Ker-blam - William Matheson's Journal
Jul. 9th, 2009
05:42 pm - Ker-blam
Sometimes cockiness backfires. Less often than you may think it might, but sometimes it does. You have to watch your cadence, rhythm, and pay attention to the body language of your interlocutor (which you should always do anyway) - there are all kinds of factors at play.
Anyway, so I'm returning my towel at the gym. Once you throw it in the bin, they give back your ID card. "What's your name?" the girl asked.
"I'd have thought you'd memorized my name by now!" I smiled.
The expression she flashed said something like, "Wow, I would like to stab you with a fork."
Know your audience. That is all.
T. on Facebook made an excellent comment: "I think the critical component is your intonation. there is that 'this is obviously facetious' tone, which i do think you have." That might be the key: I was a little bit tired coming out and I wasn't as careful with my intonation as I usually am. I even felt a little off balance as the words spilled out of my mouth. It's not the content, it's the delivery.