January 25, 2011
Clara and I had a great winding, rambling conversation tonight. It was all over the map. We talked about movies (Eastern Promises and The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes) and television (Hawaii Five-O and Zen), horrible commercials (please no more car commercials) and online media players (what do you mean once I start it I can’t stop), old friends and family and car troubles and so many other things. It was exactly the kind of conversation I like to have. Something that rambles and moves around a lot, but really covers the important stuff. A conversation that requires a lot of thought and trust between the participants.
Clara and I talked about conversation styles the last time we saw each other. She mentioned people who can not be interrupted even to be asked to clarify something. To me that’s not a conversation, that’s monologue-ing. Which is fine by me, as long as I know about it in advanced.
Another kind of person is one who only has one topic of conversation. Always the same one and it’s usually a rant of some kind. I have moments like this from time to time but I do try to stay positive once I get the vitriol out. Sometimes it’s really hard work but I do try.
Personally I like a more eclectic, “give and take” conversational style. And I’m perfectly willing to pick up and put down topics of conversation as necessary.
Which is why I enjoy conversations with Clara so much.