Gut Rumbles

April 18, 2005

between the lines

I was challenged to write this post by this guy, after a long, philosophic discussion that lasted until about 5:00 AM. We talked about "Reading Between The Lines," and we both decided that when you do that really seriously, you're likely to see something that isn't there.

Don't get me wrong. I BELIEVE in reading between the lines, because I've been trained to recognize tone of voice, body language and the way written communication is phrased to signal the meaning of the message TRULY being sent. But you can get carried away with that shit.

I saw it happen recently, and the entire thing involved wimmen Reading Between The Lines. It starts like this. One woman (woman A) says to another woman (woman B), "That's a nice outfit. You look good in it."

Woman A immediately reads between the lines, and here's how that feminine mind works. "She told me I look good. I MUST LOOK LIKE SHIT!!! I don't trust that bitch and I KNOW that she said that only to make me angry. I CAN READ BETWEEN THE LINES!!! Well, I'm gonna show HER!!!"

Woman A approaches woman B and suggests, in a most off-handed fashion, that woman B should see this really good doctor she's heard about who can cure saggy tits. Woman B smiles and recommends a liposuction doctor who can reduce a pot-belly and a bloated ass.

They smile at each other the entire time.

Meanwhile, the guys are sitting on the sofa, drinking beer and lighting farts, totally oblivious to what is happening around them. Guys Read Between The Lines when they MUST. Wimmen do it because they watch too many soap operas.

I agree with my blog-buddy. Read Between The Lines enough, and you start to see a lot of things that aren't there.


Just as anxiety can cause premonitions that become groundless, reading between the lines is a flight of fancy that says a lot about a person's capacity to imagine. It's a good thing, with proper management.

Posted by: Bonita on April 18, 2005 06:43 PM

Yeah, like Freud said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." Too bad too many folks just don't get that.

Probably why I don't particularly like socializing with women. I'd much rather hang with the men. At least you can pretty much always be sure what they're thinking.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on April 18, 2005 07:35 PM

I'm with Mama on that one. I can count the number of female friends I've had growing up on 1 hand. All of my friends are guys. Much less of the back stabbing. If a guys angry you'll know, you won't have to wait 3 weeks for it to get back to you either.

Posted by: Alli on April 18, 2005 07:37 PM

Yup. You "see" a whole lot of stuff, and if you exhibit even an inkling of understanding or opinion, the ladies will club you like a baby seal.
I prefer to not pay attention. It's safer to be dumb.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on April 18, 2005 07:38 PM


Posted by: sadie on April 18, 2005 07:52 PM

What's the problem, Sadie? Are we assuming too much, or did we miss the subtext between two lines?

Posted by: Mamamontezz on April 18, 2005 09:05 PM

This is about me, isn't it? ISN'T IT?

Posted by: WitNit on April 18, 2005 10:59 PM

Teeheehee, Witnit... and all this time I thought it was about me. My name's not in it, but I'm a woman so it MUST be about me. I mean, that's how it works, isn't it?


Posted by: Mamamontezz on April 19, 2005 12:26 AM

This is about me, isn't it? ISN'T IT?

I laughed out loud at that one and got a weird look from my roommates. THanks Whitnit. :)

Posted by: Alli on April 19, 2005 01:54 AM

Women are nuts. SAY IT! ACCEPT IT! EMBRACE IT!

Some aren't nuts, but they're all ugly.

Posted by: Steve H. on April 19, 2005 11:29 AM

Yep, Steve, Ugly or Nuts... or they're like me: Ugly and Nuts.

Rejoice in the Inner Bitch, Praise Be.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on April 19, 2005 06:52 PM

Heh! "Ugly and Nuts"; sounds like a new breakfast cereal.

Think I'll stick to grits.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on April 19, 2005 10:30 PM
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