Man, in Los Angeles: Cialdini’s Influence is the classic psychological book about how and why people are convinced. Woman: Ah, I should read that so I can learn to convince myself of things.
Woman walking in Stanley Park in Vancouver to the man with her: “Your serotonin levels seem really high today.”
Ranch One Flyer Guy: Ranch One. [pushes flyer]
Lady: Ugh, get away from me.
Ranch One Flyer Guy: Screw you!
Man walking down the street in downtown Vancouver to the woman next to him: “I’m Jewish, but my family has been in Canada for three generations” Woman: “Oh. I have one Jewish friend.”
Woman waiting on line in Newark airport: “Isn’t it amazing how, whenever you go to a foreign country, you can get such a feel for the country just from the airport? Take New York: you land here, you look out the windows, and the first thing you realize about New York is, ‘aren’t the vehicles here so big!’”
Young woman: I’m a lot better at hiding my feelings than you are. I’m REALLY UPSET. –Union Square
Woman in McDonald’s: “…and they were conversating about…”
Businesswoman: Tex-Mex is not Mexican food. It’s American. That’s why it’s called Tex-Mex. –Midtown Office Chick: …and the moral of the story is, don’t take off your pants in a stockroom because you’ll get dumped. –UWS Overheard by: e. glass
Woman in her 50s: “She used to drink on weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And then she got scared she was going to start drinking Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. So she went to AA and hasn’t touched a drop since, she’s a sponsor too. That was 15 years ago. Now she’s 33 and she went back to school. She just became a paralegal and makes $950 a month. She didn’t want to be one of those low people.” –W Train
A bike messenger almost plows through the crowd at a crosswalk.
Messenger: You gotta look! You gotta look!
Black Woman: Nigger, you look! You ain’t drivin’ no car! –44th & Madison