The word "literally" is not necessary in a sentence. I understand that it started out as a point of emphasis. Are we not all numb to this emphasis now—I mean, because we've heard it so much? And changing the pronunciation slightly is like lemon juice in a paper cut; like this: li-trally*.
I’m grateful that when a dear friend says “I was literally blown away…” she literally wasn’t.
Cars in the bike lane, drivers that won't let you change lanes, etc
I’m grateful to have the freedom to swear at lane-changers when I’m not one and then swear at stubborn drivers when I’m trying to change lanes. I also enjoy that I can curse drivers when I’m a pedestrian or cyclist, curse pedestrians when I’m a driver, and curse law-flouting, self-entitled fixie riders just about all the time.
Clients who don't understand what we do. This includes unrealistic expectations, crazy ideas for budget, disrespect for the thought that goes into our work, but mostly...and this happened yesterday...when a client takes FOREVER to give you feedback and so you have adjusted your schedule accordingly, but then they expect you to be able to turn edits around right away. As if you are waiting twiddling your thumbs for them to come back with feedback and have no other work to schedule...I guess I'd sum that up as a disrespect for our time and scheduling requirements.
I’m motherfucking grateful to be at home in my pajama pants with a paper clip stuck in my hair, rather that driving every day to an office park and sitting in a grey cubicle navigating the treacherous waters of office politics, an endless stream of meetings, unrealistic shareholder expectations, and colleagues who can’t or don’t do their jobs. If a client disrespects my time, it’s probably because they have no concept of it.
People in the office not saying hello or responding in kind. Seriously! How much energy does that take? Would you prefer to text me that. I'm walking towards you and I say Good Morning. Fucking at least smile.
I’m grateful that I wake up every day smiling. I cannot say the same for some of the mofos at my office.
Sitting at the back of the bus, I observed a dude stop about halfway up the bus's length and choose THAT as the place to stand, blocking the progress of the crowd behind him who would no doubt need to move further to the back of the bus at the next stop, when even more people would attempt to board. I should emphasize that between him and me, there were no people standing at all. Motherfucker, are you allergic to the back of the bus for some reason? Have you never ridden a crowded bus? Did you not notice the many, many people behind you? Did it not enter your mind that there might at some point in the future be MORE people getting on this bus, and that you and the crowd behind you would need more room? There's plenty of room here at the back, bro. Damn.
I’m grateful for MUNI, even if it is slow, unpredictable, potentially fatal, and often filled with people who have absolutely no concept of public transit etiquette. Beats the fuck out of trying to find parking twice a day.