I went on a date with a guy tonight who, while he did buy me a very nice filet mignon (good job guy!), said I was "intense" several times. I finally asked him what he meant by "intense," because I just can't tell what that means. Is it good? Is it bad? Does it bring to mind the dreaded "intimidating"? I must have scared him with my tirade because he called me right as I got home and read me the definition from the dictionary and said he didn't want me to think he meant anything bad by it. He said "I just mean that I can tell you're going to be hard to keep up with." Which reminded me that once AmbImb called me a "blogging bundle of energy." I guess I probably am both "energetic" and "intense." But, I'd rather just be me and have someone know right up front who I am and what they're getting into, than to hide under a false personality and finally, in like a year, my real self just comes tumbling out and scares the living shit out of the poor guy! In other news, this was the second date and no kiss -- I'm starting to get the "you'd be a great FRIEND" vibe. Interesting.
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin intensus, from past participle of intendere to stretch out
1 a : existing in an extreme degree
2 : marked by or expressive of great zeal, energy, determination, or concentration <intense effort>
3 a : exhibiting strong feeling or earnestness of purpose