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I almost got in a fight today

Monday, December 31, 2012

I thought I was going to have to get in a fight today. Over _face painting._

See, I went to our town's new year's celebration. They had a kids' time, with bouncy stuff, face painting, and special fireworks at 9 PM.

Well, the line for the facepainting was insanely long, so I sent the kids off to play with Nathan, while I waited in line.

About an hour later, we were close to the front of the line, the girls came back, and we were almost to the table.

Cue some random pair of girls and about half a dozen kids, who decided they were going to be sly and cut in line.

Let me explain something to you about lines. Very long ones? Get a little testy when you try to jump near the front of the line. I don't know who all is in a line, but I know who was in front of me, and who was behind me, because, you know, I'd been talking to them for the last hour and a half.

It got very tense, and I wound up even looking the girl dead in the eye and explaining in very small words that this was a _line_ and it began back _there_ thank you very much.

The ladies in front of and behind me became my best friends for that time.

We really bonded over these bitches' attempt to flout social convention. When we got to the front, one woman tried again, and claimed she was in front of us all... look, I'm really sympathetic, but I know who is front of me, and I know who was behind me. The lady in front of us bought nathan a drink, and we all even shared big hugs as we left over the tenseness of grown people trying to bully my very small girls over _face painting_. It almost came to blows, honestly. I wasn't about to start a fight (I'm not a fighter) but by dammit, I was going to finish one. I even stood in a balanced, hard-to-knock-over stance I used to use on my guy friends trying to pick me up/wrestle me to the ground.

When I'm ready for it, and I don't want to move, I don't.

It didn't come to that, though; we wound up forming something of a passive line with our backs to the idiots, and shuffled our girls between us (there were about 6 or 7 total). The line-breaking bitches then became someone else's problem. ;)

It could have been bad, but it ended up making me some new, temporary line friends, that made the whole night great. They were sweet, we hugged and danced, and had a good time in that line. ;)

Overall, the night was fun. I will not wait in line that long again next year, but after an hour, I was invested in it and had made friends, so I was going to get my kids faces painted, dammit. ;) The good news is I danced so much while I was there I think I'm going to be a little sore tomorrow.

And it ended up being the wrong line. ;) They got glitter tattoos that were cute, though. I'll post photos of those, in a minute. When I can get my SD card slot working.
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    have to go check out the photos to see if it was worth the stress lol.we had that reaceantly on several of the games at the local firemans fest.makes you made doesn´t it.good for you love. emoticon
    1988 days ago
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    Face painting lines are always WAY too long!! I got lucky once and only had to stand in line for like 15 minutes, all other times it's at least 30 mins to an hour. Won't do it again. Good job standing your ground!
    1992 days ago
    We were at wonderland. 10 to 15 years ago. I an adult man on his how, started 20 or 30 people back of us and crept past us. I asked him to go back but he ignored me and moved on. I spoke to one of the park people and he was eventually moved back a little. The staff said, "We can not control things here but we will take him off the ride at the top."

    I though, "oh sure, I am not that mad, it just offends me that he is pushing ahead of my 12 year old when he is in his 30."

    At the top of the ride it divided into separate lines for each car on the coaster. He entered his line behind us, but somehow managed to arrive at the coaster before we did. So even in the short line he had managed to push ahead.

    The staff did take him off, and when they asked, "Who had complained, the entire crowd raised their hands."

    Funny every one was offended but no one else had spoken up.

    He was taken of the ride by several security guards.

    He followed us for much of the day, but we were also escorted by several security staff. I would have just ejected him from the park, but then, that is just me.
    1993 days ago
    I just don't understand why some people think it's okay to jump a line. Good for you and the rest of the ladies waiting in line for standing your ground. If you wait in line at the grocery store to check out, why can't you wait in line to get your child's face painted ? Of course, look at the madness that occurs on Black Friday. Perfectly normal people act like raving lunatics trying to get a "deal".

    Maybe it's me, but I've noticed that there seems to be a general decline in manners these last few years. Fewer people aren't saying thank you. Fewer people are holding doors, even for the elderly. People just don't seem to have any empathy anymore.

    Anyway, glad you stood up for what was right.

    1993 days ago
    emoticon Stand up to the disrespectful! YEAH! chris
    1993 days ago
    As a substitute teacher I see this problem all the time in children and just know that it has to come from how they are taught at home. They don't mess with me though because they learn quickly that when the try cutting, pushing or anything else I don't approve of, "BACK OF THE LINE" they go. LOL

    As far as when I am out in public, I have no problem in correcting adult bad behavior either. ;-)
    1993 days ago

    This event would have been so better if there were more people to paint the children's faces... You should have asked to paint your face, too! It would have been so funny!

    Happy New Year!!!
    1994 days ago
    I always have serious anger turned towards people who have absolutely no respect towards others, just like this. They seem to believe they're the only people who matter and everyone else needs to get out of their way. Good job standing up for yourself, and even better that others around you did the same. While bullies will not stop being bullies when someone stands up to them, at least they can be stopped for a single event.

    If I was in your shoes, I would've wanted to report them to someone and had them hauled out or banned, but as most adults still choose to allow bullies to torment others, it wouldn't have done anything until it turned into a real brawl. So I probably would've taken their pictures with my phone then egged them on. If they would've started a brawl I would've had pictures to show to the police when I pressed charges. haha
    1994 days ago
    I'm one of those people that is royally pissed inside, but I won't say anything. Thanks for having the strength to stand up for yourself! emoticon
    1994 days ago
    I hate people who cut in lines. Why do they think they are special?
    1994 days ago
    I enjoyed reading this story. It was amusing. Maybe not for you though. Glad everything worked out well.
    1994 days ago
    Dancing equals workout! Congrats on standing your ground and being calm! Happy New Year!!!
    1994 days ago
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