Please bear with me; I will get to the point of how this post is, in fact, a Y post. It’s just going to take me some time to make the connection. I think that’s alright since Y is the next to the last letter in the alphabet.
We live in such a fast-paced world that sometimes it seems like it’s really hard to get to know someone new, especially if, like me, you don’t always excel in casual conversation with people you barely know. It’s always hard for me at first on new jobs or in new places to get to know people. The thought of trying to talk to strangers filled me with terror when I started my first “real” job after I finished school. Then I got my lucky break; my now-friend Traci invited me to lunch. She said she realized that even though I’d been there for months she barely knew me.
We went to lunch and discovered we had a lot in common and shared quite a few interests. We soon developed a friendship that extended beyond work. That was almost eight years ago. We have both since moved on to other jobs, in fact it has been almost five years since we’ve worked together. We now live in different states, and our lives have taken different paths, but we’re still friends, we still keep in touch. All because eight years ago Traci decided to get to know someone new.
I learned a lot from that. I now firmly believe that the best way to get to know someone new is to have a meal with them. (I think this may be the reason why most dates involve dinner.) Maybe people are more comfortable over a meal; after all we all have to eat to live. Sharing a meal seems to be a way to get people to open up, to find out what they like or they don’t like, how they treat the server if you go to a restaurant. I really do think it’s the best get to know you tool available.
Obviously all of us here in Blogger Land can’t just schedule a lunch together, so I thought I’d come up with five questions about you that I hope you’ll answer in the comments. Why five, you may ask; because I like the number five. Six of you were kind enough to answer yesterday’s question about what makes a post x-rated for you, so I’m hoping at least a few people will play along. I will answer them too. Also, feel free to leave an extra question in the comments for others to answer, if you’d like.
1. What is your favorite dessert?
2. What is your favorite color?
It’s a tie between blue and green. They work well together, so I don’t usually have to choose.
3. Do you prefer the mountains or the ocean?
The ocean! I need the sun, salt, and sand.
4. Who is your favorite poet?
5. Do you, or did you ever, have braces?
Yes, braces for four years and headgear for two.