A little after noon today we came out of a business meeting at downtown Santiago. One of us proposed to drive us to the Club de Golf Los Leones to have lunch. He warned us this place was somewhat expensive, but that it was comfortable enough to resume the conversation after lunch. He told us the menu was about CLP 12,000. That is indeed a very expensive menu, around 3 times what you would normally spend at an average restaurant downtown. What the hell, I thought, I don’t know the place and this is a good opportunity: you are only allowed to enter with a club member. And there were a couple of business opportunities to discuss, so this agreeable place sounded OK.
I’ve always thought of myself as rather introverted and laconic. I am definitely terse when it comes to engaging in smalltalk with people I haven’t met beforehand. However, time and again I’ve wished I had more to say on those conversations. I admire those who can engage in conversation with almost strangers in “record time.” I wish I knew how they are able to engage and attract attention, while at the same time not appearing rude. I think I might have a clue after reading a passage of Tolstoi’s “Of War and Peace”.