Friday, June 20, 2014

Nobody asks me personal questions...

Smart decision.

Back about nine years or so ago, while I was in my second year of grad school, I had a classmate run into me at Walmart.  She was kinda goofy, and sweet, and really innocent.  Oddly innocent. 

We chatted for a bit, then moved on. 

The next day, as I was holding office hours, she came over and sat on my filing cabinet in my cubicle, and started chatting.  She then comes out with this gem: "Your husband is soooo tall!  And you're soooo...not!  How do you guys, well, you know...?"

So, I told her.  In enough detail that she turned fuchsia, and couldn't look at me for three days.

To be fair, my husband is sixteen inches taller than me.  She's right about the height differences making some things awkward.

But nobody seems to want to risk the answer they get to a personal question anymore.  I wonder why...

;)

8 comments:

  1. Hehehe, too funny! But you're right, folks either don't expect an honest answer; or they mistakenly think your beliefs are the same as yours...

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    1. I clearly state, when I start each semester, that I am a "leave me the hell alone libertarian" who hates politics, and thinks they have little place in a writing class as other than possible persuasive writing topics. I *also* clearly state, at the beginning of each semester, that I more than likely *will* answer questions that are asked, and to make sure they *want* to hear the answers.

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  2. Seems an odd question to ask a person in the first place.

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    1. Kinda, yeah...but division I school campuses are kinda like social media writ large: everybody goes with TMI, both in questions and answers. And a lot of it is stuff that nobody really wants to know.

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  3. I wouldn't last a week at a school like that, with people who are addicted to TMI, but on their terms.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8NqHuJcLdU

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    1. Why do you think I answer questions? people learn really quick not to ask me, because I simply refuse to get uncomfortable.

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  4. As someone more than six feet tall, that question has come up on occasion. I just tend to deflect the question, but have caused crimson cheeks on occasion.

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    1. Why deflect when embarrassment is so much more fun?

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