He’s a lot like Spock.

The Neighbor is a serious kind of guy.  Not the kind by whom you feel scrutinized, he’s just very straight-laced and totally literal.  His brain is a finely tuned machine which often misses nuance and inflection.  Think Data or Spock, any kind of Artificial Intelligence where the machine grapples with human inference and ambiguity.  TN and I have found ourselves entangled in more than one clumsy Who’s On First? dance.

For example, last night I asked him about the photos I wanted to post today.  We took them Sunday morning as we lay sleepily in my bed and the cat wound his way between us with an elevator butt.  TN checked in with Reddit, his go-to internet hangout.  I snapped pics of half his face, his profile, his lovely furry chest.  No more of his face was visible than the ones he had already approved, in fact, a little less was shown.

“So, are you cool with the pics I took the other day for TN Tuesday?” I asked as we walked the long uphill street to my apartment.

“Sure, whatever you‘d be comfortable sharing.”

“You mean me-me or what I’d be comfortable sharing of you?”

“Whatever you‘d be comfortable sharing,” he repeated slower.

Laughter bubbled up in me as I realized he didn’t see his own double subject and I attempted to rephrase my question.

“I don’t share any part of my face [so that’s moot], but you already have, so I don’t know what you’re saying.  Can I share the pics of you with part of your face?”

He sighed in exasperation and said again, “Whatever you want so long as you can’t recognize me.”  Now we’re getting somewhere.

“Ok, except I can recognize you because I know you.  I have no way of being really subjective about it.”  I covered half my face with my hands.  “This works for Batman, though!”  He just rolled his eyes at me and smiled.

I sighed.

“I wish I could write you some program to download to go from Super TN at Work to just TN with Hy.”

He laughed loudly.  “Hy, I don’t think there’s any program that will ever make me understand you.”

I laughed, too.

And that brings me to what I really want to share with you: I can make him laugh.

This serious, data-minded man finds me to be hilarious.  I tickle him, I tease him, I poke fun at his robotic nature and he melts in my hand as he realizes he’s applied genius brain-power to a Tommy Boy-type situation.

What can I say?  I guess I can bring anyone down to my level.  Even a sexy, furry Spock.

TN giggles

Giggles galore. ♥♥♥

[Ed. note: TN Tuesdays is a semi-weekly meme which will share more of The Neighbor with my Internet Boyfriend (aka, readers).  All photos will have his approval before I post them.  He is eager to see what you guys think and has requested that I share any comments.]

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17 thoughts on “He’s a lot like Spock.

  1. Sweet boy. Looking all manly with his sexy beard. You have a special talent for bringing the fun out in all of us my sweet friend. Love and big booby hugs darling.
    -Marian

  2. I love this photo, you captured something great there! I thought you were funny too, and laughed aloud as I read your post. Dear sweet funny Hy, I adore you.

  3. 😀
    I’m on the opposite end of the hirsuteness scale, (I’ve been known to go 4 days sans shaving with no one but my Spice particularly noticing), but despite the obvious anti polarity I have to admit that I empathize with him. I wonder if the Spockness isn’t something that’s one of the few alternatives given to any young man with sensitivity and intelligence who’s grown up in our culture during the last half century or so…

    Part of that empathy MUST include a certain joy on his behalf that he has found you, dear Hy.

    • “Hirsuteness,” eh? I like it. He’s brilliant, I know that. Fraternizing with non-geniuses, like me, is a stretch for him (my strengths lie not in logic, but definitely elsewhere). I imagine it must be frustrating that I refuse to follow the Rules. And he is sensitive. Deeply so, but also secretively.

      Have we met? 🙂

  4. It’s a great feeling to make someone laugh, isn’t it?! And don’t sell yourself short. I’m sure there are plenty of skills of yours that he enjoys. Plus you don’t exactly strike me as a non-genius. The way you write about your life path and manage to get so many people to see bits of themselves in what you write? That certainly is some sort of genius 😉
    XO

  5. Oh Hy!! I think it’s the first time I heard/watched ‘Who’s on first” in its entirety. The only time I’d seen it before was when watching Rain Man… I nearly peed myself laughing 🙂 Thanks for that little gem 🙂

  6. Oh I just love this beautiful image, you can see the bubbles of joy spilling to the surface! & I agree whole heartedly, don’t sell yourself short, you’re his Shakespeare to him being your Einstein.

  7. Hmm…I don’t know. Seems like you were being the literal, literal one here in that dialogue exchange. His acceptance seemed pretty clear enough.

    On a side note: I haven’t been here in awhile. It looks like a new site design. If it is..it looks nice. If not..it still looks nice and forgive my faulty memory.

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