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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    not orthodox. the services are basically the same.
    There are always unique elements to draw from, even in churches where most things are the same service to service. Look at the people around, what is the day like outside, comment on how nice someone looks etc. If you can take some time to notice these types of details during a service you may not feel as lost when a chit-chat moment arises.

    My mother-in-law always says you should read the newspaper before you attend a party (or other social gathering). What she means is that you'll have some common ground to start a conversation from and talk knowledgeably (at least a little) about current events. So, check out the headlines, check the weather forecast, stuff like that.

    Seems pretty pre-planned, but there you go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    How to get around small talk without looking like a complete dick.
    I do this by trying to look like a transvaginal mesh. It's worked so far. People avoid talking to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet View Post
    I avoid this by trying to look like a transvaginal mesh. It's worked so far. People avoid talking to me.
    how do you did that?
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    how do you did that?
    I walk around with gauze on my face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet View Post
    I walk around with gauze on my face.
    globs or wrapped?
    In no likes experiment.

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    i dunno what else to say so

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    Quote Originally Posted by prplchknz View Post
    globs or wrapped?
    Wrapped, of course. Sometimes, double-wrapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet View Post
    Wrapped, of course. Sometimes, double-wrapped.
    do you have a face bleeding disease?
    In no likes experiment.

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    i dunno what else to say so

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    i did the smoking thing too. it's a wonderful excuse to get out of a place. also, a good way to meet other people. it's socially acceptable to ask for a lighter then talk to that stranger, and socially acceptable to remove yourself from most situations.

    it's sad that the vice is so socially convenient...

    i think i'm just going to start going with "sorry, i don't want to talk right now". why can't people just leave me alone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    Once the chit-chat peters a bit, it is perfectly acceptable to excuse yourself to get a cup of tea, talk to someone else who you "should" talk to, or go back and help a family member with something. "Oh, excuse me, I should go help my Mom for a sec - it was nice to talk to you!" Smile and exit!
    Was just about to suggest this. Exchange a few sentences, then say you have to catch up with the folks you came in with (in this case, your mom). People will understand that loyalty and be ok with it. It's always worked for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xisnotx View Post
    i think i'm just going to start going with "sorry, i don't want to talk right now". why can't people just leave me alone?
    Ha! Probably not the best idea if you're in a social situation where you actually have to impress people, but I've been tempted to do that in places where you're generally expected to be left alone. On the bus is the worst. I'll just say "mm-hmm" or "yeah" a few times and not make eye contact, kind of doing what @Hard suggested -- if that doesn't work, I put my headphones in.
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