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A Nice Hot Mug of STFU

I realize that northern Virginia, being more or less an extension of Washington, D.C., is pretty much Uptightville, U.S.A. But after a while, even this place needs to just SHUT UP for a while. By way of example, last night, laurie_robey and I stopped at a "Popeyes" on the way home to grab a quick dinner. On our way in, we passed a woman sitting in her car yelling into her cellphone. Inside the restaurant, a guy in line nearly had an aneurysm because he got "combo #3" instead of "three pieces of chicken." As we left the restaurant, the woman was still yelling into her cellphone.

I mean seriously, does fried chicken have any business being so fraught with stress? And this is sadly fairly typical of life around here.

On a similar note, I'm putting LiveJournal peeps on notice: I am probably going to do some friends-list culling soon, and one of the things I'm going to be using as my criteria is ratio of "politics" to "everything else." Right-wing politics, left-wing politics, domestic, international, doesn't matter. Frankly, I'm sick of hearing about it, and there are a few folks on my friends list who talk about precious little else these days. So if you're a politics hound and you find yourself dropped, don't take it personally. I just can't stomach it any more.

-The Gneech


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Apr. 20th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
You might want to be lenient to your UK friends on that score until after May 6th, when it should all calm down. Not that I haven't been tempted to do some culling myself on the same criteria, at least till after election day.
Apr. 20th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Well, that's why I said "ratio of 'politics' to 'everything else'" ... everybody is liable to be a little more political around a big election, and I don't have a problem with that. I'm talking about people who've talked about nothing but politics for a year or more now. (And actually, none of them are UK folks.)

Apr. 20th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2010-04-20 02:16 pm (UTC)
Apr. 20th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Good flippin' grief.

One thing i've noticed about this general region is the difference observed on each side of the potomac.

Both of us are in the DC suburbs, off to the west of the city, at roughly the same distance from the DC beltway.

My sis, as another datapoint, is just a few more miles out on the VA side, too.

While it's all anecdotal, and i haven't got anything like hard data to back this up, i do have many years of experience of living in western MD, and visiting folks in northern VA, and listening to their stories... It seems like northern VA is a whole order of magnitude worse on the "Crazy Uptight Aggressive Rabid Type A Douchebaggery" scale than MD is.

Of course there are exceptions, but i just don't witness that level, frequency, or flavor of f'ing crazy here. I have no idea why.
Apr. 20th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Dunno ... I've never been able to tell much difference between VA and MD. My sister lives in Poolesville, and an uncle's family lives in Olney, and for myself, I've had jobs in Maryland before. One D.C. suburb feels very like another to me.

That said, it would be a lot harder for me to notice an absence of f'ing crazy, than it would be for somebody looking in from the outside to notice the presence of it...

Apr. 20th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Cellphones, allowing people to yell at other people in the inconvience of the great outdoors!
Apr. 20th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
"i know there are some people out there who do not love their fellow human beings... and i hate people like that!"

i'm trying to keep a high ratio of wildlife to politics, right now. ;)
Apr. 20th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
"i know there are some people out there who do not love their fellow human beings... and i hate people like that!"

It's not as contradictory an idea as you might think!

-The Gneech
Apr. 20th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
"'Live and let live!', that's my motto, 'Live and let live.' Anybody who can't go along with that, take 'em outside and shoot the motherf*cker." - Carlin
Apr. 20th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
I have no tolerance for intolerance!

In other news, only Sith deal in absolutes. ;)
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
"We need to take all the bigots and ship them back where they came from!"
Apr. 20th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
"All right Goldmember. Don't play the laughing boy. There's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch."
Apr. 21st, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
The human race is a disease, and the symptoms manifest themselves most when people are buying or selling things.

The political war is getting tiresome, isn't it? I sometimes wonder if I'll end up doing the same thing, but there won't be much else to read on my Friends list if I do.
Apr. 21st, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
Politics, feh!
Apr. 21st, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've been more politics than everything else (since I joined a community I tend to put it there or on google buzz)...so I don't wanna be gneechculled please?
Apr. 21st, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Aww! :) No fear, you're fine. :)

Apr. 21st, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
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