The sickness has me in its grip. Granted it's not serious, but ever-present - I left work early and came home to sleep. Later, D & G called me up and G said he'd had it for two weeks, but he's finally cured. So far I've only endured half that time.
Here's something from the "Americans' Communicative Style" chapter in American Ways by Gary Althen:
The typical conversation between Americans takes a form that can be called repartee. Nobody speaks for very long. Speakers take turns frequently, often after only a few sentences have been spoken.I love these stereotypes, don't you? For another assessment of out national characteristics check this previous entry. The book's been in print for a decade and I think I read a previous edition in the "BookStar" around the corner from my apartment when I lived in Santa Monica. (That one's gone now but my last trip down I noticed that at least one branch of these pre-Borders Barnes & Noble stores is still open in LA.)
LA - Los Angeles
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