so what's with  

rm_bucfannn 62M/61F
1805 posts
2/20/2006 4:40 pm

Last Read:
3/5/2006 9:27 pm

so what's with

OLD PEOPLE WALKING DOWN THE MIDDLE OF AN AISLE? Grocery stores, department stores, and even at the hospital. Cripes. Makes me fricking crazy.

Today I worked an extra shift. I DON'T do mornings well at all, since I am a "second-shifter". Because my body is used to those hours, I cannot go to bed at a reasonable hour, even when I have to be up early, and last night was no exception. Alarm goes off at 6:30 AM. CRAP. I'm already tired and crabby. Get stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on Eastlake Rd. headed south. Slosh coffee on myself. Grand, just grand.

Finally, I get to work. Normally, on my shift, the "elderly" visitors leave the hospital by 4-4:30 ish, so it's not dark when they have to drive 30 damn MPH on US 19, (ok, that's another rant). So, I don't have to deal with them much at all. But, this morning, they were all over the hospital in full force.

I was headed to ICU for a critical stat. OK, I'm a phleb tech, not too glamorous, but an integral cog in the medical field wheel. A critical stat is just that. Especially in ICU. Someone's crashing, most likely. I use a cart for my blood-letting stuff, and I can whip around corners pretty fast. Soooooooooo... I turn a corner, and lo and behold... FOUR OF 'EM. Walking in a horizontal row. I cannot pass. I say, "Excuse me", but, they don't hear me. (Go fricking figure). I say it again LOUDER. Nada. SIGH. So, I have to meander behind them. Although, I have to admit, I wanted to run my cart up their collective asses... remember, I woke up crabby

Finally, at the nurses station, I am able to get by and zoom to the elevators so I can go to the
2nd floor. I hear the elderly "ensemble" say to a nurse, "where's the elevator?" She said, "well, the visitor elevator is back that way, so go ahead and use those ahead." ARRRRRRRRRRRRGH.

Of course, they have to get on MY elevator. One of the blue-hairs is by the number pad. I ask her to punch 2 for me. We sit there... and sit there... and sit there. She is hitting the little star next to the number, not the BUTTON. I'm ready to explode. They laugh. "We don't see too well", one of them says, "it's all part of growing old, you know." Yeah, I know. I see them driving all the time...

So now, I know what I'm going to be doing thirty years from now. WALKING DOWN THE MIDDLE OF AISLES TO PISS OFF YOUNG WHIPPERSNAPPERS. Well, I've had plenty of observation time to get it right, you know.....


GuyWhoListens2u 57M
325 posts
2/21/2006 8:46 am


I work at a big corporation, so if anyone dares get old they toss them out and make them go walk around in a hospital.

Now out on the road I do see what you are seeing. As it is going on, I keep hopeing as we approach each Denny's or retirement home that we will loose the pace car (after they slow down to absolute zero to make the exit).

This reminds me of one of Jack Handy's famous sayings:
"I hope I die in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming like the passengers of the car he was driving"

rm_ohsolustful 59M
859 posts
2/21/2006 8:58 am

LOL, Ya just gotta love those old Folks, God bless em. the lil q-tips with feet can sure be annoying at times, LOL I am sure they felt the same way about us when we were wee lil rugrats running all over raising hell. We drove em nuts then, now its payback time....besides I know I would slow down, have a hard time hearing, concentrating or doing anything if I saw you walking around in those cute lil nurses outfits. I Would probably walk into a wall and need to be admitted.............................................Don't let me get into an elevator with you either, we would be there for quite a while!!!!!

Become a member to create a blog