Sorry about all the nerd posts lately. I’m in a nerdy stage of life and all. Hopefully I’ll be able to whip out a post tomorrow talking about a few things I’ve done in the past week (i.e. two metal shows, a football game, and a wedding) but no promises.
In the meantime, I have do have something I’m thinking about. Recently, an acquaintance of mine revealed to me an extremely personal secret. I accidentally extracted the secret from the person during a conversation in which I asked many questions. Since I’m a poor conversationalist, I make up for it by asking lots of questions. Sometimes I feel like I accidentally slip into cross-examination mode, and start on a series of pointed, probing questions sometimes for fun, sometimes for curiosity, and sometimes with a goal in mind. In this case, the person I was talking to confessed the secret, which ended up being something I had guessed just a few moments before, after dropping a few hints while answering my questions. So now, I feel I’ve been put in a rather strange position. Between this person and me, we share an extremely private and deep secret; however, the rest of our relationship could be charitably characterized as pointlessly superficial. I’m a little lost in how I should deal with this. Should I just act like nothing happened? Should I be mindful of this and show concern about it when I’m talking to the person privately? Right now, I’m acting like I know nothing, but I’m not entirely sure that’s the best course of action in this case.