Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Attack of the Waiting Room Alarmist

I had to go to another eye doctor follow up visit yesterday (everything is going well, but my eyes are dry!).

After the first set of tests, they took me to a smaller waiting room to wait out the time until an exam room was open. I walked in, plopped my purse down and got a book out to read.

As soon as I picked up the book, the (only) other lady in the waiting room said, "Whatcha reading?" I thought, "Oh no, she's going to want to talk and I really just want to read." But I was polite and said, "The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde. It's the third in a series." Her eyes did not light up with recognition, so I just left it at that.

Her: Have you read the Left Behind Series?
Me: Yes I have.
Her: I thought they were really interesting. I think I've read all of them.
(I did not ask her if she had just read the regular series or if she had also read the prequels.)
Me: Yeah, they're alright.
(I did not launch into my tirade about how the authors could have told the story in half as many books if they weren't so money hungry.)
Her: I learned some interesting things about the Antichrist. He'll be from the Middle East, He will be very charismatic and will fool us for 3 years before we realize who he is. What political candidate does that sound like?
Me: Honestly, people have been saying the same thing about many different people for as long as I can remember, so I don't jump on that bandwagon.
Her: Well, that's true... (followed by blessed silence)

I didn't want to go into an eschatological discussion about how he'll spring from an offshoot from the Roman empire and not necessarily the Middle East, so I was glad that she did not want to further discuss it.

Just for fun, here's the 2007 Anti-Christ watch list. I didn't see some of those coming!


julia said...

have you seen this video? teehee


Mercy's Maid said...

That's awesome!