Thursday, May 29, 2014

Talk or Walk...The Dilemma


Considered a connoisseur of conversation by my peers, I feel qualified - or at least unchallenged in my claim that I can basically talk to anyone and everyone.  

Proof for this hypothesis exists!  Just ask the guy at the bank who told me his life story, and why his debit card password was so great - and then told me the password! All this occurred in the time it took to stand in a line with five other people so I could get change for a twenty.  It's possible that the word "dude" and an actual question mark appeared in a bubble above my head.  I think I felt it form.  And so, it shook him up a bit when I told that little fib that I was pretty excited about getting out of federal prison and having a real bank account again.  He did a little nervous laugh before I told him, "Just kidding!"


I hummed the theme from Baretta, just for good measure.

Perhaps I've turned a corner on the conversation issue, however.  Maybe it is time to just walk away from some of the small talk. I still really enjoy hearing someone who is passionate on a topic or really excited about their life - for whatever reason.  New baby, new home, new job? Great conversation starters.  Has something funny or crazy happened to you? Ah, bring it!  I love that. Read an interesting article or book?  Sweet!  I love a good recommendation. Plenty of good stuff to talk about, and I will always take part in a gab-a-thon.

Unfortunately, there's really been a significant rise in the staggering amount of truly boring topics of conversation; the kind that CPR can't fix: 
  • Like kids' soccer or baseball stats...
  • Why Adam Levine dyed his hair blonde...
  • Political minutiae...
  • Local political conspiracy theories...
  • Whether or not you'll get to keep your doctor on Obamacare (don't be that guy)...
  • Who should win American Idol...
  • Who should win The Voice...
  • Any of the deep "ex-files" conversations (about your ex-wife, ex-husband or ex-neighbors)...
  • How your child was wronged IF this same egregious thing happened greater than five times ...
  • Moaning that you don't have a date...
  • Moaning that you do have one...
  • Comparisons of the new Star Trek to the old Star Trek...
  • Odd hobbies...like making fishing flies that look like First Ladies or collecting potato chips that are shaped like jungle animals...
Whew! You can see it is a pretty big list.  I just never stopped to think about it, apparently.  If I dare to go into it any deeper, this whole post may be one of those "no code" conversations...and as the offenders appear to be unaware of the faux pas, I could be already offending right now.  Oh, snap.

4 comments:

  1. Hey, lady - now you're stepping on my toes! I happen to be very proud of my collection of First Lady fishing lures. I'll have you know that I reeled in a 20 pound carp with my Eleanor Roosevelt! :)

    I remember a time when TMI stood for Three Mile Island. :)

    I love your dinosaur illustration! If you're taking requests, I urge you to introduce every post with dino drawings like this one. The Stego is my favorite dinosaur, here cleverly morphed into Stegoboreus. I can't wait to see your Bloggosaurus Wrecks! :)

    Now that my jokes are out of the way and I violated my own rule by using three of these - :), I will say good morning to you, dear Cherdo, and thank you for another entertaining post. I can relate to it because I've encountered people who ramble on and on about topics like these. Invariably my eyes glaze over and I search frantically for an escape route, not unlike the coyote who chews his leg off to free himself from the bear trap.

    Happy Thursday, dear friend!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Shady, dear Shady...I have a dino fixation that I must keep in check, however, I accept your challenge (er, urging) and invite you to be on the lookout for the next reptilian presence.

    Now, I owe you one, too - your comment about Eleanor reminded me of a story about my middle son and his amazing catch (on a Mickey Mouse pole). I feel a blog post coming on...

    Have a wonderful evening, and I'm heading over to the Shady Dell to see what's up!

    Prehistorically yours,
    Cherdo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am relieved to read your reply, dear Cherdo. I was worried that you had unfriended me over my feeble attempts at humor! :)

      Delete

Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo