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We may need a bigger room...
Member Name: timetoshine
Advantages: Goodbye anger
Disadvantages: The room may not be big enough for me
The world is a wonderful place and there are so many great things to rave about. However. To remain an optimist, I simply have to bury my abuse in Room 101. Lets be honest, this barely scratches the surface of my cool, calm, collected and hidden rage so it will probably be the first of many installments.
Let us dive in. These are things I hate that you should too.
--------- Middle Class Fashion Brands --------
More specifically, the following three brands: Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch and Jack Wills. They are all overpriced clothes designers that take basic clothes that you can buy anywhere else at a fraction of the price. However, once they add their motif or write their name in ridiculously large sizes, they can ramp up the cost. This is the least of it though. Brands like these exploit the vulnerabilities and self-esteem sensitivities of young people and convey a message that if you can afford their clothes, you will be more popular and sexually attractive. I was in a Hollister store in Westfield shopping centre recently and this confirmed all of my vitriolic hatred. It was specifically designed to entice young people with a dark setting (apparently to look like a nightclub) and no prices on anything. The models for these companies are just as bad, in my view, as size zero models in portraying an unrealistic body image. When you walk along the street, you often find groups of seven or so teenagers all wearing chinos and Hollister t-shirts. I should know how tough this is on confidence because I am a very different type of teenager.
---------- University Fashion Clothing ----------
A trend seems to be developing here about fashion. Another range of clothes and bags etc that I severely dislike are brands of clothing from universities that the wearers have not been to. I am talking about you UCLA. If the University of California, Los Angeles is not your alma mater, you should not be wearing their brands of clothes. It is a sign of pride at the university you have studied hard to graduate from, not a casual, throwaway label on a shirt.
---------- Beer -----------
To go on a wildly divergent tangent, there are other things that I hate apart from clothes. I have very high standards about what I put into my body. Or not. But one thing that I cannot stand is beer. It is apparently the national alcohol of choice, which shows just how much we still succumb to tradition and a social illusion. Yes, it may be our historical choice of drink, but few people actually enjoy the taste of a pint and those that do probably go on about the merits of real ale and they deserve to go in Room 101 as well. It is foul-tasting, expensive and only exists as a social tool. I would much rather drink spirits and mixers because we must al eventually accept that alcohol in all its forms is simply a journey from A to B. Sober to Drunk.
Since this is the first installment, and the universe cannot sustain this level of rage, I will leave it there. To give you a sample of what is to come, my other passionate dislikes include the sorts of people that call dessert (its proper name) a sweet or an afters. Or those that call dinner - tea. Next time they come round for tea, I will refuse to give them food.
Summary: The universe has a lot that enrages me