23 April 2007

It's a Secret to Everybody

autobiographical posts 'r' us

In a recent conversation with my mother I mentioned, "I am secretly controversial." The statement was meant to be another seed for the forest that I hope will grow up and tell her I'm gay so I don't have too.

I got a very different reaction than expected, "Oh, you do like to stir the pot!"

That was hardly news to me* but it was something I've said about myself only recently. Lately, I've had to explain my behavior to many new people at once. One after another many of you have called me out on my approach to handling blog posts and I've honestly enjoyed the opportunity.

I realize I have a strong personality. Both my humor (often sarcastic) and my debate style (often confrontational) are things I've always known about. I even consciously tone myself down around new friends so they can have a chance to "build a resistance" to me.

So maybe it was just jarring to hear my mother use that phrase. It made me think the forest I planted over the years had a game trail that lead right to my blog. It was only for a moment, and honestly it was a pretty silly thought, but for a second it was scary!

It didn't help that she followed that with the statement, "I've always known about you."


It turns out she merely remembered details of a personality test I forgot I had taken a few years back. After she hung up I got out the test results and found a few things I didn't remember reading.

-"Since your major quest in life is to constantly take in knowledge and turn that into something useful, you will try to turn everything into a learning experience. "

-"Your enthusiasm for verbal debates can make you appear argumentative."

-"Tendency to be critical of opinions and attitudes which don't match your own. "

So are moms perceptive or do they just do their homework?

*or Drex, or -L-, or Scot, or Hurricane Chris, etc.


good tune


MoHoHawaii said...


I think you're a very funny man. Keep it up.

Best regards,

Scot said...

If no one stirs the pot then it gets that gross soup skin on the top.

I simply enjoy you’re style. I like your sense of humor too and can relate to “your enthusiasm for verbal debates can make you appear argumentative.” Such enthusiasm can even make me just outright argumentative... at times.

Loyalist (with defects) said...

i'm one of those types who stir the pot, but I do it in such a way that people think it was their idea and feel good about doing it; if the people are to obtuse then I stir the pot through tertiary means.

The Political Tao of Loyalist

"let others believe they play a role in things that are beyond them."

Foxx said...

Yes, it is.

playasinmar said...

Foxx, you caught me! :)

Stephen said...

Uh-oh, Playa. Now Nintendo's going to sue you for trademark infringement!

playasinmar said...

Sued? Never! I mean... Foxx would you do such a thing?