Maybe I'm being too sensitive, but for at least the third time in the past week or so I encountered a stranger who asked too many questions.
In keeping with my total sellout to technology that has not improved my life in any way I Tweeted about this earlier today.
Anyway, when I meet a friendly stranger I expext the first minute or so of conversation to consist of "hello" and some small talk about weather or the economy or the Miami Heat or the Dolphins...or the lovely headline on the Miami Herald I'm reading when the stranger says hi.
After that, if the conversation carries on another 10 or 20 or 30 minutes it can get gradually more personal if both parties are comfortable with it.
Those are the unwritten - except for here - rules, right? They're reasonable, no?
So why last weekend when I was browsing the clearance rack at my favorite top secret men's clothier, did a guy approach and overdo it?
And no, Sarcasticynic, before you even speculate, he wasn't hitting on me.
He started with hello, followed not 10 seconds later with "nice sun glasses," followed not 10seconds after w/ you live around here?" And so on.
In the course of three minutes he wanted to know where I lived, rent or own, what I did for a living, what my wife did...
I dodged some of the questions but eventually had to stop him and ask questions of my own: Do I know you? Why are you asking so many personal questions? Are you writing a book? If so could you leave out the chapter about me? You a cop?
He seemed flustered and hinted that he was slightly offended at my reaction to his frielndliness. I thought he crossed the bound of friendliness.
What do you think?
I learned later my instincts were sorta on. Turns out he was feeling me out to see if I might be interested in selling Amway or bowling balls or vacuum cleaners or something.
It happened again, minus the sales pitch, a couple days later in the grocery, and then again a couple hours ago at the dog park. This morning the "offender" wanted to know my neighborhood, street, rent/own status, and what state I'm from, among other things. This was all in about one minute's time.
I don't think I'm overreacting.
Friendliness is like flirting: gotta go slow or you're gonna spook the object of your attention.