Thursday, June 30, 2005

Where Are My Gloves?

As a result of some very interesting "politics", well actually cheating, I've fallen behind the team of 45 that I'm competing with. Let's just say, somebody spiked my experiment in an effort to slow me down. Yes, this sort of crap happens in the scientific world. Unfortunately, it seems to happen to me a little too often.

I would have been fine if these guys found a way to beat me without cheating. I hate this sort of crap. It's not right.

Now it's time not only to beat them, but to teach them a lesson. A good spanking is in order. I am going to work virtually non-stop. The gloves are off. Vavoom is pissed.

Here's today's question, and I ask it in an annoyed tone -- What sort of things piss you off beyond belief?


Blogger FantasticAlice said...

Asinine people that expect you to do their work for him.

This HAS NOT been a good week for me, if you go and check out my posts... I've ranted in them all.

1:32 PM  
Blogger thc said...

Vengeful people. (Just kidding).

4:10 PM  
Blogger Rattie said...


4:50 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

I can honestly say that I don’t get it. You are telling me that 45 people don’t think they can finish before you do. It may be my ignorance, but if each of them showed half the dedication that you have, they should be able to coast. The sad part is that it appears that instead of actually working, they chose to sabotage your work. I’m sorry, but this seriously bothers me. Kick their collective butts Vavoom!

6:01 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

moose: Not all 45 did the deed. Only one person did it. That's all that it takes. Whip their ass, I will. Thanks for backing me up, pal!

6:18 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

I'm with Moose on this. Bring a crowbar with you to work tomorrow and leave it on your table. B)

I think, I get most irrate with people that don't consider the feelings and intentions of others. Life is too short to not chain them to lightning rods.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

Would it make a difference if you brought up the cowardly deed to the rest of the other group? It might just come off as crying. I'm not sure. Utlimately, crushing them would be a much better response. Speaking of crushing, I started keeping a five pound rock on my desk. I drew a stick figure, and put the rock on top of it. A little red ink later, and it is an excellent warning to those who would cross you. It works for me anyway.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

moose: Nah, I'd rather not bring others into this. I'll focus on my work and do well. That's the best way to resolve this, methinks.

7:26 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Here's my list of things that piss me off:

1. People who can't fit their car in one parking space.
2. People who have 20 items in the "10 items or less" line.
3. Anonymous responses to blog entries.
4. My mother-in-law.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

I hate people who think they are better than you are.. I guess that fits under the catagory of arrogance

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vavoom- kick butt! But remember, they cheated and won't learn as much as you will. Don't get fixated at the end result, focus on the process and what you gain from the experience. That will make you a better scientist.

10:22 PM  
Blogger RT said...

Jane: Anonymous makes a good point, even if it does piss Fred off :o)

Doing your job and doing it well is it's own reward... And besides, you were already smart enough to figure out what they did, should tell you a bit about your competition.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Raine said...

Good one, thc.

Two come to mind: when people lie to me (which happens a lot in my profession) and when someone's unkind or harsh to someone who can't defend themselves.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Anandi said...

V - what kind of weird-o lab situation are you in?? Would your advisor be supportive if you explained about the sabotage? That's so uncalled for. Pull that shit at most companies, and folks would get fired for it. Bleh!! Good luck to you. Kick their butts.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Rat said...

Stupid People and chairs being dragged !

2:56 AM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

Anandi: The lab is a fine place. I think this is an angering hiccup. It happens. No, I don't think my advisor would want to deal with this. My advisor is a great person, and I actually prefer to keep him out of the situation.

3:10 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

It really makes me angry when I'm not listened to.
Also, pushy people get me riled up.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Well lots of things piss me off (maybe I have issues?) but the main ones are:

stupid drivers
a certain coworker
telemarkers... especially when they call several times a day
people who interupt

9:49 AM  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

PARKING METERS! And parking tickets. And about a million other things.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

They must be really scared of you if they think they need to cheat, even though they have 45 people working on their team, and you have 1.

Hummers (the big army issue vehicles) in the city that cost more than my house and have never left the city streets.

People who think sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle means they know how to drive.

Mean people.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Camphor said...


Unfounded accusations.

I can deal with injustice, though it does piss me off. Deliberate sabotage / meaness - about small things, that's unforgivable.

Backseat driving.

Enough said about things that piss me off, I think.

I'm sure you'll show them. When push comes to shove, they aren't doign or learnign as much as you do, and I've always thought that though the results of experiments matter (I never get the 'right' one, btw) it's the experiment itself that is more important. So enjoy what you are doing becuase spending all your time just to "beat them" just is not worth it. They aren't worth that.

10:31 AM  

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