Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Art of Overcompensation


o·ver·com·pen·sate
[ˌōvərˈkämpənˌsāt]

VERB

  1. take excessive measures in attempting to correct or make amends for an error, weakness, or problem:
    "he was overcompensating for fears about the future"
Overcompensation is an art.

You must engage in frequent overcompensation to master it.

My friend Kristin and I talk about being overcompensators quite often, as we are both second generation OVCers and card carrying members of the club.

Example A:
When you feel uncomfortable about another person's behavior
If you have bad service at at restaurant and your dinner partner tips little or nothing, you, as the classic OVCer, will constantly tell the waitress that she is doing an amazing job and eat the coldest burger on the planet citing - it's fine!  Plus you will leave an obscene tip - like 90%...and a smiley face on the receipt.  Looks like I will never dine at that place again.

Example B:
When you feel stupid about what you just said
I stopped at McDonald's to order Chicken Nuggets and an ice cream an iced tea (priced $1) and handed the cashier a $2 that was a gift from Grandma for my first communion.  As the cashier took my bill from 1985, she said thank you....as if the transaction was over.  So, I OVCed and said, "That's actually a $2 bill..."  She looked at me like, yeah lady, I have eyes.  So I OVC once again and said, "Right?  Like, WHO carries a $2 bill," and roll my eyes at myself and laugh a little weird laugh.   And proceed to tell her that it was my first communion money.   Now I can never go back there.

Example C
When you feel stupid about what you just did
After dinner, TNT and I were taking a walk in the neighborhood.  I saw a friend way down the street and waved and also YELLED HELLO, as in SCREAMED to reach someone three blocks away.  You will find that you have to OVC often when you have a loud booming voice.  So the 16 year old boy that was about 20 feet away from me, jumped and said, "Oh, uh, hi (?)...."  So OVCed and I said, "Oh hi, I just loooove your yard."  Come on,  The yard?  Like he cares about the yard.  I have obviously changed my after dinner walk route.


4 comments:

Ragan said...

Gah! I loved this and I could totally picture you in each situation, Een!

Ragan said...

Gah! I loved this and I could totally picture you in each situation, Een!

Ky | TwoPretzels said...

I laughed out loud about each and everyone of these. FANTASTIC.

The yard.
The $2 bill.

Some people just don't get it. Lol.

31derful said...

LOL, especially Example 2. Ahhh, Eener, you're the best!!