Saturday, September 20, 2008

Just some stuff

I'm becoming aware of the fact that occasionally little things can really piss me off, to the point that sometimes I feel like I mentally shut down so I can rerun events in my head in order to better understand them. Seriously, I just have to down tools and replay a conversation or an action in my head - like I'm trying to understand events from a different perspective. Did I misunderstand something? Was this person who just did something incredibly annoying or selfish acting in a way I can't comprehend, or are they genuinely incredibly annoying and selfish?

Unfortunately, while doing this I must look like a dribbling loon with glazed over eyes; I only reboot when I've worked everything out. That being the case, I genuinely feel like I've spent a good proportion of this last week looking for all intents and purposes like I'm broken while somewhere inside my head things are whirring around and around like a broken film clip. I don't know if that means I have some kind of disorder, but eventually I snap out of it and can get back to what I'm doing. 

Until the next little thing that annoys me sends my brain cells once again into a proverbial huddle. Damn the odd behaviour of other people!


I have a sign on my front door that says no 'junk mail please,' but I consistently come home to find piles of the stuff on my doormat. Some clever person (who will get a slap if they try it again) even circumvented this request the other day by not actually putting his junk mail through my letter box, but instead wedging it against the letterbox on the outside of the door. Bastard. When I've been at home and someone's shoved something through I've often thought about jumping up, opening the door, and having a go at them about ignoring the sign. Unfortunately, by the time I actually get up and unlock the door they've either scooted off, or I find that they don't speak-a-dee-English, which just leaves me looking like a mentalist shouting at some poor unsuspecting immigrant.

I get really angry with junk mail, particularly now that our postmen delivers it too. I don't want a walk-in bath, or new car insurance, nor do I want my boiler inspected, new carpets installed, or to be told that I can get great deals on reading glasses if I'm over 60. For crying out loud, aren't we being told that we should be going green? Why are people still allowed to distribute unsolicited post in this way? Admittedly all my junk mail does go straight in my recycling bin, but what about the people who aren't so conscientious? What then!? I'll tell you what then - landfills! We're unnecessarily bunging up our landfills with flyers for Chinese restaurants, and offers insurance for the over-50s! 

OK, so junk mail, being paper-based, is a recyclable commodity, but when you think about it, what about all the energy that's expended printing and distributing it! Why isn't the government addressing this!?



It's not all been bad this week, though: lunchtimes, in Secret Starbucks (where twice this week I got free coffee), watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on my iPhone.

This show is lewd, rude, and crude; one of the trailers for the fourth season in the States calls it 'an STD for your television.' At least once this week I laughed out loud in Secret Starbucks, which must made me look like a nutter. To be honest, I do think it's probably something of an acquired taste, but I've acquired it, and I want to see more. I think I'll be downloading season two very soon (bless you, iTunes!).


WillowC said...

Totally agree with you - and living in a block of flats means I get the wondrous joy of whole piles of the same crap leaflet, not just one. Some days it's an effort to get to the door. Kill them aaaaaaaall!

Anonymous said...

Opting out of receiving unaddressed junk from the postman will help. Posties officially have to ignore 'no junk mail' signs, but sending an e-mail with your name and address to or going to will stop you from receiving all the crap Royal Mail nowadays delivers. That would leave you only with those annoying restaurant menus...

Inexplicable DeVice said...

Ah, I'm totally with you on trying to comprehend other people's behaviour. Except, I don't dribble.

Well, not often.

CyberPete said...

In Denmark we can sign up at the local post office and get a certified sticker to put on your mailbox so you don't get all that shite. We do still get the free local weekly paper, takeout menues and the odd "this is essential info" stuff. Overall it does work though. I signed up the week I moved in. I do miss the Ikea catalogue though.

People are annoying, mean spirited and rude these days. I wish I had your special power. It could come in handy

Tim said...

Willowc - Annoying, isn't it? If I had the time I'd hunt down the businesses that do it and take all the stuff back to them!

Robert Rijkhoff - OH. MY. GOD. You sir, are a hero!

Inexplicable Device - I bet you do. I bet you're a massive drooler!

Cyberpete - I couldn't live without the IKEA catalogue! On the downside, though, I don't get it delivered… Fortunately Sparky Ma keeps hers for me! Phew!!

You can only have a special power if you have a wonky mouth. Do you have a wonky mouth? If not, work on that first.

CyberPete said...

I am not sure. I think I'll have to work on it.

Thankfully Ikea has everything they sell on their website and I couldn't really take that to bed with me but with my glorious iPhone...


T-Bird said...

I will smash your face into a jelly!

This is why I love this show so, so much.

I hope you sorted out those other people who made you have a mental summit on stupidity. I have to admit, I need down time like that too, and run things through my head over and over.

Music helps.

Tim said...

Cyberpete - Aren't iPhones just the best? The whole world at your fingertips while you're in bed. I was watching Youtube clips from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in bed last night!

T-Bird - Tiscali? Nooooooooo -they sent me a bill the other week for £18.99 - for a service I no longer receive. So as you might imagine, I sent them back an irate letter refusing to pay it.

And if they continue to pester me? I WILL SMASH THEIR FACES INTO JELLY!

CyberPete said...

It's amazing!

The other night I was laughing at youtube clips of Madges current tour.

I can't imagine anything more humorous before bed.

missy&chrissy. said...

i've been told by a few people that i should watch IASIP, and since it made you laugh like a nutter in secret starbucks, i think now i'll have to go give it a try!

Tim said...

Cyberpete - Did you see the one where she stacked it massively and fell on her arse?

Missy&Chrissy - Do it! DO IT! It really is a great show, I think you'd really enjoy it!