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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.
 
2012-09-27 09:15:07 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.


It has nothing to do with that and everything to do with not wanting to have an awkward and pointless conversation with some random person. No offense to whoever I see, I wish them the best. I just don't want to say anything more than hello.
 
2012-09-27 09:53:40 PM

Richard Saunders: I'm FARK-ing on a plane right now, getting a kick, etc., etc...

/would ya'll mind keeping it down a bit?


i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-27 09:58:30 PM

wildcardjack: 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."


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


Use this instead. But still chuckle once in awhile.
 
2012-09-27 10:17:30 PM
Seriously, just print the "Go away, I'm reading" dust jackets from Sarah, Tracey and Erin:
Link
Link
and
Link
 
2012-09-27 10:55:56 PM

Cyno01: Richard Saunders: I'm FARK-ing on a plane right now, getting a kick, etc., etc...

/would ya'll mind keeping it down a bit?

[i.imgur.com image 640x480]


Dick move!

/you genius, you
 
2012-09-27 11:38:01 PM
I've had a Kindle since '08. I pretty much take it everywhere. Over the years I have had a ton of people ask me about it, which has started conversations which have led to me getting laid.

/gay
//ymmv
 
2012-09-27 11:43:28 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.


No, that's not it at all...I travel a lot, and the last thing I want or need is feeling obligated to listen to some idiot yammering for 2-3 hrs. I've just probably been with clients for 2-3 days straight and I don't want to hear any csb's from anyone on a plane.
 
2012-09-27 11:45:24 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: 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?


OK, so I know we never agree on much, but this is exactly correct. Which simply proves that there are some idiotic transgressions that are so goddamned bad that they transcend personal political beliefs
 
2012-09-28 12:00:33 AM
CSB time:

In '01 I was a squad leader deployed and living in a tent in the Kuwaiti desert. "Me Time" was extremely limited, so I would read while I was eating to get a moment or two of peace. One day my buddy, the first squad leader, started farking with me while I read a paperback at dinner.

"Whatcha reading, D?"
"A book."
"What kind of book? Is it good?"

He could see it bugged me, and kept going. He leaned over the table and started flipping the pages. When he had his face about two inches away so he could eyeball me over the top of the book, I popped him in the nose with the spine.

He got mad as hornets but our platoon sergeant busted up laughing and told him, "You asked for it. Simmer down."
 
2012-09-28 12:12:23 AM
I've taken every possible form of public transportation across multiple continents and the only time I've ever had anybody try and talk to me was when I was sharing a train compartment with two German tourists. Even then, as soon as I got out the book and started reading, they stopped trying to talk to me. Is this actually a problem that people have?
 
2012-09-28 12:16:50 AM

brigid_fitch: 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.


There's a difference between a salesman and an actual user. I'd prefer the opinion of the latter, not the one who makes a commission on a throne of LIES.
 
2012-09-28 12:20:29 AM

mooseyfate: Cyno01: Richard Saunders: I'm FARK-ing on a plane right now, getting a kick, etc., etc...

/would ya'll mind keeping it down a bit?

[i.imgur.com image 640x480]

Dick move!

/you genius, you


There would be a certain harmony to it if a farker made fark for getting the shiat beat out of him on a plane for reading fark.
 
2012-09-28 12:34:15 AM
Well, during my last film festival I made a conscious effort to not listen to my iPhone while in line and instead read paper books. It seemed to invite more people to talk to me, which is what I wanted.

books don't have to be a barrier.
 
2012-09-28 12:36:14 AM

Cyno01: mooseyfate: Cyno01: Richard Saunders: I'm FARK-ing on a plane right now, getting a kick, etc., etc...

/would ya'll mind keeping it down a bit?

[i.imgur.com image 640x480]

Dick move!

/you genius, you

There would be a certain harmony to it if a farker made fark for getting the shiat beat out of him on a plane for reading fark.


I think that's how you beat Fark, actually.
 
2012-09-28 01:01:19 AM
I like it when these type of people sit in the middle seat of a plane. I start a conversation with the person on the other side of them out of spite.
 
2012-09-28 02:17:28 AM
amateurs. i constantly replay all the seasons of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" and take my social cues from their behavior. you're doing it right when people are so stunned they just look at you open jawed and unable to speak.
 
2012-09-28 03:28:09 AM
*clears throat--there is a movie called "The Accidental Tourist" William Hurts character writes all kinds of hints to get people to leave you alone while you travel. ANYWHO.
 
2012-09-28 04:17:07 AM
The more they talk, the more I rub my groin. Tremendously effective.
 
2012-09-28 06:23:00 AM

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!?"


Shoot the hostage
 
2012-09-28 07:52:36 AM

picturescrazy: It has nothing to do with that and everything to do with not wanting to have an awkward and pointless conversation with some random person.


Then don't be an awkward and pointless conversationalist.

And frankly, the number of time that actually happens to people is relatively small. At the very least, be adult enough to talk politely for a moment then excuse yourself. It's not difficult.
 
2012-09-28 09:14:04 AM

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"

Done in one. What a wuss
 
2012-09-28 09:41:19 AM

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"


Well, you have to bear in mind that it's written for people who aren't dicks.
 
2012-09-28 09:44:36 AM

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


Years ago, my brother went to a crunchy coffeeshop dressed up nicely and sat reading a copy of a Rush Limbaugh book. Occasionally he'd pound his fist on the table and shout, "Damn right!"
 
2012-09-28 09:47:18 AM

pottie: 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


You were at a Foreigner concert and didn't realise you were old? Sounds like the old noggin's giving you the slip now and then.
 
2012-09-28 09:56:48 AM
Sylvia_Bandersnatch

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"

Well, you have to bear in mind that it's written for people who aren't dicks.

Politely telling someone who is interrupting you, that you're busy isn't being a dick.
 
2012-09-28 10:30:42 AM
My wife always makes a new Facebook friend when we go anywhere together. If anyone's interrupting my book, it's my wife, poking me and repeating all the inane crap some stranger is talking about two seats down from me.

I love her to death of course... she is friendly enough for both of us.

When I'm alone on the plane I'm just friendly for a few hours and chat it up with the person next to me if they initiate. After all, when they like you, it's a lot easier to get them to move when you need to use the bathroom. It's also damn uncomfortable sitting next to someone who thinks you're a dick.
 
2012-09-28 10:48:25 AM
I wonder if this has anything to do with how people tend to ask for help from people who appear busy over a non-busy person. Like there is some sort of paradoxical message being conveyed to the masses that, even if you are balancing on a ladder while juggling various sharp tools, says "I am completely able and free to talk and listen to you." I would not be surprised if this psychology applies to people reading or anyone else who is quite OBVIOUSLY preoccupied.

I know I've stopped trying to read and write on trips and just sleep to fill the time unless it is a nearly empty bus or train. I think reading/etc tends to attract the people who are BORED because they can't or won't plan an activity for their long trip. I think maybe that is where the angry comes from, like a "why won't you entertain me?" as if they are children you are withholding an iPad from.

Oh well. Continuing to read and being a purposefully boring person tends to force them to move on with the least fuss possible.
 
2012-09-28 10:58:16 AM

BumpInTheNight: Sounds like the author needs to employ David Wong's book cover disguises.

Here's an excellent example:
[cdn-www.cracked.com image 455x487]


cdn-www.cracked.com

You won't be able to unsee it.
 
2012-09-28 11:05:32 AM

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: 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"

Well, you have to bear in mind that it's written for people who aren't dicks.


Politely informing someone that they are interrupting you and that you would appreciate it if they didn't is "being a dick"? I'll bet you're one of those people who also thinks it's OK to insert yourself into a conversation that people near you are having, even though you don't know them.

I was on the train the other day, and the guy next to me was talking on his cellphone. he wasn't being loud or annoying - in fact, I could barely hear him. I tried to engage him in conversation, but he said "excuse me - I'm on the phone." What a dick he was
 
2012-09-28 11:05:40 AM

Parallax: My wife always makes a new Facebook friend when we go anywhere together. If anyone's interrupting my book, it's my wife, poking me and repeating all the inane crap some stranger is talking about two seats down from me.

I love her to death of course... she is friendly enough for both of us.

When I'm alone on the plane I'm just friendly for a few hours and chat it up with the person next to me if they initiate. After all, when they like you, it's a lot easier to get them to move when you need to use the bathroom. It's also damn uncomfortable sitting next to someone who thinks you're a dick.


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Everywhere I travel, tiny life. Single-serving sugar, single-serving cream, single pat of butter. The microwave Cordon Bleu hobby kit. Shampoo-conditioner combos, sample-packaged mouthwash, tiny bars of soap. The people I meet on each flight? They're single-serving friends.
 
2012-09-28 12:42:34 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"

You might feel nervous about saying, "I'm sorry, but I'd really like to read my book," but you'll be glad you did. Even better? Offer your seatmate one of your extra books.


Did you even read TFA?

/shouldn't have to tell you to fark off
//if my face in a book doesn't make it obvious enough that I want to be left alone, the problem is with YOU for not farking off
 
2012-09-28 02:41:09 PM
I've never understood why people feel like that have this god given right to interfere with a complete stranger's day. I ride the bus twice a day for work, each trip is about an hour. It doesn't matter what I do, I still get people viewing me as their source of entertainment when they're bored.

At first I just did portable gaming (Gameboy and the like). But that had the problem of children bothering me followed by their mothers yelling at them to get away from me and calling me a "white devil" and "pervert" because they wouldn't say anything until their kids had their face literally in front of whatever game I was playing. The only worse thing was when they would get offended when I didn't let their kid play the game. Um, no thanks. No way I'm risking my fairly expensive gadget getting broken but I'm sure as hell you won't pay for it.

Then I tried books, which has all the problems in this thread. Yes I know the book I'm reading is nerdy. No I don't want to justify why I'm a grown man reading Dragonlance/Tolkien/Warhammer/Magic:th e Gathering novels. At least it's not Twilight or 50 Shades.

Netflix/Movies on my Smartphone are the worst. At first I thought it was a fluke but no, multiple people asking me what I'm watching and at least half wanted my other ear bud so they could listen in. God damn it!

Music is the only thing that works, and only if I lean against the window acting like I'm sleeping.

I make the trip every weekday, twice a day. I'm not there to make friends. I'm not there to provide entertainment. I'm certaintly not there to listen to whatever stories you think are important for a stranger to hear.I just want to get from point A to point B. I can only imagine how hellish it would be if I was female and had to deal with people hitting on me.

So I don't know. I've never understood the appeal of randomly violating someone's personal space and forcing them to interact with you. Public transportation certaintly isn't the place to do this. If you need a captive audience scenario in order to get someone to talk to you, then that sounds like a failing on your part, not mine.

I friggin hate Cleveland, if for nothing else then showing me that riding the bus can be hell.
 
2012-09-28 03:06:29 PM

Insanefrog5000: (CSB that I can't relate to since I also ride the bus to and from work yet very rarely if ever get approached by anyone for any reason)


This isn't you, by chance?
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2012-09-28 03:10:42 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Del: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: 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"

Well, you have to bear in mind that it's written for people who aren't dicks.

Politely informing someone that they are interrupting you and that you would appreciate it if they didn't is "being a dick"? I'll bet you're one of those people who also thinks it's OK to insert yourself into a conversation that people near you are having, even though you don't know them.

I was on the train the other day, and the guy next to me was talking on his cellphone. he wasn't being loud or annoying - in fact, I could barely hear him. I tried to engage him in conversation, but he said "excuse me - I'm on the phone." What a dick he was


Well, what I mean is that the writer apparently believes, as a lot of people seem to, that it's very rude to just turn other people off. I'm with you on this, frankly, but I've also got a reputation -- deserved, really -- as a biatch. I agree it's not fair, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground on such things, though I agree with you that there should be. When I've said almost exactly the same thing as what you suggest, I've usually gotten the reaction that I'm being a biatch. I'm used to that, but it's usually when I mean to be, not when I just tell the truth. Apparently, the truth is very rude.

Anyway, the writer seems to travel a lot and to have had many interactions like that, and apparently believes that it's rude, perhaps because he's been told that a lot, as I have. So it's a litany of strategies for avoiding seeming rude. Even though -- and again, I agree with you on this -- it's really not.
 
2012-09-28 03:12:56 PM

BumpInTheNight: Insanefrog5000: (CSB that I can't relate to since I also ride the bus to and from work yet very rarely if ever get approached by anyone for any reason)

This isn't you, by chance?


More like I'm one of the handful of white people on the bus at any given time so I tend to stick out no matter how hard I try.
 
2012-09-28 03:18:34 PM

Insanefrog5000: Music is the only thing that works, and only if I lean against the window acting like I'm sleeping.


That's where I ended up, too. I don't know why people can't take the hint. And there seems to be no acceptably 'polite' way to decline conversation in such settings. It's like I farking owe them my time and attention because they're too lazy to read their own goddamn book.

I'd be interested in trying some of these tricks anyway, just for research and entertainment purposes. In my oft-misspent youth, I used to things like that. I spent a whole day in D.C. convincing people I was a British tourist. I had a whole bio worked out, about where I was from and everything. Didn't meet any UK tourists, thank goodness. Another time, I was shopping with my brother and repeated a number of Russian phrases and a few short sentences I'd learned. I've also done that a few times to thwart people who want to talk to me, pretending I don't know English.

But I'd be interested to see what certain books would inspire in fellow travellers. A woman I knew used to read some very heady stuff on trains and buses, but it was no prank. She was reading it all for real, for her own purposes, and was ready to hold forth on it. People almost always regretted asking her, and I think it amused her deeply.
 
2012-09-28 05:25:41 PM
I just wear my Nazi SS uniform. People tend to stay away from me.
 
2012-09-28 08:07:30 PM

Ctrl-Alt-Del: I'll bet you're one of those people who also thinks it's OK to insert yourself into a conversation that people near you are having, even though you don't know them.


I can't stand people like that, especially when they enter with a smug sense of superiority. I was at a work Christmas party at a posh little jazz club that I'd never be allowed in to normally last year. A coworker and myself were heading outside to smoke a cigarette and another club patron rode the elevator down with us. We were carrying on with our conversation as normal (can't even remember what it was about) when my co-worker started complimenting my wife, talking about how sweet she is, how awesome she is, etc., and this lady just suddenly chimes in "Yeah, I'm pretty awesome, too." and just launches into an anecdote about some boring shiat or another. She proceeded to follow us outside and tell us more about how awesome she was while we were trying to smoke and talk about other things. I was pretty drunk at this point in the night, so I figured I'd just tell the most offensive jokes I could possibly think of until she got disgusted and walked away. It took about 5 minutes and a few jokes about abortions before she told me that "I shouldn't talk like that.". I told her "fark off, then, I've been trying to get you away from us since you got on the elevator.". Did I have to be a dick to this lady? Of course not. But it was infinitely more fun to teach her a lesson about joining a stranger's conversations when they clearly don't want you to be involved.

/I know, I know. I'm a piece of shiat.
//csb, etc.
 
2012-09-28 08:35:38 PM

rdu_voyager: BumpInTheNight: Sounds like the author needs to employ David Wong's book cover disguises.

Here's an excellent example:
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You won't be able to unsee it.


Help me out, because I'm not seeing what I'm not going to be able to unsee.
 
2012-09-28 11:57:17 PM
Am I the only one who didn't recognize, remotely, any of the name dropping authors the author seemed to think would be so amazingly big suburban housewives would shiat themselves mightily in sheer joy of discussing with her?
 
2012-09-29 12:33:29 AM
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The only tip she needs is: Don't be an attractive woman in public.

I've read hundreds of books in public, and i can't remember the last time somebody tried to strike up conversation with what i was reading.
 
2012-09-29 07:32:20 AM

moralpanic: [imageshack.us image 80x80]

The only tip she needs is: Don't be an attractive woman in public.

I've read hundreds of books in public, and i can't remember the last time somebody tried to strike up conversation with what i was reading.


Or be male, a little harder to pull off but man we have so many other advantages too that its probably worth it.
 
2012-09-29 10:41:28 AM
Not responding usually does the trick.

Reading a book in a language other than English will also keep would-be chatters at bay. Even better is reading a book that's not even printed in Latin characters (although if on a plane you might want to avoid Arabic or Farsi.)
 
2012-09-29 10:44:00 AM

Di Atribe: 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."


For some reason, people don't think of reading as being occupied. It's as if they're convinced that a reader is reading as a last resort, and will welcome interruptions.
 
2012-09-29 06:29:01 PM
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