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02 December 2009 @ 12:06 pm
 
Do you sometimes enjoy making a spectacle of yourself? If so, what conditions or circumstances make it the right time for that?
 
 
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
 
 
 
Rowan: Fallmzrowan on December 2nd, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Hmm...really making a spectacle of myself? That's usually inspired by the desire to entertain small children, actually.
Michael Grasso: karaoke!mgrasso on December 2nd, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Karaoke. :)
Elizabeth Hunterlillibet on December 2nd, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
No, but that doesn't stop me from doing it occasionally.
Beowabbit: Me: brain MRIbeowabbit on December 2nd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Depends what you mean by “spectacle”. I perform on stage, and I suppose that meets the technical definition. And I’m a total exhibitionist, in, you know, contexts where total exhibitionism is appropriate.

If you mean “look foolish by doing something in public I’m not good at”, I’m not particularly averse to that, but I don’t actually enjoy the making-a-spectacle aspect. If I’m doing something like that, though, It’s almost certainly because I enjoy the activity itself (despite not being good at it), so I enjoy the whole process that includes making a spectacle of myself.

If you mean “be the center of attention”, then that’s very complicated and situational; I have times and situations (like on stage, or at a birthday party or something like that) where I do, but also times and situations where I very much don’t. (As a child, my father was constantly bragging about me, to the extent of making stuff up, and often at the expense of my sister, so I have a residual aversion to being made a fuss over in some ways.)
T Streichsweetbaboo on December 2nd, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
You know people that can answer "No" to this (aside from the people who will say "no, I ALWAYS enjoy it")?

I would have lost that bet.
:P
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on December 2nd, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)

Greetings,

In response to your query, I should say that I never enjoy making a spectacle of myself and always maintain a reserved, decorous bearing.

Sincerely
Tho. Russell Esq.
existential hot showerveek on December 2nd, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
I rarely enjoy it; almost never. I'm *willing* to make a spectacle of myself more often than I enjoy it. Usually it's when I'm speaking up on an important issue and/or on my own behalf.
born from jets!!!catness on December 2nd, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Not so much, no. It happens, though. Whatev.
David Policardpolicar on December 2nd, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
No, I really never do.
I do it anyway sometimes, though.
TWPyouvebeenpixied on December 2nd, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I think my life *is* a spectacle. If it isn't, I'm probably not doing it right.
harimad on December 2nd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, sometimes. Being a Mandarin-speaking round-eye in rural China pretty much guarantees it. (So does being a lefty in public, by the way.)

Most of the circumstances have to do with being a Western tourist in an unusual place. I am the American who talks with the Peruvian avocado vendor, eats breakfast at the illegal Cuban bakery stand, tries the (well-cooked) mystery meat skewer at the meat market, shows a Yunan tribeswoman how Americans knit in return for seeing how she does it, watches carefully while the old Vietnamese lady shows the ignorant foreigner the *right* way to eat a hardboiled egg.

Making a spectacle of myself in other circumstances isn't as attractive. It took me a while to learn in my gut that most people don't care enough to even think about how badly I dance.
Mouseketeer Stigmatatrom on December 2nd, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
I do it every year at Defcon. Something about public speaking and alcohol....
D. Fennelfennel on December 2nd, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
I always enjoy making a spectacle of myself if I'm feeling confident about both what I'm doing and how I look (which is far from constantly true).

And I guess also have strong temptations toward épater le bourgeoisie, at least sometimes.
Roy Battyroy_batty on December 2nd, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, but then I am a ham, and an actor, and any other number of things that fit well with spectacle.
the best kind of trouble: superboyzevinboots on December 2nd, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
*grin* Apparently I do, when you're looking at me via Skype.
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on December 3rd, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
:D
Ellenkeyne on December 3rd, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Those Kinds of Parties.
wild, predictable abandoncontessagrrl on December 3rd, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Me?

Never.

;)
The Great Laurenhatsbylaurenhat on December 3rd, 2009 08:33 am (UTC)
If telling embarrassing stories about myself counts, then fuck yes. :)