The Shovers

Saturday night I had a family of shovers. As I was seating the group of 4, two elder & two younger Chinese couples, the younger woman used her elbow to shove the older woman out of the way, knocking her into me. I thought it was a little rude, but then we were in close quarters so maybe the younger woman didn’t mean to shove the older woman.

Then I started passing out menus. I had two on the table and was trying to put the other two on the table when the older man reached over, said, “NO!” and shoved the menus into my chest. Okay. Whatever. Cultural differences.

Then I brought water to the table. I poured a glass and handed it to the older man who in turn tried to hand it to the younger man. The younger man shoved the glass of water back at the older man, knocking him in the head and spilling some water. I expected a fight, cuz where I come from, that’s grounds for a throw-down. Nothing happened.

I brought beer to the table and they were peacefully chatting away. I took their order and when they were finished, the younger man shoved the menus at me, missed and hit the older woman in the face with them. I shit you not, it was like the Three Stooges came for dinner. I expected nose pulling, eye poking and “Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk”s to break out around the table.


Or maybe this sort of diaster.

I couldn’t wait to see what happened when they got their food, but to my disappointment they were very civilized while they were eating. They had the strangest family dynamic of any group of people I’ve seen in a long time. They obviously cared for one another, but they had no respect for personal space or physical boundaries.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. darcknyt
    Aug 11, 2009 @ 10:46:11

    I thought shrinks saw a lot of weirdos. Man, you've got 'em beat hands down.

    I always wonder what sort of scrambled circuitry in the neuro-systems causes this sort of activity. I grew up in a weird household, no two ways about it, but if there'd been physical exchanges after I was grown, someone would've been killed I'm sure.

    This is just odd.


  2. steve
    Aug 11, 2009 @ 12:38:33

    Yeah i agree Knyt has it right, You surely have had some experiences….you could prolly open your own pyschology place for waiters and waitresses and help them work out their stress…….funny post though zman sends


  3. Vanessa (DarcsFalcon)
    Aug 12, 2009 @ 00:06:07

    That is just so weird! Perhaps it's a cultural thing? I don't know.

    I do know it would drive my crazy to be pushed around like that. The Irish in me would kick someone's butt for that.


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