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Hostile Workplace

Hostile Workplace

Can you imagine what it’s like working in a hostile workplace? Coworkers making cutting remarks, people looking at you funny just because you’re dressed for cosplay after work. You didn’t get promoted even though you’ve been working there for nearly four months. This one time, several people went out to lunch and didn’t invite you. One time, an unattractive person even had the nerve to ask you out on a date.

This guy in the video has it easy, comparatively. If the fellows on the ground make wisecracks, he probably can’t hear them because he’s 50 feet in the air and panting like an Olympic oarsman. And I bet he gets paid pretty well, even though he can’t even code a simple PHP app. Life’s not fair, I tell you.

We’re Men. We Make Things

We’re Men. We Make Things


We can’t help ourselves, really.

We generally make a mess, of course. Make noise. Make trouble.  Make problems. Cause complications and anxiety. We darken your doorstep and dirty your dishes and drink your booze and leave the refrigerator door open.

When all else fails, we do something useful.

This New House, With Your Host, Abnormal Abram

This New House, With Your Host, Abnormal Abram

Hi, I’m Abnormal Abram. Welcome to this episode of This New House. On today’s episode, we’ll lovingly craft a kitchen cabinet from eco-friendly, sustainable sawdust, staples, formaldehyde, and shelf paper.

Of course some viewers will misunderstand why I’m going so fast. Some will think that I’m racing to finish the cabinets so that the kitchen will be done in time to cook dinner. Nah. Some will misapprehend that I’m racing to finish the cabinets in order to make more money. But I’m paid hourly, not piecework. Others will guess wrong and assume I’m trying to finish the cabinets before the general contractor can get a building permit at the town hall, which is certainly the case because the Conservation Committee only meets once a month. But that’s not it.

It’s just that I gotta finish this before I take a whizz. Don’t worry, I’ll go back to malingering after.

They Cheer When Someone Hits a Soft Single

They Cheer When Someone Hits a Soft Single

Sports are fun, or supposed to be, anyway. A diversion. This is the sort of life they’re supposed to be a diversion from. Real work. Sports-watching has become attenuated over the years. Because there’s so much money and fame in it, playing games professionally has nudged out and replaced the reason for its existence, which is the amusement of people who need to plop themselves in a chair at the end of a long day. Even if it is a barstool. Cradle to grave, playing sports is considered a world unto itself.

If I could bet on the oil rig worker in the video, I would. I suppose I am, in a way, because I’m driving around in a car, and I need what he’s drilling for. If I could cheer for him, I would. I suppose I am, by posting this video.