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Begone, you poltroon!

Moods are infectious. The first night of tech-week resulted in a slowly gathering storm of grumpy people - one person would grouse about something, and the person they were bitching too would then complain, also. It spreads - next thing you know, everyone's grumping and working on short nerves.

Working on the theory that the reverse would also work - I enlisted a few other people in my seekrit, nefarious plan. We would be relentlessly, psychotically cheerful. If someone complained, we'd find the upside. If someone was frowning - smiles. If someone was demanding annoying things from us - we'd cheerfully comply.

Well, it seemed like a good idea. Turns out apparently only bad moods are infectious. Mind you this technique worked pretty well in the Army. i resolved to be the one soldier who would bounce out of his rack every morning, cheerful and ready to go - instead of bleary-eyed and bitching like everyone else. My squadmates found this wildly irritating - until I went on leave, when the admitted it had been helpful to have someone a little zippa-dee-doo-dah to get the moving. Not so much last night, though. And then finally the technical director, who has been throwing his weight around as much as possible in a very abrupt, rude way - told me I was being a slacker for not wanting to clear a huge piece of scenery AND make a quick change in about 30 seconds - I snapped, a little. My idea of white hot fury? "Pardon me, sir, I am not." Of course, I said it in a tone of voice that implied I was regretting I didn't have a white glove for the slappin' - but as the guy in question is in a wheelchair, that would have been particularly ungentlemanly.

Why is it that when I get mad, I sound like a 19th Century twit?

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nixieq
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
i recently read an article somebody posted (from the Post, i believe) that basically said that recent studies have shown that one "bad apple" in the workplace actually CAN spoil the bunch (so to speak). one person who's constantly negative, or who always slacks, etc., can bring down the morale of an entire department. seems logical that it would apply to most group situations where the only alternative to being around that person is leaving the group.

sorry people are being schmucks. that's never any fun. not a bad idea to practice the cheerfulness and optimism, though -- it can help in the battle against depression.

Why is it that when I get mad, I sound like a 19th Century twit?

because that's the culture you've steeped yourself in, silly. (and personally, i think it's kinda cute -- there are far too many belligerent assholes out there these days, and more people should be polite when they're angry.)
yagathai
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Clearly, the solution was not to get all 19th century fop on his ass, but rather manually stimulate his genitals, as is apparently your wont.
aghrivaine
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
A tough shot to make when he's in a wheelchair, but an interesting suggestion.
yagathai
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Are you going to make excuses, or take action?
aghrivaine
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Well, until he slaps someone's nuts, he's not "in the game". Them are the rules, man.
yagathai
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
aghrivaine
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
One shouldn't care to violate these particular lex belli, one fears what unsightly consequences would result.
yagathai
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
It's exactly that attitude which is keeping us from victory from Iraq. And Iran, for that matter.
aghrivaine
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
I believe the testicles in Iraq have been adequately - indeed, more than adequately - punished.
yagathai
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
If that were true, the country would have been stabilized by now, and US troops would not be dying in the streets. Clearly, the issue is that our forces are following quaint, archaic "rules" that have no place in the modern musical theater production.
nixieq
Mar. 23rd, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
oh dear ghod. between the two of you i just nearly choked on my pretzel.
aghrivaine
Mar. 23rd, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
I do make an effort to oblige, Mmsle.
nephandi
Mar. 23rd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
'cause it's funnier that way?
aghrivaine
Mar. 23rd, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
Well, oddly - when I'm really angry, I'm not going for comedy. I know it's hard to believe...
misskitty14
Mar. 24th, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
That dude is an unbelievable asswipe. Tell him to go fuck himself. I wanted to donkey-punch him myself, last night.
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