Gut Rumbles

September 01, 2004

fan the flames

I really like this guy, and as long as I'm busy pissing wimmen off today, I thought I would include this quote:

One of the most off-putting traits a woman can have is the tendency to become hysterical and refuse to listen to reason. I can't tell you how many times I've been involved in some sort of minor crisis and had women make it a thousand times worse. They actually get mad at you for not being hysterical, too. If there's one way to make a woman hate you, it's to tell her to knock off the goddamn drama because you refuse to take part in it. It's as if they look forward to drama and you're screwing it up for them. "Here's my big chance to run in circles and pee in my pants, and you're messing it up for me!"

I have very little patience with people who launch into panic mode for no good reason. Hell, I spent 24 years of my goddam LIFE being the person who was NOT supposed to panic, even when serious shit hit the fan. Oh yeah. I saw some situations where I wanted to run in circles and pee my pants, but I couldn't afford to do that. I had to act like I knew what was happening whether I did or not.

At the risk of "generalization" again, I submit that most wimmen can't do that. Even Jennifer, who I once thought was one of the most intelliegent wimmen I've ever met, turned into a complete jellyfish when Floyd was bearing down on Savannah. She ran in circles and peed her pants--- without accomplishing a damned thing except to make me angry at her.

If this makes YOU angry, so be it. I will NEVER vote for a female President because I've seen too many wimmen in panic mode.


Well I potentially have Frances coming down on me and I haven't had the vapors yet. Wonder what my problem is. I've been hauling out storm shutters with my husband, attaching them to the house. I 've been in charge of all supplies here as he can't get off work. I've called all my neighbors to make sure they feel comfortable staying whee they are and tomorrow morning i'm helping my neighbor but up the rest of their shutters.

Dunno. Maybe I should put some smelling salts in our saferoom just in case. ;-)

Posted by: Boudicca on September 1, 2004 09:28 PM

Who are you kidding? You wouldn't vote for a woman for President if she came to your door and blew you for your vote. Being in your position (the "underclass"), you will always have a problem with those who have power over you (which is basically everybody, but you will take it out especially on "wimmen," minorities, lawyers, and other "undesireables"). But, hey, you should still feel good about voting for the millionaires who won't raise the minimum wage--because that makes you better than all them other damn lowlifes... and it is important to look down on someone, after all.

Posted by: BJK on September 1, 2004 09:40 PM

BJK--- you are an ass.

Posted by: Acidman on September 1, 2004 09:54 PM

Maybe most, but not all... We had the biggest fire in CA history burnin' down the hill towards our house, and my wife was calmly and cooly collecting the important stuff to take with us(our financial papers, stuff like that). If I needed somebody around to keep a cool head under pressure, she gets my vote.

I was the one who forgot to grab underwear! But, that can be bought cheap...

JIM :)

Posted by: jim on September 1, 2004 10:17 PM

I live smack in the middle of Tampa Bay (on the Interbay Peninsula) by myself and I neither got the vapors nor began to hyperventilate when Charley was coming. I just got me a few extra boxes of double-ought for any looters that might come my way, a roll of duct tape, a couple of cans of pork-and-beans, 10 gallons of distilled water, and I socked in for what turned out to be a non-event for Tampa.

Nor have I been "running in circle or peeing my pants" over Frances, although after what Charley did to some of my friends across the state (that is, on the other side of the state from where he made landfall) it's understandable that some people would. SOME PEOPLE are like that. WOMEN AND MEN. My own father, who isn't given to "vapors," started yelling at me about being stubborn and stupid when I told him I wasn't leaving the peninsula when we thought Charley was headed here. My best friend's husband pulled the repulsive "lord-and-master" macho routine that same Thursday night and tried to make her leave the house across the street because it wasn't safe for her...yet it was okay for him to stay. Vapors? Hysteria? These two guys, who I love very much, exhibited much more hysteria and vapors than any of the women I know.

So, anyways...we GET IT, Acidman. You're bitter because you had the misfortune (or stupidity) to marry a cooze. You don't like us. You don't respect us. You think we're all like her. Consequently, you'd probably fuck yourself if you could, because that's safe and wouldn't cause you any more nasty intimacy problems...and I ain't just talking about doin' yourself with Aunt Rosie Palm and her five lovely, calloused neices. So...why don't you just go do it? Or at least try? But whatever you do, PLEASE stop floggin' the dead horse about "wimmen" and their VAPORS. Or at least, try to keep it to a minimum. I realize this is your blog and you can write what you want, but the bottom line is that people are people, and that's what it boils down to. Some people panic, and some don't. I don't wanna quit reading you, cuz I love a good Southern man and I really liked your "About me" blurb that I read when I first came here, but I'm just about to give up on you. There's only so much generalized abuse a woman can take.

Posted by: Amy on September 1, 2004 10:30 PM

Damn, Amy--- take a valium. You're hyperventilating.

Posted by: Acidman on September 1, 2004 10:43 PM

Nope, not hyperventilating. Just calling it like I see it. Unlike you, I can't vent my spleen in measured doses EVERY SINGLE DAY. Ain't my blog. That rant had been building for a while until I "got to know" you a little better.

But anyway, if I had a valium, I certainly would take it. Got a spare? Not cuz I'm hyperventilating, though...just for GP. :-)

Posted by: Amy on September 1, 2004 10:57 PM

BJK is not only an ass, he's a class-war-and-psychobabble-spewing ass, which should be a capital offense in all 50 states, but unfortunately, isn't.

What a fucking retard.

Posted by: Mr. Bowen on September 2, 2004 01:24 AM

Well, I've been married for... let's see, oldest boy is, um, ah, hell, all day long to a woman who's never lost her head in an emergency of any kind.
Seen her get shakey and weepy and a couple times stuff-throwin' mad after the fact, 'specially if'n it was somthin' I did to cause the emergency, but never before or during.
Maybe, Rob, you should've let your Grandmama pick your women for you.

Posted by: Peter on September 2, 2004 01:44 AM

I tend to agree with Acid's generalization, although my own domestic situation is blessedly free of the feminine vapors, because I married Wonder Woman.

Let's be honest: there are more Pat Schroeders, politically speaking, than Margaret Thatchers.

Of course, there are more Fuckfaces than Winston Churchill, too, but the ratio is a little better among men.

Posted by: Kim on September 2, 2004 03:23 AM

You guys need to hang around more nurses... we don't whine because we hear enough of it all freakin day long at work. We don't freak out even if whatever you men have done has cause detachment and profuse bleeding. We usually made A's in anatomy (wink wink). We don't have to pee nine million times on trips because we are used to holding it all day long at work. I could go on and on. Girls... lighten up.

Posted by: PamelaRN on September 2, 2004 06:10 AM

Hey, maybe you need to move North. Yankee women with pioneer blood can handle it, whatever it is. I'll never forget my mother after my brother was hit by a car in front of our house. (I was 8 and he was 6.) When a tornado came ripping nearby and I was home alone with the boys, not only didn't I pee my pants but I calmed two 8-year old boys while making sure we were safe. A girl friend "lost" 12 year old in Chicago from 2 PM until 3 AM and she kept cool under pressure even though her husband was 600 miles away. Want more examples?

Of course, we may have our little cry after the event, but adrenaline pumps through women's bodies just like men's bodies.

Posted by: Earth Girl on September 2, 2004 09:14 AM

I would put the ratio of panic to rational women about 80% panic and 20 % rational, maybe it depends on the time of the month. All I know is of all the women that I trained to fly helicopters in combat about 20% were worth a crap at it.

Posted by: James Old Guy on September 2, 2004 09:20 AM

Generalization is necessary to thought.

Generalizations may be correct or incorrect.

Generalizations about groups of people, even when correct, are not predictive of an individual's behavior.

Individual exceptions to correct generalizations do not invalidate the generalization.

I think most of us here understand these things.
The disagreement is whether the Acidman's generalization is correct.

Posted by: Brett on September 2, 2004 10:06 AM

My mother was an RN. She worked ER, psych wards, terminal wards, etc. Usually she was pretty level-headed...until it concerned us kids.

I sliced my hand up pretty well when a ladder broke and I grabbed the metal-siding of an attic fan. I hit the floor, and stare in shock as a pool of blood formed under my hand. Mom comes rushing to the rescue, and what does this hardened nurse do? Grabs me by the shoulders and just rocks back and forth sobbing, "My baby, my baby..." The pain sort of disappeared then as I just stared at her in amazement. Dad was the one who quickly grabbed a towel as a bandage and had us in the car within 5 minutes.

Maybe it has more to do with the children being in danger.

Posted by: Steven on September 2, 2004 10:54 AM

I think that what maybe more likely is that some women keep it together better than others. Just like some men. Situation counts too. If there's someone else there to lean on, it's easier to let go and give in to those feelings FOR ALL OF US. Maybe the only difference is that women are taught that it's acceptable to be hysterical and men are taught to keep it in. Boys don't cry, right?

Posted by: caltechgirl on September 2, 2004 02:50 PM

"Being in your position (the "underclass"), you will always have a problem with those who have power over you (which is basically everybody, but you will take it out especially on "wimmen," minorities, lawyers, and other "undesireables")".

BJK, this is exactly the Class-Warfare crap I expect to fly out of a Dems bonghole these days. This scares the hell out of me. It truly does. If you really want Class-Warfare move to China. They will accomodate.

Posted by: Chase on September 2, 2004 03:02 PM

"Generalization is the sole function of mind."
- David Munger (1972-20__ )

I think their's an upside here, the most hysterical women will eventually respect and seriously dig the guy who tells her to knock in off. I've noticed these girls tending to marry the guy that can calm them down and sort of contain them a little.

Wild guess: I'm thinking he might not vote for a guy who blew him either.

I'd vote for Jean Kirkpatric, Marget Thatcher, or Ann Coulter. All women who are either foriegn or WAY to intelligent to run for high office. I suspect that in men there is much more overlap between "smart enough to do the job" and "crazy enough to want it".

Posted by: Dave Munger on September 2, 2004 06:13 PM

BJK: There is no underclass here, only varying levels of income which vary over time. If there were an underclass, Bill Gates would be in it (if he were British, he'd probably have some kind of accent that'd make him sound like a chimney sweep, and he might even get stuck in some modern equivalent of that occupation). Bankrupt Lords would be in a higher class than him, even if their ancestors had sold off the family estate and run up several generations worth of debt. An actual class system is more like a caste system, that keeps you from ever getting an education or job above your station. Upward mobility is not a feature of a class system. Americans generally misuse the term "class" in an inaccurate Marxist sense, to mean "level of income". It's like saying that the minor children and retired parents of billionares are peasants, because they have little or no income.

Posted by: Dave Munger on September 2, 2004 06:34 PM

Brett: Any other Asimov nerds in here? A part of the psychohistoric premise of Foundation that I like but never hear mentioned is that the equations have greater predictive power when applied to larger populations, like the Galactic Empire. I guess the random noise from individuals is supposed to get drowned out more.

Posted by: Dave Munger on September 2, 2004 06:40 PM
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