Tuesday, March 21, 2006
I didn't know people could be this rude.
I take back everything I have ever said about difficult people on my trips. I have now met the Queen Bee of unpleasant people. Not really the Queen Bee actually – more like the wasp as she doesn’t die after she stings, she just keeps on stinging.
For some reason this woman took an instant dislike to me and didn’t bother to conceal her contempt. From the start she made it very clear that she wasn’t interested in any of guiding elements of the trip and that I certainly had nothing to teach her that she didn’t already know. She repeatedly and publicly criticized me, attacked me and questioned what I said. She interrupted me and spoke to me with open contempt in her voice.
- I described Kehillat Kol HaNeshama as a Reform Community – but different from what they might have experienced in Reform Communities in the United States. MW (mean woman) attacked me in front of the entire group and told me that what I had said was offensive and she was offended. Any readers who daven at KKH should feel free to comment about whether they find my comment offensive.
- At the archeological dig one person found a piece of glazed pottery. I explained to her that it was pottery imported from abroad and therefore indicated that the people were wealthy. Two minutes later I overhead MW speaking to another guide saying ‘She said it was glazed pottery but I don’t think it is. What is it?’
- Also at the dig I explained to a small group including MW, about how the shells they found were crushed up and used to make plaster for walls etc. Walking round the group a few minutes later I heard MW explaining how the shells were used for making plaster. She knew this from the other guide in the cave.
- At one point when I said 'So King David built his capital city here. Why did he choose this place'. I got 'Oh Just tell us already'.
To be fair I don’t think it was personal. She was similarly rude to many other people. She told one speaker (a woman doing a PhD in the history of women in Israel) that she [the speaker] was wrong and that she [mean woman] knew more about the subject. She irritated the rest of the group too, who were mostly lovely.
Around half way through the trip she simply stopped participating in anything – which was really fine with me. At the end I was looking forward to seeing what she had the gall to write in her evaluation form, but she denied me this pleasure. She refused to fill it in. Grrrrr.
Well that little outburst was very cathartic for me. I am feeling much better.
Its nice to have you back again!
By the way - you were spot on about KKH!
Anon - Not sure who you are thinking about but it was someone else.
I sometimes daven at Kol Haneshama. You're comment was right on. Nothing offensive there. Idiot Shmuck woman. If she's married - I pity her Hubby and kids....