I was recently reminded of a bad twitch I used to have in college that periodically sneaks out into my life now. I used to wink at people without meaning too. I tended to do it repeatedly do this guy who worked with me in this computer lab and he was a nice guy but total Christian Conservative type who never judged me for my wild ways, but probably felt uncomfortable that every time I smiled while talking to him, I always had to wink.
I didn’t do it with everyone, it was mainly with the people I should NOT wink at the most. People I just met who walked into our lab for help? Professors in new classes? The new DEAN of the ARTS AND SCIENCE department? Check. Check. and OHMYGOD, Check. It was really bad and I always wanted to apologize when I would catch myself doing it. Like, “Oh. Crap. I didn’t mean to wink at you. I’m sorry.” But I think that would (a) draw more attention to an annoying tick and (b) make me seem like much more of a freak.
Once or twice a year I’ll catch myself doing it in an inappropriate situations (I think I winked at one of LilZ’s teachers a few years ago. EEK.) but as a general twitch it has faded. THANK GOD. And I know MrZ is glad too because he was usually standing there when I did it, resisting the urge to say, “Yes. I’m currently dating that woman right there who just winked at the Dean. I’m very proud.”