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Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Dave!Every time I turn around now-a-days, I'm hearing about horrendous crap that's going on with my friends or family. It simply. Does. Not. Stop. Whether it's from finances, health, betrayal, theft, heartbreak, or a multitude of other tragedies, something horrible always seems to be happening to somebody I care about.

Heaven only knows I've had my share of heinous shit dropping into my life lately, but it's the never-ending misery of other people that's wearing me down. It's getting to the point where I'm afraid to pick up the phone or check my email because I'm practically guaranteed bad news is on the other end.

Which begs the question... how much longer can this go on?

I know people say "things can always get worse," but surely at some point you will run out of things that can go wrong. Won't you? I only ask, because it's that faint hope that keeps me going.

But, as bad as things may be, that's not as bad as things are.

Because whenever I cruise the blogosphere or whatever "social networking" trainwreck has my attention this week, I find something far worse than the actual drama that's making life hell for many of my friends, family, and increasing numbers of other people out there.

It's the manufactured drama people create that's driving me fucking insane.

Complaining about day-to-day crap is normal and healthy. It's why many of us have blogs in the first place. But I'm going into thermonuclear meltdown over the constant need some people have to take this mundane shit and escalate the drama until everything in their life is a catastrophic world-ending event. There's just too much horrible stuff going on right now for me to care about all this artificial tragedy people dream up to make their lives interesting.

Every once in a while you just have to say "meh" and move on.

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  1. ETinNY says:

    There’s no such thing as self-responsibility today, Dave. Everybody’s a “victim” of something, nowadays. (Urgh! I’m sounding a little republican, here.) So many folks whip everything into such a froth when it should just be mundane. I think they should update the old bumper sticker to read: Sh*t Happens – Just Deal With It!

  2. Rachel says:

    I have been saying that forever. Most of the crap people whine about is normal stuff. But the more you whine, the less serious normal everyday crap seems
    Everyone hates there job at some point.
    (trust me, mine makes me physically ill)
    and I vent and complain about it, but I know that at some point, it becomes more about listening to myself talk then actual venting. (does that make sense, it’s early)

  3. Robin says:

    Artificial drama? On the blogosphere? You don’t say….. ::wink::

  4. LeSombre says:

    A-meh-n to that brother. 😉

  5. jenny says:

    But eating cricket burritos really is A CATASTROPHIC EVENT!!!! For the crickets, that is.

  6. Sybil Law says:

    I agree with you completely!! People who create drama are people I avoid. They suck at life.

  7. Don’t know what blogs you read, but I haven’t witnessed this phenomenon from my feed reader. Hope things turn around for you, your friends, and family.

  8. Avitable says:

    I just stubbed my toe and it really hurt!

  9. Colleen says:

    thank you for putting my feelings into words…my husband (age 45) died in November and every other drama seems to be minor in comparison…from the economy to the dynamics on the playground of the rich and famous…meh…and keeping moving forward, there must be an end to the bad somewhere out there in the future..

  10. Finn says:

    I think other people’s pain is much harder to bear than my own. It’s exhausting. I hope things change for better soon.

    I’m usually lacking a curious gene, but I have to admit I’d love to know who you’re talking about. Thankfully the feeling will pass.

  11. A Lewis says:

    I use that line very frequently: STOP CREATING trouble, there’s enough of it all by itself.

  12. Ginger says:

    Great point. Along those lines, that’s part of the reason my posting has dropped dramatically lately (in addition to the major depression I’m dealing with that has rendered me useless for hours upon hours per day). I just don’t see the point in posting rants about stupid shit when there are people dying, losing their jobs, have sick children, etc.

    That’s just me…no offense meant to others who want to go there…I’m just saying.

  13. Kailey says:

    Thing will get better, mostly. There will always be tragedies, but there will always be good things too. I also hate manufactured drama, and when I get too worked up over something mundane I remind myself what real issues are. I suggest ignoring people who create drama, they take too much energy.

    Venting and/or ranting are, however, normal and healthy so don’t stop okay? That’s part of what I love about your blog.

    I hope things turn around soon for those you know who are having such difficulties right now.

  14. Hilly says:

    What’s even worse is that, like you, I have so much drama flying around me lately that I can’t even *tell* which is real and which is manufactured. I’m tending to shut down and/or start bitching about stupid stuff myself. Of course, I think there is a huge difference between whining about stupid things and *creating* drama (not that you don’t get that – I’m just saying is all.) This just seems like a really wonky time for a lot of people and I’m hoping with a new season comes some fresh new attitudes (mine included!).

  15. Twinkie says:

    I used to be the queen of “self imposed drama” that’s what I call it. until my mid 20’s then I realized that’s exactly what it was. SELF IMPOSED. As in, I make choices in life that create drama in my life and I have a CHOICE not to continue doing that.

    Now? I try to stay positive and when I’m feeling “down” I LOOK for the good things going on that I can cherish.

    Like, just yesterday, I got pulled over for expired tags. (they weren’t… somebody stole my damned sticker) But all I could think of was, “THANK GOD I DIDN’T HAVE AN OPEN CONTAINER, OR DRUGS, OR A LOADED WEAPON, OR A SEVERED MONKEY HEAD or else.. can you imagine the consequences?”

    This kept me from feeling sorry for myself because now I have to spend half a day at the DMV to pay $15.00 for a sticker somebody stole from me.


  16. kilax says:

    I meh those posts too. I love a good rant, but I am all about “meh-ing” the pointless stuff. I don’t run across it that often though.

    Hope things get better for you and yours.

  17. Tracy says:

    Great post. I’m going through very similar circumstances. Sometimes I just have to take a breath and remember what is really important in life, and what is just emotional BS being thrown around for the sake of drama.

  18. Habanerogal says:

    drop those damn drama peeps like a hawt potato but that would be cruel to the potatoes, what did they ever do to deserve the indignity?

  19. Catherine says:

    Hah, NOT GUILTY! I knew there was an upside to being totally boring.

  20. sizzle says:

    I think I must read the wrong blogs and…judging by how you’re feeling about things I am pretty glad about that. Who needs more drama?

  21. Whit says:

    Luckily the blogs I read don’t traffic too much in drama. They’re more romantic-comedy.

  22. I’m sorry. I promise not to bitch so much.
    Okay I probably can’t back that up… I promise to TRY not to bitch so much :S

  23. martymankins says:

    Any drama, real or self created, drives me fucking nuts.

    At least if there’s a real life’s threatening situation going on, I can have some sympathy. But even still, there’s got to be something good going on during the shit storm.

  24. whall says:

    Here is a little song I wrote
    You might want to sing it note for note
    Don’t worry be happy
    In every life we have some trouble
    When you worry you make it double
    Don’t worry, be happy……

  25. Gina says:

    Well I just sent you an e-mail that you will give you a smile. 🙂

    Enjoy, Sweetie!

  26. rachel says:


    My boyfriend and I were burglarized last week. And I tell you what, everyone’s drama I sometimes get the honor on listening too, just is so…

    well, useless. I make a huge point to tell them I don’t care and to get over it.

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