"Incidental" Contact - that yellow bastard

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August 3rd, 2004

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2004.0803.1100::"Incidental" Contact
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.

Incidental Contact.

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:
  1. Movies in which men wear tights
    White Knights, A Chorus Line, Billy Elliot
  2. Reasons you would push STOP on your VHS or DVD player
    Phone Call, Emergency, Tired
  3. Movies with courtroom scenes
    Big Daddy, Airplane II: The Sequel, A Few Good Men
  4. Movies with "LOVE" in the title
    Shakespeare in Love, Down with Love, Mad Love
  5. Movies that have a monkey in them
    Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Outbreak
  6. 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)
  7. You can buy at a theatre concession stand
    Sour Gummi Mutant Spiders, Kit-Kat Popables, King Size Twix
  8. Most recent movies you have seen at the theatre
    I, Robot, The Bourne Supremacy, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
  9. Movie Musicals
    Grease 2, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, Moulin Rouge
  10. Actors with accents
    Jason Statham, Jet Li, Monica Belluci

Name 2 of each of the following:
  1. Things you yell at the theatre projectionist
    "Hey!", "What the hell?!"
  2. Movies that have a MONTH in their titles
    Sweet November, October Sky
  3. Movies you would be embarrassed to see with your parents
    Blue Movie, Night Trips
  4. Movie studios
    Studio Ghibli, Focus
  5. TV stars who also make movies
    Lauren Graham, Jennifer Garner
  6. Songs from movies
    "Cool Rider", "Part of Your World"
  7. Famous lines from movies
    "Billy, do you like movies with gladiators?", "You know, for kids!"
  8. Movies you have seen more than 5 times
    Superman, Big
  9. Christmas themed movies
    A Christmas Story, Scrooged
  10. Movies with one word titles
    Jaws, Airplane!

Name 1 of each of the following:
  1. Name an actor with a famous hairstyle
    George Clooney
  2. Name a celebrity you have actually MET
    Chris Tucker
  3. A movie where one actor plays more than one role
    Coming To America
  4. Your favorite cult classic
    Army of Darkness
  5. A movie with a country in the title
    Big Trouble in Little China
  6. An actor or actress who is usually in a supporting role
    John C. Reilly
  7. A movie that takes place in New York City
    The Night We Never Met
  8. A movie with flashbacks in it
    The Fugitive
  9. A movie with a mad scientist in it
    Young Frankenstein
  10. 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
Free Enterprise
Great Expectations
In the Name of the Father
Johnny Stecchino
Kicking and Screaming
Lost in Translation
My Father is A Hero
No Way Out
Once Upon a Time in China
Professional, The
Quigley Down Under
Raising Arizona
Seven Samurai, The
Tao of Steve, The
Usual Suspects, The
Vita è Bella, La
Walking and Talking
Zu Warriors

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bpeace::2004.08.03.10:49 am
[User Picture]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)
flattop::2004.08.06.10:10 pm
[User Picture]Dude, who was it?
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