Thursday, September 27, 2007

Anger Management

Thursday, September 27, 2007: I'm still not caught up on the diagnosis/treatment story, but...oh well. Last night, after I logged off, read to Ruby, and put her to bed in her shared bedroom with her brother who was not yet asleep (bad sign), I ATTEMPTED to put myself to bed. I was EXHAUSTED in a down-to-the-bones kind of way and I was (and am still) having these weird electrical charge sensations/pain up and down my spine. Didn't happen. The kids decided to be kids and mess around. I decided to be a pyscho mom and screamed and yelled a lot and made bizarre threats to break toys and throw them off the balcony. I eventually apologized and gave lots of hugs, they fell asleep, and eventually I got to sleep. I will make amends again this morning and make a list of things to do when I am tired and angry and hurting that do not involve scaring the crap out of my kids.

Anyway, I woke up refreshed and decided to let the kids sleep in a bit while I checked email. I found the following email in my inbox. I laughed till my coffee almost came out my nose so I thought I would share it:

Anger Management 101

When you occasionally have a really bad day, and you just need to take it out on someone, don't take it out on someone you know, take it out on someone you don't know.

I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I'd forgotten to make. I found the number and dialed it. A man answered, saying "Hello."I politely said, "This is Chris. Could I please speak with Robyn Carter?" Suddenly a manic voice yelled out in my ear "Get the right f***ing number!" and the phone was slammed down on me. I couldn't believe that anyone could be so rude.

When I tracked down Robyn's correct number to call her, I found that I had accidentally transposed the last two digits. After hanging up with her, I decided to call the 'wrong' number again.When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled "You're an a**hole!" and hung up. I wrote his number down with the word 'a**hole' next to it, and put it in my desk drawer.

Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad day, I'd call him up and yell, "You're an a**hole!" It always cheered me up. When Caller ID was introduced, I thought my therapeutic 'a**hole' calling would have to stop. So, I called his number and said, "Hi, this is John Smith from the telephone company. I'm calling to see if you're familiar with our Caller ID Program?" He yelled "NO!" and slammed down the phone. I quickly called him back and said, "That's because you're an a**hole!" and hung up.

One day I was at the store, getting ready to pull into a parking spot. Some guy in a black BMW cut me off and pulled into the spot I had patiently waited for. I hit the horn and yelled that I'd been waiting for that spot, but the idiot ignored me. I noticed a "For Sale" sign in his back window, so I wrote down his number. A couple of days later, right after calling the first asshole (I had his number on speed dial,) I thought that I'd better call the BMW a**hole,too. I said, "Is this the man with the black BMW for sale? "He said, "Yes, it is."I asked, "Can you tell me where I can see it? "He said, "Yes, I live at 34 Oaktree Blvd, in Fairfax. It's a yellow ranch, and the car's parked right out in front." I asked, "What's your name?" He said, "My name is Don Hansen,"I asked, "When's a good time to catch you, Don?" He said, "I'm home every evening after five."I said, "Listen, Don, can I tell you something?" He said, "Yes?" I said, "Don, you're an a**hole!" Then I hung up, and added his number to my speed dial, too.

Now, when I had a problem, I had two a**holes to call. Then I came up with an idea. I called A**hole #1. He said, "Hello."I said, "You're an a**hole!" (But I didn't hang up.) He asked, "Are you still there?" I said, "Yeah," He screamed, "Stop calling me!" I said, "Make me," He asked, "Who are you?"I said, "My name is Don Hansen." He said, "Yeah? Where do you live?"I said, "A**hole, I live at 34 Oaktree Blvd, in Fairfax, a yellow ranch, I have a black Beamer parked in front." He said, "I'm coming over right now, Don. And you had better start saying your prayers."I said, "Yeah, like I'm really scared, a**hole," and hung up.

Then I called A**hole #2. He said, "Hello?"I said, "Hello, a**hole," He yelled, "If I ever find out who you are..." I said, "You'll what?" He exclaimed, "I'll kick your a**." I answered, "Well, a**hole, here's your chance. I'm coming over right now." Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying that I lived at 34 Oaktree Blvd, in Fairfax, and that I was on my way over there to kill my gay lover. Then I called Channel 9 News about the gang war going down in Oaktree Blvd. in Fairfax. I quickly got into my car and headed over to Fairfax. I got there just in time to watch two a**holes beating the crap out of each other in front of six cop cars, an overhead news helicopter and surrounded by a news crew.

NOW I feel much better. Anger management really does work!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad that you had a laugh that almost caused coffee to come out of your nose. :) DW