A while back I was outraged by a swarthy man I called Saddam Hussein, with whom I occasionally had to share the swimming pool. I huffed and puffed about how he swam from corner to corner rather than the usual length of the rectangle. Even when I was already in the pool swimming laps, he would get in and side-stroke corner to corner.
I projected all the qualities of a predatory tyrant on this man I didn't know except as an annoyance the few times I met him in the pool.
Then we moved to an apartment on a different floor. Often I waited for the elevator with a short, congenial man with an East Indian accent, who exchanged pleasantries with me. After a few of these meetings, I realized that this gentle man was THE ANGLE SWIMMER fully dressed.
Ouch. Time to re-examine my quick and deadly judgments for the zillioneth time. Eat that chattering crow.
Later he came to the pool just as I was getting out. "The pool is much cleaner," he said. (It had been closed for cleaning the week before).
"Yes," I said, "and so are the windows."
He looked out at the garden and nodded.
"Have a good swim," I said and left him to his angled side stroke.