I feel like I'm a pretty easy guy to get along with. My sense of humor is such that if someone attempts a joke I'm likely to chuckle out of anticipated humor. I spend my time hoping that everyone hopes the best for everyone. I imagine that nobody acts consciously to complicate anyone else's life. I'm probably wrong, but I like to treat adults like adults.
And then today happened, and reminded me that most Americans are still infants.
I looked to the back row of my 11:00 Comp class today, and there is one of my students with a white ear-bud in his ear. Clearly, he's listening to an iPod. Right then I want him incinerated, but I just give him a frown and a head-shake. I figured he'd take a hint.
Not so much.
When I looked back in his direction, I saw him leaning back against the wall, his eyes slitted, and he's singing along with the music.
"Are you fucking kidding me?" I said.
The class paused, suspended for a moment from listening to Victoria's reading of her memory from before she was ten years old.
Student popped his eyes like I'd just caught him in the shower with my daughter and he yanked the earphone from his head. I think I lost it, but not as much as I should have.
"Get that shit out of your ear," I said. "Use some damn sense."
We went on with the lesson, and the student in question kept his head low for the rest of the class. I regretted for a moment using that kind of language, but I can't be too uptight about it. If I'm going to spend my time preparing a lecture, a lesson plan, and homework, I'm sure as hell not going to let some halfwit derail the whole enterprise because he'd rather listen to music.
He's welcome to listen to music. In my class, even, if that's what we're doing.
I'm still too pissed. I should just shut up.