Such a lost art in our increasingly narcissitic world so amplified by new gadgets and social networking tools ( Look at ME!! I matter!! Here's what I ate for lunch!! )
I met a new friend recently who I generally like but she has the bad habit of talking about herself at 200mph. E.g.
"And then I went here and said this and then my friend said and then we went to this place and ate this stuff and after that I remembered I needed new shoes and did I ever tell you about when I was five I had these new shoes and they were kind of clown shoes it was so funny but anyway so this other friend's having a party and we're going to do blah and then blah and they all love me and this guy was looking at me and he's into me oh but wait when i was at work today this bitch said this thing and then..."...every god damned nuance of a day that spins off many threads of essentially self-referential thoughts...I've been ill and that's the phone call I got LOL I really had to beg off the phone because I couldn't sit in as her audience anymore. She called me an hour later and I ignored her call. She left a message on my ansa machine essentially extending her previous rat-a-tat speech until the machine cut her off X-D
I'm with you Michael, if there's not a back and forth communication then there's NO communication. And like yourself, I find it a feat of superhuman power to endure or be polite about being on the recieving end of it. And also, it makes me want to back off from such a person rather than try to be their friend because it's like they're showing you they don't have the capacity for it because...drum roll.....they don't listen themselves!!
I'm spent...anyone have a cigarette?