March 16, 2010
Warning to gals who use public places, like Safeway's check-out lines, for their personal confessionals: Others will be listening in
Hate to make stereotypes about my gender, but it is usually females who have no shame about crying a river in public about their personal woes. Can you imagine men doing that? Oh, men can be loud and obnoxious and self-absorbed when out socializing in public, but it's never about their girlfriend difficulties or anything else remotely personal.
The worst are, probably not surprisingly, teenage girls.
She's just so unfair! declaired a sulky, slouchy, faux-plantinum blond nymphette. She, too, was standing in the check-out line at Safeway, complaining to her friend about her mom not letting her go out that night. And, she went on--and on--to loudly voice other complaints.
Once when I was changing in the locker room at my gym, I got to listen to another girl in her late teens complain into her cell phone about a whole range of personal issues.
Of course, I listen--even though, in some cases, as with the squawking-voiced girl in the locker room-- the confessional ceases to be entertaining and starts to become annoying.
Maybe I have no morals or decency by eavesdropping. Then again, if people are going to talk loudly and fill the air of grocery store lines, locker rooms, and restaurant dining rooms,with their personal dramas, well, they don't deserve their privacy.