Thursday, January 8, 2009

Room 101

George Orwell famously created the Ministry of Love's Room 101 in his prophetic novel 1984, where citizens were threatened with their worst fears as a form of torture. He reportedly named the chamber after a conference room at the BBC where he had to sit through endless meetings. Room 101 has evolved to represent pet peeves and bug-a-bears that irritates us daily. If only there were a real place to banish these annoyances, we could all live perfectly happy lives. Some things are already there like rude people, cancer, poverty, and prejudice, but what else could we send away forever?
There are three things I would gladly banish to Room 101. First, toasters.

In fact most small electric appliances I could easily do without. The year I was married, HotDoggers and popcorn poppers were all the rage. We got five of each as gifts and I couldn't return them fast enough.

Next would be sideline reporters at football games. Is it hard hitting reporting to ask the coach as he's running off the field what his game plan will be in the second half?
Or if he will be putting in the player that was suspended from starting the game? No, big waste of time.

And lastly, I would banish static electricity to Room 101.
Every time I get zapped on the car door or refrigerators in the grocery store it takes every ounce of self control to hold in the blue streak of cuss words that want to come out of my mouth. Static electricity; what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Huh!


Lori said...

i would banish:
1} cat just isn't living up to being "the new fringe" esp when huge balls of it are blowing across my floors
2} cell phones...don't like them
3} socks that develop holes in the toes after only being worn a few times...oooooooooooooh, that makes me nuts!!!

Tonja said...

I think this is a wonderful topic...and I want to think on it before I I'll be back.

BUT...1 thing for sure I would send there would be those dumb scrambled letters thingies that are at the end of comments. I despise those!

madrekarin said...

I would banish the cats and their stinky cat litter, my family room furniture with the sliding cushions, everything that does not have a home and in line with one of your choices- ESPN sportscasters, OH*MY*GOSH! Can you say, "Boring!"? How do they keep their jobs? :)

Sandi McBride said...

Oh cell phones would have to go...and stay there...
fun post

Fifi Flowers said...

ADORABLE toaster!

Susie Harris said...

I bet I could come up with a very long list... now you have me thinking, smile!

nancygrayce said...

I don't like the small appliances either, but my husband loves them!