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I'm an A-hole

Discussion in 'Emerson Knives' started by Ernest Emerson, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Ernest Emerson

    Ernest Emerson

    Apr 5, 1999
    I’m going to tell you a little story about how messed up people can be. And how I believe that it is a testament to the ever eroding standard of ethical and civil behaviour taking place in todays society and culture.

    My whole family and I ski or snowboard. Early this last season my Wife and I purchased all new ski equipment. I bought some very nice and expensive 163cm, K 2 Apaches along with bindings, poles and boots.

    The very first time we used our new equipment we went up to one of the local mountains. Conditions were good and not much of a crowd so we got in quite a few runs before lunch, about 3 solid hours of runs.

    So, we decided to head into the chalet for some lunch and yes, a couple of drinks.
    We put all of our skis together and slipped our poles over the ends. Our lunch took us about an hour as we just sat and visited for a while. We decided to head back out and walked down to the slope.

    Well, everyones gear was there except for mine. I couldn't believe it. I looked everywhere, even though I had stuck them right next to my Wife’s. You know how it is, the, "I know I put it right here but could I have put it somewhere else?”, feeling.

    Anyway, after about 20 minutes of, "I can't believe someone stole my brand new skis on the very first time I used them," I heard someone coming up from the parking lot.

    "These arent my fuckin’ skis," was what I heard. There was a 30 something woman coming up the slope from the parking lot with a set of skis and poles over her shoulder.

    Talking out loud as she walked, "I skied on these things for over an hour and they're not fuckin’ mine."

    I stepped over, "I think they're mine."

    Here is how it went from there;

    Her: "Here take them. I was puttin' them up on my car and something didn't
    look right. Here take ‘em."

    Me: “Thanks for bringing them back. How could you take someones skis use them and not even notice? They're brand new, the poles are different and the bindings are set up for my boots."

    Her: “I thought somethin’ was fucked up about them. What are you gettin’ so uptight about? You should be givin’ me a reward."

    Me: "What? A reward for what?"

    Her: “For not takin’ your skis home."

    Me: "You’re kidding me, right?"

    Her: ''No Im not kidding, asshole."

    Me: "Go to hell."

    Her: "My boyfriend is gonna kick your ass!"

    Me: "Lady, I don't know who your boyfriend is but go ahead and send him over.”

    Her: " Fuck You!" Turning to some onlookers, "That guys on asshole! Fuckin’ Idiot!" And with that she threw the skis down and walked off to the parking lot. I don't know if she ever got her own skis and no boyfriend ever materialized.

    Luckily, my brand new skis weren't damaged except for a couple of scratches which I wasn't happy about but I figured would have happened over time anyway. So I just chalked it up to an ignorance vortex that I just got sucked into and that was fate.

    But the thing is, there were no apologies, no I’m sorry, no anything except a bucketful of attitude and this behavior seems to be becoming more and more commonplace;

    Where ignorance becomes indignance and lack of civility becomes self-righteousness, no matter how wrong the offender may be.

    My children and my family know the importance of manners, respect and ethical and moral behaviour. My Wife and I have worked hard all our parental lives to instill that into all of our children.

    It has been our small effort to ensure that anyone in our sphere of influence knew and knows what “proper" behaviour is all about.

    I’m willing to bet that this woman also had a couple of kids.

    I wonder what they're like?

    My Best Regards,

    Ernest Emerson
  2. Irminsul


    Jan 12, 2007
    This complex of psycho-societal problems (er, let's be PC and non-judgmental and call them "issues") has crossed over into normative sociopathic behavior. In their solipsistic view of reality, these morons do not consider that whatever they did might be the offending fault, whether it's their rudeness, dishonesty, etc., even outright criminal behavior; but rather the unconscionable audacity of their victim to complain about it at all. And you're right, it's part and parcel of social disintegration.
  3. TotinCh1p


    Dec 29, 2011
    I love being (unknowingly) volunteered to fight people I don't know by a significant other. I have been involved with one of those women in my past and I can tell you that being sent into a fight for somebody's poor attitude is a huge red flag and I won't be part of it ever again. I have noticed over the last 20 years in Colorado the demise of courteous behavior on the slopes. Not sure if people are burned out on the traffic, costs, or crowded ski runs. I won't go on the weekend anymore. Glad that you're teaching your kids the correct way to behave and hopefully you used this crass example of the fairer sex as a lesson in how NOT to behave.
  4. coop1957


    Oct 22, 2002
    One of the first things I learned as a young boy was that there alot of assholes in this world.
  5. weinerd


    Feb 12, 2011
    Man I would have paid good money for a front row seat to this event!

    I usually somehow boobytrap my snowboard (leash wrapped around friends' skis or board or whatever) so if someone just tries to grab it and go it'll cause a big PITA.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2012
  6. digdeep


    Mar 19, 2005
    That reminds me of an incident which occurred to me a while back. I was coming home from work on a major interstate highway with bumper to bumper traffic on a humid late afternoon. Up ahead an on-ramp also congested with bumper to bumper traffic was trying to merge into the interstate I was driving on. As I gradually approached the merging vehicles I slowed to let a young woman enter in front of me.

    She seemed to have a disgusted look on her face as I waved her in front of me so she could get onto the interstate. As her vehicle pulled in front of me instead of getting a friendly wave like I usually get for helping someone she extended her arm out the driver's window, and lowered her hand and extended her middle finger pointing towards the ground.

    I was stunned. Was this a new way of thanking somebody? Normally someone will give the bird with the middle finger extended upwards not downwards. I thought to myself that even when you try to help somebody there will always be that goofball who will take offense. As a former heavy commuter I have seen a lot of asinine drivers but that is one I won't ever forget.

    Hang in there Ernest, there's a new breed out there who feel they are entitled and to hell with everybody else.
  7. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    What is really sad, I am not surprised by her self serving attitude. What would have been a hoot is if her boyfriend did come over and said," oh crap that is Ernie Emerson!" :D
  8. lemmuhj

    lemmuhj Gold Member Gold Member

    May 2, 2010
    Wow....yeah, tons of assholes out there...TONS
  9. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member Gold Member Platinum Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    You know, with folks like that, the best "revenge" may be just knowing that they live miserable, pathetic lives.
  10. steel_leather


    Apr 18, 2012
    WOW she really wanted a reward! What is wrong with people today? I can say that i find it sad that a lot of people my age (30) have little to no respect for there fellow man. The days of your word is your bond and a hand shake is a promise are gone. I am sadden by this and often think of what the future holds and how long till we find ourselves in a world where if you where hurt people would just walk by and let you die?
  11. broe


    May 8, 2011
    (edited because I didn't want to sound like an a**hole..)
  12. JohnnyMayhem


    Aug 6, 2006
    Hey this is coming from an asshole. (who has thrown the proverbial rockstar fit back stage a couple of times) And no, you are not an asshole. That lady was crazy, but it was good that you got your gear back.
  13. ecos


    Jul 2, 2006
    Can you imagine how much better that planet would be if everyone did this?

    Its sad that the type of behavior described seems to becoming more rampant in society. Just the other day I'm walking down the street and someone screams out "F___ you!" at me for no reason at all. No idea who they are, never talked to them before, etc. The only thing I can think of is they had been drinking wanted to look brave to their friends.
  14. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I am always super paranoid about leaving my board outside. Back when it was new and nice (a long time ago), I would always take it in with me. I don't care what the signs say. This is easier, of course with a board.

    The mere fact that the trashy lady spoke like that in public where others (especially kids) might hear her lets you know she is a gutter queen. (and that was before she was angry).

    It is times like that, I would greet the total breakdown of society (IE apocalypse scenario) with a smile.

    People with attitudes and no control of their mouths, paired with no social conscience, will become stuff you scrape off your heels!

    Almost always, people who behave like this, do so because they know that normal people are not going to punch them in the stupid (or stab them in the eye, or crush their throat with your bare hands........etc etc etc).
  15. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod Staff Member Super Mod

    Apr 6, 2000
    If you really want to piss off one of those smug loudmouthed bastards, laugh at them, and walk away.
  16. mr_anderson


    Mar 30, 2004
    I would sell popcorn. Wouldn't it be funny if the guy Knew who Mr. Emerson was, and was like"who's ass do I have to kick....Oh shi....."

  17. Loosearrow


    Apr 14, 2008
    I bet she has done that before.
  18. Sig_Op


    Nov 1, 2010
    And that makes you an a-hole? I wonder what I'd bee called if that happened to me
  19. europeanoutdoorsman


    Feb 25, 2011
    totally get it! People want a reward for doing the right thing instead of the good ol' days when people did the right thing to do because it was the right thing to do. Actually, some places still have a grain of honestly left.

    Like an idiot, I left my money at the register when paying for some snacks. The cashier came and found me and gave the money back...For Europe, this is totally not necessary as it would be in the states, just an honest thing.
  20. pvicenzi


    Dec 25, 2008
    Appearantly, she thought it was your fault she took the wrong skis. That is the only thing that can explain her behaviour.

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