If I’ve ever expressed an opinion about ranting on the internet, I’ve most likely advised you against it. Even if you just had to get something off your chest. So feel free to say I told you so because I have to. Have to. I have at least calmed down so I’m flipping the bird in my neighbor’s general direction approximately every 5-10 minutes (previous rate: every 30 seconds). I refuse to comment on the aspersions that I have been marching rather aggressively up and down the stairs every now and then.
I was inwardly seething already because a member of our board of trustees and our asshole neighbor had started doing whatever the fuck they’re doing to repair a connection about a week ago, and had dug up some of the garden and just left the wires exposed. (Idiots.) No prior warning whatsoever.
Anyway, I kept my shit together enough to ask “Um, what exactly is going on here?” in a tone that was my best attempt at neutral. If anything I must have sounded extremely uncomfortable because I hate this kind of confrontational shit. Honestly, guys, this is perhaps the number one reason I stay inside with my books and Netflix when I don’t have to work.
So, this is how it goes: the trustee continues to work on trashing our yard, not answering any of my questions. Just totally insane, unreasonable questions like “How long is this going to be here blocking the path?” and “After you’re done, is the yard going to look the way it did before?” Asshole neighbor, about whom I had previously felt neutral (but just wait), starts to “answer” my questions. And the trustee, if he answers at all, gives one-word answers, saying all this shit will only be here today, and that he’ll talk to my mom about it, just completely blowing me off. My mom is out of town for a few weeks, so actually it is important for him to tell me what the actual fuck is going on. Oh, and maybe for it not to be an obstacle course to get to my fucking front door.
According to my asshole neighbor, his wife told my mom what was going on, and that my mom knew they were going to dig up half of the yard (she didn’t). And I’m sorry, but it should really have been someone on the board who told us what they planned to do. Apparently my saying “I think it would have been considerate for us to have gotten some notice about this” just absolutely crossed the fucking line. What did my neighbor have to say about this? “What difference would it have made? We would’ve had to do it anyway.” And here we go, you guys. Male chauvinist asshole gold: “Sorry if that’s too complicated for you.”
At this point, I suppose I have to thank working with the public for my remarkable ability not to scream at people. I did say “Seriously? That’s a really condescending thing to say.” To which he offered an extremely half-assed apology.
Keep in mind that the guy playing in the fucking dirt was a member of the board of trustees in the homeowner’s association which my mom is required to join. As far as I know he was getting paid to do this really unprofessional repair, which just seems ridiculously unethical to me. Instead of paying a contractor, he is in on the decision to pocket the money himself for fucking around in the dirt. Apparently THAT is worth his time, but serving the members of the association is not. And guess how willing he was to talk to my mom when she was on the phone? Yeah, not at all.
What the entire thing smacked of was asshole dudes getting pissed when I called them out that they didn’t have a plan and couldn’t answer a fucking question. So instead of admitting they messed up, whose fault is it? That feeble-minded, irrational female. She dared question our already tenuous grasp on authority. Welcome to being a woman in our society. Fucking asshole pricks think it’s okay to call you stupid to your face when they’re the ones digging around in the dirt pretending to know what the fuck they’re doing. AND straight-up refusing to answer your questions.
As a librarian, this was especially bitter since answering people’s questions is my fucking job. Even when I think they’re awful questions, like one lady who calls asking for businesses that are “American” (read: owned by white people. Really). As a member of the board of trustees, I would think answering the questions of the people you serve would be part of your job.
Though I’m still enraged, look at what happened a few hours later:
All I’m saying is that bitches get shit done. It’s that simple.
EDIT: Since tomorrow’s film features Julia Stiles, I have to: