And what the fuck where they thinking?
So I was in the car today with my mom and we were talking about people and how often just a few wreck it for the majority. We hear this a lot from my dad who is a property manager and looks after several buildings in the downtown area. Most have on-site managers but a couple small ones don’t so he gets to deal with issues first hand. With all the crazy stuff my poor dad has to handle with tenants it is a miracle he hasn’t lost his mind. I know I’d freak out.
And the weird thing is that so many of these people don’t even think about how their so-called little lapses accumulate and add up to some serious hassle.
So after gossiping about various people we have heard about who live their lives selfishly thereby negatively affecting others I came to this conclusion,
“There are people who notice stuff and people who just don’t.”
I happen to be one of those people who notice stuff. Unfortunately I notice stuff in such minute detail it is actually a huge pain in the ass. Cleaning my apartment is often hell. I start on the big stuff and then get lost in the tiny stuff. I hate fingerprints and notice them on my desk top, cabinets, and glass. Don’t even talk to me about smears. Stains freak me out. It is not so much that I am a neat freak because I am actually not. It is just small imperfections are incredibly obvious to me.
Chips in the paintwork, spotted chrome, crooked pictures, dead leaves on plants….
I don’t know why.
For instance every time I wash my floors I wash the outside of my front door too. I polish the door knob and knocker and wipe off all the scuff marks on the base of the door from the toes of my shoe. You know those black marks from when you use your foot to push the door open if your hands are full?
But every day when I walk down the hallway of my building to get to my apartment I notice all the dirty scuffed marked and fingerprinty doors of my neighbours and wonder how they do not notice the dirt and clean their doors.
I then have to remind myself that most people just don’t notice this stuff. They are not bad or nasty. They just don’t see.
But what pisses me off is when some asshole spills half their latte down the wall of the elevator and doesn’t clean it up. Or lets their dog poop in the lobby. Or leaves dirty panties behind in the laundry room. How can you not notice that stuff?!?! Is it that they don’t notice or don’t care?
Sadly, us folks who notice stuff always appear like uptight bitchy dorks to those who don’t notice.
But even though I can get driven to distraction by these details they can also delight me in strange ways.
I recently bought some fabric to make pillows exactly because if you look reeeaaaallly close at the pattern it is filled with all sorts of weird and wacky shit. To just glance at it you would think it was some sort of childish fabric.
Oh no! No, no, no, no no….
"Hey Fluffy Bunny! I'm Timmy Raccoon. Can I play with you and your scythe?"
"Why I LOVE swimming Fluffy Bunny! Wait for me!"
"Why yes, Fluffy Bunny, I do although my blue vest is knitted from nice cooling asbestos."
Bye bye, Timmy Raccoon.