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Alright Jabber Loggers I need your help! I need some suggestions and I know I can count on you to hook me up with some awesome ideas. So let’s look at this picture. Do you know who this is? If not, this is Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction. Not only is this guy badass but he likes to yell some choice profanities and he does it well. Combine his words with this look and you have an epic response to someone. With this said, imagine that you are in a public setting and you happen to see someone with this look yelling at another person. The public place is a restaurant and a customer is yelling and swearing at a waitress. This would be out of the norm correct? I mean, it’s not something you see every day and if you’re like me you were brought up to respect people so it would not be normal to yell and swear at anyone, let alone someone who is waiting on you. What would people think? How would they react?
This right here is the basis of what I’m looking for from you. What I need are your opinions on what is out of the norm. I am currently taking a class called Psychology of Human Interaction and this is my first assignment. The following are the guidelines to project and the rules.
Create a list of 6 simple norms, pick at least 3 of the norms to go out and violate in a public setting.
Here are a few ground rules:
1. Violate your three norms in a public setting, in the clear presence of others.
2. Your audience should be made up of strangers, not friends and relatives.
3. Don’t do anything illegal, dangerous, unethical or anything that might get you in serious trouble. (I will
not bail you out of jail.)
4. Avoid doing crazy behavior like rolling around on the restaurant floor. Instead violate a social rule like
asking a stranger in line if you can cut to the front of the line.
5. Unless you really get into trouble, try to avoid rationalizing the violation after doing it.
As you can see from my list what I am doing here on Jabber Log is not cheating, I simply want to know what you think would be out of the norm. I already have my list but maybe I will use something that you have suggested. I will then do three of these in public and document the reactions that I get. If I’m feeling froggy I might even find a way to record it for a later post. Here are a few examples my professor provided the class;
Singing loud in public
Cheer people on
Ask someone if you can cut in line.
Ask to borrow someone’s brush
This is only option A for this assignment and for option B we have to sit in a public place and observe about 10 social norms that have been violated and write about it. I don’t know that I want to do this one because I don’t like to miss an opportunity to play the fool. I’m sure it will be pretty funny and awkward but the point is to get a reaction so help me out people. Let me know what you think with a comment. Thank you for your help and I will be watching the comments so that I can respond back to your ideas. Cheers!Post Views: 235
She opened her robe and exposed herself. Jason gave her a blank stare. A deer in headlights is what she called that stare of his and he wanted nothing to do with her. He turned around and walked toward the living room. Ellen groaned, closed her robe and took her drink to the bedroom. Jason laid down on the couch and marinated on what had occurred. Hours passed and Ellen had not come out of the bedroom. The aroma of the Christmas ham had begun to fill the air. His stomach growled. As he got up to check on dinner there was a knock at the door. He expected to see Allison but was greeted by her boyfriend Ben instead.
“Mr. Tyler?” Ben asked. His face was sad and in pain.
Jason was puzzled and asked what was wrong. Ben extended his hand and gave Jason a videotape.
“What is this,” asked Jason.
“It’s from Allison sir. A Christmas present for the both of you.”
Ben turned and left. As he walked away his face morphed from sadness to happiness and chuckled to himself. Jason went back inside and into the living room. He put the tape in and sat on the couch to watch. The video faded in on Allison sitting on a bed. She was crying and her makeup was running.
“Are we ready?” Allison looked beyond the camera at the one who was filming. “Ok. I want to tell you what really happened. Cody and I were outside playing and I went over to Mandi’s house so that I could show her what I got for Christmas.” Allison cried and held her stomach while covering her mouth. “I ran back and I heard mom yelling at Cody. She was telling him not to play by the pool but he didn’t listen. I was watching through the fence and mom went out there and grabbed him by the arm. He pulled back and…”
Jason sat up at attention. His hands were clammy and his mouth had gone dry. He waited for Allison to explain. He could see the pain and suffered with her.
“Mom… Mom picked him up and threw him in the pool. He splashed around and I was scared to run out there and help. She just watched him and then yelled for you. Mom is the one who killed Cody.”
Allison continued to cry and she pulled something from underneath her pillow. The video had gone out of focus and Jason heard a gunshot as his daughters body appeared to fall over. The video ended and sweat began to pour down his head. He ran to his office and grabbed his revolver and marched to his bedroom. He could hear the Christmas Carols getting louder as he approached. He tried the door handle but Ellen had locked it. Jason stood back and kicked the door in with all his force. Ellen was hardly startled and looked up. The anger and frustration that had been festering within Jason for so many years had finally arrived.
“Alli told me everything! How could you do this to our family and to our son?”
“I was tired of being the slave to you and the kids! I wanted out and it just happened.”
Jason lifted his revolver and took the safety off. Ellen’s eyes popped from her skull. She sat up and reached for the phone.
“All I wanted was a happy family Ellen. You took that away from me.”
Ellen was reaching for the phone but grabbed her glass instead. She heaved it and hit his chest. Jason unleashed his anger in three shots and Ellen fell back in bed. The room was sprayed with Ellen’s sin and Jason sat next to her. Joy to the World was on the radio and Jason sat at the edge of the bed with his revolver. His heart raced and his hand shook as if feigning for a cancer stick. The room was showered with blood and the scent of Christmas dinner lingered in the air. He stared at a family portrait for while. He smiled and thought of his kids and knew he would be with them soon. The gunslinger inserted his weapon. Slow motion had begun and as the bullet shot out he saw Allison run into the room. She did not die by her own hand. The video was her way of getting back at her mother. Jason did not expect for Christmas to end this way. He died in his daughters arms and his last wish was to see Cody in heaven rather than Ellen in hell.Post Views: 211
Jason was baffled at Ellen’s response. This was how he remembered the Christmas of 1996. It was also the beginning of his family’s downfall. They were no longer the perfect family that he stared at in the portrait. He shook his head hard to snap himself out of the trance he was in. He rubbed his eyes and looked to the left of him. He grouped the trigger of his revolver and glared at Ellen. She was calm and still with the resemblance of a mannequin. She was silent; she muttered no words of hatred. Jason had not expected for Christmas to end this way.
He thought about this morning. He was awaken by Ellen’s screams and jumped out of bed. Déjà vu set in but this was not 1996. Allison and Ellen were arguing in the living room and they got louder as he approached.
“Why did you bring that asshole with you Alli?”
“Mom, I told you and dad that he was coming with me so that you could meet him.”
“She’s right Ellen. She told us a while ago that she was going to bring him.”
Ellen picked up a pillow and hurled it at Jason.
“You always take her side! I am your wife damn it! You…You should be siding with me!”
Jason looked down and shook his head.
“Where is Ben?” he asked, knowing that he was more than likely waiting outside for the green light from Allison.
“I told him to wait for me outside. I knew that SHE was probably going to start on me as soon as I came in.” Allison’s lip began to quiver. Her frustration was obvious and she folded her arms in disgust.
“Go ahead and cry Alli. It’s what you do best isn’t it?” Ellen stood there in her faded pink robe. Her hair was greased out and had not been washed for days. In her left hand she held her drink of choice. Orange juice and vodka just like ten years ago but now she had added pills to the mix.
“Why do you hate me so much mom?”
“You want to know why? I’m sure you know why Alli.”
Allison stood there confused, eyes wide open, and shrugging her shoulders. “I obviously don’t know so you need to open your mouth and spill it.”
“You’re the reason Cody is dead.”
Jason picked up his head and looked at Allison. “What is she talking about Alli?”
Allison clenched her fists and lunged at Ellen. They fell to the floor and Allison slapped her across the face.
“You know it’s not my fault! I loved Cody and you know exactly what happened!”
Jason grabbed onto Allison and pulled her away. He held her tight as she cried in his arms.
“It’s not my fault dad…it’s her fault.”
Jason sighed and kissed her on her forehead. “It’s no one’s fault Alli. It was just an accident.”
Allison pulled away from Jason and turned toward her mother who was still lying on the ground. The alcohol and pills had been too much for her and she struggled to get up.
“You and I know the truth mom. I saw what happened to Cody.” Allison spit on her mom and stormed out the front door.
“What the hell is she talking about Ellen?”
“Fuck off Jason! Why don’t you go back to grading some papers or something?”
“Why do you have to be like this Ellen?”
“Like what Jason? Why do I have to be a bitch? Is that what you were going to say?”
Ellen stood up and stumbled into the kitchen to make another drink. She popped a pill and smiled at Jason.
“You want some?”
– To be concluded –Post Views: 231