Because it happens.

The Passive.Aggressive.Notes blog is the new favorite. Only because I have seen a couple of these at work.

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  1. Evil_bastard says:

    Funny, speaking of passive-aggressive, that trait is the most annoying thing about the Pacific Northwest.

    Seems like, for some reason, passive-aggression is ingrained in the local culture.

    Here are some examples from the web — after the proverbial “geographic honeymoon” I’m almost ready to move back East, where at least 2 or 3 people have laughed at some of my jokes before. Out here, it seems like a very solipsistic, humorless, PC culture — not quite what I’d expected, yet actually not surprising.

    There are numerous other examples, but I’d be lucky if any of you even read or respond to this post (my own passive-aggressive ironic humor).

    How Seattleites pay fines
    Courteously passive-aggressive road hazards
    Older, but this city will never change

  2. zinger says:

    BTW, how many personalities do you have now? I’m counting three just here.

  3. Evil_bastard says:

    Hmm, not sure what you mean — I created another screename (neutral_bastard) recently because I was too lazy to recover my password for this one — I think I posted one topic and submitted a post draft that I went back and deleted later (it was a rant about Seattle).

  4. zinger says:

    Yea, I have an El Bastardo user too.

  5. Evil_bastard says:

    Ah yes, that would be I — I’d forgotten that I had that one.

  6. Evil_bastard says:

    The War of Pacific Northwestern Passive Aggression:

    As I’d mentioned, there are numerous stories, posts, even a website or two that chronical the passive-aggressive Northwestern culture.

    Here are a few examples I’ve encountered:

    Several times, I’ve gone to various stores where a salesperson has come up and brightly chirped “May I help you with anything?” Since I’m not much of a shopper, I seldom know where stuff is, so I’ll say “Sure, can you help me find [whatever mundane product — I mean, nothing weird, right]?” To which the salesperson grimaces and responds “I don’t know, maybe you could ask someone else?” Meanwhile the item is in the next aisle over.

    Drivers: When I first moved out here, I bought into the publicity about Seattle drivers being safe and courteous. Not so, they’re passive aggressive and unobservant. They’ll break traffic laws, hold up traffic, etc, just to insist that someone else go first or merge in front of them. Case in point, I was stopped on a side street, waiting to merge onto a main road. An SUV, with 4 cars behind him who had the right of way stopped and tried to wave me out. I decided that his holding up traffic was dumb, so I just waved at him to move on. He inched his vehicle forward a few feet, rolled down his window, further holding up the people behind him, and hollered “What’s the matter with you?” I just shouted back “Stop holding up traffic, moron.” Admittedly, that was some passive-aggression on my own part.

    I was in an elevator and had a package that I was carrying. A woman got on. She began looking around the elevator like she owned it or something, running her hands over the wooden walls. Then she looked at me and said “You really should be using the freight elevator — see, you could have scuffed the wood here with that box, blah, blah.” Since I was in an office environment, I figured my usual response would be too un-PC, so I just asked “Are you the building manager of something?” Turns out she was just some woman visiting the building just like I was.

  7. zinger says:

    Are you going to join chrism and I at nanog40?

  8. Evil_bastard says:

    Actually, looking at the dates, I’ll be on vacation with the family in Vancouver BC during most of it.

    But, since you’ll be in the neighborhood, and I’ll be in town toward the end, we should probaby have a beer or so.

    I’ll email you my new phone #.

  9. Evil_bastard says:

    Speaking of passive-aggressive notes.

    HOA meeting today, attached to the invitation was a photocopy of some of the HOA rules with sections underlined.

    Since it’s a photocopy, I’m assuming everyone got the same, however the underlined sections must must be directed at just one or two people.


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