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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Anal retentivity at its best

Sheesh. What the heck is wrong with him? Why does he need to pick a fight over a pot which was not placed back into the cupboard? Why is he so anal retentive? Its not as if I cooked something and didn't clean up - all I did was to place some water inside so that I could speed up the defrosting of my meat (which was in a plastic bag). And I poured it out and left it on the kitchen counter, forgetting to put it back. And when he sees me, he goes ballistic, beckoning me to the kitchen (I thought it was over his bowl), points out his pan (if i knew it was his bloody pan I wouldn't even have touched it to begin with), and went:

'Why haven't you put it back?'
'Oh, I forgot'
'Did you wash it? I saw you put your meat inside'
'Of course I did. Here (takes pan and proceeds to put it back as he turns around and storms off)'

Now, what the fuck? (pardon my language, but I am highly annoyed). If I had used the pot for cooking and did not clean up after that, fair enough. But in this instance I had only forgotten to place his pot into the cupboard below. And he has to get all anal retentive over it. Ass. No wonder no one here wants to even consider borrowing his stuff.

But maybe he wanted to get back at me because I had told him off before. In that instance, he didn't seem to know where the kitchen bag was, and his sauces and noodles and what not were dripping and smeared on the outside of the bag. Extremely disgusting, especially when it comes to throwing out the waste. The feel of oil on your palms as you try to tie the kitchen bag is absolutely DISGUSTING. But he doesn't care. No amount of telling off and polite reminders in the form of signs seem to work. In fact, he seems to throw all his waste into the kitchen bag.

For goodness sake, the kitchen bag should be limited to organic waste and food wrappings. But no, he has to throw in his letters and empty bottles as well. And he doesn't even care if the bag is almost full; just the other day he threw in a pizza box and 2 empty 1.5 litre bottles of pepsi when the bag was so obviously full. What the hell.... deal with your own personal waste yourself and keep it in a corner of the room, or if it can't wait, toss your (packaged) waste into the rubbish collection site outside. Not the stupid kitchen bag, asshole.

As if that were not indicative of his anal retentivity, let me give one incident that would hopefully convince you otherwise. How many of you have actually boiled an egg before? If you have, you would know that a bowl of hot boiling water would do the trick in 5 minutes. Well, he boils his chicken egg in a huge pot of boiling water on the stove for 40 bloody minutes. But thats not all. If you so much as dare to move the pot a centimetre so that your pan can fit onto the adjacent hob, he lashes out 'Wait your turn, I was here first man.' Okay, fair enough. But its only a pot of boiling water with an egg.

Then he continues, 'I want my egg to be perfectly cooked and not uneven'. WHAT THE FUCK??!?! DO YOU NEED TO BOIL A STUPID CHICKEN EGG IN A POT OF BOILING WATER FOR 40 MINUTES??? AND WHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT ABOUT 'UNEVEN COOKING'???? THE STUPID EGG CAN ONLY REACH TEMPERATURES AS HIGH AS THE SURROUNDINGS (which happens to be around 100 centigrade, and the water is being heated by tongues of flame at over 200 centigrade, go figure). SO WHY THE HELL SHOULD IT MATTER IF I MOVE YOUR WORTHLESS POT AND EGG BY A CENTIMETRE???? and the fucker is doing engineering. We're doomed if we have engineers who know bullshit about thermodynamics. Hell, its not even thermodynamics, its common sense!!! But of course, we all know that common sense is not that common after all. He needs a bloody good knock on his head, I say. With his useless pot.


  • lol...
    I like the way you ended this entry.

    Quote: "He needs a bloody good knock on his head, I say. With his useless pot."

    Nevermind him, you'll be back in Malaysia after 6 days. :)

    By Blogger Sue Ong, at Tuesday, June 29, 2004 8:23:00 pm  

  • lol. so this is your housemate from hell? =P sounds scary. he's leaving soon, right? patience...breathe in and out deeply. no point getting high blood pressure over him. - ahjeen

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, June 30, 2004 4:03:00 pm  

  • Ouch, poor pat. Fortunately, you're coming back soon! No need to see him anymore, see me. :P


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, June 30, 2004 4:53:00 pm  

  • yes, my african housemate from hell. bleh. but he was pretty alright the first few months (other than nagging suspicions that he was behind some food disappearances).

    By Blogger elb, at Saturday, July 03, 2004 12:57:00 am  

  • Assume a small pot of water is brought to the boil and then taken off the stove. Then assume two (2) eggs were put into the pot of water immediately, which in turn, is set away from heat sources and at a room temperature of...say 22 - 28 degC. The eggs would still be quite rare after five (5) minutes. They would be about "half-boiled" after about 7 - 8 minutes. They are completely cooked (defined as the egg becomes solid and no liquid) after some 11 - 12 minutes.

    No, I'm not an engineer, but I'm speaking from experience :P

    -- traveller

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, July 04, 2004 2:12:00 pm  

  • ken: when i was referring to thermodynamics, i meant about the bit where moving the pot a couple of cm off the centre won't affect anything at all. and like i said, it really isn't even thermodynamics. any one who has SPM/ O level science (be it pure or as an art subject) would surely know that the bulk temperature of a substance won't be able to go at a higher than its boiling point; and even common sense will tell you that moving a source of fire which has around 150 celsius difference in temperature from the boiling point of water by even an inch won't matter.

    As for the eggs, well I haven't boiled an egg for over a year now =D. But i sure bloody hell know that you don't need to boil it for 40 minutes over a bloody fire. And that it won't bloody matter if the stupid pot wasn't exactly in the middle.

    By Blogger elb, at Monday, July 05, 2004 1:48:00 pm  

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