Or Why Are All Grad Students Such Social Retards
Or Is It Just Me or Does Noone Understand Verbal Communication Anymore
Elevator-talk. At its best.
He: Been losing weight? You look kinda scrawny.
(He calls a girl scrawny! Scrawny!Has he ever spoken to a girl? Like ever?)
She (blushing and giggling a little): Yeah, I've lost weight recently.
He: Why's that? You in love? Or something?
(One finally decided he was being funny and one empathized muchly with his family)
She: With you?
(Honestly, I think she was being serious. She sounded serious. And looked a little confused.)
He (baffled pause later): No, no. Umm. Just generally. Like with someone. Else.
She: Umm no.
He (after 10 heartbeats. I counted): Yeah. I was just kidding. Kinda.
Me: You've *gotta* be kidding me! (in my head only. Though maybe I should have said something. Tips on How To Talk to People)