Not everything in my life is a competition, however, I will admit that sometimes I see a competition where none exists. At other times, I create a competition that might not otherwise have been there. For example, the other day I had to go to an ATM by our house on my way to court because I have to park where they only take cash. Again with the cash only! I never have cash. So, anyway, I pull up to the corner bank in a dubious area and ponder parking in the fire lane since it is a walk up ATM and the parking spots are about six feet away. Since this bank was near where I got a ticket last year, I decided not to take my chances and park legally.
Into the first parking spot I went. Just as I was turning my car off, this minivan pulls up and parks in the fire lane. The van is a mere two feet from the ATM and I am pissed! Because of my good citizen ways, I am going to have to wait for another person to use the ATM.
Unless I beat them there first, that is.
Just as the guy was getting out of his car, I was out of mine and running in high heels and a suit. I jumped a curb, ran through some grass and some bushes and got to the ATM in time. I resisted the urge to yell out "FACE" or some other sort of "nah nah" sentiment and hurried my transaction along. I turned to find the guy leaning against his car.
Guy: You beat me.
Me: Yes, but you got that awesome parking spot.
Guy: But you are wearing a nice suit.
Okay, I didn't actually say that last thing, but he did compliment me on my suit. I only slightly felt like an ass. I also felt like an Olympic athlete.
Then I went to the car to catch my breath.