Food for Thought: Talking to strangers about food | KNKX

Food for Thought: Talking to strangers about food

Oct 9, 2019

Just back from Philly, Nancy Leson says that easterners are more likely to chat up people they don't know,  especially in restaurants and in supermarkets. "Strangers just come up to you and talk.  Or I come up to strangers and talk. About anything. About what you're ordering, how to make it."

Nance says this happens all the time back east but not so much in Seattle. Does she think this is the much bemoaned Seattle Freeze?

She does.  "It's so clear to me that this is not something that someone just made up." 

She says that, while waiting at a Philadelphia deli, she started talking with a woman about why they both liked that particular place, and "Next thing I know she was showing me pictures of her new grandchild, we gave each other a big hug when we walked out of the place." She compared that and other examples of public friendliness on the Atlantic side with the chillier reception said to characterize Seattle.

But the very next day, after bemoaning the Northwest's standoffish attitude, she sent me the picture above, taken at a Seattle supermarket, plus this one of two more new friends she made at the same store. Could a thaw be on the way?

Nance and fellow ham samplers Karin and Lori
Credit Nancy Leson / KNKX

Don't you think it's finally time we started talking to strangers in public places? Not introverted (really!) me, of course but you go right ahead.

"I'm very shy so I became outgoing to protect my shyness." – Don Rickles