George & Wendy Show

Wendy Parker

Aggravation: Toothaches, heavy-duty toilet rolls, Costco…

I was so excited about this trip out, I spent two weeks getting ready for it. My home time is always busy, but this time was craziness. I even went to the dentist to have a tooth worked on that was acting like it might make me miserable the minute we were out in the middle of nowhere. I learned the minute we hit elevation, the best laid plans don’t assure a good trip. The tooth cracked when we got to about 6,000 feet, and I’m fairly certain it’s exacting revenge on me for having it drilled on. I’ve apologized, begged and cried, but the damn thing is a monster, and the $350 I dropped on getting it fixed may as well have been kindling. I’m aggravated by this, and this frame of mind has caused me to notice a few other things that aggravate me.

I’ve written before about my dislike of automatic bathrooms. I’m certain they were all designed by demons straight from hell. Apparently, these little imps delight in watching someone wave their hands in front of an auto-dispense paper towel machine like they’re performing some kind of magic spell. Then, they roll on the floor laughing when the machine dispenses a paper towel thin enough to see through, and only big enough to dry one finger off. It’s even funnier to them when the person needing a towel has just brushed her teeth and so has toothpaste foam all over her lips, waving her hands around in front of a bunch of people she doesn’t know. I’ve frightened children with my frantic hand-waving and foamy face, it’s awful.

Giant toilet paperWhile we’re on the subject of bathroom paper products, how about the fantastic idiots who put a 400-pound roll of toilet paper inside a locked dispenser? When you pull the end, a tiny shred tears off because the roll is too heavy to turn on the spindle. If you have 11 hours and a whole lot of patience, you may be able to accumulate enough of the tiny shreds to wipe one third of your butt. I’ve started taking my Leatherman into the bathroom and will not hesitate to dismantle the entire dispenser to get to the paper. I sometimes wrap my whole body in toilet paper and exit the bathroom mummy-style, just to show management it can be done. (This may be a slight exaggeration.)

Here’s a tip. If you’re ever in need of a 34-hour reset, just have dispatch send you on over to Costco for a live unload. I’ve seen drivers sitting in the bay with their hands locked on to the steering wheel because they’ve sat and waited so long their fingernails have grown completely around it. Costco will schedule 9,000 trucks at 6 a.m., when they have three bays to put them in. What is the logic in this? Can someone please tell me why the schedulers are not required to be able to count? I have absolutely no idea how they get people to continue delivering there. It’s a three-day ordeal — if you’re headed that way, pack a sandwich. The last time we were at Costco for a live unload, we missed our son’s 14th and 15th birthdays. (This also may be a slight exaggeration.)

One last thing. I would like to extend a personal invitation to hell for the idiots who park on the curb in front of marked spaces at truck stops. Apparently, they have no understanding of physics or spatial awareness. Nothing is worse than waking up and being on a tight schedule, only to find a diptard parked on the curb in front of you, making it almost impossible to get out of your space. What’s even better is when these asses of monkeys park on the curb to avoid having to back in, and block open, legal spaces that people who actually know how to drive could use. I make a point to write, “I am King of the Dumbasses” in huge letters in the dirt on their trailers whenever I get an opportunity. (This is not an exaggeration. If you see King of the Dumbasses on the road, flip ’em off for me.)

  • Dr Duke

    I feel your pain. I got 10 fillings done right before Christmas. I then paid to most of those pulled last week. In the short term man can live on apple sauce alone. It seems like dental work should come with a warranty.

    I also hate it when people park in front of the gas station in the no parking space that is there so you can get out of the pumps. If you are towing a trailer,driving an RV or towing a trailer behind and RV you need every inch of that concrete. Would it kill them to walk the extra 10 feet from a parking spot to go in for their Newports and Lotto tickets?

  • Amber

    Oh Wendy, public restrooms are one of my biggest pet peeves. I’ve been driving for 15 years, so I’ve used a LOT of public restrooms. I always have my little Leatherman tool in my pocket, and I don’t tear apart the dispenser (actually never thought of that, hmm), I use the knife and put a slice through as many layers as I can. Then I can have toilet paper, and so can the next few people who use that stall. Unfortunately this wasn’t learned until after many years of leaving piles of toilet paper pieces from fighting that roll that just won’t roll. And it seems like if the roll isn’t a big one, they (the bathroom attendants who never want to clean the restroom until I am sitting down, and then stand outside the door making it even harder for me to hurry knowing there is someone standing out there listening for me to finish!!) will smash the roll, so that it won’t roll smoothly. (I think this is in part, job security…… fewer cleaners needed, if less to clean)

    And on the subject of public restrooms, my biggest, biggest pet peeve…..the people who are so afraid of catching something from a public restroom, and wouldn’t dare sit on that seat, but have no problem squatting over it, peeing all over it, and leaving it for the next person!!!! If I happen to go in right after them, I make it known to everyone in the restroom that that stall is unusable because someone just peed all over the seat and I use a different one!!! These people who think they are too good to use the “truck stop rest room” are the people who make the restrooms gross for everyone else!!!

    I love your columns, you always make me laugh out loud!

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