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12 February 2019 @ 05:34 am
Thank God I’m a city boy  
City polite versus country polite

Thanx to [personal profile] andrewducker
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Elenbarathi: Jessadriel_2016elenbarathi on February 12th, 2019 02:47 pm (UTC)
"Now, going back home, to small town Nor Cal, yeah, I don’t want to be rude, I’m gonna stop and say hi, I’m gonna ask about your family, I’m gonna rack my brain and remember that you had a sick cat or a trip you were trying to take or an interest in boats, and I’m gonna ask about that shit, fuck yeah tell me about how the tomatoes are coming in this year, I hear the birds are worse than ever."

This is my life. Everybody's neighbors, just by living here - or if they don't live here, they're tourists, upon whom much of our local economy depends - so there's a big social expectation of idle chit-chat for the sake of community bonding. The easiest way to deal with that is to get the other person to do most of the talking for the prescribed amount of conversation time.