Day of rest and all that kind of jazz, so here's another of those intermitent dramatisation.
S (on phone with CL): Hello!
CL: Did you know that A has a dishwasher though he claims its less inefficient than handwashing but he still uses it anyway?
S: Um...what does this...how does this fit into the general scheme of things?
CL: Thought it would make a nice segue into the dinner tonight. Oh guess, how many people are coming?
S: Just us?
CL: Nope, around 20-25
S: Oh geez. (beat) Am I expected to be sociable tonight?
CL: Not really, with that many people we can just form into our little debatety clique
S: Oh that's nice. Could I just make one request though?
CL: What's that?
S: Could we not talk about the Middle East tonight? It's giving me a headache
CL: *Snigger* we've got to be one of the few people who could seriously make the request, "could we not talk about the Middle East tonight?"
S: But it really gives me a headache
CL: Don't I know it, I've stopped reading it and just glance through the headlines
S: But it's fascinating! (wonders what's going through CL's mind at this point)
(Some time later)
CL: Oh guess what I watched on a Taiwanese programme?
S: Which one?
CL: Oh not the news. Although I had a head-desk moment when my sister asked why they wanted Chen Shui Bian to resign
S: Haven't they been trying to do that for months now?
CL: That's right, but I had to explain how they were trying to get him on the fact that his wife gain certain positions because she was his wife
S: (Severely) CL....it's a small nation and talents are few and far between and just because they happen to be on government linked organisations does not mean anything
CL: (beat) I wonder where I heard that before.
S: Anyway, could we talk about Taiwan tonight?
(Conversation drifts off into inconsequential things like the feng-shui programme)