Monday, October 15, 2007

Finally, a day that really suits me

Today is National Grouch Day. And I say it's about bloody time. I am thrilled to have a day in which I can openly embrace my inner curmudgeon (even more than I normally do).

So in honour of the day, here is what's currently pissing me off:

1. The fact that my entire annual social life is
happening in the span of three weeks.
I'm now in week three of going out every other night, and this weekend I will top it off with my annual weekend away with the Marthas. Now, I love being with the Marthas, but I hope I have some energy left to keep up with them this weekend . I've been reining myself in the last couple if weeks in order to save a little energy for the next thing, so I don't feel like I am getting full value from anything. It sucks donkey balls.

No doubt this time next week I will be complaining that I have no life.

2. the incredibly stupid movie I recently saw - Number 23.
This was my review, which I didn't bother posting at the time: "well that was certainly retarded".

3. the Aryan Nation protest rally that we passed whilst downtown yesterday afternoon.
They claimed to be protesting the proposal that women in burkas not be required to show their faces while voting. Why do I get the feeling that their professed concern for public safety is a big fat red herring?

4. voter apathy.
We are having a municipal election today.

Our last municipal election had a 19% voter turnout, and I was going to start sounding off about how democracy is dying a death of indifference, and how we deserve to be oppressed under a totalitarian state if we can't even be bothered to get off our fat asses and elect a fucking mayor. And then when I walked down to the polling station after supper tonight, I found that it was packed.

And while it heartens me that people are taking responsibility for the running of their city, it also deflates my balloon. I had a really great rant all cued up and these responsible citizens have just harshed my buzz.

How did you celebrate National Grouch Day?
Come on, something must have pissed you off.


Todd said...

You know what really pisses me off?? The fact that I wasn't aware this day existed in time for me to make use of it!!! :P

Is it tacky if I make tomorrow my own personal grouch day?

The number 23 - well, really Barbara, you really should have known better. hehe

And voting, well, I am part of the apathetic crowd. I feel like going out to vote is just me choosing the lesser of so many evils. I hate politics. I realize ignoring it doesn't improve things. *sigh* Too bad we can't vote in the American elections - I pretty much know everytime who I would like to see get elected.

Is it sad that I am more interested in American elections than our own local and National ones? Answer: Yes... most probably yes.

668 aka neighbour of the beast said...

i can not believe i did not know this! i have posted mine on my site.

although typing extremely long word verifications are pissing me off today.

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

National Grouch Day??!? Now did I (of all people) miss out on this day. Joy! Rapture! General Crankiness!

I feel!

(C'mon, you KNEW I had to comment on THIS one!)


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'm pissed that I didn't know it was grouch day damn it.

Dale said...

I missed it by a day and that pisses me off.

Also, people in line at the Hortons at 7 a.m. who berate the cashier because they're too slow for their liking. Hey lady, are you late for performing a fucking organ transplant? No? Well then shut the fuck up and wait along with everyone else!

I am no longer pissed off.

JustRun said...

Hmmmm... people actually voting. Interesting.

As for The Number 23, I never saw it. I have a relationship all my own with that number, anyway.

Beth said...

Dammit! How did I miss National Grouch Day? Maybe it's a month later in the U.S., like Thanksgiving.

I completely understand the grumpies from too much socializing. I've actually cut back on my concerting because *sniff* I'm just too worn out.

Sucks getting old.

mellowlee said...

Too many things piss me off, but I suppose rude transit passengers will top my list.

I saw Number 23 as well. What a stupid movie! I was pissed off that I watched it!

I hope your annual weekend away with the Marthas goes great Barb. Maybe try some red bull? :O)

justacoolcat said...

I didn't even know it was National Grouch Day and I wrote a grouchy post. Hmmmm. I'm a born natural.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Todd, as far as I am concerned EVERY day should be grouch day, so you go for it tomorrow.
I should have know better about that movie, shouldn't I? How did I let myself get talked out of Alpha Dog?
The American elections are certainly important, and they certainly do affect us (as well as the rest of the world), but I guess I figure that the municipal elections, boring as they are, more directly affect my daily existence.

I hear you on the uber-long-overly-complex word verifications, 668! Especially the ones where you can't tell the m from the n from the u from the v from the w, well you know what I mean.

They practically NAMED this day after you, GOB! Actually, National Grumpy Old Bastard Day has a certain cache to it.

One has to stay on top of all the really important news, Dr M. I hope at least decorated your house appropriately.

So glad I could serve as your personal whipping boy there, Dale. You obviously need this holiday a couple of times a year!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I like the number 6 myself, Justrun; it's always been good to me, never talks back and is evenly divisible by both 2 and 3.

Maybe we need to bath in virgin blood or something, Beth to get that youthful vitality back to allow for our unrestricted concerting.
I am now curious about American National Grouch Day. Do you suppose there is a turkey involved?

Not so sure about the red bull, Mel, I'm thinking more along the lines of red wine myself.
I hear you about the rude transit passengers, Eva was just telling me about being forced off the train yesterday by some pushy woman.

Just A, you must have a very perceptive circadian rhythmn that relies on the decreasing daylight and the length of the belly fur on squirrels to keep you informed about such important calendar days.

BeckEye said...

I live in NYC. Of course something pissed me off. Or maybe it was a million somethings.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You have to be pretty pleased, though, that we just had SIMULTANEOUS POSTING, Beckeye; I feel so close to you right now. Even though you are a grouchy New Yorker.

Allison said...

I'm not feeling grouchy today...I was yesterday though.

What does piss me off is people not voting in municipal elections, as they tend to have more of an impact on you day to day. Just my two pence though.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend away!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oooh I see you have switched over to pence now, Al. Does this mean your opinion is worth twice what it used to be?

I have to agree with you on this, though, no matter what currency we are arguing in.

Danny Tagalog said...

Great news a out the packed polling booths - it's imperative that more people get involved, but I do wonder when I look at the youth about their desire to be politicized.

Classic picture of curmudgeon MES!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I actually know quite a few young ones who are intensely interested in political systems, Danny, which is quite heartening.

And I knew you would appreciate the MES pic!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry I missed that one.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Take heart, Leazwell, it's never too late to declare your own personal grouch day, I think.

Deb said...

Damn, I missed grouch day?

I've practiced all year for that sucker.

Your movie review was the best by the way.

What pisses me off.....

Everyone else on the road yesterday, as I drove in rush hour in the rain (downtown). That was the biggest "donkey ball sucking" endeavour ever.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am so over the whole commuting thing, Deb that I am thinking of hanging up my skates.