Friday, May 3, 2013

Things That Make Me Uncomfortable

BINY karaoke bar in NYC, 2007
One girl sang every depressing, wrist-slitting Korean ballad under the sun. 
I was both uncomfortable and annoyed.

+ Mock interviews. They make me more nervous than real interviews. My husband is an interview pro and has offered to help me prepare for interviews, but I just can't do it.

+ The word "panties." Underwear and undies are safe. Panties are not.

+ Seeing a parent spank his/her child in public. I know parenting is a really big gray area filled with varying opinions and personal choices, so I am in no position to tell others how to raise their kids, but I am not a fan of spanking. Seeing it and keeping my mouth shut makes me really uncomfortable!

+ Talking with someone who lacks awareness of personal bubbles.

+ When people assume we agree on politics and religion and state very strong opinions. Houston is very metropolitan, so this caught me off guard. It has happened so many times in Texas, especially with last year's presidential election and Chick-Fil-A controversy. For the record, this has never been a problem with Houston bloggers I've met. It has mostly happened at work with people who are in their 40s-70s. Let's just say I've gotten really good at getting around those statements without agreeing or nodding my head. I usually just say "I understand what you're saying" (not a lie) and end the subject as quickly as possible. 

+ Four-inch heels.

+ I love watching how people react to pranks and practical jokes. However, I get severe secondhand embarrassment for genuinely awkward situations and embarrassing moments of others. Good examples include a singer cracking while belting and the person who repeatedly puts his foot in his mouth in a failed attempt to recover a conversation. 

+ Wedgies. Oh, man. Wedgies are the worst. I think those nudists are on to something. Kind of.

I hope your weekend is a lot more comfortable than this blog post! 

Linking up with Jenni for Blog Every Day in May


Jenn said...

Man, I suck at interviews. But practicing is so awkward and weird. Also the whole publicly expressing politics (sex&money) is awful. I remember sitting at a bar and two [older] gentlemen were arguing about politics. One looks over at me and asked if I was happy with how the last presidential election concluded. All I said was, "I'm happy today!" That shut him up!

Jess said...

I CANNOT handle secondhand embarrassment. I get embarrassed. And the way that I deal with embarrassment (even for myself) is to burst out laughing. So then it seems like I'm laughing at the embarrassed's really just not a good situation. At all.


Alana Christine said...

bahahahahahaha. Great list!

1. Panties make me cringe. Who came up with that word anyways?
2. I hate people who get in my bubble! It always seems to be the worst standing in line at Walmart.

Unknown said...

I hate interviews in general and having to talk about myself!

Whitney said...

I totally agree with all of these! I've noticed that in Texas people really don't understand the personal bubble thing. I'll be standing in line at the grocery store and someone will be like a foot behind me while I'm paying. Get out of my zone dude!

Erika from America said...

Haha, this is great! And mock interviews do the SAME thing for me... maybe because it feels like extra judgment, even if it's not? I dunno!!

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Lianne @ Lulabelle {a lifestyle blog} said...

Same here with the "P" word! HATE IT!! :) lol

Have a great weekend!

Lauren said...

YES to the bubble. One of my coworkers is completely clueless and I dread having to speak to her while standing!

And the politics thing... it so depends on your audience and line of work here, I think. I interviewed for a position where the beliefs and culture were the complete opposite of mine and I knew it wasn't for me. We are all entitled to our opinions, but I didn't want to have to hear them daily!

Laura said...

hate those "close talkers!" Makes me uncomfortable too!

Kristen Victoria said...

Yes, mock interviews are awful! I had to do one for schools and it just feels silly. It's like vlogs - I do better on the first take!

Betsy Transatlantically said...

whenever anyone says "bubbles," this is what I think of...

Kate @ said...

I think I probably have a problem with assuming that people have the same socio-political views as I do. I spent three years in D.C. working for a liberal Jewish organization where all of my coworkers & most of the folks with whom we interacted were, well, liberal & Jewish. It became easy to assume everyone in the world was! Now that I live in a purpleish state with a military man, I SO often meet people with differing views & am always slightly surprised at their existence. I've gotten better about automatically assuming that people are liberal, but... man, sometimes I still find myself surprised.