I was waiting at the bus stop a few weeks ago when a nervous and uncomfortable man approached me. I'm not one for awkward bus stop chats, in fact, I hate them more than anything in the world. The man looked like he was about he was about to say something, but then he changed his mind at the last minute. He started to pace around over the same three or four steps. He really was the most uncomfortable and nervous man I'd ever seen. Eventually he said something.
"So how do you keep them cold?" he mumbled.
"Sorry?" I asked.
"Oh, nothing, nothing" he said and he went back to pacing around the bus stop. It was a sunny day and he was beginning to sweat. A moment later he spoke again.
"It must have been a real pain when they brought out those two pound coins." he said.
"Um, yeah, I suppose." I said. He seemed disappointed by my response and he went back to pacing the bus stop. The bus was due any minute. Soon I would be free from the nervous pacing man and his strange words. Before the bus could arrive though he came to a halt, looked at his watch and took a deep breath. He walked up to me once more but with a lot more purpose in his stride.
"I guess I'll just take a Pepsi and be off then" he said.
"Oh, a Coke or something."
"I'm sorry" I said "but do you think I'm a vending machine?" His cheeks turned scarlet. I wouldn't have thought it was possible, but the most uncomfortable looking man in the world was looking even more uncomfortable. I didn't need to make the situation any worse. "It's ok" I lied "It happens all the time." Whether he believed me or not I do not know, but the bus arrived and he took that as his cue to leave.