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On Rudeness And The Devolution Of Our Society In General.


Since I recently became a retail worker, this meme I came across rings particularly true to me. As I stand for what seems to be endless hours behind my cash register, I constantly repeat the same question over and over again in my mind: ” At what point did our civilization become generally rude? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly a bastion of social grace myself. However, I did learn and do practice some basic social rules: I speak when I’m spoken to. I say hello, please, thank you, have a nice day, blah blah blah. When I give something to a person, I hand it to them, not flip it at them like they don’t deserve it. I smile back at people when they smile at me – you know basic actions of civility that have helped keep our society functioning for thousands of years. Apparently, the rules have changed. People no longer have to perform these perfunctory behaviors, particularly when conducting a 30 second transaction with their friendly local Kwickie Mart cashier. Here’s an example of an exchange that happens daily during one of my shifts:

Me – ” Hello, how are you today?”

Customer – ” Marlboro Light 100’s in a box.”

Me – “Marlboro Light 100’s in a box sir/maam?”

Customer – No response

Me – “No problem, here you go. Will there be anything else sir/maam?”

Customer – No response

Me -” Ok, your total is $5.23.”

Customer – Angrily flips wadded up money across the counter at me.

Me – “Ok, that’s $5.23 out of 6. 77 cents is your change. Thank you and have a nice day.”

Customer – No response, turns and walks out the door.

Bear in mind, this is usually one of the most congenial of exchanges. Most transactions involve a lot of complaining about how we charge too much, or hateful curt responses, or anger over the fact that I don’t have 20’s in my drawer to change their 100 dollar bill, etc, etc. What the fuck is this all about? I am convinced that the general customer behavior in a convenience store is but a mere microcosm of how our society has devolved.  It disgusts me, and it frightens me.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t one of those “What’s wrong with kids these days” rants that you used to hear from your grandpa.  This general rudeness and hatefulness isn’t even exclusive to an age group: I find it common practice to be an asshole across every generation. Dickish boorish behavior now spans from 8 to 80. Ass hattery apparently has no born on, nor expiration date.

It’s not just in the store that I see this going on. I call and leave messages which never get returned, whether they be personal or professional. I send e-mails that are never responded to. I smile and say hello to someone out and public and they ignore me. I hold a door open for someone, and the action goes unacknowledged. Courtesy is mostly a thing of the past folks, and that’s a shame. So why is this happening? Is it the internet? There are a lot of trolls and bullies on the intertubes; anonymity seems to bring out the worst in people. Is it the behaviors of those who are regularly in the public eye? Celebrities and politicians alike seem to think nothing of destroying others in public. There is no decorum what so ever in the way they comport themselves. Are we the sheeple merely following their leads? I have no idea. All I know is that cordiality is supposed to beget cordiality, and that just isn’t happening anymore.

What I do know is that our society has eroded to little more than a community that shares camaraderie in hatefulness and arrogance. This group hates that group, and the exchanges between those of different ideologies are mean spirited. Hell, even the groups that claim to be oppressed lash out against those who are not like them. It’s sobering to consider that there is more hate and anger then there is a willingness to understand and accept our differences.

In the mean time, socially flawed as I am, I’m still going to comport myself in a civil and polite manner. I will continue to hold doors open, say “please”, “thank you”, and “have a nice day”, whether I’m working or out having dinner. Furthermore, I’m going to try really, really hard to resist the urge to grab the next rude customer by the hair, and smash their face into the counter.

After all, it’s the polite thing to do :)

Good Morning!

Ugh. What the hell am I doing up so early? Oh yeah, I’m working the 6-3 shift at the local Kwickie Mart this week. At least I have Friday and Saturday off to recover. This week marks our eighth anniversary of wedded bliss :) We were married on Valentine’s Day, and plan to celebrate for two days! Love you baby!

Have a great week everyone!

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How To Have a Bad Morning

1. Over sleep.
2. Lock yourself out of the house.
3. Ring door bell for 10 minutes, hoping your wife wakes up, while trying to nudge stray cat from your front door with your foot.
4. Hopelessly stare at watch as you realize how late for work you are.
5. Find window that will open. Note to yourself how small it is in proportion to your fat ass.
6. Fit fat ass through window anyway.
7. Knock every thing off desk in front of window.
8. Fall off desk, fat ass first.
9. Grab ibuprofen for broken ass pain.
10. Scald mouth with searing hot coffee while taking ibuprofen for broken ass pain.

Not Much Going On Today

It’s quiet – too quiet. Here’s some goats screaming like humans. Enjoy!

Doing A Little House Cleaning

I’m in the process of updating my blog roll, something I haven’t done in about a year and a half. If you’re following my blog, chances are pretty good that I’m following yours as well. Check out the list, and if you don’t see your blog, let me know. I would be happy to add it. Furthermore, if anybody know s of some good sites, let me know. I’m always on the look out for new stuff to check out!

100,000! The Best of Beneath The Tin Foil Hat.

When I started this blog two years ago, I had very little expectation. I figured I would write about what interests me, and put it out on the intertubes for whoever else would care to read it. Hell, I’m surprised I’ve managed to stick with the blog this long. I never imagined that my blog would ever attract this much attention, as modest as that attention may be.

The blog recently passed the 100,000 view mark, and I want to thank everyone of you who support BTTFH. It’s been a lot of fun putting myself out there, as well as meeting and interacting with so many cool people!

To celebrate, I thought I would share links to my 5 favorite posts, as well as the top 5 posts by view. I hope you enjoy!

Top Five All Time Fan Favorites:

#5 Naked Family
A pic of a family in anatomically correct naked costumes. What’s not to like?

#4: I Got Nothing
Who knew bitching about school and writer’s block, would generate so much interest?

#3 Beneath The Tin Foil Hat Goes Global: My Interview On Russia Today
Like everybody else, I wrote a series of posts about Anders Breivik and the Utoya, Norway massacre. Somehow, my posts caught the attention of a producer on the Russian news network, Russia Today. The interview went horribly wrong, thus ending my brief career as a Russian TV pundit.
It was still fun as hell though!

#2 Dear Republicans
A meme I shared that highlights just how much today’s GOP dislikes – well, they dislike everybody.

#1 From Mittens To Kittens
I posted this shortly before the election, just to put a little irreverence into a tense atmosphere. Who knew so many people like pictures of cats?

My Top Five Favorites

#5 Angry Poetry Week: Howl – Allen Ginsberg
One of the best poems written by one of the best writers to ever walk the face of the earth!

#4 Why God Hates Al Gore: Judeo-Christianity and Ecology.
A small history lesson concerning religion, and it’s sense of entitlement to all things big and small on our planet.

#3 My Response to Republicans Over SB5? F*ck You!
This is me doing what I do best.

#2 The Pueblo Indians of The 17th Century.
Another history post: This one is about those naughty Pueblo Indians.

#1 Where is The Angela Davis of Today’s Generation? She Never Left!
What can I say? I’m a history geek.

Once again, I want to thank everyone who continues to support my little piece of crap blog. I love you all!

2012 in review: Happy New Year!

I would like to thank everyone who visited my blog, and wish ya’ll a happy and healthy 2013!


Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 41,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 9 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


Pick Your Topic Tuesday

Here’s the deal: You suggest a topic, and If I pick it, I’ll write a 300 word minimum post about it by Friday. You will get full credit for suggesting it. Leave your suggestions in the comments below, and I will declare a winner on Wednesday night.

I can’t wait to see what this week brings!

Pick Your Topic Tuesday

Here’s the deal: You suggest a topic, and If I pick it, I’ll write a 300 word minimum post about it by Friday. You will get full credit for suggesting it. Leave your suggestions in the comments below, and I will declare a winner on Wednesday night.

I can’t wait to see what this week brings!

Pick Your Topic Tuesday: Really? Another Apes Movie?

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My thanks go out this week to Phil at Possible Experience for his winning topic suggestion of weighing the pros and cons of the newest Planet of the Apes movie. If you haven’t checked out his blog yet please do. Phil gives some terrific insight on the political arena, as well as providing some great opinions on current events. Do your self a favor and stop by Possible Experience; you’ll be happy you did. By the way Phil, I will be adding you to my blog roll, keep up the great work!

Without further adieu, I bring you:

Really? More Ape Movies?

Those damn dirty apes are back, and coming soon to an over priced theatre near you! Due to be released on August 5th, The Planet of the Apes franchise is about to be rebooted with the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The newest guerrilla beats man movie is directed by Rupert Wyatt and features James Franco (Harry Osborn from the Spiderman trilogy). Set in modern day San Francisco, the movie is a reality based cautionary tale, telling the story of how human society is overthrown by apes that are led by a genetically altered ape named Caesar.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a prequel to the original Planet of the Apes movies from 1968. The original featured Charlton Heston, and evolved into 4 sequels, two TV series, as well as two sets of comic books. In addition, there was the 2001 remake featuring Mark Wahlberg, a film that was so bad, it made me want to fling my own poo at the screen in disgust. Wyatt is already planning several sequels in the anticipation that the Ape franchise will successfully be revived.

Do we really need a new Apes movie, let alone a whole series of them? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:


 The movie is rumored to have some awesome special effects: The same company that did the visually stunning special effects for Avatar handled the effects for Apes. I think it’s safe to assume that the effects in this movie will knock your socks off.

 John Lithgow is in the movie: Anything with John Lithgow in it has to have some redeeming qualities, right?

 James Franco and Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) are the co-stars: Some delicious eye candy to go along with the dazzling special effects. Ok, I’m kind of curious.

 Creationists are going to be pissed: Apes taking over the planet? Outrageous! God would never allow it!


 Republicans will probably think this is a political documentary: Based on the 2008 elections. I can see Glenn Beck pointing his fat racist finger, and exclaiming “See!” “ This is what happens when …”

 The film continues the stereotype of apes: As long as there are Apes films, we are never going to overcome the fear and hatred of Apes. We will forever view them as dirty aggressive animals, who want nothing more than to take over the world and force everyone else to bow to them and their god. This movie is starting to sound like it was produced by Herman Cain or Michele Bachmann, or (insert name of GOP presidential candidate, governor, or congressmen here)!

 I’m really getting sick of; Reboots, remakes, sequels, prequels, etc. Does anyone in Hollywood come up with anything original anymore? What’s next? A reboot of Revenge of the Nerds? Or how about this: A prequel to the Jaws franchise. In this version Brody meets and has an affair with the shark while he’s attending Police Chief of Small Tourist Islands College. The affair is hot and heavy, but Brody breaks it off because of peer pressure from the other police chief hopefuls. The Great White hootchy mama shark is forced to leave, bitter at Brody for forsaking their love in order to keep his Barney Fife like school chums.

There you have the pros and cons; what do you think? Should there be an Apes reboot? I don’t really care either way. I’m not going to go see it. Its way too fucking expensive to go to the movies, and if I’m going to take out a bank loan to see a flick this summer, it’s going to be for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. Now there’s a franchise I would love to see continue on!


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