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anya
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0 posted 08-23-2002 12:15 PM       View Profile for anya   Email anya   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anya

I do not know if there is a similar show in America but here in England we have a show called room 101 where people go on and pick 3 things they would like to 'put into Room 101', which means they pick the three things that annoy or irritate them most and they wish would disappear from the world forever and explain why they hate them, I was wondering what three things you guys would like to get rid of most or 'put in room 101', keep the things light hearted though, I mean of couse we all want to get rid of war and hunger but the idea is to pick three things that are your own three personal little phobias or irritations, however weird they may be, anyway here are my three

1)Camping, the most miserable, wet, uncomfertable times of my life were spent in a tent, it always seems to rain, you have to walk half an hour to find a shower, we always bring canned food but no can opener, I always get stung by wasps, fall into a patch of stinging nettles and pitch our tent next to people with a screaming toddler.

2)Sports Commentators, they say the most stupid, pointless things, if I watch sports I have to put the television on mute otherwise they drive me MAD

3)The way english people are portrayed on American television, english people on American TV are either a butler, a sexually repressed scientist/school teacher, really posh, gay or an evil genius, why???

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Anya

But thatís only half the game!

Let me seeÖ.
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1)Camping, the most miserable, wet, uncomfertable times of my life were spent in a tent, it always seems to rain, you have to walk half an hour to find a shower, we always bring canned food but no can opener, I always get stung by wasps, fall into a patch of stinging nettles and pitch our tent next to people with a screaming toddler.

Camping can be uncomfortable, but isnít that part of the appeal? Camping is mans attempt at getting back to basics and closer to nature. I agree about the wasps though and the nettles thing but being stung on the rear by a wasp and having two pounds of stinging nettles in your knickers is about as close to nature as you can get so I canít let camping in.
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2)Sports Commentators, they say the most stupid, pointless things, if I watch sports I have to put the television on mute otherwise they drive me MAD

Sports commentators do such a good job though and have produced some of the best sporting television moments in history Ė they think itís all over! It is now- added to that you have to take into account the tremendous service they provide for the blind. When I think of sports commentators though I always remember a snooker commentator from the days of black and white television saying ď ..for those of you watching in black and white the blue ball is the one next to the pinkĒ. On that evidence it has to go in.
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3)The way english people are portrayed on American television, english people on American TV are either a butler, a sexually repressed scientist/school teacher, really posh, gay or an evil genius, why???

This pet hate may be due to you being English, looking from inside it may just be that you canít see that on the whole the English are in reality either butlers, sexually repressed scientists/school teachers, really posh, gay or evil geniuses. But being English myself means I canít see it either so in it goes.

Not quite Paul Merton but itís the best I can do.

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You are right about the sports commentators providing a good service for the blind but aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh, my friend gave me a little book of the dumbest things they had ever said once and the things they came out with, I just always remember that formula one commentator Murray Walker saying once 'but you have to remember to win he will have to finish the race', that just put me off commentators forever
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I would have gone almost the opposite way.

Not only would I let camping in, I would have thrown in the WHOLE back to nature crap with it. Even if I agreed it was a worthy goal, it never works. Especially when everyone insists on taking civilization with them. Tents are for sissies.

I agree with sports commentators, but think you didn't take it far enough. They get in, AND have to take with them any sport that needs commentating.

Finally, however, since I can name at least a handful of fairly complex (for TV) English television characters that don't fall within the realms mentioned (that woman doctor on ER and the vampire slayer's mentor, as two examples off the top of my head), the last one doesn't get in. Besides, those stereotypes are so common, they pretty much get played by EVERY nationality.
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Y'know, my own personal stereotype of the British has them being uber-sexy and maybe a little too cool. This comes from waaaay too many of my favourite bands coming straight outta England, and one of my biggest high school crushes having grown up there.

Okay, three things that really really really bug me?

Pre-teen bad boys. They were clothes they could swim in, spike their hair, talk like pimps (when they have probably just barely learned what sex is), and are more like yipping little chihuahuas than anything else. I don't understand why they want to grow up into that image, or why it makes them feel so important to talk as loudly as they can in public places about all the people they "beat up". I could step on these little creatures and break them in half, and they're still trying to act like they own the world. Uh, wha'?

Number two: Really loud car stereos. The car shakes. The ground shakes. Your brain shakes as they pass. All you can really hear is "DUNka, DUNka, DUNka, DUNka," and you're not even sure if it's intended to be English. I don't need to be made deaf by people I will never meet in my life, y'know? Maybe it's just me.

And the third? People who don't know you who still insist on touching when they talk. If I don't know you, I certainly don't want you in my personal bubble, please back off. Not like they'll ever understand, 'course. Grr. Grr, grr, grr!

Okay. I is done.

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5 posted 08-23-2002 04:47 PM       View Profile for anya   Email anya   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anya

The English guy from Buffy falls into the posh catorgy in my opinion but the English doctor from ER is alright I suppose

I would have to agree with all three of your things Anvrill, especially people who invade your personal space when you have just met them, I can't stand it, so I would let all three of your things in!
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1) American tourists who are amazed when I tell them that where I live we have 9 months of winter, and that it gets dark at 4:00 pm or earlier.

2) Bad gramme and spelling. I know I shouldn't talk, but at least I TRY to have proper grammer and spelling!

3) The way Americans and Canadians spell some words completely differently and then get in arguments about it. It's just a WORD, for the love of Pete!


I could list more, but there's a limit *pouts*
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Well personally.. I think 9 months of winter is cool.   Maybe I'm just being a silly American, but I like Winter.

1.) Teen Magazines. I despise them. They always talk about how you can win over your crush, be the most popular, lose weight, fix your face, etc. etc. when they should get their friggin' priorities straight and set an example. The most disgusting display is when they're encouraging teen girls (whocan often be incredibly shallow) to judge other girls for having individual style. I'm sorry, not everyone likes Abercrombie.

2.) People trying to force their beliefs onto me. I don't hold anything against people for what religion or spiritual path they follow, but when they get in my face about my personal beliefs I get really pissed off. If I can treat them with respect they should be "Christian" enough to return the favour. (Thank you to those who are respectful.   )

3.) Idle people.. people who just have no opinions on anything except for perhaps hot hot that girl/guy on some stupid tv show is.



"you don't need one of these to let me inside of you" T.A.

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8 posted 08-24-2002 02:53 AM       View Profile for anya   Email anya   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anya

Teen magazines, thats a good one, they are awful, just a queston though what the hell is Abercrombie?
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"Tents are for sissies."

I agree. No tents in my room. Until it rains.

I'd like death to stay outside of the flap too. Until it's my own.

Tears.

All of them.

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"Tents are for SISSIES?"
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OMIGOD....I have been wanting to watch Ron backpedal....this oughtta be interesting! yuk..yuk..yuk...*chuckle*
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Camping is no fun with a tent. It's best outside on the ground.

Abercrombie & Fitch is a clothing store in the U.S. and it's basically "preppy" and expensive clothing. The reason I used that as an example (before anyone gets on me about preppy/expensive clothing) is because typically it's jeans and a shirt, jeans and a shirt.. which is fine.. but some people prefer to add some flare (is that a good word for it?) to their personal style and I don't think they should be judged for it.


"you don't need one of these to let me inside of you" T.A.

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Sorry, Karen, but logic and truth are much more useful than back-pedaling.

Yes, Nan, tents are for sissies. But that's okay. People who furnish their tents with plastic house plants, living room lamps, electric fans, electric blankets, and telephone lines don't really mind being sissies. They quite obviously planned it that way.  
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Ron,
So how do you know all that inside stuff about tenting?  Must have been in a few of those tents.
Gee, last time I went tenting a skinny roll-up sleeping pad was considered sissy.
Oh, I forgot, I'm ancient.
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No tents?

I've never been camping in my life... once, when I was young, I slept outside, and ended up with a two-face look - one side bitten, one side not.

Give me a mountain bike anytime.

Sincerely,
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Ron? you did not disappoint--I never actually expected a "backpedal" --and? your description made me blush in recognition--my sister once said that if I ended up homeless, my grocery cart would have a rug and at least one potted plant in it!
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Hmmm.... In perusing that list - The ONLY item I had with me (there were more than a few unlisted things I brought along though) was the lamp - and it was a "touch lamp" if I recall.. In case I was afraid of the dark... The rest of that stuff came from a very nice neighbor friend...

Geeeesh - Color me 'sissie' then...

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LOL at this thread, and I'm sorry I'm on my way to work and haven't time to discuss tenting issues. Or the things on my list. But I shall return tomorrow for some fun!
What a fun thread you started, Anya!

from Kacy...who lived for the last 6 years without modern plumbing, but who was once seen inside of a tent, with an air mattress and a CD player.

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Camping with or without a tent is a nightmare in my book. Mabey i am just biased, my older brothers used to drag me along camping and called it 'character building' and that meant they made me run around after them all day and do everything while they sat down and relaxed.
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So now there's Big Brother AND Room 101? Does Orwell know about this?

1. Television -- I only watch three hours a week, and even that's too much. It just leaves your day with nothing done.

2. Modern radio -- What happened there? They play the songs so much, that you're thrilled the first 10 times, bored the second ten, and completely fed up by the third and on. I mean, I love the new Red Hot Chili Peppers music, but must I hear By the Way and Zephyr Song at least eight times a day?

3. People always justifying their behaviour out loud. There's another word for that -- manipulation.

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*pout* I always justify my behaviour out loud... You've never commented in it afore.

And Mikhail, baby, you still watch loads more TV'n I do. It now only exists in my world to give me my movies and music videos, and I only have TIME to sit down and watch one of my vids/DVDs about once a month. I don't understand how Manda can be glued to the thing... Last time I pulled an all-nighter at her house, she just sat there glued to these shows I couldn't even understand.

And on the radio thing... I find the only songs I like get played only once a shift at work (where I'm forced to listen. Grr.), so they never get old. And I just ignore the ones I don't like, even sing other songs while they're playing. Hee hee.

Although it is a joy when something unexpected is played. I heard Moist's Ressurection on the radio for the first time since I was in grade 9. Five years ago! I was so happy, I almost ran around the store, squealing and clapping my hands. Boy, would that have gotten some great looks from the customers. I decided to instead sing along to the entire thing as loud as I could. How have I not been fired yet? Oh yeah, they're desperate for staff.

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OH, and I'm so roundabout and repetitive right now because I'm exhausted, emotionally drained, and in a weird sleep-debt cycle. I never even noticed how badly written that previous thing was until I read it over after having sent it through. Um, sorry? Me go sleep now. While the moon and stars are in the sky; while normal people sleep.

And I'm putting in an app. at Music World tomorrow, or else.

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um...Mike? #3 confused me...ELUCIDATE?
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I kinda half agree with the TV thing, genrally people watch too much of it but instead of TV you should just get rid of certain types of programmes, like soap opreras, the most inane pointless drivel which is always always badly acted, and cop shows and hospital dramas, oh and reality TV, get rid of those and then you will be left with the alright stuff.

 
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