19: People who show up minutes before a big movie starts, on its opening night, and expect to find two or more seats together

August 24, 2009

God, I fucking hate people who show up minutes before a big movie starts, on its opening night, and expect to find two or more seats together.

No, there’s not two seats down at the end of this aisle. Yes, I am saving that seat for someone; you can tell because there’s a goddamn purse on it, and I’m a big fucking man with facial hair and a dick.

Now, this only applies to highly anticipated movies in bigger/large cities where there’s a 99.999999% chance the fucking thing sold out a few hours before it starts. The latest, and the inspiration for this post? A 9:30 pm showing of Inglourious Basterds at Union Square, one of the busier theaters in New York. On its opening night, a Friday.

And this isn’t meant for the people who show up 45 minutes early, only to find themselves stuck at the very back of that line outside the theater doors. No, those poor bastards are off the hook for now. I’m talking about the people who obviously didn’t come in at the tail end of that line, who waltz in seconds before the first preview trailer and walk around muttering to themselves “I can’t believe it’s so packed. Over there, are those two?”

NO GODDAMMIT, THOSE AREN’T TWO. IT’S ONE AND A SEAT SAVED FOR SOMEBODY BUYING POPCORN OR TAKING A PISS, SOMEBODY THAT GOT THEIR SHIT INTO THE THEATER ON FUCKING TIME.

What I don’t understand is that if these people theoretically were able to get their tickets hours ahead of time, why can’t they get there earlier so they don’t have to hunt in the dark for seats? Was that overpriced whisky at Union Bar really fucking worth it? Is your life that fucking hectic and exciting? No, it’s not.

And God forbid if you make me get up to go to the end of my aisle only to get halfway there, realize one of the seats is saved or unavailable, and then make me get up again. I’m 6’5″ and movie theaters are one of the MANY places I don’t fucking fit. Not only do I have to worry about you stepping on my bag that won’t fit under these goddamn seats, I’ve got to worry about you knocking my 124 oz. drink out of the arm rest’s cupholder.

Here’s a new policy: one more row of seats at the very base of the screen, tilted back. Anybody that pulls this shit gets to lean back and break their neck.


18: People who take fantasy sports way too seriously

August 13, 2009

God, I fucking hate people who take fantasy sports way too seriously.

My friend and coworker recently sent me an email the commissioner of his league sent out. Here is a sample.

I expect…nay, I demand that every single person who voted to veto this trade respond with reasons why. I’m not even kidding. This looks to me to be a clear case of collusion to block a competing team from improving, and I will not participate in a league in which this sort of behavior persists … I don’t think it’s out of line to say that the consideration that I have given everyone else thus far has not been [sic] [name redacted] and me, and I suspect that it has maliciously been denied from me.

Well, what was the trade, you ask?

As to this particular trade, I asked [name redacted] what he would want in return for [Hanley] Ramirez. He said A.) a top pitcher I can run out there every week, B) solid closer, and C) a good hitter to replace him. How have Wandy Rodriguez, Heath Bell, and Alexi Ramirez not filled these needs? In fact, this is a bit of over-paying on my part, as it’s parting with the two best members of my pitching staff and a solid contributor in four hitting categories. I negotiated with [name redacted] about an alternate in the swap, he stuck to his guns, and I decided after thought that it was worth the high pricetag.

Yes. Such a high price tag for ONE OF THE TWO BIGGEST FANTASY STUDS IN ALL OF BASEBALL, AND A PLAYER MANY GUYS WOULD CHOP THEIR DICKS OFF TO GET. Wait, I need to get a tissue. The tears … they are a comin’. Sureloserly, this man is a bastion of purity, a beacon of light in an otherwise dark and twisted world.

[Second name redacted] explained his action in the veto, but not a single other person has offered explanation. I am hard-pressed to come to any conclusion other than this league and the players in it are “integrity challenged.”

Hmm. He’s questioning other people’s integrity. This is interesting when you learn that this person streams his pitchers. What’s that? Basically, that’s when you drop and add pitchers constantly, picking up as many innings, wins, Ks, and saves as possible. Many leagues have settings that allow it, so some think it’s ok. Anybody with a brain, however, doesn’t. Why? Because “[s]treaming is seen as an easy way out of having to strategically play fantasy baseball and instead of analyzing matchups and proving you know your stuff. Streaming can allow any idiot to outshine the competition. Basically, anti-streamers claim that this strategy takes away the most important element of the game: fun.”

So, based on this information, isn’t it ODD that he would want to give up TWO WHOLE TOP PITCHERS to get arguably the biggest producer in fantasy baseball? Oh, it’s not? Since he likely would’ve dumped them to pick up other pitchers, anyway? Ok.

He goes on to call my friend a coward, and links to a bunch of ESPN fantasy articles that somehow prove his point. As if anything on ESPN.com has proved anything in the last 10 years other than “we can pay Rick Reilly $775,000 per word and nobody will bat a fucking eye.”

When my friend – who, by the way, had clawed his way back to the top of the league WITHOUT STREAMING HIS FUCKING PITCHERS – recently decided to give up on this fiasco and sit his team, he immediately got an email from this commissioner (who sits, IRONICALLY, in second place) noting the “suspicious” timing of his actions. He then gave my friend an ultimatum of a few days on whether or not to field a team, then IMMEDIATELY emailed another player in the league – the second name redacted, and my friend’s friend – and asked him whether or not my friend was going to play. THIS WAS 1 PM ON A GODDAMN TUESDAY.

So, my friend must be giving up a lot of money to quit this bullshit league, right?

Nope. It’s a free league.

A. FREE. FUCKING. LEAGUE. No money. None. Zero. Free. Like a summer breeze, and napkins at McDonald’s. A FREE FUCKING FANTASY LEAGUE.

Hey, cuntbucket. Here’s some tips: stop fucking cheating, stop trying to wield a tin fist over a bunch of people who are just trying to kill some time and connect with some buddies who live far away, and remove that gigantic, prickly, self-important stick from your puckered little unvirginized asshole.

Oh, and take a long walk off a short pier. With rocks in your pockets. If your parents are anything like you, they’ll just pluck a replacement son off the waiver wire. Actually, I think your parents once tried to trade you for the Menendez brothers. My friend vetoed that trade, too. Why?

He didn’t want your family to get better.


17: People who tell me I need to get on Facebook

August 4, 2009

God, I fucking hate people who tell me I need to get on Facebook.

Yes, I know. Everybody’s apprehensive at first. Nobody really thinks they want to, until they sign up.

Then it’s as if some wonderful kind of treasure trove opens up and bestows all kinds of priceless gems at your feet. Oh, look, it’s Mark Fitch, the kid that wore tight jeans and flapped his legs, subtly masturbating in Ms. Swanson’s English Lit class! And look – it’s Christy Gerlick, the chick that got wasted and blew the pizza delivery guy at that keg party junior year of college! And hey, is that … is that CARTER FLEISCHBACH? It is! Hey, man, remember when you sold me that bag of bunk mushrooms? No? Well I don’t really, either! How the fuck you been, bro?

If I had wanted to talk to the interstate pile-up of human wreckage that is my past, I would’ve done so by now. I would’ve Googled them, or asked any one of the three people I still talk to from high school about what happened to what’s-his-face or if he’s still banging what’s-her-fuck. But none of that interests me as an adult with things to do, like look for a new job or watch my latest DVR’d episode of PTI.

I’ve been lured before. In college I was told to try Friendster, so I did. What the hell, I thought. It’s something to do. Then, literally months after I had signed up, this new thing called MySpace sprang up out of the ground. Now that was the hot new thing, and I was stuck with the ’82 Pinto of social networking sites. Great. To this day I still get emails from them, urging me to update my profile so the 74 other pathetic losers still gripping their Friendster accounts tight like a last breath can find me. Guess what? No thanks.

So then. MySpace. I had seen the oncoming pattern: sign up for X, hot-shit new thing Y comes out. Sign up for Y, cool-ass new thing Z comes out. Sign up for Z, gotta-have new cocksucking thing SUBMIT-OR-DIE Z.A is there, ready to pounce on and devour your soul. But, still, a friend had said the only way to see her pictures was to get a MySpace account. So I did. I haven’t looked at that thing in years. I’d just as soon remember my third day on Earth than the password to that creepshow.

So why Facebook? Why has it not been completely conquered yet? There’s those cute little update messages people can leave; well, guess what? I can do that shit on Gchat, or, God fucking forbid, Twitter (which I am also boycotting like Facebook). And those quizzes? Christ. Who gives a flying pussyrocket whether or not your friends know what you’d rather be doing on a sunny day, or which John Cusack movie best sums you up as a person? HANG OUT WITH SOMEONE IN REAL LIFE, OR PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL THEM. Didn’t we use to do that? Now it’s “Friending” and “Pinging” – sounds more like a bad SyFy movie than anything.

Look, I blog. I instant message friends. I text, I email, I do all that shit. I’m a person of this age, of this time, and I use just about every technological advantage available to lead a somewhat normal life. But I never sat at the “cool” table in school, and I’ll be fucking damned if I’m going to clear away a seat at the digital version of it now.