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Prof_Pretorius
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27 Feb 2014, 5:43 pm

Starting a conversation with a stranger, now THERE'S an ASpie topic.
I've gone through this sort of freezing up. After practicing for awhile I've learned the trick. You simply bring up a topic that they can express an opinion about that is non-threatening to them. As for your situation, namely Mardi Gras, it would have been simple to just look at someone and ask "is this a great celebration, or what?" Or to a bloke, "did you see that woman dressed up as princess? she was really cute." You don't venture into forbidden topics, just something light and easy. I go to a lot of Collector Car shows, and frequently comment to strangers, "that's a rare one, never seen one before." And they'll take the cue…

This also applies to chatting up the ladies. Never mention politics, just say "those are really pretty earrings you're wearing".


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27 Feb 2014, 9:05 pm

RandomObject wrote:
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I sort of pretend I'm a robot like David in Prometheus.
Kinda makes it a little easier for me when around the humans.


I guess, but I am like that already and that's not how to be sociable.


David seemed pretty sociable without having natural social skills.



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27 Feb 2014, 9:26 pm

EzraS wrote:
RandomObject wrote:
EzraS wrote:
I sort of pretend I'm a robot like David in Prometheus.
Kinda makes it a little easier for me when around the humans.


I guess, but I am like that already and that's not how to be sociable.


David seemed pretty sociable without having natural social skills.


True, but the crew was forced to deal with him anyway lol



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27 Feb 2014, 10:57 pm

In elementary school I felt that all the other kids were weird humans, and I was a misunderstood Alien.



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28 Feb 2014, 5:52 pm

EzraS wrote:
I sort of pretend I'm a robot like David in Prometheus.
Kinda makes it a little easier for me when around the humans.


I'd like this reference more if it was a reference to one of the good alien movies, not the newest one. But kudos to you, because alien references are always awesome.

I pretend (when I don't understand something) that I am investigating and this way I can approach it as though it is not because I am stupid but because I am new to the planet and therefore this makes sense.