November 09, 2004

I Passed

I had a very nice time last night with my friends. It's a group that used to spend a lot more time together in years gone by. But....I left the company, my old boss left the company, and then my friend T was laid off. We all got so busy in our lives that we almost drifted apart.

I say almost because I won't cut the ties. I'm always calling and leaving voicemails or dropping The Dude an email - keeping everyone up on whats going on in everyone elses lives. I make sure that they all know I think of them or have a laugh to share over something that strikes a memory. I think that sort of thing is important.

Anyway - it was so much fun. Much laughter all around. We did the whole "remember when" thing and even told some stories that some hadn't heard.

I used to work for The Dude. T was the buyer for my largest account. She and I hit it off right away. T met C and started dating. I went on their first couple of dates, and actually lived with them for a while a few years ago. There were a few stories the Dude didn't know about from when I worked for him. Hee! Let's just say, it's a good thing I didn't bring my life into my job. I'd have been in real trouble.

They talked about golf (all of them are obsessed with the game), football (you know where I fall there) and general business conditions (you can't get a couple of buyers, a couple of sales people and an Operations guy at the same table with out a least touching on that). It was grand.

Not once did we talk about politics or anything of any real import (well, except football of course). We did talk about the Military, but that's because T mentioned I adopted some soliders and that I was fairly active in supporting our troops.

On the way home T tells me how proud she was of me. I only talked about work when asked directly. Yet....I was an active participant. Her comment was "I was so proud of actually made small talk!"

If she only knew how many blogs I read to pull that one off! ;-)

But that's exactly what I did. I popped around the blogsphere and found a plethera of topics to choose from. Damn, I love this place.

The interesting thing is that so many of the comments left in my "small talk" post yesterday said the same thing I say. "Oh I'm so bad at small talk". Well, I'm gonna have to call bullshit. On all of us. Unless you only blog about one single topic you are good at small talk. It's blogging out loud.

Very cool.

So, as I'm being told how well I did I smile and think if she only knew. Now that I've figured this out, I may be unstoppable!! The social scene here in Orlando won't know what hit 'em.

Posted by Tammi at November 9, 2004 07:03 AM

We must have different definitions of small talk then.

I know you people, so I don't have to worry about small talk.

Small talk to me is talking to people that you don't really know well and trying to make general conversation to pass the time away.

Posted by: Machelle at November 9, 2004 10:56 AM

I thought that talking about the weather was "small talk". Then I married a farmer.

Posted by: Karen at November 9, 2004 12:06 PM