Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ten Things Tuesday

Ten Eleven Twelve Things That Are Currently Pissing Me Off.

1. The media reports about Ben Roethlessberger’s accuser. OK, look – I don’t know who is telling the truth. This girl may have been assaulted or she may big a big lying liar who lies. But the media repeatedly talking about her blood alcohol level just smacks of blaming the victim and it is unacceptable. UNACCEPTABLE! I had been drinking way back in 1985 when it almost happened to me. And you know what? Having a blood alcohol level below the legal limit would not have changed his intentions. It would not have made me capable of fighting off a larger, stronger person. It would not have given me eyes in the back of my head to see him silently stalking me, grabbing me, and trying to force himself on me. So, FUCK YOU, MEDIA!

2. Santonio Holmes and his stupid behavior and his even more stupid twittering.

3. The health care debate. I support health care reform, but I know there are many who don’t. And that is their right. But if you are going to oppose it, oppose it for intelligent reasons. In the past couple of days, I have heard so much nonsense. One person in particular is vocally opposed to HCR not because it affects him in any way shape or form – he won’t lose coverage or pay more money. No – he opposes it basically because it will be helping people NOT LIKE HIM. He doesn’t like the idea of health care being provided for poor people. Or sick people. Or immigrants. Nice, asshole.

4. And while we’re on the topic of health care reform – can’t we all play nice? How on earth people can call themselves “pro-life” and then call for the killing of children of those who voted for the bill, or throwing out racial slurs, or any other number of horrible, vile things? I read this recently and my head exploded.

5. A soda tax. That’s what the city is considering. A two cents per ounce tax on beverages sweetened with sugar. That would add 40 cents to a typical 20 ounce bottle and almost DOUBLE the cost of a 2-liter. This is the stupidest idea since the bajillion dollar trash cans.

6. My six year old daughter asked me if she was fat the other day. I can be self-deprecating, but I don’t do it in front of her. I don’t talk about being fat, I don’t call people fat, I don’t ask if I am fat. I blame our fucked up society.

7. People who don’t stop at stop signs. What? The? Fuck? Every single day, I see someone cruise right through, or slow down, but not stop. Seriously – how much of an effect are those four seconds really going to have on your day? And what makes you feel you are entitled to just ignore the laws that are there to protect me and my children? I swear, if any of these assholes cause me or my family any harm (or even near-harm), I will be dragging them from their car and beating the living shot out of them. I hope I can count on one of you to bail me out.

8. And while we’re on the subject of entitled assholes, what on earth makes people feel they have the right to litter? I can’t even grasp the train of thought that tells someone it is OK to just throw their trash wherever they want. When I see someone do it, I will pick up their litter and stop them, pretending to be helpful: “Excuse me – you dropped something.” I generally keep the “asshole” part in my head, so I don’t get MY ass kicked.

9. Re: Number 8 – this goes for cigarette butts, too! Why do people who wouldn’t consider throwing their (potentially highly taxed) Coke bottle out the car window not hesitate to throw their cigarette butts out? Ignoring the huge risk of fires, if every single one of the approximately 45 million smokers in the US threw out even one single butt (probably a low estimate) every day for a year, there would be a pile of them the size of over 11,000 (potentially highly taxed) 2 liter pop bottles. And since they don’t easily degrade, that pile would grow and grow. Stop it, people!

10. Facebook. I like facebook for a number of reasons. I want to punch it in the nads for even more reasons. I am sick to death of fan pages. I mean – there are a few that I find humorous, interesting and/or useful. But most fall into the categories of either a teenage fan girl (OMG, I LOVE whatever thing/person/band/etc sooooo much) or mean girl (so and so is a douche). I’m sick of looking at them.

11. And while we’re on the topic of facebook and mean girls, those fucking QUESTIONS! You now the ones – you get a notification that someone has answered a question about you and then you need to earn “coins” to see who. I hate those. For the record, friends: I have never, EVER skipped on a check, I am not tone deaf, I am aware that I need to lose weight, ditto on the shitty clothes I wear, I don’t think boxed wine is classy but that doesn’t mean I won’t drink it, I’d never pull a fire alarm as a prank, and I don’t want to hook up with YOU, either! If you are wondering about something, formspring me.

12. I was going to bitch about education (yet again) but I think that warrants its own post. I know, you’re all a-tremble with anticipation.

So - what's pissing YOU off?

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9 comments:

spoon said...

I've been told my cost for health care could go up 16% because of HCR from the early projections. So me, yeah NOT a fan. I have other reasons too, most of which are educated and a few uneducated i'm pissed off reasons that I may or may not discuss. I saw some of the whackjob that it can pull out on blogs and like my little site the way it is.

sugar tax - bullshit. glad I dont live in Lukeys grasp.

Facebook - every single one of you that posts "repost this if you love and let the world you're not ashamed" should be ashamed of doing anything that fucking stupid. Its the word form of spam out there.

Funky Mama Bird said...

Ahhh! The stop signs! That. Is. My. BIGGEST PET PEEVE. STOP at the sign! How HARD IS THAT people?

Gina said...

Doug - I can handle opposing views - what I can't handle is when those views are based in hate, which is what I keep seeing again and again.

Bethtastic said...

I'm pissed about people who have a problem with me somehow, and instead of talking to ME about it, they send emails to my administrators about it.

STUPID.

Except that it did give me the chance to show my admins what a genius I am.
So. Stuff it, stupid people going to my bosses.

Whew. Thanks Gina. I needed that.

bluzdude said...

I had a go at the HCR debate last Thursday on my site. I'm for it.
http://darwinfish2.blogspot.com/2010/03/to-your-health.html

Regarding Facebook? It's fun to reconnect with old friends but it invariably leads to disappointment when you find out that all they do is play freakin' Farmville all goddamned day.

I ignore all of the application thingys now.

Chicory Blue said...

1) The way people drive in general.

2) Doctors who use the word "tumor" to describe a lump they feel inside a person-and then want to "watch and wait"-no tests, no cat scans, no ultrasounds, NOTHING.

3) Begging for referrals to a new doctor (see #2 above) and no one having enough faith in their own doctor to recommend them. Is it because most are younger and have no health issues? or failure in medical system?

Chicory Blue said...

One more-
Facebook paragraphs saying "if you have been touched by/love your...care about.....etc....and only 1% of people will report this.

Saint Dolores said...

If you have a newfound love of Gina's blog and aren't afraid to tell the world-- copy and repost!!

Scribe said...

I hate, hate, hate tailgators. I don't know why they insist on kissing my rear (bumper that is), but I like me a little breathing room, not to mention the increased likelihood of them bumping me if I brake suddenly (sometimes I do this just to freak them out, but it may backfire on me soon).

I have other pet peeves but my brain hurts... doctor shortages, health care tax in Canada, increasing mortgage interest rates, gyms that don't care if there employees have proper CPR and First Aid training... pain medication bottles with childproof caps that I can't open... my brain hurts...