Thursday, July 2, 2009

What I Wish I Said

It's been 100 degrees hot for several days and when the temperature was in the low 90s on Tuesday afternoon, it felt cool enough for me to drive with the windows down.

So, there I was starting to back out of a parking space when a 30-ish man approached from I-don't-know-where and bent down to talk to me through the passenger window.

"Could you give me a ride to the store on the corner? It sure is hot," he said.

"Sorry," I said, "I'm not going that way." Then, I backed out and drove off in the opposite direction.

What I wish I said is, "What makes you think I'm dumb enough to give a ride to a complete stranger, a hitchhiker who wants to go only two blocks when it's cool enough that I'm not running the a/c?"

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