The water cooler
Every so often, I try to work on my social skills. Today, I decided to strike up a conversation with my coworker. She is planning her wedding, so that seemed like a good opener.
ME: How's the wedding planning going?
COWORKER: Pretty good. But everyone has an opinion. Like, we're trying to go with a French Bistro theme, but my in-laws keep saying "Everyone likes cocktail weenies."
ME: Yeah, everyone's got to throw in their two cents. Like when Ted Williams died.
CW: [puzzled silence]
ME: You know how, when he died his family started arguing about whether they were going to cryogenically freeze all of him or...[at this point I realize the conversation has gone way off-track, but it's too late]...just his head, or cremate his entire body. And the Boston Metro ran this man-on-the-street feature, where they asked people "Should they cryogenically preserve or cremate Ted Williams?" And one guy said "I think they should bury him at Fenway Park."
ME: It's like, everybody's got an opinion, whether it's appropriate or not....