Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tatting and Kissing Mr. A.

Tatting Chic had her giveaway today and I didn't win but I'm excited that there will be a new tatter out there besides me. It was meant for me to learn to tat because I went to a new Jo'Ann's today and look at what I found at 40% new adventure for August.

I think it was Lizzie who blogged the other day about taking up one more new hobby and feeling neglectful of the others. I'm feeling that way but I'm still going to learn to tat.

In another post, I will tell you why I want to learn to tat. It has to do with the love of one of my relatives.

Like Deb, who likes to collect knitting needles like crayons, I like to collect floss, yarn, etc. in a variety of colors. It brings back the excitement of opening that new box of Crayola crayons as a child with the nice new sharp tips, all the while planning how colorful my coloring book would be.

And then this happened............

Mr. A_ _ _ _ _ _ and I kissed today quite by accident. (hehe...hint!) It took me by surprise to say the least and not what I expected. It was far from exciting. He was in his '50's, scruffy, a couple day's beard growth, yucky t-shirt, and appearance questioned as to whether or not he had showered in a few days!!! I wish I had thought to have my cell phone camera handy so I could take a picture.

I was returning home after the above tatting purchase. I was in Montpelier, Vermont's capital, and about 45 miles from home. I was a little thirsty so I went to the drive-up at McDonald's to quench my thirst with a diet coke.

Mr. A_ _ _ _ _ _ was behind me. Notice that I am letting you fill in the blanks to his name. I heard this thump and felt a slight movement. Sure enough this guy's bumper had just kissed mine. This is how the event developed.

Joan: Opens car door and gets out to assess the situation.

Mr. A: "Yeah, yeah, lady, I just hit your car. Get in your car and keep going." (as he is also ordering his burger and fries)

Joan: "Excuse me!!!!" "I need to make sure there is no damage to my car."

Mr. A: "There isn't"

Joan: "How do you know?" "You haven't even gotten out of the car to look."

Joan: "Please back up." "Your bumper is on mine and I can't tell if there is damage or not."

Now, foolish me....I'm thinking he will at least say "I'm sorry!".

Mr. A: "No, I won't back up." "You move forward."

Joan: "Back up or I'll call the police for an accident report."

Obviously having a bad day, he backs up and is totalling fuming at me.

No damage, I get back in my car, move forward and I pay for my beverage. The clerk offers to call the manager for assistance as this guy is being beligerent.

"No". "It'll be ok." I'm thankful that I don't have to visit a body shop. I hoped this guy's day would improve. Something very upsetting must have happened to him earlier in the day to make him so angry.

I drove off looking forward to reading my tatting book once I arrive home.

Happy Knitting!


  1. You handled that beautifully! (BTW _ my DD guessed what those dashes stood for before I did! ;) She is 18 after all, I guess that comes to mind quicker at 18)

    I have a hard time with the fact that someone would hit you, and then be so rude. What is with people now days!?!? So glad you stood up for yourself and didn't let him "run over you" that way! What a jerk! (I would have probably just called the cops when he refused to back up.)

    Such a good attitude! :) Hope you had a wonderful time with your new book - you desrve it!

  2. I'm so excited that you are going to learn to tat. I've been dying to try it myself. Maybe I should get the same book and we can learn together. Or, maybe I should wait until you've figured it out and then come up for a lesson.

  3. Way to stick to your guns with Mr A. Are you sure his initials aren't Mr A.H.??? (gasp...did I really say that?)

    Congratulations on your new purchase! I'm glad you are going to learn regardless!
    Oh, hey, I hope you find yourself some good six crochet cotton. It is usually sold in balls and never skeins. The only good tatting/crochet thread I've seen that comes in skeins is the HDT (hand dyed thread) that comes in skeins. That floss may be challenging to tat with.

    Oh, here I unsolicited tatting advice...please forgive me!

    (((HUGS)))! I'm so glad you got that book and I wish you the best of luck with your tatting adventures! :)

  4. Oh, Montpelier is a lovely little town. I visited a friend who lives nearby about 5 years ago and we ate at the restaurant that is a "teaching" place for those in the food & hospitality industry. Very pleasant meal!

    I'm glad you didn't have any car damage. Further interaction with Mr. A would not have been fun.

  5. Good for you, girlfriend! So glad you stood up for yourself. And even more glad there was no damage. It would have been a perfect end to your interaction with him to have to exchange phone numbers and/or involve the police.

    Just curious about his name, tho....were the last four letters h-o-l-e or w-i-p-e? Jus' askin'.......

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  7. Oh had me so excited there for a few minutes, 'cause I thought that that you had a new love interest on the horizon! But, then, you started to describe him....I said, "Uh, oh!" I'm slow on the up-take, too,...I didn't quite figure out Mr. A's. real name for a while either.

    I'm so glad that you're OK & I can't wait to see your tatting.

  8. Nice job on staying cool under stress of worry about your car!
    I can't wait to see what you tat! I have a book on how to,my grandma gave to me. She was a tatter and wanted me to learn. I never have---yet!

  9. congrats on your new hobby. I've done a little tatting too and it is fun. I have my grandmother's old shuttle so tatting so tatting is special to me as well.

    You need to be careful with those beligerent people, he could have just as easily hurt you (they don't usually care if they go to jail if they are mad, they probably aren't thinking at all). Don't assume because you are in a public place that it's safe :(. I'm glad you and your car are alright.

    I was getting worried about you because you hadn't posted in a while, glad things are ok in your neck of the woods :).

  10. OMG! I would have called the police. You never know what damage there could be underneath that you can't see. My hunch is that guy is an a... even on a good day. I'm glad you are ok. Renate

  11. Joansie ,I am trying to catch up on my reading and I got a good laugh from your post. ( at the same time ,felt anxious for you )
    What a day , I hate times like that. So glag you and car ok.
    Elsie <><

  12. Goodness. Be careful, and try to always have a camera in the car--I've found it helpful for proving someone was there where I said they were, having been hit several times by people with no insurance.

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