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Affectations, I have many. Mostly of speech. And usually for a reason, that reason being a reference to something known only to me that I find amusing.

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Had a conversation yesterday about being the sort of person that attracts strangers on trains, people wanting to tell you their stories.

The protagonist in Overtaken by Alexei Sayle notices that after a tragedy in his own life, he seems unable to avoid people (taxi drivers mostly) wanting to tell him the most tragic and woeful things about their lives. But it's Alexei Sayle, so it seems it's there as a driver for good jokes than a statement about anything. Or I have missed something.

It occurs to me that this doesn't happen to me now. Wandering up to someone in a mobility scooter/using a cane/whatever to tell them your woes is probably too much for even the most self absorbed. In fact, I think people are a bit nervous that I might have a story *I* want to tell.

Which also makes me think Alexei Sayle has it dead wrong about what happens to his protagonist. People who want to unburden to strangers choose people who look sympathetic, not carrying huge burdens of their own.

Curiously, one of the folk I was chatting to found it dropped off for them after they did training in suicide prevention/telephone counselling.

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New swimdress doesn't fit. Again with the crazy bustline issues! :/

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bookgirlwa
Jan. 11th, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
"Wandering up to someone in a mobility scooter/using a cane/whatever to tell them your woes is probably too much for even the most self absorbed."

Oh I WISH!!!! Never has stopped people from bailing ME up and telling me all their woes - what are you doing that I'm not?
splodgenoodles
Jan. 16th, 2013 08:50 am (UTC)
That's interesting. Maybe I've just developed a seriously cranky expression. Oh dear...now I'm all insecure...
liddle_oldman
Jan. 11th, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
You have a crazy bustline?
splodgenoodles
Jan. 12th, 2013 01:09 am (UTC)
Absolutely. Mad as a cut snake and with no organisational skills whatsoever. It's all over the place.
liddle_oldman
Jan. 12th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
Well, then, I can see why you would want it firmly restrained...
dragonsally
Jan. 12th, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
I'm imagining your breasts jiggling around and laughing manically at everything. Maybe THAT is why people aren't telling you their life stories anymore?

splodgenoodles
Jan. 12th, 2013 06:47 am (UTC)
Well it's hard for me to here them over the heckling of Statler and Waldorf down there.
gillpolack
Jan. 12th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)
As I get older and grumpier fewer people tell me their life stories. It's not nearly as intrusive as it used to be.

I still get friends supposedly come round to see how I am who then pour their woes on my shoulders, but that's force of habit, I think.
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