I Have Had A Conversation With A Complete Stranger

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    Subway Chats

    Normally I tend to keep to myself when traveling on the subway. I normally listen to my music while watching those flock on and off, shuffle as they wait around for their stop. This one particular day I sat at the back of the subway (makes for better observing), this older...
    Linxer Linxer
    31-35, F
    Apr 28, 2010

    Airport Timepassing.

    The last time I flew home from visiting my grandparents in Darwin, I was delayed in Dubai. There was a businessman sitting opposite me, he looked English but in fact he was Danish. His English was good, however, since my Danish is non existent, and we struck up a conversation...
    aoutdouze aoutdouze
    22-25, F
    Sep 13, 2013

    It was recently. An older guy came to the bus

    stop where I was waiting for my bus. He was very pleasant, complimenting me on how I looked out of the blue which was very nice of him. I was wearing a mini skirt and blouse, and short white tennis socks with flatties, and I was carrying a bag. So our conversation began with...
    Bonhommeg Bonhommeg
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 6, 2015

    Literally, all in one night.

    Scene: Me sitting at the bar with three friends. Man is sitting next to me. Peter (guy who talks to me every time I'm at this bar): "HEYYYYYYY. What are you drinking? What shot do you want?" Me: "No shots for me, thanks." Peter: "Aaron (bartender), I'll have two fireballs...
    YouBeTheAnchor YouBeTheAnchor
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 30, 2014

    Is This Something Unusual??

    I am curious that someone would think of starting a group with this title.  Who hasn't had a conversation with a stranger?  Or is it me?  Am I odd in some way? I always say that a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet - so an initial chat with a new person is always...
    womaninbliss womaninbliss
    51-55, F
    27 Responses Jun 22, 2011

    Its Really Not A Bad Thing

    being in the army for some reason it seems like everywhere i go people have to talk to me its really not a bad thing sometimes i dont mind it but when i am in a airport or bus station or something like that i kind of want to be left alone dont get me wrong i do enjoy...
    ravenseye ravenseye
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 2, 2010

    Public Transportation

    I always end up talking with people on the bus or rail when I commute. It can be so boring just sitting there sometimes, I don't mind looking around and if I see a friendly receptive face, I will just start flapping my jaws!
    deleted deleted
    Feb 17, 2011

    It was in the book stands at a public library,

    in the summer the year before I came to England. It was in Stavanger, and I was looking for a book to read about the Norse God Odin. There was a guy already there looking at the same books I was. We got talking about Odin, and he really seemed to know some facts about him. He...
    Skjeggstad Skjeggstad
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 16, 2014


    I speak to many strangers every day, right here on EP.
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    7 Responses Feb 18, 2010

    That's What Networking Sites Are For!

    Man..ever since GaiaOnline I just haven't been the same!  Every time I join networking and forum sites and the like I just love talking to strangers. Here I've met some awesome people.  Some of them I've even talked to on MSN instead of just private messaging back...
    axelval axelval
    18-21, T
    Apr 7, 2010

    (Note: () denotes retrospective commentary

    and [] denotes my thoughts at the time) A month or two ago: For reasons I can't quite recall, I was downtown with my laptop and a copy of Warren Ellis's Gun Machine (an exceptionally well-written book and an interesting take on the modern crime novel). Not quite ready to bus...
    GlassInMy GlassInMy
    18-21, M
    Jan 28, 2014

    I Spark Them As Often As I Can

    In grocery lines, at work with customers, while shopping;  there is no place strangers are safe from me.   I like the power of interaction.  It can totally turn someone's day around.  It lifts me up when someone starts chatting with me out of nowhere...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 27, 2010

    he came up to me in Spencer's

    and he liked my hair and we talked all about hair bleach and hair dyes and **** like that and I told him I liked his snakebites and then we talked about piercings and then he asked for my number and now we're best friendssss
    heyidkman heyidkman
    16-17, F
    Nov 21, 2014

    I Am Not Very Interested To Talk With Strangers.

    But do it often in my life and they start conversation first. Usually it happend in public places like bus, train, shops, or bus-train stations. With many reasons. People is various, sometimes they only can show their rude manners, but sometimes its possibly to meet kinda...
    Bekther Bekther
    22-25, M
    May 26, 2010

    Yes Sir

    And quite frankly, I find it very refreshing. When it's with a total stranger, you can be completely and totally you, and they can be them and you can just talk about the most inane things. Then after you both part ways, whether it be in person or on the net, you feel a little...
    complexitykills complexitykills
    18-21, F
    May 13, 2011

    Many many times! Often

    when travelling.
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    1 Response Nov 17, 2014

    Many Times Haha

    i have done this many times, usually while drinking. at the bar on new yrs i made friends with some 45-ish yr old drunk woman, and we talked outside for maybe a half hr. when i was on my way outside she bumped into me to have a convo with me and my roomate was like umm..wtf...
    LittleFerrett LittleFerrett
    26-30, F
    Feb 20, 2010

    omg guys, yesterday a complete stranger came (i

    think he might be 18), i saw him before once or twice but never talked to him, so this is how it went.. me waiting for the school bus.. Him: hi, can i ask you a question ? Me: Yes, go ahead ! Him: do u live here? Me: yes, why ? (i thought he lost his way) Him: cool, i just want...
    glowingdiamond glowingdiamond
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Mar 6, 2015

    Complete Stranger

    People or should I say strangers have approached me many times and we started having a conversation just like that as if we knew each other for so long.
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    Jun 23, 2011

    I Really Enjoy It

    I think it's fun to start a conversation with a total stranger. I've met so many funny, smart and friendly people in lines. I befriended a family at the  airport & we all  hung out the whole trip. Time went by in a snap. A stranger at the pet shop was an expert...
    wiseowl wiseowl
    61-65, F
    5 Responses Feb 21, 2010

    Complete Strangers

    The joy of making a new acquaintance is incredible. Sadly, most people are too uptight to take the time to enjoy it. I am not one of them! Let's talk. :)
    creativeusername creativeusername
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Aug 5, 2010

    I can talk to anyone.

    I really don't mine my best friend and boyfriend always say " you can talk to just about anyone" yea it's true, I kinda like it.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Jun 2, 2014

    When I Am Fifty Four~A Poem~

    When I am fifty four, I will be happy on that day When I am fifty four I will laugh and I will play When I am fifty four I will dance and I will sing When I am fifty four I will go out and do my thing I will wear a fairy dress and roll upon the ground I will pat my soft round...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Jul 7, 2012

    Lots Of Times

    A lot of times they will start talking to me. And sometimes, believe it or not, I say hi to them first. You never know, you could be entertaining an angel.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jun 22, 2011

    Can I Stay In Your House?

    In Dec last year,I was in the lounge at Heathrow waiting for my gate to open.There were many empty seats including one next to me.This lovely English lady walks up to me ,she drops her bags on the floor but right at that moment some guy jumps right in front of her,pushes her...
    Bexoxo Bexoxo
    31-35, F
    Sep 15, 2013

    Well...I mean...I was a cashier

    for awhile. Like, two months. Technicalities aside, the reason I wanted to be a cashier was because it scared me. I am so impossibly chronically shy that it's crippling. I'm still incredibly shy and withdrawn and I prefer my own thoughts to the company of a large group of...
    SunnysWifeBlue SunnysWifeBlue
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 9, 2014

    This happens often when you have kids.

    ..little old ladies especially. I remember one lovely old lady in the doctors surgery once who told me all about her children when they were young. She kept saying how precious children were...gifts and all I could think was I wish I had a mother like you
    StoneWall77 StoneWall77
    36-40, F
    Jul 28, 2014
    AuntieShani AuntieShani
    36-40, F
    Jul 27, 2014

    Fleeting Moments

    Sometimes it is fun to have long conversations with someone who is really a total stranger. I have had very interesting conversations with people when riding in a plane. For that conversation you can almost become anyone you want. Reveal anything you want and you know you will...
    llighthouse llighthouse
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Nov 19, 2013

    At Wa-lmart

    A woman approached me and even called my name. I had never seen this woman before in my life but she seemed to know me. I just smiled and pretended to know who she was. Didn't want to hurt her feelings. She talked about some of my relatives so obviously she knew my family but I...
    HurricaneLeia HurricaneLeia
    26-30, F
    Apr 28, 2010

    My Birthday Is "ask A Stranger Day"

    I got bored with typical birthday cake and presents by the time I turned age 45. That is when I began my special birthday ritual. I get up early and I get dressed in a rush. I grab my coffee, my brown suede notebook and my camera and I head off for parts unknown. I am normally a...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Jun 22, 2011
    deleted deleted
    Dec 11, 2015

    When I Ride My Bike It Happens A Lot.

    If you read some of my experience you will know i am an avid cyclist. I ride for long distances and also take cycling vacations. Spending a lot of time on the road you get to talking to people at gas station or stores when you are taking a break. Once you get out of the big...
    loopnscc loopnscc
    46-50, M
    Oct 3, 2011

    Conversations On The Bus

    The bus is my primary means of transportation, so I spend a lot of time on buses and at bus stops.  I've had some amazing conversations with random people on both.There was the time a woman commented on the large teddy bear I was hauling home; starting with my bear and her...
    Plaid Plaid
    31-35, F
    1 Response Sep 12, 2011
    deleted deleted
    Jun 4, 2014
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