Hey, Bert! Hey, Bert! What is it now, Ernie? Did you know people are kinda crazy, Bert? What are you talking about, Ernie? Well, Bert, I was thinking, some people get so annoyed at little things like when you try to talk to them, or eat cookies where they don't think you should, or... Hey! Are you trying to tell me something Ernie? Yeah, Bert. I think you should chill the fuck out, bro. *snicker*

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Bless Bert's cranky little heart. Or, you know, if it still is cranky - I haven't watched Sesame Street since forever so maybe they've gotten him some street corner therapy or something, I dunno. But the deal is, there are a lot of people in the world who get reallllllly spun out about things that maybe they shouldn't. They get tense, spread the tension around, try to crawl up your butt in traffic or yell at you on the phone or tell you that your blog posts are pointless and stupid or give you the stink-eye because they don't think you're doing your job fast enough, because they feel somewhere inside like their lives are spinning out of control so they have to try to control you instead. You know what I mean, right?

Now I'm not saying I don't get cranky. Hell, if you're paying attention at all, you'll know getting up this damned early makes me cranky as all get-out. But where we go wrong is to make our crankiness about everybody else. The world can really suck, but part of what makes it suck is that we poor saps take it out on each other so much. So if you don't already, try and make a habit for just today to be where the buck stops in the seething cauldron of loathing and misery that is the world as it stands. And hey, if it makes you even more cranky, you can go back to being jerky tomorrow. :)

Good morning, Whitenoisers. Peace be upon you, or at least a lack of arrestable offenses.