Friday, March 5, 2010

What's Your Story?

Twice in the span of one week, I’ve had somebody ask me, “So, what’s your story?” after meeting them for the first time.

That’s exactly how each of them asked it too. “So, what’s your story?”

Both times I was flummoxed. My story? I don’t have a story. I’m in my late thirties, married with two kids. I’m perfectly average in every way. I grew up in the suburbs. I went to college. I graduated and got a job. No run ins with the police. No family tragedies. Hardly the stuff of enticing conversations.

I’m not sure what these people (both women, by the way) were trying to get from me. “What’s your story” is an incredibly broad question that implies that I, in fact, have a story to tell.

I’m sad to say that I did not respond with charm and wit either time. I stammered and repeated the question back to them, “What’s my story?” and gave a short bio of my career. Boring. I’m surprised the women kept talking to me after my lame responses.

It wasn’t until the drive home after the second time that an answer occurred to me. The next time somebody asks me what’s my story I will be ready.

“I was born a poor black child…”*

*It's not offensive, it's a reference.


The Pipster said...

LOL. That is strange that you were asked that twice in one week. I like your new "story"...please let us know the next time that happens and what the person says when you use it.

rommie said...

Yeah? Why ain't ya talkin'? Got a secret?

Eric said...

I'm actually the clone of another Eric from an alternate dimension. We have slightly similar histories, but I have super strength.

He got the good looks.

WannabeVirginia W. said...

oh I would say "My story? I am an ex-con, just got out of the clinker, and lookin' to get laid! Interested?"

That's exactly what I would say. But then again I am not a man.

SAHD PDX said...

I love getting that question and making up anice one on the spot.

ZenMom said...

Excellent response. Alternatively, you could hand them a busines card with your blog address on it, Naven.

I've never liked those sort of questions. And they usually bring out the smart alec in me. I either get sarcastically literal or snarkily evasive. My brother, though, is even worse. He abhors insipid small talk and has been known to verbally bitch-slap people who ask "stupid questions". And yet, somehow, he still comes off charming and likeable. It's a very interesting thing to watch.

Your escalator operator said...

Maybe: "You know the character that Sam Worthington played in Avatar? That's based on my story, if that gives you a rough idea."

(This comment written in a clever attempt for geek cred.)

Daddy Geek Boy said...

You all have much better "stories" than I. Can you all hang out with me and be my entourage the next time?

Pipster...Of course, you'll read it here.

Rommie...Based on this blog, you can tell my life is an open book. If I did have a secret, I'd be too compelled to write about it.

Eric...Super strength is nothing to sneeze at.

Wannabe...Can I borrow that one?

SAHD PDX...I need to become faster on my feet.

Zen...the second person to ask me what's my story would have not cared in the slightest about my blog. I mean, I think it's freakin' awesome but not everyone understands the strange world of personal blogging. (But I know you do!)

YEO...I'm impressed. I feel my influence may be rubbing off on you. Now if you get me to watch sports, we could change places like the Prince & the Pauper.

Surfer Jay said...

Now that is a story I would read about.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

Jay...Glad to know there's at least one audience member for it.

SciFi Dad said...

My story? I have no story. I merely leave a path of destruction in my wake.

James (SeattleDad) said...

You were born a poor black child too? Jerk...

I don't have a story either. I wish I did.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

SciFi...I like your style.

James...These cans. He hates these cans!

JustGuessMyName said...

In less ur in the midst of an outrageously romantic evening, no one really wants to hear someone's story. They're fishing for suspicious, paranoid. Don't tell em a thing! Nahh, just ask "what exactly do you want to know?" Then watch THEM stammer. I wish I had NO story...consider urself lucky!

Always Home and Uncool said...

Today. I found out what my special purpose is for.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

We need to plan to meet just so I can ask you, "So what's you story?" and then hear you deliver that line!!!


Daddy Geek Boy said...

GuessMyName...Flipping the script, I like it!

AlwaysHome...I don't need anything else...except for this paddle ball.