Is something I can’t stand.

Like the in-law drama that erupted last week over such a simple matter as not-so-dear brother-in-law finding time out of his busy schedule of being stuck like glue to his super psycho super fugly girlfriend long enough to come pick up the car being given to him by his generous older brother and sister-in-law. He refused to find the time and proceeded to make mother-in-law drive the car 600 miles to him. This after all his talk of, “Well, I’ll take the crappier car so that poor mom can have the nicer car” and “Whenever I come home, I do all this stuff for mom because she’s so old and fragile.” Yes, you love your mom so much that you treat her like a baby…except for when it’s not convenient for your girlfriend who apparently will spontaneously combust if you leave her side for even two seconds? Then don’t rub your whole woe-is-me-all-I-ever-do-is-give attitude in our faces. You’re just as selfish as the rest of us (and dumber for sticking with your super psycho super fugly girlfriend despite all the stares you get).

And now I’ve grown quite fed up with my major professor and his willingness to put up with new lab scut monkey’s propensity to take 2.5 hour lunches. I kid you not. If I so much as take a one hour lunch, he’s all over me. Who am I kidding? He was all over us because we dared to take a lunch, period. But she can waltz in at 10am, take a two hour (and counting) lunch, and leave at 4pm?! Something is not right here. Especially when I rightfully should only be here for four hours a day yet am here for eight. Since I’m here for four extra hours, shouldn’t I be allowed to do whatever the hell I want with those hours since I’m not being paid for them? Shouldn’t I be allowed to eat? I guess my major professor’s answer to that question is no. But why should someone else get away with the same things?

Examples abound (mostly thanks to the in-laws and my major professor), but I won’t bore you on the simple point that I absolutely cannot stand hypocrisy. If I were ever to catch myself being hypocritical, I would give myself a swift kick in the ass. I wish other people would do the same.

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