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Here’s something I do that’s annoying

If you have a favorite TV show that you’d like to recommend, I am a very annoying person to share this with.  I’m sorry.  And I’m going to try to change.

Here’s what usually happens.  You excitedly ask if I’ve heard of or watched a particular show.  I smile and say no, and that I really don’t have time to add a new show because I already watch a lot of TV.  You say “oh, but you’ll really love this!  It’s great!” and then you share something you love about it.  I smile again and say that I’m sure it’s a great show, but that I in the one review I read, the reviewer didn’t really like it.  And then I remember an exact, and probably mean quote from the reviewer.  At this point in the conversation you say something half-hearted about how you really like the show and change the subject.

I don’t know why I do this.  It’s completely unacceptable.  Here’s what I need to say.  You ask if I’ve seen the show and I say “No, I haven’t but I’ve heard good things.  What do you think of it?”  Then I should listen supportively when you share your praise, keeping my mouth firmly shut about anything negative I’ve read about the show.  And then we’ll finish the conversation with you feeling good about having shared something you love and I won’t be left standing there thinking “why did I just act like a social moron?”  I know better than this, I don’t know why I do this, but I promise to stop.  Today.

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