Necessary Evils

There are lots of things that I don’t like and they seem to fall into two categories – those things that I don’t like but have to put up with, necessary evils, you might say, and those that I don’t see any reason for putting up with at all. Today I’m going to whine about the “necessary evils” category. In no particular order, here are the top ten irritants that can really get under my skin and make me grit my teeth in irritation (clichés, anyone? I’ve got lots.)

1. Housework. I HATE housework. It doesn’t help that I also hate dirt and clutter and feel compelled to clean it up. As M says, I’m a bit of a germophobe. There’s probably a psychological explanation for this but I don’t know what it is. OCD, maybe? Maybe I’m turning into Howard Hughes? Hope not. He was weird. Actually, I think I’m better than I used to be – I can now tolerate a little slobbery.

2. Politicians. If ever there was a necessary evil, they are it. Most of them don’t give a hoot about the job they are supposed to do and only care about re-election and/or getting a plush post-political job somewhere. They can interfere – and often do – in the democratic process by throwing up obstacles to change and improvement in order to further their personal agendas and those of their cronies/henchmen. If the alternative wasn’t so dire, I’d advocate getting rid of them.

3. Tax Abuse. I actually don’t mind paying my taxes. We need schools, roads, hospitals and lots of other things. What pisses me off, though, is when I find out that some politician has used my (and your) tax dollars to stay at an incredibly expensive hotel while attending a conference that she didn’t attend. Then she has the nerve to change to another, more expensive hotel because she can’t smoke in the first expensive hotel. What are we running here? A smokers’ playpen?

4. Shopping. I am definitely not one of those women who can “go shopping” all day. It’s boring, crowded and hot. My mother loved to “go shopping.” As a kid, I sometimes had to go with her. She could do it all day, from store to store to store. She might come home with some mundane item such as a pair of hedgerow clippers, or most frustrating, nothing at all. I like to get in, buy what I need and get out, as efficiently as possible.

5. Big Box Stores. This is closely related to the above. They are gargantuan, crowded and hot and you can lose your car in the parking lot. (Gosh, I’m starting to wax poetical!) I can never find what I’m looking for and store employees don’t seem to know, either. All they can focus on is to get me to sign up for some thing or other that I don’t want but will only cost me $10.99 a month. I usually leave empty-handed.

6. Christmas Shopping. Noticing a trend here? I did a post about this one.

7. Airport Security Lines. You practically have to undress. No shoes. No belt. No this. No that. I once watched an elderly couple being put through this indignity and really felt for them. The man was in a wheelchair and they made him stand up. They at least could have done this in private. Now they want you to undergo some sort of looky peeky right through your clothes and skin in that machine that looks like it’s going to teleport you to Venus. What’s next? Taking us apart piece by piece?

8. Eating Fruit. I like my vegetables. I really do. But I’m not much of a fruit eater. I have to make myself eat this stuff. Some people think that this makes me crazy. Maybe I am and living in some sort of Matrix world. Knowing my luck, however, I’m living inside a cheap snow globe.

9. Doing Yard Work. The outdoor version of #1. And to add insult to injury, I don’t have a green thumb, but at least I don’t have to do it year round.

10. Working with Someone Who Drives You Batshit. I REALLY hate this one. It’s likely someone who wants to be your friend, too. They’re needy and often not very good at their jobs. I feel sorry for them. I try to be polite without being encouraging but this usually doesn’t work. Then I try to avoid them, a difficult proposition if you have to do a project with them. ARRGH!

What necessary evils make you want to scream into your pillow at night??

14 thoughts on “Necessary Evils”

  1. I enjoyed reading your list, and had to find solutions and compromises to many of them in my own life.

    I’m not an average person. I’m sensitive and intelligent. I didn’t earn these attributes. They are an accident of birth. They make me appear unusual, and I’ve had to learn to “act normal” to fit in. The necessary evil I’ve faced most often is the ordinary insensitivity and ignorance people express daily without thinking, because thinking about racism, sexism, religious and cultural bigotry with deeper subtlety is too hard. Being unkind is such a regular part of behavior! Ordinary people ignore both the ugliness and the beauty of the world, and are happier not knowing. My challenge is in learning to love them (I have) while also loving myself for being different.

    1. It sounds like you have had to overcome quite a bumpy road – I’m sorry to hear that. Yes, people can be very insensitive and unkind, but the worst of it is that this doesn’t have to be a necessary evil. All we have to do is stop for a few seconds and think. Thanks for coming by, Mikey; I enjoyed reading your comments.

  2. My necessary evil is cooking. I hate it. Ages preparing something that is scoffed in an instant. Baking – even worse: we don’t even need cake – in an emergency – go buy one.

  3. WooHoo you are on a roll lovely! Loved it.
    Agree with everything you have listed – Housework – a necessary evil 😦 Politicians Ptui! They only get elected over here so they have a nice little retirement package. Heaven help the one we have at the moment ..the election is looming so be gone evil witch who spends our taxes and puts our country at risk with her overspending. Her ‘boyfriend’ who does diddly bloody squat will retire on a nice 6 figure package – and his claim to fame?? he’s her hairdresser – have you SEEN her hair?
    I could continue but my comment post will be too long! I only eat summer fruits not winter blargh. My necessary evils – Car Registration $640 a year..yes a car is necessity and an expensive one. Health Insurance I pay $175 per month just for my cover. Gardening yup that is on the list also – weeding especially! Unkind, ignorant and ill mannered people get on my goat also. Hell there are probably many more – and I tried not to get on my soap-box…but I did, so I shall step off now 🙂 xx

    1. Wow! Your car registration is $640??? I just paid mine – $89 for the whole year. I know that there are some exchange differences but it isn’t much. Unbelievable! Yup, I’d definitely place that one in the “necessary evils” category. We don’t pay health premiums at all – heath care comes out of our taxes. It is the one thing that a politician in this country would be suicidal to try to touch, although the present
      PM flirted with it a little. Thanks for your compliments and comments! 🙂

      1. $89????? omg! The only benefit we have with paying for our health cover is that we choose our own doctor and can have a private room if available and the wait isn’t as long as if we were going through the public system. You are most welcome for both lovely 🙂 xx

        1. Again, wow! I somehow thought that the Australian system would be similar to ours but it’s not. We can choose whatever doctor wherever unless they’re full or we need to see a specialist. Then we have a waiting list, but it’s followed according to the principals of triage. There are lots of complaints about our system, but it seems that we need to shut up!

  4. I’m with you on all of them except I don’t like veggies or fruit but sort of gag them down because I have to. There’s a reason I live in a condo and it’s called “yard work”. Yep, you pretty much nailed my list. 🙂

    1. Hi, Nelson! 🙂 I used to live in a condo and am now eyeing them wistfully … but I have a dog who needs a yard and so I will just have to wait, and gag down my daily allotment of fruit – great expression! 🙂

  5. LOL. I hear ya. I just figured out that in order to keep this house – and not go bonkers – I’m gonna have to pay people to do everything I hate, which is everything 🙂 I can’t take it anymore… My neighbor just cleaned my yard AND did all of the mulching – and I can’t tell you how much more I like the yard now that I don’t have to do anything… 🙂 Good luck. I can TOTALLY relate…

    1. You have a neighbour who does your yard work??? Where do you live??? Seriously, though, that’s pretty wonderful! And I can completely understand about paying people to do the awful stuff – I’ve resorted to that sometimes, too, but it always makes me feel guilty! 😦

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