"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

-- The Dalai Lama

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Sticks and Stones...

I consider myself to be a nice person. I smile, and say please, and thank you. I try to help out where I can. I try not to get in anyone's way, and try to always say excuse me when I do.

That said, I was waiting at the bus stop after class today, just reading the Daily and minding my own business. Suddenly, a screech of tires, and honking...and a sharp pain as a rock hits me on the side of my head. This immediately followed by a shout of, "Bitch!" and a vanful of jackass male laughter.

I didn't know them, they didn't know me. The worst part was - no one in the large crowd at the stop bothered to ask me if I was okay, and a few guys even laughed.

I'm having a hard time believing in humanity today.

10 comments:

stag said...

Whoa. Are you ok? Were you in the wrong place at the wrong time or were they aiming at you?

Shannon said...

I'm not sure. I definitely didn't know them, so I don't know why I would be their target :(

I guess I'm okay. My head hurts a little, and I'm still pretty shaken up. Thanks for asking.

Jadie said...

sickening and weird. And those rats who sat, or worse,laughed have a serious problem. Be stern with yourself and don't personalize this.

stag said...

Goodness. That sucks. You would think people would help you and get a license plate number or something. I hope the rock wasn't too big :)

Shannon said...

Jadie (pretty name!) that is really good advice. Thanks.

Stag - You would think, wouldn't you? I won't be sad the day I say Buh-bye to this land of self-absorbed frat guys and random other jerks, that's for sure.

Oh, and no - The rock was, uh, just the right size... ;-)

kristine said...

Wow. How sucky. Keep an eye on yourself and get your head looked at if it keeps hurting. Do you think they might have been students? Is this the sort of thing you could report to campus police, in case they have other, similar reports? These guys sound like a serious nuisance.

Menagerie said...

How random and awful. I'm so sorry!

Janine said...

Ugh! I'm so sorry that happened to you -- definitely not humanity at its best. I hope your head feels better and that you get looked at if it doesn't.

E. McPan said...

That's horrible! I hope you're okay. : (

ClaraBarton said...

Well, in general, the world is a cesspool. It's true. What about how a freaking million people got killed in a month in Rwanda, and how people are getting killed now in Darfur, over...what?

Those assholes that threw the rock at you are dealing with things that you should be glad that you don't even have to deal with.

Hopefully, the world will become a better place. Until then, wear a hard hat and remember to duck!