March 25, 2004

10,000 things I hate part one

This blog is a long time coming...I actually thought my blog had been shut down by a tyrannical Gene Wood several months ago only to be informed a week ago that my blog hadn't been closed and I could still post. So Gene...what did you do to my blog then?

In short, I've been meaning to chronicle all the things I hate in life for a while. There's just so many things around that range from causing me mild frustration to burning white-hot anger that I need some kind of outlet. My blog here seemed like just such an outlet and when Kris showed me someone else's Page of General Complaints I knew that I could wait no longer. Be advised that this is not a ranking of most to least hated items, just that I'm relatively sure that if I actually managed to get everything down there'd probably be around 10,000 hated items total. And without any further ado, onto the list:

1) Spongmonkeys - these things appear in recent Quizno's commercials singing a song loosely based on "Do You Love Me" by the Hollies. I use the term loosely because the noise that emanates from these little stuffed turds is much closer to the shriek of a dying man than to singing. Easily one of the most annoying commercials of all time. If I were Elvis (i.e. rich) I'd shoot the TV when this ad comes on. There was recently an article about the spongmonkeys on in which the author, Seth Stevenson, gives the commercial an 'A'. Apparently, Seth likes it when his television ass rapes him. Well, I'm giving you an 'F' Seth Stevenson because you're a jackass.

2) Seth Stevenson [sic]

3) Microsoft. Despite it being somewhat cliche to mention, boy do I hate their asses. The European Union doesn't much care for Microsoft either as they recently fined them $613 million for illegal business practices. It doesn't really take much effort to find evidence of Microsoft's shady business practices. Evidence is everywhere. It's hard to say what the worst part about Microsoft is - the gestapo-like way in which they conduct their business, their lack of innovation, their shitty products or maybe it's just that Bill Gates' face kind of looks like a butt... I'm not really sure, all I know is that I've hated Microshaft for as long as I can remember. And like that guy from Red Dawn, I like the hate. It keeps me warm at night.

4) Cronyism (especially when it's passed off as meritocratism). Success is based on exceptional skill and hard work. Yeah, right. You can spend your whole life working your ass off and acquire a moderate degree of success, or you can just happen to have been in a frat house with the right people. When the corruption and hook-ups go all the way to the top, it's hard not to be a little bit bitter. On the bright side, I have an interview at Dolby tomorrow partially as a result of someone I know that works there - so the tide of cronyism may finally be washing over me.

5) Jim Breuer. This one is obvious. He's a no-talent hack. I don't really need to say much more here, The Onion already took care of this one for me.

Well, that's the first installment. Much more hate yet to come...

Posted by dr_v at March 25, 2004 01:20 PM

I know this isn't what you were going for, but I find you hate very cute. I also hate everything on this list, although Jim Breuer was in Half Baked, which I really like despite his presence. Also, that general complaints page you mention, belongs to the fabulous Renee Nichols (who I visited in my recent trip to New York City); her site is great fun and the source of many, many amusing rants (espeically this one), stories and links, so check it out.

Posted by: Kristina on March 25, 2004 01:04 PM

I love the hate and am proud to say that I too have a list of things i hate from time to time posted on my blog...perhaps its time for another one. Well done on the hating...props to you. :)

Posted by: Adrienne on March 25, 2004 01:59 PM

Yes, it is true, I rule hard core in my general dislike of most things. I am glad to inspire more complaint-lodging in the online world and hope the trend will spread far and wide. Thanks for the link!

Posted by: Renee on March 25, 2004 02:00 PM

The general population really just needs to embrace the hate. It's okay! It doesn't bite! You don't have to like everyone and everything. And even if you've admitted that you don't like someone, you don't have to be nice to them either. There is a distinct line between having to be nice to someone and just having to be civil to them. And let me tell you, trying to be nice to someone you don't really like, takes so much extra energy and I just don't have it in me! Who's with me! ;-)

Posted by: Clint on March 28, 2004 05:33 AM

Being nice to people you don't like is ridiculous - it's just so dishonest.

But that part about embracing the hate? Yeah, definitely *not* with you there.

Posted by: robyn on March 29, 2004 04:59 PM