Respect All Grown Up


I was in the subway recently, making my way across the city to help a friend move to her new place, when I witnessed this exchange on the subway…

[Two girls in their mid teens are sitting on one side of the car. An older lady abruptly shuffles over from another part of the car for no reason and sits across from these two young gals.]
Girl 1: [Eyes the tote bag that the lady is carrying with obvious admiration.] Is that bag homemade? Did you make it?
Crotchety Old Lady: [Sneering.] What do you think?
[This abrupty ends the conversation. The train arrives at the next stop, and the older lady shuffles out.]
Girl 2: What was that all about?
Girl 1: I don’t know. All I asked was if she made that bag, it was cool. And she was all, like [Makes grouchy face and hand gestures (not unlike claws).] to me.
Girl 2: Weird.
Girl 1: Yeah. I don’t know why I bother being respectful to older people. I’m pretty tired of having so much respect for everybody.

That sucked for Girl 1, eh?

Of course, Girl 1 was sitting sideways across three seats with her dirty shoes up on the last seat.

Respectful my ass.

All Grown Up

It’s pretty much official.

Mrs. J and I are now proud card-carrying home owners.

As we handed our deposit cheque to the agent, I realize that the word owners begins with OW.

How appropriate.

Check out our new crib.
Click to enlarge…

Seriously, it’s a nice little bungalow in a nice neighbourhood.

I’m pretty happy about it.

However, anyone that wishes to give me money to pay down this little nest can feel free.

22 Responses

  1. What a charming house! I can just imagine all the time you’re going to spend gardening. But in the winter, it will be so worth it….

  2. I wanna see! I wanna see!

    Congrats, folks!

  3. Congratulations

    It looks like a perfect house. I like the neighbourhood you told me it’s in. K and I are looking
    to move more south than we are right now.

    It will be tough at times but there is nothing like owning your own house.

    If you need help moving I am always available. The C man

    As far as the rant.
    I agree, it not only enough to say kind words you have to present them in a kind and respectful manner also, or the words become meaningless. That girl will grow up thinking she was justified in her thinking.

  4. That’s a cute little house you’ve got there, Jorge.
    Good stuff.

  5. Woo-hoo!! Congrats!!

  6. Woo hoo. Now you know why you need home improvement advice.

    Welcome to the Money Pit, Mr. Landed Gentry.

  7. No home improvement required. 🙂

  8. Welcome to the club. By the time you get everything just the way you like it the first thing you did will need to be changed. Just make peace with this ahead of time and everything will be great.

  9. Just keep that one room updated for when your parents
    move in!!!

  10. i hear you about the house thing …wow ..just bought one this summer …of course it’s a semi …but i was buying by myself too ….so it’s like a half a couple owning half a house …(evil grin) …anyway …congrats on being poor again!!! ….

    teen thing ..totaly agaree ….i made sure to teach mine ..and hopefully she does it ….basic rules of the bus …

    let older people sit
    no swearing
    don’t talk to loud
    be polite ..

    now what are the odds that she’s doing it?

    Have a good one ..


  11. what a delightful house – here’s to many great memories in your own home. Ahhh…home, sweet home!

    PS: teens are a great pot of irony, I swear.

  12. Congrats on your new beautiful home!!

    ~ Bunny

  13. Congrats & Enjoy the new home, that is pretty rockin’ Don’t forget to get a plasma tv to go over the fireplace 😉

  14. You guys are getting a house? How come this is the first I’m hearing about it? You guys don’t tell me shit anymore.

  15. That’s because you’re a dickhead.

    Question: Answered.

  16. congrats Jorge! Very very cute home 🙂
    As for them so-called respectful teenagers on the ttc, let me tell you, it gets worse on the bus (very unstable riding situation).


    P.S. Sweet pad, dude!

  18. Oh, it’s ADORABLE!!!!! It’s the sweetest house ever! It screams “house!” Like if you asked me to draw a house it would look a lot like that! Brick, chimney, picture window, flower bed.

    (sigh) Super-duper congratulations to you guys!!!

    Now: MORE PICTURES PLEASE! Aren’t you a photographer, or something?

  19. Congrats on the new house! Looks great!

  20. Super pad big guy!!!

    Congratulations on the best investment you will ever make.

    If you need a hand with anything or advice, I’ve got the tools and the experience. Be happy to help you out. 🙂

  21. You’re a great story-teller. Loved the surprise ending. People who hog the seats and put their feet on them (let alone nasty spilled food and drink and trash) are so annoying, especially when the train is packed! Your house is too cute!

  22. What a pretty house! I like bungalos; they are so bungalo-ish with lots of plants. Wee! for you!

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