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November 2, 2011 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Post-it this. Impolite Demands.

Mumbling disgruntled crowd. Getting more than just annoying. (Don’t need any more frown lines)

So a small suggestion. A tiny request. Didn’t mean to cause a riot. Well, maybe not exactly an Occupy Wall Street mob, but, at least, a tumultuous uproar.

So what is wrong with simply suggesting a courteous line? Or one of those take a number things? If there were those rectangular you-table-is-ready vibrating blinking buzzing dealies? (Then you could sit outside and google or attempt to do business that teeny tiny cell phone screen?) No?

Please. Stop pushing. No shoving others aside! No! No! No! ( Amy W. where are you when I need you? A song to soothe?)

Could maybe the ones with one or two items or issues could jump ahead of those with a long list?

(Or at least get that yowling idea baby taken care of before the others look as tattered as the parent?)

No, I don’t suggest that a single is more important to a multiple – it’s just more efficient. Don’t you want efficient?

Don’t you want it done?

Just a little cooperation and willingness to prioritize?

A steady predictable progression? Surely, better than a loud pushing crowd?

OK. Fine. Whine. Waste all our time.

No. This disorganization has to end. Someone has to take charge.

Here. Take this post-it note. Write down your issue – what you are demanding. (Although you might want to remember what Vintage Grandmother says, “Sugar draws more flies vinegar.” Vinegar. It’s sour and makes people frown. Sugar makes people want to help – Oh, forget it. I’m not explaining idioms. No, I did not just call you an idiot. Just take the darn post-it.)

Sure, go ahead and write down the date and time – I’m sure someone somewhere will care for your great documentation of your tantrum. (Stop crumbling those up and pitching them on the ground. Ya’ never heard of being green?  Yeah, I know not using the post-its would be even greener.)

Hey, listen, now. Hey, I’m trying to do something here to help you (whether you deserve it or not).

Just stick your completed post-it request for attention on this wall here. Then someone can come out, grab a note, and take care of that one. As a plus we can see the post-it wall get smaller and smaller. (Visual reinforcement is so important to assure crowds that things are getting handled in a timely fashion)

Now. At least it looks like stuff is getting done. (What are you doing moving all the stickies around? No, I don’t think the others want you messing with them – they each chose to place their stickies in that location for some reason. No, I don’t think that’s more artistic and aesthetically pleasing. Stop.It’s fine. It’s functional. That’s what’s needed.)

I’m sorry, you just showed up and you are doing what? No, this isn’t a sticky note flash mob event or a French-style Post-it War. Put the camera away. No post-it pictures!


Honestly, I just hate it when they all show up at once.

Ideas, all clambering. All shoving for pole position in the frontal lobe. Write about me first. Me, first! No, ME! (“I’m universal”. “I’m timeless.” “I’ll get more hits on WordPress!”) Such confusion. Such enthusiasm. Overwhelming mental noise. (Is this joy? No, don’t even think about saying that insanity comment.)

Well (now there’s a deep subject), never promised you a quiet rose garden in which to write, right?

Gotta love this loud crowd,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


  1. life is a bowl of kibble / Nov 2 2011 9:18 pm

    I love post-its but I can never find them when I am ready to remember something. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2011 9:46 pm

      Sounds familiar…I tried writing on my hand which turned out to be a problem since Sharpie ink is so permanent. Thanks for stopping by


  2. mindwarpfx / Nov 3 2011 4:47 am

    love this post! I too tryed to write on my hand and found to have a need for bigger hands! Hate that when that happens. Will follow your blog. Great work.
    All the best!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 3 2011 12:40 pm

      Yeah, you can let the notes run up your arms – but found it’s best to use colored ink when doing that so as not to get odd looks from people. Thanks


  3. The Hook / Nov 4 2011 4:38 pm

    Awesome post! Your humorous delivery rocks!


  4. Homestead Ramblings / Nov 4 2011 4:46 pm

    And I thought I was the only one who heard voices in my head arguing with myself. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 4 2011 4:58 pm

      Hmmm. Actually I worry about the ones who don’t hear the voices in their head. Thanks for stopping by!


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