conversation

Behind the Curtain

Noises Off

I was awoken this morning at 5:30 by two men talking outside my window. I don’t know what they were talking about, but the sound was amplified in the courtyard and was loud enough to wake me. It made me think of the stage direction “Noises off” which […]

Cafe People

People are louder

In my wanderings around the city, I have noticed that people are louder than they used to be. Conversations used to be quiet enough to be heard only by the conversationalists and probably not anyone else. Now it seems that conversations are loud enough to be heard by […]

What’s on first?

I took part in this conversation today in downtown San Jose. I was looking for the pharmacy and saw a young couple having coffee outside a Starbucks. Me:  I’m sorry to disturb you, but I’m looking for Walgreen’s. Young man: Oh yes. (Pointing) It’s first on your left. Young […]

Easy to talk to

I’m easy to talk to. I like to find out about people, what makes them tick. I am quite good at asking open-ended questions that encourage descriptive answers. These, I think, are good characteristics.  What I am finding, though, is that after a “first date” with someone, he nearly always thinks […]

I let her do that

Conversation after a long “get to know you” walk: He:  You don’t always agree with everything I say. That’s refreshing. Me:  Surely other people in your life disagree with you sometimes. What about the people you work with? He:  No. They don’t argue. Me:  Why not? He:  Because […]

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