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Why do I "feel the need"? I don't know.
Personally I think I'm normal but people tell me it's a bizarre Midwestern thing. Yes, I live in Florida, but I'm a Madison, Wisconsin transplant--who grew up in Cuba City, Wisconsin. (My mother's passed on, but would never forgive me if I didn't plug her hometown.)
Perhaps it's a bit bizarre, but I seem to feel the need to tack a complete confession on the back-end of almost every yes and no I pronounce. I grew up that way. No one ever stopped me mid-sentence, furiously waving their hands and yelling "TMI!" (Too Much Information).
Nope, when you ask this original Wisconsin gal, "Can you meet me at four o'clock tomorrow?" instead of merely replying, "Four o'clock won't work for me. How about two instead?" I get this itchin' need, and obligation really, to venture on with the in-depth details. Like the other day--thank heavens I caught myself before I said the words--but I almost told someone, "Sorry, I can't meet you at four tomorrow, because I'm getting a bikini wax." The need to explain is so ingrained in my psyche that I literally had to bite my tongue while I processed other possible excuses through my brain.
Thanks heavens it's not my job to answer a business phone.
If a caller asked, "Is Andrew in the office today?"
I just might reply, "No, his father had surgery today. Andrew should be back tomorrow, unless his dad has complications. You know my aunt had to stay two extra days in the hospital because the pain killers made her constipated, and they wouldn't let her go home until things started 'moving.'"
Okay, so maybe that last part is TMI.
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