chuck was in the corner talking to an acquaintance on saturday night. the conversation lasted three, four songs, and when he came back he brought a new trick.
the guy had leaned in to talk to him, and right before the guy began speaking, he put his finger into chuck's ear and poked his tragus so it was covering his ear canal -- literally plugging chuck's ear for him.
on one hand, this was the kind act of a man who understands the science involved with loud music, loud voice and ear hair. on the other hand, dude just put his finger into chuck's ear.
if chuck were to do this to me, for instance, it would seem normal. chuck has also pulled things from my nose and once popped a pretty nasty burn blister on my thumb that was beginning to look like its own ecosystem. likewise, i would have no problem sticking my finger in chuck's ear. in fact, that is exactly why i bought him a couple of drinks: to loosen him up so i could stick my finger in his ear.
chuck wasn't bothered by it. he thought it was a kind gesture, although he agreed that he probably could have plugged his own ear. me? i think its dirty.