If you catch me when Iím grumpy and tired, as I was today, you get a whole different person. I might tell you what I really think of you. If youíre the Boss, that could get me in trouble. But youíre either so surprised that I insulted you that you donít know what to say, or youíre so oblivious that you donít realize what I said.
On the extremely other hand, if youíre the insurance agent and I usually donít give you the time of day (if I can help it), you might be surprised when you call and I start cracking jokes with you. You donít need to know that this is what I do when Iím punchy from lack of sleep (or drunk, which was definitely not the case today). All you need to know is that I have this charming side to my personality, and then you can maybe treat me a little better the next time I need something from you. Thanking you in advance, and all.
If youíre an inanimate object, I might have tripped over you today. If youíre something I tried to pick up, I probably dropped you. If you were my water glass, sitting next to me on my TV table, you already know that I knocked you over and spilled your contents all over four remotes. If youíre the wall, Iím sorry I punched you.