Annoying

Top 6 Things That Continue To Irk Me

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Annoying

Annoying

Lately, people and things have irked me to no end. A lot of it is definitely self-inflicted, but most of it is pure mind-numbing, smackdown-worthy crap. With no further adieu, my list of things that irk me right now:

#6: The Chris Brown / Rihanna Fiasco

I only place this as #10 because I don’t want to be annoyed by what’s going on with them, but they’ve become such a hot topic that it’s worth noting. In particular, people’s responses to the situation have been at both extremes and none in the middle: either they think Chris Brown deserves some serious jail time or some form of castigation or Rihanna is “ugly” and deserved that beating. I’m of the opinion that CB definitely deserves his punishment. Hitting another woman is out of the question. Yet, I’m also feeling what Amber is saying.

#5: Syracuse Orange basketball

I love Syracuse U. and people know that, but every so often, they give me shades of the Knicks: everytime there’s a chance to just close it out and shut the door completely, something crazy always happens. Fortunately they escaped Georgetown’s grasp, but this trend needs to stop. Please, Cuse, PLEASE!

#4: Popular Rappers Tweeting

I once had this theory about rappers and how they might actually be quality Twitter users. So I started following my favorites (if you’ve been following me long enough, you know who I’m talking about). However, once I waited a week or so, I started to see that they weren’t contributing anything about their thoughts. I’d read their tweets the way I watch the news at night: put me to sleep just fine.

#3: The Obama-MLK-Lincoln Comparisons

OK, the first time the comparisons came up, it was cool. I saw it in a couple of editorial cartoons and I respected it. However, at this point, I’m literally sick of it. Is Barack not his own man? To that end, can Obama please stop using Lincoln and MLK as additives to ligitimize his presidency in the eyes of some of these naysayers? I’m done with the comparisons, and while it’s cool for blog hits, it’s bad on the eyes.

#2: Stalkers

Yesterday morning, I got this strange e-mail from a man who identified only as Patrick. He e-mailed a bunch of us, inquiring about a certain blogger friend of mine, and wanted to get more information about her. Here’s how it read (truncated for blog purposes):

… She asked me for a loan when she had some pressing bills and her ex was not paying his share.  I agreed to help her out with a loan and it was made clear this was a loan, not a gift.  I even have emails to that effect.  The time for repayment that we agreed on is long over due. My calls to the telephone numbers I had for her indicate the number is no longer operable and the emails noted above have been unanswered.  I am appealing to the people on this list to provide me with *** last name, or address and or place of employment.  Please help do the right thing.  I have had a string of bad misfortune lately and really need to recover this money.  As I said, she asked me for help in a time of need and I, maybe foolishly obliged, but now I need help in trying to recover this loan.

Dude, you know how I can tell you’re a stalker? Your story has more holes than I can put my fingers through. How do you loan money to someone whose last name you don’t know? How did you get the e-mails of people who don’t even know her personally? This is a strong indication that the person who wrote this is a stalker who’s trying to find out way more than he needs to. People need to get over themselves.

#1: Internet “FreeAdGans”

NYC Educator highlighted this recently, but it’s worth noting: I’m not just going to put something up on my blog to advertise for you just because your objectives are somewhat in line with mine. You think because we’re teachers, for example, that we’ll put up your “materials” for free? Nope.

If you want me to post “materials” (i.e. banners, PDF files, etc.) then I’m classifying those “materials” as ads because that’s what they are. And if they’re ads, then yes, I expect some sort of compensation. I hate to be so heartless (actually I don’t), but I find that a lot of the press managers and PR people from these corporations really take us for fools.

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I got 99 problems, but this isn’t one …

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About Jose Vilson

José Luis Vilson is a math educator, blogger, speaker, and activist. For more of my writing, buy my book This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education, on sale now.

Comments 8

  1. clyde

    what i don’t get is why ppl feel as if they have a vested interest in these ppl lives. who really cares if dude whooped her ass? i don’t! thats on them. if you wanna see some real ass whoopings walk around the hood, that shit wont be in the comforts of some luxury whip. give me a break. lets move on ppl and worry bout this economy, failing schools, unemployment etc etc. not two fucking kids that [allegedly] kick each other’s ass

  2. e.

    ha. well i’m sure if you’re over 6 you’re also over your comments. at any rate, the issue for me isn’t Chris Brown and Rihanna as people but that (real) people aren’t taking domestic violence seriously, especially young people. What we see in Chris Brown is a cycle repeating itself, that’s scary.

    The stalker thing is crazy and weird… and unimaginative. at least put some thought into it if you’re gonna do it. whomp.

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    Jose

    Maura, if she beat herself up, then this belongs on the Sci-Fi Channel. Actually, it more reminds me of those kid arguments when the older brother will hold the younger brother’s fist and then smack the younger brother’s face with his own fist “STOP HITTING YOURSELF! STOP HITTING YOURSELF!” Or so it goes.

    Clyde, you’re real with it. Props to you, man.

    E and Amber, I’m not over the comments just yet, especially because a part of me feels like we have a lot to learn before domestic abuse becomes truly an abomination and not just a not-so-secret secret.

  4. Tafari

    I used to follow a few celebs on Twitter but no longer do. Im not sure what I was expecting but it was not all that & I enjoy the tweets of strangers & people I actually know better.

  5. mzvirgo

    Celebrities on Twitter, I’m not really that interested as much as I used to be.

    As far as the stalker, couldn’t he just take that loan issue up with Judge Judy or something?

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