In keeping with the Locally-Grown-as-Gossip-Blog theme:
A friend who moved to Silicon Valley [from New York] in the late 90s said the worst thing about living there was the low quality of the eavesdropping. At the time I thought she was being deliberately eccentric. Sure, it can be interesting to eavesdrop on people, but is good quality eavesdropping so important that it would affect where you chose to live? Now I understand what she meant. The conversations you overhear tell you what sort of people you’re among.
(Actually, this is from an excellent and insightful article about the personality of certain cities, and how they affect the people who live there. But being small-minded, my excerpt of the article does not reflect the greater thoughts therein. I encourage you to take the hyperlink side trip and read the whole article.)
I always find that coffee at the Goodbye Blue Monday or lunch at Chapati are great resources for quality eavesdropping, due in part to the fact that both places attract college students and out-of-towners passing through. If anyone else has great snippets of overheard conversations they’d like to share, please comment here.
I’m all ears.