Archive for August 21st, 2010

An Introvert In An Extraverted World

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Do you know someone who loves to spend time alone? Someone who’s not looking for a day-to-day relationship? Someone who doesn’t need to sleep next to a warm body every night?

Do you feel sorry for this person? Think he’s lonely, overwhelmingly shy, or socially inept? Do you feel a little insulted because he’s missing the wonderfully enriching opportunity of hanging out with you? You may call this person ‘strange’ but a more polite label is ‘introvert’.

I’m an expert on introverts – I am one – and I was born this way. And I speak for most introverts when I say that activities you find ‘normal’ (like chatting on the phone for more than 2-minutes) drive us nuts!

Researchers say true introverts are rare and we really don’t need people like you need people. That certainly doesn’t mean we’re better than anyone else – just different. And we sure didn’t choose this path! Imagine a lifetime of continually swimming upstream against a river of extraverted society – always demanding that we ‘fit in’, be sociable, and conform to what’s considered NORMAL in life. To a true introvert, these extravert efforts are maddening.

This does not mean introverts can’t act like extraverts. Indeed, a large amount of our successful socialization depends on the learned skills of being “on” in public. I make speeches to large audiences and deliver seminars; I’m told I do it well. But when I come home at the end of the day, even my cats know to leave me alone. I need LOTS of time to turn off the world and once again take refuge in me.

Please don’t take this wrong – but when it comes to introverts, don’t come to us – we’ll come to you (maybe).

Standing Pat

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

In the 1950’s and early ‘60’s, there was no cleaner, Christian crooner than Pat Boone.  He had a string of hit love songs so beautiful and innocent, all the white high school boys in America could sing them, swoon over their budding-breast sweeties, and remain virgins.  It was rumored you could get cavities listening to them because they were so sweet.

But then came the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and the Animals.  Suddenly Pat Boone became as out of place as Mother Theresa in a drunken conga line at a wedding reception.  He was popular at old time Bible camp revivals and state fairs – but pretty much faded into the white, good night.

Then, over 30 years later, Pat Boone flipped out and got into HEAVY METAL.  He started wearing all black leather outfits on television and, at one point, even a heavy dog collar!  In 1997, he released an album In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy which shocked just about everyone.  He took hard rock and heavy metal songs and converted them into a jazz/big band style.
The album hit the Billboard record charts making it Boone’s first hit album in 35 years!  Now, almost 15-years later, no one still has any idea why he did it.

Except me – I’m laughing my ass off! Way to bust ‘em, Pat!

Joan Rivers (has had so many face lifts…

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

…she smiles when she sits down.)

And what does she think of  “Poka” players?  “Her? The sign said, ‘Wet Floor’ – so she did.”