I don't know what it is with people.
Maybe people would say the same thing about me.
I am constantly confounded by the assumptions that we (yes, I will include myself in here) about other people and other peoples' motives.
We seem to always assume the worst of people. We seem to assume that people do things because they are mean, lazy, stupid, or obstinate. When we do something, we do it because we forget, are tired, are tense, or some other reason. We give ourselves the luxury of an excuse while we assume the other person is just an idiot.
Why do we have so much trouble extending to others the same luxury we give to ourselves? Why do we assume of others the same things we would not like others to assume of us?
It is just so much easier to assume that someone else is a jerk. But assuming that someone else is a jerk does nothing to help the situation. All it does is create hard feelings.
Enough of the philosophy part of it.
Don't ever take a group of kids to Texas with someone who thinks you are a lazy jerk. No matter what you do, it will never be ok. The filter the person has set up will always spin your actions in the least flattering way possible. When taking kids on trips, have another chaperone that at least thinks you are pretty good. It makes it so much better.
The thing is about half-over. If there is a God (and I believe there is)the rest of this thing will go better. If not, there better be a couple of stiff drinks waiting when I get home.