I’m in Jamaica for my college roommate’s wedding, and walking back from dinner tonight I came across a giant turtle on the beach, about 10 feet from the water, digging a big hole and attempting to lay eggs. She eyed me warily, but I kept my distance, and she kept digging. Ten or fifteen minutes later, a young couple came walking up — he had a cigarette in his hand and despite being at least 30 looked like he should be pledging a frat at a Southern California college and, excuse my judgmentalism, looked like a Class A Juicebox. They saw the turtle, and the Juicebox immediately got too close and freaked her out; she started retreating to the water before the eggs could be laid. He decided the best course of action was to block her path, to “make” her go back to her hole and lay eggs. When that clearly wasn’t happening and she was trying to get around him, he started posing for photos — putting a hand on her back, holding up his cigarette, etc (also yelling, “Did he lay eggs or not?!”). Not really my business, but being a loud-mouth I repeatedly yelled at him, “DUDE. STOP IT. JUST LET HER GO.” He of course ignored me, and his wife (though giggles of “ok enough leave the turtle alone!”) snapped pictures. I yelled at him to let her go a few more times, but homeboy did not give a shit. Eventually, after trying to pick her up and failing, he got bored and left.
Point being, I sort of hate humanity at this particular second, even though Jamaica is ridiculously beautiful — only because what started out as a really incredible moment quickly soured. So tell me, what good things have you seen today?