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Small talk, idle chatter, chit-chat

As hockey season gears up, we are reminded of the innumerable and (seemingly) endless conversations we will have while waiting for our kids before and after games, during practices, in the stands, in smoking areas, and we offer you this bit of wisdom from Ben Elton, a British author and performer, from Airport Rescue (Stark, 1989):

No collection of people who are all waiting for the same thing are capable of holding a natural conversation. Even if the thing they are waiting for is only a taxi.



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