Small talk, well, like with a lot of things I am kind of middle of the road. I can do small talk, sometimes I even enjoy it, but a lot of times I just dread it. It just seems like such a waste of time. Just spill out what you want to say and get it over with. Or don’t, but don’t doddle around talking about the weather when you really want to let me know that I should really *insert whatever it is*. Sigh – but that is not how society works and I can understand that. So, I usually play nice, too, and talk small along. For a little while Or I even start it, so it does not even come to a potentially awkward silence.
What do I say? Oh, I don’t know… how about how great it is that finally spring is here. Have you seen all the wonderful blossoms and that yellow green on the trees? Wonderful, isn’t it? After such a long winter. Another photographer I meet? Lenses, cameras, editing and locations always make for conversation (starters). Endless possibilities. Cars, gardens, sports, oh, and – of course – wait, I am a woman at times 😉 clothes, shoes and purses are great topics, too. Sometimes it is also great to just listen to somebody else talking.
Small Talk is good to take a first step in getting to know someone better or to start a deeper conversation or discussion about something and exploring the territory. But the kind of pleasantries you hear on the phone from ‘customer service’ or rather call center staff – I hate it. Yes, they are pleasantries and the staff is nice, but it is as if they are brainwashed. Hello? You cannot hang up the phone, without either being rude or hearing a whole sermon about how happy they were that I called and complained and asking if there is anything else they can help me with. No, let me hang up! Thanks. But, even then I stay nice, I do. Though you really don’t want to hear the words that are forming in my head in that situation.
Anyways, last time during our coffee chat I told you that I took a long, long video with my Google Glass while being bike riding. I finally cut it. Or should I say chopped it? We rode our bikes for 1:07 h as you can see below and originally all videos together were over 20 minutes, which I cut down to 6. Sorry, still a little long, but – hey, you have got the fast forward button, right? I also spared you the part of the cinder rail trail, because it is really,really boring to watch. Fun to ride relaxed, but boring (not that the rest is much more exciting, but filmed with Google Glass!). I have also increased the speed in a couple of spots, as I am sure you will notice, but you get the picture. It is not really mountain biking, but it is also not sports biking – Endomondo, which I am using to track my workouts, has those two categories, I guess it is somewhere in between.
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