You notice the little things

When one is heavily sleep deprived one notices that it really is the little things that can really piss you off. The first of such little things that got my proverbial goat this morning I noticed while trying to wake up in the shower. Just a little bit of back story… or and update on the little one’s not feeling well.

The boy is still sick. Last night his fever really kicked in to accompany the horrid green stuff oozing from his nose and the other horrid green stuff he is hacking up. Needless to say his sleep was not the most restful of slumbers.

He awoke around 4 this morning and could not get to sleep, so at 5:15 this morning, after trying to get him back to sleep for some time, I decided to take him downstairs and give him a breathing treatment due to his slightly labored breathing. The breathing treatment went great except it woke his ass up. So we watch some TV at 5:30 in the morning. TV sucks at 5:30 in the morning. Thank god for the “MTV hits” channel. Turns out big man likes the Killers, and Destiny’s Child, but is none too happy about My Chemical Romance (I think he feels that they look too “manufactured,” and that their sound is way too “derivative” to be considered “noteworthy,” and this is from a kid who likes the Wiggles. His words not mine). He also liked the old school video of the song Sun City. Anyway… my wonderful wife relieves me of sick kid watching duty at 6:05 am, and the pass off from Papa to Momma takes about 20 minutes (figuring out what little man wants and such), so I head up to take my shower at around 6:30. I have been awake for 2.5 hours, and out of bed for about an hour now. In other words, me tired.

This leads to the 1st little thing that just pissed me off. In the shower I noticed something about our shower that I had not noticed before. Our shower curtain liner’s (the relatively cheap white plastic sheet that hangs on the inside of the tub while the curtain hangs on the outside… just to clear up confusion) grommets are not made of a rust proof material. To recap: shower curtain grommet is not rust–proof. What in the name of all that is good and holy are the manufacturers of a shower curtain liner, and one of the thicker “better” liner to boot, doing using a material that is not rust proof when it is clear that the environment that this product will be placed will clearly have exposure to water? This was not some mamby-pamby 99 cent shower liner that you pick up at the grocery store on one of the “specials” racks found in the aisle with toilet brushes. No, to the contrary, we spent a whole $2.99 on this shower curtain liner at the upscale boutique known colloquially as Target. How hard is it to use something other than steel as a grommet? There are only 10 little rings to deal with, why not aluminum. Heck, even plastic would work. I would be willing to add a premium to that massive $2.99 price tag. How much forethought has to go into the production team to come up with the idea that things that are in the shower should be rust-proof? (FYI, I mistyped “rut-proof” instead of “rust-proof” and almost left it as is to reap the unintended consequences. “Rut-proof” has a much different meaning.) As it is, they should have just made the damn things from iron, colored the sheet orange instead of white, and cut out the middle man. Bastards!

Thing number 2: The surf Nazi’s here at work have cut off one of the sites I go to for my therapy. Albino Black Sheep’s archive of the “Badger, Badger, Badger, Mushroom” flash animation. It can be located here and it is just the kind psychologically centering device that allows me not to go on homicidal rampages. Some people have mantras, well I enjoy watching relatively poorly animated jumping badgers waving their arms. What of it? You want some of this? The thing that really turns the thumb screw for this little thing is the fact that the surf Nazi program considers this site to be blockable categorizing it as “Tasteless/Gross.” Hey, I can determine for myself what I find “Tasteless/Gross” thank you very much! Trust me, my coworkers want me to be able to access this site, or suffer the wrath of watching me reenact the animation. Did I mention it was on an endless loop?

Well, now I have work to get to. I guess that could be considered the 3rd little thing this morning that has pissed me off.

As a review:

Little man is a sick, sick early riser.
My Chemical Romance is over-rated.
Early butt-crack of dawn TV sucks.
Destiny’s Child is an oddly bootylicious group.
Me like a bicycle…. Too tired
If it is designed to get wet, maybe we should design it not to be hurt by water. Just a thought.
I imagine not terribly much is truly “Rut-proof,” because people are natural fornicators.
Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Badger, Mushroom, Mushroom….
Stupid Work!