Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Blah Blah Blah Blah "Shut Up" Blah Blah Blah


You know this kind of person. The one who loves to tell their stories. And every event that happens in their lives is a BIG DEAL. And the stories go on and on and on to the point that you want someone to come and put you out of your misery....

I have been enduring this for several years now, but an event that happened the other day definitely takes the cake...

This individual "the storyteller" started in on a story- and it was very easy for me to predict the outcome. Another person "the visitor" was there and it was obvious she was in a hurry to leave. So to spare us all having to hear the story in all it's gory detail, I said "oh, so (blank) happened" - at which point the story teller turns to me and says "shut up" (I wish I was kidding) so she can complete the story, which takes another 20 minutes (literally) full of plenty of twists and turns and ends in *gosh* exactly what I said happened!

I wish I could convey to you the drama with which the story was told. As soon as the story ended, the "visitor" said she was in a hurry and blasted out the door, just as I had been anticipating. Yet, I was held captive to hear the story, in its entirety, THREE MORE TIMES that day....and I wouldn't be surprised if there will be a FOURTH time somewhere in my future....

Do you have someone in your life who tells you painfully long and uninteresting stories? What's your secret escape clause?

37 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Yikes! She sounds delightful!

angelcel said...

Yes, I've met a few of these. They make me want to scream. Don't they ever ask themselves why it is that they don't know *more* about other people? Well, it's because they don't shut T-F up long enough to listen! 8|

Kaylen said...

Ugh, please stop talking about me!!! People NEED to hear my stories!!! EVERY single long, drawn out detail is important and they wouldn't "get it" if I just condensed it!!! :)

Lisa Paul said...

Well,I tell long stories (as you can see from my blog posts), but, of course, they are always interesting!

Rachel Cotterill said...

That sounds painful :(

Vodka Logic said...

I work with someone like that...all too often.

and her tales are always taller, scarier and worse than anyone elses..blah blah blah is right.

alessandra said...

Hahaha, sorry I'm helpless too in these situations, but "after" you can try this....http://18stepstohappiness.blogspot.com/2010/01/when-we-feel-uneasy-with-person-or.html...it's amazing I posted it tonight, we are connected ;-)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

My mom will tell a story and have to remember exactly where something happened in England. It really doesn't matter where since I'm not going to be familiar with the place. It drives me nuts. I have no escape route. Just venting.

~Kristen~ said...

Ugh! Yes, I know a few of those! One is my uncle whom I am close to so I have no problem telling him to just get to the point! :-) But with others I honestly don't know what to do. I feel trapped and I hate it!!!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

one of my sisters kinda does that sometimes and I'll try to stop the story by saying "oh yeah, you told me about that, ____ happens" and she'll say yeah but finish the story anyway. And I had a co-worker who did that all the time too.

Karen said...

Oh, I feel your pain. I know a few people like that. One of which has to tell every little detial in story. And laughs at the end, even though everyone in the room is givng him the look of death.

Sometimes, I feel you have to tell it like it is. Maybe try that again next time she tells a story and when the ending is like you predicted....say "See I was right". She may not get it, but maybe she will be offended and not bother you with stories anymore.

Karen

blueviolet said...

YES! And I was never so happy as when she moved across the country last year!

McVal said...

Oh my! I'd love to spend Christmas with her!
My MIL is like that. Only with her, the story changes and becomes more fantastic each time she tells it. At Christmas, she was telling an elaborated one to some nieces that made a doctor out to be a monster more each time. I mentioned that "didn't he simply say that if you got a knee replacement at that time, it would only last 10 years with your weight at that time?" Because that was the first story I heard 2 years ago... She stopped abruptly and said, "Listen to her, she knows the whole story!" I quickly backed out of the room and said that that's all I remembered, carry on...
Oh wait... you're not talking about ME are you?!

Randi Troxell said...

oh! ppl like that drive me soooo NUTTY!!!!

mamadorkiness said...

OMG, Yes!! And she tells them ALL all over again whenever someone else enters the room as if she had never told it a hundred times just ten minutes ago. Great post.

Yankee Girl said...

People who like to hear themselves talk drive me mad and make me want to throw them out of a window. If I am ever in a situation where I have to hear a long, boring story, I have no problem interrupting them to excuse myself to go to the bathroom.

And if that doesn't work, just invest in earplugs. Then they will have no idea you aren't listening and do not care!

Triplets Plus Two Momma said...

Two Words:

EAR PLUGS.

They make them in pink. They will go great with your bling bling shoes.

Kristin said...

I interrupt and change the subject cuz I'm a jerk like that. Ah ha

Laura said...

Yes, they're out there. Unfortunately I might be one of those people sometimes but I try not to be! :) 'Shut up' though...rudeness!

Yaya said...

Oh gosh yes I know people like this. This is exactly why I screen my phone calls...

Jen said...

I love your cartoon! I think you should make it your header picture. I think we all have someone like that around. Makes me wanna stab my eye with a fork, but instead I just walk away :)

Joy said...

Yes I know one of those types. Thank goodness I don't have to see them but a few times a year.

Lucy said...

Been there and I just listen I have yet to come up with an escape route, when you get one, post it!

kys said...

Just my MIL. Usually I can't escape. But my husband gives me a reward each time I spend extended periods of time with her. I got a Kitchenaid mixer for staying in a cabin with her for 2 nights. It wasn't worth it.

Lisa said...

Like you I will say what I think (know) how it ends. Most times (like yours) it doesn't stop them. What can you do?
I clean for a 90 year old lady and she tells me the same stories every time I see her.!!!.

AnnQ said...

OMG...that's truly brutal!

I used to have a friend like that...everything was SO DRAMATIC. The one-upping stories were never ending.

BTW, LOVE the drawing with the Sephora bag and "bling" shoes! LOL!

Jenn Erickson said...

Yup, I think we all have a "storyteller" or two in our lives. I think I have the propensity to be one myself, and because I'm aware of this character flaw, I'm always trying to self-edit and abbreviate where I can when telling a story. This person you spoke of sounds like a real "peach"! I can't believe she told you to "shut-up". It's one thing to want to tell a tale or spin a yarn when you're hanging out and kibbitzing with girlfriends, but to be so self-absorbed not to realize that your "audience" is in a hurry to go is downright oblivious and selfish. Sorry to hear that you were caught in middle. My mom is the type of storyteller that I like to call the "monologuer". Every conversation starts with a twenty-minute wrap-up of her life-in-review. It leaves no room for me to ask questions, or otherwise engage. I haven't yet figured out an escape plan.

Debbie said...

I would not tolerate anyone telling me to shut up. That has to be the rudest thing I have ever heard.

Sara Elizabeth said...

Oh my. I had a friend like that once. Worst of all, she was selfish too. If I actually tried to talk with her, you know, have a conversation, she would interrupt me. Being around her was literally just me listening to her non-stop, and not actually talking with her at all. I eventually stopped taking her phone calls.

abitnerdy said...

i am lovin' the visual you provided, and yes I have one culprit who does this. sometimes i let him go through his story that i've heard 10x just to see his girlfriends reaction to it. hahah

Karen said...

After reading your comment, I posted your question and wrote about my job. Thanks for hte idea.

Karen

Michelle Hart said...

Yes, I do... that would be my 9 year old son. Luckily though, I can tune him out and when he asks me questions he answer them himself.

How rude of this person to tell you to shut up. Someone should tell her to shut up, see how she likes it!

Cristina said...

I don't need a clause. I punch that biznich in the face and break out!

Seriously...there is one person like that at work. Because we have cubicles, I hear it over and over and over again. That's why headphones were invented. I would put them on even though they weren't attached to anything - and she would see it.

I don't think I'm liked very much in the office.

xx
Cristina

JamericanSpice said...

I did many years ago and I started to hide myself away.

Eventually they moved so that helped. gaaahhhh

prashant said...

drawn out detail is important and they wouldn't "get it" if I just condensed it!!

Work from home India

A Woman Of No Importance said...

I feign death! Works every time, but the hospital bills are mounting... Mwah to you, my fair Carmic Dancer! xox

dianeswords.wordpress.com said...

well i'm probably the one at fault for this although my stories are very unusual (like ex-husband getting attacked by a hippo--actually in it's mouth) but yeah...that's me. the storyteller aka probably bore people to death. it's a bad habit that's so so very hard to break.

what would work for me? probably just saying, "you know diane this is a great story but xxxx is really in a hurry and would probably love to hear your story another time."

anyway, just my suggestion.

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