Festivus 2023: The Airing of Téa’s Grievances

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I’ve always loved the Festivus Airing of Grievances stream, even if this year I feel like absolute rubbish due to catching COVID. It’s typical that I’d catch it now, just when I have a rare week off. But despite my voice sounding like a cross between a Banshee and RFK Junior, I’m determined to keep this tradition alive.

First on my list of grievances is COVID itself. Zero stars. It’s a nuisance, and what’s worse, I can’t even milk it for sympathy because everyone’s had it multiple times. When I mention I have COVID, instead of empathy, I get unsolicited advice. I can read, thank you very much. I don’t need tips on basic medications.

Next, let’s talk about podcast paraphernalia. Why do people insist on having massive microphones and headphones on camera? It’s like they need to prove they’re podcasting. You can get a decent off-camera mic and an earpiece for a fraction of the cost. It’s all just a prop, a podcast costume. Stop it.

Another annoyance is people who can’t engage in a proper conversation. They see a full stop and respond as if there’s a question mark. I didn’t ask for advice; I was just sharing. It’s exhausting, and it makes me feel incredibly lonely.

Now, the culture wars. This woke versus anti-woke nonsense is like watching parrots argue. It’s 2023, and we’re still stuck in 2017 arguments. Grow up. Move on. It’s capitalism, plain and simple.

Patriarchy is another sore point. Men who think they’re not sexist or that patriarchy is over are the worst. They don’t take feedback, play the victim, and can’t respect boundaries. Just stop. Respect boundaries and understand that actions matter more than intentions.

AI hype is another issue. It’s not that great, and it’s mostly pushed by people who are too online. Most people are worried about their jobs, not excited about AI prompts. Read the room.

The bin police are another grievance. I’m environmentally conscious, but I don’t need my bins inspected and given smiley or frowny faces. It’s patronising and unnecessary.

Elon Musk fans are another annoyance. I’ve defended him when necessary, but some people take it too far. Stop licking his boots; he doesn’t care about you.

The Roman Empire and its modern-day fans can also get lost. It collapsed; it’s not a model to emulate. And landlords, don’t get me started. If you’re more concerned about your investment than your tenants’ well-being, you’re part of the problem.

My pancreas, which has given me no end of trouble, also makes the list. COVID can exacerbate my chronic pancreatitis, and I’m anxious about that. It’s a constant worry.

Emojis in professional communication are another pet peeve. Use them to convey tone, sure, but don’t overdo it. It’s not necessary.

Christmas is stupid and pointless. It’s just an excuse to eat carbs and buy things we don’t need, for people we don’t like. I ate a whole chocolate orange and feel terrible about it.

Millennials, Boomers, and Gen Z all have their annoyances, but let’s not pretend any generation is worse than another. We’re all stupid in our own ways. Gen X bought pet rocks, for crying out loud.

Finally, miscellaneous gripes. I’m worried about my health, especially with my history of lung collapse and pancreatitis. It’s a constant fear, and streaming while yelling probably isn’t helping.

Despite all this, I’m grateful for those who’ve supported me. I’ll be laying low until my voice recovers, but I’ll be back. If you’re struggling, especially around Christmas, reach out. I’m here to listen and empathise, not just give unsolicited advice. Take care, and happy Festivus.