- May 31, 2007
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Dude....Most associate "Karen" with the stereotypical white suburban bitch with the bobbed hair, nice house, entitled kids, and nothing really better to do than speak to the manager. Surely her "rank" in suburban society has earned her the right to speak to the managers of the world, because her husband has made her family well off.
But there is another earlier form of "Karen". I spoke of this before. This is an older, mid 40's Karen, the same bobbed hair, loose 'no-iron' blouse, capri "pedal pusher" pants and nondescript sandals. Her clothes style and hair is an attempt to be "fun n' sassy" but it doesn't work for at least half of that goal. This woman is perpetually pissed off. She's mad at the fact that being a "chick" no longer works, for she is no longer a "chick". 20's are long-gone, and she can't hardly see her 30's in the rear-view mirror anymore. So basically, she's pretty much powerless where men are concerned.
I mean, if you're no longer a hot chick, even mildly attractive or "comfortable looking" anymore, you had better have good innards. A good spirit. Nobody wants a problem.
She has driven off every man that she ever had a relationship with. Managed to score a house in the process. Usually, this woman is childless. That would just get in the way of her needs.
So well-practiced in the arts of getting a man to commit to an agreement, she is at first engaging, funny, cheerful; a delight to be around. She knows she must not let the monster out yet. Get that man to commit. Note that this is any form of contact, contracting some work done, having the washing machine fixed, a day at the plant nursery, whatever.
Every person who has ever done any form of remodeling work to a home has run into this terrifying phenomenon.
Flirty, "gay" in the original sense of the word, quick with an offer of a few dollars up front, will buy you lunch and bring it to you, unasked. oh, those little niceties. "gee, why can't every client be like this?" you think to yourself.
She has been plotting this all along. She is about to hit you with a hurricane of shit, make no mistake; it is coming.
She has this impossible idea in mind, knows it's impossible, but if she only could get some guy with talent to commit and make the impossible happen, all would be right with the world, so she would have been right all along, no matter how many times a professional has told her "it's not gonna happen".
She is wanting something structurally unsound, or other unsafe or ridiculous modification. She's got this idea in her head.
Maybe it's bricks on the ceiling. Something ridiculous. A toilet and soil pipe moved to another part of the house when the house is on a concrete slab. Who the fuck knows.
So she will express herself as wanting something similar, and possibly do-able. But then she will flip the script, turn the tables, and let the monster out. She will do this by getting you committed to some other work, money and labor invested on your part, right in the middle of a job. then she insists that the impossible is what you agreed to.
She will scream, threaten, trash your name and your business, call the cops, throw your tools in a locked shed and claim that they are hers, all manner of over-the-top crap, because she has been through this a half-dozen times before. and knows every scene like a well-worn script.
This form of "Karen" is psychotic. She has no low-point of threshold. She's the kind of psycho that will bounce out of a closet with a kitchen knife.
Avoid at all costs.