Conversation Seeker

I don’t know what it is about me that makes people think they can make conversation with me early in the morning. It’s usually older men, or men with obvious social awkwardness.

This morning I was on the 2 train heading to Penn Station. A few stops into my ride, a man sits next to me. He’s what we call an “FOB” (Fresh Off the Boat) and was carrying an electric guitar & mic stand. As soon as he sat down he smiled a dorky smile & said “Good morning”. Not being rude, I gave him a partial smile & “morning”. I could tell he wanted to make small talk. Sure enough he looks at me and says “Que bueno ese airecito” (“How good is that bit of air”), referring the AC blasting in the car. I half smiled but didn’t make eye contact. I could feel him looking at me, either waiting for me to say something or trying to figure out what to say. I just keep to myself & avoided looking in his direction. I’m sorry, but 8:30am on a Sunday morning is just too early to try to talk to me.

Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences.

9 responses to “Conversation Seeker

    • You can be nice & not be creepy. Also be aware of people’s body language. If I wanted to talk to him, I would’ve faced him, not turn the opposite direction.

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