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posted 6/23/2011 12:04:09 AM |
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On the vanilla site a guy recounted what happened to him on the phone today with a woman he had taken out one time, "I asked her how she was doing.....big mistake.....this woman went off on a twenty minute non stop talk."

It reminds me of scenes from the classic TV show All in the Family. Archie would pose a question or succinctly express something to which Edith would then launch off into this long winded boring story that was of no interest to him. It was obvious that he was not interested in hearing it, but she would ramble on and on as shown in these two scenes.

Then there are the people who ramble on without anyone asking a question even when it is obvious that nobody is interested. It is only a conversation when the subject is of interest to both people as illustrated in this scene from one of my favorite flicks.

I have a good friend who is a real great gal, but she doesn't seem to care if the listener is interested in what she is talking about. Sometimes I will be curious about something and want to ask her a question. But I won't. The reason that I don't ask is that I only want the answer to be one or two sentences long, three tops. Getting that answer is not worth the risk of having to endure a long rambling response.

The person I know that is the worst about it is male, a friend that I used to work with. He is a great guy, but is a known cure for insomnia!

Most people I know, men and women, will provide a short answer initially and they look at the other person as they speak. If they pay attention to the listener, they can visually tell if the listener is interested in hearing more.

My friends at the coast used to reside up here. There was one person in the social circle up here that I could not stand. Not only would you get the long winded boring stories but she was loud, obnoxious, and had a voice like Gilbert Gottfried's sister.

One time fueled by too much booze she got particularly bad at a party. People were shaking their heads and rolling eyes to the ceiling. Finally, without waiting for a pause because there wasn't going to one, I just loudly blurted out, "Hey, Karen, you know what good about getting a blow job from you? Five minutes of silence!"

The guys started laughing and she got pissed and left. I got quite a few high fives and the rest of the evening was much more enjoyable for all.

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Jun 23 @ 12:38AM  
I usually tune those types out when they start to rambling. Lifetime experience with a sister who can ramble on about stuff I have no interest in. And yes, she knows when I "tune out" on her.

Jun 23 @ 12:49AM  
oh yeah, i have seen people do this

Jun 23 @ 1:03AM  
There are some long winded men, too.

Jun 23 @ 8:10AM  
I can give anyone a three hour dissertation on tasty cupcakes if you'd like

Jun 23 @ 11:09AM  
I can be rude, that usually get them to shut up!

Jun 23 @ 10:06PM  
I have little patience for people who talk and talk and talk without saying anything of substance. If it is clear that they are oblivious to what they are doing, I have no problem being blunt or just walking away.

It sure is a good thing, that there aren't any gum-flappin' bloggers here at AMD.

Jun 26 @ 7:48AM  
My experience is 50/50. There are a lot of long-winded people out there...and they're not all the same gender.

I usually put up with it the first couple of times. After that...I interrupt and tell them I've got to go somewhere. Sometimes they get it...sometimes they don't.

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