I bite my tongue and look down at the menu. Charlotte’s not to know that I am kind of sick of hearing this! I decide against ordering a sandwich.
In such situations, I find it’s helpful to remind yourself why you and the other person would not work.
Toby, for instance, thinks it’s OK to name children after weather patterns.
Joe was disappointed to discover I had gone to private school, but not to Pony Club. Huh?
Freddie. Now, Freddie is a social animal. He’ll talk to anyone, about anything, for any length of time. It’s very annoying when you’re in a hurry. He’s universally popular, which is just annoying. He’s dependable, and loyal, the kind of guy you’d turn to in a crisis… moving on. He says things to me like ‘you don’t enjoy anything!’, and ‘you’re never impressed!’. For the record, what he means is that I need to lower my expectations and chill out a bit more. So he knows me too well. He’s basically like a brother to me – and you shouldn’t bang your brother.