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Title: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Chocolate Cake on March 10, 2007, 12:03:53 PM
I'll start:  Specifics about violent crimes committed in your area
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Post by: Lisbeth on March 10, 2007, 12:10:40 PM
Graphic medical details, especially about surgery or childbirth.
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Post by: Shoo on March 10, 2007, 12:22:28 PM
Anything about what goes on in a bathroom.
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Post by: Lisbeth on March 10, 2007, 12:24:48 PM
Child development, especially potty training or teething

Personal finances
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Post by: Twik on March 10, 2007, 12:31:58 PM
one I sat through: The differences between vomiting and regurgitation in infants.
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Post by: Shoo on March 10, 2007, 12:35:12 PM
one I sat through: The differences between vomiting and regurgitation in infants.

With a special emphasis on projectile?
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Post by: veryfluffy on March 10, 2007, 12:58:48 PM
How wonderful and interesting your children are.
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Post by: Lisbeth on March 10, 2007, 01:00:28 PM
Put-downs of absent people, especially if said in snarky tone of voice
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Post by: emeraldsage85 on March 10, 2007, 02:14:52 PM
Discussions about "marital relations".
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Post by: Lisbeth on March 10, 2007, 02:42:46 PM
Political or religious matters among those who don't care for aggressive debate
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Post by: megswsu on March 10, 2007, 03:54:38 PM
Bringing up a subject, any subject, with the sole purpose of getting under someone's skin.
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Post by: caranfin on March 10, 2007, 09:11:39 PM
What happened at work today. When three of the people at the table are nurses.  ::)
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Pixie on March 10, 2007, 09:45:50 PM
1. religion
2. money
3. sex
4. politics
5. gossip
6. bodily functions
7. hunting
8. medical conditions/illness
9. death
10. rats/ bugs/ food poisoning


Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Twik on March 10, 2007, 09:57:38 PM
... That live termites taste like carrots, and how I know that?
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Post by: MerryRaven on March 10, 2007, 10:54:34 PM
Adventures in eating unusal things.

Gallbladder or other surgery.

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Post by: kettiecat on March 11, 2007, 01:22:46 AM
I tend to lean towards people being over sensitive about what topics are ok to talk about.

But one should never gossip/ put down someone. Thats just poor taste.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: housewife2k on March 11, 2007, 01:35:34 AM
1. Why eating meat is superior to vegetarionism...when at a vegan meal
2. What your toe looked like after you dropped a sledge hammer on it.
3. How long it took said toes nail to fall off
4. In depth details of your child's most embarassing moment ever! Especially when said child is now an adult, and present, with coworkers
5. The many downfalls of your In-laws
6. The many downfalls of your Hubby-conversation directed towards you
7. The thing you cleaned out of the back of the fridge, under the sink, back of toilet
8. Anything involving the words 'rectal hemmoraghing
9. How you and your spouse overcame that nasty infidelity incedent.

(yes, I have been present for all of these, some were directed to/at/about me, some I was just an idle spectator, trying to keep my jaw from falling off)
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: IndianInlaw on March 11, 2007, 09:07:53 AM
Your perceptions that certain demographics groups are ruining this country.

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Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on March 11, 2007, 09:18:11 AM
Specifics about violent crimes committed in your area

In South Africa, that is a mandatory discussion at ANY function: dinner party, lunch date, while getting a massage, in the doctor's office, waiting in the queue at the supermarket...

Friday was Pink Shirt Day here. People were asked to wear a pink shirt for a little girl who was kidnapped and murdered, just another symbol of the violent crime in this country. I didn't have a pink shirt. But if I did, I would have worn one.
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Post by: Alida on March 11, 2007, 09:28:36 AM
Complaining about in-laws (especially if they happen to be sitting at the table with you)
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Post by: Chartreuse on March 11, 2007, 10:06:04 AM
Graphic descriptions of critters your pet has killed and brought in as a gift to you.
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Post by: cocacola35 on March 11, 2007, 10:52:46 AM
Making general unpleasent comments about food that is being eaten.  For example discussing how high the mercury levels in fish have gotten over the years and all the potential dangers of injesting it- and everyone or a few people are eating a seafood dish.

Discussing your latest rodent/roach problem in your home- bonus points if the person discussing the these matters is the host!

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Post by: Sophia on March 11, 2007, 11:31:30 AM
Describing unique attrubutes of the roach, then getting upset at me when I point out "You are talking about roaches"
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Post by: kathrynne on March 11, 2007, 12:40:28 PM
Graphic descriptions of critters your pet has killed and brought in as a gift to you.
You just reminded me of the infamous "pigeon incident." This was during the starving student days in college, back around '82. It was one of the first really nice days of spring, so I'd left the door open so my two kitties could come and go at will for the day. That way I didn't have to go open the door every five or ten minutes as a kitty changed its mind about which side of the door was preferred at that particular second. They could play and I could ignore them. Kitties had come in for the last time and I'd shut the door hours earlier.

My roommate and I were finishing dinner when a friend came over, unannounced. Roger (our visitor) was a cat person. I'm a cat person. My roommate at the time was not a cat person (this is the roomie who screamed when the cat asked to sit on her lap in the bathroom).

Roger's sitting at the end of the table, talking as we finish eating, and leaned his chair back on two legs. Then he gets this grin on his face, looks at me and asks, "Did you know you have a dead bird under your chair?" I lean down to look and say, "You're right. I have a dead bird under my chair." Totally deadpan. I'm a cat person, and these things happen.

Roomie had raced to the bathroom and had lost her dinner before I even had a chance to put my fork down, poor thing.

That incident taught me a lot. Cat people and non-cat people really don't live well together. Two determined housecats can bring down a city pigeon if they work together. If you can't monitor your kitties' comings and goings, you'd best search every nook and cranny of the house before preparing dinner. And if you happen to spot a pet's "gift" that your host must have missed it's probably best to say nothing until after dinner or when you can say something quietly for only the person who can handle said "gifts" to hear.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: emeraldsage85 on March 11, 2007, 06:08:56 PM
I have an uncle who likes to monopolize the dinner table with strange things that only he's interested in. One Christmas I had to listen to him talk about the history of eating utensils, starting all the way back at the caveman days and going to present day. It was a very looong Christmas dinner.  :-\
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Post by: housewife2k on March 11, 2007, 06:11:29 PM
I have an uncle who likes to monopolize the dinner table with strange things that only he's interested in. One Christmas I had to listen to him talk about the history of eating utensils, starting all the way back at the caveman days and going to present day. It was a very looong Christmas dinner.  :-\

The former me would have just started eating with my hands until he got to modern day utensils.
The new, etiquettely proper me would smile and nod politley, while eating, and reviewing the lates movie/book/wallpaper in my mind.
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Post by: Taralala on March 11, 2007, 09:43:59 PM
Irritable Bowel Syndrome. My SO and I used to meet another couple for dinner once a week and the male half of the other couple managed to work his IBS into the conversation every single time.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Chocolate Cake on March 11, 2007, 11:56:31 PM
"Hot Button" issues are another one:  capital punishment, abortion, women's rights, religion, etc.
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Post by: BurninDinner on March 12, 2007, 09:09:31 AM
Graphic descriptions of critters your pet has killed and brought in as a gift to you.

I bet I did this.  My cat is really sweet and brought me a robin, inside.  Except it wasn't dead yet and he shattered TWO crystal wine glasses trying to catch it again.  It was a really dramatic story.  I am sure I talked about it while eating sometime...

Also:
The time my BIL cut off his thumb with a table saw.

Christmas dinner was awkward.  My town has been in the news for an incident last spring involving a sports team being accused of assaulting a woman in the area.  The district attorney hasn't handled the case well.  All of my husband's out of state relatives decided to weigh in and give their opinion in offensive and heated terms.
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Post by: Just Lori on March 12, 2007, 10:06:55 AM
Anything that is a sermon, rather than a discussion.
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Post by: Sharnita on March 12, 2007, 10:10:47 AM
This was at a family dinner.

The family history of Prostate trouoble and PSA numbers, leading my mom to warn 20-something cousin that he needs to let his doctor know to keep an eye on his prostate. The talk then turned to colonscopies.

I think some of this derives from the fact that most of the people at the table were in the medical field and/or have or might in the futre have colon issues but still...
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: alohomora on March 12, 2007, 12:01:00 PM
At a dinner I attended recently, I was treated to hearing a laundry list of ailments that some of the attendees suffered from and the amount and types of medication needed for treatment. 

None of the stuff they spoke about was "gross" or anything.  However, nothing can bring the laughter and enjoyment at a dinner table to come to a grinding halt like listening to someone talk about how sick they are.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Xanthia, Maker of fine Tin-foil hats since 2007 on March 12, 2007, 01:16:19 PM
When the word "drain" is combined with any part of the human body, and the person describes the "drainage"..that is a bad topic of conversation...especially when they go into the detail of HOW it was drained.

RETCH!
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: willow08 on March 12, 2007, 01:23:40 PM
All from the same uncle:

Amway. (Two hours at a reaaaaaaallllllllly long Thanksgiving meal.)

How you're not really going to heaven unless you do (insert religious concept here.)

Who looks like they've put on weight.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Lisbeth on March 12, 2007, 03:06:06 PM
A cousin of my mother's invited her and me to dinner at her house once with her two teenage children.

My mother dominated the conversation by focusing on an illness she'd had the month before and on the death of a friend of my then 5-year old niece.

You could have heard a pin drop.

My mother is empathy-challenged-she's never concerned about the consequences of anything she says.
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Post by: HogwartsAlum on March 12, 2007, 03:23:21 PM
The hundreds of cute things your new boyfriend/girlfriend does/says/wears, especially if they are at the table and every other sentence is punctuated by loud, sloppy French kisses.  Bleah!
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Post by: Emmy on March 12, 2007, 07:54:12 PM
1.  Anything having to do with digestive system problems.  Better yet don't talk about any medical condition.  This goes for talking about your animals and children's ailments as well.
2.  Making conversation about how the food looks like (insert gross item here).  Also rude comments about the food are not appreciated.  If you are a vegetarian, don't harp on the evil meat eaters for killing and eating a poor helpless animal.  Don't ever say 'yuck' or 'ewww'.
3.  Very controversial subjects.
4.  Long conversations that would leave some people out and inside jokes among a few people at the table (for example it is rude to talk about your sorority days unless everybody at the table was a sister).
5.  Anything negative, talk about the fight with your mom, how your kids are acting up, and how your husband never does anything around the house is not appropriate for an audience, vent one on one with a friend.
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Post by: MerryRaven on March 12, 2007, 09:08:22 PM
Now I realize why for centuries "the weather" has been about the only "polite" conversation.

You can talk about how much snow you shoveled, how the wind blew down your tree and it almost missed the house, how cold it is, how warm it is and whether weather trends will continue, without once grossing anyone out or starting something controversial. 

And if someone tries to start something controversial (like the city doesn't plow the streets and it is the fault of X party in power), then you quickly remember the time the snowplow almost ran over your mother.

That or baseball.  As George Carlin says, baseball is a peaceful game. ;)
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Lisbeth on March 12, 2007, 10:34:19 PM
That or baseball.  As George Carlin says, baseball is a peaceful game. ;)

College football sure isn't!

Once, on New Year's Day, the couple who are my parents' best friends came to watch the bowl games with our family, and there was a history of "friendly rivalry" between our families-we'd root for opposing teams.  Unfortunately, that year it got to be unfriendly-it evolved into a shouting match between the wife and my brother, and he picked up a chair and threw it at the door, making a hole in it.  My brother was punished, but everyone agreed that the rivalry had gone too far and it's since been toned down.

On the other hand, this couple and my parents have totally opposite political leanings...

Sometimes I have to wonder what they find to talk about that makes them best friends.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Venus193 on March 13, 2007, 10:37:56 AM
"Adventurous" or "exotic" eating including -- but not limited to -- a certain subject that's become very popular in recent horror movies.

Anyone doing this is no longer welcome to dine with me and I will walk out on them in public.
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Post by: kingsrings on March 13, 2007, 11:16:33 AM
What was the name of that Leo DiCaprio movie about Howard Hughes?? In one scene, he attends a family dinner of his GF, Katherine Hepburn. As soon as they are all gathered at the table, her family immediately starts interrogating him about his political beliefs and spouting off on theirs. I cringed when I saw that because I can't imagine what a nightmare that would be in real life if it happened! Now that is definitely not dinnertime conversation, especially when one has guests.
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Post by: Lisbeth on March 13, 2007, 11:23:19 AM
Weight loss, calories, cholesterol, free-range meat, and other metabolism-related topics
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Post by: Venus193 on March 13, 2007, 11:42:14 AM
What was the name of that Leo DiCaprio movie about Howard Hughes??

Isn't that The Aviator?

I so don't like this actor, so I didn't see this film.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Kena on March 13, 2007, 12:34:18 PM
A botched episiotomy and the ensuing struggles to deal (thank you, Aunt!)

Politics - Especially Conservatives vs. Liberals and Global Warming

Sex (Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte may talk about it at lunch...on a TV show!)

Religion (and lack thereof)
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Post by: magdalena on March 14, 2007, 06:00:26 AM
Sex
Graphic descriptions of anything
Sermons on anything
Calories/fat content/how bad diet coke is for me/how terrible I am for eating meat
Gossip isn't nice, ever

I'd have to disagree about politics though, this being a cultural difference. I've hardly ever been to party here in Germany where someone did not discuss politics - and that's always a hit and hardly ever becomes an argument - it's a discussion and interesting  :)
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Post by: blue2000 on March 14, 2007, 07:46:29 AM
Ooooh, my lunchtime conversation the other day would count :-X.

One of my co-workers is going to school part-time to become a geologist. We were discussing his homework, which happened to be a question on pollution in lakes, and it evolved into a discussion on dead bodies on the bottom of lakes.

We had a fine conversation, but the person sitting with us thought we were insane.
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Post by: T'Mar of Vulcan on March 14, 2007, 09:59:31 AM
One of my co-workers is going to school part-time to become a geologist. We were discussing his homework, which happened to be a question on pollution in lakes, and it evolved into a discussion on dead bodies on the bottom of lakes.

My father was the superintendent for the entire sewer maintenance department of the city of Johannesburg and Soweto. You can only imagine the things we thought were normal conversation!

I once told a friend of mine that stuff found in sewers wasn't thrown away, but sterilized and used, and he turned green. We weren't even eating at the time!
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Post by: Midnight Kitty on March 14, 2007, 06:47:36 PM
My father was the superintendent for the entire sewer maintenance department of the city of Johannesburg and Soweto. You can only imagine the things we thought were normal conversation!
Unless I'm with certain people, I prefer not to discuss my work.  I inspect sewage treatment plants.

I once told a friend of mine that stuff found in sewers wasn't thrown away, but sterilized and used, and he turned green.
You were kidding, right?  Or do you folks in South Africa actually sterilize stuff found in the sewers and reuse them.

My cousin is an ICU nurse.  She & I used to get together for meals & talk shop.  It's impossible to gross either of us out.  ;D
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Post by: kathrynne on March 14, 2007, 10:24:50 PM
I'm amazed nobody's mentioned it yet, but if you want the classic glassy-eyed stare just get two or more very knowledgeable computer geeks together at a meal--and check out their spouses' expressions when the Geek Speak gets animated. The same goes for multiple "Car Guys" or any other "experts" at a gathering.

I realize the stereotypical asocial geek like DH may not have a whole lot else to talk about, but when he starts specifying server serial numbers, model numbers, software updates and "undocumented features," it's time for someone to swoop in and rescue the spouses before we go catatonic.
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Post by: Lisbeth on March 14, 2007, 10:36:18 PM
To build on kathrynne's, excessive shop talk of any kind

Complaints about one's boss
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Post by: housewife2k on March 15, 2007, 07:34:53 AM
I'm amazed nobody's mentioned it yet, but if you want the classic glassy-eyed stare just get two or more very knowledgeable computer geeks together at a meal--and check out their spouses' expressions when the Geek Speak gets animated. The same goes for multiple "Car Guys" or any other "experts" at a gathering.

I realize the stereotypical asocial geek like DH may not have a whole lot else to talk about, but when he starts specifying server serial numbers, model numbers, software updates and "undocumented features," it's time for someone to swoop in and rescue the spouses before we go catatonic.

Oh, and why the latest patch to fik the newest bug has a bug in it, and the conspiracy theories surrounding why the bugs are present in the first place...been there...done that...went catatonic. My mom and I were pretty sure we were drooling out the corners of our mouths by the time the "geek faction" realized we were not participating in the conversation.
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Post by: kathrynne on March 15, 2007, 08:10:08 AM
Thank you, KR and HW2k. I was starting to think I was alone in this one and knew it wasn't possible.
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Post by: Nimblicity on March 15, 2007, 08:17:03 AM
I'm amazed nobody's mentioned it yet, but if you want the classic glassy-eyed stare just get two or more very knowledgeable computer geeks together at a meal--and check out their spouses' expressions when the Geek Speak gets animated. The same goes for multiple "Car Guys" or any other "experts" at a gathering.

I realize the stereotypical asocial geek like DH may not have a whole lot else to talk about, but when he starts specifying server serial numbers, model numbers, software updates and "undocumented features," it's time for someone to swoop in and rescue the spouses before we go catatonic.

Oh, and why the latest patch to fik the newest bug has a bug in it, and the conspiracy theories surrounding why the bugs are present in the first place...been there...done that...went catatonic. My mom and I were pretty sure we were drooling out the corners of our mouths by the time the "geek faction" realized we were not participating in the conversation.

Argh!  I hate this!  A really egregious example happened to me when I went out with 4 other friends.  4, you'd think, would be enough to find someone to have a normal conversation with.

No.

Two people turned to discussing how cocaine was their favorite drug in college.  Uhh, no opinion.  I turned to the other two, only to find a discussion in progress about the categorical imperative and it's influence on nacho cheese, or something like that.  Oooh-K.  Tried to change the topic, but to no avail.  So I sat in the middle, nursing my beer.  Staring out the window.  One of the former coke-heads asked me about my cocaine-based experiences, I said I didn't have anything to say on this topic, could we maybe talk about something else?  "Aha", said the friend, and, turning his back to me, turned back to his conversation.

What a jerk!
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Kena on March 15, 2007, 09:44:11 AM
Two people turned to discussing how cocaine was their favorite drug in college.
 

 :PI had that happen to me on a 2nd date with a guy!  Why he would think that that was a good topic for a conversation on a date is beyond me.  I don't think I look like someone who partakes in "recreational pharmaceuticals."
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: VorFemme on March 19, 2007, 05:25:45 PM
Speech therapy and "tongue thrust" when a third of the guests  had no kids yet and the guest of honor at the going away party had kids in their twenties.............

It was enough to scare me off going to meetings of that organization for about twenty years.  I did have kids at home when I finally dared try again - some 1200 miles away from the original location, as well.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: VorFemme on March 19, 2007, 05:28:18 PM
You were kidding, right?  Or do you folks in South Africa actually sterilize stuff found in the sewers and reuse them.

++++++++++++++++++++

I think that the meaning is that the "stuff" was turned into useful fertilizer or some such thing..........I haven't seen or heard of many diamond rings flushed into the sewage systems around the USA!
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: MerryRaven on March 20, 2007, 07:25:51 PM
My DH was a cop and also an EMT.  I was immune to it, but I had to tell him not to tell "war stories" about the latest accident he helped out with at Thanksgiving dinner.

Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: artk2002 on March 21, 2007, 07:43:07 AM
My SO is a nurse (OR and has worked ER and psych) and I have two boys ages 10 and 11 -- gross conversation is the norm for us!
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Cellardoor14 on March 22, 2007, 05:46:33 AM
How you/your band is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better than current hit actor/band.

How every new movie/song/band/TV series is terrible and desperately needs your unique talent.


* Have you guessed we know a lot of people in the entertainment business? *
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Sharnita on March 22, 2007, 10:26:03 AM
I can't believ I didn't remeber this one before now, it does require a bit of set-up...

it is the beginning of the school year. We have a half-day with kids with teachers meeting in the afternoon. The kids leave and a group of us get together to go out to eat. Some of us (me) have been in the building for a long time, some of us have a few years in there, some are brand new.

We share news and family updates. Teacher A relates concern that the house her parents are renting might currently be used as a drug house due to frequent coming and going of various cars all hours of the night and day. Teacher J who (too) freely shares info about her wild life before teaching comments:

"That sounds like my house when ex-hubby and I were selling drugs."

Me: "You sold them from your house?!" (I knew she had been a user but this was new info)

Teacher J: "Yeah we sold what we weren't using. Sometimes we'd get high and when the kids came down in the morning we'd have painted the family room another color."

Me:                                                      (Because really, what can you say?)

Teacher J: "We stopped selling after we accidentally blew up the kitchen."


The new teachers keep looking at me and I realize they are waiting for the punch line, completely sure they are being put on. Sorry, not so much.

Teacher J had to be finger printed before being hired so I guess she never got caught for this stuff. No idea why she shares it with other professionals, especially ones she just met. She's clean now but Ithink her years of hard living have taken a toll on her health and memory.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Venus193 on March 22, 2007, 12:36:47 PM
She's clean now but Ithink her years of hard living have taken a toll on her health and memory.

Not to mention her sense of judgement.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: kingsrings on March 26, 2007, 10:36:59 AM
Do not bring up an unpleasant news story that you just read before coming over as a conversation topic. "Hey, did you guys hear about the news story where.....", and it's something really graphic, gross, offensive. This happened at a dinner I went to on Friday night. Fortunately some of knew what he was going to talk about before he could get too into it and we spoke up and nipped it in the bud before he could continue. Definitely not dinnertime conversation.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Bob Ducca on March 26, 2007, 11:08:22 AM
Don't be Debbie Downer.  If you've seen the sketch on SNL, she's the one who can take any subject and bring up something horrible and depressing.  It is a really funny sketch sometimes- the one where they were at Disneyland was really good.
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Julia Mercer on March 27, 2007, 10:12:44 PM
One Christmas I had to listen to him talk about the history of eating utensils, starting all the way back at the caveman days and going to present day. It was a very looong Christmas dinner.  :-\

OK, I must be tired, because when I first read this, I thought, WHY would people want to eat utensils, wouldn't that be uncomfortable? Then I read it again, lol!

Jules
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: PeasNCues on April 05, 2007, 01:34:23 PM
Graphic descriptions of critters your pet has killed and brought in as a gift to you.
That incident taught me a lot. Cat people and non-cat people really don't live well together.

One of my Golden Retrievers once brought me a baby bird - still alive and held very gently in his mouth. He was very proud of himself. My other Golden herded a baby rabbit to me in quite the same manner. My current Golden did the "follow me thing" of going to you and walking away and coming back. Then he showed me how he could make a toad jump if he nudged it with his paw. Sorry for the off topic but I just wanted to express I am really glad they haven't brought me anything dead!! haha

P.S. Excessive talking about one's pets in general, when it not a topic shared by those present but "mommy boasting" can be tiresome in the same way excessive talking about one's children can be! I must stop myself when I accidently do this  ;)
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Midnight Kitty on April 05, 2007, 01:56:35 PM
One of my Golden Retrievers once brought me a baby bird - still alive and held very gently in his mouth. He was very proud of himself. My other Golden herded a baby rabbit to me in quite the same manner. My current Golden did the "follow me thing" of going to you and walking away and coming back. Then he showed me how he could make a toad jump if he nudged it with his paw. Sorry for the off topic but I just wanted to express I am really glad they haven't brought me anything dead!! haha

P.S. Excessive talking about one's pets in general, when it not a topic shared by those present but "mommy boasting" can be tiresome in the same way excessive talking about one's children can be! I must stop myself when I accidently do this  ;)

I had a female golden retriever/white shepherd mix years ago.  My ex & I also had 3 cats & lived in a semi-rural area so there were mice around.  GingerBear once protected a mouse from the cats, cuddling it between her front legs & under her head as she lay down.

I took GingerBear with me to feed my quarterhorse mares who lived nearby.  She would eat the grain, too (a tasty blend of rolled oats, molasses, & other grains).  When I found a mouse in the grain bin, I overturned the bin, throwing the mouse onto the ground where GB snatched it & snapped its neck in an instant.  Then she dug up the mouse nest & executed the dozen baby mice before they could get out of the paddock.

She was cool with mice until she caught them eating her food, then the Shepherd half took over & she became a mouse killing machine.  Small children could still lead her around by the tongue  ;D
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Buffy2424 on April 05, 2007, 03:17:30 PM
Peasncues, I fear being one of those pet-talkers.  Sometimes I find myself telling my mom a funny story about the cats and then cutting it short because I remember that hi, my mom famously dislikes animals. 

Most topics really don't bug me as much as people bragging shamelessly. 

How much longer they work compared to all the lazy people in their office.  How much more they've travelled than everyone else at the table.  And just how harder it is to be them.  Yawn. 


Whoops.  Sorry for the modification! 
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: blue2000 on April 05, 2007, 06:18:30 PM
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How much longer they work compared to all the lazy people in their office.

Arrggh!!

We have one of those at work. I was talking to her the other day about a gentleman who was helping us out. She said "You have no idea how much time it saves us over in X department!"

Cue me picking up my jaw off the floor.

"Um, yes, I DO, actually. We have the exact same job."

"Oh, but...." and she went off on a litany of how I just didn't know how much harder it is to be her, in her department, etc., etc.....

Seeing as how her department is right next to mine... and she has very little to do sometimes... there went my jaw again. :P
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Suze on April 05, 2007, 06:58:00 PM
we have a medical family too

nurse, surgeon, coroner, research, you name it,

I have heard it all at the dinner table.  Sometimes even with pictures!
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: kathrynne on April 05, 2007, 07:56:10 PM
we have a medical family too

nurse, surgeon, coroner, research, you name it,

I have heard it all at the dinner table.  Sometimes even with pictures!
I would find this endlessly fascinating. DH would turn multiple shades of green, but then he'd probably faint so the conversation could continue.  ;)
Title: Re: Bad dinner party topics of discussion!
Post by: Suze on April 05, 2007, 08:14:01 PM
yeah - the autopsy tapes were ----- interesting....... to say the least.

and I will not say any more on it