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Condescending Phrases: Really? Why not just say it?

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So, this morning I awoke to the sound of thunder crashing, rain hitting my windows, and the sound of my smartphone saying that I had an email. Being the compulsive email checker that I am, I immediately opened it (this is due to a job that I have at the moment…I like to stay connected and much of it is done through email…but anyway). From glancing at my phone, I realized that I had two: one from Big Lots proclaiming that my ad was ready and the other one that said from Me to Me, which I thought was weird. So, I opened this one post haste…and found an email from someone (can’t reveal too much due to reasons that are beyond me…we’ll call them God…yes or maybe Carol Channing) who said “With all due respect”…and yeah….

Alright, I’ll admit for me I had to show a lot of self-restraint…especially to someone who I have never seen nor met…Why one might ask? Well, it makes it easier for me to be an asshole if I’ve never really met a person. Moreover, the phrase “With all due respect” is notoriously condescending in my mind. I mean yes I understand that the person is trying to be nice and say to me that I respect what you have said, but…there’s always the but. Honestly, I don’t necessarily think that one can respect something and immediately turn around and undermine the person’s authority. Needless to say, I would respect some one like this more if they said that they “respectfully disagree”…I feel that this would be a more appropriate phrase to put in email or writing. Again, one might ask why? I feel as though that this is saying it all up front. I’m going to disagree with you from the beginning…alright, I would probably just tell the person that I disagree with them because I’m that kind of person…the respectfully just makes it a little more formal in my mind, which may be going against all that I’ve written to this point but I’m still a little irritated by the person’s email.

So, yeah, it’s always fun answering emails and other forms of correspondence from people who send you items like this. The reason is that you know no matter what you say or do that they are not going to be satisfied with your answers because they’ve already written you off as a casualty to their skewed sense of self-perception. Honestly, these people would probably not fall into the 2% of the world that I could coexist peacefully. My PSA would be before you put this phrase in something you send to someone you perceive to be a lesser think about it and just tell them that you disagree because no matter how you polish it, a condescending turd is a condescending turd is a condescending turd…

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June 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

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Fear 93 of 101: Styrofoam

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It might sound like something weird…and quite possibly it might be one of the weirdest fears that I will write about here. Now some may question just what is so scary about…really, it’s not that scary…it’s just a rather annoying synthetic monstrosity…

**The Sound– I’m sure that you all know the sound that it makes when you rub it or when it is removed from the box…the high pitched  “EEEEEE” sound makes my skin crawl…God, it’s just awful.

**The fact that it is not biodegradable– It stays forever since…makes it seem like it might take over the world…yeah…

So, yeah…styrofoam is a crazy thing…I don’t like it one bit…yeah…

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May 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Cleaning Out from the Move:Spiral Notebooks and Untold Potential

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Yesterday, I was cleaning out some of the boxes that I still had only partially went through since I moved to my new locale…I’m sure that everyone understands this…it was the dreaded “OMG WTF could be in these boxes” boxes…well, I realized that they were a storehouse of a lot of random stuff, such as under graduate essays and other material of that sort, a few outdated textbooks, and more than that…Well, I came to realize as I was sorting things for the trash and things that I thought of keeping that I cannot bring myself to throw out spiral bound notebooks…

This may sound like a weird confession; however, I never know what gems might be in them that I don’t even know are gems yet…This statement may sound a little strange, but I am a person who constantly doodles and writes in the margin of notebooks as I am in class taking notes and doing whatever that class may require of me…So, my plan for the next few days is to look at said notebooks and assess their viability. Maybe I will find a gem that turns into the next great American novel…who knows?

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May 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Jobless for the Summer

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So, one of the bad things about being in school is the fact that during the summer the pay checks dry up. Now, I know if you are a professor or someone like this you probably have saved up for the summer. However, for a graduate teaching assistant saving money is kind of difficult because we don’t get paid that much. Honestly, I’m not complaining about the whole GTA thing. Mainly, I’m pondering if someone will want a person to be employed just for the summer. Now, I know that there are certain jobs that are just seasonal employment…but I don’t rather not find myself in any of these jobs simply because they do not appeal to me or I just don’t want to do them.

For example, I enjoyed my two summers as a camp counselor…however, I don’t know that I would do it again. 1) The politics at the camp that I worked for have gotten a little out of hand. 2) I don’t think that I could be mentally prepared to work with children for 6-8 weeks of the summer simply because I am mentally fried right now.

So, yeah, I am on the job hunt. If anyone should know of anything that might be fun, seasonal, or otherwise…let me know.

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May 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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Fear 94 of 101: Stomach Viruses

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Waking up a few mornings ago, I felt a slight twinge in my stomach. On a normal day, this would have caused me no distress; however, after being at my parents’ house, where all my siblings, their children, and my parents had or were getting over a stomach virus, I began to work that it might be something a little more involved than something I had eaten. This is why number 94 of 101 is the dreaded stomach virus.


**Vomiting– I hate doing it…honestly, I don’t know anyone who enjoys being on their knees and heaving into a toilet… Not this fella, let me tell you. I don’t really remember the last time that I vomited, and I don’t really want to remember.

**Coming out both ends– As gross as it sounds and as it is, usually when people have a stomach virus, it goes beyond vomiting… and we’ll leave it at that to avoid being to graphic… However, I’m sure that all of you have been there and know exactly what I am talking about.

**Being out of commission– When you are sick with something like this, generally, you can’t really do anything for a few days. Why? Because you feel like shit and are too tired to work, play, etc. It’s just all around sucky.

So, yeah, here’s to not getting sick.

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May 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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Alabama Tornadoes: Please Donate to the Red Cross

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As most of you may know, tornadoes ravaged most of the south this past week, and Alabama one of the hardest hits during this time. Being part of the Alabama community, I have witnessed the devastation that occurred firsthand. At this time, 254 have been confirmed dead in this state alone, and the rescue effort continues to search for those that are still missing loved ones. It would be my hope that bloggers out there and avid readers would take the time to donate a little to help the effort in the south. Please copy and paste the link below to donate.

Right now, my prayers are with those that are affected by this tragedy.

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April 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Mid-Something Crisis: Hmmmm…?

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So, recently, I’ve been perusing my facebook and realized that most of my friends are either married, impregnated, have children, or are a combination of the three. Honestly, I don’t quite understand this phenomenon… I mean I’m not talking about the whole getting married and having kids thing…however, some of my friends are already married with 3 or more children…and they’re my age or younger…It’s just a little odd to me.


Now, I know that there are a lot of people are perfectly content with settling down and living the family life. So, yeah…I don’t know…I know that I’m rambling now, but I just am seeking to understand the majority of what is going on in my life with the people that I have surrounded myself with. I keep waiting for several of my recently married friends to have the announcement of pregnancy or something along these same line…and again, the wave of WTF-Mate will wash over me again. Maybe I’m just panicking because I don’t know where my life is going to take me and these others seem to have some solidity in an ever-changing world…Who knows? Maybe, it’s a lack of sleep and an overdose of caffeine. Yeah..

Anyway, I’m going to share with you one of the songs about changing of the world around you. By the band Kansas, “Dust in the Wind” is probably one of the most well-known song for talking about life in general and how we long to cling to everything…yeah….again, maybe, it’s the sleep deprivation…yeah…plus, it has a kick-ass violin solo, which makes the song worth it no matter how depressing it is.

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March 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Happy V-D

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So, this Valentine’s Day, just like many in the past, I am not with someone to celebrate. However, I am perfectly okay with that. Now, many people may wonder how a person could be okay with being alone on this day of commercialistic love. It’s simple; I am okay with being alone as of right now.

It may seem a little odd that someone is okay with being alone. Yet, I have a good group of friends that I will probably be hanging out with to watch some television or something like that. It’s actually quite nice to be alone on some of these “holidays” (and I use the term loosely when talking about V-D) because you have no worries about who you have to please or if you have to do something big to make them know that you care about them. I think that it’s all a bunch of crock anyway simply because why do we as a culture have to agree that there is one particular day to tell that one special someone you love that you love them. Honestly, I don’t know that I agree with celebrating V-D simply because it is a ploy to get you to buy your sweet heart (significant other, big momma, sweet daddy, whatever…I could go on with these terms of endearment) a gift to show them that you care.

I mean seriously folks…Does V-D really, truly mean anything beyond the cutesy cherub on the card shooting his arrow into two hearts (which is really gruesome imagery if you really think about it)? I think that it began as a commercial venue to get people to spend money (and yes, I know about St. Valentine…yet, really people don’t know a lot about him because historically, we don’t know that much), and now, we as parts of the world economy feel as though we have to purchase things to be good “lovers” of the world and of those around us. Additionally, I’m not completely blameless on this front. Matter-of- factly, I bought several of my friends presents for V-D because all of us are going to be hanging out with each other on  this holiest of holy love days…eh…I’m not as bitter as I sound in the post…I just wish that people would show each other the love year round instead of having to wait for a special day to do so.

Simply put, I wish that we didn’t have to feel so inclined by the media, by the displays as local chain stores, by the goading of people who don’t really matter (I’m talking about the people who rag on you if you don’t buy someone something on V-D), by the materialistic world that we live in to go out and spend money to show individuals that we love them. Why not say it with a good deed? A smile at the person who is sitting alone? A hug for your friends? So, that would be my idea for the rest of the year, try to make V-D a part of everyday life instead of the extraordinary day of the year.

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February 14, 2011 at 7:50 pm

A Cynical Life

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Recently, brace yourselves, I have discovered that I have apparently been a cynical person for a while. What led me to this conclusion? Well, it involved going to lunch with some of my friends form high school. Now, for some of you who know me, high school has been a few years ago. (side note: I”m not super young. However, I’m still fairly young….but that’s beside the point, I didn’t want to paint myself as some old troll under the bridge waiting for passersby.) Anyway, we were sitting there reminiscing about high school and talking about life when the idea of what we had originally majored in in college came up, and one of my friends commented that she was originally going to be an accountant.

Well, we kept chatting, and I said that I could never be an accountant because I would be so bored by the monotony of it all…I also said something to the effect of “I would have to go to the store and buy razor blades to spice things up because I would wonder is today going to be the day.” This received a chuckle from the table, and everyone commented that I’m the same old Barry…honestly, I did not realize that I have been this way for years…however a group of four people wouldn’t tell lies (and a communal one at that) would they?

Honestly, I think that a resolution (and I know that it’s a little late in the month of January for this) for me would be to be a little less cynical that what I am….Understandablly, I don’t think that I will quit being cynical entirely because I think that is part of who I am. It’s also what gives me some of my dry wit and makes me a little weird and fun…however, I think that having a more positive cynicism might be better…it’s achieving this sort of thing that may be nigh impossible. (Additionally, just to let you all know, I believe that the glass could be filled up or could be emptied fairly quickly by chugging depending on what’s inside.)

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January 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Out, Out Brief Candle

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The Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the courage to change the things I can;
the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
and the wisdom to know the difference;
living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time,
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did,
this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will
so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen
– Reinhold Niebuhr

Once again in my life, I am reminded of how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away. Over the weekend, one of my students was involved in a car accident. She and one of her friends were driving down the highway when they went off the road and struck a tree. My student was pronounced dead at the scene and her friend was taken by life-flight to a local hospital. Neither girl was wearing a seat belt…I found out Monday morning when a student told me about it.

I was shocked. It’s so strange to me that someone can be sitting in your class one day and be gone several days later. As I’ve told others, I know that life is a fleeting thing. Still, it’s such a disjointed and weird feeling. Honestly, I didn’t know this student that well, but she seemed like a sweet girl. The conversations that I did have with her were pleasant, and she was always smiling. Now, she’s somewhere else. . .or maybe not (who knows?). I just know that I pray for her family and friends in this difficult time. There’s nothing in the world that can compare to the loss of a friend, sister, child, etc.

They leave a hole that each of us try to fill in some way….it’s a hard thing…as I sit here writing this, I find myself tearing up because I’m thinking about the empty space that I’ll see in my class the rest of the semester. This will be a hole that I have to deal with… I can’t imagine what her family is going through.  

  So, while I won’t mention her name here, I hope that my blog readers will pray for her family too. I leave you with a Moses Hogan Song “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” which I think is appropriate for this situation.

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November 3, 2010 at 1:11 am