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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?


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.
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
One shouldn't care to violate these particular lex belli, one fears what unsightly consequences would result.
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.
Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
I believe the testicles in Iraq have been adequately - indeed, more than adequately - punished.
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.
Mar. 23rd, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
oh dear ghod. between the two of you i just nearly choked on my pretzel.
Mar. 23rd, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
I do make an effort to oblige, Mmsle.


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