I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I had forgotten to make. I found
the number and dialed it.
A man answered, saying, “Hello.”
I politely said, “This is Jason Braemore. Could I please speak with Rachel Carter?”
Suddenly, the phone was slammed down on me - I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so
I tracked down Rachel’s correct number and called her - I had transposed the last two
digits of her phone number. After hanging up with her, I decided to call the “wrong”
When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled, “You’re a scumbag!” and hung up.
I wrote his number down with the word “scumbag” next to it, and put it on my speed dial.
Every couple of weeks, when I was paying bills or had a really bad day, I’d call him up
and yell, “You’re a scumbag!” It always cheered me up!
When Caller ID came to our area, I thought my therapeutic “scumbag” calling would have to
stop. So, I called his number and said, “Hi, this is John Smith from the Telephone Company. I’m just calling to see if you’re familiar with the Caller ID program?”
He yelled, “NO!” and slammed the phone down.
I quickly called him back and said, “That’s because you’re a scumbag!”
One day I was at the store, getting ready to pull into a parking spot. Some guy in a black
BMW cut me off and pulled into the spot I had patiently waited for. I hit the horn and
yelled that I had been waiting for the spot. The idiot ignored me. I noticed a “For Sale” sign in his car window
so I wrote down his number.
A couple of days later, right after calling the first scumbag, I thought I had better call
the BMW scumbag too.
I said, “Is this the man with the black BMW for sale?”
“Yes, it is.”
“Can you tell me where I can see it?”
“Yes, I live at 1969 West 35th Street. It’s a yellow house, and the car’s parked right
out in front.”
“What’s your name?” I asked.
“My name is Don Hanson,” he said.
“When’s a good time to catch you, Don?”
“I’m home every evening after five.”
“Listen, Don, can I tell you something?”
“Don, you’re a scumbag.”
Then I hung up, and added his number to my speed dial. Now, when I had a problem, I had
two scumbags to call
But after several months of calling them, it wasn’t as enjoyable as it used to be. So, I
came up with an idea. I called Scumbag #1
“You’re a scumbag!” (But I didn’t hang up
“Are you still there?” he asked.
“Yeah,” I said.
Stop calling me,” he screamed.
“Make me,” I said.
“Who are you?” he asked.
“My name is Don Hanson.”
“Yeah? Where do you live?”
“Scumbag, I live at 1969 West 35th Street, a yellow house, with my black Beamer parked in
He said, “I’m coming over right now, Don. And you had better start saying your prayers.”
I said, “Yeah, like I’m really scared, scumbag.”
Then I called Scumbag #2.
“Hello?” he said.
“Hello, scumbag,” I said.
He yelled, “If I ever find out who you are, I’ll…”
“You’ll what?” I said.
“I’ll kick your ass,” he exclaimed.
I answered, “Well, scumbag, here’s your chance. I’m coming over right now.”
Then I hung up and immediately called the police, saying that I lived at 1969 West 35th
Street, and that I was on my way over there to kill my gay lover.
Then I called CKVU Channel 13 News about the gang war going down on West 35th Street.
I quickly got into my car and headed over to 35th Street.
There I saw two scumbags beating the crap out of each other in front of six squad cars, a
police helicopter, and news crew.
Now I feel a lot better
Anger punishes itself. - English Proverb
You're afraid of your own anger. - Kristin Cashore
Anger blows out the candle of the mind. - R.G. Ingersoll
The greatest remedy for anger is delay. - Seneca
Whining is anger through a small opening. - Al Franken
Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. - Benjamin Franklin
Our humor turns our anger into a fine art. - Mary Kay Blakely
Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie. - David Mamet
Competition is a rude yet effective motivation. - Toba Beta
Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. - Kin Hubbard
Management is nothing more than motivating people. - Lee Iacocca
Lawyers are men who hire out their words and anger. - Martial
Anger is never without reason, but seldom with a good one. - Benjamin Franklin
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. - Mohandas K. Gandhi
Anger must be the energy that has not yet found its right channel. - Florida Scott-Maxwell
Whoever incites anger has a strong insurance against indifference. - Philip Stanhope
I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back. - Richard Lewis
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. - Peter F Drucker
Stress is an important dragon to slay - or at least tame - in your life. - Marilu Henner
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. - Natalie Goldberg
To err is human. To blame it on somebody else shows management potential. - Unknown
Chocolate is cheaper than therapy, and you don't need an appointment. - Unknown
The best time management strategy: don't find the time, find the why. - Chris Guillebeau
Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. - JRR Tolkien
If you are patient in one moment of anger you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. - Chinese Proverb
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. - William James
Stress is your body's way of saying you haven't worked enough unpaid overtime. - Scott Adams
The latest thing in psychiatry is group therapy. Instead of couches, they use bunk beds. - Henny Youngman
Stress exacerbates any problem, whether it's diabetes, heart trouble, MS, or whatever. - Mary Ann Mobley
If you can't control your anger, you are as helpless as a city without walls waiting to be attacked. - Book of Proverbs
Obama and his attack dogs have nothing but hate and anger in their hearts and spew it whenever possible. - Donald Trump
Some of these people need ten years of therapy - ten sentences of mine do not equal ten years of therapy. - Oscar Wilde
Being in therapy is great. I spend an hour just talking about myself. It's kinda like being the guy on a date. - Caroline Rhea
Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. - Mark Twain
Because of their cuisine, Germans don't consider farting rude. They'd certainly be out of luck if they did. - P.J. O'Rourke
Transformation also means looking for ways to stop pushing yourself so hard professionally or inviting so much stress. - Gail Sheehy
I'm not just retiring from the company, I'm also retiring from my stress, my commute, my alarm clock, and my iron. - Hartman Jule
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. - Unknown
Keep your sense of humor. There's enough stress in the rest of your life to let bad shots ruin a game you're supposed to enjoy. - Amy Alcott
To be a champion, you have to learn to handle stress and pressure. But if you've prepared mentally and physically, you don't have to worry. - Harvey Mackay
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