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World of Warcraft: "Dammit Greg"
Posted: Thursday June 24th, 2010 by

I'm not sure what brought this issue up for Stormy but she laid it out plainly. And I saw no need to rebut or disagree. The ugly truth of things is that I have been in so many conversations like this, I can't help but to relate. I'm a southern boy though. Cutting someone off mid sentence is just more rude than I can really tolerate. So I let a person drone on, waiting for the moment I can drop the strong hint to wrap it up.

And I'll give "Greg" this much, as least he stopped long enough to let the other guy get a few words in. I get grumpy waiting patiently for someone to include me in the conversation, when they stop just long enough to indicate they are going to let you speak, but continue rambling on before you get a second syllable out. I start dreaming up physical acts of intervention when there is a third person in the conversation and the two of them keep going back and forth, sometimes speaking over each other, never allowing the non-rude one to have a say. And by the time they do clam up, whatever talking points I had are now several minutes past relevant.

The primary culprits of these kinds of one sided conversations I've experienced thus far are "fan boys". Console, game, class, it doesn't matter. They just seem to seize any opening to explain every aspect of their point of fixation. I've worked tables at conventions where someone will come up to meet me, ask me one question, and before the answer is fully out they launch into a 30 minute diatribe about this game or that character build. Don't get me wrong, I love talking with fans. But it's not really "talking with fans" if I don't get to say anything.

So if you ever bump into me, and you suddenly realize I'm doodling while you jabber... take it as a sign that I haven't been listening to you for at least the last 5 minutes.

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