Not working at a desk in the same spot every day is quite a change. And being out there driving every day is totally new to me. One day last week driving in bumper to bumper traffic through a construction zone, I was stopped at a light. And stopped .. and stopped .. and stopped .. Heh. To my left was a turn off and there was a van parked there and there was a nicely dressed woman outside the van reaching in through the drivers side. My first thought was that she pulled off because her kids were giving her trouble but my next thought was - looks like she's being pretty rough. When she pulled back to wind up for a closed fist punch I saw a man sitting in the driver's seat and realized she was whaling on him! He didn't raise a hand, looked like he was holding onto the steering wheel while she pulled his sweater and punched and slapped .. and then the light changed and traffic actually moved. I drove away fully aware that if that had been a woman getting the crap beat out of her someone would have jumped out of their car to help her. But because it was a man .. it became that weird double standard kind of thing .. and no one moved to do anything. It was disconcerting to be faced with that and to realize I was one who did nothing. Still .. a police car came whizzing by a few minutes later so obviously someone did something, even if it wasn't actually physically restraining anyone.
I have to admit to being somewhat dumbstruck by the whole thing. The last thing I expected at that moment was to see a woman beating the crap out of a guy who wasn't fighting back at all. Didn't expect to see anyone assaulting someone I guess. What is so bad that you have to stop your car to beat up the person with you? Weird.