Due to a variety of influences (didn’t want to face the office another day, car service visit, no work-appropriate clothes left in the closet), I “telecommuted”. This provided me an opportunity to stop off at the Chrysler service shop down near Princeton.
Expecting a quiet, boring wait for an oil change and rotation, I settled down with my laptop and a Requirements document I’d been working on. The guy next to me broke the silence first. We ended up discussing ousourcing, the lack of job creation (about the fifth or sixth conversation on this topic in the past two or three weeks), traveling, other cultures, Singapore, the pharmaceutical industry. At one point another woman came in and was listening to our conversation, periodically interjecting a few comments. Right before I was leaving she informed the two of us that this was one of the most interesting conversations she’d ever heard.
That’s a compliment to someone who leads a rather quiet life.