I got a phone call this arvo at work from a colleague in
New Zealand. He
was laughing. I queried why and he said ‘You sure shut them up.’ Yes. I did. It
was about a meeting of me and just 6 men. While all trying to prove they had
balls (the jury is still out on that) these men were trying to yell each other down. Having had more than an adequate sufficiently, I told
them to ‘Shut the fuck up.’ It’s a very effective move when said quietly yet with
meaning. No really. Try it. After they were stunned into quiet, I explained
what should be done and how. They agreed. I swear to god, do not interrupt my
writing time with meaningless meeting bullshit or I will invoke the power of shut-upped-ness.
And let’s be honest here, real men who have nothing to prove don’t get into petty
fights do they?