Property Grunt

Friday, May 14, 2010

No Malicious Intent

But no common sense either.

Last night, a large area of Gramercy Park went into lock down because of a report of a suspicious vehicle. And there was good reason to be concerned due to the similar description of the Times Square bombers vehicle. Thankfully that wasn't the case.

It turned out the owner was a gardener who had left the gas cans in his car while attending a Buzzcocks concert.

This was his reaction.

By midnight, the owner of the vehicle, who had been at the concert, returned and was none too happy -- especially when he saw that cops had blown out his windows with two controlled blasts.

"What happened! What happened!" he kept asking police. "What's wrong? I didn't do anything."

What the f**k is the matter with you? Do you not have any f**king common sense? Do you not read the f**king news?

You did nothing wrong but that is no excuse for not being aware of your surroundings.

Remember that person who invited me to that event? This is something he might do. He had a tendency of not thinking things through and when he was faced with option he refused to take it out of pride.

Here's an example.

Awhile back a friend of mine invited myself and "that friend" to a lunch party. Now I wanted to leave at least 45 minutes before it was time but he started pissing and moaning that there was no need for us to leave that early and that we would get there in plenty of time since the restaurant was nearby. I acquiesced because I just wanted to shut him up.

Now the restaurant was nearby but "that friend" forgot to factor public transportation not cooperating with us. We ended up being about 10 minutes. And guess who looked like an a**hole? Moi. Why? Because this was the first time both friends were meeting each other and I was acting as the intermediary.

Now "that friend" did not have any malicious intent in that situation but his inability and unwillingness to use common sense put me in a very poor light.

I am sure this gardener is a very nice guy. But that is no excuse for not thinking things through.

People, it is not about just about being aware of the bad guys but also being aware of whether your behavior is going cause unnecessary friction. Mind you, there are certain things that are out of our control, however, it isn't very difficult to think
"I should leave those gas cans at home."