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I'm Tired of Wilfully Stupid People

September 16, 2010

I’m in the middle of perimenopause, so the truth is I’m tired of just about everyone -- but I’m growing more weary everyday of people who seem to go out of their way to miss a clue.

First and foremost, I have warned all my friends and family, the people who work with me, and folks in general that I’m a) an un-medicated manic depressive, b) perimenopausal, and c) in the middle of a monumental personal shit storm which would fall stronger people without head problems. So why must people constantly keep putting more straw on my friggin’ back? I realize most people these days have absolutely no sense of urgency, but by G-d I do -- especially when it comes to trying to make a living and keep my head above the drowning-in-debt-level in this economy where I’m trying to sell a luxury item to people who are broke. If they really don’t want me to scream or snap at them, then they should quit farting around and do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

I am tired of working with people who are 20 to 30 years younger than me who can’t keep up. What the hell? It’s not friggin’ rocket science. When I was 20 -- even 30 -- there is no way in hell I would have let some 50-year-old-woman with chronic fatigue syndrome work circles around me.

It isn’t all that hard to see when I’m getting ready to blow. I get very quiet -- really unusual for me -- and my face gets red because I’m trying not to overreact. If I realize I’m not over reacting and that someone really is farting around on my time, then I snap. I don’t like to lose control. I hate it when people push my last friggin’ button, so at that point I WILL overreact.

I’m sick to death of people getting right in my way when I’m trying to work. You aren’t helping if you’re standing between me and what I’m trying to do. I shouldn’t have to ask you kindly to move so I can get to what I need to get to. You ought to be able to see that you’re in my way and move someplace else. It’s simple physics, people! Two things can’t be in the same place at the same time. If I had back all the time I have lost waiting for people to move out of my way I’d only be 20 years old.

People weren’t always this stupid. I can remember working with people on job sites and everyone could work together to get something done without running into one another and without standing right in the way. As my father used to say, “Shit or get off the pot.” We didn’t used to stand around at all working for minimum wage. We worked. We took breaks when and if the boss told us we could. We didn’t announce we were too hot or too cold or the job was too yucky and quit.

I think a lot of the problem is people quit expecting their kids to do anything but cause trouble, and they didn’t teach them how to actually work.

Perhaps the stupid people I am currently the most annoyed with are the ones who can’t bother to understand something unless it’s exactly what they want to hear. You will stand there and explain something 30 times and they will just have this dual sort of glassy look in their eyes and say “What?” at which point I want to strangle them.

It clearly states on the website that I’m not reading for anything until the anthology in January of 2011. Today I get a letter -- and an electronic submission which it also clearly says I do NOT take. The letter says “the verbiage is confusing and that I could miss out on submission because of it...”

Really!? The verbiage is confusing? It says, “WE AREN’T READING FOR ANYTHING TILL JANUARY 2011 ANY THING SENT PRIOR TO THAT DATE WILL BE SENT BACK -- IF THERE IS AN SASE -- OTHERWISE IT WILL BE TRASHED.” That’s confusing?! (And by the way, I think anyone who uses the word verbiage should be beaten with a dead cow’s ass till they are dead.)

The simple truth is that if you can’t understand simple English and follow simple instructions, then I don’t want to work with you. I have enough shit on my plate, thank you. I don’t need to add someone who’s going to want me to change copy to something a two- year-old can understand.

Here’s an idea: How about people actually think before they do or say some stupid-assed thing? And if you simply can’t help being stupid, I suggest you stay away from people who are dancing on the razor’s edge and in no mood to shrug it off and go happily on their way. In short, save the stupid for people better able to handle it.

Selina

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