How much do you really want to hear about your friends’ grandkids’ recent witticisms? What details about your pal’s recent colonoscopy do you need to know? Is the spike in their golf scores all that interesting? Now that you’re allowed to be a curmudgeon, I suggest you instigate the Geezer System of cut-off times.

Say “ I’d love to hear about your trip to Disneyland….for 15 minutes.” “ Tell me all about your dental implants…in 10 minutes or less.” It’s rude but effective and if they’re really your friends, they’ll shut up at the appointed times. If Larry David can do it, why not you?

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