How do you react when somebody, a stranger, tries to strike up a conversation with you?
Suppose you are standing at the bus stop, or eating lunch or having a drink at a watering hole?
Do you automatically think, “What’s the scam”, or “This guy ain’t going to get to first base with me”?
Why is it that most people in Chicago will walk with heads bent and not make eye contact with others on the street?
I have had to travel most of the US and to many foreign countries for work, and, I hate to admit it, but Chicago seems the most unfriendly of cities. I have struck up idle conversations in New York, Cairo, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Indianapolis and Paris, Illinois, etc., and have had good experiences, just shooting the breeze, even if there are language difficulties.
In Chicago, you start an idle conversation and you get the brush off, more often than not. This is an asexual thing, too, with men and women both mumbling the briefest of replies and then suddenly getting busy with their smart phones.
So, maybe I am a bore or boorish. Okay, I can accept that my conversation may not sparkle one hundred percent of the time, but that only seems to be in Chicago.
Why is Chicago so unfriendly?
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