Yawn Much

Today the Daily Post had an interesting topic, in a way…

What bores you?

It makes me wonder about the administrator behind the Daily Post and how they were feeling at the moment they came up with this prompt. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

I’ve been a storyteller for some time, and I’ve noticed that when I am bored, my brain automatically goes to plotting the details of a story I’m currently working on to pass the time. Has this ever happened to you? You get the most intense inspiration for a certain scene only to realize you missed about 80% of the conversation you were supposed to be involved in.

Only the person you’re talking with could be content talking to a picture of you painted on the wall for how much they care whether you’re actually involved in the conversation. I’ve heard them referred to as the “babbling brook” which makes me smile. But I’m partly curious to know what goes through their mind (or doesn’t) when the person across from them isn’t doing much more than wagging their head in agreement or disagreement occasionally.

What do you think? Do they hate the possibility of silence so much they must fill that void with everything and anything? Or are they more interested in hearing the sound of their own voice?

The friends that I have who are like this I used to let steamroll me in my shier days (which is probably why we became friends). Now I steamroll into the conversation or avoid them altogether. It’s not a happy solution. But it really, really bores me when a person has no interest in conversing with you but at you.

The other thing that makes me yawn much is meetings—typically because I’m forced to go to meetings with about 95% information that has no bearing on me or what I’m doing. Usually I doodle. Again, I’m the type that tries to let no moment go wasted. A benefit, I think, of being a storyteller.

So now I want to know. What bores you? And I don’t just mean ho-hum. I mean so bored you’re hoping someone calls in a bomb threat because you just can’t take it anymore—or at least close to that feeling. And do you ever have issues with babbling brooks? What do you do?

Meeting Notes 11

notes jae scribbles

It’s been a long while since I went to a meeting (thankfully) but sometimes they must happen, and here was the product of that time. I think some of it needs explanation.

Let’s start with the obvious. I got the first season of Adventure Time on DVD, so Jake and Finn were certainly on the brain a lot all last week. Jake was tough, because I was doing this all from memory, but Finn is easy peasy.

At the top, you may have noticed the Fairy Especially. This was inspired by Kate’s Engrish post. I was still giggling after reading it and tried to draw something that she and her husband summoned after reading the back of a crazy Engrish doll’s package. (Seriously, if that’s not enough enticement to get over to her blog, there’s something wrong with you).

And of course the rock guitar represents all the rock n’ roll that happened over the weekend as I finally found time to pick up my least good brand Fender guitar (Squier). Hey, it was cheap and it sounds great. Works for me.

Thank goodness I have something to keep me sane in long boring meetings. I have brainstormed for stories before, but I find doodling both distracts you and oddly enough, keeps you paying attention.

What do you think? Did I get Finn and Jake spot on? Did the Fairy Especially visit you after you read the incantation? What do you do during boring meetings or even boring conversation?