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#231355 - 06/16/08 06:28 PM Another comment from another new co-worker
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My trainer/co-worker is the exact same as me, 39, but we differ greatly. (are you surprised?)

He's been asking me what I do for fun, etc. I reply, "not much", with "I'm new in town" being a good excuse to fend off more intrusive probes into my life. (not that I REALLY care, it's just that if I don't have any pre-cast answers, I don't really care to continue that type of discussion.)

Anyway..................

Breaktime...........we sat down together. He asked me if I had ever been married........."No."

"Any kids?"................."Nope"

He then said, rather brazenly, "How do you get to be our age without any baggage?"...................."I mean, I've got 2 daughters, one that won't even speak to me and I don't even know where she lives, and a 14yo step-son that just got out of Juvenile Detention for attempted arson, and I'm on my 3rd marriage now."

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Yeah.........exactly..........

Anyway, I then replied that I was very careful when I was younger because I never wanted to be a father when I was working poor class.

Please don't get me wrong, I don't feel uncomfortable discussing (some) of my personal life with co-workers, and he could tell that. He was in no way trying to talk down to me, rather, he was expressing his dismay over seeing someone that lives a lifestyle that's totally alien to him. Hell, I can easily laugh at myself and readily admit that I'm a social misfit. But I digress...........

His next comment, about how I had earlier alluded to not having had a GF in quite some time, he said "You need to get out more."

I just smiled and said, "Yeah, you're probably right."

Story of my fucking life! LOL


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#231356 - 06/16/08 06:38 PM Re: Another comment from another new co-worker [Re: Hauser]
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Quote:
"You need to get out more."


If it were only that simple. I hate those kinds of conversations. They DO make me feel uncomfortable and feel like a social outcast. The other side of it is that, strangely, I feel thankful that I don't have the kind of "baggage" your co-worker has...three marriages, out of control kids...a life that is trapped. Given that, I bet he envies you in a way.

An old high school buddy of mine who I got together with last week is in that same boat...on his third (now failing marriage) has five kids from three different women and now has step kids that he calls the devil incarnate. He's envious of my "freedom". Irony is...is it really freedom for us? I know I wouldn't trade it for that kind of baggage.

Mike

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#231450 - 06/17/08 05:39 AM Re: Another comment from another new co-worker [Re: Barkabus]
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Hey Alan:

I read somewhere in the last year that Kevin Costner had just had another kid at the age of 52. What's that you say? His wife is only in her mid 30s? Plus when a close friend of mine growing up was 18, his dad was 67, and his mom was 63. So, there is still plenty of time.

Mike is right. I know plenty of people that now wish that they had been a bit more careful earlier in their lives. My old girlfriend B______ in Commerce City is one of them. Four different kids by four different guys, and only one of them was even close to current on child support. The oldest kid is going to be in jail for some time to come yet. And the only job that she has had since I knew her is selling and smoking crack.

Hey my man: You are in a new town with different economics. You have local support plus this site. And there is plenty of time left. Why you so down, eh? There is every chance that you can still accomplish most of your goals.

Mark

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#233176 - 06/24/08 05:35 PM Re: Another comment from another new co-worker [Re: Trucker51]
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Update:

Today, my co-worker gave me a clip-off tab from a flyer for a local board-game meetup group. It was for a strategy-war game. After I read it, I smiled and said thank you. He replied, "Just trying to help you get socialized around here"...............

LOL,........am I THAT obvious?


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#233181 - 06/24/08 05:57 PM Re: Another comment from another new co-worker [Re: Hauser]
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um...yes hehe

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#233186 - 06/24/08 06:30 PM Re: Another comment from another new co-worker [Re: Barkabus]
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lol

"ahem" <-----------clearing my throat.

And what's THAT suppose to mean, Mike?


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#233205 - 06/24/08 07:13 PM Re: Another comment from another new co-worker [Re: Hauser]
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Oops...I just saw a question mark at the end of your post Alan. It was just automatic...I thought you wanted an answer...hehe

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#233415 - 06/25/08 07:28 AM Re: Another comment from another new co-worker [Re: Hauser]
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damn people can be nebby.

what strikes about this scenario is that it reminds me of how in situations like this i am have the tendency to yield my power to people, feeling guilty if i don't satisfy their curiosity by answering their questions. i know that's a result of the abuse and growing up in a family system that uses such interrogation tactics. i immediately go into 'i'm think i'm gonna wet my pants now mode'. what do they expect to accomplish by having this information? what business is it of theirs to have any information about me. i almost never consider myself as they are doing their invasive probing. not until after when i am left to bask in own my residual feelings of shame for having answered dishonestly, or not to their satisfaction.

along the way i learned to give non-answers, just so they would get the message indirectly that they are crossing a line.

people can be such people sometimes!

ron

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#233420 - 06/25/08 08:16 AM Re: Another comment from another new co-worker [Re: Hauser]
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Originally Posted By: Hauser
"Just trying to help you get socialized around here"...............

LOL,........am I THAT obvious?

No one is truly "obvious" in my opinion. Don't assume you are, it's the others that get away with making assumptions.

I would like to say something like "Don't yield yourself to him, he's getting carried away and taking a dominant position in the friendship." But you and I both know, that those statements don't help us at all. What we need are details and specifics.

It sounds like this guy may be trying to reach out to you, but at the same time it sounds like he could be viewing you as a sort of "friend project". That sounds judgemental I know, but then again I think there is something to learn here. I would say give the guy the benefit of the doubt and see if he lets you down. If he does, it won't be your fault for trusting, it will be his for being shallow and only interested in himself.

I have a question. Was he looking to join this group as well or just handing it to you like you need help?

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#234285 - 06/28/08 10:36 AM Re: Another comment from another new co-worker [Re: cbfull]
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Oh, he was just giving me some ideas to explore. He's NOT a judgmental person at all. He knows that I'm new in town and was just showing me some forks in the road that I could take. I just get a kick out of how I'm not "normal" sometimes. You know what I mean? Married, 2.3 kids, always home with a family, etc.


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