I've met a person or two that I felt that way with. On the flipside, I seem to be one of those people that total strangers feel comfortable sharing the most interesting things with. Which is probably why I've had so many adventures on the commuter train I take to work.
For years, I've shared these adventures with friends and family, and I've had several requests to write a book about them. I'm not sure if I'll write a book or not, but I thought I'd share my adventures with you. I'll share the Facebook post I made about the incident and then give you the background story.
If your doctor says not to talk, that probably includes talking to strangers on the train, too.
When riding the commuter train, I usually take out my eReader and read a story. This helps the time go by quickly and usually keeps people from bothering me. Usually. One day, I sat down in an empty seat next to a nice-looking lady, pulled out my eReader and began reading. The lady started asking me a lot of questions: what was I reading, did I like my eReader, did I always read on the train, etc.
I politely answered them and tried to get back to reading my story. However, the lady really wanted to talk. She started telling me how she was coming back from the doctor's office, and that her doctor had told her to stop talking for the next couple of weeks to help take care of some throat problem she was having.
As politely as I could, I pointed out that the vocal chords might get strained like any other part of the body, and they might need rest in order to heal. She was amazed that it was possible to hurt her voice and proceeded to tell me how surprised she was by the doctor's orders -- for the next 20 minutes! My bet is she didn't follow her doctor's orders for the 2 weeks she needed to stop talking.