"I guess I have a lot of problems, so many that I don't have time to go into them all in detail. Suffice it to say I'm anal, obsessive, vain, quick to temper, overly introspective, lazy, judgmental, insecure, and self-righteous. Probably the most annoying thing about me is that I'm hugely opinionated. But I kind of make up for that by always being right."

Friday, January 27, 2006

I Feel Petty, Oh So Petty...

Something happened the other day that made me question my morality. A good friend of mine helped me set up a wireless Internet connection to my computer out in my office. There were many problems, as there always are with anything having to do with computers, and he wound up spending a lot of time on the phone with customer support people who couldn’t give him their full attention because they were busy herding goats as they spoke.

Needless to say, this was a huge favor. Somehow along the way, though, he accidentally closed the FreeCell game I had minimized at the bottom of my screen. This caused me some minor inconvenience, as I was playing the games in numerical order and had to approximate the number of the game I was currently on.

This is where Evil Rick raises his ugly head. When I discovered this problem, I had the strongest urge to call this friend and tell him what he had done. Despite the fact that he had gone out of his way to be nice to me, I still wanted to get this dig in. But why? As I thought about it, I realized that it was to somehow punish him by making him feel bad about what he’d done. How petty is that? If someone gave you a hundred dollars for your birthday and you decided to buy a new pair of pants but on the way to the store you had an accident and wrecked your car, would you blame that on the person who gave you the money? I would, apparently.

In the end I fought off my pettiness and decided not to make the call. I have to admit, though, that it does feel good to know that he’ll probably read this article. Careless prick.