Anarchy Is Not My Friend

I’ve slept a few hours. Like 11-ish to 2-ish. Ish.
I’m not the kind of person who can spend an evening in a clusterfuck of epic proportion, come home, eat pizza and salad, throw back a few cocktails, and then sleep like the dead. No.
How I wish I was.

Without going into detail, because that would be the dullest 2000 words anyone’s ever written, I’ll just say some things.

You’re never too old to learn.
It’s never too late to decide you won’t do that again.

I do not function well in chaos.

Like an airport without gates.
Like an interstate without signs.
Like a building where the room numbers are random.
Like urgent care without check-in or doors.

Can you imagine if you went to the license branch, but there was no order, and no signage? Imagine line after line of confusion, impatience, and disorder.
Imagine that, but with about 400 people, and the air-conditioning on the fritz.
For three hours.
Standing in line after line after line.

Now imagine people cutting, or holding positions in several lines, making the lines longer for everyone else.

There was a man behind me, maybe 3-4 people back. He’d obviously come from work, and he was noticeably late for Happy Hour. You could just see it in his eyes. When a woman said to me, “We held spots in both lines and sent the kids back and forth,” his whole face burned scarlet with a flash of violence.

There were seven lines, and only two of us.

Some people were kind and helpful, but not enough to ease the insanity of the situation.

People were so…ugh.
“No, you’re the first person to sing that to me. Wow. I did not even know there was a song about my name. Please, do sing the whole thing,” said No One, Ever.

My anxiety hugged me like the humidity.

I love policy and procedure. Anarchy is not my friend.
Oh sure, it has its place, as some kind of ideological construct, but it’s not my friend.


I will never subject myself to that again.
Okay, so the name thing is inevitable, but the rest of it, I can avoid.

It’s all in how you look at it, so, Gee, what a great learning experience that was!

I cannot remember the last time I was so happy to get into my car and drive home. Stop signs — how nice. Traffic lane demarcation — lovely. My home — so cool and orderly. My family — so compliant to basic social graces. My loveseat — so comfy.

I’m glad I got a few hours of sleep. I only have 65,000 things to do today.
Maybe I’ll start with a nap.

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34 Responses to Anarchy Is Not My Friend

  1. A nap sounds like the perfect solution.

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  2. Benson says:

    I am not nearly as compulsive as I used to be but I need some sort of structure. If any situation I am in doesn’t have it I create it. Anarchy is never a good idea. Anytime.

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  3. Cassidy Frazee says:

    But I thought it was fair. Or is that Chaos I’m thinking of? 😉

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  4. A @ moylomenterprises says:

    I’d start with a nap too!
    Sorry you had such a hellish day,
    But look on the bright side, bad days help us appreciate the good days even more.

    The weekend is almost here enjoy!

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  5. I don’t function well in disorder either. :/

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  6. hollie says:

    I think starting with a nap is the best idea I’ve heard so far today! Take care of you, Joey!

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  7. Carrie Rubin says:

    Sounds like a nightmare. The kind that requires 24 hours of solitude to combat. But something tells me you won’t be getting that…

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  8. That which doesn’t kill us makes for a great blog post.

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  9. Sahar says:

    Knowing who you are and what you need/don’t need is such a gift!

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  10. I hate chaos as well. You must have been exhausted as the stress just drains the life out of you!

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  11. So now I’m curious about where you were. It sounds terrible. I too hate chaos as it gives me major amounts of anxiety. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

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  12. Anxious Mom says:

    Chaos and all the people? Dear god. I hope you’re able to find some time for you today and decompress. ❤

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    It sounds like some people are lucky they didn’t get hurt. I don’t seek chaos out, but it doesn’t usually bother me. I think that’s because I don’t pay enough attention to my surroundings. Anyway, the nap sounds like the best idea ever.

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  14. A nap is a good answer to most things. 🙂

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  15. Sammy D. says:

    Good grief, Joey! At least carry ear plugs ; they have saved me a few times.

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  16. Luanne says:

    Holy crapola! I am shaking now. And my skin is all prickly. I think you’ve given me a freaken panic attack.

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    • joey says:

      I was surprised I didn’t get that bad. I did have two serious bouts of anger and some words with people. They were very sorry..they were only trying to help.


  17. garym6059 says:

    At least you survived and not in jail. Make chicken salad of chicken poo!

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  18. reocochran says:

    The hospital is a big messy “fesspool” of people and lawlessness. I agree and have almost always found them disconcerting and needing some semblance of order upon return. Sorry you had to go through this and hope by now, you are once again sound asleep. (Zzz-z-z-z-z) Shh-h! Joey’s/Mommy’s trying to get some shut eye.


    • joey says:

      Haha! Interesting you think I was at a hospital…
      I had a nice sleep last night, and think today will be a much better day. Just half a day of errands to do today 🙂


  19. markbialczak says:

    That type of disorder would wear on my last never as well, Joey. You know what you needed afterward and took it. Small victory.

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