Posts Tagged ‘Questions’

I Could Work With That

April 8, 2021

I’m actually really glad I posted what I did yesterday, because after I did it was pointed out to me that a much better way to ask that general question is “So, what’s your day look like?”.

I’ve Had This Exchange Happen A Lot In My Life

July 16, 2019

Somebody else:  Do you have any questions?

Me:  I don’t have enough information to have questions yet.  Give me a bit more time . . . and information.

So Far I’ve Still Managed To Be Nice About It, At Least . . . So Far

December 10, 2018

My son’s getting old enough now that he’s starting to ask me the trickier questions about why certain things are the way they are, and I’m running out of nice ways to say “Sometimes people are just ridiculous.”

Make Of That What You Will

July 6, 2017

The strangest question I had put to me today was also the easiest to answer.

The Question:  Do you like to think of yourself as a deviant?

My Answer:  No, I don’t like to think about it.

I Had To Do This Today, In Fact

September 7, 2016

I’m not going to lie to you, son.  Some people will tell you there are no “silly” questions, but even if that’s true (and I doubt that it is), the fact of the matter is that sooner or later you’re almost certain to find yourself with questions that you would feel silly asking.

Ask them anyway.

So . . . Funny Thing . . .

December 3, 2015

Right after posting yesterday’s entry I thought to myself, “I sure hope nobody asks me what I think will work,” and sure enough, literally a few minutes later, that is exactly what I was asked.

Talk about opening a can of worm-bees.  (Because a regular can of worms isn’t as likely to sting me as this topic has the potential to do.)

Okay . . . I do have some thoughts on this,  just . . . give me a day to find my kid gloves first.

All Work, No Ethics

December 19, 2013

At what point exactly did most people start confusing “coming into the homestretch” with “now take another lap . . . now another .  . . and now another . . . and another, ad nauseum”?

Saying A Lot By Saying A Little

December 2, 2013

It’s undeniably rude, but is there another answer to the question, “Where are you going?” which is simultaneously vague but still so telling as the answer of “Out”?

Roles (Part Two)

September 6, 2013

Now to head off the nigh-inevitable question (sometimes asked of me privately, sometimes just thought of and mentioned to me long after the fact) of “What brought this on?”, I’ll go ahead and answer that here and now.  (See?  I do pay attention to feedback.)

Someone asked a question, and without thinking, I started switching to the role of “answerer.”  Never mind that I had my doubts that the questioner really wanted an answer, and even more doubts that they had any room for it amidst all their preconceived notions, I still almost answered automatically.  I managed to stop myself, but it was a near thing . . . too near.

Now this may not sound like much to you, but I’ve wasted so much time (my time and other’s) trying to give answers people simply did not want to hear, that these days I’ve learned the merits of beating down (with a baseball bat, if necessary) the impulse to play the role of “answerer” unless I’m sure the answer is going to be heard.  Of course, I’m rarely “sure” about these things, so sometimes I make exceptions and sometimes I take chances, and sometimes I end up regretting that and sometimes I don’t.

I can live with that though, so long as I don’t automatically answer.

Sometimes You Just Have To Start

May 14, 2013

For reasons unclear to me, this month has already proven itself as a month in which many people close to me (myself included) suddenly find themselves struggling with a mix of old issues they’d thought put to rest, and some surprisingly new challenges as well.

Some months are just like that.

All of us are feeling taxed, some to our limits and beyond, so I understood perfectly when  someone overwhelmed by questions half-facetiously asked me, “Which question should I start with?”

“That one,” I answered.