Friday, November 09, 2007

This Ain't My Show.

A cellphone goes off in the middle of a class. The guy gets up to walk out of the classroom to take the call. He comes back on. The cellphone goes off again. In my mind I'm turning the chairs and tables into a pile high as a three-story building. In my mind he's dead. I punched his nose with a back fist and delivered the front kick to his chest, aiming at his solar-plexus with the ball of my feet. But this ain't my show. It ain't my movie. The guy is still alive. And he's talking outside the classroom. We can hear him clear as a surat-khabar-lama truck on Sunday.

One and a half hour into the class his cellphone goes off again. That got me to look him in the eye to say, I think you'd better switch that off, man. He didn't like what he had just heard. And so he gave me the look. I got the look only mother could love and since I don't know who my mother is I gave him the look too. But he never looked my way after that which is not too good because I suddenly got the urge to have a fight with someone like him.


Blogger dee3 said...

ehmmm... where's the decency to keep the phone on vibrate / beep once ah?

4:11 PM  
Blogger k.d said...

Hmmm...very rude and irritating guy..

Should have been your movie..then only would he learn

Some people are just so duh..

4:26 PM  
Blogger Tigress said...

Hahaha! Dush! Dusshh! Lemme have a go! Somehow, today's not working out for me too. Will gladly join you in the quest of turning it into your PG-rated movie.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Kata Tak Nak said...

Just make a scene, that should get the message through to him and all other aspirants. You could go early and write on the board something that is loud and clear.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
Courtesy means being sensitive to the surroundings. It is simply courteous to either put the phone on silent, vibrate or off mode.
I probaby would have done what my former teacher used to do...instead of sending the schoolbook flying out the window, I would do that to the cellphone ... or maybe the cellphone owner himself!
Selamat belajar!

8:37 AM  
Blogger IBU said...

Is the guy the lecturer? Oh oh!!

If he's not, why not try pakat2 with your classmates, preferably those seated around him, that when his phone is not ringing, you all call amongst each other instead. Then everyone get up to leave the room to talk. Then come back in. Then do it again. Say a few times. Each time after you all come back into the room, all must give him that look that only mothers love... hehehe.... Nasty!

Come to think of it, that could be fun even if he is the lecturer!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous kl_gal said...

I've been lurking on your blog for a month or so, love your writing. My pet peeve too..inconsiderate ppl on the cellphones yapping away about insipid crap. I live in the US now, take the train to work and back, all 20 mins on the damn train each way I hear " Then he said, then I said, like" I want to scream ***%%"! Anyway, saw this device thingy that scrambles cellphone signals and I'm planning on buying it..someone told me it wall illegal..I dont care.Peace, glorious peace !
Just tell the jerk..if he cant handle what?

10:10 AM  
Blogger Zabs said...

Salam Bergen,
Maybe he is one of the oxymoron, getting updates of the convention at the PWTC, since that he had to attend class. Should propose that hand phones should be kept outside the room.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous shawn said...

very rude n irritating.

i also got a classmate who doesnt know how to switch off his phone during class. my advise is next time make sure this kind of kurang ajar student leave the class with a broken nose.


7:10 PM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

My first impression: That guy is an oxymoron( pak zabs beat me to that).A rude oxymoron.

I do hope the look of yours will do the trick. If it doesn't, I'm gonna advise that rude oxymoron to wear a helmet the next time he come to class for I'm all go to Fauziah's suggestion of making that oxymoron an angkasawan tingkap IIUM.

He doesn't know who he is dealing with, sir.He doesn't know.....

8:47 PM  
Blogger cakapaje said...

Salam bro,

My solution to guys like this: throw into a mental asylum for talking-loudly-on the hp-inconsiderate-scums that has only one hall and let them drive each other crazy! :)

Be cool bro, be cool!

Read your previous entry message for me. Thanks. And alhamdulillah, except for the Masjid Jamek incident, nothing untoward happened.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Theta said...

I can't stand people who let their phone go off in public-confined places such as lecture halls, auditoriums or cinemas.

I often encounter this bunch of cinema cellphone talkers and they proceed to chat without a care in the world of other viewers. Do you want to talk or watch the movie?!! How gratingly stupid!

8:38 AM  
Blogger norlyda said...

The last time some did that in my class(lon long time ago),the lecture told him right off!

6:39 PM  
Blogger Restless said...

Heheh... one solution to the look - give a kiss of his life and he'll run out of the class with the hp and never come back. How about that?

9:17 PM  
Blogger Restless said...

I mean, give him the kiss...

9:18 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Dee3: Maybe the sound gives him some kind of high.

K.D: I gotta a feeling it's gonna erupt one of these days, doc.

Tigress: It's a 50-50 chance. LOL.

Kata Tak Nak: Not a bad idea.

Fauziah Ismail: I reckon everyone has different idea what common courtesy is these days.

12:09 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Ibu: No, he's a student. But you know how it is with adult students. I mean middle age students. LOL.

KL_Gal: Welcome, ma'am. Are you in New York? Or Chicago?

Zabs: Maybe, eh? He does look the part of characters from that side of town. LOL.

Shawn: I'm not gonna allow him to have his way. I believe the majority should stand up for the right, not to give in to the minority, especially when it is obvious that it's not the right thing to do.

Tokasid: I've mellowed down but at times like this, I don't think I should. No, I'm not trying to be a hero or something but I know for fact that he's wrong and I'm right. It's as clear as the sun.

Cakapaje: LOL, it ain't easy to prepare the papers to send him there, bro.

Theta: I know what you mean, ma'am.

Norlyda: Except in this case, the lecturer is much younger than the rest of us.

Restless: Don't look at me. I ain't giving him none of that. LOL.

To everyone, thank you for dropping by this way. Stay safe. Stay sharp. It's rough out there.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous kl_gal said...

I'm in LA.

12:35 AM  

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