Ennui, monsieur

Roger is never — okay, let’s say “hardly ever” — bored:

Trapped in someone else’s time frame WILL bore me silly. In a long meeting that is top down? A yawn; Presbyterians have LOTS of meetings, which I avoid as much as possible. Stuck three hours in Wal-Mart (and it HAS happened)? REALLY boring — it’s shopping, which I dislike, and it’s Wal-Mart, which I’m not fond of. The only way that situation would have been salvageable is if I had had something to read and a place to sit down and read it. IF there’s something to read, AND I have the opportunity to do so, I am NEVER bored.

Reading is good, when you have the opportunity. (In the line at the Walmart Supercenter, where you’re twelfth in line because six checkout lanes are inexplicably closed, you end up reading the nutrition information on your food packages, but it’s better than nothing. Sometimes, so is the food.) I have been known to (sort of) sing, wordlessly if I remember to keep my mouth shut, out loud if the coast seems clear. It’s amazing how many songs I know up until that one line I never could figure out.

During this city’s darker days — “What? NBA Finals? Here? Are you kidding me?” — the Oklahoma Gazette had a little filler piece between the ads which said, “If you’re bored in this town, it’s not our fault.” They meant it, too.





2 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    8 June 2012 · 7:26 am

    “Trapped in someone else’s time frame WILL bore me silly. ”

    Oh my goodness YES. That’s exactly it. That’s why I get so rage-y when there is a meeting called and the person who called it is Important and therefore entitled to show up 20 minutes late…while the rest of us who are apparently peons get to sit and seethe.

    Or being trapped in construction traffic on the highway

    Or being trapped in line at the Wal-mart (Interesting how many Americans share that frustration. You’d think Wal-mart might do something to fix that)

    I’ve considered keeping a small knitting project in my purse (because knitting is almost as interesting as having something to read), but a lot of times when I’m made to wait because I’m a peon in a meeting, there’s some other Important person there who would interpret me knitting as being “disrespectful.”

    So usually I stare off into space and compose blogposts in my head instead.

  2. Kirk »

    8 June 2012 · 2:52 pm

    Tell people you take notes on your smartphone, and have a Kindle or Nook reader app on it, and you’re set….

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