"It's like Cap'n Crunch... but bluer."
I do the same thing, but I pride myself on always finding my way back from my tangents. I had a friend in college who made it a goal to get me on a tangent I couldn't find my way back from. He never won, though given how old and feeble my brain is these days, I doubt I'd be up to the challenge anymore.
Hm. I didn't notice any conversational ADD, topic-hopping or tangentality. Is that because I have it, too?
I love the tangents. Keeps me on my toes, and I do the same thing, too.
My husband is the King of Tangents. I suppose I don't notice yours because you can delete them before posting, or at least edit them into a nice parenthetical phrase, and we just gloss over them, none the wiser. I, however, live with the Tangentmeister.I used to date a guy who would interrupt me ALL THE TIME. I mean, that was by far not his worst trait or anything, but I think 2 years of not being able to finish a sentence is something I never recovered from. I used to consider myself a rather good storyteller, tangents and all, but now (and my husband has asked me about it) I start talking, then stop myself automatically. Sometimes I don't even think ahead to what the rest of my sentence would be. I'd certainly be annoyed if I had to talk to me a lot, but that just makes my husband a sweeter guy, I guess. That, and he's hard of hearing, so I often have to start sentences over to make sure he looks over and reads my lips. Anyway, these built-in pauses are perfect opportunities for the Tangentmeister to hijack ANY conversation. And he does.
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