Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Don't fuck with me today, people

I'm having one of those days where there is a good chance I may punch a complete stranger if they get in my way.

Yeah, that kind of day.

Not sure what to do about it. Going to the gym involves lots of strangers and a potentially higher chance that something will set me off.

Staying home means stewing and trying to breathe deeply but not really feeling any better.

ARGH.

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At 12:34 PM, Blogger Kea said...

Ooooo, I've never punched a complete stranger, but it sounds like fun! Seriously though, I am always giving people the benefit of the doubt, so strangers are safe. A person has to totally screw me over several times before the rage sets in. This happens very frequently, of course.

 
At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Mordecai said...

You've my sympathy, for what it's worth.

When that happens, what kind of attitude would you like to see from those around you? If you could change nothing about the situation except for how a single bystander felt and behaved, what would you wish for? What would be useful to you?

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Ms.PhD said...

Kea, I really do recommend boxing classes. You never forget your first time punching a complete stranger. =D

I do the same thing though, generally giving benefit of the doubt. But after trying to be nice about giving people multiple chances to screw me over, I'm going back to my original policy: once and done. If only I could remember which cleaning product uses that as their slogan, I could make a joke about it...

Mordecai, thanks! That's a great question. I've read studies that say just seeing someone else smile at you can make you feel better, and it's really true. I love it when people are friendly and smile and say hello, even if they don't know you or have to really strike up a conversation with you (although sometimes a little witty batter goes a long way toward improving my mood).

Just like you did just now. Just say "Hey, how's it going? I'm sorry your day sucked."

That can go a very long way.

 
At 4:53 AM, OpenID cherishthescientist.net said...

I felt that way yesterday after work. I was so worked up, I was twitchy. I just went for a walk. No people and calming exercise.

 
At 7:43 AM, Anonymous fellow said...

it seems like youre pretty unstable.

 
At 9:07 AM, Anonymous FrauTech said...

Maybe go somewhere somewhat isolated? A park where not a ton of people go to or something? Seems not so often we stop what we're doing to get out of our normal routine and go spend some time alone and with nature.

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger Kea said...

I would take up martial arts again if I had enough food to keep me fit ... actually things are looking OK for the next or month or two, but there is certainly no money for such things.

 
At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know? you should read Stieg Larsson. lots of misplaced violence. men that hate women (as is the original title of the first book), i think it might perfectly suit you!

 
At 9:49 AM, OpenID rocksinspace said...

In my grad department we were joking at one point that we should scrap the computer lab (all the grads have computers on their desks) and put some heavy bags in there since the gym didn't have any.

I think that might have scared the faculty however if they had ever come upstairs. . .

 
At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I feel like that, I do what I call "punch therapy". I punch a stranger in the back of the head and then quickly run off.

 
At 9:57 PM, Blogger CarlBrannen said...

One of my chess playing friends got drafted. After 5 lucky years he marched into Berlin with the rest of the army of the Soviet Union. Each year he celebrates the victory by wearing his medals and drinking heavily. I don't feel sorry for myself.

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Miss Outlier said...

I vote for a run outside, instead of the gym - until you are too exhausted to feel stabby. Hope this holiday weekend has helped!

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger the unknown said...

whoa seriously, u cud punch a complete stranger?

maybe u can be my sparring partner for the next karate session?

lol

 
At 1:19 PM, Blogger Kea said...

Fuck Off, Carl, you jerk.

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger Kea said...

Ok, so for the benefit of others here: Carl is a personal physics colleague of mine from the U.S. ... and his comment shows you just how much respect he really has for us moaning wimmenz.

 

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