19 comments Add a comment
What has the global village done to individual social responsibility and the respect for the privacy of others? Encouraged way too much interaction/introduction when clearly not needed or requested, I don't want to be everyones friend thank you very much!
Whilst surfing at a relatively secluded spot on the Outer Hebrides last year in perfect (if big) conditions, I was continually subjected to comments and conversation by others. Now this I can understand happening in the tourist honeypot summer pseudo-surf communities of southern England. But in an area renowned worldwide for its peace and solitude if you see me, LEAVE me alone please, and if you really must speak, at least say something intelligent. For example dont say "Are you a surfer?" to a bloke dressed in a 5/4/3 wettie with a board under his arm who replies: "No I'm a professional gimp seeking the mystical Hebridean loom of depravity to facilitate the incorporation of this fibreglass prone whipping slab into the perverse tweed of life!"
As a lakeland born son of Cumbria, now with its twelve month tourist season, when home walking the dog at any time of the year I am subjected (during a maximum 30 minute stroll) to at least 15-20 comments on the quality of the time (good morning/afternoon/day) followed by attempts at brief conversational interaction with the subject of the weather always the opening gambit. I have long lost the pleasure of a short scything sarcastic retort to harvest their looks of upset, disappointment or disgust dependent upon strength of return, and I now simply ignore these irritating incumbents.
...follow the country code and keep it shut!
There is no need to interact with complete strangers in a countryside or beach setting, so ask yourself if you would behave like this in any major city. You know the answer, therefore follow the country code and keep it shut!