Know Any Real-Life Debbie Downers?

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I'm still obsessed with the relentlessly gloomy death-of-a-party character once played so winningly--no, that might not be the right word--by Rachel Dratch on Saturday Night Live.

Debbie really hit close to home because we all know this kind of nut:

The type that can burst your fun bubble and suck all the energy out of the room with a quick dose of Ingmar Bergmanesque bleakitude.

I'm talking about the type of person who after you tell them, "I just got my MRI results back and I'm fine!" will respond: "Yeah, but it could have been a slight concussion. That doesn't always show up on an MRI. Be prepared for lots of nausea and dizziness."

Or to whom you'll gurgle, "I just met the man of my dreams," only to have them respond, "That's what Eva Braun thought."

Or who enters a room gurgling, "Three celebrities just died this morning! Who will be next?"

Or who shows up at your birthday party announcing, "I see crow's feet!"

Or who turns to you on a flight and declares, "Heavy thunderstorms predicted. There will surely be lots of turbulence and maybe even an emergency landing. OK, taking a nap now."

Or who makes a special call to tell you that the company you work for just made budget cutbacks.

Much as one wants to slip some Gabapentin to these dirge-like critters, it's probably best to just stand back and let them spew, especially since they're usually right!

Anyway, do you know a D.D.?

And do you just giggle at their pronouncements or tell them to STFU?


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FredsterNYC
FredsterNYC

I loathe people like that. There can be a discussion about a topic and they always chime in (uninvited) and detest the topic,movie, artist, singer etc.. Then try to shame everyone for not only liking it, but for even discussing it! Go fuck yourself!!

monsieurpatric
monsieurpatric

We have a clinical Debbie Downer who beyond wildest improbability has been our Congressional representative for 14 years.  She has voted for every war appropriation and everything the President has presented.  Against the Stimulus package, she requested millions for pettie-poo projects and took the money.  She voted for the Ryan budget.  She seems to be mortified and goes into a form of Tourette's when in the presence of Hispanic people.  Hispanic registrants now make up 40% of her newly drawn district that touches the borders of Arizona and Mexico.  She has voted against most everything gay.  Her 5th husband, Connie Mack, the Repo nominee for Senator in Florida is about to lose to the incumbent Bill Nelson.  She does not live in her district.  Will only appear behind guarded gates where white people have been screened.  Does not support Lilly Ledbetter nor the Dream Act. HOWEVER, her opponent, though she is shellacking a la McCarthy for being anti-Thanksgiving, no kidding!!!, is the brilliant and charming emergency room doc, Dr. Raul Ruiz.  The money flow, the flow of the heart is all swiftly churning in favor of a brilliant solution guy with mirth in his eyes, Raul Ruiz.  Their debate, (catch it on YouTube),  and you must know I'm talking about the one and only Bachman Light Mary Bono Mack, is in the running for most vicious by a scared incumbent there ever was.  To be studied. Improving the carbon footprint would be the double political deaths of both the Mister and the Missus Mack.  By the way, their real name is McGilicuddie and they are ashamed to use it Lucy lovers.  A fun shadenfreude item in the local Gannett rag, The Desert Sun, we call it the Dessicated Sun, claims Mrs. McGilicuddie is low on cash for last year for 2011 was the lowest ever for her inherited royalties of Sonny Bono's "I've Got You Babe".  Pity.

nostradavid
nostradavid

Depression can be contagious.

They should just jump in bed and enjoy it.

Timmee
Timmee

I know two--my parents.

timmmyk
timmmyk

Unfortunately, I have several utterly miserable people in my life I refer to as Captain Buzzkill and the Bringdown brigade.

Used2BMelinda9
Used2BMelinda9

A coworker comes to mind. A simple 'how's it going?' might be met with - 'Besides finding out that my son is a pathological liar I'm fine.' or 'My mother died and now I have to clean out her house which is aggravating my dust allergy.'

But also I guess I shouldn't ask people 'how's it going?' if I don't want to hear exactly how it's going.

SavannahMontgomery
SavannahMontgomery

These are the folks who believe in "honesty"...but not when it applies to them.

blissbaby
blissbaby

I have one of those. I just smile and nod and quietly walk away.

monsieurpatric
monsieurpatric

Correction - in my 2nd line, I meant "...and against everything the President has presented"  Sante!

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