August 3rd, 2004
You've been there.
There you are, sitting amongst mixed company, obliviously watching a movie or eating dinner--paying little attention to the people around you other than perhaps the conversation at hand. You're engrossed in your surroundings--the plot of the movie, the content of the discussion--when something happens to pull you completely out of context.
It could be a foot or the side of a leg or just the slightest hint of fingers. You wonder to yourself if it really happened, but it happens again. And then you start to wonder what it means.
Now, I don't know about you, but I generally have a good impression of where I am at all times. If I manage to kick something under the table, to step on some object which causes my foot to go off-kilter, I'll check to see if said object is, in fact, someone's foot or shin, and if so, I'll apologize.
So that's why it rather boggles my mind that a continued IC happens--especially in those inappropriate situations (say, like, with someone else's girlfriend or with your second cousin, once-removed (yes, this did happen to me)).
A few years ago, I remember talking with some women regarding IC. They seemed to tell me that there's really no "Incidental" portion to it. If they brushed your arm or your leg, and didn't bring it up, they intended it. It's generally a signal of attraction.
Truth be told, some people are just touchy-feely. Some people are just flirty. I guess my question here is how many people out there have used the "'unconscious' incidental contact" tactic to try to attract someone?
And from ludditerobot
a movie meme:
Name 3 of each of the following:
- Movies in which men wear tights
White Knights, A Chorus Line, Billy Elliot
- Reasons you would push STOP on your VHS or DVD player
Phone Call, Emergency, Tired
- Movies with courtroom scenes
Big Daddy, Airplane II: The Sequel, A Few Good Men
- Movies with "LOVE" in the title
Shakespeare in Love, Down with Love, Mad Love
- Movies that have a monkey in them
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Outbreak
- Credits at the end of the movie
'Bartender - Fred Asparagus' (¡Three Amigos!)
'What the Hell is a Grip? - Person responsible for maintenance and adjustment to equipment on the set' (Naked Gun 2 1/2)
'"Revenge is a dish best served cold" - Old Klingon Proverb' (Kill Bill: Vol 1)
- You can buy at a theatre concession stand
Sour Gummi Mutant Spiders, Kit-Kat Popables, King Size Twix
- Most recent movies you have seen at the theatre
I, Robot, The Bourne Supremacy, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
- Movie Musicals
Grease 2, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, Moulin Rouge
- Actors with accents
Jason Statham, Jet Li, Monica Belluci
Name 2 of each of the following:
- Things you yell at the theatre projectionist
"Hey!", "What the hell?!"
- Movies that have a MONTH in their titles
Sweet November, October Sky
- Movies you would be embarrassed to see with your parents
Blue Movie, Night Trips
- Movie studios
Studio Ghibli, Focus
- TV stars who also make movies
Lauren Graham, Jennifer Garner
- Songs from movies
"Cool Rider", "Part of Your World"
- Famous lines from movies
"Billy, do you like movies with gladiators?", "You know, for kids!"
- Movies you have seen more than 5 times
- Christmas themed movies
A Christmas Story, Scrooged
- Movies with one word titles
Name 1 of each of the following:
- Name an actor with a famous hairstyle
- Name a celebrity you have actually MET
- A movie where one actor plays more than one role
Coming To America
- Your favorite cult classic
Army of Darkness
- A movie with a country in the title
Big Trouble in Little China
- An actor or actress who is usually in a supporting role
John C. Reilly
- A movie that takes place in New York City
The Night We Never Met
- A movie with flashbacks in it
- A movie with a mad scientist in it
- Your favorite Will Smith movie
Men In Black
Name different movies in alphabetical order, A-Z (1 for each letter)Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
Bride with White Hair, The
Cincinnati Kid, The
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
In the Name of the Father
Kicking and Screaming
Lost in Translation
My Father is A Hero
No Way Out
Once Upon a Time in China
Quigley Down Under
Seven Samurai, The
Tao of Steve, The
Usual Suspects, The
Vita è Bella, La
Walking and Talking
Yeah. I've done that. It does work sometimes. When it does, it's great. When it doesn't, you act like it was an accident. Hard to go wrong with the IC. (God, I feel like I'm in an episode of Coupling. LOL)
Dude, who was it?