OPINION: The semi-final rugby game played between the Reds and the Crusaders combined two of my main dislikes in life - Canterbury crowds (well Cantabrians) and booing at sporting matches, writes Mary-Jane Thomas in Work to Rule.
If there had been a booing Canterbury school teacher on display that would have made my trifecta.
So enraged was I by the Canterbury crowd's booing of Quade Cooper every time he touched the ball that I turned the television off and listened on the radio. This of course did not make the booing any less obvious but it did stop me from throwing something at the television set.
When did it become acceptable to boo at sporting matches?
Did this always happen? I understand if a player is sin binned for a high tackle or if there is a very obvious and cynical act of cheating by the team you do not support letting out the odd boo.
But when did it become acceptable, for example, to boo somebody when they are kicking for goal - I hate it.
It is not good sportsmanship and it needs to stop.
I also find it amusing that people seem to lose sight of the fact that when they boo a player it probably makes the player play harder - at least that's how it would affect me.
I think the credit went to Quade Cooper for not turning around to the entire crowd and giving them the fingers - of course if he had done that he is the one that would have been brought up before the judiciary and probably put out for a month.
I suppose the level at which I was irritated by this sums up what most of us feel at work around this time of the year: grumpy.
This time of the year is punctuated by fellow employees thinking it is appropriate to send emails from places like Bali with them in a bikini sipping margaritas.
I told one of our PAs that if she sent a photograph like that to me she would not have a job to come home to.
Everybody does seem to be tetchier and grumpier at this time of the year and I think, there is more likely to be work place friction.
To assist here is my guide to surviving until spring: If you are going on an overseas holiday go quietly. The truth is nobody else in the office wants to hear your verbal psychological buildup to your holiday nor do they really care to hear about your holiday when you come home. Facebook it all you want - at least people then have the choice to be bored.
If you are not going on a holiday then suck it up. It is not everybody else's fault that you are suffering from vitamin D deficiency. Go buy a supplement.
Instead of coming into work with a full blown viral infection, use up a couple of the 20 sick days you have accumulated in case of a bird flu epidemic and stay at home. Not only will it mean that you do not infect the rest of your colleagues they will not have to put up with your incessant moaning (this is really directed at men; women tend to work with illnesses without letting everybody know about it).
Practice visualisation. Visualise spring daffodils, going home when it's still light, not having to wear tights to work every day, not craving carbohydrates ...
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