Tuesday, October 27, 2009

this I believe

In addition to my handful of strengths (being good with names, decent with accents, and the ability to nap at will), I'm also a philosopher.

((cue the fog machine))

You see, friends, in the last 27 years, I've pondered the world around me and developed several deeply-held theories that explain many of life's mysteries. I shall now share one with you.

Everyone on earth can be divided into three categories: fun haters, fun havers, and fun makers.

(1) Fun haters. Guess what they do? Hate fun. They hate having fun themselves, they hate other people having fun, they hate hearing about fun, and they hate the existence of fun. Examples: Your friend who WOULD come to your party except she's not feeling well...ever. They'll never want to go to a late movie because they'll be tired the next morning. They'll tell Mom if you sneak out during a jr high sleepover. They won't consider going to a last minute concert because it's FHE. They roll their eyes when you tell them a true funny story bc they "saw the ending coming." They never go out to eat because it's too expensive.

(2) Fun havers are willing to HAVE the fun if someone else makes it. They have the same trusty 3-4 stories they'll tell at a gathering once someone gets the ball rolling. They have a stupid human trick they do with enough prodding, e.g., walking on their hands. They'll smile and say "That's hilarious" instead of laughing. They have a good hearty ugly laugh they'll bust out when someone does something hilarious, but they don't DO the hilarious thing, they just appreciate it.

(3) Fun makers MAKE the fun, often out of thin air. These are the people who take a yawntastic get-together and get the party started. There are several sub-species of this category, including (a) adaptable fun makers, who switch freely between fun-having and fun-making depending on the circumstance, and (b) alpha fun makers, who must be the only fun maker present and can rarely relax and HAVE fun bc they are so busy making it (and wanting credit for making it).

Am I right or am I right?

Theory addendum:
Regarding fun-haters, havers and makers, my friend Wendi just made an important point about the fluid nature of these categories.

At different times, I am each one. I am a fun hater when the fun is being had by annoying teenagers or snickets. I am a fun haver most of the time, cause I'm too damn tired to make the fun. Also, I can be a great fun maker sometimes, but it all boils down to how many fun-havers show up.

Amen and amen. Thank you for your time.

13 comments:

b. said...

You?
Have nailed it.

The Boob Nazi said...

I'm kind of a fun hater. I can't help it though

Amy said...

Oooh, you are right, oh wise one. This post makes me want to chategorize everyone I know. Which we all know is very important to do. Frequently.

Bailey said...

I've been blog stalking you for awhile. I very much enjoy it. I call people fun haters all the time. Glad you do too :)

george said...

As Always. You ARE right!

Sue said...

Dammit. I just realized I'm a fun haver.

Sarita said...

I think you may just be right. Im definitely a fun haver and a wanna be fun maker, but it stresses me out too much.

The Boob Nazi said...

I'd be interested in hearing these predictions, if only so I can DISPROVE THEM.

Brooke said...

You're right. I think I'm a fun haver. I don't walk on my hands but I can bend my elbows backwards!

James McOmber said...

I'm a fun killer. I cultivate it then murder it.

Stephanie said...

somehow, whenever i think the word snickets, i always want to add an extra "t," as in snicketts. i don't know why.

anyway, i think i am mostly a fun haver. except i am the silent type. no tricks, no weird barking laugh, just social awkwardness.

Wendi said...

Feeling honored to be included as the "resident expert" on fun-ness. I have been constantly categorizing myself in each social situation lately. For example - "ahhh, right now I'm a fun-killer" or "yes, this is the time to wrap my legs around my head, spit water through my teeth and tell a joke." These categories are very helpful. Thanks for your work.

KT said...

Thank you for using the word "snicket."