Aww sweetie, I didn’t ASK you for all that!!
First of all, I want to say “Mother Nature is a wretch..” she rolled thunder and lit lightning all weekend, and like man, she was all bark and no bite.. #fail make up your mind, mother nature, I’d appreciate if I could plan out my weekend..
Florida weather isn’t what’s hot on the streets, althought it IS hot on my block…
now for our regularly scheduled post..
I’m a simple person. I know you think I might be making a biased statement (because I’m talking about myself) but it’s the truth. It doesn’t take much to make me laugh, or smile, or be happy. It’s the little things, and I appreciate them. But i’m getting the feeling that not everyone believes me when I say, “no really, keep it simple.”
I’ve been noticing something lately. There’s a new phenomena called “initiative” that has crept into my interaction with people. I thank people that have initiative. They are go-getters, self-starters, and I appreciate you going above and beyond.
I remember when I had a job and something that I thought was fabulous would backfire. I would stand there, in a Charlie Brown “good grief” pose and think “initative isn’t always a good thing.” Not a lot of people have gotten that memo. It’s hard to realize when in fact, the more you do what I don’t ask you for, the more I want to punch (slap, kick, shank) you. The more I want to say, “I didn’t ASK you for all that!” The more I don’t want to deal with people.
Don’t know what I’m talking about? I was hoping you’d say that, I shall give you examples!
walk with me now…
I’m on my way back from a house cleaning gig. It’s me and the co-owner of the company in the car.
Him: “I’m stopping at Wendy’s, what do you want to eat?”
Me: “Oh, they have that $2.99 meal with the chicken sandwich, that’s perfect for me.”
Him: “You can’t eat that little thing and be full.”
Me: “Oh, trust me, that’s perfect for me.”
Lady: “Welcome to Wendy’s, can I help you?”
Him: “Let me get a number (whatever) LARGE with a Fruit Punch.”
Me: “Who is that for?”
I have a problem with this as the meal that he ordered was the two patty hamburger meal and CLEARLY not what I asked for. And WHO, on God’s green planet told you that I would prefer that as OPPOSED TO what I actually wanted? I thank you for trying to upsize me, but THAT ISN’T WHAT I ASKED FOR!
Needless to say, I did NOT enjoy my meal, took one patty off the burger to save for later and couldn’t even finish the sandwich. Suppose I was allergic to beef? What the stink are you doing? I don’t eat a lot in one sitting, so what I actually asked you for would’ve been FINE with me. Loser….
I had a VERY unfortunate experience in Maryland last year (which I will blog about at a later date, it’s a series). I specifically told my friend that I was as free as the breeze as long as I got to the Smithsonian. I had gone to the Smithsonian in 2008 and wanted to go back. I LOVE history, love museums, and since it’s free, I LOVE the price. I even said that I would come in town early so that I could be free to wander as I like, visit Chinatown and ESPECIALLY Georgetown.
On Saturday, my friend takes me to breakfast in Adams Morgan and tells me to get dressed, that he’s taking me to Six Flags. (umm).
*you can already guess where this is going*
Needless to say, a fight erupted at Six Flags, and he makes a note of telling me how much the tickets were. I’m looking at him like, “Did I ASK you for all that!?!?” I understand going above and beyond, but please note, that’s NOT what I asked for. And should you decide to NOT do what I asked you for, then please don’t throw it in my face when it doesn’t work out like it should.
(do we remember that the Smithsonian is free?)
I understand what he was trying to do, but did we remember that ALL I wanted to do was go to the free museum…..
You know what I just noticed? The people that usually go above and beyond are usually the ones that don’t know me “like that.” I don’t get why people that hardly know me would assume that they know what I should want. My mother knows not to surprise me with a #1, extra cheese when a .99 cent chicken nuggets would suffice. I say what I mean and mean what I say. Yes, if someone is treating, I might take some things into consideration, but that’s not a reason to shift what I said. Why don’t you just take my word for it? At the end of the day, I’m looking at you like “what a flippin idiot.” I understand that I should just sit back and be appreciative, but how great is it if it’s something that brings me NO enjoyment? Is it possible that this hasn’t happened to anyone else? I usually think that the things that happen to me are very “Nick-specific” and couldn’t happen if someone had Diablo Cody* and thought them up.. Initiative can be great, but that’s reserved for very specific instances. I say you have to know your audience. And I can be the easiest audience you’ve ever come across.
You just gotta listen and not switch sh*t up..
And knowing is half the battle (G.I.Joe)