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Joined: 5/13/2006
Msg: 2
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Get him to go to an open mike night, he may get his fill.

Don't know that you can do anything, hon just sounds like he has a high need for attention. Other than slipping a little Valium in his Pepsi (just JOKING) if that's how he is, that's just how he is. You could try ignoring him but doubt that'd work.
Joined: 10/16/2005
Msg: 4
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Posted: 7/26/2009 6:10:11 PM
AFL - boy do I know this one, from dating guys with outgoing personalities to dating a comedian and a few guys in the entertainment does get old. I have an ex who was the youngest of 9 children. For us to do anything without a group of people was foreign to him - he hated to be in his car alone. He just wasn't used to that much solitude.

I always figured they felt they weren't worthy unless they were constantly trying to make someone laugh, entertain, whatever - part of it is they may be convinced that people just won't like who they are sans the tricks and jokes. Some people can't sit and blend in a room...for some reason it bothers them. I work in a public business too, but when my job's done I like to blend and go unnoticed at my convenience.

Some people have deafening silence when they just sit with their thoughts, and they can't manage it. A lot of people in the field I work in use jokes and that superficial social attitude to cope with whatever issues they have, which is what lead them to their careers to begin with...looking for acceptance.

I hate to say it, but at this point in his life - it may be too ingrained to get to the bottom of, and he may not want you to, or want to deal with himself any other way.
Joined: 9/12/2007
Msg: 5
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Posted: 7/26/2009 6:11:32 PM
Ohhhhhh my girl friend I have a 13 yr old son A LOT like that... ADD... His half brother from dad has full on ADHD, which sounds like your guy.

For some of these people as kids it got them unending attention and laughs, and they just keep it up into adulthood, because they LOVE the attention. and seem totally clueless to the fact that other people are bored, and annoyed with there unending attention seeking.

Ignoring them NEVER works, because they just get louder.

What I learned is to JOIN them... Now you are probably like me, where you are completely happy if the only thing a person notices is your hair, dress, or cute dog you hope hurries up and grows so people will stop stopping you, to tell you how cute the dog is..

I don't know what gets you wired and loose, but the next time you plan on a dinner and home movie, get yourself wired, and I mean to the max, where you are cracking yourself up. Get jokes, and little diddies, as well as small songs to sing... During the movie find NON stop ways to narrate, laugh so loud the TV can't be heard, tell a couple wompers that you saved during an intense part...

He probably will NOT be amused... Hopefully what ever you choose to wire yourself up with, will have burned off, then say, this is how you are hun, and I love, Ohhhh I so love you, but when it is nonstop it is exhausting...

I have done this with my son, so he knows that he doesn't have to entertain 24/7 which IS his personality... I certainly don't want to make him feel his is being stunted, but I want him to know there is a time to tone it down, because our house is not 24/7 comedy central...

I do have to say at 63, it may take a couple times, long time to have been an unending comedian.

Good luck....
Joined: 9/3/2007
Msg: 6
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Posted: 7/26/2009 6:32:26 PM
afashionlady....if it wasn't for his age, I'd think you were dating my ex!!

Funny part is, I was the waitress he was talking to and telling jokes to when I met him. I thought they were just for me! Nope, it never changed...every waitress or waiter, in every restaurant, in every town...well you get the idea! No matter where we went, or what the social situation, he was always "on". It never changed in twenty five years.
Even when I tried to explain to him that as a waitress, when a guy is with a woman and hits on you, all you think is "scumbag".

I believe, and I know with my ex, it's not a need for attention. It is a deep feeling of insecurity. (Confirmed by psychologicals during our divorce.) They just want so desperately for people to like them that they can't help themselves. The sad part is that it usually backfires big time. If they could just relax and be themselves they would be just fine. Unfortunately, they just can't.

He won't change...guaranteed. And if it bothers you now, it will bother you even more as time goes on. (Valium will be the least you will consider!!)
Joined: 8/2/2008
Msg: 7
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Posted: 7/26/2009 6:47:37 PM
Fashion Lady, I dont think you can get him to turn off, at least easily. People like that, in my experience, are looking for validation, to show they can contribute, even if it is on a superficial level. For me there is a time and a place for everything, and lines can be crossed. In a way he is "flirting" with these other people, looking for their adoration and attention as in "Oh, did you do that, that's really would either of you like coffee, or should I just bring the check?" Waitresses are working for tips....but he likely forgets that.

Does he ever just talk sweetly, intimately or intensely on any type of serious matter? I wouldnt mind someone trying to be entertaining, but if they could never take a moment to be serious when it mattered, that would be a problem for me.

Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks, but as long as he is getting positive responses from whatever audience he commands, I doubt you will get him to "roll over" or "play dead".
Joined: 2/20/2008
Msg: 8
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Posted: 7/26/2009 7:43:45 PM
I'm sure I read somewhere that Jim Carey's ex-wife said about their divorce that he was 'Jim Carey' all the time. ALL the time. It never turns off. She tired of it. I feel your frustration! Fun is fun and has it's place, but also having a serious side is important enough for me that I look for it first. Rapid-fire-snappy-one-liner personalities wear on me quickly.
Joined: 9/12/2007
Msg: 11
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Posted: 7/26/2009 8:16:40 PM
Girl friend as I said, sometimes the best thing to do is JOIN HIM. He may enjoy it, or he may be annoyed that he has competition, LOL my son gets annoyed when he's in one of his hour long shtick.

Some times the very thing that draws two people together, are the very thing that drives each other apart. There is nothing wrong with balance, and if a person wants to know whether the other person HAS some balance, then it is about getting to know each other.

My SO and I have very different senses of humor. We went to the Transformer movie, and he would burst out into hard laughing, when nobody else was... LOL, I had to laugh, just because I was not finding what he found really funny, as funny.

Of course there are things about me that drives him bonkers, like I will listen to the tv while on the computer.

I don't get the impression you are trying to CHANGE the guy, but rather figure if he is doing these things for some purpose or reason, and if he will tone it down once he gets comfortable with you two's relationship.

I've been with my SO for a year yesterday, and we are still learning things about each other, and deciding if it is something that we can or can't live with for life... At this point we have decided that there isn't anything so extreme of the other that we can't work to find balance.

Good luck hun,

Joined: 10/16/2005
Msg: 12
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Posted: 7/26/2009 8:29:46 PM

Like, for me, weight is a big thing. In fact a critical factor, in terms of being interested or getting involved. If I, despite my self-knowledge about what does and doesn't attract me, chose to date someone who is "a few extra pounds, it wouldn't be reasonable nor fair for me to complain later that she is overweight.

Yeah I gotta comment on this...

It's easy to know about a person's weight in the beginning...this type of thing isn't so obvious at first...while dating you may not realize someone is entertaining anything that breathes while they are conscious on an ongoing basis for a lot of reasons, not the least of which are that you don't spend every waking moment together in the beginning, so while you enjoy it as part of their personality, you truly just don't know how deep it runs until you're around a while and that day comes where it all falls into place. Another thing is that people like this are somewhat aware they do this and try to tone it down or hide it to some extent until they're sure you're staying around for a while. They are more comfortable being themselves over time and it's more apparent to you further in....
Joined: 9/12/2007
Msg: 13
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Posted: 7/26/2009 8:35:30 PM
If it came across as boorish and obnoxious, it's quite another. It's a fine line, but that's something you determine right away, before getting involved.
It doesn't seem like the man was this way when they first got together, he was funny, but not to the point of overwhelming. Therefore she is wondering IF this is the real him, and he may have a "tone down button", which isn't a negative to me.

I don't see her complaining, some much as she is describing something that MAY be intolerable if he is this way all the time.

I gave her a POSSIBLE suggestion, because sometimes people don't realize that being on 24/7 is exhausting. Maybe he feels he needs to be that way, since that is what he may think is what attracted him to her. Shes 20 yrs younger, and maybe he feels the best thing that has happened to him... Is that bad???

I also don't get the impression she MINDS that he is funny, but it is exhausting when it is non stop.

As I said, I have a son who is a non stop comedian, however I need to let him know that him being on constantly is hard to deal with when there are times when quiet is golden, IE: like when we are watching a movie.

Ren, who pissed in your wheaties today??? J/K you know I love ya....
Joined: 2/11/2008
Msg: 14
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Posted: 7/26/2009 8:35:32 PM
I wouldn't date him, I like to keep it simple. I really dislike men who annoy the hell out of service staff just to get attention, it's rude, childish and shows a whole suitcase full of issues. No thanks, buh-bye
Joined: 1/1/2009
Msg: 15
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Posted: 7/26/2009 8:39:38 PM
I haven't read all the responses, so this may have been brought up.

I think it's about being able to be in control. Let's say someone is insecure as a kid and others are laughing at him/her for something. That increases the insecurity. Now, they suddenly do something funny in purpose and find that they are no longer the victim, but they can control the laughter. People are no longer laughing at them, but with them.

It's a tool to keep people away from the softer inside. It's an easy way to hide who they really are. The role of the joker is one that has served them well all of their life and it keeps them from getting hurt. They're in control of the attention or laughs. They can direct and re-direct the attention, instead of being the 'victim' of unwanted attention. This allows him to keep people away from the real person that he is.

I don't know him and don't know if this fits. It's just my theory based on some 'jokers' that I knew.
Joined: 1/4/2007
Msg: 16
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Posted: 7/26/2009 8:44:32 PM
He is who he is and sounds some what harmless. Regardless, he is being very rude to the company he's with at time's...
Joined: 11/26/2008
Msg: 17
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Posted: 7/26/2009 9:09:00 PM
Not my type of guy...I'd run!
Joined: 7/18/2009
Msg: 18
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Posted: 7/26/2009 9:11:56 PM
OMG! Been there, 12 years ago. Just re-entering the dating scene after the end of a 14 year marriage. IMO they NEED to be the centre of attention. My guess is this is the case here. If I may also be so bold as to say... you come across to me as a vivacious lady that people are drawn towards. Another thought along those lines is perhaps he is so proud to be on YOUR arm that he wants to bring attention to the fact that you are his, woman. Food for thought!! Oh, me and the guy...didn't work out! surprize, surprize. His antics would even embarass my young daughter into asking, "Mom, does --- have to be here when my friends come over? Hate to say it but the end is near, but you already knew that. ON is exhausting and we do want to conserve as mush energy as possible these days! On the upside, you couldn't be in a bettter place...look at all the fishes swimming all around you:)
Joined: 9/12/2007
Msg: 19
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Posted: 7/26/2009 11:57:15 PM

Nextthyme, I like the OP in other threads, but this whole process of wanting someone to change from what was known about him all along is annoying.

Oh shug I know, it is (and I so hate the redundancy of this) that men do the same thing.

For some men they want the woman they met that dressed sexy to all of the sudden cover up, because God forbid another man may ogle at his woman. Then of course there are those that want the person to NOT drink, OR are told that this person has a certain ailment, and a year or so down the road he's complaining how overwhelming it is that she has this illness.

It wasn't a surprise, because this was talked about straight up, but it still can be an issue.

I remember going put twice with someone I knew from Jr High. He told me after the 2nd date that I was NOT going to be wearing make up crap, and that I was not going to be miss fashion plate... WTF??? I have been paying my way for most of my adult life, make sure that I have my bills paid, and in fact have learned to make my budget stretch in ways a lot of people can't, or wouldn't dream of...

So I was just supposed to stop wearing make up, and stop wearing clothes I liked... Later days dude...

My point, I get what you are saying, however since I have seen many of the OP's posts, I don't get the impression she is out to change this guy. Perhaps see if this is how he is from now on, or if there is a tone it down knob, other wise she will have to decide whether he's worth it.

some times people mistake others of trying to change them, when in reality they are on;y trying to understand them... A least that is my take, and how I view things...
Joined: 10/21/2007
Msg: 20
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Posted: 7/27/2009 12:34:10 AM
RenaissanceMan1950, IF AFL had said that he was always like this in the beginning I could understand your reaction. However she has tried to clarify it - more than once.

"The funny (ironic, not haha) thing is that when he approached me originally, he was not like that. And he's not always like that but I guess I just don't see the reason for constantly trying to entertain your date."

"we've been dating for about 2 months now. The first date--nope, he didn't do that at all."

She also tells us that he used to be a stock broker and sells real estate. If he's successful in either field I'm pretty sure that he knows very well how to control the routine. I don't think too many people are going to respect a business person that can't control himself.

It looks to me as though you are transferring some of your frustration with women that don't respect you for being honest onto AFL. While you have a very valid reason to be frustrated, her situation is not the same as yours.

Anyhoo, in a good relationship there are times for give and take - which only works if you respect each other. If everything is just about making one partner happy, the other is going to suffer.
Joined: 4/26/2009
Msg: 21
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Posted: 7/27/2009 12:41:59 AM
He sounds rather childish but more to the point, If you dont like who he is.... leave.
Joined: 2/3/2006
Msg: 23
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Posted: 7/27/2009 7:50:28 AM
A lil "overly friendly" to everybody? I would probably not jive with that personality type either....if he doesn't know how to flip the entertaining switch off that could probably be quite annoying to the person he is spending the most time with...
Guess you gotta evaluate whether you are compatible now...guess you gotta be a real people love too and admire the attention he is giving others but it would be natural to need some attention from him too
Joined: 1/7/2009
Msg: 24
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Posted: 7/27/2009 7:58:38 AM
OP: I personally would not date someone like him. It is a BIG TURN-OFF. If this is his personality, you either accept it or move on - you shouldn't want to change a person.

There's always the Ringling Bros & Barnum Bailey that he could very well join! :O)


Joined: 1/1/2009
Msg: 25
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Posted: 7/27/2009 8:26:44 AM
what I wrot ein my earlier post would also fit with him not being that way at the beginning.

When you met he was 'safe'. You didn't know each other, there was no pressure to get deeper, it was more likely to be somewhat superficial. The more people get to know each other the more they shed their layers and let the other get to know them. That's when it gets scary for him. So, the more he has the desire to open up to you, the more he compensates with exterior things, joking, turning attention towards other people etc. He's scared of getting hurt and it's a defense mechanism.

Of course I can be wrong and this doesn't fit at all for him. That's for you to see.

I would suggest for you guys to do some things that only involve you both, but without the pressure of being home alone. Maybe a picnic in a quiet space, where there aren't any other people. Maybe a hike in a quiet park. Somewhere where he can't divert the attention and pull other people into the conversation, but where he also isn't under pressure of having to open up. That's when he may let go of that defense voluntarily.
Joined: 5/16/2009
Msg: 26
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Posted: 7/27/2009 8:32:03 AM
Some people are attention whores, some people are wallflowers. It takes all types.
Joined: 9/12/2007
Msg: 31
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Posted: 7/27/2009 5:24:19 PM

Your date seems to suffer from really low self esteem, don't let he's so called outgoing personality fool you because from my experience anything that's OVER done normally requires 'something' to be UNDONE....that 'something' could just as well be a constant need for reassurance. It's tiring and takes an enormous amount of energy to be with someone like that.

Arabianangel, this really is an absolute stellar point... My son is small in stature, so as the "little guy, who's oh so fun to mess with", his armor is his sense of humor. He can't beat the jocks, and being a brainiac isn't all that hot at 13, so to deflect the entertainment OTHER get out of picking at him for his size, he takes on the entertainer role... It is also part of his personality, however I think you really hit on something when you said when it's over the top.

My son is still finding himself, and I am sure will survive with out over whelming women with unend shticks... It makes a lot of sense when someone feels they have to compensate for something that has made them feel like they have something less than others seem to want...

Great point...
Joined: 4/24/2007
Msg: 33
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Posted: 7/28/2009 7:51:45 AM
If this is newly emerging behaviour... or an amplification of who he usually is (which seems to be what you've indicated)... look for what might be causing it. You've mentioned he's watching the RE market slide. It occurs to me his days might be a bit blech right now and so going out with you represents a significant "high spot" for his day which might make him be a bit more 'on' than normal. Oddly enough, it might just be the euphoria of being with you AFL.

It also occurs to me, he might be feeling a bit down or insecure on the inside because of his current work situation and works up more of an 'act' to compensate for it. Given the possible interior landscape, he might be worried he'd be a real drag to be with otherwise. Kind of like "I'm laughing because the alternative is to cry" (well, the man card equivalent of that).
Joined: 2/4/2006
Msg: 34
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Posted: 7/29/2009 6:31:56 AM
Two things. My father was this way, it mortified me as a child/teen. Now, I don't know that he was into the silliness that you have described with the glass on the head, but the rest of it, the shameless flirting and talking to people, yup, that was my dad.

Guess what, that's me AND my kids. Something I noticed a few years ago, and something that I did recognize about my father as well, we get better service anywhere we go, people will break company rules to help us out, they may roll their eyes but most people in service jobs in particular are talked AT all day long, and people tend to like you even if they think you are too forward. I think if you asked him to chill and he didn't, I might have just gotten up and said, I thought I was with you, not everyone in the building and walked outside. No scene, just make it clear you've really had enough. My dad was one who more than occasionally didn't know when to stop. I don't think they mean to.

What is more strange is your comment about him not turning it off when you two are alone, that would strike me as a total inablity to deal with whether you really like him. I think mom's right on this one and depending on how long you are dating, will this continue to wear? I know there are worse things but bottom line it would mean constant ego stroking.
Joined: 3/1/2009
Msg: 35
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Posted: 7/29/2009 12:22:14 PM
Op, a person who is 'on' is not focused on an audience -- you or anyone else -- other than to make sure he's holding their attention. He's focused on himself, experiencing and stroking himself. Even at home, you are an audience so he doesn't feel weird being that way with no one else present.

If he is not engaging in normal conversations with you, there is no connection really, other than as an audience, in my opinion. The age difference is more in line with a father/daughter image, anyway.

If he ignores you on outings and dates, in favour of whoever else is present, it is not a date; it is an opportunity to scream to a new audience, "Look at MEEEEEEEE!".

What you do about this is up to you, but if you can look at it from the outside, I think you will know what you have, and don't have, in terms of a 'relationship'.

My condolences.
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