this will show a lot about my self esteem, but--that people actually like me. I cannot prove this. they cannot prove this. (at least, not to me.) while they do spend time with me, often voluntarily, there are all kinds of benefits, both tangible and not, accrued from this. I have to take this on faith, because if they said they didn't like me, they'd no longer get said benefits.
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"