My friend, Marianne, never minces words as I've found out many a time. She says what she means and she means what she says!
The Verizon guys have made a mess of my immediate neighborhood with
bringing FIOS: ripping up street, concrete sidewalks, dirt and filth all
over. Today, they started on my block. I returned from food shopping to
find a truck partially blocking our driveway. I parked my car in front
of our house, when this young guy comes to my car window and tells me I
can't park there.
"Why? This is my house. You are blocking my driveway."
"Can't you park down the street?"
"Again, why? By the
way, who are you guys anyway? You are destroying the neighborhood."
"We're Verizon. Can't you park down the street?"
"Why must I park down
the street? I have to unload my car, and if you think I'm going to
unload my car from down the street, you will have another thought coming
He walked away and consulted with the rest of the Neanderthals. He then
comes back,"Ma'am, you will have to park down the street."
"Sir, I will
NOT PARK DOWN THE STREET. I have to unload my car. Got that?"
away, came back and began stuttering. The old guy driving the truck
backs up. The young guy says, "Ma'am, uh, it's okay, you can park, okay,
don't get angry."
I released the trunk, and walked to the
rear of my car. All of a sudden a crowd of big burly guys in hard hats
"What is it?"
"We've come to help you unload your car."
"Thank you, but no, I can unload it myself."
The largest one towered
over me and flashed me a charming smile. "Hey, c'mon, let us help you.
You have a lot to carry, and we're here to help. We can carry for you."
"Again, sir, thank you for the kind offer, but I can manage myself.
Besides, you really don't want to help me for helping sake, you want to
speed this process along so that I will get with it and move my car. I
will unload my car myself. I will move it when I am ready."
I smiled a
sweet but frosty smile. They looked stunned as I loaded 5 bags of
groceries in each hand and carried them up the steps. The big burly one
with the charming smile said, "Man! She is tough! Would you think by
looking at her she would be that strong?"
I returned to my car, and saw
them gaping. "Gentlemen, never underestimate a woman. We know your
motives all the time!" They burst out laughing, and I moved my car down