OH MY GOD THIS IS GOLD.
The THIS that I refer to is a piece on Hyberbole & A Half about the 4 levels of extremely awkward social situations:
Level 1: Brief encounters with kind-of friends
You know what she’s talking about… you met once at a party… it wasn’t that great… you don’t really give a flying shit about them… it’s awkward, but neither of you really want to engage with each other, so it won’t last long.
Level 2: Forced proximity
There are many of these types: you go to the library at the same time, you take the same elevator in the morning, you have the same pee schedule at work. You are in the same physical space and you have no desire to speak to each other… but you can’t stop yourself.
Level 3: The Trap
Hers is the best example; you go out for a solo coffee or brunch or something, and you just want to read, or write, or space out sans company… but someone who ALWAYS wants to talk enters your luxury space and takes that lovely alone time away from you…
Level 4: Well-intentioned social terrorism
HAH! ‘Just thought I’d pop by for a visit.’ … ‘I brought you some wine.’ … ‘I was in your neighbourhood and saw your lights on… and looked in your window and saw you sitting there… breathing.’ um… yeah.
ANYWAY… I don’t know how she (the creator of this deliciously amazing blog; Allie) does it, but she just keeps churning out these hilariously accurate depictions of real-life situations such as
Basically, her raw, pixelly drawings are brilliant and are accompanied by long-winded but AMAZING descriptions of the phenomenon/situation she describes.
Make this blog part of your weekly routine. So funny.