Welcome to Weirdsville

Yesterday was one of the strangest days I’ve experienced in a long time. The Crankee Yankee and I had decided to go out for lunch at our favorite Chinese buffet—and then the weirdness began (insert spooky music here).

First of all, we nearly got rammed from behind by a very impatient New Yorker. I realize that New Hampshire traffic probably feels unbearably slow and pokey to someone from that very fast-paced city. Evidently, we were keeping him from something very important (I’m thinking any of these possibilities: wife in labor, sudden onset diarrhea, a call from a neighbor that his house was on fire, etc.). He managed to slide by on our left side (about two inches away) and zoom in front of us so that he got those precious inches ahead of us. Well played, New Yorker; well played.

Second, once we parked and started walking in to the buffet, we saw a middle-aged guy walking backwards—for no apparent reason we could think of. We walked a good distance away from him and went inside.

Third, it happened to be senior day at the buffet. There were two buses full of happy (and hungry) seniors, and they just about cleaned out each and every pan of food. Seriously, by the time we went up to get our usual crab rangoons and egg rolls, there were just crumbs left. But the wait staff came flying out bearing more food, so we loaded our plates up before the seniors could scarf up their second or third meals.

Look, I have nothing against older people, and think it’s marvelous that they can have driver take them out for a nice Chinese lunch now and then. It’s just a bit scary when you consider that most of them have walking issues, and then you see them practically galloping to load up on more fried rice and General Gau’s chicken!

Fortunately, by the time we got home, it seemed that the weirdness had pretty much pooped out. Besides, we decided a long time ago that we are weirdo magnets anyway. Perhaps we give the impression of being more tolerant of weirdos than most people. Who knows? It’s a little unsettling, but it certainly keeps us on our toes!

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