A friend sent me something he cooked up that I wanted to share. I’m not sure if you are aware of what’s happening on social media, but people are completely losing their minds, literally about everything. Friendships are being torn apart because of Facebook posts. I will repeat this for effect, “Friendships are being torn apart because of Facebook posts.” You know the thing that Mark Zuckerberg started to rate if women were “hot or not.” Ironically, if you put that on Facebook now, people would completely flip out.
It’s simple really. You invite a friend or group of friends out or over to eat a meal and the only rule is you are not allowed to talk about politics or work. The first person to break the only friggin’ rule has to pay for the meal.
The intention was to get people back to actually talking and listening and not just screaming and flipping out. The outrage! Making a conscious effort to sit down and get to know people on a deeper level other than, “so what do you do? How was work?”
I shared the idea and yes, people flipped out. It’s two fuc*ing topics out of a world of other things you could possible talk about.
If we were having a meal and I began to talk about how my poop actually smells like the garlic chicken I had the night before and you asked me not to, would that be hampering my freedom of speech or just being polite?
Educated people have completely lost it over the idea of dinner and polite conversation.
The web site “the art of polite conversation” has this to offer up- “The key to polite conversation is keeping the topics light, interesting, and non-controversial. You want the discussion to be pleasant; you do not want to start a political debate.
On November 4, 2008, when President Barack Obama was being inaugurated and Mr. Zuckerberg’s “women rating” web site was only four years old, people hadn’t quite grasped the idea that you could spout out pretty much anything you wanted, without any recourse.
Today is a different story, we live in a “real time” world where people shoot first then yell “freeze” on social media.
#JustTalk is taking off, mostly because people are as sick of politics on Facebook as they are of the 1-800-Kars-4kids commercials.
If you can’t actually come up with other conversation ideas other than politics and work, here are some to mull over-
• Where did you grow up?
• Do you have any pets?
• Do you have any siblings?
• Would you rather have a million dollars or live your life like a Coors Light commercial
• Do you know what your your name means?
• What type of phone do you have?
• What did you do this past weekend?
• What are your plans for this weekend?
• If there’s a Blood Orange, why isn’t there a Blood Grapefruit
• What do you like to do in your spare time?
• What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
• What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
• What’s your favorite part of your body
• What is your middle name?
• What was the last thing you purchased?
• Can you explain the movie Arrival
• What is your favorite holiday?
• What is your favorite day of the week?
• If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be?
• What do you like to do to relax?
• Are you a saver or a spender?
• Do you play any instruments?
• Do you believe in fairy’s
• Bacon, should it be the national meat?
• How is Hollywood allowing M. Night Shamalamalamadingdong to still make movies
• Does your car still have a cigarette lighter
• If you are my co-Hort does that make me a “Hort” when I am alone
• Do you think Tom Brady made a deal with the devil
• Do you like deviled eggs
• What’s the best way to our wine without spilling that little drop
• Should Mike Myers only make animated films about ogres?
• Would you clone your pet if you could
You see, it’s not that hard.
I for one will not give up on the idea of #JustTalk and if you want to go out to dinner so we can actually get to know each other hit me up, Trump tower has a great bacon cheeseburger.