Question of the Day

Indirectly suggested by Nik E. Poo via email: When was the last time you struck up what turned out to be a great conversation with a stranger?

The last time for me would be just the weekend before last, when Mr. Shakes and I went to the USA-Brazil football match in Chicago. The whole extended group met up beforehand at a local pub that does a Sunday brunch, and we ended up sitting next to a superbly nice couple with whom we just chatted away effortlessly and had a good few laughs. Mr. Shakes and I (in case it isn't yet evident, ha) can amuse each other pretty much all the time, so if we're "alone" in a big group, we hardly notice—but we like to end up talking to other people, and frequently do.

On my own, I was recently on my way home on the train when I was seated beside a young woman who was feeling chatty. We had a great conversation about education and politics and who all knows what else, which I enjoyed greatly and which irritated Mr. Shakes, who was bored out of his gourd, stuck in another seat with someone grim and elbowy because the train was packed when we embarked.

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