People who describe themselves as friendly often aren't. What they actually mean is that they're friendly to people with whom they can find something in common.
When it comes to encountering a public that is a touch more general, they're as indifferent as the next man. Who is, of course, indifferent to them. Unless they can establish some commonality, that is. If they manage that, the conversation can suddenly turn from one of utter emptiness, to one of radically emotional charge.
Remember those times when you sit at a bar and happen upon someone who supports the … Read more