Doin’ the Cockroach: (v) displaying frenzied energy while engaged in an activity that accomplishes nothing.
“The government shutdown? That’s just a bunch of rich, whiny people Doin’ the Cockroach!”
This phrase comes from Modest Mouse’s classic 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West. And if you’re a government employee looking for an enjoyable way to spend your unexpected (and most likely: unwanted) sudden increase in free time, I suggest watching Pitchfork’s 45 minute documentary on the making of this album. But be warned: you might find yourself wondering how a band of twenty-year-old fuckups from Issaquah, WA can be more dedicated, creative, and professional than the national government.