30 Minus 2 Days of Writing: Incommunicado (13/28)

Feb 13

adverb or adjective
: not able to communicate with other people : in a situation or state that does not allow communication with other people

Once again, I find myself scratching my head at one of these crazy prompts.

So this time, it’s incommunicado.

As you can see, from my dictionary beginning, it means to not be able to be able to communicate with other people. For those who know me, you realize this is not me.

Not one bit.

I work in communications. I formerly worked in newspapers. My undergrad and graduate degrees are in journalism/mass communications and journalism, respectively.

To say I am incommunicado would be extremely difficult to defend.

I’ve traveled by myself and never seem to have problems getting into conversations. Sometimes, if I feel like I don’t want to speak with anybody, I’ll just people watch. But I always will say hi and won’t refuse a good run with some BS.

And public speaking? Love it. Sure, I’ll get a small feel of nerves, but it disappears quickly enough.

This past summer, I went on a cruise. I knew the bride and groom, the groom’s brother and the person I was rooming with — who I had met the week leading into the cruise. I made friends with others in the wedding party, but I also enjoyed striking up conversations with random people throughout the trip. Talk about learning about different people and backgrounds … it was wonderful.

Now, don’t get me wrong — there are times when I feel a little uncomfortable because of a situation. Still, I can find a way to be at ease with the actual situation and strike up a conversation.

I have known people who may not fully be incommunicado, but show tendencies toward it. Many times, there is no issue with it. Others, there is. It’s an individual thing.

With all that in mind, the beauty of humanity is there are so many different people out there. So make sure you reach out to them and say hi. Don’t be afraid. And, if all goes well, maybe you’ll find a way to make someone who is incommunicado come out of their shell just a bit.

This is part of We Work for Cheese’s annual writing challenge. Despite what might be blamed, I had nothing to do with it. Go check them out for other crazy writers doing this challenge. 

T-SHIRT ALERT: Nicky has allowed me to create the official shirt for this year’s challenge. I did it via TeeSpring to keep it lower cost. They do all the work. However, it’s like Kickstarter. We have to meet a certain number of sales for this to happen. So, we need 10 shirts to sell. You can get a short-sleeved tee shirt ($13) or long-sleeve ($15). So go buy one. Or two. Or three. Buy! Buy! Buy! Go visit and buy at this link: Challenge shirts. Be the cool kid on the block with this one. 

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  1. I agree with you for the most part, P.J. but you know there are times I enjoy the serenity of being alone, usually with a good book and a nice tune on the CD player.Incommunicado can be bliss.
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  2. I think I spend more time incommunicado than not…
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  3. “I work in communications. I formerly worked in newspapers.”

    It’s true — newspapers have little to do with communications these days.
    Frank Lee Meidere recently posted..Chapter Twelve: Lord help the misterMy Profile

  4. It is nice that travel by yourself, and are never alone. Some people have never met a stranger.
    Linda recently posted..DisconnectedMy Profile

  5. I loved hearing more about you!!! This was fun to read!
    Katherine recently posted..Living IncommunicadoMy Profile

  6. I like that about cruises. You have the option of seeking out conversation or keeping to yourself and absorbing from a distance.

    Great choice for today’s prompt.
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  7. I’d talk to you P.J. I love my alone time… quiet and contemplative. But get me around people and I’m a real chatterbox. (Dufus can vouch for that!)
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  8. Sometimes I like to disconnect and not be around people or talk to anyone. I’ll go out for a jog and leave my phone home. With my music in my ipod I enjoy alone time. Incommunicado even if just for a short time is enjoyable.
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  9. You make it sound so easy, P.J. I’m an introvert who does his best to fake it when I’m thrust into an unfamiliar social scene, but I don’t always flourish. But you’re right, though. You’ve just got to keep saying hi.

    Great post today.
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  10. I enjoy being incommunicado far more than is entirely socially acceptable.. Small talk is exhausting to me, and public speaking is impossible. But with friends and family, it’s an entirely different matter. :)
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