The Unbearable Banishment: What's eating you, pal?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

What's eating you, pal?

I was waiting for the crosstown bus on 23rd Street at Lexington Avenue. A young man, about 18, baggy pants, ballcap askew, comes out of Beach Bum Tanning on the opposite side of the street, crosses 23rd Street against the light, gets mad and curses a car that almost hit him, walks into a pizza parlor, buys a slice, crosses the street against the light again, and before going back into Beach Bum Tanning, dumps a huge handful of napkins onto the sidewalk. A gust of wind blows them all over 23rd Street. I wanted to walk into Beach Bum Tanning and mash him in his stupid face in.

In Congressional testimony this week, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase said that a financial crisis is something that “happens every five to seven years. We shouldn’t be surprised.” In other words, he had nothing to do with it. Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs said the financial crisis is like a hurricane that nobody could have predicted. See? It’s an act of nature and has nothing whatsoever to do with how these stupid greedy fucks conduct their business. Earlier, Blankfein said that at Goldman Sachs was doing “God’s work.” I wanted to reach into my monitor and bang their two heads together.

My phone had a glitch and the Verizon customer service techs over the phone couldn’t figure out how to fix it so I had to make a special trip into the store to get it fixed. It was such an obscure problem that it took three techs two hours to solve it.

Someone cut me off. He was driving a Toyota Sequoia; a massive, unnecessary pig of a car.

If you’ve ever done any heavy lifting in therapy, you learn that the things making you angry aren’t really the things you’re mad at. It’s not litter or investment bankers or bad drivers or phone glitches. It’s always something else. I wonder what’s eating at me?

Although, I have pretty good idea.

* * *

Saturday night. Mrs. Wife is out with the girls. Kids are in bed. Let’s see. On Ovation TV I’ve got:

Byron: British poet Lord Byron spends the last 13 years of his life longing for the affections of his half-sister and searching for a meaningful existence.


The Indianapolis Colts vs. the Baltimore Ravens.

Sorry, your Lordship. Let me know how that half-sister thing works out.


Anonymous nursemyra said...

hahaha... love that last line

January 17, 2010 at 5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lord byron or football? hello? who's going to think about the porn?

January 17, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Poindexter said...

Dissing Byron, eh? OK we'll see our way to overlook it (this once).

But I'm still holding a grudge against those lying wall street bastards.

January 17, 2010 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger JZ said...

with what's become of American Football (and pretty much all sports/entertainment/pacification), that's more pornographic than lusting after someone with half your genes.....

i must have some pretty deep s*@t going on since even a sunny day can piss me off. meh.

January 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Nurse: I always like to add a dose of levity. Otherwise, it's too dreary to slog through.

Daisy: Football playoffs = a form of porn.

Point: Thanks for the leeway on the Byron dis. It's been a tough week. Also, I'm trying to move past the Wall St. bastards but am finding it difficult.

JZ: You probably don't have to dig too deep to find what's really eating your guts out. It's almost always just below the sunny surface.

January 17, 2010 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger savannah said...

ok, so on to the real issue, sugar...

who's gonna be in the super bowl? ;~D


January 17, 2010 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Savannah: J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!

I hope.

January 17, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i blushingly declare myself guilty of thinking at least half of New York residents were just like the 18 year old kid. putting too much into the tv stereotypes?

January 17, 2010 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Sid said...

Dude one thing that always pisses me off is people littering. Oooh and taxi's cutting me off. Homophobes also annoy the shit out of me.

January 18, 2010 at 4:13 AM  
Blogger A Free Man said...

This is outstanding.

That is all.

January 24, 2010 at 8:35 PM  
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