Last week, uberblogger Tyler linked to an article about how not to bore people in conversation. The advice includes not talking about dreams, meals you've eaten, and your children's sleep habits. However, this advice is not Economist Specific and thus dangerous for many readers of Tyler's blog. In an attempt to remedy this omission KPC presents Rules for Economists on how not to bore people in conversation.
1. Do not speak at all. Really. NO, Really! Remember, we, after all, are the people with insufficient personality to be actuaries. Just hang loose, rockin' your Harris tweed with elbow patches and pleated Dockers pants and let the good times roll.
2. If you do feel you must break rule 1, for God's sake do not talk about economics! Really, NO, Really! Some one will either start quizzing you about the stock market and then mock all your random walk down Wall St. patter, or some one will loudly proclaim that they took an econ class in college and it was the worst thing that ever happened to them while everyone else nods sympathetically and glares at you, or someone will mock all your invisible hand junk and bust out about the Illuminati or the Free Masons while everyone else nods sympathetically and glares at you.
3. However, if you ever find yourself exclusively in the company of other people with Harris Tweeds and dockers, rules 1 and 2 do not apply. You are at home, young Skywalker, spread your wings, speak your mind, especially if the others also have large plastic name tags clipped to their lapels.