On Friday I was in the car with my husband listening to the podcast, This American Life, where the producer’s mother was on the show discussing her list of the “Seven Things You’re Not Supposed to Talk About.” Maria Matthissen (the mother) claimed these topics were off-limits to conversation because they were boring, uninteresting, vulgar, dull or self-indulgent. The seven things are:
1. How you slept
2. Your period
3. Your health
4. Your dreams
6. Your diet
7. Route talk
The majority of the show consisted of Sarah (the producer) trying to convince her mother that these seven topics could, in fact, be interesting by presenting her with stories for each topic and then having her mother rate them. In the end Sarah’s mother won, but I did think the story Sarah dug up about sleeping in space, as told by an NASA astronaut, was pretty cool.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about this segment a lot lately because I know many of us talk about these things all the time! I’m sure I’ve talked about most of the items on the list within the last week. Didn’t I mention on Monday I was battling a cold? Whoops! Sorry about that. So, after listening to this podcast and thinking about it very carefully, I’ve decided to be more conscious about the seven items:
Sleep, periods, diets and health matters are now reserved for the doctor.
And perhaps dreams as well, depending on what kind of doctor you see.
Money should never be discussed, unless you’re at the bank.
And route talk is only for police, detectives, and FBI agents who may be questioning you in a high-speed car chase investigation.
What do you think about these seven topics? Off-limits? Boring? Interesting? Self-indulgent? And please, unless I got abducted by aliens on the way to your house, smack me if I ever start any “route talk”!