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Asking Questions

"Does anybody have any questions? Yes, the woman with the look of abject terror?"

Have you ever been sitting in a classroom, listening intently, only to realize that you need something to be clarified?  Or perhaps you’ve been part of a meeting at work, and although you’ve been hanging off your boss’ every word, there’s something that just doesn’t make sense to you.  The seemingly logical thing to do in this situation would be to raise your hand and ask a question.  After all, they have always encouraged this, haven’t they?

“If you have a question, please feel free to ask,” they say.  “Chances are if you don’t understand something, there are others who may also need clarification.”

Well guess what?  I don’t know who they are, but I can assure you that they’re wrong.  If more people craved this information as much as you did, more people would have their hands up.  But here’s the thing: people (by which I mean me) don’t care.  People would like to get the hell out of there.   People have better things to do than sit around and wait for dismissal while you take charge and lead the group into remedial hour.  Even if people don’t have the faintest idea as to what is going on around them, their hands remain down.  That’s what e-mail is for.  That’s what “walking up to the front of the room and independently asking for help” is for.  My time might not be precious, but it is mine, and I’m not one for sharing.

So next time you have a question, regardless of how important you think it might be, take a look around the room.  Does anyone else have a hand raised?  Perhaps it’s time you asked a more important question of yourself: “Am I an asshole?”




In order to be less annoying, don’t approach me while I’m walking my dog simply to stop me, pet the dog, and tell me how cute she is.  I know she’s cute, that’s why I got her.  Why would I get an ugly dog?  Unless you have something really important or interesting to tell me, don’t waste my time with this.  Move along, Betty.

APPLIES TO: Everyone

EXCEPTIONS: Smokin’ hot broads


Are you an annoying person?  No?  Are you sure?  Think about it …

Still not sure?  Let me help you.  The answer is YES!  You are undoubtedly annoying.  To some of you, this may come as a shock, but I assure you that it’s true.  “What can I do about it?” you ask.  Excellent question!  Simply follow my three-step process to a less annoying lifestyle:

Step 1: Come to terms with it.

Step 2: Read my blog.

Step 3: Change.

It’s as simple as that!  Check back on a regular basis to learn more about what you’re doing wrong and how you can fix it.  It may be difficult at times, but I promise you that heeding my advice will make this world a much better place for us all.

Especially me.

R. C. H.

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