Staring Contests (Revisited)

Just a quick follow-up: one of my biggest pet peeves is when people wear shades indoors or when it’s not sunny outside….and when they proceed to stare at everyone around them.

It reminds me of a subway ride I had way back on a rainy morning when I hopped into an empty seat across from a dude wearing aviators. I thought to myself, “Is this guy for real? Shades on a subway when there’s not a spec of sky between all of the grey clouds?”. I gave the guy a break thinking he was probably just hungover and turned my attention to a book.

Then I noticed he was staring at me in my peripheral vision….”jackass”. Gave him a quick look then went back to reading. Two stops go by on the subway. Guy’s still staring, definitely not sleeping. What’s his problem? I honestly am not the kinda guy with an ego but this was gettin’ on my nerves. So what was the logical solution? I put my book down and stared right back at him….for three stops.

He finally looks down to pack up his things. Awesome, I won the staring contest….then I noticed him unfolding his walking cane.

And that’s how I came up with the game:


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