I have an in-progress ranking of situations that make me want to fast-forward my slow march into oblivion. Before yesterday, speaking to customer service fell somewhere between getting pantsed in public and having to walk toward a passing acquaintance from opposite ends of a deserted hallway, unable to decipher when to acknowledge the other person. … More Good Customer Service Or In A Simulation?
Given the number of articles on how to sustain light conversation, talking to people seems like an overwhelmingly unpopular and occasionally excruciating custom that doesn’t come naturally to most. You’d think that if so many people hate small talk, we could just do away with the practice entirely, but apparently getting rid of things that … More The Awkward Person’s Guide to Making Conversation
“Where are your parents?” Before I can open my mouth to answer, a bouquet of roses—red, white, and, most importantly, free—is tossed into my unprepared arms. I fumble the catch but manage to keep from dropping the flowers on concrete. Whirling about myself, I am lost in a dizzying sea of booming small talk and … More desperate times call for desperate measures