I’ll be traveling all week, so I’ve set up some auto-updates for pages. If all goes well, everything should proceed as normal, other than my responses to comments/tweets will be a little slower than normal.
The fact that Tama considers his status as an ugly secret is an interesting idea to me. Sometimes we get in our heads that something about our talents or lives is shameful, even when it’s nothing bad at all. Just different.
I remember when I was in junior high, I’d lie about my grades to my classmates. I was a straight-A student, but I sure wasn’t telling them that! I became a master of the lie-by-implication, commiserating about “how tough” tests were and, if pressed to share a grade, I’d usually suggest I’d gotten whatever they’d gotten. In retrospect, it seems a silly thing to hide, but junior high was like being a piece of meat in a piranha tank for me. I didn’t want anything to make me stand out.
Or maybe it’s just that I’m a naturally private person. During the election four years ago, I proudly wore my “I voted” sticker. A man in the elevator noticed it and said, “So who’d you vote for?” His tone was very aggressive, in that “Tell me so I can judge you” sort of way, so I replied, “I’d prefer not to say.” He got irritated, “Aw, come on, I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours!” Again, I responded, “No. I’m happy to live in a country where we are granted the merits of an anonymous vote, and I’d like to keep it that way.” Mercifully, the doors opened again and I beat my hasty retreat, with him shouting at me as I exited.
I guess I just like my secrets! How about you? Do you like to keep things to yourself, or are you an open book?