Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What is acceptable subway conversation?

At lunch today we were discussing Metro conversation, and what constitutes acceptable chatter.

OK:
Ask about something the person is wearing (hopefully in flattery), asking for directions, comments about how someone just made it onto a train, or about faults in service (slow train, hot train, crowded train, etc.). If these conversations turn into greater ones, that's fine.

Not OK:
Just about anything else, especially comments about religion, work, kids, etc. that seemingly come out of nowhere. It's not cool to involve people in your personal life out of the blue.
Now, these rules are general. Me, I like talking with people and learning about what makes them tick. As long as you know when to shut up (like after 18 minutes of yammering) or when I'm done talking to you because I'm tired / in a bad mood, we're fine. Let's chat about your tattoo, or your child's addiction to video games, or the book you're reading. You have my full attention for the next two stops, because that's when I get off.

1 comment:

shesthesheriff said...

How about a separate blog about those special fellows, usually 10 out of every 10,000 subway passengers, who feel the need to address the rest of the passengers with loud and awkward social commentary.

"How come people don't TALK to each other any more?!"