Monday, July 17, 2006
15 16 Things I Hate Strongly Dislike
1.) Greedy, condescending landlords who not only won't fix things that break on their properties, but also imply when you ask them to fix something that is broken that by even ASKING them to fix something you are seriously wasting their invaluable time.
I am paying your salary, bitch. I'm your CUSTOMER. You are supposed to provide me with SERVICE. That's your job: CUSTOMER SERVICE. I am not your serf.
End of story.
2.) Politicians who lie. So, wait-- I guess that's all of them? *sigh* I'll amend that: Politicians.
3.) People who park their Cadillac Escalades / Porche Cayennes / Hummers crookedly, across two parking spaces, at the Whole Foods Market. (You know who you are, and you're not fooling anybody).
4.) Childless, self-righteous, anti-child hedonists who deride me (and other parents) openly, in public, for having the temerity to continue the human race by having children. As though the very existence of my child inconveniences them beyond all bounds of reason. As though having children were a noisome fashion trend that had finally, thankfully gone out of style.
Yes, the world is overpopulated. Yes, having a child is a selfish decision in some ways. But children have to be born to someone, and raised by someone, if humanity is to persist at all. You yourselves were children once. You yourself had parents and/or guardians who gave you life and took care of you. Someone gave up hours of their own precious life just to wipe your ass.
And if everyone stops having kids just to please you, there will BE no one to wipe your ass in the nursing home when you're 95.
My "breeder" status does not make me a second-class citizen, any more than your childless status makes your life somehow less fulfilling and useful than mine.
If you really think the world will be a better place without humans, go do your part for the cause, and jump off a bridge, already. Otherwise, please muster enough common courtesy to avoid criticizing my lifestyle choices to my face.
5.) Wars over religion. (Here's a hint to the Children of Abraham: I am fairly certain your God was not joking when he said "Thou shalt not kill." Okay, so that's what the Jewish and Christian texts say, and technically the Quran version says something more along the lines of "And do not take any human being's life - that God willed to be sacred - other than in the pursuit of justice.” But still. Close enough. Come on now).
6.) The fact that children all over the world are left to starve while surplus food rots in warehouses.
7.) Belligerent willful ignorance. You know, that kind of ignorance that takes it up a notch. It's not just being ignorant (lacking in knowledge), or even willfully ignorant (rejecting knowledge; choosing not to learn a fact or facts even though evidence of said fact or facts is abundantly present)-- it's being so dedicated to, so besotted and enamored of your own ignorance, that you want to FORCE everyone around you to be as ignorant as you are.
8.) A public school system that does not teach critical thinking (see #7).
9.) Comma splices, superfluous commas, contractions confused with possessives, and improper use of apostrophes.
10.) When I make stupid typographical errors in comments I leave on other people's sites that make it seem as though I don't know how to use commas, semicolons, possessives, contractions or apostrophes (see my comment on Mom-101's latest post, posted today).
11.) Depression. (My own).
12.) Ennui. (My own).
13.) Writer's block. (My own).
14.) Pointless, circular, non-productive self-pity about lack of time and energy to write. (My own).
15.) Suffering from numbers 11-14 all at the SAME TIME.
16.) Feeling like I can't post ANYTHING because I can't come up with a good post to finish a meme. Having post ideas flit through my head one after another and vanish unposted day after day as I think, "No, I can't write about that yet-- I have to finish this meme! And this one! Oh, and that one too!" Being such a freakin' perfectionist that I can't finish a meme that would take someone else ten minutes to finish because, no, NO, I have to take it to the next level-- I have to be cool-- I have to do something completely innovative with this little blog meme that no one in the blogoverse has ever thought of before--
And then just putting up something crappy or half-finished after a week of rejecting/editing/procrastinating.
All instead of just having fun with it, like the nice person who tagged me intended.
Okay, I know, that last one was like actually 5 things. Heh.
Now I tag Queue, because she's a meme mistress but I'm pretty sure she hasn't done this one (do correct me if you have), and Moonstruck Mama, cuz she's a newbie. Bwa ha ha!