Sunday, July 24, 2011

Earbud Etiquette

So, you're just sitting there minding your own business while on the bus, or you're walking around shopping, when all of a sudden, some jackass comes up to you and starts talking to you. Now, normally, this wouldn't be a problem. Except you're grooving to your favourite tunes on your Ipod, or some other mp3 player, and of course, you've got those neat little earbuds jammed in your ears and you can't hear a thing other than said music.

Now, sometimes, i'm polite and remove a single bud and look at them as if to say "What the fuck do you want, can't you see i'm busy?"
Then they proceed to ask me something, or even worse, try to strike up a conversation with me. So they ask a question or make a comment, I answer and then promptly put the bud back in its cozy little ear home, where it wants to be.
You'd think that would be the end of it. But no.
They repeat the process, forcing me to remove the buds, answer, and replace.
Are we done here?
At this point I get really irritated and just look at them without removing anything and just watch them flap their lips as if I can hear them, or that I even give a shit.
Also, I should note, most of these occurances, i'm reading a book, so they're interrupting that too. Sometimes i'm on lunch while at work.

So, here's where I ask you, dear reader, what part of me looks like i'm up for a fucking conversation? Is it the blank stare I give you, or the part where my face is implanted in a book and not even looking at you? Or wait, I know, it MUST be how i'm completely fucking IGNORING you!
There is NOTHING I love more than being interrupted by a complete stranger, when all I want is to be left alone.
Sure, if you have some important words to impart like, "Hey, you've got a booger on your face", or, "Sorry, but you've got a rip in your pants", by all means, interrupt.
If this isn't the case, leave me be.

So, if you're out and see someone with earbuds, or hell, even headphones of the large variety, leave them alone. This is not an open invitation to start talking to them.

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