Seeing the best and worst of people in one day

I am coming to you from our nation’s capital this week. I flew in to DC late this afternoon for the week.

First off, I have to throw a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to my followers. I had no idea what to expect when I put together my little book and clicked the publish button. If anything, it was just a bucket list item for me.

Yesterday morning while I was out fishing I took a look at my Amazon page and saw that my book was currently #4 on Amazon’s best seller list for humor.

What the what!?

Unbelievable.

It was such a humbling experience for me the past week.

And I caught a massive rainbow trout.

I was brought back to reality as I boarded my plane this morning at 5:45. Shortly after taking my seat and buckling in, the pilot got on the speaker and told us that the proper paperwork for our plane was not completed accurately, so we needed to wait for someone to come to the airport to finalize.

Delays happen. They are not fun for anyone. But there was one lady sitting a couple of rows behind me that really tested my statement that I don’t dislike people.

Flying out of Montana, most of our flights are connection flights…meaning that we are flying to a hub to connect on a different flight. It’s always an inconvenience when there are delays, but the airlines are usually really good about getting us rebooked.

In fact, by the time I landed in Minneapolis and turned on my phone, I already had a message from Delta letting me know they have already rebooked me.

Easy peasy.

But this lady behind me WENT OFF on the flight attendant. And she didn’t stop there. She kept on going and going THE ENTIRE flight. Major kudos to the flight attendant that had to deal with her and didn’t choke her out.

I sure wanted to.

It just amazes me that some people think they are more important to everyone else in this world. To her, she was the only one on the flight dealing with this. My only hope is that her luggage got lost.

I know, real mature of me.

On the other hand, there was a woman flying with a baby (probably no more than six months old). She was sitting in the row in front and across from me. Her poor little baby was not enjoying the flight at all. It’s about two hours, plus the delay sitting in the plane, and the little guy was crying nearly the entire time.

I can’t imagine how stressful it was for her. I was getting stressed out just because of my empathy. No matter what she tried to do, the little one just wouldn’t stop crying.

As much of a jerk the lady sitting behind me was, the guy that was sitting next to the lady with the baby was a champ. He didn’t appear grumpy or frustrated about having to sit next to a screaming baby. He tried to cheer up the little man with funny faces and things like that, but it wasn’t happening.

Finally as we began our decent, the little man made eye contact with me.

Is there anything cuter than the big eyes of a baby?

I’d like to think it was my awesomeness, but he broke out in a little smile then did one of those baby laughs that starts from deep down in their body. It was so beautiful. I played around for the final minutes with him, and when the mother got up she just looked at me with her frazzled face and said, “Thank you.”

Sometimes it’s a little thing like that to carry you through the rest of the day.

So, Thank You to all of you who read this and who stroked my ego by downloading my book. I’m sure the downloads will come to a standstill as the free period is about to end, but regardless, it was wonderful to see it happen and to get some of the kind words from those that have read it.

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Introvert-Dan-L-Bernhardt-ebook/dp/B00ZDXH24G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1434034314&sr=1-1

Bucket list item completed: Publish a book

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Well, I can gladly say that I have now placed a check mark next to something on my bucket list: Publish a book.

Yesterday evening it went live on Amazon and starting today I am in the process of setting it up to offer it for free for the next few days. It’s a nice short one, so if you have a few minutes please check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Introvert-Dan-L-Bernhardt-ebook/dp/B00ZDXH24G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1434034314&sr=1-1

Shopping at Costco

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There I was, walking around Costco.

Since I wasn’t by myself, it was going to take much longer to shop.

No, I was with my Hippy wife and son, and also mother-in-law, father-in-law, and sister-in-law. They like shopping. In fact, they like shopping even if there is no intent to buy anything. Just get out and look around.

Not me. Apparently it showed.

“Are you bored yet?” the mother-in-law asked.

Before my filter turned on, I replied honestly, “Yes.”

You would have thought I told them over the loudspeaker (does Costco have one?) that I was having an affair. All eyes were on me (stupid filter needs to be faster) and the only person who didn’t look surprised, or hurt, or with lasers burning into me was the Hippy. She’s used to it.

“You don’t need to be here then.” I was told.

TRAP TRAP TRAP TRAP TRAP TRAP

I stayed. I acted “not bored.”

I’m a good actor.

Instead I concentrated on looking for people I might know so I could avoid eye contact with them.

I will say, though, that at least at Costco the employees don’t swarm around me asking if I need any help. Usually they are swarming to the food samples. Ok, that was probably an overgeneralization and if you are a Costco employee reading this I apologize.

But seriously, you don’t have to bump into me to get in front for that sample. I’m not grabbing one anyway.

Unless you are extremely attractive…you can bump into me. Ok, maybe not. I will overanalyze it and think that you are either hitting on me (zero chance of that) or I am being set up by the Hippy to see my uncomfortable reaction while she laughs inside.

And out loud.

And then posts it on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Pinterest, text, mass email, YouTube, and Ellen.

Screw this; I’m going to non-judgmental Amazon.

Great, they even approach me with recommendations.