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Getting there is half the fun


I know that I habitually over-disclose on my blog, but I am always taken aback when people on the street tell me their life story. I also wonder if I should stop them and do a writer/cop spiel (You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be incorporated into a novel, short story or comic.) Of course I never do. I just wait until they’ve disappeared and quickly transcribe the conversation into my notebook before I forget it.



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  1. 19/07/2011 11:40 am

    I used to work with a Spanish girl, who regularly surprised me with her personal disclosures (and, queried my own). Openly astonished at an interaction she had with another work colleague one day, I commented on her candidness. She explained to me that in Spain, people are encouraged to reveal personal info. about themselves to others, as a way of interacting / communicating / forming relationships. It’s just a natural part of getting to know someone new. She found it strange that in NZ culture, people didn’t reveal that kind of stuff until well after those relationships had already been formed – and sometimes not even then. That was a valuable cultural insight for me.

    • Sarah Laing permalink
      19/07/2011 5:53 pm

      Yeah, maybe this should be the norm! We are too taciturn. I love it when people tell me stuff and I don’t have to pry too much (I am very nosy)

  2. William permalink
    19/07/2011 7:19 pm

    Bears eat salmon and trout if there are no salmon

  3. 20/07/2011 7:23 am

    I am a natural voyeur and I have to pass on the location of my favourite “pick up” spot for stories. Wait at a bus stop that is popular but poorly serviced by buses. Especially with a small non threatening child in tow. My latest story was one of a woman telling me how she had found all this cash…”a drug drop” she assured me. She wouldn’t touch it because she was sure she would end up dead in the Woodhill forest. I can fill in lots of details as I got it all.

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