I’m waiting in line at Trader Joe’s while the checkout guy engages the woman in front of me in a conversation about her groceries, her occupation, where she went to school . . . it’s not even a particularly long conversation in terms of elapsed time . . . the guy just talks so fast that he’s able to cover a lot of ground.
Personally, I don’t like conversing with service personnel unless they’re attractive women, and even then I don’t like it that much.
OK, my turn. The first item out of the basket is a package of dog chews.
“What kind of dog do you have,” the guy asks.
I decide to try a little verbal jiu jitsu and say “We don’t have a dog. You ever try those things? They’re really good.”
It doesn’t even slow him down.
“Do they clean your teeth?” he asks. “I bet they do. We’ve got ’em in mint flavor, you know . . .”