Wrong Balloon Popping

  1. Have you ever popped a balloon??
  2. Can you tell me the exact amount of time that balloon took to burst??

Answer to question #1 is Yes but for question #2, I suppose you have no clue. Heck even I don’t. But it was fun, right? Popping a big balloon in a birthday party and watching those little kids, covering up their ears and begging you not to do it, is fun. Right?

Wrong Balloon Popping

Yeah, sure it is. But will it be okay if I compare balloon popping with something personal? Say like, poking a person, who doesn’t want to be disturbed at all, with a pointy needle of your comments while having this false assumption of having fun. Now that is something similar to popping up a balloon. The only difference: it’s not funny at all!!

Okay, enough balloon talk here! Let me tell you exactly why am I saying all this.

Today in office, my team lead called me in room of Production department’s manager, via Skype, for some discussion over an issue raised by our customer. Now I was aware of that calling because my team lead informed me about it few minutes. So I went to the room, where 2 other individuals were also sitting. One was another team lead (Production department in my company is the most populated one, so there are about 7 team leaders) and the other one was from support department.

As soon as I entered the room, the manager and my team lead were talking casually about something they were discussing before my arrival. The other 2 guys were working quietly on their laptops. I waited for about 5-6 seconds, for both my team lead and manager, to stop their casual chit chat and discuss the issue for which I was called. But they didn’t as if I wasn’t standing in front of them. There was no empty seat in the room either. I had no idea, before entering the room, what casual discussion was taking place between manager, 2 team leaders and that support department guy.

What you are about to read is a “little” discussion between me and that manager, right after those 5-6 seconds of my wait:

Manager: Why are you scratching your forehead?

Me: I was feeling an itch there, that’s why.

Manager: No, there was no itch.

Me: How can you say that?

Manager: You looked tense. Is everything okay?

Me: Yeah, everything is fine.

Manager: If everything is fine, then why were you scratching your forehead?

Me: If you feel itchy, what do you do?

Manager: But you don’t feel itchy unless you are tense.

Me: I’m not tense!! (at this point, I was having this feeling of punching him right in the face, literally)

Manager: Yeah, right! 10-15 years of married life does turns a man into a senseless creature. He is always tense, no matter what.

(as soon as he utter those words, I desired to treat him exactly how Hulk treated Loki in The Avengers. To make myself more clear, here is the gif of that particular scene from The Avengers:

Hulk vs Loki

No doubt you must now know why this scene is declared as a fan favorite in the whole movie. Okay, now back to that “little chit chat” with manager)

Me: Well, it’s your own perception.

Manager: It’s not a perception! This is what reality is.

Me: What can I say? Everyone has its own point of view and personal life. I don’t interfere in yours. Do I?

Manager (while trying his best to control the laugh and signaling via eye-contact with my team lead right in front of me): Hey, no need to get hyper here now! Lets discuss the issue we are here for….

Some people cross lines which they shouldn’t, just for their own amusement. Such people also never let go of an opportunity to mock others, especially in front of others. That’s when they consider themselves as an Alpha Wolf, leader of the group, who will be followed by some lesser known wolves. But what each of those “wolves” don’t know is that they are themselves a sheep in a wolf’s clothing.

My personal life, and especially my marriage, is MY PERSONAL MATTER!!

Your personal life, and especially your marriage (if you are married), is YOUR PERSONAL MATTER!!

This rule should be followed by everyone, including me. But today, I found out that some people, no matter if they are managing 200+ individuals in a company’s department or how well educated they act on Skype to foreign customers, are no different then those clowns wearing big boots and rainbow colored wigs in birthday parties, popping balloons, even when they shouldn’t.


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8 thoughts on “Wrong Balloon Popping

  1. Victoria Stuart July 10, 2019 / 8:14 PM

    When something like this happened to me, I wished I’d had the skills to say something like this when a boss said, why are you scratching your forehead? Me (a bit surprised and calmly curious): Did I hear you correctly? Are you asking me why I am scratching my forehead? Him: (more belligerently and trying to get laughs): Yeah, I’m asking you why you are scratching your forehead, are you tense? Me (even more curious and still calm): I think I hear you correctly. You wish to know why I scratched my forehead a moment ago? And now you are asking if your questions about my body make me tense? (All in a very calm curious way, as if he has suddenly transformed into a four-year-old and I am the adult, establishing clearly and without emotion that my boundaries include NOT answering questions about my body or any other personal information.) Alas, every time I’ve had a bully boss, I was in my 20s and was reduced to crying in a bathroom stall.

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    • Hammad Rais July 11, 2019 / 1:19 PM

      I dearly wish for the same way to reply to him but since I can’t, so I choose the option of avoiding his company or answering with minimum amount of words, if there’s a need for it.
      On the other hand, picturing him or other bosses like a 4-year old and myself as an adult in front of him does sound interesting. I may give it a try next time.
      Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. thehiddenprestige November 13, 2015 / 6:54 PM

    You have hit the mark!
    I guess it has to do with their nature. The best we can do is ignore them since we can’t really stop them.
    What do you say?

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    • Hammad Rais November 14, 2015 / 3:25 PM

      Yes, that’s what I normally do. I keep myself away from such people as they normally cross limits, even though they know deep down themselves that it is not right.
      Or may be they don’t!!

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