clara has some issues in her history, one of which is that somewhere in her past- before she was rescued and came to us- she was beaten. When we got her she was wary of almost all humans. She preferred Kayla’s company to anyone’s and she felt safer with other dogs. She was a bit better with women than men, and I slowly gained her trust. Over time she has gotten to where she will tolerate certain men- generally she is good with Jerry, but she can’t stand to be around him when he’s drunk. Last night he found a leather whip he had in the closet (Lord only knows why he has a leather whip, but he does.) If he had actually used it on any of the dogs or even threatened to I would most assuredly beat the living hell out of him or at the very least zapped his ass with the stun gun, and I would do either of those things to anyone who would even remotely think about using a whip on my dogs. Especially Clara. But all she had to do was see him take the whip out of the closet and she freaked out. Clara reads people better than people read people. She knew he was drunk, and she knows he’s an asshole when he’s drunk. Even though he did not threaten her with the whip ,(I would have had to severely mess his daytime up had he made that bad a choice) all she had to see was him, drunk, and a whip, and that did it for her. I am going to make it a point to hide the whip in the same place I hide the stun gun so he can’t find either one when he’s wasted.
Poor Clara made a beeline for the bathtub (?certainly not her favorite place) and was cowering behind the bath curtain. When Jerry staggered back to his room and flopped on his bed, I ended up convincing Clara to go to my room, where she promptly curled up all the way under the bed where no one can reach her. She stayed there for an hour or two, until Captain Wastoid was passed out. Then she got up on the bed with me, and was my personal 65# cling-on the rest of the night. Clara is one of those rare and special dogs who respond to the most subtle commands and are (for good or ill) exquisitely tuned to their surroundings. This is why police and military love the Malinois breed. Those dogs can read your mind, they are devoted to their handlers, and they don’t miss anything. Clara seldom requires correction, and it is not necessary to raise one’s voice with her. All it takes is a quiet “no” or a disapproving glance for me to correct her.
I will say Clara seemed none the worse for wear this morning, but I don’t like anyone upsetting her. She is a good dog, and doesn’t deserve to have to put up with stupid shit.
I shouldn’t find humor in bladder control products, especially as I am at risk for accidents myself, should I sneeze or cough or laugh the wrong way. I should get some of these for Jerry, but he doesn’t normally just piss his pants, even if he’s really shitfaced. He just pisses in unorthodox places such as closets, floors or drawers. I just get to find the dampened whitey-tighties as a reminder the following morning.
Oh, for an evening in the company of adults. I’ve done my time with those of the diaper set.
All of us are examples. Some of us are bad ones.