1. When was the last time someone you were talking to crossed the boundary into TMI? How did you handle it?
It’s been a few weeks – I was talking with a friend about a trip she was taking, and got way too much information about the sexual encounters she had planned…in quite a bit of detail. I just kept listening and nodding, and got even more information…and there’s nothing quite like erotic planning.
2. When was the last time you were talking and realized you had crossed into TMI? How did the other person react? What did you do next?
I probably cross into TMI a lot with my good friends…and they cross into it with me. Unless they’re bored or uncomfortable, I usually keep going.
3. Which subject matter is mostly TMI to you, i.e. you don’t want to hear??
b. medical treatment or history?
c. bodily functions?
d. icky food?
f. political opinions?
g. other – tell us
Hmmm…well, usually discussions about sex are pretty interesting. Medical treatments and bodily functions are ok, if they’re not too detailed and aren’t totally gross. Icky food can be fun to talk about, and finances I usually don’t hear too much TMI about. Political opinions, though…that’s probably the worst one of all. So, I’ll go with f.
4. Do you ever entice people into TMI, such as try to get them to share something that should be private?
Oh, sometimes I do this, sure. Usually because I just have to know (even though I don’t), and I usually get a TMI earful as I’m an easy person to talk to.
5. Do you enjoy swapping TMI tales–“I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours?”
Sure – on a lot of subjects.
Bonus: How do you feel about Pope Francis embracing “climate change” climate science?
I was pretty surprised, and I hope it leads to him embracing some other topics that have been ignored or demonized by the church.
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