After a reasonably long, and often frustrating life, there are always unanswered questions hovering around in my mind. Sometimes they have been there for as long as I can remember. Others are recent, and might pop into my mind as I settle down to sleep, or when I have just woken up. So I decided to get them down on the blog. They are rhetorical in nature, not requiring answers. They may resonate with some of you though. Or they might just be the grumpy ramblings of someone getting on a bit.
Other questions will undoubtedly appear in time, hence I have added Part One to the title of this post.
Why do people walk so slowly in supermarkets?
I do our main grocery shop every week. I work out what meals I am going to prepare, and write a shopping list based around the general layout of the supermarket. Once I arrive and grab my trolley, I walk normally up and own the aisles, avoiding any that contain products I have no need to buy that week. I complete the shopping at the far end of the store, reasonably close to a checkout. Before I put the goods onto the belt, I make a final check of the shopping list, just to ensure that I haven’t forgotten anything. I don’t consider all this to be unusual. I have always shopped this way.
However, most of my fellow shoppers seem to have been trained to shop by snails. They move at a pace that somehow is even slower than actually standing still. Some appear to have to inspect every single product in all the aisles, even if they are only holding a small basket. Just when I suspect that they are going to move, and I make for the gap, they will suddenly turn back, remembering that they had failed to examine one of the hundreds of different brands of coffee or tea. I can only conclude that they intend to spend the main part of their day in the shop. I know there’s not that much to do around here, but please think of the shoppers who just want to buy their stuff and go home.
Why do people drive in the middle lane of an empty motorway?
This is something that has gone on ever since I started driving, in 1969. Most sensible drivers are aware that they should stay in the inside lane, only moving across to the other lanes when having to overtake a much slower vehicle. Once that is done, they should move back to the inside again. However, a large section of drivers do not seem to follow this sensible code. Instead, they get straight into the middle lane and stay there. Generally driving under the maximum speed limit, they make life difficult for all other users of that road, and create dangerous situations that they appear to be blissfully unaware of. You know who you are, so just stop it. Please.
Why do people litter attractive places?
When you live in an unattractive urban environment, one surrounded by graffiti and unloved by those responsible for looking after it, as well as those that have no option but to live in it, littering is understandable. Not that this is an excuse to do it. But when it seems that nobody cares, and the place ends up looking the same whether you do or not, it is easier to come to terms with.
In an attractive country setting, surrounded by the delights of nature, and all that rural Britain has to offer, why do they do it here? The small car park at Hoe Rough is always full of litter. Fast-food containers, drinks cartons and cans, unwanted periodicals or leaflets, and the ubiquitous plastic carrier-bag. All of these and more can be found thrown from car windows in this small space that leads to a very nice nature reserve. When I see this, I sadly conclude that respect has gone, and is unlikely ever to return.
Why do people park across two spaces in car parks?
Are they such bad drivers that they are unable to slot a conventional-sized car into the space available? This habit seems to apply whatever the type of available parking. Huge open-air car parks, multi-storey inner-city car parks, even airports and large public car parks. You will find Mr or Mrs ‘two space’ in all of them. They have made sure that someone else will have to drive around looking for the spot that they have been told is available, only to find a car straddling two bays. They have also guaranteed that their own exit will be made easier, by not having to give a moment’s thought to driving or reversing out. I think that they should get a penalty ticket, even though they have paid. That, or have to pay twice. Even better, why not just stop doing it, and learn to park?
More questions to come. Let me know in the comments if you have any similar thoughts.