Tuesday, March 27, 2007

"I'm never gonna stop the rain by complaining"

"How are you Voyager?", you ask.

"Oh, can't complain."

I mean literally. I cannot complain. I took up the challenge by Shelagh Rogers on the CBC radio program Sounds Like Canada, to give up complaining for a week. Starting yesterday. I figured it would be easy, I'm not much of a complainer anyway. Huh. Turns out I'm full of crap.

I can't whine about the fact that the first two sunny days we have had in months have fallen on a Monday and Tuesday. And I cleaned up the cat puke this morning with a smile. Waited forty-five minutes in the doctor's office for a two minute prescription renewal appointment, never once sighing and looking pointedly at my watch. I never said a word when I snagged a half-hour old pair of panty hose. And happily paid my car insurance of $1758.

$1758!!? WTF? It's not a Ferrari, it's an Acura for God's sake. Just a tarted up Honda!....Ooops, I mean, I'm sure the Insurance Company of BC will put my reasonable premiums to very good use.

Oh, man, it is going to be a very long week. Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

Today's dream travel destination: Cathedral grove forest, Vancouver Island. Because if a woman complains in the middle of a forest and no-one hears her, she has not actually complained, right?


Diana said...

I think if I tried to not complain for a week my head would explode. Also, my friends would be sure that I'd been abducted by aliens. Plus, how'd I blog?

Nope. Can't be done. You're a better (wo)man than I am, Gunga Din.

Jocelyn said...

But, hmmmm...is the point not to articulate a complaint, or to deny all internal feelings of complaint? I don't think anyone can deny those interal feelings. And maybe if you complain in a blog, indeed, it doesn't count...?

Voyager said...

Diana, Head explode!!? Please complain all you like.

Jocelyn, It's impossible not to feel like complaining, the trick is to not say it out loud. Be all positive, say only the good thoughts. I'm going to make it a week, yes I am. I'll be a shiny beacon of happy light....blah blah blah.

Jazz said...

Not complain? For a week? At all? Damn... If I did that they'd think I was possessed by aliens.

Ian Lidster said...

But, if a man is alone in the middle of a forest and voices an opinion, is he still wrong?
I like your blog because anybody who makes a reference to Shelagh Rogers must be a good person.
I also share your love of travel.


CS said...

Can you complain if you make it funny?

CS said...

Can you complain if you make it funny?

CS said...

Apprently this is such an important rationalization for me it just posted itself twice.

Voyager said...

Jazz, Both yours and Diana's friends would think "aliens" if you stopped complaining. Mine probably just think I'm on some very nice designer drug.

Ian, then you would be impressed to know I went to high school with Shelagh. But I am an avid CBC radio fan even without that connection. My weekends are not complete without the Vinyl Cafe. And I'm not touching the bit (bait?) about Mens' opinions!

CSL, Funny is always good.

CSL, Funny is always good.

Coffee-Drinking Woman said...

If I did not complain, my blog would consist of nothing but cheesy quizzes - which would then drive off my last two readers. ;)

Big Brother said...

Not complain... hum I don't think that is possible. When I see someone who never complains the first thing that goes through my head, is that his dose of prozac must be set too high. ;o)

You know Shelagh Rogers WOW, I'm impressed.

Voyager said...

Teri, I`ve had fun with some of your cheesy quizzes!

Big brother, Before you get too impressed, I have not seen Shelagh since high school. Except on T.V. once.


Lee Ann aka Dixie said...

While I was at home sick last week, I got the chance to watch Oprah and admist me being in and out of sleep, I believe she proposed this same challenge. I for one think it's great. I don't know if I could stand up to the challenge, but it's well worth the try.

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