I guess this just hit me right today.
OK, you asked for it :-)
Dealing With Anger
Disclaimer: This is the nice version of this story. Replace the word "jerk"
with your favorite word of exclaimation.
When you occasionally have a really bad day, and you just need to take it
out on someone, don't take it out on someone you know, take it out on
you don't know.
I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I'd forgotten to
make. I found the number and dialed it. A man answered, saying "Hello."
I politely said, "This is Chris. Could I please speak with Robyn Carter?"
Suddenly a manic voice yelled out in my ear "Get the right cursing number!"
and the phone was slammed down on me.
I couldn't believe that anyone could be so rude. When I tracked down Robyn's
correct number to call her, I found that I had accidentally transposed the
last two digits.
After hanging up with her, I decided to call the 'wrong' number again.
When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled "You're a jerk!" and hung up.
I wrote his number down with the word 'jerk' next to it, and put it in my
Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad day, I'd
call him up and yell, "You're a jerk!"
It always cheered me up.
When Caller ID was introduced, I thought my therapeutic "jerk calling" would
have to stop.
So, I called his number and said, "Hi, this is John Smith from the Verizon.
I'm calling to see if you're familiar with our Caller ID Program?"
He yelled "NO!" and slammed down the phone.
I quickly called him back and said, "That's because you're a jerk!"
One day I was at the store, getting ready to pull into a parking spot. Some
guy in a black BMW cut me off and pulled into the spot I had patiently
for. I hit the horn and yelled that I'd been waiting for that spot, but the
idiot ignored me. I noticed a "For Sale" sign in his back window which
his phone number, so I wrote down the number. A couple of days later, right
after calling the first jerk (I had his number on speed dial) I thought that
I'd better call the BMW jerk, too. I said, "Is this the man with the black
BMW for sale?"
"Yes, it is", he said.
"Can you tell me where I can see it?" I asked.
"Yes, I live at 34 Mowbray Blvd, in Vaucluse. It's a yellow house, and the
car's parked right out in front."
"What's your name?" I asked.
"My name is Don Hansen," he said.
"When's a good time to catch you, Don?"
"I'm home every evening after five."
"Listen, Don, can I tell you something?"
"Don, you're a jerk!" Then I hung up, and added his number to my speed dial,
Now, when I had a problem, I had two jerks to call. Then I came up with an
idea. I called jerk #1.
"You're a jerk!" (But I didn't hang up.)
"Are you still there?" he asked.
"Yeah," I said.
"Stop calling me," he screamed.
"Make me," I said.
"Who are you?" he asked.
"My name is Don Hansen."
"Yeah? Where do you live?"
"you Jerk, I live at 34 Mowbray Blvd, Vaucluse, a yellow house, with my
black Beamer parked in front."
He said, "I'm coming over right now, Don. And you had better start saying
I said, "Yeah, like I'm really scared, jerk," and hung up.
Then I called jerk #2. "Hello?" he said.
"Hello, jerk," I said.
He yelled, "If I ever find out who you are..."
"You'll what?" I said.
"I'll knock you into the middle of next week.," he exclaimed.
I answered, "Well, jerk, here's your chance. I'm coming over right now."
Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying that I lived at 34
Mowbray Blvd, Vaucluse, and that I was on my way over there to kill my gay
Then I called Channel 9 News about the gang war going down in Mowbray Blvd,
I quickly got into my car and headed over to Mowbray. I got there just in
time to watch two jerks beating the tar out of each other in front of six
cars, an overhead police helicopter and a news crew.
NOW I feel much better.
Anger management really works...
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