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Running out, you react.

I have since learned that some unfortunate people, apparently, cannot hold decent enough phone conversations without broadcasting it to everyone else around a fifty-foot radius. It grates on my nerves so much, I feel like stuffing a sock over their heads.

In the meantime, here I am, frying my eyeballs out, attempting to concentrate on my tasks, having already worked weekends and agonizingly (and unnecessarily) wondering if “tax exempt” or “tax-exempt” fits best.

And all I keep hearing is a discussion on cheap air fares, plans for lunch, ways to solve some online puzzles, what someone did last summer, wasted movie tickets.

Fine.

Give them a little bit of work, and they would go sighing as if the end of the world is nigh.

Aiyah, cut some slack… let me goyang kaki first lah.”

Eh, excuse me. Last I checked, we are not at some exotic beach somewhere in some faraway tropical land sipping pina coladas and watching seagulls pecking at crayfish.

Fine.

The next day was a different story altogether. Having magically turned over new leaves overnight, I heard complaints – of not getting enough work.

And you were telling me about goyang kaki yesterday?!

Heck.

It is the bloody injustice that exhibits itself every single day that makes me want to do something irrational; something unlike me. I do not know what. I cannot put a gun to their heads; I am too nice for that. I cannot curse properly; I have been told that I am too soft-spoken for that. Plus, all that still comes across as pretty mild anyway. I need to resort to something. Drastic times call for drastic measures.

Something like, like… #&$(*@#$&!

I want to be an island. No time is as good as any to be one right now.

Do you know that islands can explode, too?

Details of this entry.Monday, July 24, 2006, filed under Personal.
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  1. ooh… Monday work blues =)

    Kheldar | 24/07/06 11:52 PM



  2. ACROSS
    1. Live up to your name – nag them ill ! (4,2,4)

    Tim Frost | 25/07/06 04:21 AM



  3. Woohoo! Tis time to listen to gossips when people speak overly loud! And earphones plugged into your ears with no music helps! Great stuff and great opportunity to take a break from work too…

    And I think there’s no ‘tax exempt’ so ‘tax-exempt’ it is! Oh, and the end of the world IS nigh… so says Nostradawong!

    Wong | 25/07/06 10:00 AM



  4. Kheldar – This happened last week, actually. So you can see how hard it is for me to let things ago… (goes off to sharpen some daggers)

    Tim Frost – Whee, I’m a part of a puzzle! :D But nah… I can’t nag properly too. Heh.

    Wong – I think I need earplugs that blocks out unwanted sounds and all.

    Not necessarily… for instance, you use “this is tax free” and “this is a tax-free component”. Hmm.

    Strizzt | 25/07/06 07:42 PM



  5. OK, if you won’t do it, I’ll nag them. That’s just as good.

    I agree with Wong, that compound adjective is not hyphen-exempt. There’s a brief guide to the subject here:
    http://www.uhv.edu/ac/student/writing/ grammartip113004.htm with a link to a fuller treatment.
    It’s good to know the rules behind these aspects of the written language.

    It’s a pity not everyone takes as much care as you. I looked at the UK Inland Revenue web site (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/). They should get it right, if anyone does. But, oh no. Plenty of hyphens missing where they should have been present.

    Tim Frost | 26/07/06 02:49 AM



  6. Tim Frost – Ah, thanks – I’ve got that webpage bookmarked now for future reference.

    Heh heh, it’s not that I’d want to take as much care about it – it’s a curse that comes with my job, I think. :l I get the urge to automatically correct mistakes sometimes. But yeah, not all official authorities get it right, too.

    Strizzt | 26/07/06 07:59 PM



  7. Che-ba-booooooom!

    Mr Anon Ymous | 26/07/06 08:21 PM



  8. Mr Anon Ymous – Bilim-balam-boom-bang! Nah, I don’t quite know if islands make such sounds when they explode…

    (hmm, writing your name that way makes me feel as though it were a secret code of sorts)

    Strizzt | 26/07/06 10:08 PM



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