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Mon, 26 Jan 2004
The Boston Syndrome

And while I'm busy making unsupported generalizations, I've been developing a theory about living in Boston. It goes like this: the longer you live here, the more you treat conversation as "an opportunity for a loud rambling monologues that bear no interruption on the part of my victim".

I'll talk to someone who just moved here, and I'll be like, "Hey, that was a nice conversation I just had." Then I'll talk to someone who's been living here for years and they will just go on and on at maximum volume, ignoring my desperate interruptions and completely overriding anything I try to say until, n minutes later, they finally pause for breath. Then I'll try to say something and before the third word is out of my mouth, they're off again about some other tangentially related topic, leaving me to struggle like a fly transfixed on the needle of their cold steel wit.

I know this isn't a strictly Boston-area thing, but I've definitely noticed a correlation between the length of time you've lived here and your tendency to treat people as empty buckets that need filling.

Posted at 11:50 | trackback | 2 comments | back


Re: The Boston Syndrome
wrote on Tue, 27 Jan 2004 10:05

fine, see if I keep talking to you

Re: The Boston Syndrome
Danielle wrote on Tue, 03 Feb 2004 09:30

I would further like to add that we invite William to things and he doesn't come. Like the Super Bowl party.


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