Thursday, February 25, 2010

Please Don't Tell Me Your Life Story...I Don't Even Know Your Name

The beginning of each semester brings new classes and new classrooms. This gives me the chance to scope out the room and find the perfect spot for me to sit. Once I find my seat, I keep my seat, no matter what. I once sat next to this girl who brought Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch in a baggy to snack on during class. I wanted to move away from her...badly, but I persevered and stuck to my "perfect" seat (in the back of the room).

This semester brought new seats for my choosing. In my computer class I sit in the corner front - that way I won't have to scooch my seat forward for people to walk to their seats. It was the perfect spot until this one girl sat next to me and everything changed.

Even before I walked in the classroom, she started up a conversation with me. I don't even know this girl, and I'm already annoyed. She told me about her brother, but he isn't her real brother, she showed me pictures of her little nephew - who isn't as cute as she made him out to be, and she told me about her workout schedule. Do I look like the kind of person who wants to hear about a stranger sweating on the elliptical machine?

Maybe I do give off that vibe to strangers. Which is too bad, because I don't really care about how she dresses her puppy in tuxedos. And, for the record, I don't think it's cute. I think it's animal cruelty. Guys don't even like to wear tuxedos, what makes you think dogs do?

To make matters worse, this girl never listened to the professor explain how to use XHTML, so when it was time to work on our assignment, she would bother me with questions on how to do this and that.

I helped her, grumbling all the way. I complained about this girl to my roommates, and they told me to switch seats in the classroom, but I couldn't. I absolutely LOVE the spot where I sit...they just didn't understand.

Fortunately, one day I arrived to class with seconds to spare. I don't know if the girl found a new "friend" while she walked into the classroom, or just needed someone to sit next to and help her with her homework, but she wasn't sitting in her regular spot. HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY!!!

I am free!! Ever since that miraculous moment, I truly enjoy going to my Web Development class. I sit with no one directly next to me and I'm happy as a bird.


  1. Having gone to a small university in the South (and knowing good seating when I snag it), I feel your pain. There are few things more awkward than knowing a person's life story two minutes after meeting them.

  2. I hated it when people asked me for my help during the actual classes when i was at school. I was still learning myself and so the constant interruption often meant that i didn't learn completely. I tried to help as much as possible, but sometimes you have to just tell people they're annoying. Us nice people never get the breaks!

  3. I think you just look way to friendly. This makes people want to talk to you! I agree with the dressing you dog up. People can get really crazy with that.

  4. I just got done watching Oprah,and I was laughing loudly, all by myself at Kirstie Alley...(it's more fun to share a laugh with someone)
    Then I read your blog and once again I am hooting it up--loudly--and again no one to share the moment with...(especially the dog/guy tuxedo comment--that was hysterical:)

    I understand your pain, but look at it this way--it's a compliment to be approachable. Think of people you know who aren't--would you rather be one of them?
    Hugs, YFM

  5. Haha! My suggestion is to ask if you have boogers hagning out of your nose. That might get them to stay away.

    Plus, I love it when mom uses words such as Hooting it up! I love it!!!!!!

    It took me a while to figure out why she keeps signing it YFM. Then I got it. I'm a little slow.

  6. Haha, yeah it took me awhile to figure YFM too. We must be related!

  7. Oh wow it's not always nice to be a good person, I see haha I'll be annoyed too. I never really experienced it often but people tell me I don't really give approachable vibe :p

  8. I always sat in the same seat for all my classes in college. My day would be ruined if I showed up and someone else was sitting in my seat. I think it's our grade school teachers' fault for always making us sit in the same seat.

  9. So, I'm a new follower!
    I had a very similar situation a couple weeks ago. A girl in one of my classes pretty much hijacked me after class for an hour and fifteen minutes to tell me all this incredibly personal information. I am not a people person usually, but people tend to flock with me with their love of oversharing.

  10. Oddball, I'm sorry to hear that people think you enjoy listening to their mundane lives. I know how you feel... Thanks for following!