What are your best comebacks/quips when someone asks a question or makes a statement that is just a little too familiar?
For example, last week a coworker had to mention that I was wearing make up (a rarity due to allergies). Not feeling particularly chatty (too much blood in my caffeine system) I told her, "well you know, kinda like putting a new coat of paint on an old whore house...ah...haunted house I mean...(long pause) fruedian slip." & walked away.
Today a coworker asked if I was ok since it looked like I had lost weight (down 40 pounds). Its no secret, I've changed my eating habits & I'm in the gym often but said, "yeah, I'm working on it."
She asks "how much have you lost?", a statement I have found which does not lead anywhere good.
Me: "265 pounds if you count my ex." Convo over.
Have you found coming back with a bit of a joke stops people from heading down the wrong conversational path better than blunt refusals?
As a transwoman I deal with shit all day long..90% from men and about 10% from women. Depending on who says what I either say "More of a woman than you'll ever have" (men).women on the hand say the "You'll NEVER be a Real Woman" to which I quip "Funny I was think the same about you..Dear"
If someone askes an invasive question I raise an eyebrow and say, "Why do you ask?" Then I change the subject before they can reply.
However, when some rude, crude, creepy dude on this website asked a horrifyingly sexual question about my being transmale I immediately flagged him, and his post disappeared. I wish getting rid of jerks in real life was that easy..
When you own dogs you get people who just want to tell you how bigger and better there dog is for some reason without even asking. a bloke looked at my alsation once and said "nice dog but mine is twice as big" I responded by saying "wow 56" at the shoulder, id love to see an alsation that big" or they say its just a dog and I say your just a human.
My dad used to reply to questions like this by asking "why? are you writing a book?" And if the answer was yes he'd say "then leave that chapter out." I have found that asking why they want to know usually makes someone think about what they have asked.
And one advantage to having some hearing issues is simply to ask for the question to be repeated. The questioner has the opportunity to withdraw and everyone saves face.
I live in a small town that's full of church folk, drunks and heroin addicts... Not much happening here for a creative person... In my spare time, I write movie scripts and would one day like to make a full length film... The major problem I have is that when I try talking to other people about filmmaking, I'm often met with the completely unoriginal "What, are you gonna make a porno movie?" to which I always answer, "No, if I was making a porno, I'd be talking to your mom, not you!" That usually ends the conversation dead in its tracks...
Also, I work with a lot of people 20-some years younger than me so every now and then they'll start up with the "Your Momma" jokes... I used to be good at Your Momma jokes back in the day, but after I lost my mom to cancer in 1997, I kinda lost my taste for those kind of jokes... Now, if one of my co-workers makes a "Your momma" joke in my direction, I tell them, "I don't have a mom! Me and my dad share yours!" Again, that usually stops the conversation with a quickness...