wrestlervic saidWhen guys do stuff like this for other guys, I kind of think of it as having an unspoken, intimate sexual exchange. And today I had it with that wrestler.
You of all people should know that could be part
of it, matmen being the creatures that they are.
If that had happened to me I would've at least put off the hike. "Shop talk" would've been fun, a match out back during his break or after his shift awesome, and male bonding of the sexual kind the stuff of lifelong memories. A forum troll here is known for his repetitive posting of street signs marked "You Cruise/You Lose." My motto OTOH is "You can't win if you don't play."
Tempers were short and the lines long at the grocery store one December evening. The lady in front of me was three cents short. So I handed the needed pennies to the cashier and wished the woman a merry Christmas. More embarrassed than grateful, she left in a huff - whatever. When my purchases had been rung up and bagged, I moved to pay. The straight-appearing (and probably straight) guy who was next in line handed his discount card to the cashier. "Use that on his bill." Since that saved me six bucks and change I was quick to offer thanks. "No, no; I saw what you did. Merry Christmas to you
Last month a flight I was on got stuck on the runway for over an hour due to storms. People were PISSED. As is typical, passengers kept haranguing the flight attendants demanding to know when we'd be taking off and kvetching about how grossly inconvenienced they were. I traded rolled eyes with one of the attendants whenever she looked in my direction. Sincerely not knowing how the rule about long delays went, when it was time for beverage service I asked that same attendant whether the circumstances meant that the airline wouldn't charge for alcohol. She said, "Not in weather-related instances, no; sorry." Then she leaned over and whispered, "But what would you like?" I got slipped a free cold Heineken with a wink and a "You're a very cool person."
Don't get the wrong impression, whatever halo I have is mostly tarnished.
And I don't own the looks of someone who everybody wants to serve in more ways than one. That's all the more proof that you can't go wrong with the Golden Rule and "paying it forward."