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an open letter to people who want to chat me up in coffee houses - Ambar
August 9th, 2004
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an open letter to people who want to chat me up in coffee houses
Yes, I realize that coffee houses are a social environment, and indeed, I seek them out for this purpose. However, I prefer the sort of socializing where I can watch people without interacting with them more than minimally, especially when I am trying to absorb the mechanisms of the aldol reaction.

If you insist on interrupting me when I am obviously doing homework, please note that I will not give you permission to do so; nor will I shake your hand and let you introduce yourself to me. And when it proves that you are trying to sell me on visiting your church, I will politely but clearly turn you down and go back to my homework. I have had all the Christianity -- indeed, all of *any* religion that depends on evangelizing non-believers -- that I intend to have for the rest of my days in this particular incarnation.

You have a nice day too.

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From:flit
Date:August 9th, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
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And my all-time favorite question: "What are you reading?"

Me: "A book."
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From:agrimony
Date:August 9th, 2004 05:07 pm (UTC)
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I hate the ones who respond to that response wtih 'Oh? What's it about?'

Sigh.
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From:jss1113
Date:August 10th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
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My response to that is "Oh, about n hundred pages," with the value of n adjusted as appropriate.
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From:cat_herder
Date:August 9th, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)

Its a backhanded blessing

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I became invisible when I hit 35. Maybe I have that reedy white cat lady vibe or that aura that says, "Not only is she an engineer, but she's from Brooklyn. If you value your cojones, avoid at all costs."
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From:ambar
Date:August 9th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Its a backhanded blessing

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I'm 37. Still not invisible.
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From:ambar
Date:August 9th, 2004 11:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Its a backhanded blessing

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Suppose I should add, I was more prone to go off on people spontaneously when I was younger. Now the "waste of energy, save it for something you actually care about" light is lit a lot more of the time. :-)
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