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and so it goes

October 1, 2010

(anyone know what this is? I think it’s a weed — we have lots of it sprouting up — but it’s kind of pretty.)

So far today (oh, where to start):

  • Was reminded what a**holes other drivers can be, as morning fellow commuter refused — actively — to let me merge… only to change lanes two seconds later. Seriously. WTF?
  • Coworker commented, for at least the sixth time (with increasing triumph in her voice — I don’t get it), about how much I’m going to hate my new commute. Again, WTF? Do you think I didn’t take the commute into account? Do you think I do not realize what traffic in the Bay Area is? I told her, again, again for at least the sixth time, that I realized it was not going to be my favorite part of the day. That I had taken that into account. That I have audiobooks and have done this sort of commute before. That I knew about it, going in. Still, she cheerfully warned me about the “hellish fog in winter!” and sashayed away. I don’t get it. Um, thanks?
  • Was then teased by another coworker for my blanket-like wrap. Okay, it’s a fringed blanket shawl wrap thingie. I get it. But “Clint Eastwood cowboy movie”? People — it is no longer 100 degrees outside. Now it is in the high 50s, and the office is freezing. Fine, poke fun, call me “Serape Woman.” It’s just going to be that kind of a day, I’m guessing.
  • And so it goes. Was called by vendor, mildly (but firmly) chewing me out for not following the proper chain of command when placing my last order. Um, sorry? Last I checked, you were on vacation. I needed the stuff. I called your coworker. I figured it would all work out. My mistake. (although it all worked out, right?)
  • Received email telling me I am a bad American if I don’t forward the attached semi-factual “personal” story of mysterious origin, designed to rile you up and make you indignant and hateful. You know the type. These make me angry and sad, but not for the reasons the email is aiming at. I could say a lot more about this phenomenon, but let’s just leave it at that. I don’t forward these. I’m still a good American.

I may have to pull out some Vonnegut, who writes so amazingly about the human condition, and war, and pain, with such depth and tenderness. I don’t understand other people’s motivation sometimes. Why try to dampen my joy about our new home? Why be a jerk on the road, when it gets you nowhere?

Now, the serape comment I can understand. Obviously this person was cold, and jealous of my terrific blanket-wrap. I bet they wish they had one.

I can’t wait to get back home to the little happy oasis. Yes, even if I have to fight traffic and terrorists and angry vendors to get there.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. jmjbookblog permalink
    October 1, 2010 11:45 am

    Whatever it is growing it’s very pretty. I seriously don’t think that it’s a weed..it might be some type of ground cover. I don’t even know you and I’m angry at your co-workers! lol I truly believe that people that are miserable and see someone who is happy want to rob them of that joy. I feel sorry for those types of people because not only are they miserable but that make the lives of those they come in contact with just as miserable. Don’t let the turkeys get you down! Just tell that woman the next time you see her that you never realized how much peace and enjoyment you get from driving along listening to your audio books or CD’s on your long commute to work. That should confuse her brain waves for a short while! And to people who criticize or make remarks about your outfit…well that’s just rude and obnoxious and not even worth paying attention to…and you are most likely correct in assuming that she was just jealous because you were nice and toasty warm! Isn’t it wonderful that you have a beautiful home and loving family to come home to after spending the day with these little minds! I’ve been unemployed for so long that if I ever get a job again nothing anyone can say would ever be able to rob me of my happiness. You go girl! 🙂

    • October 1, 2010 11:49 am

      Thank you!! You just totally turned around my morning. I am definitely going to file away that comment for future use — that is the perfect comeback. I *am* lucky and very happy — the turkeys just got a little thick this morning.

      I think I’m going to pull out most of the plant but leave a patch and see what it does.

      Thanks for your nice comment. 🙂

    • October 1, 2010 11:51 am

      PS: do you have a blog? I can’t click on your ID to find out… I’d love to follow if you do!

  2. October 1, 2010 12:37 pm

    yeah, i dont think its a weed either. we used to have it (or at least something very similar) in florida and i do thinks its some kind of ground cover. if its what we had, it spreads pretty quickly so you may need to make peace with it.

    some people are just jerks arent they? jay actually loves his commute. he says it gives him a bit of ‘alone time’ to decompress.

  3. October 1, 2010 1:17 pm

    Hmm. OK, out it comes. And maybe a little douse of Roundup. Judiciously used, of course.

    Thank you, Jay! Yes, exactly. The thing is, it’s long, but as long as you don’t get all riled up about it, it’s not bad. Plus audiobooks are now my new favorite thing.

  4. October 1, 2010 6:05 pm

    I don’t live that far away from my job, but the traffic through the part of Houston that I have to drive through is KILLER. I have about 45 minutes coming and going. Which wouldn’t be bad…but I have The Offspring along for the ride. God love them, but they can be worse than bumper to bumper traffic.

    Tell all those folks to piss off.

  5. October 2, 2010 4:00 pm

    Definitely those co-workers are Jealous with a capital J. And why wouldn’t they be — you have an awesome new home and a way-cool shawl. Heck, I’m jealous (just kidding — no wait, I think I am but I’m not going to try and make you feel bad). Anyhow, my husband commutes 1 hour and 15 minutes one-way to work each day and he works the 3-11 shift — if that makes your commute a little more bearable. Hope so.

  6. October 4, 2010 11:27 am

    I don’t think that’s a weed. It looks like some kind of very pretty ground cover. Sorry for all the wienies who found it necessary to try and ruin your day.

  7. October 5, 2010 7:23 am

    Gr to jealous and/or joy-killing co-workers.

    J. and I both get those joyous email forwards from family members, which makes it difficult since you sort of have to grit your teeth and love them anyway while you’re really mad at their politics/religion/gullibility. I recently started looking up anything that gets sent to me in mass-email form from a particular uncle – snopes.com is very handy – and reply back with a casual, “Boy, that would be alarming if it were true! Fortunately, though, it’s just an urban legend and you can look up the facts [link attached]. The weather’s been really nice recently, I hope everyone is enjoying the autumn!” I like to think of it as an educational opportunity for those who believe everything they read in mass email format and also a nice way to keep in touch with a lot of my relatives. Oh, and I stopped getting the emails too.

  8. October 6, 2010 9:43 am

    It’s a weed. Arum italicum. Or at least, non-native and highly invasive in the Northwest. My yard is full of it, and I’ve seen it running rampant in vacant areas all over town. Nothing you plant can compete with it, and it’s almost impossible to pull it out. You have to dig a foot and a half deep to even begin to get to the end of the roots, and the stems break off readily if you exert even a tiny bit of pressure on them, leaving the millions un-traceable tiny bulbs–plus it can grow from even the tiniest rootlet you leave behind. So, really hard to get out of clay soil!

    I expect he best you can do is try to keep it from spreading. And the upside is its kind of pretty (though poisonous), so if you don’t care about having any other plants in your flowerbed…. The other upside is that your patches may not be so long-established as mine, so you may have a chance getting rid of it.

    There’s are forums about it on the Dave’s Garden site
    http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1759/

    • October 6, 2010 9:54 am

      Hmm. Well, crap. I guess we’ll have to find a way to make peace with it. At least it’s pretty.

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