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Second, you know my issues. You know their wide, intense, varied arrays. You know I have likely done little to move forward. And honestly, I haven't done much. I've tried talking a bit with people, though, and the same issue comes up.
I fucking suck at small talk. I partially believe this could be related to getting raised on a heavy diet of pop culture media, where every sentence is perfect, nobody stutters or mumbles unless it's for a Very Special Episode, and everything's just god damned perfect except when a tiny mistake is escalated for the sake of the plot.
I can talk just fine about, say, photography, or videogames, or whathaveyou. When I get lost into one of these, I can become very talkative.
I can't fucking do the generic small talk, though. At all. This is exacerbated by a heavy lack of interest. I don't care about how the goddamned weather is. This is Southern California, it is low 70s in DECEMBER. Sunny with a chance of clouds. Every fucking day. Other things are the same way. I don't follow sports, I don't watch a lot of TV these days(and what I do watch is non/semi-fiction or cartoons, heavily removing that "did you see what happened this week" element), and so on.
This is, clearly, a big problem. I've been going places more and trying to talk to people more and stuff, but it's only gonna go so far if I can't hold a conversation to save my damn life.
So, help me out here. Gimme a crash course on small-talking.