On Saturday afternoon, D and I went to Target to pick up a wrist brace to help alleviate her post-knee-surgery pain. While she was looking at braces, I wandered over to the videogame section, where I encountered three 30-something guys who were all wearing Bluetooth ear-dongle thingies. All showed signs of being socially inept (in addition, I mean, to the aforementioned Bluetooth ear dongles, which are a pretty good sign right there), such as improper use of their "outside voices," poor sharing skills ("lemme see that," yank!), and gratuitous use of the words "dude" and "awesome." In short, the socially inept can smell their own kind.
I couldn't tell whether they were all talking to each other, all having individual phone conversations, or all in one major conference call, but they were all talking the whole time. What I could tell, though, is that they all spent a lot of time with video games, and didn't have a lot of time left over for grooming or laundry.
While D was paying for her brace, I had the opportunity to see what they were buying. Here's the list:
One copy of World of Warcraft,
One large bottle of Tylenol P.M.,
One twelve pack of Zest brand bar bath soap.
I'm not sure what they had planned, but doesn't it sound like they were in for one heck of a Saturday night?
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