An On-Line Journal
by Paul Buceta
2003 05 13 - I'm talking and I can't shut up.

I've always been proud of myself for not getting caught up in negative attitudes.

Today however, a friend asked me how I'm doing and that's where it all began.

I started off with, " Things are great, but then there's always...." and the tirade began.

For the next five minutes my friend sat there listening to me go on, and on, and on, and on about everything wrong in the world.

What got into me?
I'm never so negative - Quite the contrary actually.

Here she is hanging on my every word.

Anyhow, I paused to take a breath....
and my friend reached for her cell phone and excused herself as having to make some calls.
(She literally ran out of the room).

I can't help but laugh at this because she so desperately wanted to escape and I had no clue.

Oh my GOD!
I just realized - This was my first 'conversational coyote'.

(Because my dad reads this occasionally I'll explain 'coyote'. This is an expression based on coyotes having been known to gnaw through their own limbs to escape traps).