Archive for October, 2009

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Braced for impact and then…

October 28, 2009

My interactions with some people are mixed.  Infrequent events such as these often lead to changes in the people conversing:  someone you thought you knew and liked turns out to be someone you barely know and can barely toerate.

 

That’s one of my failings – diminishing tolerance of people.  The thing is,  I try to give everyone an opportunity.   Play fair with me and I’ll be there for you.  I’ll go the extra mile, no problem.

 

Some people, however, can be particularly obtuse – an unfortunate state of affairs if you really need dialogue with them, even if it’s an infrequent event.  Sadly, this annoys me, as does my own intolerence of the reactions of others.  I tell myself that people are people and that, as biological organisms, they are prone to acting and reacting in ways that defy logic but simply reveal more of themselves.

 

To cut a long story short, I’m trying to be a better person and the actions and reactions of those I interact with are occasionally frustrating, but I often consider that to be my failure.  Were I more succinct in my initial dealings with these people, I would have communicated my standpoint adequately and negated the need for protracted and frustrating clarifications of point.

 

On the other hand, there is also the view that on occasions, people wilfully ignore the mindset or reasoning of another given that this may justify their actions, irrespective of the tense of their actions.  I find it hard to ascribe that to my own failure of communication, but I’m sure I’ll find a way.

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Guilty pleasures.

October 13, 2009

Last night, I spent a few hours watching a couple of TV shows compiling clips of people crashing all sorts of vehicles via arrant stupidity.

Is it wrong of me to do this?  It appears to be a form of sadistic voyeurism wherein I tend to hope that the jackass who is determined to jump a quad bike about in the desert comes unstuck in a very public way and suffers a bit.  It’s frustrating that the idiots, when interviewed later, all seem to come back to saying “I love doing this, I still try to jump my BMX across the Grand Canyon every Saturday without fail” or some such drool-laden idiocy.

“I try to jump over 47 buses on my skateboard because nobody else has done it” is not a good defence.  It doesn’t seem to occur to these people that nobody else has done it because:

1.  It seems like a silly thing to do.

2.  People have tried and failed.  It hurts.  Why keep trying?

3.  Other people often have to expend time and energy putting morons like that back together and cleaning up after them.

Sometimes, there’s just not a good enough filtration system in the gene pool.

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October… Already?

October 5, 2009
Autumn arrives

Autumn arrives

My last post was really a bit of a surprise reaction.  Well, when I got up this morning there was a light frost on the lawn.  A fortnight ago it was shorts and light shirts weather.  Now it’s October and the frost bears testimony.  Yowch!

October brings a strange time of year, containing some dread.  I know I have to write a letter I’ve been dreading since, well, since I wrote a similar one last year.   It’s not really the letter itself but the response I dread.  Last year was cold.  The year before was terse.

I still worry about contact and I still wake with a start from sleep at times.

That’s the effect people can have on your life.