Wednesday, September 25, 2013

No Sweat.

Dear Sweat Glands,


We've been together a long time. All my life, in fact. That's a long time. I had hoped that, one day, we'd have come to a mutual understanding that would allow us to function together with minimal conflict. Unfortunately this has not been the case. During our time together you have caused me nothing but embarrassment.

While it may be of no concern to you, having to spend the first half hour of my mornings in the office men's room, "toweling" off with handfuls of paper towels is not how I would prefer to begin each workday. Even after that, the telltale pools of sweat on my shirt remain for some time after I am forced to admit defeat and proceed to my desk.

You provide a necessary function, the primary of which is to prevent my body from overheating if I have to exert myself while performing my day-to-day activities. However, I feel you can be a bit overzealous of the performance of your duty, since very little exertion is required on my part for you to spring into action. And when you do spring into action, it cannot be said that you do not give it your full effort. While this level of performance is admirable in most other fields, it is not a necessary nor appreciated effort from you. I think you should ease on the pace a bit.

I know there are issues that make your job harder. For one, we live in the tropics. I know. It's hot. I cannot help this fact. But we were born here and have always lived here, so I don't understand why you are not more used to the conditions. As such, I fail to see why you would think the heat is a good excuse for you to act up the way you do.

You should know that I don't like exerting myself. This is mostly because of you and your zeal, since I actually consider myself an active person. Unfortunately, having to exert myself can't always be helped, so if I have to walk a little faster, or choose the first form of transportation - even if it isn't air conditioned - I would like to think that you would be understanding about this. But let's be honest with each other, this isn't the case, is it?

There is also the fact that I am somewhat overweight. I accept the blame for this but, again, this is something that you should be used to, since, with the exception of a few short years during my late teens, I have always been overweight. Still, this is something I can fix and have been working on. In truth, we can both agree that my weight issue has improved significantly in recent years, so while you get some leeway for this, it isn't much.

Through all this I cannot help but notice that the vast majority of individuals I encounter every day are not usually afflicted in the same way. Overweight people, people who are in a hurry, people who take public transportation or any combination of these. Not to mention that, like me, all of these people I meet live here in the tropics and have to endure the climate. This leads me to believe that the problem lies in your aforementioned overzealousness.

Is it personal? Have I wronged you in some way that has prompted you to be my lifelong enemy? Or are you just an asshole? Whatever your motivations may be, know now that I am hereby putting you on notice. I am in a new setting, among new people and I will not be the "sweaty guy" here too. This is why I have chosen to write to you today. I am no longer willing to be a hapless victim of your tireless assault. Know that, no matter how long it takes, no matter what steps I have to take, I will find a way to end your reign of terror.


Getting real tired of your shit,


Vinny.

10 comments:

  1. Don't sweat the small stuff.
    That was lame, I'll admit. Hate the heat, hate the cold.

    Yours truly,
    Goldilocks

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    1. The weird thing is I don't seem to mind the cold so much. Well... at least the tropical version of cold anyway.We'll see how I stand up against the real deal once I decide explore more of this planet.

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  2. I need to write a note to my sweat glands too. I sweat if the shower is too hot. Ridiculous.

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    1. Don't even get me started on sweating right after bathing! That always seems to happen whenever I have to go out, yet it I've almost never noticed it happening any other time I take a bath. GRR!

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  3. You're the best. Thanks for the laugh.

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    1. You're welcome! And thank you as well for the compliment.

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  4. You have forced me to change my mind about "open letter" posts, as this was informative and entertaining, and at least not a sappy open letter to your 9-yr old self, as they usually are.
    My suggestion: Just don't drink any liquid. Ever. No liquid, no sweat.
    I should warn you that I'm not a doctor. Or healthy. In any way.

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    1. Starve the sweat glands out... That actually makes sense. I'll give it a shot & let you know how it works.

      Wait! Does coffee count? If it does, then we may have a problem.

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  5. I hate the sweat after getting out of the shower. There is nothing like never being dry enough to not have to wrestle your clothes on. At least you will never experience hot flashes.

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    1. And it's always when I have to dress to go out. It's like a special little "F-YOU!" from my body to me..

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