Until I worked in my current office, I had absolutely no clue that I lived under that idiomatic rock. I thought that the things I did were normal and more importantly, that the things I had not done were in no way unusual.
But that all changed the minute I uttered the words "I have never had Chinese food" in conversation at the office one day.
Time stopped, jaws dropped, collective WHATs! were gasped. And I crawled back under my rock and started redecorating it.
For the record, I really had never had Chinese food. Northern Wisconsin was not exactly filled with diverse cuisine when I was growing up there (it still isn't) and the nearest Chinese food restaurant was at least an hour or two drive away from my hometown. And then when I moved away to college and grad school to cities with Chinese food restaurants, the desire to eat it was never there for me. So I never did. I have eaten at PF Chang's since that office conversation. While not authentic, I had been told that it is progress.
But the aftermath of the Chinese food confession had nothing on the reaction to what I said when the lunchtime conversation turned to classic movies.
"I have never seen Ghostbusters."
Time stopped, jaws dropped, collective WHATs! were gasped. And I think some people were actually angry.
The looks of judgment I was receiving made me question just how sheltered I was. We had lots of movies growing up; we were one of the few houses in town with cable. I really have no reason for not seeing popular movies. Though if I had to guess, I was probably reading. I was always reading. Or watching Sixteen Candles or The Cutting Edge, two of my movie classics.
And so began the dissecting of what other classic movies I had not seen. A list was drawn up of all the "classic" movies that I had not seen.
I have committed to watching one movie a weekend provided that I am not on vacation and, if I am being honest, provided that I don't have something better to do. My first assignment was handed to me yesterday.
The agreement was in place. And the looks of judgment had started to dissipate a bit.
And then yesterday I uttered the phrase "I have never seen Star Wars."
I really need to keep my mouth shut.
And keep living under my well-decorated, cozy rock.