Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

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That grinds my gears

Posted 5 November 2005

So I'm waiting for the El, right? And there's this loud group of people standing around. They're from Iowa, and they're here for the big Northwestern- Iowa game. From what I overheard they went out and partied and got a little tipsy. So the El arrives and everyone packs into the car. At this point, a guy starts begging for change so he can transfer to the Metra and get where he needs to go.

Instead of change, these Iowa jerks start laughing at the guy. One of them starts asking demeaning questions; some of them pull cash out and start counting it in plain view before putting it back in their pockets. One of the Iowa jerks tells the guy to get a long-term plan for his life. The guy replies that he does have a long-term plan, but Mr. Jerk quips "I'm not talking about planning to get on the next train - you need a long-term plan, and then you need to follow through." That comment warranted another good laugh about this guy's situation.

All-in-all, I think it was generous of Mr. Jerk to help the guy get his life in order like that. "Get a long-term plan and follow through." Brilliant! I hope one day I grow up to be a well-off, drunk, white jerk who can so easily judge and summarily dismiss others.

I turned to the guy when the Iowa jerks got off the train and gave him what money I could and apologized for them being [jerks] to him. He asked if I was from Iowa, and I replied that I was a student at Northwestern, to which he responded "I hope Northwestern wins." Man, that was classy of him - of all the things to jab at the Iowa group for their drunken harrassment, he just hopes the other team wins.

Folks, don't be an Iowa jerk. Those people really grind my gears.