Cat Scratch Noises….da..da..duh

I think the main problem with working in a small office environment is that everyone, sooner or later gets on your nerves. Not because everyone is annoying but after awhile you start to hear the same stories, jokes and sound effects over and over again. It probably doesn’t seem like a big deal when I write about it here, but in a confined space with several people the smallest annoyances quickly grow into big annoyances. My co-workers will tell you a story even though they know you already heard it.

CW: Did I ever tell you about the time my cat fell down the stairs.
ME: Yes
CW: So anyways there was this one time my cat was chasing a bug….
(7 minutes later, still talking)
CW: …and that’s why he won’t go downstairs anymore. ha.ha.ha. too funny right?
ME: (In the driest tone possible) That’s hillarious.
CW: I know! I mean, have you ever heard such a thing?
ME: Yes actually, you’ve told me that story before.

Even though I try to humor the coworker I make sure to tell them that they’ve already told me that story, but it doesn’t seem to phase them, they just keep on trucking with their story. How can people not remember? I usually get a feeling of Deja Vu if I’m telling a story to the same people for the 47th time….doesn’t anyone else? Another thing that I cannot stand is the sound effects that come along with the cat stories. They try to recreate the exact sound that their beloved cat made. Instead of sounding like a sweet little kitty kat, it’s more like an old momma cat in heat being circled by 4 horny tom cats.

CW:”So my cat was all like ‘MEEEEEYEEEOUUUUWWWW MEEEEEYEEEOUUUUW’and I was like ‘what kitty?!’ MEEEEOUUUUWW MEEEEOOUUUWWWW. hehehe. it was too funny”
ME: Yup, sounds funny.

Funny like a cheese grater on my face, or funny like a sharp hook latching onto my collarbone and yanking it out. It is strange that it irritates me so. Most people have a big problem with the finger nails on a chalkboard but it really doesn’t bug me, but the sounds effects of a cat’s meow coming from my co-worker’s throat drives me batty. I often smash my headphones in my ear if she starts in with a cat story.

I think the sound effect bugs me so much because I’ve heard it before. It wasn’t exactly the same sound but very close. It used to come from my Juinor year roomate’s girlfriend. I’ll never forget the first time I heard it. My roomate and I were in a fierce battle of Unreal Tournament, neck and neck on the scoreboard when we heard ’something’.

Me: Did you hear that?
A: Yeah.
Me: What the hell was it?
A: I don’t know.

We turned our game down and listened. Across the hallway we could hear the other roomate and his girlfriend having a good time, there was a lot of laughing and tussling and then admist the dull roar of a tickle/makeout fight came an ear piercing “WAAAAAAAAHHHHH, WAAAAAHHH” Yes, “wah” just like a baby, a grown, female, 20yr. old raspy voiced baby. My mind flooded with images of her dressed as a toddler and him chasing her around the room. “oohhh who’s your daddy? Who’s gonna give it to you?” Waaaah waaah! “That’s right, you’d better cry!”. It was a frightening sound and mental image that I have not been able to delete from my registers to this day. Whenever I wanted to make my roomate laugh all I had to do was look at him a cry out “waaaah.” I think this is why I can’t listen to anymore cat stories if there is going to be sound effects.
Regardless, my co-worker continues to dole them out with enthusiam, adding new stories every few months.

waaah indeed.


  1. Jake Foster said,

    June 15, 2006 @ 7:55 pm

    You’ve already told us this before…

  2. Phil said,

    June 16, 2006 @ 9:40 am

    You’re gonna end up like one of those guys who has his blog searched by a prospective employer and not get the job, or fired from your current one!

  3. Momma said,

    June 16, 2006 @ 10:27 am




  4. normaljean said,

    June 16, 2006 @ 11:09 am

    Mry Mlove Mluuuuueeee, Mlicah.

  5. Anthony B. said,

    June 16, 2006 @ 4:26 pm


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