Exit 250. Indecisive.

I had an interesting thought today.  I’ve always thought of myself as indecisive regarding things like making plans with people, what movie to watch, where to eat, what to do in the first place, things along those lines.  I have a hard time deciding these kinds of things when I make plans with friends.

But I realized recently that this is not indecision at all.  Most of the time, I know exactly where I want to eat and everything else.  The reason I have trouble choosing is because of conversations like this. It happened again just recently:

Me: Where do you want to eat?
Other person: I don’t care.
Me: Is there anything you’re really in the mood for in particular?
Other: Not really.
Me: Any special favorite place you really want to go?
Other: Not really.
Me: Is there anything you DON’T feel like eating?
Other: No. I’m hungry. I can eat anything right now.
Me: Any specific type of food you’ve really been feeling like?
Other: Not really.  I like everything.  You pick something.
Me: Well, then what about [insert name of restaurant here]?
Other: No, I don’t like that.

How do you expect me to be able to make decisions when so many of them are met with this kind of opposition?  Just be honest. If there’s something you don’t like, tell me; it would make everything easier.

P.S.  I wrote this on Friday, August 2.  Coincidentally, the Dilbert comic for Saturday, August 3, dealt with this exact same topic.

P.S.  There is a certain recent development in the life of a well-known Christian pastor which I feel like I need to write about here, considering how often I have written about my tumultuous relationship with this man’s works.  That seems like it would have been a better post for a milestone number like #250.  But I had a busy week, I missed posting last week, and I need something easy this week.  I’ll get to the other thing soon in a later post. 


  1. If your posted conversation was a comic strip, it would have been 6 panels (Sunday format). But the Dilbert comic you linked was a M-Sat 3 day panel issue. While you should expect honesty from your friends in these type of conversations, maybe you could meet them halfway and only ask the 1st and last questions. Cut to the chase and get to the decision quicker.

      1. Tales of the 90’s is a great idea, and you have such a talent with words! I was born in the 90s, so I don’t remember much about what it was like. It’s fun to see. I would buy a book with those stories.

        And thanks for letting me know. I just started blogging this month, so I’ll have to see if I can figure that out. Mine is mostly just a family/lifestyle blog: furse.family.blog.

      2. Thank you! 🙂 I appreciate your support… I had a few different inspirations for starting the other blog. That was such a pivotal time in my life, as well as an interesting moment of cultural history, in which the Internet was just starting to become mainstream but hadn’t yet taken over every aspect of life.

        I started it with the intent of being humorous, writing about some of the silly stories I tell about that time period. I’m a teacher, and some of my students love to hear me tell funny stories about myself. (Like the time I was a youth group leader and we TPed 17 kids’ houses on the same night. That was in the fall of 1997, so stay tuned, I’ll get to that eventually.) But the more I started writing about that time period, I realized I wasn’t really all that funny; most of the time I was either studying or making a depressing attempt to meet girls online. My stories work better as coming-of-age life lesson type stories. And it certainly has been interesting looking back on that time period and reflecting on what I learned and how I’ve changed. (I would say that most of DLTDGB is based on true stories in broad strokes, but I’ve changed most of the names and taken liberties with details.)

      3. I wondered that, if they were actual memories. I think the wit and humor definitely shows through, but I like the life lesson focus. My husband is a teacher! I look forward to reading more from you. I’ll probably go back on some of the ones I’ve missed, too, as I get time. Perks of being late to the game, I guess.

      4. No problem… I’m going to keep this going (eventually) until at least December 31, 1999. I’ve also thought of continuing through July 2001, when Greg moves away from Jeromeville, although that would go against the 90s theme. We’ll see how this goes. And if you start at the first episode (July 5, 1993), just keep hitting “Next” and you’ll eventually read them all 🙂 (no hurry, though)

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