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2012-09-27 12:48:08 PM  
The article should be titled "7 ways to inconvenience yourself because you're too goddamned chickenshiat to simply say "Pardon me, I'm trying to read"
 
2012-09-27 01:30:25 PM  
"Mommy said I shouldn't talk to strangers."
 
2012-09-27 02:43:43 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: The article should be titled "7 ways to inconvenience yourself because you're too goddamned chickenshiat to simply say "Pardon me, I'm trying to read"


Really. WTF is this shiat?
 
2012-09-27 02:49:57 PM  
I just pick up some pornography at the newsstand and read that on the plane. It usually keeps conversation to a minimum.
 
2012-09-27 02:56:09 PM  
Icepick to the eye always worked for me. Especially since I'm now in prison and have oodles of uninterrupted reading time.
 
2012-09-27 03:01:42 PM  
I farking HATE it when I'm nose down in a book and obviously reading intently and some farkwad walks up and sits down and says 'what are you reading?', not as an honest stop-and-go question, but as a way to try and start a conversation and pull me out of my book.

My response is always "a book". Then I pointedly go right back to reading and ignore any further input from them. It save time and energy, unlike these pointless suggestions.
 
2012-09-27 03:02:33 PM  
Overlaying your reading material with a cover from The Watchtower seems to do the trick.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-09-27 03:15:34 PM  
Just completely ignoring them completely always worked for me. After the second or third time of them saying something and getting absolutely no response from me seems to embarrass them, and they will leave me alone from then on
 
2012-09-27 03:18:29 PM  
I just skimmed the list, but it seems like most of them have to do with the covers of the books. Maybe you should get a kindle.

/ That does invite the occasional "how you like reading on that thing? Is it just like a regular book?"
 
2012-09-27 03:34:22 PM  
i generally have a 'don't even think about talking to me' look about me when i travel

/or in general
 
2012-09-27 03:38:00 PM  

serial_crusher: I just skimmed the list, but it seems like most of them have to do with the covers of the books. Maybe you should get a kindle.

/ That does invite the occasional "how you like reading on that thing? Is it just like a regular book?"


I go to the Barnes & Noble cafe at least once a week for lunch and to read my Nook. Invariably, somebody will always ask me how I like it. I used to be polite and tell them it's great & I'd really like to get back to it now, thanks. Now I just point out the GIANT FRIGGIN' NOOK KIOSK that they passed by on their way to the cafe.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2012-09-27 03:49:53 PM  

Pud: Just completely ignoring them completely always worked for me. After the second or third time of them saying something and getting absolutely no response from me seems to embarrass them, and they will leave me alone from then on


/ *rolls eyes* ... oops
 
2012-09-27 03:50:59 PM  

brigid_fitch: serial_crusher: I just skimmed the list, but it seems like most of them have to do with the covers of the books. Maybe you should get a kindle.

/ That does invite the occasional "how you like reading on that thing? Is it just like a regular book?"

I go to the Barnes & Noble cafe at least once a week for lunch and to read my Nook. Invariably, somebody will always ask me how I like it. I used to be polite and tell them it's great & I'd really like to get back to it now, thanks. Now I just point out the GIANT FRIGGIN' NOOK KIOSK that they passed by on their way to the cafe.


I think you're setting yourself up for failure by going to the place that sells the things and using them there. Gee, it sure is surprising that people who are shopping for an item might want to learn more about it from existing owners.
 
2012-09-27 04:13:42 PM  
Forget wimpy earbuds. You need to go with full-blown IEM's. Decent ones can be had for under $100 these days. People can talk to me all they want, I simply can't hear them. Bonus: you can wear them from the second you plant your butt in the seat till when you get off the plane.
 
2012-09-27 04:21:04 PM  

Mugato: Ctrl-Alt-Del: The article should be titled "7 ways to inconvenience yourself because you're too goddamned chickenshiat to simply say "Pardon me, I'm trying to read"

Really. WTF is this shiat?


The ultimate is passive aggressive?
 
2012-09-27 04:25:27 PM  
I'm FARK-ing on a plane right now, getting a kick, etc., etc...

/would ya'll mind keeping it down a bit?
 
2012-09-27 04:40:54 PM  
fc00.deviantart.net

/and 'batin... 
 
2012-09-27 05:02:54 PM  

serial_crusher: brigid_fitch: serial_crusher: I just skimmed the list, but it seems like most of them have to do with the covers of the books. Maybe you should get a kindle.

/ That does invite the occasional "how you like reading on that thing? Is it just like a regular book?"

I go to the Barnes & Noble cafe at least once a week for lunch and to read my Nook. Invariably, somebody will always ask me how I like it. I used to be polite and tell them it's great & I'd really like to get back to it now, thanks. Now I just point out the GIANT FRIGGIN' NOOK KIOSK that they passed by on their way to the cafe.

I think you're setting yourself up for failure by going to the place that sells the things and using them there. Gee, it sure is surprising that people who are shopping for an item might want to learn more about it from existing owners.


If there were a Starbucks or any other type of decent cafe around where I work, I'd go there instead. But I should have added that the kiosk is constantly manned by a B&N employee who gets paid to answer their questions.
 
2012-09-27 06:12:13 PM  

serial_crusher: I just skimmed the list, but it seems like most of them have to do with the covers of the books. Maybe you should get a kindle.

/ That does invite the occasional "how you like reading on that thing? Is it just like a regular book?"



I get that when I travel. Like you say, it's the "occasional" remark or question. I've never been bothered by it, really. Most of the time, when I *am* asked about it, I have just put it away or have stopped reading momentarily or whatever. Rarely does someone interrupt me while I am in the middle of reading.
 
2012-09-27 06:26:44 PM  
My #1 problem with this article is that it labels people who want to be left alone when they're reading as "misanthropes."

Wrong wrong dirty and wrong. People who want to be left alone while they're reading are called "normal people." People who insist upon a conversation with someone who is clearly doing something else right now are the baffling, strange people. I mean, I'm a friendly gal. I've never met a stranger & I'll have a conversation with anyone. But interrupting someone's book-reading is akin to standing in between two people having a conversation and asking, "So, how do you like talking to that guy behind me? I've heard he's nice."
 
2012-09-27 06:37:10 PM  
Replace your book's dust jacket with that of Mein Kampf. Laugh periodically. Problem solved.
 
2012-09-27 06:44:38 PM  
I'm mildly nearsighted which causes me to squint a little bit. This is very often mistaken for grumpiness. No body wants to interrupt a mean old mans reading with polite chit-chat.
 
2012-09-27 06:45:03 PM  
Burst into tears. Wailing, teeth gnashing, body wracking sobs. Keep it up until they go away. 15 seconds should do the trick. If they ask what's wrong or try to comfort you, just cry harder and louder.
 
2012-09-27 06:45:25 PM  
I never seem to have this problem. I sit in my seat on the plane, everyone else sits in their own seats, plane goes up, everyone occupies themselves, plane goes down, we get off of said plane. Why is this so hard for the author?
 
2012-09-27 06:54:25 PM  
My strategery was to ignore them the first time. Then if they try to talk to me again I would say "sorry, I didn't think you were talking to me, I'm reading." Then just go back to my book. Worked every time.
 
2012-09-27 07:00:01 PM  

pottie: I'm mildly nearsighted which causes me to squint a little bit. This is very often mistaken for grumpiness. No body wants to interrupt a mean old mans reading with polite chit-chat.


*arthritic fistbump*

I like you. We should get together sometime for an Ensure and complain about our kids.

/and compare lawns
 
2012-09-27 07:07:39 PM  

Mikey1969: I never seem to have this problem. I sit in my seat on the plane, everyone else sits in their own seats, plane goes up, everyone occupies themselves, plane goes down, we get off of said plane. Why is this so hard for the author?


Do you look like this? (assuming that is actually her)
http://bookriot.com/staff-contributors/rebecca-joines-schinsky/
 
2012-09-27 07:20:18 PM  

randompherret: Mikey1969: I never seem to have this problem. I sit in my seat on the plane, everyone else sits in their own seats, plane goes up, everyone occupies themselves, plane goes down, we get off of said plane. Why is this so hard for the author?

Do you look like this? (assuming that is actually her)
http://bookriot.com/staff-contributors/rebecca-joines-schinsky/


Even she doesn't look like that

www.styleweekly.com 

If somebody actually had the same taste in books that I was reading than I might be interested in talking to them. I'm always looking for something new to read thats decent. But, this is unlikely as my books are obscure and most people probably haven't heard of them.
 
2012-09-27 07:41:11 PM  

Skyd1v: pottie: I'm mildly nearsighted which causes me to squint a little bit. This is very often mistaken for grumpiness. No body wants to interrupt a mean old mans reading with polite chit-chat.

*arthritic fistbump*

I like you. We should get together sometime for an Ensure and complain about our kids.

/and compare lawns


A quick thread jack: went south for a Foreigner concert in Reno a few years ago. I didn't realize that I was old until I looked over the endless rows of bald heads and blue hair in the audience. When the music was over, people clapped and shook their bottles of heart pills. It was humbling...

/lift a cup of Geritol to the almost dead
 
2012-09-27 07:41:33 PM  
I'm a fat man who needs to trim his facial hair more frequently. I never have these problems.

/so lonely
 
2012-09-27 07:41:50 PM  

Di Atribe: standing in between two people having a conversation and asking, "So, how do you like talking to that guy behind me? I've heard he's nice."


OK, I am going to make it a point to try this.
 
2012-09-27 07:43:41 PM  
Scenario 01.-

You're backpacking through Europe, and you find yourself in a hostel, and your roomates are smoking weed. Difficulty: you have ashtma.

Scenario 02.- Similar to scenario 01, but you only see a hot chick/guy (depends on your tastes) masturbating, and without skipping the beat she/he yells "Close the door!"

Scenario 03.- Like scenario 01, but a clown appears.

Scenario 04.- Like scenario 01, but a group of clowns are in the middle of a circle jerks and smoking weed.

What do you do!?"
 
2012-09-27 07:45:31 PM  
So, what if you are surrounded by a bunch of big burly mean-lookin' hickoids, the biggest of whom says "Looks like we got us a READER here!"?
 
2012-09-27 07:48:54 PM  
Just a FYI: on the way back from Europe to Boston (a six hour flight) the woman next to me didn't speak one word to me, and I didn't speak to her either. It was only during the last half hour of the flight that for some reason we talked to each other. I learned about her working three months in Greece at her boyfriend's moped shop. Then she asked me about the smartphone I had been using the whole flight and how was I able to find a phone that worked both in Europe and the US without being locked to a carrier?

So sometimes talking to people on your flight is great, but I'm far from trying to force a conversation on someone. Sometimes it just happens.
 
2012-09-27 07:50:11 PM  
I love threads like this because they demonstrate just how many social morons there are who consider a simple casual conversation an imposition because OMG IM AT THE PART WHERE THEY SLAY THE DRAGON.
 
2012-09-27 07:58:37 PM  
Pretend like you don't speak english. Then act all offended. They probably won't notice you are reading something in english, but if they do, give them the same smile as the little girl infront of the burning house pic, shake your finger at them and in an accent say 'sneaky american'.
 
2012-09-27 08:00:49 PM  
 
2012-09-27 08:02:14 PM  

CygnusDarius: Scenario 01.-

You're backpacking through Europe, and you find yourself in a hostel, and your roomates are smoking weed. Difficulty: you have ashtma.

Scenario 02.- Similar to scenario 01, but you only see a hot chick/guy (depends on your tastes) masturbating, and without skipping the beat she/he yells "Close the door!"

Scenario 03.- Like scenario 01, but a clown appears.

Scenario 04.- Like scenario 01, but a group of clowns are in the middle of a circle jerks and smoking weed.

What do you do!?"


Unleash Wind God Gau Rage
 
2012-09-27 08:03:03 PM  
I just put my headphones on, even if I'm not listening to anything. I just plug it into the nook, and no one bothers me.
 
2012-09-27 08:07:48 PM  

MonkeyAngst: Replace your book's dust jacket with that of Mein Kampf. Laugh periodically. Problem solved.


Current english version of Mein Kamph is a matte black paperback. If you have an english hardback from the 20's or 30's with a DJ I'd be the DJ would be worth several times more than the book. Just use an Ann Coulter cover from the thrift store. Similar to your intended effect.

Headphones and any book tend to be enough to create a zone of "I'm not available."
 
2012-09-27 08:08:38 PM  
"I'm sorry, you must have me confused with someone you know."
 
2012-09-27 08:16:27 PM  

jaylectricity: Di Atribe: standing in between two people having a conversation and asking, "So, how do you like talking to that guy behind me? I've heard he's nice."

OK, I am going to make it a point to try this.


Oh please oh please oh please
 
2012-09-27 08:25:16 PM  

kwame: I love threads like this because they demonstrate just how many social morons there are who consider a simple casual conversation an imposition because OMG IM AT THE PART WHERE THEY SLAY THE DRAGON.


This. I'm happy to take a quick break and tell people about what I'm reading. I'm usually just glad someone noticed and cares about a book. It must be nerve-wracking to be so bothered by simple, idle small talk.
 
2012-09-27 08:30:07 PM  

kwame: I love threads like this because they demonstrate just how many social morons there are who consider a simple casual conversation an imposition because OMG IM AT THE PART WHERE THEY SLAY THE DRAGON.


Quite honestly the social morons are the people who interrupt a reader then can't take a hint. If someone repeatedly tries to disengage by going back to what they were doing you should stop trying to talk to them. These same people then get offended when you ask them to leave you alone.
 
2012-09-27 08:30:57 PM  
I just don't shower for a week before my flight. Seems to work pretty well. Any seatmates usually go looking for someplace else to sit if they can, and I get more room to stretch out. I can read or sleep or whatever without issue.

/except for those damn kids...
 
2012-09-27 08:33:21 PM  
I get it, I'm a social retard because a stranger on the bus can't stand the inside of his own head.
 
2012-09-27 08:46:32 PM  

poorjon: I get it, I'm a social retard because a stranger on the bus can't stand the inside of his own head.


I liked the inside of that stranger's head.

With fava beans and a nice chianti.
 
2012-09-27 09:03:21 PM  
Sounds like the author needs to employ David Wong's book cover disguises.

Here's an excellent example:
cdn-www.cracked.com
 
2012-09-27 09:14:18 PM  
If I'm traveling I probably started a new book for the trip and don't mind not reading to have a conversation. I may go back to it if need be.

But I do hate when my roommate keeps interrupting me when I'm almost done with a book. He's seen me reading for the past few days, sees there is only 40 pages or so... just shut up for half an hour!

This also goes for exes I have lived with.
 
2012-09-27 09:14:45 PM  
This might work on a 3 hour flight, but on a 26 hour Greyhound trip it's quite different. In that case, I suggest accepting/distributing whatever intoxicants are available with your seat mate and just make the best of it.
 
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