Posted by JF
Decided to splurge a little on myself tonight and went to Dunkin Donuts for a mid-shift snack. I know the guy who works there and he’s very nice. This sounds like a good thing, however many people with Aspergers like me would actually prefer a stranger to a familiar face. Familiar faces tend to try to be friendly and joke around, which doesn’t go over well when you can’t figure out sarcasm.
Professor Frink could have made millions off of the aspie community.
I step up to the counter and begin to order myself a coffee cake muffin and as I continue my list of fattening treats, the guy behind the counter tells me that I can’t have any of those. I know from previous trips to this DD that this guy likes to joke around so at first I kinda laugh it off, but he’s still telling me I can’t have them. Now I start thinking… maybe he’s serious? Don’t normal people end the joke when everybody laughs? He’s not getting my muffin. I think he’s serious. Something is wrong with those muffins.
Um, on second thought I’ll just have a french cruller…
So I ask him, “Is there something wrong with the muffins?” And he laughs, “Nah, man, I’m just messing with ya.” Now I know he’s just trying to be funny. But I’m an aspie, so um, yeah… no. Didn’t get it. Never will.
This happens to me all the time. At least once or twice every single day, someone tells me a story that ends in a joke, or at least I interpret it as a joke from the way they are talking. However, to me, it’s not a joke because it’s simply not funny. But I figure that because I’m the aspie, I must have missed the joke, so I laugh anyway. Most of the time I’m right on, but it has led to some awkward moments.
When you said your mom was in a better place now, I thought you meant Hawaii or something.
UPDATE: One of the comments below is just so WTF, I can’t even believe it’s serious. In no way do I condone the ideas in the comment. I approved it simply because it’s just too crazy for me to be the only person to ever read it.
Posted by JF
In honor of the culmination of the year 2012 (WE SURVIVED A MAYAN ALIEN ATTACK, OR WHATEVER THAT WHOLE THING WAS ABOUT!!!), this is a countdown of my top 12 favorite posts I made during the past year.
Yes, this is my blog’s version of a clip show.
12. The Self Aware Aspie (12/23/12) – how a diagnosis helps an Aspie and others understand their situation.
11. Feeling Out of Place (8/15/12) – I get the feeling that I don’t belong.
10. Friday Night Anti-Socialite (11/3/12) – I am EXTREMELY uncomfortable at a social gathering.
9. Like I’m Not Even There (4/6/12) – Nobody listens to my awesome ideas.
8. Perfectionism (7/15/12) – Why can’t everything be right?
7. The Dentist (1/25/12) – I suffer through a trip to the dentist.
6. Dunkin Donuts Ruins My Day (1/10/12) – It’s the little things that drive me mad.
5. Hi, Nice to Meet You. By the Way, I Have Aspergers. (10/15/12) – How does one drop the Aspie bomb?
4. I’M NORMAL!!! (for once) (10/16/12) – I surprise myself with my unexpectedly rational behavior.
3. The Challenges of Being an Aspie and a Parent (6/28/12) – You think being an NT parent is hard?
2. Unseen Health Risks of Aspergers (2/23/12) – A doctor’s office can be a scary place.
1. Facing the Truth (8/6/12) – Aspies will save the world!