Sunday, September 13, 2009

OK, sometimes NYC is a cliche

Generally speaking, we encounter more nice people than rude folks here in NYC. On occasion, however, that generalization is severely tested.

We found ourselves treading water in a vat of obnoxiousness Friday night in several venues. At a free screening of the movie "Paris" we witnessed a tawdry trifecta. First there was a French guy seated in front of me playing with his Blackberry during the movie. To make matters worse, the guy seated next to me outdid him (see anger pictured at right - courtesy Wikimedia Commons - for a sense of this guy's outrage - only this bloke was short and not much of a threat physically to anyone, not even the diminutive aforementioned French guy). So the rude jerk (as I'll refer to the guy seated next to me from here forward), taps hard on the French guy's shoulder but says nothing. Getting only a glance from him, the rude guy proceeds to yell at him to turn off his phone, that he's bothering the people around him. Granted, I didn't notice the guy playing with his phone until the rude jerk informed the entire theater, and I'm not sure anyone else did either. Keep in mind, this is during the movie.

So, the French guy says something back and the guy yells again. He doesn't immediately put away his phone so the guy yells again. Finally, the guy puts away his phone. After the movie, they go at it again. At no point does either guy even hint at making a move to back up their words, but it was an annoyance nonetheless. Then the host of the evening - who only identified himself by name, not title, so we don't know if he was a NYU film prof or some dude from the line who volunteered or what. I'm thinking the latter, after he tried to prevent some woman in the audience from asking a question and then patronized her after she asked it and got her answer from the director. This all came after the host casually and obliquely remarked that Juliet Binoche would not be appearing as advertised, as if he were commenting on the weather. While the director was rather interesting, most people had come in hopes of seeing the Academy Award-winning actress. The film was pretty good, by the way.

Then on the way home, we encountered more obnoxiousness on the subway. I won't explain it, as it's just too stupid to get into. Really, this is a rarity to have multiple examples of obnoxiousness in a span of minutes here in NYC. People are mostly pretty helpful and considerate, but occasionally we are reminded how this city earned the reputation it has over the centuries.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you morphed to Chicago!
Wilhelm (Bill) Lutz