There are several of us sitting here waiting for our cars in the customer lounge at the Robertson Honda service center. Most people are reading or just sitting. Two young men walked in about 20 minutes ago and they are quietly to each other in Spanish.
A fellow Mac-user walked in about 40 minutes ago and perhaps inspired by my own use of my laptop, pulled out his iBook and started typing away in Word. (You can tell by those annoying sounds that Microsoft products make if you don’t go into the general perferences and turn them off.)
Our quiet patience was rudely interrupted a few minutes ago. A man, perhaps in his early 50s, shuffled over to the corner where the TV is mounted to the wall, and proceeded to turn it on. My fellow Mac-user was sitting right next to the television. He shot the man an ugly look, pointedly gathered up his things and moved to the other end of the lounge. I don’t blame him. We were all enjoying the escape from the ever-present brain-drain of the TV.
To make things worse, the man who turned on the TV sat down in a seat, pulled out a book and began reading. I can’t believe he would actually annoy everyone with the television and then not actually watch it himself.
I’m tempted to go over and turn it off.
A mother and her daughter, 8 or 9 years old, just walked in. The girl is now watching. I don’t want to make things more unpleasant for her than necessary. I remember sitting in lounges like this with my mom when I was little. It’s boring enough when you’re an adult—in can be shear torture as a child.
That guy is still not actually watching television!
I just noticed that it’s “The View” that’s on. Poor girl. At least she should be enjoying some cartoons.