Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Truth or Dare My Day Job

Oh hello and welcome to a Thursday that feels like a Friday for me. But it’s still Thursday. Let’s cheer it up a bit with some truth or dare!

Truth: What is something about you that you worry someone won’t like? For me, it’s my tendency to still read political theory and spend hours researching nerdy philosopher-type blogs. It’s hard for some people to really understand.

Dare: Okay, full disclosure, my day job is related to this, but it’s fun, so you should do it! U by Kotex is asking people to break up with pads and tampons that just don’t work – in song. Share a lyric on their Facebook page and they’ll make a song from their favorites! Here are the results of the first round. Share your lyrics! I know how witty y’all are in our comments, so take some of that wit to Facebook!

By [E] Sally Lawton

My food groups are cheese, bacon, and hot tea. I like studying cities and playing with my cat, Buffy.

22 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Truth or Dare My Day Job”

Truth: I have an unfortunate tendency to seem standoff-ish when I’m not trying to be. Part of it is that, being a feminist, sometimes I feel the need to call people on their shit. And people don’t like that. But other times, I’m just tired and I don’t want to deal with people. Or, I’m not minding dealing with people, but I’m just not feeling very sociable.

I have a hard time seeming open sometimes. I got used to being very guarded, because I got used to people 1) not actually caring about me, or 2) hurting me when I didn’t expect it. Maybe part of that is the whole abusive household thing, but I was also a bit of a social leper when I was a kid because I never seemed to fit in.

But now that I’m older and I’m trying to be more sociable/open, sometimes I revert back to the standoffishness when I don’t mean to…and then people don’t like me.

Why would anyone buy feminine products that don’t work for them? You find one brand, one style, one type of product and you stick with it, right? Or maybe that’s just me and my ‘this works/don’t change it’ philosophy.

As for what people don’t like about me, I know I irritate some people with my fanics and my ability to relate something about one or more of them to everything. Harry Potter, Bones, writing fanfiction about Bones, Justified, Jane Austen, the Civil War, Tudor and Elizabethan England – those things interest me and I’m gonna talk about ’em. People who don’t want to talk about them with me, well, that’s why we have feet.  Walk away.



I think if people knew how much The Princess Bride really means to me, I would become a social leper.  Coincidentally, I have this little gem to share with anyone else who holds that book and movie in the same esteem as I do:


*edit* my failure to realize pixel size strikes again. justaminute

*edit to the edit*  ahhh that’s better


you’ll never watch it the same again.

this movie was the first chapter in the book: How Kells Fell in Love with Mandy Patinkin.

Chapter II – Chicago Hope

Chapter III – Yentl

Chapter IV – Kells Discovers that Mandy Patinkin Sings

Chapter V – Why Criminal Minds is No Longer Worth Watching

Maybe I should change this to “If people ever found out how obsessed I am with Mandy Patinkin . . .”

I am not good at warm fuzzies and hugging and stuff. My mother refers to me as her cactus child. I don’t take naturally to the whole physical affection thing. Not in a, “Please don’t touch,” sort of way, but a sort of, “Oh, uh, my friend’s boyfriend is giving me a hug? I guess I hug him back? Help! I have no idea what to do with this.” I also pretty much never initiate hugs with anyone other than my best friend, boyfriend, or parents. I worry that people will read this as me not liking them, when really I’m just don’t default to hugs as a form of affection.

Are you me? Thankfully my best friend is like me, so we don’t hug, and it’s not a big deal. It’s funny though, when other friends are around, and they’re all hugging us hi/bye, my bff and I will look at each other like “oh, I guess we’re supposed to hug too.”

The thing I *know* most people don’t like me is that I don’t see it as the end of the world to disagree with someone (on most things), and I cannot just blindly agree with things for the sake of acceptance. People seem to think that I have to agree with them All. The. Time or else they’re going to refuse to associate/speak with me. I see truths and fictions in most situations, but it seems like I’m always expected to think/feel in ways that I just do not. For example, I am not a liberal nor a conservative, and I think both have good points and stupid points. But yet, neither ‘side’ thinks I am allowed to differ from their hivemind at all or else I am ‘the enemy’ or some other immature nonsense. It’s why I’ve grown tired of being around most people and have become rather a misanthrope. If I don’t fit into some thought-mold, I am dismissed and bullied. No thanks. It’s not that I want to be disagreeable, it’s that I think that my opinions and feelings are JUST as valid as anyone else’s, and I am sick of having other people try and force me to agree with them or else shut up.

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