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Exercise: Are you talking to me?

Ok this is for all of us who have a habit of talking to ourselves. Get into a heated discussion with yourself, or an argument. Two opposing viewpoint. It could take place out loud or just inside your head but the two sides of you need to disagree. You can argue about anything outrageous or serious.


Deborah Boydston

11th October 2011


After mingling with a few party-goers at my best friends celebration of his new job, I sat on the couch and took in the sight of the several strangers there as I sipped my crown and coke. My eyes fixed on the raven haired beauty I had surreptitiously ogled for most of the night. While I sat alone on the leather sofa, I came to realize... I wasn't.
You've been staring at her all night. Go say hi.
'It takes two to tango. She doesn't like me.'
She's made eye contact. That's good enough for me, Doof.
'Eyes yes. Winking. Smiling at me. No. I'm not going there.'
Whadya expect? She doesn't know you.
'Oooh, she's talking with Melissa. Maybe I could introduce myse - '
Melissa's your ex-girlfriend. What do you think she'll say? Duhhhhh.
'It's been a month. She's went on with her life.'
You dumped her with a text and you posted the break-up on your Facebook page, Idiot.
Two things I distinctly told you not to do.
'It wasn't a dump. I merely texted her with the opinion we should give each other a
break and explore our options.'
And the Facebook diss?
'I changed my relationship from happy to complicated.'
And are you happy now... or then?
'Shut... up.'
You shut up. Don't make me bust a move on your ass.
'Okay, Melissa's gone. I'm going to make my move.'

I start to get up, then shift on the couch and take another sip of my drink.
You're nothing but a chickens -
'Hey, hey, hey! Hey. Watch it. I'm taking my time, that's all.'
Fine! But I'm telling you, someone's gonna sweep her off her feet... literally.
'Let me worry about that. You're the one who told me to put off asking Melissa to
marry me.'
You're going there? Seriously? Anyway, that wasn't me, Clueless.
'Oh... and who was it... my conscience?'
Your other brain, Stupid. The one who's crushing on this nameless chick, the five
girls at your job, the woman at the dry cleaning place, and -
'What part of shut up don't you understand, Jerk.'
You called yourself a jerk. Do you realize that? Talk about pathetic.
'I'm not listening to you any more.'
Do you ever? Jeez Louise, you're an idiot.
'She's out of my league... no wait... my universe.'
So's a meth addict... and yet... you don't care.
'Leave Marjorie out of this. That was a one time thing.'

I finish my drink as the raven haired beauty of my desires waved goodbye to a fellow hottie and left the apartment - alone.
'Dammit. She's gone.'
I told you so.
'You told me she was going to get picked up. She didn't. So suck on it.'
You're the one who sucks, Idiot!
'Maybe Melissa still wants - '
I give up. No... for the love of God, don't go over to her.
'I'm going over. Wish me luck, Dummy.'
What... ever.

I walk over and take Melissa's hand, giving her the smile she said curled her toes. Her palm caressed my face - hard. I sat back down.
'Idiot.'
You


John Tucker

11th October 2011


Very nice john. I enjoyed reading it. I have something similar to this, but I was 16 at the time lol.


Karen Gomez

11th October 2011


Me: Don't take it personal, but you should've been listening when they announced the dress code.
Myself: Listening, Pissening. I can't listen to you and the dress code committee at the same time. You were running your mouth off when they announced that tuxedos were the only acceptable attire.
I: Both of you are wrong. I was the one who should have been listening. After all, it's my ears.
Me: Your ears. I thought we were in this thing together?
Myself: Yeah. what makes you think those ears belong only to you? Just because they stick straigh out from your head doesn't mean they are yours. Such intent listening devices could be mine!
I: Well they are my ears. So it's my fault we are here at this stupid prom with a white sports coat and dark blue gabardine slacks instead of a tux.
Myself: Whatever made you decide to buy a white sports coat?
Me: Yeah. You've got a nice dark blue suit you could have worn.
I: I just thought we looked good in a white sports coat. Come on you guys, lets forget whose fault this is and try to get in.
Me: I'm going in. Are you with me?
Myself: I'm with you. To heck with that door guard. He probably doesn't care what we are wearing.

Me: What do you mean we can't go in?

Myself: Oh, I don't care what he said, I'm going in.

I: Me too.

Me: Ouch! Now look what you've done. You caused me to get punched in the nose and now there's blood all over our new white sports coat.

Myself: You're white sports coat, dummy. I never would have bought that thing if it wasn't for Me.

I: Has anyone got a handkerchief?


Don Yarber

11th October 2011


John and Don I really loved both of your responses. I sat in my office chuckling. They were both really good fun. I am still working on mine.


Deborah Boydston

11th October 2011


Pretty good, Don. What's really bad is both these incidents are probably real. :-)


John Tucker

11th October 2011


Yep.


Don Yarber

11th October 2011


Angel me on my right shoulder, Devil me on my left.

Angel: Just tell him the truth, it's always best that way.
Devil: I don't know, sometimes lying gets you the best of both worlds.
Angel: You know that's not true. Your either in or your out. If he finds out later
you are in for real trouble.
Devil: Yeah but you'll have fun while it lasts.
Angel: Look you have a conscience don't you? You know what is right and what is
wrong. It is definitely wrong to have two boyfriends at once.
Devil: Who cares? They probably have a few girls stashed away somewhere. They are
probably getting what they deserve.
Angel: If they do that is their problem not yours. It will be your problem though if
you begin dating Alex before you break it off with Raymond.
Devil: And what is wrong with dating both until you decide which one you like the
most?
Angel: Nothing if that were the terms of the relationships all the way around, but
Raymond has been serious and you've let him. You really need to get a grip.
Devil: Like I said before you don't have to say anything to either one. They don't know
each other so they will probably never find out.
Angel: You better go answer the door someone is knocking.

Goes to door, its Raymond.

Angel: Here's your chance, dump him or keep him. Don't play games.
Devil: It really does make you feel good that two guys really like you. I say keep them both
for a while.
Angel: There's the door again, I hope its not Alex.

Goes to door, it's Alex

Angel: I told you a couple of days ago it would catch up with you. Well now you have no
choice, you need to be honest. Who's it going to be?
Devil: And I told you it didn't matter. At this point you'll be lucky now if either one
will have you.


Deborah Boydston

13th October 2011


Well written, good case study for teen age relationships too. One misspelled word. Definately is spelled definitely.


Don Yarber

13th October 2011


Thank you Don, fixed.


Deborah Boydston

13th October 2011


Good morning! I enjoyed all three of the stories and could "hear" each one of you speaking to yourselves. May I just say one little thing? I noticed in Deborah's story is the line " your either in or your out" , it should be "you're" as in " you are" I am not comfortable correcting anyone, just keep that in mind! I will try to write something later on today. Have a nice day, everyone.


Warren Gates

20th October 2011


Yep thanks Warren, I really appriciate that. Thats a pretty obvious and glaring mistake.


Deborah Boydston

20th October 2011


Can't get to the edit to fix it for some reason, gotta get ready for work though so I will look at it there when I get a minute.


Deborah Boydston

20th October 2011


@Warren: Don't be afraid to correct those of us who need correcting! We all do it, and no-one is going to be upset. That's the great thing about this group.


Don Yarber

20th October 2011


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