This post was written as part of Peeve Week 2: Misconceptions.
Ever had a conversation like the one below?
Roger (aka, friend’s fake name): “and he fell off the bike and started looking around!”
Bes: “haha! that’s funny! lol. Ok sorry listen, I have to go for a few minutes, be back soon. Have to do some errands.”
Roger: “Am I boring you?”
Bes: “No, not at all! :O I’ll be back soon, have to do some stupid things that I almost forgot about. Why do you ask?”
Roger: “Oh nothing, just wondering since it seems so sudden that you’re leaving.”
How do you respond to such a person on an instant messenger? It depends on what the entire conversation was, and not just the last part. Everyday I talk to some people who get offended simply because I say “I have to go.” These people do not want me to leave.
Here is what they are probably thinking:
Bes is laughing, and Bes is listening. Bes is mine! I’m sure I know Bes doesn’t have an offline life! Heck, I don’t! Even if I did, I prefer keeping Bes on the hook than doing anything offline! Wow, the joke is really funny, Bes’s cracking up! HAHAHAHAHA!
Hmmmm, Bes has to go for a few minutes? Errands? What kind of bullshit excuse is that? Why the hell was I told I was funny when Bes simply wants to run away? Damn, this is just like everyday, when I tell a lot of jokes for hours to Bes, in the end, Bes just wants to leave. I don’t want Bes to leave. I don’t want anyone to leave my conversation windows until I leave, DAMNIT! This is my conversation, my rules.
Also, we all know what happens when Bes says “a few minutes“; minutes turn into hours or even days! Who gives a CRAP that Bes is actually saying minutes because Bes is really interested in coming back soon and continue listening to me. Damn Bes! That’s it! New nickname for Bes = DAMN BES [DB]. Why do people just leave at the end of a conversation? Why do conversations with both close friends and strangers always have to come to a stop after hours of talking? I just don’t freakin’ get it!
Oh well. Time to log off.