"Just don't be yourself."
"I'm looking for something that will keep people away from me on the subway."
Tags:commute, commutes, commuting, commuter, commuters, subway, train, trains, metro, underground, tube, crowded, book, books, literature, novel, novels, reading, bookstore, bookstores, bookshop, bookshops, urban, urban life, city, cities, city life, life in the city, keep people away, uncomfortable, awkward, strange, weird, transportation, public transportation
"Funny. I never thought of you as having legs."
"Quick! Remind me - are they handshakers, huggers, single kissers, or kissers on both cheeks?"
Tags:meet, meets, meeting, greet, greet, greetings, couple, couples, awkward, handshake, handshaker, handshakers, hug, hugger, huggers, kiss, kissing, social interaction, cordial, gesture, gestures, gesturing, middle age, social, social interactions, interact, interacting, interactions, panic, panicking
"Hey, good buddy! How you doin'?"
"Judith is someone who needs her sleep."
A Heart to Heart Talk
"Don't make eye contact..."
Tags:whale, whales, whaling, harpoon, harpoons, hunt, hunting, sperm whale, sperm whales, moby dick, moby-dick, whalers, hunter, hunters, whaler, captain ahab, ahab, hermn mellville, melville, eye contact, eye-contact, draw attention, attention, awkward, awkwardness, worry, worried, worries, captain, captains, harpooning, subway, subways, transit, mass transit, public transport, mass transits, literature, book, books, novel, novels, transport, tube, train, trains
"Did you ever have that baby you wanted so much?"
Tags:marriage, married, married life, couple, couples, relationship, relationships, prenuptial, husband, husbands, wife, wives, priorities, priority, baby, babies, parental, parents, child, children, kid, kids, pregnancy, infant, awkward, awkward question, life planning, life plans, too late, late, dreams, dream, goal, goals, mid life crisis
"I feel like all of a sudden my entire life is in the hands of some guy named Poindexter."
"I blame the Clinton Administration."
Tags:thanks obama, clinton, bill clinton, hillary clinton, president, presidents, former president, first lady, politics, political leader, political leaders, democrats, democratic, democracy, government, administration, bureaucracy, business, businessman, businessmen, blame, blaming, banana peel, falling, slipping, tripping, sidewalk, pavement, falling down, clumsy, ungraceful, uncoordinated, awkward
"I'd like you to meet my pillows."
Tags:furniture, pillow, pillows, sofas, sofa, couch, couches, cushion, cushions, family, families, interior design, decor, decoration, interior decor, overdoing, overdone, overdoing it, loneliness, lonely, empty nest, empty house, replacement, dating, dates, date trouble, love life, impress, impressive, unimpressive, introductions, introduce, introducing, awkward, awkward moment, awkward silence, bachelor, bachelor pad, middle class, new middle class
"Would it be considered racially insensitive for me to ask what would be considered racially insensitive?"
Tags:racially insensitive, racial insensitivity, awkward, awkwardness, socially awkward, social awkwardness, political correctness, politically correct, worry, worries, worrying, worrier, worriers, racism, insensitive, insensitivity, question, questions, awkward question, awkward questions, uncomfortable question, uncomfortable questions
"I don't like large groups. I can never remember what our plural is."
Tags:group, groups, social situation, social situations, plural, plurals, meese, moose, mooses, plural, plurals, anxious, anxiety, introvert, introverts, introverted, anxious, anxieties, social anxiety, awkward, awkwardness, language, words, word, elk, elks, remembered, remember, remembering, memory, pressure, social pressure
"Suddenly I can't think of anything to chirp."
Tags:bird, birds, telegraph wire, telegraph wires, telephone wire, telephone wires, conversation, conversations, awkward conversation, awkward conversations, boring conversation, boring conversations, chirp, chirping, dawn chorus, morning chorus, date, dates, first date, first dates, bad date, bad dates, awkward date, awkward, dates
Tags:elevator, elevators, lift, lifts, operator, operators, full, crowded, too full, waiting, winter, wintertime, fashion, winter clothing, winter clothes, winter jacket, winter coat, winter jackets, winter coats, winter gear, parka, parkas, bulky, heavy, awkward, down jacket, down jackets, inconvenient, season, seasons, seasonal, weather, passenger, passengers, limited space, modern life, problem, problems
"Guess you were right, chief--I just needed to be burped."
Tags:boss, bosses, manager, managers, executive, executives, executive, executives, coddle, coddling, coddled, burp, burping, baby, babies, employee, employees, staff, staffs, underling, underlings, workplace, office, office life, office behavior, office environment, hostile work environment, middle management, overprotective boss, overprotective bosses, awkward, awkward moments, micromanage, micromanaged, micromanager, management style
"I forget—are these your friends where we pretend we make more money than we actually do, or less?"
"Well, right now I'm feeling a little uncomfortable."
Tags:personal, personal space, space, close, too close, invasion, invasive, patient, patients, psychiatric, psychiatry, psychiatrist, psychiatrists, feelings, feeling, uncomfortable, discomfort, psychology, psychological, emotions, emotional, problems, problem, problem solving, awkward, awkward moment, awkward moments, freud, freudian
"I miss handshakes"
Tags:greet, greetings, formality, informality, informal, introduce, introductions, modern attitudes, modern views, handshake, handshakes, hug, hugs, hugging, cuddle, cuddling, awkwardness, touch averse, touch aversion, introvert, introversion, anti social, anti sociable, touch-averse, touch-aversion, welcome, welcomes, welcoming, traditional, traditionalist, traditional mindset, traditional views, old fashioned, old-fashioned, old fashioned attitudes, traditional attitudes, uncomfortable, discomfort, awkward, kiss, kissing
"So, Carol tells me you're a baby."
"It takes years before some people are comfortable enough to say hello."
Tags:new neighborhood, new neighborhoods, alienate, alienating, alienation, alienated, shun, shuns, shunning, unfriendly, unwelcoming, neighborhood, neighborhoods, neighbourhood, neighbourhoods, new neighbourhood, new neighbourhoods, introduction, introductions, standoffish, uncomfortable, awkward, prairie, prairies, settler, settlers, desert, deserts, survival, hermit, hermits, greet, greets, greeting, greetings, shy, shyness, isolation, isolated, social isolation, socially isolated, settlement, settlements
"What does it look like? I'm running a little late this morning."
Tags:talk show, host, hosts, late-night, tv, tvs, television, televisions, bar, bars, pub, pubs, drink, drinks, drinking, alcohol, cocktail, cocktails, icebreaker, icebreakers, breaking the ice, conversations, conversation, trying to fit in, fitting in, bartender, bartenders, reach out, reaches out, reaching out, awkward, awkwardness, tension, tensions, racial tension, racial tensions, casual racism, stereotype, stereotypes, stereotyping
The Heimlich Maneuver
Tags:heimlich maneuver, choke, choking, first aid, first-aid, first aider, first-aider, dates, date, dating, on a date, relationship, couples, couples, awkward, awkward conversation, awkward conversations, nervous, nervousness, dinner date, dinner dates, awkwardness, awkward date, awkward dates, the heimlich maneuver, heimlich manoeuvre, the heimlich manoeuvre, emergency, emergencies, choking hazard, choking hazards