Stephanie asks “Do you talk just to hear yourself speak?” This reminded me of a quote from Fight Club: “When people think you’re dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just…instead of just waiting for their turn to speak?”
I hope I don’t talk just to hear myself speak. I just spent a week and a half in Morocco by myself while Julie was back in BC. I probably said 200 words out-loud all week. I didn’t start talking to myself, so that was encouraging.
Anyway, Stephanie has a peculiar medical condition. She of course has my sympathies, but I also thought it’d make for a great plot device in a movie:
i have a problem with my right ear, iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had it for quite a while now and have seen a few doctors in canada, but none have made any effort to help me, so i can only hear about 2/3 of what you say when you talk to me. everything else is interference, noise that sounds like iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m swimming in a fishbowl- watery and echoing…
in the end, iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve determined that most of the words that many people say are completely unnecessary. how unnerving it is to be paying absolute attention to someone else when the only word i can hear is Ã¢â‚¬Å“like.Ã¢â‚¬Â i now live in a world of eternal likes and umms, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disappointing to put so much effort into listening to someone if they only give me garbage.
The whole plot could hinge on whether the protagonist hear the right words from somebody, just before they, I don’t know, plummeted off Hoover Dam.
There’s an interesting implied challenge here to make yourself more succinct. Assume all listeners only hear two-thirds of the words you say. Do you really want to drive them nuts with “ums” and “likes”. Uh, like, no.