Real Talk with Mocha Pika: The Purge: Anarchy

So I’m on the arc trainer at the gym today and lo and behold I see a trailer for the sequel to the Purge. Non-spoiler alert: The Purge is set in a dystopian future America where for 1 night a year, all crime is legal.

So “naturally”, law-abiding citizens devolve into a bunch of thugs, rapists, and murderers. Really? Just like that?

The Thin Blue Line most be thinnest motherfucking line around if all it takes is pen stroke for people to become wild beasts in the streets.

Why are people out there wilding out in the worst possible ways during the so-called “purge”?  Real talk, I would be out at the malls crossing off some much wanted items off my wish list and getting my Christmas shopping completed.  See, I think of others.

I guess images of happy Americans rejoicing in the glory of $free.99 doth not a movie make.  America’s future must be gritty, ultra-violent, and unpleasant.  Well, damn.  Who pissed in the screenwriter’s bowl of Cheerios?

Are there people right now sitting at home thinking “I would murk Bob, but you know, laws and stuff”? Deep down, I know there are people like that and it’s disturbing.  So now you have to wonder: how many people are being good because they want to be? How many people are being good only because it is expected by the social contract?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cubicle Farm is a Battlefield: The Introvert and the TBMs

Why oh why, do Americans have to spend so much time in the workplace?  We’re one of the hardest working countries in the Developed World and we receive and use the least amount of vacation days.

In my last post about office life, I lamented about the loss of physical and personal boundaries and the energy vampires, Overly familiar Fred and Habitual line-stepper Harriet, that roam the cubicle farm looking for fresh introverts to feed off.  Once you spot the energy vampires, you can pretty much come up with a plan to avoid them or severely limit contact.

However, there is much more sinister creature out there in the cubicle farmlands of America: That Bitch Molly.   TBMs just come to work to make life miserable for people.  Nothing you will do or say will ever be right in a TBM’s eyes because their hostility amps are always on 11.  They approach every single situation as if you are their mortal enemy and you must be destroyed.  I’ve found the majority of the time, TBMs zero in and mistreat people to demonstrate their power and/or feel better about their own insecurities.

Example:
TBM: Peter, what time is it?
Peter: It’s noon.
TBM: <looks down and double checks his/her watch> Actually, it’s 12:01 and 48 seconds.  <walks off in a huff and proceeds to tell the whole office how Peter purposely gave him/her the wrong time>
Peter:

TBMs would annoying to any damn body, but they are soul-crushing to introverts. TBMs carry so much negative energy and they try damnedest to transfer that negativity on to you.  As introverts, we are very empathetic such that we can’t help but to take TBMs’ foolywang personally and start internalizing their malicious vibes.

It defies logic for someone to behave in such a manner.  Why would you come to work, or any place else for that matter, and be such a bitch for no damn reason? INFPs, INTPs, and INFJs are more sensitive to this behavior.  All of my friends that fall under these personality groups have really been catching hell this month from TBMs in their offices.

At my last job, I actually let TBMs get to me the point where I was complaining every day to my friends and having panic attacks.  Now I’m like:

But seriously, if TBMs are your colleagues, tell them to calm their tits.  If the TBMs are in management, now you have problems.  You can only adjust your personality, bite your tongue, and chafe under managerial TBMs for so long.  If you find yourself thinking how wonderful it would be if your TBM fell and broke a leg; it’s time to move on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fine Art of Looking Down, but Talking Up

Le sigh…there will come a point in your life when you’ll be having a conversation with someone and he/she will do or say something so amazingly annoying that you will want to dead-stop speaking to him/her and walk away.

Unfortunately, that’s not how life works.   Sometimes, you must endure the conversation.  Maybe it’s a relative that is talking to you and you have to keep the family peace.  It may be a coworker being the thorn in your side and you are not independently wealthy and you need your job.

Enter Stage Left: Looking down, but talking up.

Your head is angled downward by at least 45 degrees.  You may cock your head to the side. Your eyes aren’t quite closed all the way.  Your voice might drop almost a full octave, but there is definite force behind your words and they will reach your intended audience.  That’s the best way that I can describe it; but much like pornography, you know it when you see it.

Now one doesn’t intend to start looking down, but talking up; but it happens.  It’s almost like a reflex to protect yourself.

An absolute travesty…house hunting

First, Happy Saturday Dear Readers.

Now on to the rant.   After much consideration, I have decided to buy a home.  So today was the first real time that I could look at homes in person with the realtor.   I picked out 4 places based on pictures from the website.   Let’s just say that picture lighting and angles are everything, because some of these places were the epitome of fuckery.   I could see even the realtor was silently screaming “what the hell?”

What is wrong with people?  If you are trying to sell your home:

  1. Clean the damn house and the yards.  Some fool left behind TV’s and trash cans.  Who does that?  Might I add that scented plug-ins are always a nice touch.
  2. For the love of God, paint!  You may love baby-shit green and 1972 El Dorado orange, but the rest of the public might not.   It was difficult for me to visualize what I could do with a room when the color kept distracting me.
  3. Be honest.  Some buyers like myself understand that some minor work may need to be done and we accept that.  I walked in one place today and knew immediately that the porch needed work.  No biggie.  However, I found several soft spots in the kitchen floor.   Red alert!  A new floor is not minor work.
  4. Be realistic.  Now this relates back to number 3.  No amount of good location can make-up for shoddy up-keeping.   Stop trying to sell a house for the market rate when you know that the amount of repairs needed are severely hurting the value of the property.  One place could have knocked $50k off the price and it still would not have been worth it.

Now despite some duds, I did see a place that I liked.  It is perfect?  Absolutely not, but it met enough of my criteria that I’m seriously thinking about making a bid.

Also, if there any homeowners that are landlords reading this rant:  Please, please check on your property regularly.  I saw a home that was trashed because the landlord felt that after a few check-ins, the tenant was trustworthy.   That tenant must have caused at least $25k worth of damage to the home.

 

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