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11:29 pm - on not watching tv...

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[User Picture]From: zombie_hime Date: November 24th, 2006 - 02:40 am (Link)
Much as I love video games, the computer game I've been playing lately is Jagged Alliance 2... which came out in 1999. I do have a game or two that were released this year, but they failed to hold my attention for long, so I'm happy to reach for an old classic. So I don't even manage to keep up with the current popular stuff in fields that I *am* interested in.

And nope, it really doesn't bother me at all. The majority of conversations that go on around me -- with work colleagues or with friends -- don't get around to pop culture topics much. The rare times when it does come up, I either listen politely and comment when it's appropriate, or they know me well enough to start the conversation with, "Do you know what The X is?/Do you know who Person Y is?" If yes, they tell their story. If no, they preface it with a sentence or two of background. Most people are very happy to talk, so nobody seems to mind if spend more time listening than talking when topics aren't things that I keep up with.

Really, I feel more shut off when I'm around drfell and a couple of our other medically-inclined friends... when I'm in the company of EMTs and medics and the topics are exclusively firehouse gossip and news, and medical jargon that leaves me completely clueless, that's a lot harder to keep up with. Pop culture doesn't usually take any kind of deep understanding, so it's easy to figure out what's going on in a couple of sentences, even if I don't start out knowing anything about the people or the subject.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 29th, 2006 - 04:49 am (Link)
makes sense... thank you for the indepth explanation.

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