2222. A bit of a whine

(As usual, an interesting number – look at those four 2s! – can mean a deviation from fictional story-telling into an autobiographical vignette).

I hate it when people make fun of me. I find it really depressing. I don’t know why some people have to put others down. In New Zealand it’s called the “tall poppy syndrome”; no one is allowed to stand higher than anyone else.

Someone told me that people are critical because they’re jealous. I’m not sure about that. I think they like making fun of me because they think I’m ugly or something. No one ever invites me to their place for a social occasion or makes a pleasant visit to my place.

It’s not just looks either. They make fun of the way I talk and the stupid things I say. Some even point and laugh. For example the lady librarian at our local library was hysterical with laughter when I took out a book on Greek Philosophy. She said, “What do you want that for?” I told her she wouldn’t know a quiddity from an oddity. I understand Greek philosophy quite well, thank you very much. That’s what I said to her and she screamed even louder with laughter. “What a Hoot!” she shrieked. “Toot! Toot! What a Hoot!”

I don’t like Planet Earth very much. When my leader asked me to represent Planet Hoot on Planet Earth I thought it would be fun. But as it has turned out, it’s the Earthlings that get all the fun; making constant ridicule of my eleven tentacles, five eyes, and twenty-two nipples.

22 thoughts on “2222. A bit of a whine

        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          Bloody hell – I never knew the picture was of Charlie Brown until someone said – so I changed it so as not to distract from one of the best stories I ever wrote! The posts one likes the best are always almost inevitably the least popular. Have never worked that out.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max)

            I’m sorry Bruce…but that caught my attention before I read a thing…once that image was in my mind I could not let it go.
            I will do the same thing… I will write a good long post that I think is my best…then no comments or anything.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Most Western countries seem to be going through similar rigmaroles! Here in New Zealand the entire country was shut down for 4 days because of 1 case of COVID. Now dozens have got it!


  1. noelleg44

    What a serious kerfuffle! I bet it’s the delta variant, which you CANNOT head off. It is far too contagious but easily survivable if you’ve been vaccinated. Booster shots for the vaccinated now available 8months after the second shot. Immunity wanes at about 8 months. Get that shot!

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  2. Sarah Angleton

    I really enjoy your occasional more autobiographical posts. You are welcome to visit here if you like, big words, tentacles and all. As a side note, I requested material from a library once and the librarian looked me up and down and said, “This book is pretty academic.” I don’t think she believed me when I explained that I know lots of big words. Now when I go to the library I make sure to wear glasses so no one will question my intelligence.

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