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cabbagegirl28:
How's (hobby) coming along? If you don't know them, ask about their hobbies.
Talk about the food or drink, if that's relevant.

I'm writing a paper, so I can't think of anything really good. Sorry.

Emmy:
These are very good tips and it amazes me how many people don't seem to heed this advice.  Most of these tips are being thoughtful and having consideration for others.  Yet so often I have seen people violate many of these tips.

CakeEater:

--- Quote from: NotTheNarcissist on October 15, 2012, 04:27:30 PM ---How about ways to strike up a conversation with someone you just met or haven't seen  in a long time? The main 2 starters I know are:
Have you been anywhere on vacation? or -So did you take a vacation this year?
How are (_insert name of spouse and/or kids_)?

Those are old & lame, so I am soliciting suggestions here.

--- End quote ---

I sometimes go with the generic, "Been up to anything interesting/exciting recently?" which leaves people free to talk about anything. Unfortunately, people have occasionally responded with a flat 'no', which kind of brings things to a bit of a standstill.

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