The Station Wagon podcast: Seattle - Snoqualmie - Olympia: Episode 9: Giving Up Complaining

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Episode 9: Giving Up Complaining

We got no complaints. Truly! We didn't  have any for two weeks, and now you can find out how it went. Spoiler: One of us really liked it, the other is a whiney baby.


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1750 BCE
Complaint about the delivery of the wrong grade of copper. The irate purchaser here, Nanni, writing to someone named Ea-nasir, received a shipment of copper ore of an inferior grade, after some annoying delay and in a damaged condition.  Read the translation at the website.
Artemidoros, the hated of heaven, has embezzled as much as 25 association artabas [13] of wheat out of what we had measured for the last half-artaba tax.
First recorded use of complaining used as foundation of huge joke. Example:

Guest — “How comes this dead fly in my soup?”
Waiter — “In fact, sir, I have no positive idea how the poor thing came to its death. Perhaps it had not taken any food for a long time, dashed upon the soup, ate too much of it, and contracted an inflammation of the stomach that brought on death. The fly must have a very weak constitution, for when I served the soup it was dancing merrily on the surface. Perhaps — and the idea presents itself only at this moment — it endeavored to swallow too large a piece of vegetable; this, remaining fast in his throat, caused a choking in the windpipe. This is the only reason I could give for the death of this insect.”
Complained  on behalf of American Consumers.
“Waiter! What’s this fly doing in my soup?” The waiter’s answer was “swimming” or “the backstroke.”

What happens when an ordinary gathering is peeled back to expose the fears and insecurities beneath?

Bowen is a minister with a very simple message: quit complaining. If you do, you'll be happier and healthier. Hence his Complaint-Free World challenge; the goal is to stop for 21 consecutive days.
2008 is a collection of user-submitted stories, likely to happen to anyone, which we then publish on the site. Simple. This is a place where you can let it all hang out and unwind by sharing the little things that screw with your day, and maybe realize that you are not alone in experiencing day-to-day crap. There now, don't you feel better?

Reasons to stop saying FMl listicle was written.


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