This week's prompt is......Venting.
I have to say that on the whole I limit my venting. I really wasn't allowed to vent growing up. That would have been disrespectful. I don't necessarily agree with that thinking now that I'm an adult, but I think we should still exercise a whole lot of caution in our venting. You may think your venting is harmless or amusing, but it may be very hurtful to someone else. You can apologize for spoken words, but you can never take them back. Once said, they are out there for good. That also applies to the written word. Trust me, I've experienced the painful truth of this.
Some vents can be good, though. I'm thinking more along the lines of the anonymous, generic vents. Most of my vents are related to driving since that is my job and I'm on the road so much. Probably my number one rant is about drivers waiting to pull out into traffic who sit and watch the school bus approach and at the last minute shoot out right in front of it.....only to take the very next turn-off. Grrrr! Do people have a death wish? Do they not know that a school bus going 40 mph has a much greater stopping distance than a Prius doing 40 mph?? Do they not know that their little eco-friendly car is NOT going to win in a contest with a bus? And what about the kids? Don't they care about the safety of all those kids?
Vent #2 would be people who get in front of me and drive 10 mph slower than the speed limit....until I go to pass them and then they suddenly develop a lead foot and if I want to pass them I have to go at least 20 mph over the speed limit.
My final vent is related to my volunteer activities at the GOP office. Dear sir or madame....I understand that you might not want to take a political survey. I understand that you may not share my political views. I get that and it's your right to feel that way. This is the United States, after all. But please, if that's the case, could you just state so in a civil manner or even just hang up the phone? I really don't appreciate your rants about things I have no control over. I know you are just venting your frustration, but don't make me your target. I especially didn't appreciate you, Mr. Pottymouth, when you screamed vulgar things about Mitt Romney at me and then cursed me to hell before slamming the phone down. Very mature....and I'm sure your mamma would be soooo proud that you'd speak that way to a woman.
Okay, end of vents. I've got to get going to my appointment with the doctor or his nurse will be venting at me.