The road into oblivion has handrails and a support group

There was a golden age where everything was fucking amazing.  Cops were shooting first and asking questions later, politicians were honest and upstanding, whiskey was part of your working lunch and DAMN STRAIGHT said the CEO because he wants people to enjoy working for his company.  This was the age where the men were really manly, and they could all fix their own cars and now everyone is a pussy and kids don’t even walk to school because it’s too dangerous.  In fact, if you are an American child, school is one of the most dangerous places you can be.  The good old days, where a dime bag cost a dime, where women were OBLIGED to suck you off, where the wife stayed home and raised the kids, where TV was wholesome and educational, where you didn’t have instant gratification on every corner, where people met in REAL LIFE and had to CALL each other on the PHONE!  A time where everything was perfect, and nothing can change that.

Yeah, right.  But there is one thing about the so-called golden age that really was golden.  Working.  The jobs you got could buy you a house in like five years.  The cost of living versus wages?  An outstanding ratio.  And if you worked in SHIPPING?!  Holy fuck that was a true golden age.  It was the wild fucking west, with weeks in port, hookers everywhere, wages that could make you a millionaire, drinking and smoking and drug smuggling and fast-track promotions.  A rollercoaster ride to the top where hard work ACTUALLY PAID OFF.  What the fuck happened?

It’s a similar situation in almost any workplace.  Some crusty old fuck who’s been there so long he’s been inventorised in the company system will start spouting off about the golden age.  And of course he looks back on those days with the longing sparkle in his eyes.  The sparkle of one who has tasted paradise, and paradise sucked him off afterwards.  Because companies don’t want you to enjoy working there any more.  They want productive machines, and they want you to stick around.  The first place you will notice this is your wages.  How do they compare with the cost of living?  If you find yourself unable to risk leaving your job to find another or follow your passion because you simply cannot accumulate enough in savings to have a safety net, you are hereby informed that you are a modern day slave.  That’s where we are heading.  In time, and for all time, companies will push for better positions in which to fuck their employees.  They want you bent over, spreadeagled with every hole plugged and every escape barred and the company logo branded on each of your asscheeks and tattooed on your fucking forehead, and you obligingly say stuff like “They’re great to work for, and I even get a week’s paid holiday!”.

What the fuck has this got to do with anything?  Why are you bitching about this shit?  We all know it, and we stand up for ourselves and ain’t no company gonna exploit me no sah missah bawus man!  Because it fucking sucks a sweaty sack of balls, that’s why.  I don’t want to spend the best years of my life working and toiling for scraps while CEOs rake in billions on my efforts, and reward our hard work with pizza parties and company mental health support schemes.  REWARD ME WITH THE FUCKING MONEY I EARNED FOR YOU!!!!  How about a wage rise higher than a SINGLE PERCENT in TEN FUCKING YEARS!?!?!  How about wage rises that match the inflation rate?  Instead of mental health initiatives, resilience training and company owned social media platforms that prevent you from escaping your job even on your time off, how’s about the company hired more staff so I’m not doing the equivalent of three people’s work?  If you work for tesla, you are contractually prevented from unionising.  If you work for amazon, you are shortening your life expectancy working in those conditions, your wages are laughably low (but of course, that’s completely legal), and yet that Bezos cunt continues to pimp you all to the point that his wealth might actually be greater than the value of every single piece of physical money in the world.  I’m not going to fact check that statement, but you feel free.  It’s likely accurate.

We will sit by and watch, as the retirement age hits 75, then 80, then death.  And know that companies will continue to fuck us, into our graves if we let them.  And you will not enjoy yourself on the way into oblivion, they will make sure of it.  The company will provide you with all the tools you need to do your job safely, including mandatory HR meetings that constantly remind you how quickly you’ll be fired if you step out of line, conferences where the carrot of possible promotion is dangled in front of you at just the right angle so you can’t tell it’s 100 miles away and it’s actually an orange dildo they’re planning on shoving up your cat-flap, mental health initiatives to prevent you from being excused from work on psychiatric grounds, safety guards on machinery that already has safety guards on it and plenty other worthless bullshit that costs them less than just paying you a fair wage and letting you have a 40 hour working week.  There will be no drinking on the job, despite the fact the job is so stressful you’re becoming an alcoholic on your time off, and DEFINITELY no drugs, so you can’t even smoke weed on your days off it stays in your system too long, and fuck whoever invented drug screening kits.  You’ll be expected to be on time, all the time, involved even on your holidays, always available to contribute, and you better show enthusiasm!  You have to be passionate about data entry or whatever bullshit they’ve got you doing that is still too complicated to be left to a robot or a Chinese child.  You know what?  Fuck them all.  Strike.  Just pack up your tools and never go back.  If every single one of us simply stopped going in to work all at once, what would happen?  The world would improve overnight as employers are finally reminded that they need us far more than we need them.  Rant over.  Sorry about the lack of any actual jokes.  Ballsack.

 

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Five Year Anniversary Of A Forgotten Blog

Waaaaaay!

 

Look who’s writing shit again!  This fucking absolute cretin who dies fuck all but complain and rant and bitch and I bet you’re all SUPER fucking excited to know what’s to come in the future…

 

You can lower those expectations right the fuck back down.  Here’s the thing – you cannot know.  No one knows what’s coming – especially not me.  I might decide to use this website as a wee writing thingumy, and I might not.  The thing is, I have no idea who’s reading this shit, and I do genuinely want to be a better writer.  No, wait, let me try that again.  I do genuinely want to be a writer.  I want an awful lot of things.  I want to be stupidly rich, I want to be famous for thousands of years after my death, I want to have shrines built in my honour, I want a ferrari california (I don’t care if you have a better car in mind, keep your worthless opinion of what the best car is to yourself, it’s a vehicle; it’s not a fucking personality trait, it’s not going to change who I am as a person until I wrap it around a tree at 120mph), I want an abode with turrets and battlements and I want Jeeves as my butler and best friend as well (it’s an extremely confusing relationship because the power dynamic makes very little sense).  What the fuck was I talking about?

 

See what I did there, I went to the kitchen and made myself a ham sandwich and ate it, while watching a few minutes of love island.  Then I got bored, because love island is boring, and came back to this, and I lost my stream of consiciousness.  Well, to the point I suppose.

 

Point is, anyone reading this – criticism is welcome, and will be dealt with.  Praise is also welcome, but will also be dealt with.  If that sounds ominous – good.  Live in fear.  We’re on a crash course towards the end of humanity within the next 50 to 100 years, and there’s no time for lubricant.  Death metal forever!!!  Happy fucking anniversary to things that get on my tits!!!  Fuck youuuuu!!!

 

xox

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Fucking Tumblr

I thought I was fucked up, then I created a tumblr account.

 

I’ve since purged it, like a serial killer disposing of his first half-eaten victim in a drum of acid, simultaneously fascinated and disgusted by what has become of his world.  Tumblr is supposed to be a blogging website, and I have to admit that I hate and love it in equal measure, despite the fact it’s actually a meeting place for society’s most deranged shut-ins to prop each other’s deformed beliefs up and defend the some of the most fucked up viewpoints on the planet (next time: Reddit gets it).

 

This behaviour is not exclusive to Tumblr.  This fucking behaviour is everywhere.  Nutcases are drawn together naturally, and the internet has given them a platform on which to congregate even if they’re thousands of miles apart.  This has given rise to things like 3rd wave feminism, idiots who think there are 30 genders, people who push their children to be transgender, idiots who think they can’t be racist solely because they aren’t white, furry neo-nazis (seriously, what the fuck?), women deliberately becoming obese and promoting this as healthy, encouragement for people to continue self-harming (again, seriously?!) and my personal favourite – 3rd wave fucking feminism supporting radical Islam.  Unacceptable.

 

I genuinely think that websites like Tumblr (reddit, whatever) are both the best thing on the internet, and the reason that we’re all doomed.  On the good side, you can put whatever the fuck you like on Tumblr.  There are no standards whatsoever.  You can probably get in trouble for some seriously illegal shit, but since there’s an online community of people who encourage each other to commit beastiality, I find it kind of doubtful.  (Next time: r/looseserialkillers).  Honestly, I can’t claim to know much about thins kind of crap.  I couldn’t spend a proper amount of time on any of these websites because my attention span for cretinitude has hit an all time low (anyone who is still actually following this blog might have noticed the huge gaps between posts and for that I offer no apology, only utter indifference to you and everything you stand for).  I was a big fan of the cringe channel, but it has since become a shadow of its former self and I had to move to tumblr for cringey content.  But Tumblr cringe has done me in, I think.  At some point I thought “what the fucking hell am I doing with my life?” followed by “well at least I’m not a furry neo-nazi.”.  What was the point here?  Oh yeah, censorship is bad.  Open forum websites good.  Genuine apology for writing this while hungover.

 

On the bad side, a place where anyone can say whatever they want is at the mercy of the mentality of the general public.  The general public have a nasty habit of holding each other down and sharting their beliefs down each others throats.  What’s even worse, is when these people are able to organise into groups on websites where they can tell each other how right they are all fucking day and simply block anything they don’t agree with.  Think of Facebook as the diet version, while Tumblr and reddit are the Heart-Attack Grill.  There’s a wonderful community (got this from the cringe channel) called incels, which are furious virgin who consider their virginity to be a fault of the female species (likely, they see females as an entirely different species considering the level of delusion it takes to think nothing is your fault) and they are unbelievably disgusting human beings.  A message to the incel community: the reason no woman is nice to you is because you are fucking abhorrent.  In fact, here’s a bunch of messages to some cretinous online communities.

Self harm cheerleaders:  Fucking stop it.  It’s not strong enough to say you lot should’ve been aborted.  These people need help and you are the opposite.

Parents who think their children are capable of deciding on changing their gender:  Your children are retarded, just like everyone else’s.  When you were young, you had a quarter of a functioning brain at best.  Your children are not different.  Teenage mutant ninja turtles was fucking stupid and so are you.  Your children will not thank you for raising them the wrong gender.  They will grow up terrified, broken and utterly lost.  Fuck you.

Furry neo-nazis:  The actual nazis would have had you gassed, perverts.

Feminists who support Islam:  I’m shocked, but not by much.  You lot are fucking nuts and although this seems like the most nonsensical and illogical thing you could possibly have done, feminists have never been known for qualities resembling sense or logic so I guess it makes sense you’d support the most oppressive and totalitarian religion in the world.  Have fun getting raped and then being stoned to death for it, you fucking braindead morons.

Fat lifestyle gurus:  Just keep doing what you’re doing.  This is a problem that’ll solve itself.

Cloppers:  I wish I never found out you lot existed.  There isn’t enough cyanide and bleach in the world to undo the damage you’ve done.  Although, that video of the guy telling his dad he wanks to my little pony is comedy gold, so I suppose it’s not all bad.

 

 

Anyone I missed:  You don’t matter.  Nothing does.  The end.

 

 

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Harry Gets Depressed And It’s Infuriating

The irony is not lost on me.

 

I guess it could be said I deserve to feel depressed.  Not sure it’s even actual depression yet, to be honest, as I’ve yet to visit a head examiner to confirm it.  Nevertheless, I have been an emotional wreck for quite some time and it is really bloody difficult to get on with your life when you’re constantly thinking about ways you can kill yourself.

 

Not that snuffing it is going to help.  I knew the whole time I wasn’t going to kill myself but for some mad reason my brain just kept saying things like

 

“You could cut open your arms and get in a nice warm shower, just let all the life flow out of you.  You could do it right now.  You can do whatever you want, no one will stop you.”

 

Or

 

“Look how high up you are.  If you jumped off backwards, you could watch the structure growing into the sky while you fall.  What a beautiful way to die.  Maybe this is the best way for you, I think you should do it.”

 

But here I still am, feeling normal and furious again.  But for how long?  I honestly haven’t a clue what caused the miserable mood I was in and I’ve no idea what caused it to stop either.  I am not a particularly helpful person.  I suppose the only thing I did was fight against the thoughts whenever they came up, no matter how relentless.  If you’re reading this and feeling down, just keep fighting.  It might take a long time, but that negative bastard inside won’t outlast you if you just keep fighting it off.

 

Maybe I’ll write something more entertaining next time.

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The Fucking Law

Looks like I really did it this time.  Oi gawne and dun wun, guv’nah!

 

Pretty much everyone who drives a car is aware of what a speed camera is, and most of those people will (at some point in their short existence) decide that they hate them.  If you haven’t worked it out yet, I have finally been caught by one of these fuckers and today will be seeking legal advice on how to deal with this mess I got myself into.

 

What happens in the UK is that first, you will be driving somewhere in your car and a camera will photo you going too fast.  Or an “average speed” camera will do it.  Or if the Filth are at it themselves with their little black hairdryer of doom, you will be chased down and shouted at.  I was caught by an average fucker.  I was then sent a letter demanding that I incriminate myself or grass someone else up for driving the car that day (the pigs are oblivious to the fact that snitches get stitches) and to ignore this letter was, in itself, a criminal offense.  Ignoring the letter is, in fact, a more serious crime than speeding so I reluctantly accepted the guilt.  The next thing is that a “fixed penalty” offer is sent to the offender, where you are extorted of one hundred glorious pounds and also given three points (collect all twelve if you dare) on your license.  That is, if you accept the offer.  I did not accept the offer.

 

So, my reasoning behind it was that they only CLAIMED to have evidence when they send the fixed offer.  They sent no evidence whatsoever.  As a natural sceptic (I am terrible for open wounds) I thought they were just bullshitting (or pigshitting, if you will).  So I tried to phone the number they provided only to be blocked at all turns by the impossible automated service designed to patronise and annoy.  I just wanted to see the evidence for myself because if they ain’t got nothing, why the fuck would I pay these clowns?  The only options left were to pay the thing and blindly accept the long dick of the law or ignore it and possibly be prosecuted.  One month later, I am being prosecuted.  Fuck.  The evidence is pretty damning.  Double fuck.  A lawyer costs three thousand pounds.  Looks like the law’s dick has gotten a lot fucking longer.

 

Does anyone else have a problem with this fucking system?  Because if these cunts had just sent the evidence along with the fixed penalty, maybe I would have paid the fucker.  Maybe I’m not the first person this shit has happened to.  But you know what?  I’d rather give three grand to a lawyer than so much as one fucking penny or one fucking point to the fucking filth.  These money-grabbing shitcunts who do as little as possible to tackle violent crime and instead focus on kettling protestors, chasing minor traffic violations and getting away with murder.  Kettling protestors must be fun for the sadistic cunts who join the police with a mind to beating people up and generally abusing their power.  They show up in full riot gear with clubs and get to knock shit out of students for hours without fear of consequences (see that murder link again if you think differently).  They chase stupid traffic violations because it rakes in money.  They have targets to meet.  Did you know the police service was being run as a business?  They have to fill their quota or wave them Christmas bonuses goodbye.  Bunch of fucking cunts.

 

But as much as the police irk me, someone found a way to be an even Cuntier Cunt that the UK’s Cunt mayors of Cuntdom.  Two people, actually.

 

On the way into the town I live in, there is an electronic speed indicator that tells you how fast your car is going.  If you are above the speed limit, it flashes a sad face at you, and if you are below the speed limit you get a happy face.  It’s the sort of rewards system that might work on a five year old, but using it to make adults comply is a bit misguided (though far from the stupidest thing the police have ever done).  One day my wife comes home and tells me that two guys were hiding in the bushes by this sign, one taking note of people’s speed and the other writing down registration numbers.  Both wearing fluorescent jackets.  Not police, by the way.  Just a couple of local vigilantes.  Or a couple of snitches, you might say.  A couple of the worst cretins imaginable, maybe.  A couple of class A fuckers who could use a few additional orifices, even.  The true enemies of all decent humankind, who reveal themselves to be worse than the UK service known as “The Filth” by taking on the most hated activity of the filth.  The end is fucking nigh.  I’ll be in court.  Wish me riches.

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Trump means fart. Donald Fart.

The fact that people take Donald Trump seriously worries me considerably.

 

The man is like a caricature of a Bond villain.  Everything about him screams “parody of an evil business tycoon”.  But what is truly disturbing is that people want him to be in charge of the United States of We-Have-More-Weapons-Than-Any-Sane-Person-Would-Consider-Necessary-And-Could-Bomb-You-All-To-Death-Remotely America.

 

It’s so easy to take a shot at him and it will accomplish nothing.  People who wanted to vote for him are still going to vote for him.  People who wanted to vote against the other lot are going to vote for him because it’s a two party system and he is the lesser of two evils (in their tiny human minds, there is no other solution).  There is a general feeling in my being telling me he is going to win (and I have a pretty limited exposure to the news so I don’t think it’s fair to blame media-related brainwashing) and I’m slowly accepting it as my reality.  It’s just America.  That’s what they’re into.  Loud, semi-racist, inbred-looking, reactionary, misogynistic, greedy, orange arseholes telling them he can fix everything simply by not being the opposing political party.  Just accept it.

 

The rest of Americans need to stop living in denial.  Trump is clearly the president the people deserve.  His amazing quick-fix solutions to major national problems are definitely going to work (no-one has ever climbed a wall or tunneled under one).  He is the key which will open the door for the first ex-pro-wrestler to become a supreme court judge.  The first time an inaugural address features cheerleaders.  The first time a vice president is fired by being dunked in a shark tank.  The future is now.  Vote Fart.

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That recurring dream

You’re searching for something…  What was it again?  You can’t remember immediately, but you are aware it’s important.  You need it to finish the product.  The product.  The project.  The purpose.  You’re so close to finishing it as well.  So you move through this building, looking at all the walls.  People are walking past you, and though they seem familiar you can’t place them.  Blurred faces obscuring your view of the little offices on either side.  Is this a government office you’re in?  You had better go to the information desk, they’ll point you in the right direction.  But where is it?  You look up at the signs.  Can’t remember what you just read, but you have to keep going.  You pass through some double doors, and two surgeons in scrubs go past you.  Now it’s a hospital.  You follow the winding halls, instinctively following the correct path to reception.  You look into wards on both sides, and again you recognise people but can’t place them.  Someone you know is in here.  Is that what you’re looking for?

The reception is down the stairs, and you follow them.  Nobody but you down here.  You’re descending further, stone walls bleed the heat from your bones.  Through another set of double doors.  Again nobody is here.  A maze of filing cabinets spreads around you.  You know you need to continue, but something is definitely wrong down here.  The passage goes on, your search continues, scanning the names on the filing cabinets, but nothing catches your eye.  You won’t find it here, you tell yourself, you have to keep going and soon you’ll get there.  Once you have that final piece, the puzzle is solved and all of this struggle will be over.  You need it.  Walking faster now.  This place is cold and empty.  You come to an iron staircase and start down.  What’s down here?  You know this is the way.  You hear voices shouting, laughing below.  There’s rushing water.  A ceramic echo.  It’s the swimming baths, good thing you have your trunks with you.  Barging into the steamy changing rooms, the barely visible lockers are all left open, but full of clothes.  You hear people getting changed around you, but can’t see them.  All the lockers are full, so where can you leave your shoes?  Never mind.  You have to keep going.

You’re walking as fast as will allow on the slippery floor.  The attendant hands you a wristband, and talks to you but you hear nothing important.  Something about a waterfight.  Is that what day it is?  Oh no, you don’t have time to get involved in waterfight day – you must get through this place to find it.  You decide to go around the main pools and up the back stairs.  Girlish laughter echoes around you, and you feel like someone is in pursuit.  A balloon of cold water hits you in the face.  The girl who threw it is laughing at you, shouting “Out!  Out!  Out you go!”  You sigh.  You can’t keep going if you have to go out the way you came.

“Let me past, I’m looking for something.”

“What is it?”

You can’t remember.  “Something important, but I can’t remember.”

“Is it this?”  Another balloon bursts on your face.  Shiver.  You turn and slip.  Your face hurtles towards the hard porcelain tiles,

Awake.

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OH FUCK YOU

Literally just drafted something that didn’t save.  Published it.  Didn’t publish.  Fuck this shit.

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The Dreaded Committee

Pray to your Gods you never have to deal with something as cretinous as a committee.  I have recently come to a place that has one of these for the community.  They don’t call it a committee, but that’s what it is.  Several people from the area who get together and make decisions and plans for the future of this tiny, insignificant place we all live in like it’ll fucking matter in a few years when we’re all dead.  I hate committees.

The reason I hate committees is that they are absolutely incapable of doing anything right.  Because almost everyone wants to be in charge, and I’m sure anyone with a shred of business-team-building-know-how (pro active multi directional leadership quantative SMART goal interpersonal) will be aware that this will result in disaster.  If everyone wants to be the co-ordinator, who is left to be the implementers?  In other words, too many managers, no workers.  Too many different goals, no direction.  Committees are shit, yes.  If you’re interested in team-building and that shit, here’s a link to the Belbin types –

http://www.belbin.com/rte.asp?id=8

The key to an effective team is to have clearly established roles and all members of said team playing to their individual strengths.  I have no examples of effective teams.  I have a few examples of terrible teams.  In college, we are all forced to put together a group project.  My team consisted of the borderline-soceiopathic Me (number crunching idea guy), the dictatorial Lone Female (the captain of this rat-infested ship), the big bad Idea Bully (second in command workhorse), and Mr might-as-well-be-a Plant (the ballast).  We started out OK, but once the real hard work began, here is a list of terrible things that happened.

1 – Our original idea is shot down by Idea Bully and we go back to fucking square one.

2 – No one can agree on the team logo.  Apparently I am the only one who thinks Solviet Russia was cool.  Arguments on this insignificant detail derail us from actual work for weeks.

3 – The Lone Female goes apeshit at everyone, saying she had to redo all of their work for the second piece.  She cuts almost all of mine, and rewrites everything Mr Plant put in.  We are not amused.

4 – The Lone Female continues to ruin everyone’s work and is increasingly obsessed with the format.  Idea Bully and Me suggest maybe working on the actual content is more important.

5 – We come up with three ideas, and have to make the project include all three, because we are now a committee and unable to shoot down Lone Female and Idea Bully’s incredibly stupid joint idea.  Not that mine was much better, but at least I didn’t go with fucking MAGNETS.  (Seriously, fucking magnets?!)

6 – Me and Mr Plant start avoiding group meetings and start only communicating by email.  This infuriates Lone Female, so we continue doing it for as long as possible.

7 – I plot on moving to another team, but it’s too late.  They say they’ll still take me, but I force myself to finish the godawful task at hand.

8 – With one week to go, me and Idea Bully get together to finish the entire project ourselves, as it turns out Lone Female has been doing nothing but obsessing over fonts and line spacing and Mr Plant is unavailable.  We churn out some terrible shit, and send it to Lone Female for polishing with less than 24 hours to deadline.

9 – While presenting the project, Mr Plant answered a question in such a manner as to make our idea completely, utterly and unquestionably redundant.  Thanks, dick.

10 – All our college grade averages are lowered by the marks recieved for that fucking project.

Our problem was clearly that Lone Female insisted on being the leader, but was not properly equipped to deal with it.  Idea Bully should probably have been the leader, but wouldn’t accept the responsibility.  My problem was (and probably still is) that I work better alone.  Having to deal with people bitching about what font we should be using and what should and should not be included drove me insane.  Mr Plant is beyond help.  He did fuck all.  Anyway, what was I talking about at the start?  Oh yeah, decision by committee.

So the local committee has reared it’s filthy head.  Decisions to build stuff are being made.  Meetings are being held.  These meetings are being held in a place that is too small so not everybody can go, so maybe just the heads of the committee should be going.  OK, now they’ve pissed people off, maybe there’s room for one person from each household?  But if they do that, maybe they won’t be able to get their opinions across and get all that stupid shit they want.  I have absolutely no idea what they want, but I know it must be something stupid since it’s wanted by a committee.  I leave you with my interpretation of how a committee operates (in list form, because it’s soooooo easy to write things in list form! – Advice to struggling wannabe blog posters right there).

On this committee, we have.

1 – Mr only-gives-a-shit-about-the Budget

2 – Mr idealistic Nincompoop, who might as well be tripping on mushrooms.

3 – Mrs been-on-the-committee Forever, who is incapable of giving a fuck anymore, but can’t leave because they are a “key figure” in the community or whatever.

4 – Mrs if-the-idea-isn’t-mine-I-don’t-like-it Runier of other people’s ideas

5 – Mr I-know-what’ll-make-it Better.  The planning application forbid it, he said “forbid this!” with his anus.

6 – Mr so-fucking-concerned-about Safety, who constantly watches the news in the hope a plane will crash and he’ll have more shit to worry about.

So there we have it.  The players in this epic game.  Today, the committee will be trying to build a sports centre.

Mr Budget suggests the most meagre basketball court.  Taken on board by everyone, as everyone likes basketball.

Mrs Idea ruiner insists that a swimming pool is essential.

Mr Nincompoop agrees that the basketball court should also be a swimming pool.

Mr Budget says it’s impossible.

Mr Safety agrees, as he’s just recently read an article about small children drowning.  Proceeds to recite the entire article to the group.

Mr Better thinks the swimming pool is good, but could it also be a jacuzzi?

Mr Budget says no, and tries to steer everyone back to the basketball court by saying it could be used for other sports.

Mr Nincompoop and Mrs Idea Ruiner suggest that the swimming pool could be used as an ice rink.  Everyone’s IQ drops by 10 points.

Mr Better goes to the toilet to think of an idea more retarded than turning a swimming pool into an ice rink.  Asks if anyone wants tea or coffee on his way out.  It takes 10 minutes for the tea/coffee situation to be resolved.

Mrs Forever asks to come to a conclusion, as she wants to get home in time to watch Broadchurch.  She does not have Sky+

Mrs Idea Ruiner and Mr Nincompoop demand a vote on the swimming pool issue.  Mr Budget and Mr Safety oppose.  Mr Better is in the toilet, but Mrs Idea Ruiner insists he’d vote for the pool/ice rink.

Mrs Forever asks Mr Budget what they’re voting for.  She votes for no pool, and makes it a tie.

Mr Safety wants to talk about possible mutilations that could happen on a basketball court.  Nobody allows him to do this.

Mr Better returns with tea and coffee.  Says that instead of a swimming pool, could they install a gym that doubles as a sauna?

Mr Safety grabs hold of the oppertunity to talk about sauna deaths.  Unfortunately for him, everyone else quite likes the sauna idea.

Mrs Idea Ruiner is slowly convinced that she came up with the sauna idea by suggesting a swimming pool, even though those are different things.  She shoves the sauna idea very much down everyone’s throats.

Mr Safety is very much opposed and is standing firm.  The group need to reach a compromise, as Broadchurch is about to start.

Mr Better suggests that, if it would please Mr Safety, the temperature of the sauna could be limited to 30 degrees, despite the fact this completely defeats the purpose of a sauna.  Mr Safety is brought on board.

Mr Budget announces that they can’t have the sauna, gym and basketball court.  They only have enough funding for one.

They settle on the 30 degree sauna.

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The dreaded committee

Pray to your Gods you never have to deal with something as cretinous as a committee.  I have recently come to a place that has one of these for the community.  They don’t call it a committee, but that’s what it is.  Several people from the area who get together and make decisions and plans for the future of this tiny, insignificant place we all live in like it’ll fucking matter in a few years when we’re all dead.  I hate committees.

The reason I hate committees is that they are absolutely incapable of doing anything right.  Because almost everyone wants to be in charge, and I’m sure anyone with a shred of business-team-building-know-how (pro active multi directional leadership quantative SMART goal interpersonal) will be aware that this will result in disaster.  If everyone wants to be the co-ordinator, who is left to be the implementers?  In other words, too many managers, no workers.  Too many different goals, no direction.  Committees are shit, yes.  If you’re interested in team-building and that shit, here’s a link to the Belbin types –

http://www.belbin.com/rte.asp?id=8

The key to an effective team is to have clearly established roles and all members of said team playing to their individual strengths.  I have no examples of effective teams.  I have a few examples of terrible teams.  In college, we are all forced to put together a group project.  My team consisted of the borderline-soceiopathic Me (number crunching idea guy), the dictatorial Lone Female (the captain of this rat-infested ship), the big bad Idea Bully (second in command workhorse), and Mr might-as-well-be-a Plant (the ballast).  We started out OK, but once the real hard work began, here is a list of terrible things that happened.

1 – Our original idea is shot down by Idea Bully and we go back to fucking square one.

2 – No one can agree on the team logo.  Apparently I am the only one who thinks Solviet Russia was cool.  Arguments on this insignificant detail derail us from actual work for weeks.

3 – The Lone Female goes apeshit at everyone, saying she had to redo all of their work for the second piece.  She cuts almost all of mine, and rewrites everything Mr Plant put in.  We are not amused.

4 – The Lone Female continues to ruin everyone’s work and is increasingly obsessed with the format.  Idea Bully and Me suggest maybe working on the actual content is more important.

5 – We come up with three ideas, and have to make the project include all three, because we are now a committee and unable to shoot down Lone Female and Idea Bully’s incredibly stupid joint idea.  Not that mine was much better, but at least I didn’t go with fucking MAGNETS.  (Seriously, fucking magnets?!)

6 – Me and Mr Plant start avoiding group meetings and start only communicating by email.  This infuriates Lone Female, so we continue doing it for as long as possible.

7 – I plot on moving to another team, but it’s too late.  They say they’ll still take me, but I force myself to finish the godawful task at hand.

8 – With one week to go, me and Idea Bully get together to finish the entire project ourselves, as it turns out Lone Female has been doing nothing but obsessing over fonts and line spacing and Mr Plant is unavailable.  We churn out some terrible shit, and send it to Lone Female for polishing with less than 24 hours to deadline.

9 – While presenting the project, Mr Plant answered a question in such a manner as to make our idea completely, utterly and unquestionably redundant.  Thanks, dick.

10 – All our college grade averages are lowered by the marks recieved for that fucking project.

Our problem was clearly that Lone Female insisted on being the leader, but was not properly equipped to deal with it.  Idea Bully should probably have been the leader, but wouldn’t accept the responsibility.  My problem was (and probably still is) that I work better alone.  Having to deal with people bitching about what font we should be using and what should and should not be included drove me insane.  Mr Plant is beyond help.  He did fuck all.  Anyway, what was I talking about at the start?  Oh yeah, decision by committee.

So the local committee has reared it’s filthy head.  Decisions to build stuff are being made.  Meetings are being held.  These meetings are being held in a place that is too small so not everybody can go, so maybe just the heads of the committee should be going.  OK, now they’ve pissed people off, maybe there’s room for one person from each household?  But if they do that, maybe they won’t be able to get their opinions across and get all that stupid shit they want.  I have absolutely no idea what they want, but I know it must be something stupid since it’s wanted by a committee.  I leave you with my interpretation of how a committee operates (in list form, because it’s soooooo easy to write things in list form! – Advice to struggling wannabe blog posters right there).

On this committee, we have.

1 – Mr only-gives-a-shit-about-the Budget

2 – Mr idealistic Nincompoop, who might as well be tripping on mushrooms.

3 – Mrs been-on-the-committee Forever, who is incapable of giving a fuck anymore, but can’t leave because they are a “key figure” in the community or whatever.

4 – Mrs if-the-idea-isn’t-mine-I-don’t-like-it Runier of other people’s ideas

5 – Mr I-know-what’ll-make-it Better.  The planning application forbid it, he said “forbid this!” with his anus.

6 – Mr so-fucking-concerned-about Safety, who constantly watches the news in the hope a plane will crash and he’ll have more shit to worry about.

So there we have it.  The players in this epic game.  Today, the committee will be trying to build a sports centre.

Mr Budget suggests the most meagre basketball court.  Taken on board by everyone, as everyone likes basketball.

Mrs Idea ruiner insists that a swimming pool is essential.

Mr Nincompoop agrees that the basketball court should also be a swimming pool.

Mr Budget says it’s impossible.

Mr Safety agrees, as he’s just recently read an article about small children drowning.  Proceeds to recite the entire article to the group.

Mr Better thinks the swimming pool is good, but could it also be a jacuzzi?

Mr Budget says no, and tries to steer everyone back to the basketball court by saying it could be used for other sports.

Mr Nincompoop and Mrs Idea Ruiner suggest that the swimming pool could be used as an ice rink.  Everyone’s IQ drops by 10 points.

Mr Better goes to the toilet to think of an idea more retarded than turning a swimming pool into an ice rink.  Asks if anyone wants tea or coffee on his way out.  It takes 10 minutes for the tea/coffee situation to be resolved.

Mrs Forever asks to come to a conclusion, as she wants to get home in time to watch Broadchurch.  She does not have Sky+

Mrs Idea Ruiner and Mr Nincompoop demand a vote on the swimming pool issue.  Mr Budget and Mr Safety oppose.  Mr Better is in the toilet, but Mrs Idea Ruiner insists he’d vote for the pool/ice rink.

Mrs Forever asks Mr Budget what they’re voting for.  She votes for no pool, and makes it a tie.

Mr Safety wants to talk about possible mutilations that could happen on a basketball court.  Nobody allows him to do this.

Mr Better returns with tea and coffee.  Says that instead of a swimming pool, could they install a gym that doubles as a sauna?

Mr Safety grabs hold of the oppertunity to talk about sauna deaths.  Unfortunately for him, everyone else quite likes the sauna idea.

Mrs Idea Ruiner is slowly convinced that she came up with the sauna idea by suggesting a swimming pool, even though those are different things.  She shoves the sauna idea very much down everyone’s throats.

Mr Safety is very much opposed and is standing firm.  The group need to reach a compromise, as Broadchurch is about to start.

Mr Better suggests that, if it would please Mr Safety, the temperature of the sauna could be limited to 30 degrees, despite the fact this completely defeats the purpose of a sauna.  Mr Safety is brought on board.

Mr Budget announces that they can’t have the sauna, gym and basketball court.  They only have enough funding for one.

They settle on the 30 degree sauna.

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