The trouble with self-importance

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By John Pawlak

You’re driving up the Front Road and right behind you is a very important person ... a VIP. Right behind you.

You know the type.  There are five cars in front of you and you can’t go any faster, but the VIP just has to pass you since, well, he’s very important.  And so, he tailgates you and once he’s given a three-second window to pass, off he goes, rushing to his very important meeting with other very important people, or “I.”

Now, if he could only pass those other five not-as-important people ...

And then there’s the guy who empties his ashtray on the supermarket parking lot. He’s far too important to drive around with a full ashtray and it’s very important that he empty it before he gets back to his very important home.  

When they clean up after him, I can only assume that they put his very important garbage in a separate area for us normal people to admire from a distance.

Oh yes, and let’s not forget the guy in the restaurant who is talking on his cell phone and wants people in the next ZIP-code to hear his conversation.  It’s very important that he yell out every syllable to whomever he’s talking to so that his very important conversation isn’t missed by anybody.

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