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Last week, the video card on my computer shat itself out. A cripple came and replaced it, according to the warranty.

A few days later, the dryer stopped working. In the morning, I discovered the lights and the telephone had also done so, which meant a blown fuse. I fixed it, only to have it blow again, and so I had to replace it--which was an annoying, since not a lot of people carry those, or so I soon found out.

On Sunday, at a set of lights, I heard a guy call out.

I turned, gazed at the giant silver side of an SUV, then lifted my gaze to the window, where a guy in his late forties sat, the wires of his dental work showing as he spoke. "Mate, do you know that you don't have one brake light on your car?"

"Really?"

"Mate, if someone runs up the back of you, you'll know why."

(crossposted)

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ataxi
Jul. 21st, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
I'm constantly running into people like that at the moment. There's something thuggish in the psyche of a lot of us.
benpeek
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
i actually think he was just trying to be helpful, in his own way (and i was grateful, cause i had no idea)
ataxi
Jul. 21st, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Absolutely - but there's still that undercurrent of violence / hostility. "Mate" ...
benpeek
Jul. 21st, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
oh, yeah, totally. there was the hint in his tone that if i got hit, i kind've deserved it.
hani
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Wow, unfortunate.
benpeek
Jul. 21st, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
yeah, pretty much.
switchknitter
Jul. 21st, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Wow. What are the odds?
benpeek
Jul. 21st, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
not slim enough, in my experience ;)
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