When this happened, my first thought was, "This is perfect for the Complete Silence forum."
[BG]My husband & I live in a Waikiki highrise with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and gas grills on the rooftop recreation deck. We bought our tiny 1-bedroom over 17 years ago and DH has served over 10 years on the Board of Directors. [/BG]
I was using one grill and there was an older man using the adjacent grill. His comments and attitude were irritating from the start. He asked if I lived here (almost half of the building is used as a timeshare/hotel) and I said we had lived here for 17 years. He commented about the studios being cramped. I said, "We bought a 1-bedroom." He made a big issue out of his home being a Very Large Estate in The Hamptons. I tried a "little silence" as a reply since I couldn't think of anything.
Then he goes off: He's been coming here for 4 months every year for 40 years. Hawaii is backward; We should have built the rail back when Fasi was mayor; The government is all messed up, and (wait for it) ... the people here are all terrible
Is there any other response than complete silence? I thought, "Hey, I