Thursday, February 23, 2006

(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Anxiety

26. Fear of jokes. Specifically, fear that someone will tell a joke that is offensive and that you will then despise them. You despise too many people already.

27. Fear of having accidentally typed a false declaration of love into an e-mail.

28. Fear of saying something terrible and out of character to an answering machine.

29. Fear of swearing while on the radio.

30. Fear of having made a promise that you can’t keep, a fear that is quickly allayed when you see girl scouts selling cookies in the train station.

31. Fear of making sweeping generalizations about your habits that are later disproved—fear that, having told someone that you write only in blue pen, you will be seen writing in black.

32. Fear of someone reading over your shoulder and sneering at what you are writing in a notebook.

- Caitlin


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