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By now, many of you are tired of stories from my Philly saga. Or in more specific terms, my exasperation with my family. This marks the 3rd of 4 weekends in Philly. Yes, it has happened again. Yes, I fought tooth and nail to tell them that this is getting completely out of hand.

Last night, after getting up at 5am to go to DC for work, being on my feet all day for site surveying, and then taking the train to Philly I was prepared for another weekend. I had resigned the fact that I would be missing a lot of stuff in NY but sometimes life indeed deals you lemons. I just have gotten a really sour batch of it this year. This is when I got the most sour of all. You see the whole reasoning for this trip is my grandmom's 90th birthday party. My mom was planning it so had asked when to do it. I naturally had said NOT this weekend (if for anything the amount of times in Philly AGAIN). So, fine...my word means crap. I'm used to that by now. However, apparently if you are a member of the 'Y' chromosome the same rules do not apply. How, you may ask?

My brother evidently has a bachelor party tonight and is leaving EARLY from the party. And my parents see NOTHING wrong with this. WTF?! Am I not wrong to feel like this is completely out of line? If I even bring any of this up, I get chewed out for thinking too much about my own agenda.

It makes me sad. I don't want to feel this way but they just keep pushing me. The week and a half I was on vacation was probably the happiest point in my life over the past year. This isn't just because of vacation but also the fact that I was away from the family completely. It just shouldn't feel this way.

I give up.
  • Oscar the Grouch

    Love the pic of Oscar...

    I don't know the whole story, but my family all lives back in the midwest so I only get to see them once or twice a year. Which is a bummer becuase I haven't been around much to see my niieces and nephews grow up.

    That said 3 of 4 weekends is a lot.

    Hang in there.

  • therapy for the angry


    • Re: therapy for the angry

      Whoops, sorry, forgot to sign my name, but you know who this is already.

      - "Sneaky"
  • (Anonymous)
    3 out of 4 weekends in Philly- Wow! You got a a close family! Not many families are like that especially when some live like thousands of miles away ;)

    but in any case, if this makes you feel better, shit happens right? :)
  • family

    Families are so much fun, right?

    This is going to sound horribly morbid, but keep in mind that my folks are both over 80 and have been through the mill with several different cancers, heart attacks, Parkinson's, congestive kidney failure, encroaching blindness, etc: the time you give up for your family now, especially elderly relatives, will translate into regrets you won't have later on.

    Is it easy? No. Is it fair? Definitely not. Is it important? Absolutely. Frustrating as they can be at times, at the end of the day family and friends are all we have.

    Hope your week is better and that you have some down time in New York this week!


    • Re: family

      YEAH!!! and your bro went to see some boobies, so lighten up on him!
    • Re: family

      Thanks. Yeah it came out pretty harsh in this entry but I think a lot of this is more of my frustrations with my brother being treated differently within my family [even his wife agrees] Believe me I know my parents are important but at the same token I'm trying to draw a line between family and starting my own life. It's a tough balance right now.
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