I recently went to a large event with my Wife and Son, we left really early in the morning so as to make sure we were there in plenty of time, the gates opened at 09:00am and the main display started at about 14:00pm.

We arrived at just a little after 09:00am and enjoyed a pleasantly easy entry into the event, parked the car with ease, and had a lovely couple of hours strolling around the area, investigating the various attractions.

We decided to take a walk over to investigate the main arena at around 12:00 and found that already many people were picking their spot to sit and watch the show, so we also decided to settle down and wait, even though it meant a two hour wait.  It wasn’t so bad though as the people around us were all friendly and one of the nearby families had a Son of similar age to my Son and they seemed to get on and had a great time playing together.

The problem started when it got to around 5 minutes before the show started, by this time the area around us was pretty much packed, and there was not a lot of room for anyone else to get in, two ‘gentlemen’ decided that the best place for them to stand was directly in front of myself, my Wife and my Son, totally blocking our view.

Being Mr Angry, I made a comment, fully intending them to hear, hoping they would get the hint that there were a lot of people behind them that had waited a long time and now had to put up with a restricted view, and that they would move on. this was ignored, I made another stronger comment, then another. Eventually he acknowledged me, and made a comment along the lines of ‘take a few deep breaths and drop it’

Red rag to a bull i’m afraid, I totally lost it, and I believe it’s the closest i’ve come in a long time to actually beating the sh*t out of some one.

I’m not proud of the way things went, and the way I acted, but he did sit down and stayed sat down until the show finished, so I suppose I sort of got my point over.

I mean if you had queued up at a supermarket checkout for an hour and then just as you get to the end of the queue, some other person nips in front of you and expects you to just put up with it, you’d be annoyed too, yes ?

Anyway, maybe it shouldn’t have annoyed me so much, and I shouldn’t have let it spoil my day, but i’m just so fed up of trying to do things the right way, I try not to push in front of or inconvenience other people, and often I assume others will do the same to me, but they don’t.

Theres a tide of selfishness sweeping across the country, and all too often the inconvenienced remain silent so as not to cause a scene, well not me . . .