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"Where do you get off saying my kid is grade level?"
Tags:education, school, schools, schooling, teaching, teacher, teachers, student, students, classroom, classrooms, class, classes, parent-teacher conference, parent-teacher conferences, parent-teacher interview, parent-teacher interviews, meeting, meetings, kid, kids, child, children, parent, parents, parenting, parenthood, mom, moms, mum, mums, mother, mothers, motherhood, father, fathers, fatherhood, dad, dads, family, families, unsatisfied, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, upset, angry, grade level, grade levels, marking, grading, mark, marks, grade, grades, primary, elementary, kindergarten, modern education, preschool, nursery school, childcare, daycare, modern life
"Read it in the hollow, affectless voice of a man with nothing left to lose, Daddy."
Tags:dad, dads, father, fathers, midlife, midlife crisis, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, bedtime, bedtime story, bedtime stories, read, reads, reading, read aloud, reads aloud, reading aloud, daughter, daughters, sad, sadness, depressed, depression, hollow voice, hollow voices, monotone, monotones, monotonous, soothe, soothes, soothing, relax, relaxes, relaxing, request, requests
"I hate what we've become."
Tags:devil, devils, satan, hell, the after life, punishments, regret, regrets, regretful, life choice, life choice, bad decision, bad decisions, remorse, remorseful, depressed, depressing, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, criminal, criminals, disappointment, disappointing, disappointments, disappointed
Back to The Present - I
Tags:bored, bore, bores, boring, paper pusher, paper pushers, office drone, office drones, work, works, worker, workers, escapism, escapist, desk, desks, office desk, office desks, blockbuster, blockbusters, summer blockbuster, summer blockbusters, title, titles, job title, job titles, present, presents, middle manager, middle managers, middle management, listless, doldrums, office job, office jobs, white collar job, white collar jobs, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, summer movie, summer movies
"Does my body make me look fat?"
"This has been fun, dear. Can we go back to Larchmont now?"
Tags:downtown loft, downtown lofts, loft, lofts, loft apartment, loft apartments, new york, new york city, new yorker, new yorkers, manhattan, manhattanite, manhattanites, real estate, out of touch, oversize, oversized, larchmont, upscale, couple, couples, dissatisfaction, indecision, indecisive, opulent, opulence, real estate, penthouse suite, penthouse suites
"Veni, Vidi, Lunchi."
Tags:veni vidi vici, i came i saw i conquered, lunch, lunch time, lunch times, lunch break, lunch breaks, lunchbreak, lunchbreaks, lunchtime, lunchtimes, bored, boring, boredom, offices, office job, office jobs, office work, office worker, office workers, caesar, julius caesar, job satisfaction, rat race, the rat race, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, disappointment, disappointments
"The surprising thing is that Flaubert, who was a man, actually got it."
Tags:madame bovary, flaubert, gustave flaubert, banal, banality, escape, escapes, escaping, provincial, provincial life, mundane, mundanity, suburb, suburbs, suburban, unhappy, dissatisfied, housewife, housewives, affair, emma rouault, charles bovary, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, inattentive husband, inattentive husbands, spouse, spouses, affairs, cheat, cheats, adulterer, adulterers
"It's a good mix of disaffected and affected."
Tags:modern life, modern times, modern attitudes, cocktail party, cocktails parties, disaffected, disaffection, affection, affected behaviours, affected behaviour, affected manner, party, parties, conversation, conversation, privilege, privileged, middle class, middle class lifestyle, lifestyle, life style, life styles, life style, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, disenchanted, disenchant, disenchantment, discontent, discontented, discontentment
"If you want something done right, you have to live in the past."
Tags:old age, the elderly, old people, elderly people, ageing, back in the day, reminisce, reminiscing, complain, complaining, doing things right, the good old days, modern life, modern times, modern attitudes, modern technology, modern technologies, grumble, grumbling, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction
"I just figured it out – we're in the cheap seats."
Tags:theatre, theater, theatres, theaters, cheap seats, cheap seat, restricted view, restricted view seats, living room, living rooms, sitting room, sitting rooms, relationship, relationships, marriage, marriages, dissapointment, disappointments, substandard, cheap, life as art, metatheatrical, metatheatricality, metatheatre, metatheater, missing out, missing out on something, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, dissatisfying
"I'm frustrated because I wish I were criticizing greater things."
Tags:critic, critics, criticising, criticizing, reviews, review, writing reviews, reviewer, reviewers, reviewing, frustrated, frustration, frustrations, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, disillusioned, disillusionment, pretentious, pretension, pretentiousness, conceit, conceited, motivation, no motivation, modern life, modern times, modern attitudes, rate, rating
"Do I detect a new resentment?"
"All right, back to answering e-mails and sighing."
"What I wouldn't give to be a fly on a different wall."
"I suggest you air your woes through the media."
'I'm sorry, sir, this is the department of Immediate Dissatisfaction. Your appointment is with the Bureau of Eternal Frustration.'
Tags:religion, religious, god, heaven, creator, creators, creationism, creationist, creationists, remorse, remorseful, buyer's remorse, word play, wordplay, unhappy, sad, sadness, regret, regrets, regretting, dissatisfied, unsatisfied, dissatisfaction, what was i thinking, earth, planet earth, humanity, human, humans, social problems, social issues, environmental issues, environmental problems, violence, war, wars, global warming, climate change, poverty, hunger, pollution
"Do you want to be vaguely dissatisfied with Italian or Korean?"
Tags:eating out, dining out, restaurant, bad food, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, risk taking, risk taker, risk takers, disappointment, disappointments, let down, let downs, let-down, let-downs, takeaway, takeaways, takeout, takeouts, take away, take aways, take out, take outs, modern life, modern attitudes
"So, even after we've bought us a new car, our lives remain fundamentally unchanged."
Tags:limo, limos, limousine, limousines, wealth divide, wealth divides, wealth inequality, financial inequality, economic inequality, income inequality, limo driver, limo drivers, personal driver, personal drivers, rich and famous, new car, new cars, dissatisfaction, dissatisfied, unhappiness, money can't make you happy, money can't buy happiness
"My first husband never brought home anything smaller than a water buffalo."
Tags:lion, lions, mountain lion, mountain lions, second husband, second husbands, dissatisfied, dissatisfaction, couple, couples, bad relationship, bad relationships, water buffalo, disappointed, disappointment, disappointments, wealth, rich people, rich person, wealth gap, wealth divide, let down, let downs, let-down, let-downs, mistake, mistakes, second marriage, second marriages, competition
"Look, Joel, you're relatively young, have a relatively nice job and a relatively nice wife. There's no reason in the world why you shouldn't be relatively happy."
Tags:fussbudget, fussbudgets, curmudgeon, curmudgeons, crank, cranks, cranky, irritable, irritation, annoyance, annoyances, pessimist, pessimists, annoying, annoyed, misanthropist, misanthropists, misanthropy, self-loathing, public transportation, mechanical things, grievance, grievances, unhappiness, frustration, aggravation, dissatisfaction, anger
'Wayne, have you ever given any thought to changing completely?'