Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Julian Ayrs...nostalgic for days when folks were civil in line!
One of the things I miss most about my youth are the simply daily pleasures in life!
In the old days (in Canada), when shoppers queued up at the cash register to pay for their yummy purchases, they usually engaged in a bit of idle chit-chat with strangers (whether it be about something as innocuous as the weather, a sports match on the horizon, or what-have-you).
The conversations were rarely earth-shattering - or thought-provoking - but, nonetheless - often proved to be delightful when at their spontaneous best.
Today, when customers make a casual observation in line to lighten up the mood - or utter up a joke while they're staring at their feet in a packed elevator to pass away the time - they are often ignored by the other passengers.
It's a sad commentary on the times!
Folks are either "living in fear" (afraid to interact with strangers) or - just maybe - they're are caught in a great cultural divide.
Maybe they don't speak the language?
Needless to say, I don't intend to "cave in" and become a "Zombie" like the rest of them, no sir!
So, when you're standing in line at Safeway - and you overhear some dude cracking a joke behind you - just betcha it will be moi!
After all, you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country (or civility) out of the boy!