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[personal profile] giandujakiss
So, for example, when cab drivers, or hairdressers, try to strike up a conversation with me, I pretty much give one-word answers until they give up. But I understand what they're doing. If we're just sitting together for a while, it makes sense to talk. They want higher tips, and if you see a steady stream of new people every day, you probably enjoy learning a little about them.

But I do not, will never, understand the dental hygienists who keep trying to talk to me. My mouth is busy. This is not a good time
And tipping the hygienist is not, as far as I'm aware, standard. Why are you talking to me? Why are you asking me questions??? You yourself are fully aware that I cannot talk right now. Just finish the tooth polishing and let me leave.

On the bright side, I am so enchanted with the varied flavors of tooth polish available these days. Vanilla, strawberry, orange? When I was a kid, you got mint-vomit and liked it.

Date: 2016-08-08 06:46 pm (UTC)
yhlee: Sandman raven with eyeball (Sandman raven (credit: rilina))
From: [personal profile] yhlee
Oh man, yeah, I've never understood dental hygienists who do that either.

Wait, where do I get in on this strawberry action??? All I ever get is mint, dammit.

Date: 2016-08-08 06:49 pm (UTC)
yhlee: Sandman raven with eyeball (Sandman raven (credit: rilina))
From: [personal profile] yhlee
I will have to remember that if I'm ever given a choice in the future! :D

Date: 2016-08-08 06:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naraht
You know what I really don't understand ? Doctors making conversation during gynaecological exams.

Date: 2016-08-09 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I give pap smears and I confess to doing this.

My rationale is that people are often pretty uncomfortable getting paps, and if I'm silent, their focus is what my hands are doing. If I ask questions, it gives them something else to think about.

Generally, if they have kids, I'll ask how old the kids are, and if the kids are grown I ask whether they still live in the area. If they don't have kids, I ask about work or school.

But, you know, your mileage may vary. :)

Date: 2016-08-08 07:20 pm (UTC)
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
From: [personal profile] bironic
I wonder if it's to make things, counterintuitively, less awkward? Like, it's awkward, and one-sided in the case of dentistry, but would it be even more weird to sit there in silence for 10 minutes or whatever while they worked on your body?

ETA: I forgot the part about the questions. Questions during dentistry make no sense! Monologues do, though, I think, for reasons above.
Edited Date: 2016-08-09 12:01 am (UTC)

Date: 2016-08-09 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] themadlurker
Avoiding awkward silence makes the most sense to me as a reason, I think you're on to something there. And then asking questions could be such a default part of "this is how you make polite conversation" that the hygienist doesn't stop to think about how awkward it would be if you actually tried to get out an intelligible answer.

Idk I usually just adopt the "interested grunts" approach because I don't really want to offend the person with sharp pointed implements who's poking around in my mouth.

Date: 2016-08-08 07:34 pm (UTC)
ratcreature: Eeew! (eeew)
From: [personal profile] ratcreature
I've never been given a choice. Though a while ago the flavor my dentist office used changed to something less gross. It is now "mint" and mostly tolerable, when before it was some sort of orange or something. Not that it tasted anything like actual orange, but it was singularly awful, even for an artificial flavor.

Date: 2016-08-08 09:20 pm (UTC)
intothespin: Drawing of a woman lying down reading by Kate Beaton (Default)
From: [personal profile] intothespin
This is why I now put in my earphones and listen to music when getting dental work done.

Date: 2016-08-08 10:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
I know!

My hygienist is a wonderful person and we share a lot of interests, but I can't have a conversation without stretching my appointment to twice as long! Which I do not enjoy!

I can't figure this out!!!

I have had to say, more than once, "Hey, if I talk, you can't work. You talk and I'll make encouraging grunting noises."

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