Angry Johnny  

Fallic40 53M
3214 posts
9/20/2005 8:15 pm
Angry Johnny

So we've done happy and we've done sad. Now it's time to do "angry". Now with plenty of Irish and Scottish blood in me, you want to believe that I can get wound up.

Now remember, once again these are personal anger triggers. I am shying away from most large scale observations.


1. Christmas shopping at the malls. This is on a par with running with the bulls at Pamplona. It manages to combine a long list of anger triggers: long lines, surly help, overcrowded spaces and spending money (scottish blood kicking in).

2. Soccer referees. With their matchstick legs, dour personalities, red and yellow cards and those fucking whistles, they can turn me mental in a moment. Hell, I am foaming at the mouth just thinking about them.

3. The Fucking Fulfords. I do not know if reality tv can actually sink any lower than this BBC America offering about an aristocratic family that is stone broke. The mouths on every member of this family would embarass the Osbournes and the show serves to show the accumulated effect of 1000 years of inbreeding.

4. Drunk drivers and drunk hunters. Just the thought of being incapacitated and handling either a car or a gun curdles my blood. Drunk driving is attempted murder - end of story. Drunk hunters: perhaps there can be hunting tags issued for them.

5. Unsolicited phone calls - fortunately Oregon has some of the strongest laws in the country on this so it is almost a thing of the past. Personally, I think the dude who invented caller i.d should be given a Nobel Prize, a sainthood, a parade, a big-arse statue, and free sex for the rest of their life. It was the greatest invention of the 20th century - penicillin, space travel, the slinky, hah .. mere bagatelle when compared to that glorious device.

6. Soccer parents. We all know them and loathe them. They yell at Jimmy and Chloe all game telling them everything they are doing wrong. They yell abuse at the officials and the coaches. They even take a few shots at the opposition and the opposition parents. If you cannot support the team then stay the fuck home and let me coach and encourage your kids for you. And yes, I have told parents to shut it, and I have told (not asked) parents to leave a game.

7. Now I promised not to go global but what the fuck.... did G W really go to Yale? There isn't a Yale County Community College in Texas is there? I have several friends who are Yale grads and they are literate and erudite individuals. GW cannot put a simple sentence together without a teleprompter. If he went to an ivy league school, he somehow failed to get an ivy league education.

8. Arsenal Football Club (the Gunners). They are the arch rivals of my beloved Spurs. My nephew is a Gooner and he makes my life hell when they play.

9. I worked really hard for my degrees. I (usually) showed up to class and went to two very reputable universities. I find myself dealing everyday with people who sent 6 rice crispie package tops to Sally Struthers for a degree. Perhaps there should be classifications of degrees. (I am not railing against people who work very hard to get their degrees online here. University of Phoenix has some pretty tough classes)

10. Bullies... yeah I've ran afoul of a few (including the ex) and not always come off the better for it. But it infuriates me when I see kids being bullied by bigger kids or by their parents. I was targeted by several bullies as a kid and it was a harrowing experience.


Now there are many things on a global scale that piss me off too, but these are personal triggers; those things that make me grind my teeth (or worse).

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
9/23/2005 5:09 pm

Hey, watch it buddy.
I went to community college and yes I am erudite and literate.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
9/23/2005 5:59 pm

jay, I have two years of Portland Community College under my belt and I am erudite and literate too - so does that mean that GW doesn't even stack up to having a community college education?

SultryNSassy 52F

9/23/2005 9:08 pm

Thank you for a post to make me smile and feel a bit of relief, I guess... I agree with so much here.. but the last part hit home - having a young one dealing with that exact issue, big kids bullying the littler ones... it is all I can do to give him the skills to deal with it while in the back of my mind I want to throttle the bully's parents... part of life, growing up, and heaven forbid being a parent..

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/11/2006 12:46 pm

sultry, bullies can make life a misery. The real issue is how do you reply without teaching a negative lesson to the children.

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