Wednesday, December 28, 2005

yeah, you heard me

i think that there are certain things that we people of the night (who work evening and night hours) allow each other to get away with. or maybe it's our line of work dealing with reports. or maybe it's our -- shall i say finicky -- computer system. regardless, it seems four-letter words called out at various volume levels are no big thing around our office. it's always been that way in most places i've worked with these conditions. and people who have problems with it? well they just deal.

tonight i was dealing with a bit of a sticky wicket that wasn't a big deal by any means. the item in my project was a lot bigger than i had anticipated. by a lot. and i was having a hard time making it work.

'geez louise! this this is FRICKIN' HUGE!!'

'hey, watch it.'

'what? uh, i said frickin'

'i know you did. but that's just a SUBSTITUTE.'

'wha?'

for some reason, her manner and tone left me feeling like a middleschooler standing outside the principal's office with a pink slip in my hand, knuckles smarting from a ruler-rapping. and for the rest of the night i was sort of pouting about it behind my monitor. sure, i probably shouldn't have yelled out like that, but i was frustrated and had just drank a little bit of caffeine, and you know how i get with that stuff in my system.

as the night wore on, i was increasingly miffed. in the two hours since that incident, the guy behind this woman said 'co*ksucker', the person to my right said 'bast*rd', two more people said 'as*hole', and someone walking by said 'f*ck'.

WTF? all of this happened within TWO feet of this broad. but did she say a word? NO.

maybe it's because she's a little older and i'm a little younger than most of our colleagues. maybe it's because we've been pretty cool so she thinks she can *reprimand* me. this irritated me to no end. i wish there was something i could say, but that window was a small one and it's probably not worth it anyway.

but still. i'm FRICKIN' PISSED.

15 comments:

heyyougetoffofmyblog said...

Hey, bastard is in the dictionary. I don't believe "frickin" is.

Guyana-Gyal said...

I was going to ask you if she's older.

Yep.

She is.

Older. The kind that thinks guys can do no wrong.

I'd be simmering too.

Popeye said...

Golly gee, sorry to see you in such a gosh darn dander. She sounds like quite the witch.

omar said...

Whoa, how about a warning next time you're going to bring out this kind of language?!

DCveR said...

I suppose it would've been alright with her if you'd said f*cking...

Jon said...

Hmmm… I think there’s a lesson to be learned here, and as much as I hate to say it, I think you missed it. This was a lesson in honesty, not about watching your language. I think she’s saying don’t use substitutes, just say what you really mean.

I think it’s interesting though because when I was growing up, I went to a private school and they absolutely loved substitutes. We were all a bunch of sailors really, but because we didn’t use known swear words, it was considered acceptable. I’ve always thought that strange. I was notorious for dropping the F-bomb (fruitcake, a term I still find just as vile and sundry as any four letter word out there). It was tolerated and even encouraged. But most of our teachers didn’t even have credentials, so I don’t know what my point is…

Noelia said...

YESsss!!! You have to say what you mean! what is the point of saying "it's special", when you really "I don't like what you are doing - to me it looks like shit" (talking about art, for example)... My hubby's grandma, instead of saying, "damn it!" would say "bless it!" while thinking very hard on the former expression...

Sometimes it's just best to say what you're trully thinking, there is no way to hide! ;)

Modern Viking said...

Just wait, she'll slip someday too. Maybe it'll be a "phooey!" Maybe a "darn!" But when she lets that substitute fly, you'll be all over it!

Andy said...

In the spirit of not using substitutes, you could pick on every phrase she uses.

Like when she compliments a new girl with a "Gee, you look nice", you then tell her to stop substituting that phrase with her honest thoughts which are "gee, I wish I looked that nice, but instead I'm now a crotchety old bitch, and will never get that figure back. Ever."

Hey, it's only fair.

cadiz12 said...

she's actually a very nice woman. sweet and thoughtful. i just have no idea what the heck got into her. i've been monitoring the language tonight, and it's just as bad, if not worse...

X said...

You could always do like them Caribbeans (I'm sure Guyana-Gyal can back me up on this) and just totally make up cusswords. They're always coming out with things like "what the bloodseed" or "I don't 'ave no money, to backgarden".

---X

A said...

I'm irritated just thinking about it.

I don't know...maybe you should have said 'yeah sorry, I meant FU*KING huge'

A said...

I'm irritated just thinking about it.

I don't know...maybe you should have said 'yeah sorry, I meant FU*KING huge'

jazz said...

i'm with jon. you should have yelled FUCKING real loud. next time, you should. it's an experiment!

Nia said...

I'm with 'a'...nextime...give her what she wants!lol