Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Before you get overly concerned, this is not me confessing a need to self-injure.  Go back to a time when cutting meant someone got in front of someone else in line WITHOUT permission or at least offering a cut-for-a-cut.  You're there?  Like 15+ years back, right?  Okay.  Moving on.

Cutting is so SHAMEFUL.  Don't do it.  Here's why:

1. It's rude.
2. It's rude.
3. It's freaking rude.
4. Patience is a virtue, and cutting is rude.

Yep, that's Confucius

I tried to look up some statistics on the harm cutting in line has on society, but all I got was link after link about "self-injury" with a sprinkling of "cutting the national debt".

I did, however, find out that Asians are the worst offenders because they are highly competitive and do not like being one-upped.  That's my Reader's Digest version of this blog post. Really, Asians?  Is it that, or is it the fact that there are so many people in your country that a single-file line is actually impossible? 

My issues with cutting in line go waaaaaaaaaay back to the first grade.  My class was in the library picking out books, and I was ready to check out my book for the week.  I lined up at the librarian's desk ready to go.  (I PROBABLY got distracted, but that tidbit doesn't really help the hilarious factor of my story, so forget I mentioned it.)  When I looked up to see if I was next, and I was SURE I was next, a friend had reformed a new line ONE FOOT AWAY, made a "na-na-na-na-na" face, and I told me I had to go to the back of the line.  So I went to the back of the line...


I got sent to the Vice Principal's office.  Apparently biting is a worse offence than cutting in line and making a na-na-na-na-na face, but not so awful that the Principal needs to get involved.  Anyway, no one would belive that I was the victim in this story.  Let's face it...ages 6-10 were my "ugly years", and this girl was way more adorable.  And probably nicer.  And she's probably still more adorable and nicer today.  No, really, she is. 

Kids cut in line, they bite, they name call, but it's amazing to me today how many ADULTS cut in line.  One stranger has had the privilege of cutting in front of me two years in a row.  That's the back of her head.  Because she cut in front of me. 

Here's a person who cut in front of me at the Texans game:

He's in there somewhere.  Jay made me delete my real picture of the back of his head. 

Finally, as if total strangers cutting in line isn't bad enough, a co-worker recently cut in front of me.  Since I couldn't take or post her picture, it happend like this:


In conclusion, please don't cut in line.  It's rude.  And shameful.  Unless you're Asian, but not Japanese, then it's just part of your competitive nature. 

There is a 100% chance that I'll mention all of this to my therapist in a few weeks, but for now, this should get it off my mind.  Thanks, readers!