Were you ever so angry you tackled a train?

Time.

That is my particular pet peeve. I hate it when people are late.

It shows that you think your time is more valuable than mine.

It’s fucking disrespectful.

I don’t care if there’s a traffic jam – leave earlier if you know it’s going to be congested. There’s no excuses for being late.

I always try to be early and in the few occasions I can count on my hand that I’m late, I’ll call ahead and tell the people I’m meeting up with that I will be late, citing the reason(s) for my tardiness.

However, just now, I got lost (NO EXCUSES!) due to my GPS and was one of the last ones to arrive. I did call ahead to say I’ll be late (my GPS told me to go down an extremely narrow pedestrian walk and I scraped the front of my car trying to reverse out) but I still feel really bad about it.

I think it’s my obsession with time. I suspect it also has something to do with my past.

Back then, everyone had to wait, even celebrities (read Life by Keith Richards). It’s a mixture of two things – people in this particular line of work are generally tardy, especially if they are consumers too. However, it’s most of all, a power play.

It practically shouts – I HAVE SOMETHING YOU WANT AND YOU HAVE TO WAIT THE ENTIRE GODDAMNED NIGHT FOR ME AND THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. HAH!

It’s an expression of dominance. I know. I’ve done it before, sad to say. In closed markets like that – you have no choice. You wait.

I’ve waited eight (8) fucking hours IN MY CAR about 9 years ago when I haven’t established myself in a new place. He was the only person I knew.

I had delusions of shooting the guy in the face and that was what sustained me. I didn’t do it though. It would have gotten me shot as well, if not at that time, then sometime in the near future.

…when he finally came, I had to fork over the money with a shit eating grin on my face.

It’s degrading and shameful. You hate yourself, but still, you wait, coz the hold it has over you is stronger than your pride. Fuck, it hurts to admit that, but it’s true.

…but that’s all in the past now. I have started a new life (and brought over the emotional baggage where I abhor waiting smirk) and I don’t do it anymore.

I still have a thing about time though. I don’t like to be kept waiting and I don’t keep others waiting.

Being on time is a virtue a lot of people don’t get. If you say you’re going to be there at a certain time, then be there!

That is what I meant to say in this post – either be on time or inform the other person and postpone it to another date if you can’t make it.

Don’t make people waste their time waiting. Time is something you’ll never get back.

Tempus is fugiting!

I get angry enough to tackle a train when kept waiting. That’s my pet peeve.

angry enough to tackle a train

What’s yours? Were you ever so angry you tackled a train?

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29 thoughts on “Were you ever so angry you tackled a train?”

    • Haha! No la I wasn’t pissed off at all, Diana! :)

      There are differences, you were picking me up from the airport and you were caught in a meeting.

      I don’t “blanket hate” people who are late.

      A friend of mine took the trouble to pass something to me in front of bsc about two weeks ago. He was kind enough to do that and he was a bit late coz he was caught up with work too, but I didn’t mind at all, coz he was going out of his way to help me out. I was very appreciative, coz he didn’t need to do that. :)

      I meant I hate people who are late for NO REASON AT ALL.

      They make being late a habit. It’s not coz they have work, or is stuck in a meeting etc etc. It’s just coz they want to be fashionably late. That is my pet peeve.

  1. I totally understand how you feel!!! It really gets on my nerves if someone makes me wait. Especially it’s someone you care about or your partner. Inevitably I’ll feel being taken for granted. Oh well… Sigh..

    • Yup, it’s my pet peeve too.

      Sorry to hear that Fiona! :(

      Yeah, it’s the worst when it comes from someone you care about.

      I totally understand. :x

      I hope things get better for you. *hugs

  2. owh mann nice anecdote. I havent seen a writing like this from you for quite a while now. haha. But the closest thing to do this would probably the total betrayal and disappointment in the things that i hoped so much for.

    • Haha! Thanks Brian! :)

      Well, it’s not very good, technically, I was writing about a topic and then digressed to something that happened 7-8 years ago, in a different life, one that I have left behind.

      It was meant to be a short post about time.

      Appreciate your kind comments though, bro.

      Yup, that rates up there as the worst things that can happen. I hope that it doesn’t happen to you mate. Cheers!

  3. LOLOL love the subtle story about your past. 8 hours?!?!!?!?!
    Thats nothing man, I have waited 3 days for my contact before. But not in a car la bro. Agree, its a power play.

    • Heh! Ya man, I was new to the town and he was the ONLY guy I know.

      It’s meant to be an oblique reference, I only used neutral and general phrases but you know what I mean. ;)

      Hey, even Eminem has talked about waiting in one of his songs. I think it’s Bagpipes from Baghdad from the top of my mind.

      Anyway, that’s a digression, not what I meant to write about – the anecdote just slipped in.

      What’s your pet peeve bro? :)

  4. Nobody likes to be kept waiting… I hate going out with a classmate who can keep me waiting up to three hours.

    She stay just at the opposite block across mine.

    • Wow! Three hours?

      I would have just left bro. Not in the case illustrated above, that was a different time. However, keeping someone waiting for 3 hours is just crass.

      She’s staying opposite your place to boot. That’s just disrespectful, classic case of “My time is more valuable than yours”. :x

      Sorry to hear that mate! :(

    • HAHAHA

      Sorry about that bro. I came out early and thought that it was behind Methodist. I just didn’t know which direction. :)

      Cheers Arthur!

    • Good on you Michelle! :)

      Yeah, being on time is good – wedding dinners over here is especially bad, everyone is late almost all of the time.

      My sister had to put “Starts at exactly 7:30 pm” or something to that effect on her invitation cards.

  5. Only 2 things that I hate the most , “On the way” and when you tell someone like 30mins ago or earlier that you gonna reach and by the time you reach there , they are still not there .

    Hate those people that always late

    • Heh! I can relate!

      I can’t hear my phone go off when I’m totally asleep and tired too.

      It’s something that happens to me as well…even just when I’m about to doze off, I can’t even hear calls coming in despite the phone being on my bedside. :)

  6. same! 2 things that i hate:
    1) ppl who ffk the very last minute or w/o telling me – they dont know you MADE arrangments for the appointment!
    2) ppl who dont reply my SMS/message! – hello, it wont hurt to just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ right?

    • Hello Yuet Mui! :)

      OMG! I have been guilty of both. *hangs head

      I have no excuses…I just have a really bad memory. I have to remind people to remind me about an appointment if it’s made too far into the future.

      …on SMS’s, I’ve been accused of that too, but in my defense I didn’t get the text. :x

      …but still NO EXCUSES. :)

  7. i don’t suppose it should be a pet peeve, everyone should be pissed at people who are always late so that we can maybe get the fucking wedding dinner to start on time.

    • Exactly! Unfortunately a lot of people don’t get the concept of time very well.

      We started the wedding dinner regardless.

      Setting a trend, or rather making a statement, my sister. ;)

    • Well…he had something I want (need?) so I waited.

      It was a different time and I thought differently then.

      It’s still desperate and degrading, I should probably write something about this. :x

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